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.
Hailing from Slough, this emo three-piece formed in early 2013 and now they're releasing their first full EP. 'Better Days' is thoroughly emo to the core with bands such as Mineral and
The Get Up Kids being a distinctive influence. Yet there’s a hint of punk throughout which
makes Southpaw one of the most exciting young bands we’ve heard in quite some time. We
grabbed a quick word with vocalist/guitarist Perry to discuss their influences, the so-called
“emo revival”, the non-existent Slough music scene and the time Frank Turner crowd surfed at one of their house shows.
As part of their current UK tour together Citizen and Diamond Youth recently played an in-store session at Banquet Records in Kingston.
Videos of both bands sets can be viewed after the jump below.
July (support from Headroom)
21 Bristol The Exchange
22 Birmingam The Flapper
23 Derby Victoria Inn
24 Glasgow Audio
25 Manchester Star & Garter
26 Leeds Cockpit
Cali garage punk quartet Plague Vendor have added a free instore show at Banquet Records, as part of their short UK run next week.
20th Banquet Records instore (6pm) - FREE
21st Sebright Arms (supporting Big Ups)
22nd Old Blue Last - FREE
With Spring fast approaching and festival season starting soon, March sees a whole load of noteworthy releases with new music coming from the likes of Architects, Taking Back Sunday, La Dispute, and Memphis May Fire.
However here at Already Heard, we’ve decided to highlight five other March releases for this edition of "Fives". Our list includes an outstanding EP from a Sheffield-based duo, a split from two of the best UK underground punk bands, the debut LP from one of this country’s most promising pop-rock bands, the return of a Detroit pop-punk band and a stunning sophomore release from a Southern Californian band.
Seahaven - Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only
Since the release of their debut 'Ghost' record and their 2011 full-length 'Winter Forever', Californian quartet Seahaven have built a tight yet strong follow for their brand of blues-y indie rock. With a UK tour alongside Nai Harvest and No Sleep Records newbees Battle Lines taking place next month, Seahaven drop 'Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only' at the end of March.
'Reverie Lagoon' builds on the bands atmospheric tones of its predecessor and delivers a compelling record filed with dreamy guitars and harmonies that ebb and flow throughout. Tracks like 'On The Floor' and 'Solar Eclipse' are delicate and throughly absorbing, whilst 'Flesh' and 'Silhouette (Latin Skin)' display the transition from the bands former emo/indie guitar sound to a more softer and focused approach. (SR)
'Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only' by Seahaven is released on 25th March on Run For Cover Records.
Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace will be performing an intimate instore show at Banquet Records this Saturday (March 1st).
Full details can be found here.
Late last year Neck Deep supported The Wonder Years on their UK tour alongside Real Friends and Handguns.
The Welsh pop-punk group have now posted a lengthy tour video documenting the tour, and can be viewed after the jump below.
In related news, Neck Deep will be releasing a split 7” in the US with Knuckle Puck via Bad Timing Records on February 25th. The release will include two songs from the bands recent 'Wishful Thinking' LP; 'Crushing Grief (No Remedy)' and 'Growing Pains'.
Banquet Records will be releasing the 7” in the UK and can be pre-ordered here.
Taking Back Sunday have announced a show at McClusky’s in Kingston on February 19th.
Tickets for the show are available in various bundles through Banquet Records.
The following pre-order bundles are available:
CD & Ticket - £20
LP & Ticket - £25
Ticket Only - £12
Please be aware this is a 14+ show.
Those that purchase the CD/LP & Ticket bundle will have the opportunity to meet the band earlier in the day when they do a signing at Banquet Records at 5pm.
'Happiness Is' will be released on March 17th on Hopeless Records.
Due to public demand, You Me At Six and Banquet Records have announced a second acoustic at McClusky’s in Kingston on Sunday 26th January.
The show will take place at 1pm and tickets can be purchased here.
In related news, You Me At Six have signed a US deal with Prospect Park Records for the release of their new album.
You Me At Six's new album, 'Cavalier Youth' will be released in the UK on 27th January.
Gnarwolves have announced they will release a discography collection entitled 'Chronicles Of Gnarnia’ at the end of February with the UK release being handled through Banquet Records (CD/vinyl) and Beach Community (cassette).
Pure Noise Records and Ice Grills Records will be releasing the record in the United States and Japan respectively.
1. Party Jams
3. No Time For Old Bones
5. Chlorine In The Jean Pule
6. History Is Bunk
7. We Want The Whip!
8. Community, Stability, Identity
9. A Gram Is Better Than A Damn
10. Oh Brave New World
12. Melody Has Big Plans
13. Tongue Surfer
15. High On A Wire
This past Monday Neck Deep played an instore session at Banquet Records to celebrate the release of their new album, 'Wishful Thinking'.
A video of the bands full set can be viewed by clicking read more.
Man Overboard have announced they will be playing an inshore show at Banquet Records on February 6th whilst they’re on tour with Mayday Parade.
Full details can be found here.
Decade and Divided By Friday will also be supporting.
23 Bournemouth O2 Academy
24 Stoke Sugarmill
25 Norwich Waterfront
26 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
27 Newcastle O2 Academy 2
28 Glasgow Qmu
30 Manchester Academy 2
31 Birmingham Library
01 Dublin Academy
02 Liverpool O2 Academy 2
03 Cardiff Solus
04 Leeds Cockpit
05 Oxford O2 Academy 2
06 Banquet Records (Instore), Kingston (Man Overboard only)
07 London Koko
This past Monday A Day To Remember played an inshore acoustic show at Banquet Records.
A video of the full set can be viewed by clicking read more.
As part of their recent UK tour together The Menzingers and Tigers Jaw both played an instore sessions at Banquet Records in Kingston.
Videos of both bands sets along with The Menzingers' live set from The Fighting Cocks can be viewed by clicking read more.
Enter Shikari have announced their debut album, 'Take To The Skies' is set to be reissued as a limited edition 2x coloured vinyl LP set.
Pre-orders are launched tomorrow (Friday 19th July) through the bands official website, and will be released on 5th August. All vinyl copies also include a CD version of the album.
In addition pre-orders from Banquet Records will receive an autographed 12”x12” art print of the album sleeve.
The Story So Far are currently touring the UK and earlier this week they played The Peel in Kingston. On the same day the Walnut Creek band stopped by Banquet Records for an acoustic instore performance.
The store have now posted the bands full live set from The Peel as well as the bands instore performance.
Both videos can be viewed by clicking read more.
Quite astonishingly, after a 10-year+ career and several visits to our shores, tonight marks the first ever time Minus The Bear play a show in Kingston-Upon-Thames, making a pit-stop at Banquet Records’ indie clubnight New Slang on their UK tour celebrating the recent release of their fifth full-length, 'Infinity Overhead.'
Before their headline slot, London-based Axes warm us up with their obfuscating and complex brand of math rock. Just like MTB, Axes are a recent signing to the prestigious Big Scary Monsters label, and their sound fits somewhere between labelmates, the widescreen vision of Talons meeting the stop-start dynamics and fretboard dexterousness of Adebisi Shank. Axes boast a mighty USP setting them apart from their peers, in the phenomenal talents of bassist Stacey. Her four-string thrumming, in the style of Rush’s Geddy Lee, forms a strong rhythmic foundation for the two guitarists’ technical talent to stand upon, and the vocal-less outfit keep attention rapt for the entirety of their set, as they showcase tracks from their recent self-titled full-length. (4/5)