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EXCLUSIVE EP PREMIER: NOYO MATHIS - ENDURE
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.
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.
ALREADY HEARD RECOMMENDS: HOMEBOUND
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.
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.
LEEDS FESTIVAL 2014
We've got a full review, live photos and interviews from one of the highlights of the summer - Leeds Festival.
HEVY FEST 2014
Check out our full coverage from this years Hevy Fest right here!


Free Will Stream New EP ‘Where Will The Rats Feed’

Norwich hardcore mob Free Will are streaming their new EP 'Where Will The Rats Feed'. Physical copies of the EP will be available to pre order soon through the band’s label Powertrip Records.

You can listen to 'Where Will The Rats Feed' after the jump.

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Already Heard Session: The Front Bottoms - Jim Bogart

A UK tour and some festival appearances this summer keep The Front Bottoms in our ears and in our minds with hooks a plenty and reminding us that music is fun, yeah! Of course it is! In this here session we have for you Brian makes his way through 'Jim Bogart' from the band’s latest EP ‘Rose’.

Produced by Future Epic Productions.
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'Rose' by The Front Bottoms is out now on Bar None Records.

The Front Bottoms links: Website|Facebook|Twitter|Bandcamp

Would you like to set up a session with Already Heard? Get in touch at mikey@alreadyheard.com.

Interview: Papa Roach

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On paper Papa Roach aren’t your typical Reading and Leeds Festival band, so it’s no surprise their appearance on the main stage last month was their first time playing it since 2001.

Back then they were one of the hottest new names in the “nu-metal” world, but in the years since the quartet have become a mammoth hard rock band with the songs to match. In recent years they’ve made a smattering of UK appearances, so when they played on the main stage at Leeds Festival, it wasn’t something to miss.

Having thoroughly delivered on their return to Leeds Festival earlier in the day, we grabbed a quick word with bassist Tobin Esperance where he discussed the band’s return to the festival, taking a different approach at a festival and more importantly, the band’s new album.

AH: First of all can I get your name and role in the band?
Tobin: Yo! I’m Tobin and I’m the bass player in Papa Roach.

AH: This is your first time back at Leeds Festival since 2001. How does it feel to be back here?
Tobin: It feels great. We had a really good show and we made a lot of new fans, playing in front of a different kind of audience because we’ve been doing a lot of different festivals like Download and Sonisphere, the more heavier side. This is what we wanted to do this time and it’s really exciting to be back. Finally!

AH: How do you think the set went?
Tobin: I think it went over well. Obviously playing this early is something we’re not used to but I think we warmed them up, then halfway through the set they were going crazy. I don’t think they’re going to forget about us.

AH: You’ve been playing some European shows recently. How have they been?
Tobin: It’s been great. We started a week ago, just doing a quick run. I mean touring Europe and doing the UK is where we have our best shows. We always look forward to coming over. We’re actually coming back in October. We’re doing a tour with In Flames and While She Sleeps. We’re going to be doing Scandinavia, Germany and some other places.

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Already Heard Track Guide: When We Were Wolves - Heartless EP

Emerging from the South Wales post-hardcore scene, When We Were Wolves are set to release their second EP next week. Entitled 'Heartless', the quintet display a ferocious and intense sound that has been likened to bands such as While She Sleeps, Bury Tomorrow, and Bleed from Within.

2013’s 'The More Things Change, The More We Stay The Same’ EP received widespread national praise, and it looks like they’re set to complete the same feat with 'Heartless'.

Before the release of 'Heartless' EP on September 22nd (Imperial Music), When We Were Wolves begin a run of headline dates which will be followed up with a tour supporting The Blackout in November.

In the meantime, vocalist Mitch Bock has provided Already Heard with this detailed account to tell us what 'Heartless' is all about.

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

1. Dying On The Inside
This was probably the easiest song to write and probably my favourite. I do all the demoing so it all started with me and Matt jamming some ideas. He started playing this riff and at first I thought he was just warming up with another band’s song but it turned out it was something he had come up with and we went from there. Within an hour we had the basic structure for the track. We intentionally did a lot of work on this song in the studio, we wanted it to be very raw and real so we left certain parts of the song as they were, then re-wrote them in the studio. It definitely came out the way we wanted. Lyrically, this song sums up the EP, it’s a huge middle finger to those who have done us wrong and a big thank you to those who have stuck by us.

