On first listen we fell in love Noyo Mathis and knew that 'Endure' needed to be heard. It's post hardcore meets emo meets indie meets math rock. Take a listen to the full EP right here.
Without a doubt Neck Deep are one of this years breakout bands. After kicking off the year
with the release of their debut LP, 'Wishful Thinking', the Wrexham pop-punk five piece haven’t stopped touring since. From festival appearances throughout the UK and Europe to 2 months in North America as part of the Vans Warped Tour. We caught up with vocalist Ben Barlow and bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans at the Leeds Festival. They discussed their past festival experiences, supporting Blink-182, their up and coming UK headline tour and being
“leaders” of the UK pop-punk movement.
With the festival season more or less over for another year, it’s time for a whole load of
exciting releases to see the light of day. September sees a plethora of exciting releases, so much so that the Already Heard team were spoilt for choices when it came to picking this months must hear releases. Nevertheless they've completed the tricky task and picked out their five must-hear releases for the coming month.
With their combination of refreshingly introspective lyrics, crisp riffs and bouncy choruses, Homebound tick all the right boxes when it comes to promising UK pop-punk bands. Their debut EP, 'Coming of Age' sees the young band make a confident first mark on the ladder to greater things. We spoke to the band to discuss the importance of a debut release, and the comeback of pop-punk.
Packing stadium sized rock anthems with an incredibly striking emotional punch, and graced with one of the most staggeringly unique vocal talents to have graced the UK Rock scene in a long time, Cambridge’s Lonely The Brave have become one of the single most talked about new bands to emerge in recent years. With their debut album ‘The Day’s War’ finally released this week, Already Heard caught up with lead guitarist Mark Trotter and Bassist
Andrew Bushen at last weekend’s Leeds Festival.
We've got a full review, live photos and interviews from one of the highlights of the summer - Leeds Festival.
The Retrospective Soundtrack Players is an eclectic mix of punk, rock and folk. An interesting and diverse mix, they’ve released a split “7 with Frank Turner and have toured the UK with The Walkmen, King Charles, Chris T-T and more. And this five-piece also like to create albums based on their favourite books and/or films. And this time, the book lucky enough to receive such treatment, is J.D. Salinger’s ‘The Catcher In the Rye’, published in 1951.
‘Comin’ Thro’ the Rye’ melds into ‘The Catcher In the Rye’, a heart-warming opening track. Twanging and folk-inspired riffs slide over smooth, comfortable vocals – gravelly yet deep, they’re soothing to listen to, and are evident during tracks such as ‘For D.B.’ and ‘The Wicker Bar’.
Tracks such as ‘Pencey Prep’ and ‘Woman Just Kill Me’ feature gentle acoustic-folk guitars. Harmonicas are to be found during ‘Where Do the Ducks Go At Winter?’ a sweet and slow enough track for people to relax and hum along to. A melodic rhythm section keeps the tracks strong and steady; strong drum work during ‘Smart Girls For Talking, Morons For Dancing’ builds a fantastic structure for the song.
During closing track ‘For Phoebe’, a harmonic bass and slick riffs round off ‘The Catcher In the Rye’ well. The Retrospective Soundtrack Players are energetic, but not in the sense that they’re straight up in your face. They keep up an unfaltering pace through the album, a steady pace that’s difficult to match.
'The Catcher In the Rye' by The Retrospective Soundtrack Players is available now on Xtra Mile Records.
Words by Jessica Tagliani (@JessTagliani)