Next month emerging Albany, NY pop-punk band Firestarter release their new record
'Forget the Past'. To give you a sneak preview of what to expect from the release,
we’ve teamed up with the band to exclusively premier a new song titled 'If You Ain't First,
As the second stage of this years Red Bull Studios London Download Festival competition
gets underway, Already Heard highlights 5 of the top 100 bands in the first part of our
new "Red Bull Rated And Recommended" series.
Earlier this month rising UK rockers I Divide released their much anticipated debut album
'Last One Standing'. It is a record that exceeds expectations by combining the bands youthful approach with an ambitious melodic alt-rock sound. Before they kicked off their current
UK tour supporting Blitz Kids alongside Fort Hope, guitarist Josh Wreford took the
opportunity to talk us through 'Last One Standing'.
For Northern quintet Bentley Park it has been a long two years. Since forming 2011, the post-hardcore have been refining their sound and preparing for the release of their debut EP, 'Innocence', which finally sees the light of day this week. The EP takes the pop-punk sensibilities of their former band, and combines them with an edgy rock sound. We recently spoke to vocalist James Shaw to find out more.
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.
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.
Philadelphia-based rock band Kid Felix first gained attention after the release of their début EP 'Head Above Water' in November 2011 which subsequently led to them playing both Bamboozle and the prestigious Warped Tour. Any band wanting to make it can do no wrong running in those kinds of circles. New EP 'Young Luck' contains five tracks of slick guitar-driven pop-rock/grunge. The lyrics are well thought out and there’s a real display of skill shown by this 6-piece.
'Alone Now' kicks proceedings off and is awash with lush sounds; from the dainty Brand New styling of the guitar work and the subtle hints towards Minus The Bear along with the impressive rhythm work, all whilst vocalist Jake Falana croons like a young Eddy Vedder on heat. Third track '100 Years On' starts off like a slowed down Muse B-side, thankfully after the first 20 seconds or so this all changes. From this track it is clear that the band are big fans of Pearl Jam, it sounds bluesy as hell. Again, a special mention must go to Falana and his impressive set of pipes. as well as his lyrics. This doesn’t sound like the kind of song you’d hear from a band in their infancy. The track is mature and even the keyboard work is fitting and adds to the overall feel of the song. It is clear a lot of thought has gone into the song writing process.
Penultimate track 'Wait' has us wondering whether we’re listening to an unheard Incubus track. This is certainly not a bad thing, it’s a well known fact Brandon Boyd can sing, and clearly so can Jake Falana (but we’ve mentioned that right?) Everything about this song is great! The way it builds in the chorus, the subtle rhythm work, the break down around the 3:00 minute mark and the way it erupts. This song was written for much larger stages. It benefits from the slick production work obviously, something which is evident throughout all five tracks on ‘Young Luck’.
Closing track 'The Day After' is a piano-led affair. Without sounding sloppy and making lazy comparisons it has an air of Something Corporate about it without being too poppy and irritating. A simple marching drum drives the track up until it completely explodes and sounds like the closing song from a blockbuster movie. It’s huge and in your face without relying on gimmicky nonsense. If you’re a fan of big hooks and guitar-driven pop-rock with more melody than you can handle, then Kid Felix should definitely be the next band you listen to. Some might say they’re 20 years too late for the whole grunge thing, but we think they may be on to something if these five tracks are anything to go by.
Overall this EP receives a well deserved 4/5. Ones to watch!
'Young Luck' by Kid Felix is released on 20th October through Noise Water Records.
Words by Colin Henderson (@colinah87)