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.
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.