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.
Last week we announced a change to our regular Friday feature - Something For The Weekend. Over the coming weeks and months, Already Heard will be working with a selection of guest writers to produce your weekly dose of Something For The Weekend. These guest writers will come in the form of those involved in the music industry; people from independent labels and bands will be showcasing a variety of up and coming bands and artists that you need to know about.
This week its the turn of Travis J. Groo of Autumn + Colour Records takes the reigns to showcase three up and coming bands.
Autumn + Colour Records is a Atlanta, Gergia-based label formed in 2011 by Travis J Groo and Todd Richard Stevens. The label is home to Indie-Pop trio Sick/Sea, Alt-Indie group Austin Archer and Neo-Folk’s Sleepy Turtles.
A real unique sound for such a young band. Most 20 year old musicians wouldn’t be writing this type of music. If the strokes were to start all over again in 2012, this is probably what they would sound like. The guys have an honest drive for success, and I do believe they will make it if they keep up their hard work. Young bands need to take note. Learn from these young kids who are showing up even some seasoned musicians. Artists must give respect where respect is due, which is where I will leave it. You make up your own mind.
The Well Reds
This band recently raised over $6k on KickStarter. They have a way of relating to their fans in a way that should be noted. If bands want to make something special then they need to step up their game and step out of the box. When bands work harder and smarter than their competition, magical things happen. This band understands what it takes to stand out, and their fans will more than likely agree. We need to see more of this. It’s always nice to see independent artist with real movement and real fans. There’s nothing fake here!
When I stumbled across this group of talented dudes, I was instantly interested in seeing them play live. I was reminded of the early days of Taking Back Sunday and Rise Against. They have a punk edge with modern emo-punk overtones. I expect this band to continue to grow and create entertaining music for quite some time. They have a raw approach with writing. Although the vocals could use some adjusting, which they tell me they’re working on, they still have a “real” sound that’s not over produced. Fans of the 90’s must check this band out.
Stockholm links: Bandcamp.
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