On first listen we fell in love Noyo Mathis and knew that 'Endure' needed to be heard. It's post hardcore meets emo meets indie meets math rock. Take a listen to the full EP right here.
Without a doubt Neck Deep are one of this years breakout bands. After kicking off the year
with the release of their debut LP, 'Wishful Thinking', the Wrexham pop-punk five piece haven’t stopped touring since. From festival appearances throughout the UK and Europe to 2 months in North America as part of the Vans Warped Tour. We caught up with vocalist Ben Barlow and bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans at the Leeds Festival. They discussed their past festival experiences, supporting Blink-182, their up and coming UK headline tour and being
“leaders” of the UK pop-punk movement.
With the festival season more or less over for another year, it’s time for a whole load of
exciting releases to see the light of day. September sees a plethora of exciting releases, so much so that the Already Heard team were spoilt for choices when it came to picking this months must hear releases. Nevertheless they've completed the tricky task and picked out their five must-hear releases for the coming month.
With their combination of refreshingly introspective lyrics, crisp riffs and bouncy choruses, Homebound tick all the right boxes when it comes to promising UK pop-punk bands. Their debut EP, 'Coming of Age' sees the young band make a confident first mark on the ladder to greater things. We spoke to the band to discuss the importance of a debut release, and the comeback of pop-punk.
Packing stadium sized rock anthems with an incredibly striking emotional punch, and graced with one of the most staggeringly unique vocal talents to have graced the UK Rock scene in a long time, Cambridge’s Lonely The Brave have become one of the single most talked about new bands to emerge in recent years. With their debut album ‘The Day’s War’ finally released this week, Already Heard caught up with lead guitarist Mark Trotter and Bassist
Andrew Bushen at last weekend’s Leeds Festival.
We've got a full review, live photos and interviews from one of the highlights of the summer - Leeds Festival.
After experiencing numerous lineup changes over the last few years, Funeral For A Friend look like a different band we got to know 10 years ago with the release of their début album, ‘Casually Dressed & Deep in Conversation.’ Nevertheless despite the change of faces, the band’s riff-filled, engaging sound certainly remains intact on album number six - 'Conduit'.
Coming in at just under the half hour mark, the South Wales group don’t leave any room for filler as they rip their way through eleven tracks full of heavy riffs and soaring vocals from the ever familiar Matthew Davies-Kreye.
As a whole 'Conduit' is more consistently heavy whereas previous releases have varied in style and standard. Recent singles 'The Distance' and 'Best Friends And Hospital Beds' are dominated by sharp guitars and new drummer Pat Lundy pounds his way through the latter.
'Nails' is hard-hitting and lyrically shows how the bands changes have affected Davies as he sings “it’s getting harder to stay true” yet throughout 'Conduit' you feel FFAF have overcome their obstacles and found their feet on the ground.
As the record progresses, it’s very much apparent Funeral are at home with their edgy, hardcore-influenced sound as 'Death Comes To Us All' has blistering drum work from Lundy and intricate riffs, whilst 'Travelled' stomps it way through with Davies-Kreye gives it a hint of favourable melody.
Admittedly ‘Conduit’ lacks variation and at times you feel each track blends into one another, however it’s the band’s relentless energy and superb musicianship that carries the album through to the end where you are rewarded with 'High Castles' a track that combines the band’s cut-throat riffs, domineering rhythm section and appreciative vocals into one all mighty finale. As Davies-Kreye declare, “our words are weapons, they are our shield” you can’t help but feel Funeral are content with where they are right now; a place where they can still grow yet simultaneously influence other rising UK bands.
'Conduit' is a message from a band that are willing to evolve in sound but at the same time reminds you why you’ve been a fan for the past 10 years; heavy, energetic and passionate.
'Conduit' by Funeral For A Friend is released on 28th January through Distiller Records.
Words by Sean Reid (@seanreid86)