Already Heard
FESTIVAL PREVIEW: HIT THE DECK 2014 - 10 MUST-SEE BANDS
As the festival season rolls on, this weekend the Hit The Deck Festival returns for its fourth outing. As always with over 40 bands playing across 6 stages, the Already Heard team has picked out 10 must-see bands to see at this weekend’s festival.
FIVES: MUST BUY RECORD STORE DAY 2014 RELEASES
This Saturday the 2014 edition of Record Store Day takes place. With wealth of rare
releases to buy, Already Heard and Jon Tolley of Banquet Records have picked out 5 must by RSD 2014 releases.
INTERVIEW: THE MENZINGERS
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.
ALREADY HEARD RECOMMENDS: NEW CITY KINGS
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.
VERSUS: ALKALINE TRIO - 'FROM HERE TO INFIRMARY' VS. 'MAYBE I'LL
CATCH FIRE'

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.
POP-PUNK A&R: BOSTON MANOR
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.
ALREADY HEARD RECOMMENDS: EMPLOYED TO SERVE
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
being part of the Holy Roar! roster, they chaotic yet contained live shows and more.
ALREADY HEARD TOUR TALES: HORNETS - MARCH 2014 UK TOUR
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.
EXCLUSIVE EP STREAM: WALLEATER - WALLEATER
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.
INDUSTRY INSIGHT: LEWIS JOHNS (PRODUCER)
In the first edition of our new "Industry Insight" feature, we talk to producer Lewis Johns
to find out his beginnings, his recent work with Funeral For A Friend, and Southampton's
Ranch Production House.


Feature: Already Heard’s Record of the Year 2012

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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. 

Let us know what you think to the list on our Facebook page or on Twitter.

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)

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Live Photos: Marmozets - Merthyr Rock 2012


Photos by Sarah Louise Bennett.

Live Photos: The James Cleaver Quintet - Merthyr Rock 2012


Photos by Sarah Louise Bennett.

Live Photos: Verses - Merthyr Rock 2012


Photos by Sarah Louise Bennett.

Live Photos: Lower Than Atlantis - Merthyr Rock 2012

Photos by Sarah Louise Bennett.

Live Photos: Save Your Breath - Merthyr Rock 2012

Photos by Sarah Louise Bennett.

Live Photos: Don Broco - Merthyr Rock 2012


Photos by Sarah Louise Bennett.

Live Photos: Straight Lines - Merthyr Rock 2012


Photos by Sarah Louise Bennett.

Live Photos: Exit Ten - Merthyr Rock 2012

Photos by Sarah Louise Bennett.

Live Photos: Exit_International - Merthyr Rock 2012

Photos by Sarah Louise Bennett.

Live Photos: Sonic Boom Six - Merthyr Rock 2012

Photos by Sarah Louise Bennett.

Live Photos: Razorlight - Merthyr Rock 2012

Photos by Sarah Louise Bennett.

Live Photos: Saves The Day - Merthyr Rock 2012

Photos by Sarah Louise Bennett.

Live Photos: The Lash - Merthyr Rock 2012

Photos by Sarah Louise Bennett.

Live Review & Photos: Merthyr Rock 2012 - Saturday (1/9/2012)

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.

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