Already Heard
INTERVIEW: NECK DEEP
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.
FIVES: MUST HEAR SEPTEMBER 2014 RELEASES
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.
INTERVIEW: LONELY THE BRAVE
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.
INTERVIEW: NECK DEEP
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.
FESTIVAL PREVIEW: READING AND LEEDS FESTIVAL 2014 - 20 MUST-SEE ACTS
It’s no doubt it has been an incredible summer of music, and it’s not over yet as the legendary Reading and Leeds Festival takes place this weekend. With dozens of acts playing across 8 stages over 3 days, there is lot to choose from. As always the Already Heard team has got together to pick out what we think are the 20 must-see acts at Reading and Leeds 2014.
HEVY FEST 2014
Check out our full coverage from this years Hevy Fest right here!


FIVES: Must Hear September 2014 Releases

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. From exciting UK debuts to anticipated follow ups, September looks like it’s going to be one of the best months of the year so far for new music.

With so much to choose from, the Already Heard team has completed the tricky task and picked out their five must-hear releases for the coming month.

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Lonely The Brave - The Day’s War
Originally set for release in early June, the Cambridge five-piece signed a worldwide deal with Columbia Records leading to 'The Day's War' being pushed back until September 1st. Nevertheless it still proves to be a momentous record that backs up any hype the quartet have had over the past 18 months.

With a mix of stringent guitar lines, soaring vocals and driving basslines, 'The Day's War' is one of the strongest debuts we’ve heard in quite sometime. If you’ve fallen in love with 'Trick of the Light', 'Backroads' and 'Victory Line', then 'The Day's War' offers many numbers along the same lines and much more (see the powerful 'Dinosaurs' and the delicate title track.)

Lonely The Brave aren’t just another heavily hyped band and 'The Day's War' will certainly back this fact up. Not one to be ignored. (SR)

'The Day's War' by Lonely The Brave is released on September 1st on Hassle Records.

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Interview: Lonely The Brave

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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 an awfully 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 shortly after the band’s stellar set on the Radio One/NME Stage at last weekend’s Leeds Festival.

AH: It seemed like the set went really well and drew a decent crowd for so early on the festival’s final day. How are you feeling?
Mark: We were really lucky. We were saying earlier, Sunday lunchtime we’d probably still be in bed ourselves. We were just grateful that people got up to see our little band from Cambridge. It’s pretty amazing.

Andrew: I was absolutely blown away by the response; it was a fantastic crowd. I’m glad everyone was still feeling up to having a turn out on Sunday morning.

AH: It’s been a busy festival season for the band already, has it been the high point of what has already been a remarkable year for Lonely The Brave?
Mark: It’s been bonkers. That’s the only way to describe it. We’ve been pretty much everywhere that would have us. That’s the honest way to put it.

Andrew: It’s been a busy year all round but the summer has been crazy. We’ve been to lots of places in Europe and done most of the UK festivals. We’ve had an amazing time.

AH: While you’ve been playing all the other festivals, have Reading and Leeds been the big ones on the horizon that you were looking forward to?
Andrew: I’ve been to lots of Reading Festivals as it’s near where I live. They are legendary events Reading and Leeds and it’s always an absolute honour to play.

Mark: We’d be here as punters even if we weren’t playing, so being able to be here and be on the other side of the fence is pretty special. We feel very lucky.

AH: Has it been hard to believe how quickly things have grown for Lonely The Brave over the last year or so?
Mark: This year has been mad, and we have to keep reminding ourselves that all of it has been off of the back of one EP. We were worried about doing this festival season because the album’s not out. We thought with the delays that there would be nobody here, I mean why would there be people coming to watch us. Fortunately there have been.

Andrew: Originally the album was going to be out at the start of June and we would have had that to push and we would have something more out there. Like Mark said, on the back of just a few singles things have been amazing.

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Interview: Neck Deep

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Love them or hate them, Neck Deep are one of 2014’s breakthrough 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. With festival appearances throughout the UK and Europe earlier in the year, they’ve recently returned from two months in North America as part of the Vans Warped Tour.

