This week Lansdale, Pennsylvania’s The Wonder Years released their fourth album - ‘The Greatest Generation,’ a record that sees the pop punk quintet reach their creative peak in a number of ways. With a wealth of material in their discography, Already Heard's Sean Reid and Tom Knott took on the tricky task of picking out the five best songs from The Wonder Years. Find out what we picked and let us know if you agree or disagree?
Following the release of their superb 'Signals' album, Mallory Knox have certainly become ones to watch in recent months. We caught up with the band to discuss joining Search & Destroy Records, how vital the festival season and touring are, what it feels like to be a part
of the expanding British rock scene and much more.
Over The Ocean have crafted a compelling, brooding record with their latest effort ‘Be Given To The Soil.’ With intense specific precision and delicate accuracy that echoes the likes of Explosions In The Sky and Sigur Ros. Jesse Hill from the band to discusses how the
album came together, the importance of precision, being compared to post-rock pioneers and more.
After a top ten UK album and an outstanding UK tour with festival dates on both sides of the Atlantic to follow, Bring Me The Horizon are having a fantastic 2013 and are now featured in the latest edition of "Versus." It's ‘There is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There is a Heaven, Let’s Keep it a Secret’ vs the bands latest release, 'Sempiternal.'
We catch up with Newcastle Indie Rock quartet Alexander to find out more about their debut album 'Say Hello' for a “Already Heard Track Guide” feature.
Having briefly returned to the UK for the Hit The Deck Festival before starting a European
tour, we caught up with vocalist/bassist Ned Russin to discuss the bands progression in sound, differences between UK and US festivals, their recent split with Touché Amoré,
having friends on tour and more.
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).