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.
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Hailing from Bristol, A Tale of Two Cities have been a band that are on the cusp of most people’s lips but haven’t actually made a big enough breakthrough to be properly “recognised” – which is actually incredibly surprising, considering they’ve shared the stage with acts such as Deaf Havana, Yashin and Sonic Boom Six to name a few. And as the quintet gears up to release their brand new EP ‘New Horizons’ on Monday 15 October, here at Already Heard, we thought we’d have a listen to this up-and-coming rock band.
They kick-start the EP with single ‘Four Words’ – they crank up the tempo straight away, playing blistering riffs that burn with unspent talent. Karl Ficarotta’s vocals soar effortlessly as he roars about how “You were never left behind.” A raw yet emotive start to ‘New Horizons’, A Tale of Two Cities have set a high standard.
Moving onto ‘Familiar Traits’, it doesn’t seem as if this quintet are slowing down anytime soon. The monster bassline roars furiously, while demonic and power-hungry drumming underlies this fantastic track. During ‘Fire Burning Through Our Wings’, Ficarotta’s vocals are as strong as ever and A Tale of Two Cities refuse to let up as they close off with ‘Machine’ which features low, guttural screams: a fitting end to such a solid EP.
A Tale Of Two Cities have proven that ‘New Horizons’ is an emotive yet pretty much flawless EP. They execute each and every track with incredible precision; with such an exciting band in the UK, it’s only a matter of time before they broaden their own horizons and become a name to be spoken by everyone because they deserve it.
'New Horizons' by A Tale of Two Cities is released on 15th October.
Written by Jessica Tagliani (@JessTagliani)