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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.
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.