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 been kicking about for a couple of years it’s nice to finally have a release from Birmingham based Light You Up. Debut EP 'Broken Jaw' contains four tracks of hook-laden, melodic pop-rock.
EP opener and lead single 'Firefox' contains one of the catchiest chorus’ we’ve heard this year. It’s always nice to hear a UK band producing such infectious music. This track ticks all the boxes for us and sets the EP off to a strong start.
Title track 'Broken Jaw' also delivers with vocalist Tom Napier singing every word like he means it. There’s also a subtle hint of Chuck Ragan style gruff vocal in there which is always pleasing. The track sounds a lot like a more endearing song by Transitand the work of the Transit side-project Misser. Again it is catchy and big on melody and hooks.
Closing track 'Lifebox' is a much more relaxed offering and is a welcome change. It shows off strong song writing capabilities and is haunting and uplifting without being too dark and moody.
This EP is a well-rounded offering for fans of pop-punk but will also appease fans of the old-school emo genre ala Saves The Day and The Get Up Kids. Light You Up are clearly not afraid to mix things up a little and show a vast range of influence and musical savvy on this short offering.
A full-length from this lot cannot come soon enough.
‘Broken Jaw’ by Light You Up is available now on Great Escape Records (digital) and Hang Tight Records (CD/Vinyl).
Words by Colin Henderson.