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.
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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.
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Coliseum’s fourth album, ‘Sister Faith’, drops at the end of this month and it is a damn good one. Full to bursting with fuzz-laden riffs, driving drums, and powerful vocals, this record will make for excellent listening across the summer months. The album absolutely explodes into being; dirty guitars come crashing from the start as ‘Disappearing from Sight’ sets the tone for the rest of the record. Throughout ‘Sister Faith’ what Coliseum showcase is their ability to keep things fresh. For every time something seems predictable, there’s something you didn’t see coming, it can be something as simple as an unexpected chord that keeps the entire album safe from growing boring.
Something else Coliseum seem to have made a habit of is fantastically gritty bass intros. ‘Under the Blood of the Moon’ comes with the pick of the bunch. It’s thunderous sludge and soon matched by similarly roaring backing. This album twists and turns often without ever straying too far from the solid path set from the beginning. On bass or guitar there’s a riff for every occasion on ‘Sister Faith’ – provided every occasion calls for a wonderful amount of distortion and grit, something every occasion could probably do with.
‘Late Night Trains’ is a stand out track. Those fuzzy riffs are at their mighty best here and the vocals nail it harder than ever before, with swells and drops rarely matched elsewhere on the album. Again, on ‘Everything Glass’, Coliseummaintain this fire whilst flitting seamlessly between vocals so huge they’re almost sing-along and slower sections so grimy you’ll think back fondly on your last shower. Well worth checking out if you’re interested in Coliseum.
'Sister Faith’ isn’t always so strong, however; occasionally it does allow itself to feel a little repetitive. I do love a dirty bass intro but the three in a row of ‘Love Under Will’, ‘Under the Blood of the Moon’, and ‘Used Blood’ do stand out as a little too continuous. These are three mighty songs, with three mighty basslines, but three in a row gives the impression that perhaps no one gave a thought to the fluidity of the record as a whole. As well as this one relatively minor complaint, the vocals occasionally hit an unusual step – on ‘Love Under Will’ I found myself imagining something of a Punx Jarvis Cocker moving his way through the track. They’re not bad vocals by any means, they just sit a tad odd.
Regardless of these negligible matters this is a strong album from start to finish, a distorted monster straight out of your sleazy nightmares.
'Sister Faith' by Coliseum is out on the 30th April on Holy Roar Records in the UK and on Temporary Residence Ltd. in the US.
Words by Tom Knott