We caught up with the band back on home soil. Having recently supported their idols Blink-182, Already Heard spoke to vocalist Ben Barlow and bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans at the recent Leeds Festival.

Ben and Fil discussed their past festival experiences, supporting Blink-182, their up and coming UK headline tour and being “leaders” of the UK pop-punk movement.

AH: For starters can I get your name and role in the band?
Fil: I’m Fil. I play bass within the band Neck Deep.

Ben: I’m Ben. I sing in the band Neck Deep.

AH: This is your first time at Leeds. What are your expectations?
Ben: Well it’s our first time playing but we’ve attended before so we sort of know what to expect. I know Leeds crowds can be pretty rowdy. I know, if anything, Leeds is the messier half of Reading and Leeds. I’m expecting some rowdiness. I’m just expecting a lot of kids to come down. I’ve seen a few t-shirts knocking around. I think we will have a decent crowd.

Fil: There’s been a lot of build up to it because it’s been so long since we found out, it’s been growing and growing, now we’re here. So it’s like, “Ok, so how many people are actually come and see us?” Originally there was talk of us doing main stage, (and) we decided that wasn’t really for us. We didn’t think our crowd would “get it” on there and it would be too for us.

Ben: Yeah it would be too early for us to get out of bed.

Fil: We thought we would do the ranks at the Lock Up and work our way up. We didn’t want to go straight to the main stage. We’re really looking forward to it.

Ben: I think it’ll be good.

AH: You mentioned you’ve attended previous festivals. What are your memories from them?
Fil: I came to Leeds when the Kings of Leon headlined. It was the year I finished my GCSE’s because I remember my Mum called me with my results whilst I was camping. I did early bird ticket and went mental. So sick! I spent most of my day at the tent we’re playing today; the Lock Up tent. I saw Alexisonfire and Set Your Goals; that was tight.

Ben: I’ve been the past two years. Definitely the first year I came to Leeds Fest was one of the craziest times of my entire life.

Fil: Oh The Prodigy! That was the year I went. That was crazy! I remembered being absolutely lethered watching them. I was so far back but I was going crazy. I was like, “This is the best thing ever.”

Ben: Last year was decent. The first year I didn’t watch that many bands because it was that mental. We just fucked around all day. But last year I did actually go round and watch some bands. Biffy Clyro were sick, Green Day were sick last year. I saw Hacktivist and Eminem. Last year was fucking sick. I’m glad to have experienced from the mental side of it and the musical side of it.

Fil: I’ve only done it the once because it usually falls on my birthday, so I’m usually doing something when its on.

Ben: It’s just a good mix for everyone. It’s a good festival. It’s a really well-balanced line-up.

Fil: You just feel at home.

Ben: Yeah. It feels like this should be our festival in terms of the festival I would choose go to. Like Download is a heavy festival and I like it but sometimes the crowd there are a bit more “rock-orientated.” I think we fit more into this.

Fil: Yeah and it’s the sort of bands and music we like to listen to.

Ben: If there was a festival for us to play in the UK, it would be Reading and Leeds.

AH: Are there any bands you’re wanting to see whilst you’re here?
Fil: Blink obviously. A Day To Remember, Paramore, You Me At Six.

Ben: We miss Arctic Monkeys because we’re staying here tomorrow and then because we’re playing Reading on Sunday and they’re here. So we don’t get to see them which sucks. But yeah Blink, The Wonder Years, Flume. There’s a couple of DJ’s I want to see. There’s some really good bands. I think this is genuinely the best line-up since I’ve been going. If I wasn’t playing this year, I would probably still be here.

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Already Heard Track Guide: Alburn - Mouthful Of Glass EP

This week Scottish emo alt-rockers Alburn release their new EP - 'Mouthful of Glass' through Split Lies Records. The four-track release sees the quartet mixing up their influences; Brand New, Manchester Orchestra, and a host of Deep Elm Records bands, to produce a dynamic take on the quiet / loud style.

From the explosive 'The Nurses Can’t Help Me' to the delicate 'Sweetheart', 'Mouthful of Glass' is a thorough and raw EP that leaves you hungry for more.

