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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.
Currently in the UK Punk Rock scene, there has been a revival in brilliant song-writing and a refreshing vibe from the music being conducted that is wonderful for the ears. Alongside their peers, Crazy Arm and Apologies, I Have None, Exeter’s The Cut Ups are a part of this aforementioned revival, and prove this with their second LP, ‘Building Bridges. Starting Here’; an enjoyable collection of songs rooted in DIY ethics and relatable subject matter.
With help from producer Peter Miles (The King Blues, We Are The Ocean), The Cut Ups have managed to capture a very English sounding punk record; something that is in the same vein of The Clash and Billy Bragg.
Upon closer inspection on what flows through these veins are memory wrapping guitar melodies and easy head nodding basslines and percussion which provide a soundtrack that is easy to get into. Every now and again the band keep things interesting with the added tokens and niches that help to get their music injected firmly into the ear canal, whether it’s the violins on ‘Exeter’ or the happy sounds of a piano/organ found on ‘Torches’ and ‘Teenage Danclub’. Vocal contributions from occasional member Pippa Wragg Smith compliment nicely on the aforementioned tracks and really shine out when she takes the lead on ‘Another Bad Mood’.
In regards to the themes, the band perfectly moulds the personal and political on a fine balancing scale of perfection allowing room for all subjects including pacificism, friendships, relationships, and cries for the halt of political greed. All in all, these are subjects that are carried with such undeniable honesty and passion via the enjoyable musical framework.
Overall, whilst there is a small push needed to make this record spark true awe and inspiration, it succeeds its main goal in providing a very well rounded melodic punk rock album that will make you smile, dance, and most importantly make you think and reflect.
‘Building Bridges. Starting Here’ by The Cut Ups is out now on Household Name Records.