On first listen we fell in love Noyo Mathis and knew that 'Endure' needed to be heard. It's post hardcore meets emo meets indie meets math rock. Take a listen to the full EP right here.
Without a doubt Neck Deep are one of this years breakout bands. After kicking off the year
with the release of their debut LP, 'Wishful Thinking', the Wrexham pop-punk five piece haven’t stopped touring since. From festival appearances throughout the UK and Europe to 2 months in North America as part of the Vans Warped Tour. We caught up with vocalist Ben Barlow and bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans at the Leeds Festival. They discussed their past festival experiences, supporting Blink-182, their up and coming UK headline tour and being
“leaders” of the UK pop-punk movement.
With the festival season more or less over for another year, it’s time for a whole load of
exciting releases to see the light of day. September sees a plethora of exciting releases, so much so that the Already Heard team were spoilt for choices when it came to picking this months must hear releases. Nevertheless they've completed the tricky task and picked out their five must-hear releases for the coming month.
With their combination of refreshingly introspective lyrics, crisp riffs and bouncy choruses, Homebound tick all the right boxes when it comes to promising UK pop-punk bands. Their debut EP, 'Coming of Age' sees the young band make a confident first mark on the ladder to greater things. We spoke to the band to discuss the importance of a debut release, and the comeback of pop-punk.
Packing stadium sized rock anthems with an incredibly striking emotional punch, and graced with one of the most staggeringly unique vocal talents to have graced the UK Rock scene in a long time, Cambridge’s Lonely The Brave have become one of the single most talked about new bands to emerge in recent years. With their debut album ‘The Day’s War’ finally released this week, Already Heard caught up with lead guitarist Mark Trotter and Bassist
Andrew Bushen at last weekend’s Leeds Festival.
We've got a full review, live photos and interviews from one of the highlights of the summer - Leeds Festival.
South African alt-rock kings Seether have come along way from their beginnings in Pretoria to dominate rock radio airwaves Stateside. The band, led by vocalist and guitarist Shaun Morgan and completed by bassist Dale Stewart and drummer Jon Humphries, first rose to major prominence with the singles ‘Broken’, ‘Fine Again’ and ‘Remedy’. Now a decade later, the trio have an enviable back catalogue of smash hit singles under their belts and even organised their own charitable festival.
Following on from their recent Download appearance, Seether have returned with album number five ‘Isolate and Medicate’.
As the name suggests neither time or success has dimmed the band’s emotional depth or tamed the bite of their hard hitting songwriting. Opener ‘See You At The Bottom’ begins with a downtrodden tuned down bass and guitar lines before exploding potently into life with Morgan’s trademark soulful growl.
The album’s first standout moment comes in the form of ‘Same Damn Life’, a punchy, unexpectedly poppy effort highlighted by an accomplished falsetto from Morgan in the chorus but still packed with Seether’s trademark grit and angst.
First single ‘Words as Weapons’ is fairly standard Seether fare, a distortion driven nu-metal feeling chorus given added feeling by some spine tingling vocal harmonies from Morgan, as the frontman shows off an impressive and varied vocal range.
In the form of ‘Crash’ Morgan and co have created their most stirring and emotionally effecting track since 2008’s ‘Rise Above This’. The song is a sweeping ballad, laden with intricately layered guitar lines and some more great vocal work from Morgan. Effortlessly understated in the verses before gearing up for a stratospheric deliver for the chorus hook.
’Watch Me Drown’ is another song destined to be a single number, upbeat and up tempo muted guitars providing deceptively positive backing as the vocals snarl a dark lyrical description of a soul destroying negative relationship.
Thanks largely due to Seether’s close relationship with legendary producer Brendan O’Brian (Pearl Jam), the whole album come across as tight and focused, with every layer of instrumentation serving a purpose.
Things finish in wistfully reflective fashion with slow burning acoustic ballad ‘Save The Day’, the track builds beautifully before breaking out into a final electric guitar backed chorus and one of the record’s few guitar solos
’Isolate and Medicate’ is another strong release from one of the world’s most consistent alt-rock outfits, and once again states the case for Morgan being by far one of his genre’s most under-rated songwriters. Although not taking the band into any form of new territory, or being quite as excellent as ‘Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces’, every track on ‘Isolate and Medicate’ has the good enough to be a single feel, as well as being loaded with levels of genuine and relatable feeling and emotion that would seem forced coming out of the mouths and amps of similar acts.
'Isolate and Medicate' by Seether is out on the 30th of June on Spinefarm Records.
Words by Dane Wright (@MrDaneWright)