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.
Ww've got reviews and a whole load of live photos from UK Tech Fest 2014.
Having reached over the half way mark, July is a good time to reflect upon the smorgasbord
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.
After 2 years away, Sonisphere makes it return to the UK. Check out our full coverage of the festival.
Formed through drunken nights in shitty “rock clubs” and 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.
Although it is still early days for the four-piece, they’re still gaining plenty attention especially in the local area; they’re set to play 3 slots at this weekends Tramlines Festival in Sheffield. In addition as bassist Ryan Smith tells us, new material is in the works and if 'Ghetto Hikes' is just the beginning, we expect future O Captain releases be more versatile yet as compelling.
To find out more about O Captain, Ryan took some time out from preparing for Tramlines to tell us how the band came together, their influences, what Sheffield bands we should be listening to and more.
Already Heard: For starters can you tell us who you are and your role in O Captain?
Ryan: O Captain is Thomas Bower on lead vocals and guitar, Michael Watson on drums and vocals, Paul Bamforth on guitar and I’m Ryan Smith and I play bass and also sing.
AH: Can you tell us a bit about the bands background?
Ryan: Back in early 2013 none of us were performing music. So we just decided to get together in a practice room and see what happened. With the exception of Mike, we’ve all known each other for years through drunken nights at shitty “rock clubs” in Northern England. After our original drummer departed to work in China, we recruited Mike who’d recorded our first demo in his bedroom. Since then we’ve had a lot of fun, performing and writing music we love.
AH: So you’ve recently released your debut EP called 'Ghetto Hikes'. For those haven’t heard it yet, how would you describe it to them?
Ryan: For fans of sad songs and sad songs disguised as happy songs.
AH: From hearing the 3-track release, I hear a strong early-2000’s indie/emo influence, am I right?
Ryan: For sure, that was our musical education. We were in college throughout this period and really just learning how to play our instruments, so you can’t help but have this influences ingrained in you for life. Bands like Jimmy Eat World, Saves The Day and The Get Up Kids are bands we’ve always loved and still do. Emo is enjoying a bit of a resurgence at the moment with all the twinkly influenced bands around. And while I don’t think we really sound like them, I think we still fit into that pigeon hole. But there are a whole lot of other influences from the indie rock world too, which I think bleeds over.
Although it hasn’t been long since we last spoke to Palm Reader at Hit The Deck, we thought it’d be good to catch up with the band as they spend the summer playing numerous festivals and shows.
Even though work on album number 2 is ongoing, the Woking quintet have still found time to play festivals such as Festivile, Ghostfest and Sonisphere, which is where we spoke to vocalist Josh Mckeown and guitarist Sam Rondeau-Smith.
Having played the Jägermeister Stage on the final day of the festival, the pair discussed their festival highlights, what they have learned from playing festivals, and more.
AH: Can we get your names and role in the band?
Sam: I’m Sam. I play guitar.
Josh: I’m Josh. I shout.
AH: So how has Sonisphere been for you so far?
Josh: Fantastic. We got here on Friday and we’ve just been chilling out until we played.
AH: How was your set earlier today?
Josh: Yeah we played at 1 in the afternoon on the Jägermeister stage. It was good, bloody warm though. I had shorts on as well for fucks sake.
Sam: It was nice. It’s the first festival where we actually stayed for the whole thing. Normally we’re just off having to do something else, or we’re not allowed to stay. So its nice being here for the whole thing.
AH: What bands have you seen since being here on Friday?
Sam: Deftones, Baby Metal.
AH: What did you think to them?
Sam: Fucking brilliant.
Josh: We also saw Hang The Bastard, 65Daysofstatic for a little bit, The Hell.
AH: What have been your highlights?
Sam: For me Deftones. They are just fucking shit hot aren’t they? I saw the majority of Krokodil earlier, they were on after us. They were heavy as balls! I tried to catch a bit of Gallows on the way over here, but we had to come and do interviews.
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With 7 full-lengths and a handful of EPs to their name, Canadian post-hardcore band Silverstein have become one their biggest alternative musical exports since forming in 2000. However, after a lack of UK shows in recent years, the five-piece made a brief stop over for the recent Sonisphere Festival.
Having spent the past few weeks touring mainland Europe, guitarists Josh Bradford and Paul Marc Rousseau were in high spirits when we spoke to the pair ahead of their appearance on the Satellite stage.
The apologetic duo discussed the comparison between UK/EU and North American festivals, picking a festival setlist, being part of Hopeless Records and then apologised again for not coming to the UK more often. Thankfully they will be appearing at the Hevy Festival in August. Until then take a read of our interview.
