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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.
As festival season fast approaches, a wealth of notable album releases are happening
in the coming months. We take a look at five must hear releases for April.
This edition of SFTW includes a heavily hyped Canadian punk band, a Philadelphian
lo-fi emo band and a brand new punk rock trio from the States who have recently released their first song.
Legends Bowling For Soup have teamed up with The Dollyrots and Patent Pending to release brand new compilation album ‘One Big Happy.’ The ten track record consists of new songs by each band along with covers of each other’s songs, overall conjuring up a fairly unique concept for a release. ‘One Big Happy’ also coincides with the One Big Happy Tour which sees all three bands travelling the UK & Ireland together.
Let’s start off with Bowling For Soup, who kick start the record with their brand new track ‘Let’s Go To The Pub.’ This track is very relatable to say the least, with its overly infectious and interactive lyrics: “We do this every weekend, we can never get enough, let’s go to the pub, pub!” Its rhythm section is very typical Bowling For Soup but it’s what they’re good at, producing non-serious, fun natured tracks. The band also cover The Dollyrots ‘My Heart Explodes’ and Patent Pending’s ‘Spin Me Around,’ both of which they interpret fantastically.
Up next is The Dollyrots, who I personally can’t take much of a liking to. All three tracks that they recorded for the release: their own ‘Just Like All the Rest;’ Bowling for Soup’s ‘The Bitch Song;’ and Patent Pending’s ‘Little Miss Impossible’ are all very credible but for me it’s the vocal style that I’m not a fan of. Musically the band is talented and works well with their genre but I would like them much more if the tone of the vocals was better suited.
Patent Pending is probably my favourite band on the record, releasing their brand new track ‘Psycho in Love’ along with Bowling For Soup’s ‘Shut Up And Smile’ and The Dollyrots ‘Hyperactive.’ Their best track is their version of ‘Shut Up And Smile,’ where their harmonies at the beginning and their interpretation in general make for a fantastic cover. For me it’s the standout track on the record.
‘Love Ya, Love Ya, Love Ya’ ends the record, performed by Jaret Reddick (Bowling For Soup) and Kelly Ogden (The Dollyrots.) This collaboration works in their favour, playing off each other and producing a worthy one off track.
‘One Big Happy’ is a very easy listening, sing-a-long record that is a dream for any Bowling For Soup, The Dollyrots and/or Patent Pending fan. It’s a really great concept that brings three bands together, all of whom were good friends to begin with. If you like one of the bands on the album then chances are you’ll like the other two: with the band’s interpretations complimenting the original versions, ‘One Big Happy’ makes for a good release with an even better concept.
'One Big Happy' by Bowling For Soup with The Dollyrots & Patent Pending is out now on Brando/Que-so Records.
Words by Hannah Gillicker (@HannahGillicker)