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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.
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.