AH: Just for the record, can I get your names and role in the band?
Josh: I’m Josh and I play guitar.
Paul Marc: I’m Paul Marc and I also play guitar in the band Silverstein.
Josh: Boom! Silverstein!
Paul Marc: Which is the same band he’s in.
Josh: I’m also in the band Silverstein with my friend Paul Marc who plays guitar, while I play guitar. Together we play guitar.
AH: You’ve been round Europe, so I guess you’ve not seen much of Sonisphere so far?
Paul Marc: No we got here a few short hours ago.
AH: How was the trip over?
Paul Marc: Not long actually.
Josh: My favourite part is always the ferry. I think I do some of my best sleeping whilst rocking and rolling on those gentle seas.
AH: You get rocked to sleep?!
Josh: Yeah. It’s quite nice.
AH: Where have you come from?
Paul Marc: We’ve come from Munster, Germany.
Josh: But originally we live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (laughs).
AH: So you’re back in the UK for the first time in quite awhile. How does it feel to be back here?
Josh: You know better than I thought, its quite nice actually.
Paul Marc: It’s not raining yet.
Josh: There’s a bit of sunshine. There are some great bands playing today.
Paul Marc: It has been a little easier to understand the general chatter around us.
Josh: Same language.
Next week Luxembourg punk quartet Versus You release their new album, 'Moving On' in the UK through Bomber Music, and not only that they’re coming for a whole bunch of headline dates.
'Moving On' combines power pop elements with a punk rock edge that sees the four-piece sticking to their roots. Tracks like 'When It All Goes Down' and 'A Way With Words' have a sense of nostalgia, whereaas lead single 'Be Better Than Me' and the concluding 'You Are My Friend' are filled with sentiment.
To give us a better insight into what 'Moving On' is all about, vocalist/guitarist Eric Rosenfeld has provided Already Heard with a track-by-track account into the album.
When It All Goes Down
The lyrics are no big mystery. It’s about best friends and hanging out when I’m not on tour. It’s also about how we’re not only band mates but also best friends. We’ve known each other for years.
This song was written in about five minutes. I recorded the demo acoustically in one take, showed it to the band and everybody liked it instantly.
If The Camels Die, We Die
I wrote this about life on the road, hours and hours of driving to play in front of twenty people. It never really mattered to us to how many people we play though as long as we’re having fun and believe in what we do. It’s also about past mistakes we made as a band and learning from them and move on.
This is a pretty old one so I can’t really remember much about writing it except that I didn’t sit down to write it, it just kind of happened. I hardly ever sit down and try to write a song.
This week Luxembourg’s Versus You kick off their Already Heard-sponsored tour. We’re teaming up with Hit The Floor Magazine to present tour.
July 21st marks the UK release of their 4th album, 'Moving On' through Bomber Music. The record is vibrant, honest punk rock record that has an instant appeal and accessible lyrics.
To support the release, the quartet will be playing 8 UK dates next month. Like 'Moving On', the tour is one not to miss.
18th Camden, London @ The Underworld w/ Leftover Crack
19th Brighton @ Bermuda Triangle
20th Nottingham @ Doghouse
22nd Newcastle @ Think Tank w/ Morning Glory
23rd Peterborough @ Met Lounge
24th Derby @ The Hairy Dog
25th Norwich @ Owl Sanctuary
26th Plymouth @ Tiki Bar
'Moving On' by Versus You is released on 21st July on Bomber Music.
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In the first of three exclusive tracks here on Already Heard, we present to you 'We Breathe It' from Huddersfield based reggae group Byron Street Social.
The band, formed in early 2012, combine reggae with hip hop, rock, funk and soul in a collective hybrid that has won over many audiences and has seen the band strive to be a strong and prominent upcoming force within their scene.
Having supported the likes of Jaya the Cat, The Hoosiers and Extra Curricular, the band are now ready to release their debut EP 'Take Note' on the 1st August. Check out the song below and remember to come back next week for another exclusive.
'Take Note' by Byron Street Social is released on the 1st August.
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For a new band like London quartet The One Hundred, playing a festival such as Sonisphere is a huge opportunity to get seen by many new faces. However, having witnessed their 30 minutes of genre-mashing blend of metal, rap and electronica, it is safe to say The One Hundred made a significant impression to those who woke up early on Sunday to see their set in the Satellite tent.
Having successfully made their festival debut, we spoke to vocalist Jacob Field and guitarist Tim Hider to find out what they thought to their festival debut. The pair also discussed their forthcoming debut EP and we find out what lessons they’ve learned from Sonisphere 2014.
Already Heard: So Sonisphere is your first ever festival?
