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.
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