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As the festival season rolls on, this weekend the Hit The Deck Festival returns for its fourth outing. As always with over 40 bands playing across 6 stages, the Already Heard team has picked out 10 must-see bands to see at this weekend’s festival.
This Saturday the 2014 edition of Record Store Day takes place. With wealth of rare
releases to buy, Already Heard and Jon Tolley of Banquet Records have picked out 5 must by RSD 2014 releases.
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.
Live Review: Joyce Manor, Apologies, I Have None & Well Wisher - The Star and Garter, Manchester, 25/09/12
The city of Manchester has always been labelled as the ‘rainy city’, and it isn’t rocket science to work out why this is so. The horrendous weather certainly puts a damper on everyone’s spirits and plans, especially if you’re travelling to a small pub called The Star and Garter, where upstairs, a small anxious weather hardened bunch of music fans await one of the biggest cult phenomenon’s in the punk rock community to play them a fantastic set of raucous catchy jams.
Before the main attraction, the first of two opening bands are welcomed with curiosity from a decent sized crowd. Well Wisher from Manchester play a brilliant math rock-influenced 90’s emo sound, that features great melodies which morph into either a gentle sway or a beefy climax. All of this is bridged to the crowd by the pedantic antics of their frontman who is both entertaining and intriguing with yelps of melodic woe with the odd climatic yell. [4/5]
Since the release of their debut full length ‘London’, Apologies, I Have None have managed to make quite a name for themselves amongst the underground music scene. The likes of ‘Sat in Vicky Park’ and ‘Long Gone’ produce a human pyramid and a crowd rush ‘n surf to the stage. Such a buzz can be felt, seen and heard instantly from the huge interaction between them and the front half of the room who are in absolute unison singing along to the huge melodic slabs that that the band delivers, note by note, word for word. [3.5/5]
There is a real sense of gratitude amongst both the crowd and Joyce Manor; the former is greatful to finally see one of their favourite bands play these shores, whilst the latter is just content to play to a bunch of fresh faces. Raw angst ridden vocals are shouted along thick sprawling garage punk instruments which are filled with catchy lyrics and the most hectic melodies. All in all, the band’s tight set is just too hard to ignore like a frustrated infant who makes you smile. Being treated to a wealth of songs from their self-titled record along with a few offerings from their latest ‘Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired’ and a brilliant Murder City Devils cover is nothing else but sheer brilliance and delight for 2 of the 5 senses. [4/5]
Words by Aaron Lohan (@ooran_loohan)