It’s no doubt it has been an incredible summer of music, and it’s not over yet as the legendary Reading and Leeds Festival takes place this weekend. With dozens of acts playing across 8 stages over 3 days, there is lot to choose from. As always the Already Heard team has got together to pick out what we think are the 20 must-see acts at Reading and Leeds 2014.
Bloody Knees are the latest band to emerge from the UK lo-fi punk scene. On August 25th the quartet release their new EP, 'Stitches' which promises to be a catchy and raw in equal measures. We spoke to vocalist Bradley Griffiths to discuss the new EP, joining Dog Knights Productions, being part of the UK emo and lo-fi resurgence and more.
If metalcore is your thing then say hello to From Her Eyes. The Welsh quartet are exclusively streaming their debut EP 'Demons' right here on Already Heard.
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