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.
Live Review: Rob Lynch, Ghost Saddles, Big Fin & The Lion And The Wolf - The Old Blue Last, London - 10/10/2012
You may not have been aware, but a small but important part of British independent music died on a chilly October night in East London. Walnut Tree Records, owned and operated solely by Tom Beck, is closing its doors after 5 years and several fantastic releases. A loyal few have gathered at the Old Blue Last to give the label the send off it deserves; fans and bands alike have congregated to drink and be merry at this wake.
Tom George, formerly of WTR-released Waiting For Sirens and now performing solo under the moniker The Lion And The Wolf, kicks off proceedings. The now London-based acoustic artist tells intimate tales of his life and loves, including a paean to his place of origin, the Isle Of Wight. Tom pays tribute to another dearly departed aspect of the UK music scene, Southampton hardcore band Kerouac, with a fantastically worked cover of 'Lay Of The Landfill'. Fresh off a jaunt in Europe alongside fellow strummer Katie Malco, he entertains with tales of “The Antwerp Incident” between his sweetly-sung ditties, which put one a little in the mind of Bon Iver. (4/5)
Talking of Justin Vernon, another artist desperate to work with egomaniac Kanye West is Matt Reynolds a.k.a. Big Fin. He appeals mid-set for an en-masse tweet to the hip-hop superstar so that Mr West may produce a record for him. His nervous between-song chatter is charm personified, and the songs aren’t half-bad either. This is a fairly new persona for Southampton-based Matt, formerly of ska-punk band Howard’s Alias and now of WTR's Drawings, and certainly a name to look out for if fond of Shoes And Socks Off, the recently retired pseudonym of ex-Meet Me In St Louis frontman Toby Hayes. (3.5/5)
Next up is Ghost Saddles, whose frontman Greg used to front the much-missed WTR band The Maple State. His set is unfortunately lost a little amidst the scourge of acoustic shows, those that insist on talking throughout. It’s a little hard to enjoy the songs over the din - a great shame, as when performing as a band Ghost Saddles are an enticing prospect. (2.5/5) (Crowd - 0/5)
One man who won’t stand for such disrespect is tonight’s headliner Rob Lynch, who encourages anyone who wishes to talk to “fuck off downstairs”. The Peterborough-born troubadour, whose self-titled EP turned out to be WTR's swan song, delivers a typically raucous set, inciting singalongs and Cheshire Cat grins amongst the gathering. Mid-set Tom Beck delivers a memorable speech to huge applause, and Rob goes on to deliver his trump card 'My Friends And I' (which inspires an ultimately failed human pyramid), the chorus of which sums up the Walnut Tree ethos - “My friends and I, we got a lot to live for, my friends and I, we lived the good life, at least just for tonight”. A fantastic send-off for a label that’s created a real sense of community, the smiles and singalongs will hopefully stay in Mr Beck’s mind for a while to come yet, especially as he watches his beloved Watford FC crash to another dismal defeat. (4.5/5)