Jacob: Yeah, first proper festival. It’s been incredible, that’s all I can say. It has been a pleasure, more than a pleasure.
Tim: It’s been a crazy experience. So many great bands and then we’re playing as well.
Jacob: It’s an added bonus. You see these festivals and you go, “I’d love to go there” then they tell you “you’re playing it” and you go “ok cool.” I get to see some bands and I’m playing it. Brilliant!
AH: Have you been here all weekend?
Tim: Yeah I’ve been here since Thursday.
Jacob: The party animal has been here since Thursday morning.
Tim: I’m still going strong. He’s been here 2 days and he’s already tired and wants to go home (laughs).
Jacob: I don’t want to go home. I’m just bit of a princess, I’m not gonna lie. I need my beauty sleep, that is how I see it.
AH: You can’t beat having your own bed.
Jacob: No, exactly and I don’t live too far out so I might as well drive back home, have a little nap and come back again later, haha.
AH: What bands have you seen over the past few days?
Jacob: (Limp) Bizkit!
Tim: Yeah Bizkit, The Prodigy on Friday night. They were wicked.
Jacob: They were spot on.
Tim: Saw Iron Maiden last night. I saw Baby Metal on Saturday, that was interesting (everyone laughs.) Yeah they were an experience.
Jacob: You also saw The Hell.
Tim: Yeah I did.
Jacob: I saw Glamour of the Kill. They were really, really good. That was the first time I’ve properly seen them. They smashed it. So yeah we’ve seen some good bands. Today has been a bit of a write off though hasn’t it?
Tim: Yeah we’ve been busy.
Self-proclaimed Northern Bastards Black Dogs have been turning heads up and down the UK for quite awhile now. Last year’s debut full-length, 'Grief', contained some of the most punishing splices of metalcore we’ve heard in sometime. Songs like recent single '13 Bastards' and 'Savages' are incredibly intense yet we just can’t get enough.
Currently on tour once again in the UK, and having played numerous festivals in recent months, we caught up with 3 fifths of the band at Sonisphere to discuss the video for '13 Bastards', becoming a five-piece, and the follow-up to 'Grief'.
Already Heard: To begin with can we get your names and role in the band?
Gollo: I’m Gollo. I’m the vocalist.
Zakk: I’m Zakk. I play bass.
Canty: I’m Canty. I play drums.
AH: You played earlier today on the Jagermeister stage. How was it?
Gollo: Sick mate!
Zakk: Absolutely awesome. We were well received. A full tent of people and we got a wall of death to finish off the set.
AH: Is this your first time at Sonisphere?
AH: Enjoying it so far?
Gollo: Yeah, good mate.
Canty: It’s pretty well laid out.
Gollo: And the weather as well. You can’t ask for better weather.
Zakk: I’m a bit too hot if anything.
AH: We hear you’ve got a new video/single out?
Gollo: Yeah for '13 Basatrds'. We shot it in Wales. It’s had a really good response. It’s a pretty dark video.
Zakk: It’s very cinematic. Even if you’ve not heard the band before, it’s worth checking out.
After a 2 year absence, one of the UK’s premier metal and rock festival made its grand return as once again Sonisphere took over the legendary Knebworth House to celebrate 40 years of rock at the country house. And to make things even better, the sun decided to pay a visit for a majority of the weekend. With 3 days full of music and plenty to see, Sonisphere had a lot to offer.
Friday July 4th
Our weekend starts off in the intimate Satellite Stage where Pontypridd, Wales rockers Straight Lines provide a favourable set that just about woke up weary heads with their hook-filled brand of rock. With a selection of cuts from their recent 'Reflections' EP and 'Freaks Like Us', frontman Tom Jenkins’ vocals soar throughout the set yet the crowd’s unfamiliarity with Straight Lines in general leads to the band’s set to come off as ineffective at times. (2.5/5)
Over at the Bohemia stage, Canterbury draw a small yet dedicated crowd as they played a short set highlighting the best parts from their latest full-length 'Dark Days'. Although Canterbury are perhaps one of the more lighter bands of the weekend, their mix of alt-rock, pop sensibilities and atmospheric elements manage to win the crowd over. (3.5/5)
Back outside in the blistering sun, US political punks Anti-Flag produce a energetic set that picks out favourable highlights from their 20 year career. Songs such as 'Fuck Police Brutality', 'Die for the Government' and 'Power to the Peaceful' demand plenty of crowd involvement, and thankfully the mass crowd responded with the end result being one of the best sets of the day. Whilst the band’s posi-politcal talk can come off as too repetitive at times, Anti-Flag's punk rock core is enough to keep you interested from start to finish (3.5/5)
Well, what a year it has been in the world of music in 2014 so far! Having reached over the half way mark, July is a good time to reflect upon the smorgasbord of great albums that have come out so far this year.
