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We are incredibly pleased to stream 'Ugly', the new EP by The Sinking Feeling. Straight out
of Glasgow, the band combine 90s emo with hints of grunge and dual male/female vocals
for a tastier treat on the ears. It’s a huge wave of 90s nostalgia from this Scottish 3 piece.
After taking a break last year, Hevy Fest is back for 2014 and even though it’s downsized
from 3 days to 2, there still loads of awesome bands on offer. With over 40 bands playing
over the 2 days, there’s bound to be some clashes. Already Heard is here to give you 10
must-see bands to see at Hevy Fest next month.
Influenced by the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Saves The Day and The Get Up Kids, Sheffield quartet O Captain have bucket loads of potential of their debut EP is anything to go from. Entitled 'Ghetto Hikes', the bands lyrical sentiment mixed with a stirring indie-pop sensibility quickly won us over. We spoke to bassist Ryan Smith to find out more about the band, their influences, what Sheffield bands we should be listening to and more.
Ww've got reviews and a whole load of live photos from UK Tech Fest 2014.
Having reached over the half way mark, July is a good time to reflect upon the smorgasbord
of great albums that have come out so far this year. Read on to find out what the Already Heard team picked as their favourite releases of the year so far.
After 2 years away, Sonisphere makes it return to the UK. Check out our full coverage of the festival.
Senses Fail returns with brand new record ‘Renacer’ which translates from Spanish as “to be reborn”. This album title is very apt, with the band taking a leap in a heavier direction compared to past releases; the band has made a fresh, bold statement that could pleasantly surprise fans.
Title track ‘Renacer’ opens the record and certainly gives us a taste of the “rebirth” of Senses Fail, which can also be said for the likes of ‘Holy Mountain’ and ‘Closure/Rebirth’ amongst many others. Distinctive screams forefront steady but powerful percussion; chugged riffs contribute to a weighty sound produced by the band. All of these tracks feature softer, sung vocals particularly in the choruses, which are backed by the band’s classic melodies and show their calmer side.
‘Mi Amor’ is a captivating track and boasts mainly Spanish vocals; continuing the theme from the Spanish album title. The track has a faster pace and truly notes the heavier transition the band has made. Experimenting with vocal structures works in favour and the addition of group chants adds to the substance of the track. This can also be said for ‘Canine’, where verses boast brutal screams and hard-hitting group vocals; ‘Snake Bite’ also cleverly plays sung and screamed vocals off each other.
Slower offerings of ‘Renacer’ come in the form of ‘Glass’ and ‘Frost Flower’, where Senses Fail take advantage of the strong sung vocals that have featured less often in other tracks on the record. ‘Glass’ features some screamed vocals but the lyrics are elongated to fit with the calmer rhythms; ‘Frost Flower’ hosts a similar structure and features some powerful riffs which add weight to the slower track.
Senses Fail have succeeded with this record and this heavier progression has certainly worked in their favour: keeping classic elements such as their melodic choruses but focusing their efforts on darker riffs and foregrounding raw screams. ‘Renacer’ is a great record and although the structures of most tracks are similar and therefore slightly predictable, the record never gets repetitive and should please Senses Fail fans who will have been eagerly awaiting the release.
‘Renacer’ by Senses Fail is released on 25th March on Staple Records.
Words by Hannah Gillicker (@HannahGillicker)