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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.
We as music consumers have our favourite labels - mostly because when you see a certain label’s release, even if you have never heard the band before, you have a good idea of what’s in store. If you see the Deathwish label, for instance, you’re prepared that the music is most likely to be skull-crushingly heavy. If you see a Fat Wreck Chords label, you know that you’re in for some riotous and rollicking three-chord punk. Oxford’s Alcopop! Records have a reputation for releasing fun, eclectic and accessible indie-pop, usually on a fairly mathy slant - but even for them, this EP from Bear Cavalry is a little leftfield.
The four-piece, hailing from the sleepy town of Gosport, Hampshire, play a groove-driven style that falls somewhere between Vampire Weekend, Tall Ships and Everything Everything, a constantly surprising and interesting piece that provides for head-nod inducing rhythms in spadefuls. This four-tracker, following on from last years 'Maple Trails' EP, is a wee stunner, brimming with sumptuous basslines and constantly shuffling style and approach, always remaining fresh. ‘Aubrey Plaza’, named for the actress who portrays April in NBC sitcom “Parks And Reaction”, is a record highlight, from the Talking Heads-esque synth lilts underlying the verse to the soaring, mammoth chorus, this song is an absolute gem.
'Trail Dust And Good Water' is another banger; the early part of the song has an almost seductive quality, as horns and synths lay over a hooky bassline, like a hazy, smoky slowdance in a John Hughes movie, leading to an incendiary finish that sends this EP off on a mightily high note.
A surprising record, and one definitely not expected to emerge from Alcopop!'s fine roster, 'Puryss' constantly and consistently delivers in a style that simultaneously feels comfortably familiar and brand new, and is a fantastic introduction to a band that seem destined to worm their way into a wider consciousness sooner rather than later.
'Puryss' by Bear Cavalry is out on the 5th November through Alcopop! Records.
Words by Ollie Connors (@olliexcore)