As part of our on "Track Guide" feature, the band recently talked us through the four songs on 'Mouthful of Glass'.

If your band would like to set up a ‘Track Guide’ feature for Already Heard, please email Sean Reid.

1. The Nurses Can’t Help Me
This was the first song we wrote together as a band and it’s frankenstein of different ideas we all had previously penned for other songs. We wrote it in one night and was really the result of a conscious effort to write a straight up rock song. A lot of our previous material has been very dynamic and progressive and we felt like we just needed to kick off this EP with some in-your-face riffs and shouting.

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Leeds Festival 2014 - Already Heard Instagram Roundup

Missed Leeds Festival this past weekend? Want to see a snapshot of what we got up to? Well if you do, click read more below to view a roundup of our Instagram activity.

View more of Already Heard's Leeds Festival coverage here.

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Versus: Blink-182 - ‘Take Off Your Pants and Jacket’ vs ‘Untitled’

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Often in music the word “legend” is thrown around too easily but in the pop-punk world Blink-182 are just that - legendary!

Since forming in 1992 through mutual friends, bassist Mark Hoppus and guitarist Tom DeLonge have gone on to become icons of the genre, and along with second drummer, Travis Barker, are one of the most influential bands in pop-punk.

Having released a couple of releases within the underground scene during their early years, Blink-182 started making momentum with their 1997 LP, 'Dude Ranch', with its lead single, 'Dammit (Growing Up)' receiving national airplay but its with their 1999 follow-up, 'Enema of the State' which is when things really picked up for the trio.

Led by the worldwide hits that was 'All the Small Things' and 'What's My Age Again?', the record truly broke Blink-182 into the mainstream. Two years later, the band repeated the success with 'Take Off Your Pants and Jacket'. The 2001 record peaked the US Billboard 200 at number 1, and saw the band continue to tour in more arenas globally.

2003 saw the band take a somewhat change in musical direction. 'Untitled' took a more personal and darker approach which saw the band more away from their standard pop-punk sound. Nevertheless the change was welcomed by both fans and critics.

However in February 2005, the band confirmed an “indefinite hiatus”, with DeLonge become frustrated with creative freedom and the band’s heavy touring schedule resulting in time away from his young family.

The resulting breakdown in communications led to Delonge starting a new atmospheric arena-rock band called Angels and Airwaves, whilst Hoppus and Barker continued to work together in a new alt-rock band known as +44. Whilst both bands had an enthusiastic following from fans, critics were mixed about both AVA’s 'We Don't Need to Whisper' and +44’s 'When Your Heart Stops Beating'.

In February, 5 years on from confirming their hiatus, DeLonge, Hoppus and Barker appeared together at the Grammy Awards and announced they would be reuniting. After a North American reunion tour that year, followed by European festival appearances a year later, the bands released 'Neighborhoods' in September 2011. Much like the album’s recording sessions, the band’s returning effort was disjointed and lacked consistency of previous efforts.

In 2012 the band celebrated their 20th anniversary with a UK and European tour and ended the year with the release of 'Dogs Eating Dogs', a self-released and self-produced EP which saw the band work together in the studio. The EP benefitted from this by being a more focused set of songs that had elements of progression yet were distinctive Blink-182 at the core.

Now, as the band are set to play and headline the Reading and Leeds Festival this weekend, we’ve decided to bring back our "Versus" for a brief cameo appearance as Senior Editor Sean Reid and contributing writer Dane Wright battle out as they discuss their favourite Blink-182 albums.

Sean explains why 2001’s 'Take Off Your Pants and Jacket' is not only the band’s best album but one of the best pop-punk albums ever! Whereas Dane tells us why their 'Untitled' effort is their magnum opus.

What do you consider to be Blink-182’s best album and why? Let us know on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (by Sean Reid)
I’ll start off my defence of my chosen album by saying I consider Blink-182 being the first band I was an all-round fan of. They were the first band I saw live and the first band where I would go out and buy every album. Sure they’re not the most perfect band in the world but as a teenager they were “my band”.

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Festival Preview: Reading and Leeds Festival 2014 - 20 Must-See Acts


It’s no doubt it has been an incredible summer of music, and it’s not over yet as the legendary Reading and Leeds Festival takes place this weekend.

