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.
Having toured their native homeland of Australia and impressed fans in the US on Warped Tour, Tonight Alive are three dates into their first debut headline tour in the UK and ready to impress the Manchester crowd.
First up are Blitz Kids who play their way through their hook laden rock songs which unfortunately falls on deaf ears as the crowd is only just starting to arrive. Showcasing a new song called ‘Warrior’ the crowd seems to enjoy it and will be interesting to hear the rest of the new album when it’s released.
For a band that has supported some of the scenes biggest bands, LostAlone have always gotten great reviews and tonight solidifies that fact. Frontman Steve Battelle puts everything into his performance from jumping and bouncing around on stage to going into the crowd and hearding the crowd closer to the stage he knows how to work the crowd. Songs off their new album like ‘Creatures’ and ‘Vesuvius’ sound huge live and certainly impress the crowd.
As the crowd gets bigger and more people move in closer to the stage awaiting Tonight Alive the opening song ‘Eject, Eject, Eject’ plays gently in the background, the band then come on bursting into 'Breaking and Entering.' Playing through most of the songs on their recently released ‘What Are You So Scared Of’ album, they all sound catchy and slightly heavy at the same time.
Busting out older songs like ‘Five Years’ and ‘Revenge & It’s Thrills,’ the crowd reacts by singing along to every single word. Throwing in not just one but two cover songs; Rufio’s ‘In My Eyes’ and the anthemic Mumford & Sons’ ‘Little Lion Man.’ It shows the band can just about do everything right. Finishing with ‘Wasting Away,’ it closes what was a great set from a band on the cusp of something great.
One thing is for sure tonight and that’s that the band sound amazing live and have alot of energy putting everything into their set. Jenna McDougall is a great front woman as she dances, commands the crowd with ease and belts out some impressive vocals at the same time it shows she has definite star quality. With a combination of great songs, an impressive live set and sheer determination Tonight Alive will be sure to have bigger and better things on the horizon.
View Live Photos of Tonight Alive’s show at Nottingham’s Rock City on our Flickr page.
Words by Aaron Wilson.