Next month emerging Albany, NY pop-punk band Firestarter release their new record
'Forget the Past'. To give you a sneak preview of what to expect from the release,
we’ve teamed up with the band to exclusively premier a new song titled 'If You Ain't First,
As the second stage of this years Red Bull Studios London Download Festival competition
gets underway, Already Heard highlights 5 of the top 100 bands in the first part of our
new "Red Bull Rated And Recommended" series.
Earlier this month rising UK rockers I Divide released their much anticipated debut album
'Last One Standing'. It is a record that exceeds expectations by combining the bands youthful approach with an ambitious melodic alt-rock sound. Before they kicked off their current
UK tour supporting Blitz Kids alongside Fort Hope, guitarist Josh Wreford took the
opportunity to talk us through 'Last One Standing'.
For Northern quintet Bentley Park it has been a long two years. Since forming 2011, the post-hardcore have been refining their sound and preparing for the release of their debut EP, 'Innocence', which finally sees the light of day this week. The EP takes the pop-punk sensibilities of their former band, and combines them with an edgy rock sound. We recently spoke to vocalist James Shaw to find out more.
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.
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.
Delving straight in with this new album from The Burning Of Rome and I’m slapped about with a little thing called instrumentation. And by slapped about, I mean that the instrumentation isn’t what I was expecting. I mean, I’ve never heard anything by this band before so their new album 'With Us' is my first journey with the band and their musical offerings.
So, instrumentation. Opener ‘Ballad Of An Onion Sprout’ has tubular bells and a stylophone. Further inspection into the band and there’s a video for the song (located below this paragraph, of course) and I can see that it’s keys! Lovely and versatile keys that allow for plenty of timbres to throw into the mix. And to be fair to The Burning Of Rome, they do utilise this well.
I can’t deny that these songs are pretty damn catchy as well. Not super catchy in a pop or pop punk kind of way, but there’s certainly melodies flowing between the different instruments that are slowly engraving themselves onto my brain. Whether they’re on the untypical stylophone or on an electric guitar, or even just in the vocals, they’re there. If it’s sticking in your head then it’s just this little thing called good song writing. Embrace it.
Still, I find it all a little odd. Like I’ve said, these are well written songs and The Burning Of Rome certainly have a knack for writing these awesome melodies and hooks that fisherman would be all up for buying if I extend this metaphor into a fishing shop or something. However, it is odd.
There’s something peculiar that doesn’t feel too right. For example, fourth track 'Norman Bates' is plodding along quite well and then suddenly escalates into this humongous wall of noise and it’s all crashing around until it ends how it began, with this simple little hook. It’s a similar get up with 'Wake Up Edamame' that honestly reminds me of Torche. Yeah, Torche.
On the whole ‘With Us’ gleams with this song writing ability that The Burning Of Rome haven’t fully utilised. They’ve certainly got the knack, but it needs to be a bit more rounded off and I think things will look a bit better. Or maybe it’s just me. Maybe I don’t get it. Still, I did enjoy my journey. Take the journey yourself.
'With Us' by The Burning Of Rome is out now on Surfdog Records.
Words by Mikey Brown (@MikeyMiracle)