On first listen we fell in love Noyo Mathis and knew that 'Endure' needed to be heard. It's post hardcore meets emo meets indie meets math rock. Take a listen to the full EP right here.
Without a doubt Neck Deep are one of this years breakout bands. After kicking off the year
with the release of their debut LP, 'Wishful Thinking', the Wrexham pop-punk five piece haven’t stopped touring since. From festival appearances throughout the UK and Europe to 2 months in North America as part of the Vans Warped Tour. We caught up with vocalist Ben Barlow and bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans at the Leeds Festival. They discussed their past festival experiences, supporting Blink-182, their up and coming UK headline tour and being
“leaders” of the UK pop-punk movement.
With the festival season more or less over for another year, it’s time for a whole load of
exciting releases to see the light of day. September sees a plethora of exciting releases, so much so that the Already Heard team were spoilt for choices when it came to picking this months must hear releases. Nevertheless they've completed the tricky task and picked out their five must-hear releases for the coming month.
With their combination of refreshingly introspective lyrics, crisp riffs and bouncy choruses, Homebound tick all the right boxes when it comes to promising UK pop-punk bands. Their debut EP, 'Coming of Age' sees the young band make a confident first mark on the ladder to greater things. We spoke to the band to discuss the importance of a debut release, and the comeback of pop-punk.
Packing stadium sized rock anthems with an incredibly striking emotional punch, and graced with one of the most staggeringly unique vocal talents to have graced the UK Rock scene in a long time, Cambridge’s Lonely The Brave have become one of the single most talked about new bands to emerge in recent years. With their debut album ‘The Day’s War’ finally released this week, Already Heard caught up with lead guitarist Mark Trotter and Bassist
Andrew Bushen at last weekend’s Leeds Festival.
We've got a full review, live photos and interviews from one of the highlights of the summer - Leeds Festival.
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)