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 Dollyrots formed in the year 2000 when childhood friends Kelly Ogden and Luis Cabezas decided ”the worlds going to end anyway, so lets just do the band”. They’ve released three albums since then as well as some EP’s and a split with Bowling for Soup and with this their fourth album, the bands bubblegum pop style of punk remains largely unchanged.
Released on their own record label Arrested Youth, you have to have some respect them for going it alone and putting this out themselves. The record starts with ‘Starting Over’ and as this was my first exposure to The Dollyrots I thought it sounded promising, however by track five the irritating ‘Twist Me To The Left’ any charm the band had for me had rubbed off. The record chugs along thereafter, thankfully the songs aren’t too long. The record ends with ‘Starting Over Again’ which is actually quite good. However, a good start and end doesn’t make up for the majority of the record unfortunately.
It’s just too sweet for me, but I’d hazard a guess that I’m not the bands target audience. I think some tracks would be perfectly fitting in a movie aimed at teenage girls, or in the background of a Haribo advert. As such the band will probably find some fame if the right person hears it and it’s given to this demographic.
It’s not going to change the world, and in my opinion the best female-fronted punk record of the year is staying with Hop Along. This was just too annoying and sugary sweet and eventually became just plain sickly. Awful.
‘The Dollyrots’ by The Dollyrots is available now on Arrested Youth Records.
Words by Ryan Clayton