Here at Already Heard, some of our writers go over the spoils by telling us what their favourite albums are thus far in this magical year of music.
The Hotelier - Home, Like Noplace Is There (Sean Reid - Editor)
If you were to ask me how the musical landscape of 2014 was shaping up to be, I would answer with “so far, so good.” I would probably go a step further by saying that picking out a favourite album of the year so far has been tough.
On both sides of the Atlantic, there has been several releases that have dominated my earbuds over the past 6 months. From the UK we’ve had releases from Architects, Bury Tomorrow and Decade making an impression. Whilst the States has provided us with stellar releases from The Menzingers, Seahaven, and Somos.
Nevertheless it’s The Hotelier's sophomore effort, 'Home, Like Noplace Is There' that has received repeated airplays since it’s release earlier in the year.
It’s 9 songs of emo/punk rock that wears it’s heart on its sleeve. It contains a certain energy and urgency that makes it such an instantly favourable record. I’m sure some of the other writers have picked out this record as well, and they’ll be able to put it into better words. In the meantime go and seek out this record, because you’re missing out.
2. Bury Tomorrow - Runes
3. The Menzingers - Rented World
4. Somos - Temple of Plenty
5. Seahaven - Reverie Lagoon: Music for Escapism Only
Our latest "Already Heard Session" sees Philadephia pop-punkers Count To Four performing a covering the Gin Blossoms' 90's US hit - 'Hey Jealousy'.
The quartet were recently featured as part of our Pop-Punk A&R” feature, and as a follow up, frontman Mike Hayden filmed this video especially for Already Heard.
'Between Two Cities' by Count To Four is out now.
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Later this month UK pop-rock singer-songwriter Arthur Walwin (Paige/Young Classics) releases his new single - 'This Feels (Like Summer)'. The track is vibrant, upbeat number that is bound to entice fans of bands such as The Maine, Mayday Parade and The Dangerous Summer.
Today Already Heard is proud to be exclusively premiering the music video for 'This Feels (Like Summer)'.
Fans can pre-order the single here.
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July is here and summer is in full swing. Even though we’re in deep into the festival season, doesn’t mean awesome new music isn’t being released. July sees a whole bunch of exciting releases with the likes of Four Year Strong, Pennywise, and Rise Against unleashing highly anticipated releases.
Nevertheless the Already Heard has opted to pick some other major releases that we think are essential listening for the coming month.
Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties - We Don’t Have Each Other
Let’s admit it, the whole “pop-punk band singer goes acoustic” spiel has been done countless times, yet when you have The Wonder Years’ Dan “Soupy” Campbell at the helm, you know this isn’t going to be another forgettable side-project.
Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties sees Campbell taking on the character of Aaron West, and 'We Don’t Have Each Other' explores the story of Aaron West; where he comes from, his parents, his close relationships and so on.
'We Don’t Have Each Other' promises to be a highly detailed and emotionally driven record, that sees Campbell working with Ace Enders of The Early November. Together they’ve created a record that requires repeated playbacks. It’s coated in sombre, folky Americana that allows Campbell to tell the story of Aaron West in a calm and beautiful manner. (SR)
'We Don’t Have Each Other' by Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties is released on 8th July on Hopeless Records.
After being postponed for the past 2 years, Sonisphere makes it return to the UK this weekend, and it promises to be one of the best weekends of the festival calendar.
With a line-up stacked of awesome bands, it’s safe to say organisers have made up for lost time. From festival-playing veterans to emerging UK talent, Sonisphere has plenty to offer. Oh and there’s also comedians, karaoke, silent disco and even late night pro wrestling. What more do you want?
With so much on offer, you probably don’t know where to start and who to see. Well thankfully Already Heard is here to the rescue, as we have picked out 15 acts you definitely need to see this weekend.
METALLLLLLICCCAAAAAAA!!! Fresh off appearing at Glastonbury where they turned everyone into a metalhead for the day, the metal legends return to Sonisphere for the third time. This time round they’re bringing their 'By Request' show where, as you might as guessed, sees the band playing songs voted by fans online.
At the time of writing, it looks like James, Lars, Kirk and Robert are set to play a set full of fan favourites and more. Expect epic, soaring guitar solos from Kirk, cocky drum fills from Lars, and James to say “Yeah" a 1000 times. YEEEEAAAAHHHHHH!!! (SR)
Where & When: Apollo Stage - Sunday - 20:15