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.
St. Alban’s quintet Floods have been popping up at gigs and festivals over the last few years, becoming well-known for their fast and electric live shows. Signed to Small Town Records, they’ve been creating their self-titled album for the last three years. A pretty damn long time, but it’s been worth it.
They launch into ‘Black Waves’, a track that is more familiar with their hardcore fans. Burning with power, the low, guttural screams slide smoothly over the well-oiled clean cut vocals; it’s a trait that most may be sick of because so many bands use the same technique, but Floods use it to great effective. The roars combined with the smooth make for a stellar opening track.
Tracks such as ‘Hotel Coopar’ and ‘Jamie Tatlow’ are blistering tracks. Crushing speed and aggression together, their shredding riffs are lightning quick and are full of energy. Demonic, pulsating drumming throbs during ‘Hallowed Words’, a song driven with brutal emotion.
Lead single ‘98’ packs a punch; with a strong and melodic bassline, Floods really know what they’re doing. Furious screams layer upon gritty riffs, creating a well-oiled and working machine that seems to be bouncing off the walls. Their energy levels are through the roof and are in danger of causing explosions.
Closing off with ‘Moving On’, Floods have released an incredibly strong album. Not many bands would be able to do that, but the hype surrounding this St. Alban’s quintet is thoroughly deserved. With electricity running through their veins, they’re a spark ready to ignite.
'Floods' by Floods is available now on Small Town Records.
Words by Jessica Tagliani (@JessTagliani)