2. The Devil You Know
We wrote this song about a year ago. We were in the practice room and the intro just fell into place from a lead line we were messing with while taking a break from rehearsals. From there we spent a few hours working on the basic structure and the song was virtually there. Musically, it didn’t really change except the odd tweak here or there. Vocally, it has changed a lot since the first draft. I wrote a few different versions of the chorus, gave them a go in the studio and it was obvious, when it came to it, which one was best.

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Already Heard Recommends: A Mouth Full Of Matches

We were first introduced to Manchester rockers A Mouth Full Of Matches back in May when they were part of our "Red Bull and Recommended" series, and even though they didn’t make it all the way to Download, that hasn’t stopped them.

This week they release their new EP, 'Smoke Signals', a collection of edgy, alt rock that captures the melodies of major US rock acts such as Linkin Park and Thirty Seconds to Mars and mixes it with passionate-filled lyrics and stellar riffs.

Having worked with producer Matt Hyde (Bullet For My Valentine, Parkway Drive, Deftones), the Manchester quintet have produced a promising and tight EP that could set them on their way to bigger things.

We recently grabbed a quick word with vocalist Tom Buxton to find out about their formation, 'Smoke Signals' and what advice he’d give to bands entering future Red Bull Studios Download Festival contests.

AH: To begin with can we get your name and role in A Mouth Full Of Matches?
Tom: Hey! My name is Tom and I sing in AMFOM.

AH: We understand the band came together in 2012. Bring us up to speed on the history of AMFOM.
Tom: Well we came together for a love of passionate hard hitting music back in 2012 and have been slowly making our mark around the UK. We recruited Ste (Steven Hall - drummer) shortly after and have been a solid unit since. We released our debut album ‘Tasting Fire’ last year and we release our 2nd ‘Smoke Signals’ next week! We had an amazing journey being a part of Red Bull’s final 15 to play at Download and got to meet loads of new fans and learn a lot more about the industry!

AH: At the time of writing your preparing to release your second EP ('Smoke Signals') next week. How is the mood in the AMFOM camp right now?
Tom: We are all really excited and cannot wait to get it out there! We hope everyone likes it as much as we do! We know there is excitement amongst the fans to hear it, we really cannot wait!

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Exclusive EP Premier: Noyo Mathis - Endure

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We get plenty of submissions everyday from bands asking us to listen to their music, be those bands big or small and it’s quite a big task for our small team. However, every so often, there’s a band who sticks out and we have to do a little bit more.

Fitting this bill is Noyo Mathis; post hardcore meets emo meets indie meets math rock. On first listen we fell in love and knew that 'Endure' needed to be heard. So, exclusively from our hearts to yours is the new EP by your new favourite band.

You can listen to the stream below and check out the gang at the following tour dates:

September
Thursday 18th - JT Soar, Nottingham
Saturday 20th - The Parish, Huddersfield
Monday 22nd - The Boiler room, Guildford
Tuesday 23rd - The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Wednesday 24th - The Hatchet, Bristol
Thursday 25th - GWDIHW, Cardiff
Friday 26th - The Green Door Store, Brighton
Saturday 27th - The Alma Arms, Portsmouth
Sunday 28th - The Old Blue Last, London

October
Friday 3rd - The Flapper, Birmingham

'Endure' by Noyo Mathis is out on the 15th September.

Noyo Mathis links: Facebook|Twitter|Bandcamp

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 Track Guide: Syren City - Escape EP

South West Post-Hardcore combo Syren City are set to unleash their new EP, 'Escape' next week but as a teaser of what to expect, Already Heard spoke to vocalist Simon Roach and guitarist Adam Hopton as they told us all we needed to know about 'Escape'.

The EP showcases the quintet’s brand of anthemic post-hardcore which has seen them share the stage alongside the likes of Blitz Kids, The Blackout and Mallory Knox. With songs as bold as 'Our Disease', we expect to see a lot more from Syren City in the coming months. Until then here’s Simon and Adam from the band to talk us through the EP.

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

1. Bleed
Adam Hopton: We wrote 'Bleed' late on, after we’d booked studio time to record the EP. I came up with the breakdown riff, it was sort of a spur of the moment thing Once I had an idea for the opening/chorus riff and the rest of the song just flowed. I didn’t think too much about rules in regards to time signatures etc which is why there’s the extra beat in there. The vibe I was going for was post-hardcore circa late 90’s early 2000’s where I draw a lot of influence from.

