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.
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