It’s no doubt it has been an incredible summer of music, and it’s not over yet as the legendary Reading and Leeds Festival takes place this weekend. With dozens of acts playing across 8 stages over 3 days, there is lot to choose from. As always the Already Heard team has got together to pick out what we think are the 20 must-see acts at Reading and Leeds 2014.
Bloody Knees are the latest band to emerge from the UK lo-fi punk scene. On August 25th the quartet release their new EP, 'Stitches' which promises to be a catchy and raw in equal measures. We spoke to vocalist Bradley Griffiths to discuss the new EP, joining Dog Knights Productions, being part of the UK emo and lo-fi resurgence and more.
If metalcore is your thing then say hello to From Her Eyes. The Welsh quartet are exclusively streaming their debut EP 'Demons' 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.
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