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.
Having briefly returned to the UK for the Hit The Deck Festival before starting a European
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.
The genres emo and post rock have always had one thing in common, they form the perfect soundtrack to one’s personal reflection. Combine the two together successfully and they give birth to something truly spectacular. Norwegian band, Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson, follow this equation with very little effort on their newest EP ‘Small Changes We Hardly Notice’, a beautifully crafted piece of therapeutic harmony.
The flow of this record utilises quiet humble soothing vocals with wonderfully simple guitar melodies that are lifted by an ambient atmosphere giving off a graceful grandeur. Little niches appear in each song which help to make this record progressively interesting throughout its duration; the scaling trumpet on ‘All I Remember Is Punk Rock’, the floaty dissonant backing vocals on ‘Hearts & Consequence’, or the emotive searing of the motions by the violins found on ‘Swim Team Philosopher’ are all prime examples of this innovativeness. This sound wouldn’t be complete without the slow steady drumbeat, the smooth and restrained grumbling bass and the shimmering ambiance that lull you further into a timid sense of calm.
This is a record that accomplishes everything that it sets out to do; it gives the usual post rock feel of standing on a hillside and reflecting on your life but instead of being awake and alert on such high ground, it gradually secures you and lulls you into a deep sleep that is both a soothing and relaxing therapy that filters out any troubles that maybe engulfing your whole entire life.
In conclusion, ‘Small Changes We Hardly Notice’ is a fantastic introduction to the foundations and core of this emo post rock hybrid from Oslo, Norway to the unfamiliar. If you’re looking for something to help get rid of anxious sleep patterns or long daunting car journeys, then let this band’s aura flow through your ear canal and cling onto your nerves and arteries for dear life.
‘Small Changes We Hardly NoticeYouth Pictures of Florence Henderson is out now through Count Your Lucky Stars Records.
Words by Aaron Lohan (@ooran_loohan)