Combined by an admiration for early 2000’s emo bands, Brighton’s As It Is are the latest emerging pop-punk band to be making waves in the UK. Next week sees the release of the bands second EP, 'This Mind Of Mine' which sees them grow as a cohesive unit to produce four songs of honest pop-punk. Having received an overwhelming response from a
Kickstarter campaign and with vocalist Patty Walters’ dedicated YouTube following, As It Is
are a band on the rise. We caught up with Ben to find out more.
After receiving a five star review last month, next Monday sees the UK release of Twin Forks' self-titled debut album. However we're giving away three copies of the album. Find out how you can win one of thee copies here.
With Spring fast approaching and festival season starting soon, March sees a whole load of noteworthy releases. We take a look at five of the must hear releases this month.
Having only just formed last summer, Leeds punks Brawlers have quickly made a name for themselves for their insane live show. Now the quartet have unleashed their utterly brilliant debut EP 'I Am A Worthless Piece of Shit', an infectious collection of fun punk rock numbers. We talked to vocalist Harry George Johns to find out why the longtime friends formed
Brawlers and what 'I Am Worthless...' is all about.
After delivering one of the early contenders for album of the year, we catch up Modern Baseball to discuss ‘You’re Gonna Miss It All’, their forthcoming debut UK tour and miming
at the World Series.
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In the first of our new fortnightly feature where we highlight some of the most promising
bands in the pop-punk world, we talk to New York's Firestarter.
In the latest instalment of our "Tour Tales" feature, we join Wakefield quartet Morain on their recent tour supporting Durham four-piece Alexander.
With lead vocalist Matt Pryor having recently completed a solo UK tour, we highlight two albums from The Get Up Kids for the latest edition of "Versus". Already Heard writer Tom
Knott explains why 'Something To Write Home About' is "pure gold". Whilst Senior Editor
Sean Reid shows us why 'Guilt Show' shouldn't be dismissed.
Post-hardcore rockers In Fear and Faith are known for their classic hardcore elements, theatrical piano and dramatic vocals, and all around epic sound, have released their fourth full length, ‘In Fear and Faith,’ is the first release with original band member Jarred DeArmas since the band’s split with the then-singer-now-bassist in 2007.
Since their last release in 2010, In Fear and Faith has made line-up changes that include making Scott Barnes the clean singer and screamer. This element is an incredible asset to the band and makes every track dynamic and different. The contrast between Barnes’ screaming and singing bleeds into the rest of the elements in the band, and this marriage between the hardcore elements and the softer dramatic piano and clean vocals is really what makes this album great.
‘A Silent Drum’ is an example of this marriage of sounds, with soft moments that reflect the restraint the band displays. One moment, Barnes will be singing a catchy melody and the next he will absolutely explode with a powerful scream.
Another example of the band’s talent in contrast is in ‘Look What You Made Me Do’, which has gritty, dirty sounding drums and guitars that lends it to a dark sound with the screaming really taking control. And then, cheesy as it is, Barnes parts the dark clouds with his clear, dramatic voice and brightens the song.
Piano doesn’t usually get much time to shine in this style of music – the guitars and drums usually overshadow anything more delicate. This is not the case in ‘In Fear And Faith’, taking this to the next level by including a four-minute track of pure piano. ‘Enigma’ is classical piano with a twist, but is undeniably beautiful, simple, and emotional. Not only does it show how much talent this band has, but how much confidence they have in their sound to be able to include this non-traditional track amidst screaming and intense drums and guitars.
It’s hard to pick the best track on this album. It is extremely well written, and you can tell how much time and thought into each song and even to the album as a whole. No track sounds like any other, and each is placed perfectly to balance out the heavier from the more theatrical, and nothing is heavy handed. It takes a long time for a band to get to this point, and ‘In Fear And Faith’ proves that this band has staying power and will continue to produce creative and complex music.
'In Fear And Faith' by In Fear And Faith is out now on Rise Records.
Words by Jenny Gagas.