Si: It’s an account of addiction and the gratifications and frustrations that go along with it. It has a distinctly darker edge to it. It’s an incredibly personal song, so it immediately became a favourite to play live. The more of yourself you put into a song the more it comes out in front of a crowd. Todd Campbell, our producer at Stompbox HQ has a lot of live experience from playing with Straight Lines, Dopamine and Phil Campbell’s All Starrs and understands the importance of capturing the live energy in the recording process. This is why we thought he was the perfect producer for the EP, and he has helped us get that raw energy on the record, especially, I feel, on 'Bleed'.

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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.

Interview: Wolf Alice

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Hailing from North London, Wolf Alice have gradually been building an acclaimed following since their formation in 2010. From their early folk-pop beginnings, the quartet have grown to become a refined indie rock with a grungy edge.

Their latest EP, 'Creature Songs', displays the band’s use of quiet, loud dynamic. Tracks like 'Moaning Lisa Smile' are bold with a grunge-esque core whilst 'We're Not The Same' shows the bands softer, calmer side. It’s a sound that has been welcomed by critics and even saw the band be part of 'BBC Radio One Rocks' initiative earlier this year.

After a summer of playing festivals all over the UK and Europe, Wolf Alice ended their summer at Leeds Festival where we spoke to vocalist/guitarist Ellie Rowsell and guitarist Joff Oddie. The pair discussed their festival highlights, told us about the 'Creature Songs' EP and their future plans.

AH: How are you finding Reading and Leeds so far?
Ellie: Really really good. We’ve had a great weekend.

AH: Is this your first time here?
Joff: It’s our first time in Leeds. All of us have been to Reading before.

AH: You played on the Festival Republic stage earlier today. How did it go?
Ellie: Really well. We were all really happy with it.

Joff: There was an amazing crowd. The crowds over the last couple of days have been really great. We’ve been proper lucky.

AH: That stage has a history of hosting bands who have gone on to do bigger things. Is that something you’d like to follow in the footsteps of?
Joff: Yes (laughs). I would very much hope so. It feels like we’ve got our foot in the door of a big festival, so next year it’s up, up and up.

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Festival Preview: Macmillan Fest 2014

For many festival season is over for another year, but for us folk here at Already Heard we’re ending the summer back where we started - in the city of Nottingham.

This weekend’s Macmillan Fest brings together some of most promising UK metal and rock acts; Bleed From Within, The Safety Fire, Anavae, Follow You Home and The Hype Theory and see them playing alongside up-and-coming bands from the local area. Together they will be playing across 4 stages all for the good cause of raising money and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support.

As a brief preview of what to expect this weekend, we spoke to three local bands; Lacey, We Are Tyrants and Layby to find out more about the festival’s cause and what we can expect from their set.

AH: Was is it about the Macmillan charity and it’s cause that drew you to playing Macmillan Fest?
Josh (Lacey): The charity does such fantastic work helping people where it can and it’s definitely something that is close to our hearts and that we’ve been affected by personally. Macmillan has a renowned reputation for fighting for the cause so to be offered to play a show that will help raise money is something we’re honoured to be a part of.

Benjamin (We Are Tyrants): This year we were lucky enough to actually be offered a slot on the festival, which is humbling enough as it is, but to be helping to raise money for a charity which helps people who suffer from what is UNDOUBTABLY one of the worst fates somebody can suffer, which supports them, gives these people advice and can take a lot of a burden of an otherwise horrible fate off. The opportunity both to play an INCREDIBLE show as well as be involved in something like this means a lot to us!

Aaron John (Layby): Most people have been affected by Cancer including myself. Being asked to play a festival dedicated to the fight against cancer is awesome. I just want to do what I can to help people, being able to do that through something I’m passionate about is amazing.

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Interview: ‘68

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After delivering one of the best debuts of the year with 'In Humor and Sadness', the duo known as '68 recently made their first trip over to the UK. Having played a run of headline dates, their visit climaxed with an explosive set at Hevy Fest, where we caught up with the pair.

For vocalist/guitarist Josh Scogin, he was returning to Hevy Fest for a second time having played their previously with his old band - The Chariot. However having called time on that band late last year, Scogin quickly got to work on the '68 and their debut full-length. He was soon joined by drummer Michael McClellan. Together they’ve produced 'In Humor and Sadness', a record where its roots lie in bluesy garage rock with angst and a hint of hardcore.

