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Next week Philadelphia indie punks The Menzingers release, 'Rented World,' one of the
highly anticipated records of 2014 so far. In parts, it picks up where 2012's 'On The
Impossible Past' left off but it also shows the bands growth as songwriters and musicians. We recently spoke to Greg Barnett to discuss the album, the pressure of following up 'On The Impossible Past', their forthcoming London show and the Grozerock Festival.
Despite only forming last year, Essex rockers New City Kings have already gathered plenty of attention from their debut EP - 'Change.' Their radio-friendly rock sound that has seen them compared to a range of bands; Foo Fighters, Deaf Havana, and The Gaslight Anthem.
Already Heard spoke to Mark Kovic to find out more about New City Kings.
With their return to the UK imminent, the latest edition of "Versus" sees us putting the
focus on Alkaline Trio. Self-confessed Trio MEGA fan Jay Sullivan tells us why 'From
Here to Infirmary' is the band’s finest work. Whilst Alex Phelan explains how 'Maybe
I'll Catch Fire' is a superb example of musical catharsis.
12 months from releasing their debut EP, we speak to Blackpool pop-punk/emo
quintet Boston Manor to discuss their influences, achievements so far and thoughts on their contemporaries.
With their latest EP 'Change Nothing, Regret Everything.', Woking five-piece Employed
To Serve have produced 12 minutes of frantic, unrelenting hardcore that finds the band somewhere between The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Chariot. We spoke to Justine from the band to find out how the band has transitioned from a duo to a quintet and she discussed
being part of the Holy Roar! roster, they chaotic yet contained live shows and more.
In the latest edition of our "Tour Tales" feature, Irish doom-punk band Hornets talk us
through their recent UK tour where they played 8 shows in 7 days.
Leeds-based four-piece Walleater are set to digitally release their debut self titled EP next Monday (14th April) through Close To Home Records. We've got the exclusive first play
right here on Already Heard.
As festival season fast approaches, a wealth of notable album releases are happening
in the coming months. We take a look at five must hear releases for April.
This edition of SFTW includes a heavily hyped Canadian punk band, a Philadelphian
lo-fi emo band and a brand new punk rock trio from the States who have recently released their first song.
After a short break to recharge their batteries, Manchester alt rockers Nine Black Alps return in 2012 to present their latest fourth full length effort entitled ‘Sirens’. In regards to the title, you’d expect this record to be a luring and seductive 40 minute session but the real truth of the matter is that you shouldn’t judge the record on its title and expect anything outstanding.
‘Sirens’ has some of the qualities needed to make it a good formula of indie rock. From the slow trudging ‘Penny Cinderella’ to the fast hectic antics found on ‘Living in a Dream’, the songs to have the ability to satisfy one’s hunger for a rock ‘n roll jam recital. The slower numbers such as ‘Phosphorence’ and ‘Another World’ have a real calming dream like atmosphere. Furthermore, the pop structure surrounding the band’s choruses are good enough to catch your ears hook, line and sinker.
However, although such abilities have their merit, the only reaction to this record as a whole is one of both boredom and impatience. ‘Sirens’ really doesn’t grab you by the neck and shake you around enough to make you think that the attention it is demanding is actually worth giving. The only people that would no doubt indulge in such a record would be the band’s eager and fanatic hardcore fans.
To sum up, this new effort from Nine Black Alps has some charming qualities but it’s structure as a whole only produces facial expressions that are full of loathing at how daunting and tedious this record can be. It feels as though this record was a discarded recluse from the 90s Britpop era. All in all, in contrast to the other brilliant releases that have come out this year, this isn’t one of them.
'Sirens' by Nine Black Alps is released 8th October though Brew Records.
Words by Aaron Lohan (@ooran_loohan)