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.
Over the last couple of weeks we’ve teased there would be changes to our regular Friday feature - Something For The Weekend and today we’re pleased to announce these changes.
Over the coming weeks and months, Already Heard will be working with a selection of guest writers to produce your weekly dose of Something For The Weekend. These guest writers will come in the form of those involved in the music industry; people from independent labels and bands will be showcasing a variety of up and coming bands and artists that you need to know about.
This week Animal Style Records owner Matt Medina kicks off our series of guest writers by highlighting three must-see bands at this weekend’s punk rock gathering - The Fest 11 in Gainesville, Florida.
Since it’s formation in July 2008, Animal Style Records has grown to become one of the most reliable Punk Rock record labels with its back catalogue consisting of releases from the likes of Mixtapes, Hold Tight!, Belvedere, Kite Party and more.
Here’s what Matt’s three picks for this week’s Something For The Weekend.
"With The Fest 11 taking place this weekend I thought I’d share a couple of bands I’m excited to see for the first time and one that hits very close to home.”
There’s something about writing a catchy song without having to repeat the same chorus over and over but House Boat manages to do it throughout this record (‘The Thorns Of Life.’) This was my favorite pop-punk record from last year, and I haven’t found anything since that captivates the way this does. They’re nearly perfect at what they do and have managed to write an album that I still constantly listen to over a year after its release.
It takes a lot for me to get excited about most heavier things now, but when it hits right I can’t get enough of it. If Bone Dance aren’t touring with Converge or Baroness by this time next year there’s something wrong with the world. They have the right balance of sludgyness mixed into their style of hardcore, and I can’t get enough of it. This brings me back to what initially made me get into the genre and because sometimes you just need to bang your head.
The Fake Boys
I don’t often get the chance to completely gush about records I love, let alone when its something I’ve released, but my love affair for 'Pig Factory' is unlike most. Ryan from Mixtapes passed the track 'You're a Loser'to me late last year and I was more or less floored from the start. There was something about it that was filled with intensity, melody, and a bizarre sense of heaviness that melded perfectly together.
Getting to talk to Jim (Domenici,) or rather hearing Jim talk to me, not only made me fall deeper in love with his band’s record but solidified the fact that I needed to release it. 'Pig Factory' embodies what The Fake Boys are trying to do and they hit it in full stride. The best part about the record is I can’t think of any record or band that sounds quite like this record and I think that speaks volumes for their originality. A lyrically poignant and thematic record from start to finish I can feel the desperation from every line, this is the best record of 2012.
If your label or band would like to become a guest writer for Something For The Weekend contact Sean Reid to find out more information.