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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.
As festival season fast approaches, a wealth of notable album releases are happening
in the coming months. We take a look at five must hear releases for April.
This edition of SFTW includes a heavily hyped Canadian punk band, a Philadelphian
lo-fi emo band and a brand new punk rock trio from the States who have recently released their first song.
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)