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.
The Sky Life returns with their third full-length ‘Caves’ , a record that’s overall sound is difficult to corner into one genre. Their ambient twist on indie pop rock gives the band an edge, a unique sound that you don’t often find. Having read about the record before listening to it, I learnt that unlike The Sky Life’s previous offerings, ‘Caves’ explores themes of sadness and reflection. I was intrigued to have a listen to see whether or not I could empathise with this.
‘Ask Anything’ opens the record with echoed vocal work, kicking into a mid-paced rhythm that soon journeys into a much more ambient and emotional section. This continues throughout the rest of the track, complimented by the soft vocal combinations made up within the band. ‘Stop Thinking’ introduces more dominant acoustic guitar than the previous track, still keeping up with the peaceful aura that The Sky Life excel at creating. The guitar and piano combination produces a beautiful sound that I could happily sit and listen to all day long.
‘Hey, I’m Coming Home’ is initially much more piano and synth focused; with the introduction of acoustic guitar later in the track and the mixture of all three instruments create a stunning atmospheric sound that captures my emotions. There is a definite element of sadness in ‘Son To The Seed’ and I can feel the emotion in the vocals especially towards the end of the track, with this reiterated by the chilling synths. Final track ‘Freeman’ ends ‘Caves’ on a beautiful note, continuing with the peaceful yet powerful sound that The Sky Life still prove to excel at. It impresses me that the combination of piano, acoustic guitar and synths can and have worked so well together throughout the whole of this record.
The Sky Life’s song writing is like no other I have come across before: its unique style really gives this band a standout sound and ‘Caves’ is the perfect example of an exceptionally written record. I can’t find many, if any faults with this full-length and its distinctiveness captured my attention and emotions from start to finish. ‘Caves’ is an excellent record that is worth checking out; no matter what your musical preferences are I am more than certain that you will emphasise with it, and appreciate the reflection that the band base their music around.
'Caves' by The Sky Life is out now on Deep Elm Records.
Words by Hannah Gillicker (@HannahGillicker)