On first listen we fell in love Noyo Mathis and knew that 'Endure' needed to be heard. It's post hardcore meets emo meets indie meets math rock. Take a listen to the full EP right here.
Without a doubt Neck Deep are one of this years breakout bands. After kicking off the year
with the release of their debut LP, 'Wishful Thinking', the Wrexham pop-punk five piece haven’t stopped touring since. From festival appearances throughout the UK and Europe to 2 months in North America as part of the Vans Warped Tour. We caught up with vocalist Ben Barlow and bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans at the Leeds Festival. They discussed their past festival experiences, supporting Blink-182, their up and coming UK headline tour and being
“leaders” of the UK pop-punk movement.
With the festival season more or less over for another year, it’s time for a whole load of
exciting releases to see the light of day. September sees a plethora of exciting releases, so much so that the Already Heard team were spoilt for choices when it came to picking this months must hear releases. Nevertheless they've completed the tricky task and picked out their five must-hear releases for the coming month.
With their combination of refreshingly introspective lyrics, crisp riffs and bouncy choruses, Homebound tick all the right boxes when it comes to promising UK pop-punk bands. Their debut EP, 'Coming of Age' sees the young band make a confident first mark on the ladder to greater things. We spoke to the band to discuss the importance of a debut release, and the comeback of pop-punk.
Packing stadium sized rock anthems with an incredibly striking emotional punch, and graced with one of the most staggeringly unique vocal talents to have graced the UK Rock scene in a long time, Cambridge’s Lonely The Brave have become one of the single most talked about new bands to emerge in recent years. With their debut album ‘The Day’s War’ finally released this week, Already Heard caught up with lead guitarist Mark Trotter and Bassist
Andrew Bushen at last weekend’s Leeds Festival.
We've got a full review, live photos and interviews from one of the highlights of the summer - Leeds Festival.
There is a lot of this jangly indie/punk/emo crossover coming out at the moment, wouldn’t you agree? You know the types, twinkly guitars, out of tune but catchy vocals giving anyone a hope to front a band, emotive and heartfelt lyrics. Sounds familiar doesn’t it. Well Glocca Morra are another band producing such a sound and their new EP 'An Obscure Moon Lighting An Obscure World' contains everything stated above.
As I am new to the sounds of Glocca Morra, I checked out their older material and it appears that they have softened their sound slightly. Developing the typical indie sound most people associate with its done a lot but these guys are doing it well enough to be deemed a credible band.
It’s a short release (it lasts around 13 minutes) of six tracks containing seemingly similar songs, but on a number of listens you can pick out the stand out tracks and features. ‘Gun Control’ is a strong song, with a driving guitar chord progression strengthening the vocal lines of the verse. Its chorus is simple but it has the right criteria- with the lyrics merely chanting “Don’t call my name, this will never be the same” it is sure to be a crowd pleaser at lives shows; its simplicity and ease to recall the lyrics certainly makes this a stand out track. The duel vocals on 'For Lauren Lee' brings a more uplifting tone in contrast to its previous track, it contains a real quaint jangly, twiddly guitar riff in the second chorus and again adds to that uplifting feeling of the track.
The definitive track on this release and my personal favourite is closing track 'Deep Pocket' which showcases the true all round sound of this band. What seems clear from this band is the layers they can apply to their songs, they take something simple like a three chord progression and add to it making the song as interesting as possible and progressing that simplicity until it becomes this layered interesting sound by the time the tracks end. The aggression that seems to have lacked in this release returns in this track and it is a burst of energy. There is of course the contrasting vocals, the dulcet tone of the dual vocals provides a nice opposing vocal style also.
The truth is I am not the biggest fan of this genre of music, I don’t hate it though because bands like Glocca Morra make it interesting and fun to listen to, they combine that punk and indie style together nicely, although I would like to hear a bit more aggression in the tracks it is a delight listening to this.
'An Obscure Moon Lighting An Obscure World' by Glocca Morra is out now on Kind Of Like Records.
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Words by Robert Maddison (@bertmaddison)