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.
On The Fifty are a band from Brooklyn, New York. Tim Dolan, Tom Dambro, John Kantar & Anthony Imperato are 4 friends who spent their winter break recording this record and recognizing a dream of theirs. To have one of their biggest influences produce their record, Anthony Raneri of the Queens band, Bayside.
The record itself is very obvious when it comes to Raneri’s involvement, and stating an influence as Bayside is a little risky. Obvious comparisons tend to ruin bands’ sounds as you can then only visualize and compare. On The Fiftydo manage to stand out as a band themselves, but the whole Raneri blurb is a little overdone.
'Fast Hands, Bad Timing' is more than an EP at 20 minutes long and 5 tracks. The production quality alone is fantastic, but the writing also is something to be acclaimed. Tracks like 'Things Get Wet In The Ocean' and 'Blue Roses' showcase both the bands ability to remain true to their roots, and to write a catchy as hell song. With crooning vocals ala The Smoking Popes, and punk riffs akin to those of Alkaline Trio, this is a must listen for any fan of a generation of punk these bands belong to. Not something I think will be breathtaking on first listen, but it’s definitely a record that grows with you in time. If you want a remembrance of Bayside, this record is entirely for you. I can appreciate it’s done astoundingly well, but it just doesn’t strike me as anything special.
'Fast Hands, Bad Timing' by On The Fifty is available now.
Words by Rosie Kerr