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.
Canadian pop punkers Seaway and Safe To Say have collaborated to release their ‘Split’ EP. Both bands have their own take on the genre, with Seaway compared to the likes of The Wonder Years and New Found Glory and Safe To Say sounding more like Balance and Composure and Title Fight. With this in mind I was looking forward to hearing the EP for myself to listen to both bands interpretation of pop punk.
Seaway opens the EP with their three tracks ‘Homewrecker,’ 'Middle Finger' and ‘Lifted.’ Starting the record with a fast-paced riff and being joined by drums to match, Seaway hit the pop punk nail on the head. This leads to the introduction of raw gravelly vocals that perfectly suit this genre.
‘Middle Finger’ slows down to a mid-pace but Seaway has still managed to keep hold of my attention with their infectious riffs that I naturally bop my head to. Their combination of two vocalists gives the track more substance, especially because of the difference in the softer and raw vocals.
‘Lifted’ ends Seaway’s contribution to the record, starting with a muffled radio style sound and then kicking into their crisp clear recording style. Yet again the two vocalist combination works great in this track and leaves me becoming a new found fan of the band.
Next up is Safe To Say, who open up their split with a short intro ‘Wished You The Worst’ and instantly welcoming a heavier take on pop punk with fast-paced riffs and also an experiment with a scream midway through. Their second track ‘Entirely’, similar to Seaway slows to a mid-pace but the almost shouted vocals still make their sound slightly heavier. The track also opens with this similar muffled sound to Seaway’s ‘Lifted’ but Safe To Say still manage to differentiate themselves enough for the record to not sound repetitive.
Ending ‘Split’ is ‘Dead Birds,’ another mid-paced offering that slows down in the verses and releases energy in the chorus. A standout section is the almost lone vocals that then kick into an infectious riff, a part of the track that I imagine would work well in a live performance.
With three songs from each band, their contributions are short and sweet but this has worked in their favour by intriguing me to check out what else Seaway and Safe To Say have to offer. Both have produced very easy-listening tracks to combine and make a great EP, with them being similar in their song structure but managing to differentiate themselves enough for the EP to not sound like it’s one band instead of two. If you love pop punk then you’ll love this ‘Split’ EP.
‘Split’ by Seaway/Safe To Say is released on November 15th through Mutant League Records.
Words by Hannah Gillicker (@HannahGillicker)