Having finally released début album ‘Blood And Chemistry,’ we met up with vocalist/guitarist Andrew Groves to discuss the new album, being compared to Biffy Clyro and more.
Currently on tour with The Summer Set and a new EP set to be released soon, we caught
up with New Forest's Natives to talk about the new EP and album, the UK rock scene, the transition from being Not Advised to becoming Natives and much more.
This week Lansdale, Pennsylvania’s The Wonder Years released their fourth album - ‘The Greatest Generation,’ a record that sees the pop punk quintet reach their creative peak in a number of ways. With a wealth of material in their discography, Already Heard's Sean Reid and Tom Knott took on the tricky task of picking out the five best songs from The Wonder Years. Find out what we picked and let us know if you agree or disagree?
Following the release of their superb 'Signals' album, Mallory Knox have certainly become ones to watch in recent months. We caught up with the band to discuss joining Search & Destroy Records, how vital the festival season and touring are, what it feels like to be a part
of the expanding British rock scene and much more.
Over The Ocean have crafted a compelling, brooding record with their latest effort ‘Be Given To The Soil.’ With intense specific precision and delicate accuracy that echoes the likes of Explosions In The Sky and Sigur Ros. Jesse Hill from the band to discusses how the
album came together, the importance of precision, being compared to post-rock pioneers and more.
After a top ten UK album and an outstanding UK tour with festival dates on both sides of the Atlantic to follow, Bring Me The Horizon are having a fantastic 2013 and are now featured in the latest edition of "Versus." It's ‘There is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There is a Heaven, Let’s Keep it a Secret’ vs the bands latest release, 'Sempiternal.'
Tallahasee, Florida’s Lipona describe themselves as a experimental skate punk band however from hearing ‘Networks,’ they are more then that. With haunting vocals, drawn-out introductions and soaring choruses, ‘Networks’ sees a band developing and coming into their own.
Starting with the fiery ‘Followers,’ Lipona sound like a solid unit that bounce off each other well as their brand of punk rock has all the favourable characteristics yet vocalist Yamil Velez offers a sense of sincerity; “And it’s like an heirloom passed on to the most reckless hands, a custom that’s never broken but irrelevant. These words are never spoken but now it must be said, after this generation, these rituals are dead.”
Elsewhere tracks like ‘Rights Of Passage’ and ‘Civilized’ are fuelled by the bands blistering punk rock energy and the bands lyrical sentimentality echoes that of Rise Against. Whilst ‘Comfort’ is lyrically hollowing and complimented by a technical bass-line.
Throughout ‘Networks,’ its clear that Lipona have grown over the last two years and that personal troubles have affected the band yet it’s clearly evident on tracks like ‘On Giants’ and ‘Collapse’ they are closer. They’ve grown as songwriters and musicians, as ‘Networks’ dares to expand beyond Punk Rock and embrace sensible ideas. Although this isn’t quite evident on first listen.
Nevertheless Lipona have created an anthemic, progressive punk record which grows on you in time.
‘Networks’ by Lipona is available now on Disconnect Disconnect Records.
Words by Sean Reid (@SeanReid86)