Next month emerging Albany, NY pop-punk band Firestarter release their new record
'Forget the Past'. To give you a sneak preview of what to expect from the release,
we’ve teamed up with the band to exclusively premier a new song titled 'If You Ain't First,
As the second stage of this years Red Bull Studios London Download Festival competition
gets underway, Already Heard highlights 5 of the top 100 bands in the first part of our
new "Red Bull Rated And Recommended" series.
Earlier this month rising UK rockers I Divide released their much anticipated debut album
'Last One Standing'. It is a record that exceeds expectations by combining the bands youthful approach with an ambitious melodic alt-rock sound. Before they kicked off their current
UK tour supporting Blitz Kids alongside Fort Hope, guitarist Josh Wreford took the
opportunity to talk us through 'Last One Standing'.
For Northern quintet Bentley Park it has been a long two years. Since forming 2011, the post-hardcore have been refining their sound and preparing for the release of their debut EP, 'Innocence', which finally sees the light of day this week. The EP takes the pop-punk sensibilities of their former band, and combines them with an edgy rock sound. We recently spoke to vocalist James Shaw to find out more.
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.
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.
When a band releases a debut album or EP the band has to be able to impress listeners and also keep them listening at the same time as well. Morain’s debut EP definitely does impress with a mixture of soaring lead guitar melodies and deep bass lines mixed with some memorable lyrics it’s a good first EP.
Opening title track ‘Are We Lost’ starts off slow and slowly builds up as the drums come in it bursts into a flurry of melodic guitar tones. Lead vocalist Wil Frost’s lyrics are sincere as he sings “and we say hey we need your love, we love the way you move” they standout and are a memorable part of the EP.
The song ‘Animals’ starts off with a mixture of lead guitar parts and some prominent bouncing bass lines. The song has a great summer feel to it with the infectious lead guitar parts going back and forth with the bass lines it is one of the EP’s stand out tracks.
‘The World We Live In’ has a happy feeling to it with the upbeat lyrics running throughout the song it is a good positive happy go lucky song. Last track on the EP ‘Between The Lines’ starts off with a strong bass line and guitar tone it is a song that will definitely go down really well and sound great in a live setting.
Overall ‘Are We Lost’ is a good little EP and showcases the musicianship of the band and gives the listener a feel into what the band are about. With only the rockier side being covered on the EP I’m interested in hearing their acoustic softer side as well. But with a future possible full album release and some tours under their belt the band will have everything they need to go alot further and become alot bigger.
‘Are We Lost’ by Morain is out now on Indigo Records.
Words by Aaron Wilson (@soundslikeajw)