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.
Bristol based pop-punk band Run From Robots are due to release their new EP. 'Roads That Don’t Lead Home' on 5th November. Produced by Matt O’Grady (Deaf Havana/You Me At Six) and contains four tracks of typical pop-punk.
The EP starts off with 'You Might Rumble But We’re Louder Than Thunder' which offers some fast skate-punk styled drums and guitar. It’s full of energy and contains all the trademarks of a band being big fans of punk-rock. Things are going well until the vocals kick in; they sound awfully strained and are not really making any sort of impact on the song.
Next up is ‘Sleepless Days and Endless Nights’ it offers more of the same; fast guitars and drums with the addition of token gang vocals. Again the vocals are the weakest factor which is a shame because these guys can clearly write a decent pop-punk song.
Lead single ‘This Bus is Damned’ takes a more relaxed approach to start with, allowing the drums to drive the song. It’s nothing too radical though and again is more of the same. It sounds an awful lot like fellow UK pop-punksters Me. Vs. Hero.
Closing with ‘Assume This Song’s For You’ is again another rather formulaic approach to the pop-punk on offer. Let it be known we’re huge fans of the genre here at Already Heard but at least think outside the box. Again we’re treated to the works here; the fast parts, break downs, gang vocals and of course the fade out at the end.
'Roads That Don’t Lead Home' by Run From Robots is released on November 5th.
Words by Colin Henderson (@colinah87).