For many its the highlight of the festival season and rightly so. With major acts showing their worth on the main stage, to up and coming bands showcasing themselves on one of the many smaller stages. There is no doubt that Reading and Leeds Festival has plenty to offer and then some. With dozens of acts playing across 8 stages over 3 days, there is lot to choose from.

As always the Already Heard team has got together to pick out what we think are the 20 must-see acts at Reading and Leeds 2014.

Preview | Line-Up | Festival Info

A Day To Remember
Making their first R&L appearance since 2010, Ocala Florida’s pop-punk metalcore crossover heavyweights A Day To Remember will unleash chaos on the main stage. Expect major circle pit action and fist pumping carnage as Jeremy McKinnon and co breakout tracks from killer most recent album 'Common Courtesy'. Since their last visit to the festivals ADTR have become one of the world’s biggest bands and with full blooded breakdowns and lyrics more life affirming and positive then a self help book Florida’s finest will give the most euphoric set of R&L 2014. (DW)

Where and When: Main Stage (Friday 22nd - Leeds / Sunday 24th - Reading)

Paramore
Since making their R&L debut on the Lock Up stage in 2006, have come on leap and boundaries in the past 8 years. Having climbed their way up the bill each time, the Tennessee trio will be playing the main stage for the 4th time and this time round they’re sharing top billing with Queens of the Stone Age.

Despite being co-headliners, for vocalist Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davis, and guitarist Taylor York, it should be a walk in the park as Paramore have become an arena-conquering force that has the infectious tunes to back it up. Expect all the “hits” and more as Paramore will certainly bring their A-game to Reading and Leeds. (SR)

Where and When: Main Stage (Friday 22nd - Reading / Saturday 23rd - Leeds)

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Already Heard Recommends: Bloody Knees

Bloody Knees are the latest band to emerge from the UK lo-fi punk scene following the likes of Nai Harvest and playlounge. On August 25th the quartet release their new EP, 'Stitches' which promises to be a catchy and raw in equal measures. The recently released title track and lead off single 'Daydream' suggests 'Stitches' will be a combination of sludgy garage-punk, lo-fi guitars and somber lyrics yet delivered in bitter, energetic tone.

The EP release will be preceded by an appearance at the Reading and Leeds Festival this weekend, but before then we spoke to vocalist Bradley Griffiths. The singer discussed the new EP, joining Dog Knights Productions, being part of the UK emo and lo-fi resurgence and more.

Already Heard: Hi can you introduce yourself and your role in Bloody Knees?
Bradley: I’m Bradley, I am the singer and guitarist in Bloody Knees.

AH: Let’s kick off with an easy one. What’s the backstory behind Bloody Knees formation?
Bradley: Bloody Knees started as a one man project in my university house in Southsea where I was just writing songs and recording them into my laptop and programming shitty drums and stuff. I came home from uni for a bit and saw all the boys (Sam, Chris and Tom) and everyone seemed dead keen on making it a ‘real band’. We booked a practice room, learned the songs, then played Southsea Fest as our first show that September.

AH: Later this month you’re releasing an EP called 'Stitches'. What can new listeners expect from the EP in terms of sound/style?
Bradley: New listeners can expect some fun, melodic, aggressive grunge/garage punk. New listeners should also definitely make the effort to come and see us at a show because that’s where it’s most fun.

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Exclusive Song Stream: Friends W/O Benefits - Senators’ Wives

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In an exclusive stream we present to you 'Senators' Wives' from San Francisco’s Friends W/O Benefits.

With a release of comics books for rather than CDs for their latest collection of songs 'This Is Real', you can expect some rather unique offerings from this masked duo in the future.

Friends W/O Benefits links: Official Website|Facebook

Want to stream new music or a video or offer a free download exclusively through Already Heard? Get in touch at mikey@alreadyheard.com.

Already Heard Recommends: Of Allies

Despite being together for less than a year, Hull, Yorkshire quartet Of Allies have already catches peoples attention as their debut EP, 'Tempers' is a mix of bold riffs and soaring choruses that is bound to easily win people over.

