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.
Let me preface this review by saying how silly I thought the whole fiasco regarding this man leaving Paramore was. I however do think it may have been an absolutely great thing that it happened.
Halfnoise is Zac Farro, and what this debut EP gives is a thoroughly interesting slice of electronic indie crossover, at first, it reminded me a bit of Ben Gibbard’s The Postal Service, and at times even a little of The Album Leaf, but now I feel that was a lazy comparison and doesn’t give Farro the credit he deserves.
The five tracks on offer here are perfect for the weather at this time of year, just as it starts getting chilly and it gets darker earlier and earlier, it evokes a very autumnal feeling throughout.
The record starts out with 'Remember When', a great introduction to the overall sound of Halfnoise, it has excellent drumming, and creates a brilliant soundscape, the vocals compliment this; "It takes a lot to let it go, I’ve got to let it go," the lyrics are simple but the emotion they are sung with make you believe Farro means them.
My personal favourite is up next, 'Sunsee' a horn laden four minute track that builds and swells, creating an ethereal dreamlike sound, perfect for just watching the world go by, it shows off the extend of Farro’s multi instrumentation and I think I must have listened to it about 5 times before letting the next track play.
The record follows on in a similar fashion, creating intricate, beautiful walls of sound. 'Reproof' closes out this debut, and does so in a memorable way that leave you wanting more, with its catchy melody that repeats throughout, Farro’s vocals really shine in this track, and when it finished, I was left wanting another track to begin. A full length would be welcomed with open arms, I really want to see what he comes up with next.
'Halfnoise EP' by Halfnoise is out now on Xtra Mile.
Words by Ryan Clayton.