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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.
Today we’re launching a new feature on Already Heard - ‘Fives.’ The concept is simple; pick a band, topic or theme and pick the five best or worst. Expect to see a range of ‘Fives’ over the coming months.
Next week the fifth instalment of Fearless Records’ ‘Punk Goes Pop’ compilation series is released and to warm you up for the next barrage of insane (and absurd) covers, Already Heard’s Aaron Wilson and Rosie Kerr got together to pick out the five best songs from the previous ‘Punk Goes Pop’ compilations.
Tonight Alive - Little Lion Man (from ‘Punk Goes Pop 4’)
(Orignally by Mumford and Sons)
Mumford and Sons are by far one of my favourite current chart artists and this song sung with female vocals (Jenna McDougall) actually works. Turning this quiet folk track into a hard hitting guitar driven pop/rock song is no easy feat, but Tonight Alive pull this off perfectly. (RK)
Sleeping With Sirens - Fuck You (from ‘Punk Goes Pop 4’)
(Originally by Cee Lo Green)
A pop song which was released as two different versions, ‘Fuck You’ or ‘Forget You’ whatever one you prefer it’s a catchy as hell song. This song feels like it was purposely written with frontman Kellin Quinn in mind as the song fits his vocal range perfectly and he sounds great. The song itself is heavy with added melodic guitar parts and compliments the vocals well with an added breakdown near the end it finishes the song on a high. (AW)
Silverstein - Runaway (from ‘Punk Goes Pop 4’)
(Originally by Kanye West)
Kanye West is ridiculous, in the best possible way. When I saw this track had been covered it was the one I was most eager to hear. I consider myself a very big Kanye fan, and this version sincerely gave me goosebumps. I think the highlight of this is mostly the vocals being completely on mark. AWESOME. (RK)
A Day To Remember - Over My Heard (Cable Car) (from ‘Punk Goes Pop 2’)
(Originally by The Fray)
The song that was to make The Fray a massive success in the US and UK, covered by one of the scenes heaviest pop punk bands - A Day To Remember. It’s a great mix of pop-style vocals mixed, with the heavy melodic guitar and double bass drums scattered with some aggressive screams to showcase the emotive chorus lyrics. (AW)
Further Seems Forever - Bye Bye Bye (from ‘Punk Goes Pop’)
(Originally by N*Sync)
One of the more credible artists on these albums, Further Seems Forever manage to turn this into a song of their own. The original really is a fantastic offering of pop, but you wouldn’t know this was a cover were it not for the familiarity of this song. (RK)
‘Punk Goes Pop 5’ is released on 5th November on Fearless Records.
Words by Rosie Kerr (RK) & Aaron Wilson (AW). Introduction by Sean Reid.