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.
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)