Having finally released début album ‘Blood And Chemistry,’ we met up with vocalist/guitarist Andrew Groves to discuss the new album, being compared to Biffy Clyro and more.
Currently on tour with The Summer Set and a new EP set to be released soon, we caught
up with New Forest's Natives to talk about the new EP and album, the UK rock scene, the transition from being Not Advised to becoming Natives and much more.
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.'
Drug Church are a new(ish) band from Albany, New York. Fusing together the sounds of Quicksand and Seaweed to create something that isn’t often heard much of in circles of artists such as the ones these run in.
Their latest offering is a self-titled 7” released on No Sleep Records. A fast offering with a Washington, DC throwback to hardcore but also adhering to a more simple outlet for all involved. The first and probably strongest track on the record even features guest vocals from Jeremy Bolm of Touché Amoré. A hard-hitting contemporary hardcore record, proving to all that you can stay true to a rigid musical community whilst maintaining a unique style and blend of other elements of grunge, indie, and a youth crew kick.
Featuring Patrick Kindlon of Self Defense Family / End Of A Year, Already Heard sat down with Patrick some time back and had a little chat about upcoming things for this new project.
Already Heard: Who are we speaking to today and can you give me a quick rundown of your other members?
Patrick: This is Patrick Kindlon. Thinking about adopting an idiotic punk name. Leaning towards Pat Serva. The other members are dudes who don’t own cell phones and eat at Burger King. I’ll get back to you about their punk names.
AH: If you had to do an elevator pitch of Drug Church, what would you say?
Patrick: Seaweed meets Snapcase siphoned throug a filter of kids who survived the nu-metal explosion.
AH: Musically, this is different to other projects. Was this something you’d been looking into doing for awhile, or just a fun project?
Patrick: I’ve called Drug Church “modern” a few times, but it’s actually a bit of a throwback. I think it’s just modern sounding to me because I’ve spent the better part of a decade in a band that pulls its influences from even older references.
The period of music that Drug Church is most influenced by is among my favourites. I love “alternative music” and really the artists that were chosen to represent it in popular culture. So being able to explore some of those sounds with people who also like the good part is fulfilling as hell.
AH: Can you name some influences both personally and for the band?
Patrick: The band loves Quicksand and Seaweed. Because they are using those as references, I thought it best to keep away from those when formulating my approach. I’m using Ned’s Atomic Dustbin as my chief influence.
AH: What’re your touring plans? Potential UK dates?
Patrick: Yeah. The dudes have never toured overseas before and I love the UK, so we’re in. I want to start hammering the East Coast with shows and see what pops up after that. I think instead of working really hard and booking shows myself all the time, we’re just going to act like we’re better than everyone and wait for people to believe it. From there, the sky’s the limit.
AH: Can you name your favourite UK band and give us some bands you think people should be checking out?
Patrick: I love the sound, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, Killing Joke, and Colin Newman. My all time favourite is probably The Jam. I was directed to the band Silent Front recently and I’m enjoying their last record. I strongly urge everyone to familiarize themselves with the Jam. I have no idea how accurate the band’s depiction of the British class system is, but it’s certainly vivid.
AH: If you had to give one piece of advice that someone could carry through their life, what would that be?
Patrick: Life is a joke. You can either take that shit seriously and embarrass yourself by being the dude who doesn’t get it, or you can try and find the humour in it. Chill out, bro.
‘Drug Church’ 7” by Drug Church is available now through No Sleep Records.
NOTE: At the time of interview, the 7” was not released and Drug Church have since signed to No Sleep Records.
Words by Rosie Kerr.