When Already Heard spoke to the duo, we were keen to find out how the pair came together and what is the meaning behind the phrase "Regret Not". Thankfully Josh and Michael were willing to answer our questions.

AH: For starters can I get your name and role in the band?
Josh: My name is Josh Scogin. I am the singer/guitarist of ‘68.

Michael: My name is Michael McClellan and I play drums in ‘68.

AH: You’ve recently been on your debut UK tour. How has it been?
Josh: It’s been good. We actually got invitied to play Hevy Fest, and to make ends meet we put some shows round it. I had no idea it was going to turn out this well. So its very nice for a couple of lads from the States like us.

AH: Josh this is your return to Hevy, you were here with The Chariot in 2012. How does it feel to be back?
Josh: It feels good, real good. It’s obviously very different to when we where last here, but its nice to be invited back. I’m anxious to see how the show goes tonight and feel it out from there.

AH: And Michael how are you finding it so far?
Michael: It’s awesome. First time here. It’s really great.

Josh: He got a sweet shirt from Atticus.

Michael: You can’t see it but I’m repping it right now.

Josh: He’s kind of glowing still because I think that is his favourite company ever.

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Interview: Dave Hause

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Back in the UK after playing festivals throughout Europe, Already Heard grabbed five minutes with Dave Hause to discuss his Leeds Festival experience. Hause also discussed his forthcoming plans including touring with Hot Water Music in the States, a full band UK tour and more.

AH: So how has your Leeds Festival experience been so far?
Dave: It was cool. It was early and it was raining a little bit in the tent which is always a challenge and people were a little sleepy still, but we really won them over by the end and made it a fun (and) memorable end to the tour. This is the last show of three weeks of festivals.

AH: How has the whole European festival tour been?
Dave: It’s been killer. It really exceeded all of my expectations. I didn’t know what to think. It’s just me and my brother playing shows. He was backing me up on sixty percent of the songs. It’s been really great. It was really run and the people were really warm and welcoming. We had some amazing shows. At alot of them we ended up on top of the crowd at the end singing with the people. It was a really successful set.

AH: What has been your favouirte country to play in?
Dave: Germany.

AH: What festivals have you been playing there?
Dave: I played Hurricane, Southside, Rocco del Schlacko, Open Flair and Taubertal.

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Already Heard Recommends: Homebound

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. The six-song collection sees the Farnham five-piece mix elements of their influences (The Story So Far, New Found Glory, Neck Deep) with youthful exuberance and pride.

As they gear up for their first tour supporting “AH Recommends” alumni As It Is and Like Torches later this month, we spoke to Homebound. They discussed the importance of a debut release, the comeback of pop-punk.

Already Heard: Hello! Can you tell us who you are and what you do in Homebound?
Homebound: Hi our current line up stands as;
Charlie - Vocals
Tom - Guitar
Chris - Guitar
Joe - Bass
Sam - Drums

AH: Lets start with an easy one. What’s the story so far with Homebound?
Homebound: Well we have always been interested in music and all of us played in local bands through our teens, with 4/5 of us being in a metal band previously, but we weren’t very successful… or good to be fair.

Homebound started after an absence of us being in bands, on a night of drinking we developed the idea of starting something new. After getting hooked on ‘Under Soil and Dirt’ by The Story So Far, plus being pop-punk fans for many years, we decided that was the way to go. We have had a year of a lot of up and downs, changes of members, poor gigs and overall, it amounts to a lot of lessons that have positively moulded the band into what it is now.

AH: I understand you spent a year writing the EP. How vital is it for a band like Homebound to get their debut release right?
Homebound: Well a large part of our extensive writing was down to the fact we wanted to make the best first impression to everyone. We saw this EP as a way of introducing ourselves to the scene and we didn’t want to leave people with a bad taste in their mouths. We had a lot of ups and downs along the way of writing this EP which all helped and hindered the process, but at the same time the EP would not be what it is without these situations occurring. It was a lot of hard work having to persevere with the wait, as we were so anxious and excited to get this EP out, but knew we had to spend the time that was required before we were happy to record it.

For us it was something that we were focused on getting right, I think as any band out there we just wanted to make sure we released something that made people wanna come back for more.

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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

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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