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.
Joining a fine-vein of pun-based indie band names, including Joanna Gruesome, Joy Orbison, Rad Stewart and Jean Claude Jam Band, Canadians Oh No! Yoko here release ‘Sorrow’, their follow-up to 2011 mini-album 'PAU PAU' (an album that contained '90's Kids', possibly the best pop single nobody has heard). The record begins with an odd, atmospheric post-rock-esque track, more in the vein of countrymen Godspeed You! Black Emperor, but it’s not long before 'Mimi Ashi' announces itself with the quite wonderful lyric “Kill all your friends, they look just like their dogs”. A rambunctious, hooky rampage through two minutes of chaotic math-flavoured indie-pop, this ensures the record sets off in fine fettle.
An incredibly short release, clocking in at just under 10 minutes, these songs infallibly push themselves on your conscious, create as lasting an impression as possible and leave without so much as a prolonged farewell. You can easily appreciate why this release has come out on Alcopop! Records - its general feel is of their entire roster all playing at the same time, replacing the ramshackle English charm of those bands with a real sense of what makes a truly smashing pop-hook. This has less of a polished feel than 'PAU PAU'; this is the raw sound of a tight-as-a-gnat’s-sphincter math-pop band, and it’s glorious. An all-too-short release but an unbelievably promising one nonetheless, this needs to be in your ears if you ever wanted a version of Vampire Weekend who sound like they like to party.
'Sorrow' by Oh No! Yoko is out on 19th November on Alcopop! Records.
Words by Ollie Connors (@olliexcore)