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.
As festival season fast approaches, a wealth of notable album releases are happening
in the coming months. We take a look at five must hear releases for April.
This edition of SFTW includes a heavily hyped Canadian punk band, a Philadelphian
lo-fi emo band and a brand new punk rock trio from the States who have recently released their first song.
Anberlin, Florida’s finest, have been on the scene for a decade now and have released a handful of albums, as well as playing countless shows. And now, they’ve recently released their sixth studio album ‘Vital’ to critical acclaim.
Kicking off with ‘Self-Starter’, Anberlin have set the bar high. Blazing energy and a cranked up tempo go hand-in-hand on this opening track, and seems to promise good things ahead. Tracks such as ‘Little Tyrants’ and ‘Someone Anyone’ show perfect execution; saucy guitar licks layered on top of pulsating drumming combine to create buzzing songs, whilst Stephen Christian’s liquid vocals slide effortlessly over the electric riffs.
Slowing things down a notch with ‘Innocent’, Anberlin give their fans but an instant to catch their breath before dragging them back into a breathless whirlwind, assaulting them with ‘Desires’. Roaring riffs and a hammering bass make for excellent listening, pushing the seams of the track to breaking point.
As Anberlin switch off with ‘God, Drugs & Sex’, it’s glaringly obvious that these guys aren’t going anywhere for now; whilst they continue to produce solid albums that create eargasms for their listeners, Anberlin have no need to hang up their coats.
‘Vital’ is an incredible album and needs to be on people’s playlists.
'Vital' by Anberlin is out now on Universal Republic.
Written by Jessica Tagliani (@JessTagliani)