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.
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)