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.
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