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.'
We catch up with Newcastle Indie Rock quartet Alexander to find out more about their debut album 'Say Hello' for a “Already Heard Track Guide” feature.
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tour, we caught up with vocalist/bassist Ned Russin to discuss the bands progression in sound, differences between UK and US festivals, their recent split with Touché Amoré,
having friends on tour and more.
This four way split from Bonjour, Invalids, Nai Harvest and Reno Dakota comes to us from Enjoyment Records based in Norfolk. It’s four slices of twinkly “indiemo” featuring two bands from the US and two from the UK. It’s available on a lovely limited 7” or for digital download.
First up, Bonjour, whose track ‘The Spice Must Flow’ serves up a dose of twinkle infused with some heavier parts, the vocals drive the song along alternating between shouts and singing, its melodic at the same time as being heavy. A good start to this split then, I’d say so.
Invalids are next with ‘Monary System’ who give us a lovely intro, with hand claps and a’capella vocals before descending into twiddly guitars, the vocals on this track are fantastic throughout, with some great alternating parts. The guitar work really stands out and carries the track forward and never feels boring.
Sheffield’s Nai Harvest have been making waves already this year, with a fantastic 7” released on Pinky Swear, From A Mountain Far and Struggletown. On this split, we get another brilliant track from the duo. ‘Red Letter Day, On Play’ reminds me a bit of Algernon Cadwallader and Snowing. Shouted vocals, twinkly guitars, for me its the stand out track of the record. It’s been reworked from the bands début EP (‘Ceiling Summer’) and sounds much more confident and considered. Nai Harvest are certainly a band to watch out for.
To close the release we get ‘Yeah, I’m Stalking’ from Cambridge’s Reno Dakota. It’s a three minute long indium pop gem, and builds on the band’s last release. It has swelling guitars, some great vocal harmonies and will no doubt be a sing along favourite live.
‘Split 7”’ by Bonjour/Invalids/Nai Harvest/Reno Dakota is available now on Enjoyment Records.
Words by Ryan Clayton