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After receiving a five star review last month, next Monday sees the UK release of Twin Forks' self-titled debut album. However we're giving away three copies of the album. Find out how you can win one of thee copies here.
With Spring fast approaching and festival season starting soon, March sees a whole load of noteworthy releases. We take a look at five of the must hear releases this month.
Having only just formed last summer, Leeds punks Brawlers have quickly made a name for themselves for their insane live show. Now the quartet have unleashed their utterly brilliant debut EP 'I Am A Worthless Piece of Shit', an infectious collection of fun punk rock numbers. We talked to vocalist Harry George Johns to find out why the longtime friends formed
Brawlers and what 'I Am Worthless...' is all about.
After delivering one of the early contenders for album of the year, we catch up Modern Baseball to discuss ‘You’re Gonna Miss It All’, their forthcoming debut UK tour and miming
at the World Series.
In the second part of our "Studio Report" feature with Colt 45, the Cumbria punks finish their debut LP producer Romesh Dodangoda by recording vocals and more guitars. Take a look.
In the first of our new fortnightly feature where we highlight some of the most promising
bands in the pop-punk world, we talk to New York's Firestarter.
In the latest instalment of our "Tour Tales" feature, we join Wakefield quartet Morain on their recent tour supporting Durham four-piece Alexander.
With lead vocalist Matt Pryor having recently completed a solo UK tour, we highlight two albums from The Get Up Kids for the latest edition of "Versus". Already Heard writer Tom
Knott explains why 'Something To Write Home About' is "pure gold". Whilst Senior Editor
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Off With Their Heads are stalwarts of the punk scene; three full length studio albums as well as countless 7” and split releases and a relentless touring schedule lead us here, to ‘Home’; this release sees the band produce their most musically proficient album to date whilst still retaining their roots in the punk scene that birthed them.
From the screeching feedback on opening track ‘Start Walking’, it is clear the band are attempting to capture their magical live aesthetic on record; the most impressive thing about this being that they capture the magic and chaos of an Off With Their Heads live show without compromising on album sound quality. This may well be the tightest sounding and best produced album the band have ever made, evident in ‘Shirts’ which punches out with a burly riff, tight and rumbling bass line, and gutsy vocals to create, quite frankly, a force of nature. Incidentally, the album was produced by legendary Descendents drummer Bill Stevenson.
For those who are now worrying that ‘Home’ is over-produced and artificial, you needn’t. Tracks like ‘Altar Boy’ have therefinement of ‘On The Impossible Past’ era Menzingers, if their balls had dropped. Off With Their Heads are still very much the straight-up, fun loving punk band we all know and love, just tightened up slightly. This is no more the case than on the mind blowing ‘Nightlife’. Emotional and powerful, it is the most affecting and jaw-dropping track on ‘Home’ closely followed by the ballad (!) ‘Don’t Make Me Go’, a lament to being in a travelling band and the loss of identity that creates, with the distinctive gruff vocals of Ryan Young crying“Don’t make me go home/I’m wanted there less than I’m wanted here”.
Lyrically, ‘Home’ is unsurprisingly about finding an identity, both geographically and within oneself; ironically however, this record really sees the band find their footing as a unit. By the time closing track ‘Take Me Out’ comes around, you are very much aware you have listened to a very impressive record indeed.
‘Home’ is classic Off With Their Heads. The band is so punk that they probably bleed vinyl and beer. It is a record of tenderness, power and frustration. It is emotional and raucous in equal measures. It has all the markers of being one of the best albums of this year and it certainly holds its’ weight with the rest of the band’s impressive back catalogue. It can also boast at being the most accomplished music the band have ever made; ‘Home’ is a fantastic album from one of the hardest-working punk bands out there. Search it out and prepared to be blown away.
'Home' by Off With Their Heads is out on the 12th of March on Epitaph Records.
Words by Tom White (@whiteywitters)