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 Dandelion War is a 5-piece indie rock band, hailing from Oakland, California. This, ‘We Were Always Loyal To Lost Causes,’ is their sophomore effort and delivers an album of ethereal, experimental indie tracks with startling accomplishment and beauty.
Opening with atmosphere-setting instrumental ‘Strange Ghosts,’ the album then builds in to ‘Drifters.’ Clocking in at over seven minutes long, one may think that it would drag along but that is just not the case. It is a masterpiece of gradual layering that builds to a joyous crescendo. The euphoric wave of music rivals that of Sigur Ros’ ‘Hoppípolla;’ a band that The Dandelion War borrows a portion of their aesthetic from. The album then meanders joyfully into ‘1848,’ another melodic monster; it is so articulately layered that it tells a definite story, a truly crafted progression.
The echoing Jonsi-esque vocals truly shine in ‘A Different Heav’n,’ a haunting and sparse track. This is truly breathtaking music. Despite the length of songs like ‘A Mi Alrededor,’ they never bore, as you can see the track open up and the narrative progress. Gooey guitars glow through this track as it is led to its’ blissful conclusion. The whole album is characterised by this energy; shimmering vocals and soothing multi-instrumental melodies, drifting along to a self-imposed conclusion without the level of jaw-dropping beauty wilting once. Songs like ‘Bloom’ offer more introspection, but overall the album is one euphoric, extroverted celebratory salute to music.
This is not an album that will be to everyone’s taste. It is not immediately beguiling and takes some repeated listens to fully appreciate. Clocking in at an impressive 55 minutes long, it is definitely not one for the casual listener. It is, however, overpoweringly beautiful, perfectly layered music, and this kind of craftsmanship must be applauded. Complex but utterly euphoric music; let it wash over you and be pleasantly surprised.
'We Were Always Loyal To Lost Causes' by The Dandelion War is available now on Deep Elm Records.
Words by Tom White (@WhiteyWitters)