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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.
It’s Tuesday night in Manchester; a day slap bang in the middle of the working week when everyone would generally be at home waiting for another dreaded work day. However, according to one band this is irrelevant, and they firmly believe that every night should be wild and filled with shenanigans. Since this band is the greatest rock ‘n roll band on the planet of the last ten years, it is probably best to take their word for it.
Being an unusually suited choice of opening band, Northern Irish noise rockers Axis Of are thick sounding and very engaging to watch. Leading the assault is a loud throbbing bassline that coils around the mind like an anaconda, with shifts from melody to throaty yells riding along the Helmet like rhythms. For an opening band, Axis Of certainly pack a punch and keeps everyone on their toes for the night ahead. (3.5/5)
Strolling onto the stage with their snotty Canadian mannerisms, Single Mothers play their style of ballsy rock ‘n roll hardcore punk to a full packed room. It takes a while to get one’s head round about what this band wants to be, and as soon as it clicks you realise that there’s more to them than meets the eyes and ears. They have plenty of fire in them to carry their performance at full speed ahead and by the end of their set you nod your head in agreement at the laid back tenacity of the band. (3.5/5)
As the lights go down, the crowd becomes restless for a while, until they become reassured by the very presence of The Bronx who push the pedal and swing a wrecking ball of a performance to fantastic results. Every song the band plays gets a thrilling reaction from the crowd; the likes of ‘Shitty Future’, ‘Under the Rabbit’, ‘Knifeman’ and ‘False Alarm’ see a consistent and chaotic pattern of bodies lapping over the stage, throats being pushed to their limit in yells, and a friction of pushing and shoving that causes a feverous heat to rise only getting the attendees more rowdy by the minute.
Sure the words yelled by Matt Caughthran are indecipherable but since this is The Bronx, a band who has the complete wizardry and energy to harness such noise, it doesn’t matter. After a 3 minute breather in the form of ‘White Guilt’, the fire returns right where it should be lit. The charisma and charming personality of Caughthran allows the band to pick their audience piece by piece, until they turn into jelly. This reaches the stratosphere as soon as Caughthran gets into the crowd and creates a furious buzz during fan favourite ‘They Will Kill Us All (Without Mercy)’, which leaves a scorched trail as he shifts around the room.
Tonight’s positive response and energy is given one last push during the two hit combo of ‘Heart Attack American’ and ‘History’s Stranglers’, the effects of which are being felt by the security behind the barrier. Ladies and gentlemen, I stand by and reiterate my previous point, The Bronx are the greatest rock n roll band to grace this earth and they are an untouchable live force. Don’t miss them! (4.5/5)