With hints of Arcane Roots, Twin Atlantic, and Young Guns, the four piece look to follow in their footsteps and with tracks such as 'Ghosts' and 'In Screens' demonstrating their knack for writing hook-filled, edgy numbers, they’re going to right away about doing that.

We recently grabbed a quick word with vocalist and guitarist Rich Nichols to find out more; the new EP, what makes a “big hook”, the Hull scene and more.

Already Heard: Hi can you introduce yourself and tell us what you do in Of Allies?
Rich: Hey, I’m Rich and I sing and play guitar in Of Allies.

AH: Let’s jump right into your latest EP, 'Tempers'. For those who have yet to hear it, what can they expect?
Rich: It’s a mixture of all our influences really. There’s 5 tracks on there which encompass a years worth of work. It’s a mixture of melody and big riffs with some softer moments in places. If you’re into Deftones or Lower Than Atlantis you’ll probably like it. Best way to find out is to have a listen!

AH: It seems you’ve been compared to a lot of familiar names such as Arcane Roots, Twin Atlantic, Young Guns etc. What do you make of those comparisons? Do you consider those type of bands as influences?
Rich: It’s amazing to be compared to those bands. We have a tonne of respect for them all and what they have achieved, we just hope we can do the same! I think the emerging British Rock scene that those bands are in is an influence. There’s some amazing bands coming out at the moment and to be mentioned alongside them is very humbling. I think we’re of the same thought process in that we want to bring British rock music back to the forefront of music.

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Live Photos: Blink-182 - O2 Academy Brixton, London - 08/08/2014

Photos by Connie Taylor Photography.

Live Photos: Neck Deep - O2 Academy Brixton, London - 08/08/2014

Photos by Connie Taylor Photography.

Already Heard is Looking for Contributing Writers

Already Heard is looking to add to its writing team.

We are looking to add experienced writers who are committed and dedicated to contributing reviews, interviews and features as well as developing new ideas.

Applicants are required to have the following criteria:

  • A good understanding of English grammar and spelling.
  • Available to write at least one album/EP review per week and must be available contribute to other site features at short notice.
  • Be able to keep to tight deadlines.
  • Experience of writing for an online publication is preferable.
  • A strong knowledge of the various genres of music Already Heard covers on a regular basis.
  • A valid interest in writing.
  • A passionate and committed individual who is willing to help Already Heard continue to grow.

We can offer ‘trial’ periods to applicants if preferred.

Please Note: The role is unpaid.

If you are interested in joining our team, please contact Sean Reid for further details.

Already Heard Video Exclusive: Suzerain - Manhattan

Last month London five piece Suzerain released their latest double A-Side single, 'Dark, Dark / Manhattan'. The double header sees the quintet take a darker more industrial sound compared to their previous releases.

Today Already Heard is pleased to be premiering the video for 'Manhattan' from the double A-Side single. The video can be viewed below and the track is an atmospheric number that is reminiscent of bands such as Nine Inch Nails and Tool.

Suzerain are currently putting the finishing touches to their second album, which is expected to be released in early 2015.

'Dark, Dark / Manhattan' by Suzerain is available digitally now and will be released on 12” vinyl in September via Brainzone.

Suzerain links: Website|Facebook|Twitter

Want to stream new music or a video or offer a free download exclusively through Already Heard? Get in touch at mikey@alreadyheard.com.

Already Heard Podcast: Episode 1 - Albums Of The Year So Far 2014

Today we launch our podcasts at Already Heard, showcasing conversations and discussions between various members of the Already Heard team on anything and everything within and around the music we love.

'Episode 1 - Albums of the Year So Far 2014' is as it says on the tin, as we discuss the albums that we’ve been listening to so far within the first half of 2014. In the playlist above we’ve also included some of the tracks from albums we mention within the podcast.

Have a listen to the podcast and let us know your thoughts; if you agree, disagree or think we’re completely on the wrong track. You can let us know at the links below;

Already Heard links: Facebook|Twitter|Soundcloud

Episode 1 Team: Mikey Brown|Ollie Connors|Aaron Lohan|Sean Reid