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Once again 2012 has a been another great year for music. It’s been a year full of surprises and disappointments but most importantly brilliant music, and with the festive period quickly approaching, we’re getting all retrospective here at Already Heard, so what better time to reveal our Top 10 Records of the Year!
After much discussion, the Already Heard team have come up with what we think are the best ten records of the past twelve months. These ten records are a culmination of what each member of the Already Heard team has picked as their favourite releases from this year. From Ohio-based Pop Punk to Prog Rock concept albums to Americana Punk Rock and much more, we think our Top Ten Records of the Year is diverse and truly shows what Already Heard is all about.
10. Our Time Down Here - Midnight Mass
Our Time Down Here's 'Midnight Mass' is an incredible progression in the right direction. Not only do you feel as though the band are now achieving a sound that they set out to a long time ago, it’s exactly the fresh take on music that’s needed. We come across so many bland and average records that to have even just one that’s portraying a sense of something unique is refreshing.
Track to track show how the Southampton band can tackle a little from all genres. 'The Reckoning' proves to fans that they can, and could, continue on the hardcore ball they began rolling. Then tracks like ‘Crystal Effigy’ prove how diverse and how much inspiration from all kinds of art this band take.
If you want to listen to an album that doesn’t sound like anything you’ve heard before, 'Midnight Mass' is the one, and this is why it takes right of place in the Already Heard top ten of 2012. (RK)
The first band that Already Heard catches today at Merthyr Rock on the first full day of music, is Red And Blacks. The band sound like they have come via Nashville to Merthyr today, displaying a sound and style heavily influenced by The White Stripes. As well as their name tipping a hat to the famous bands colour scheme, the drummer also dresses De Stijl. Their bluesy brand of punk influenced rock is a pleasant way to start the day.
Up next is Manchester’s finest ska-punk band, Sonic Boom Six. With a new album on the way next month, you could forgive the band if they had their mind’s elsewhere, however this is not the case. They produce a real highlight of the afternoon with their inherently fun set that gets the crowds dancing. With older songs like ‘Bang Bang Bang Bang’ and ‘Dangers of Rock and Roll’ which is described by lead singer/rapper and bassist Barney “Boom” as “a little bit of hip-hop, a little bit of ska and a whole lot of party.” It is an apt description for the band, as they go on to stoke the party vibe even more with covers of Wyclef Jean’s ‘It Doesn’t Matter’ and even a snippet of Limp Bizkit’s ‘Rollin’’ before thundering through new single ‘Virus’ and closing with ‘Piggy in the Middle.’ Definitely the most fun we’ve had at this time in the afternoon.
Photos by Sarah Louise Bennett.