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
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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.
"This must be absolutely smashing live!" are the handful of words that, almost necessarily, come to mind when one’s ears are confronted to the noise-rock sonorities of Die! Die! Die! Adequately equipped with the traditional garage-rock set-up, the Dunedin-hailing lads provide angular, abrasive, shoegaze-tinged, alternative rock that isn’t averse to tasteful endeavours into melodic territory. Considering ‘Harmony’ is the New Zealand outfit’s fourth album, it should come to no surprise that their sound and songwriting have now reached such perfectly-honed levels, arguably placing the threesome on a podium of contemporary masters of the genre (fitting somewhere alongside the Raveonettes and The Jesus And Mary Chain).
‘Oblivious Oblivion’ opens to the sort of wavering noise that consistently finds itself the warm background of a large portion of their musical output. Driven by its bass, the energetic (yet measured) track introduces a lean, garage-style, approach that is considerably less effect-laden than the rest of the album, an experiment they complete with a simple Pixies-esque chorus. ‘Harmony’, on the other hand, is unrelentingly noisy and packed with enough effects to shame the Transformer movies. Effortlessly working transitions between the deceptively abrasive verse and poppy choruses, the track is a shining example of Die! Die! Die!’s ability to meld sweet melodies with the somewhat uninviting surface of noise-rock to great effect. It is joined, to similar success, by ‘Trinity’, and downright superb closer ‘Get Back’, which successively provides all of the album’s most visceral wall-of-noise moments.
However, lovers of the rougher end of noise rock FEAR NOT! The band do provide a couple of fine moments of caustic rock, as is the case on ‘Erase Waves’, its guitar scratching and screeching to the beat of tribalistic drums. ‘No One Owns A View’s energy thrives on angles and leaping vocals, as well as the unconditional support of an emphatically dirty bass. The real, yet not unwelcome surprise, comes courtesy of ballad of sorts ‘Seasons Revenge’. Indeed, amidst the controlled cacophony, Die! Die! Die! tone up the melody in order to accommodate the unusually touching character of the lyrics, without falling into pathos.
‘Harmony’ (the album), is another step forward away from the narrower hardcore approach of their beginnings toward an alt-rock experience that encompasses everything from gravelly noise to engrossing melodies, and all the space in between. Comfortable with experience, Die! Die! Die! appear to have nothing left to learn, yet their sonic exploration suggests a healthy curiosity, resulting in the admirable variety on display. Noise/shoegaze/punk/rock/whatever concoctions don’t really fit in the most accessible end of the musical spectrum, but this New Zealand lot are putting in a huge shift toward making it a more attractive affair.
'Harmony' by Die! Die! Die! is released on 1st April on Smalltown America.
Words by James Berclaz-Lewis (@swissbearclaw)