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Next month emerging Albany, NY pop-punk band Firestarter release their new record
'Forget the Past'. To give you a sneak preview of what to expect from the release,
we’ve teamed up with the band to exclusively premier a new song titled 'If You Ain't First,
You're Last'.
As the second stage of this years Red Bull Studios London Download Festival competition
gets underway, Already Heard highlights 5 of the top 100 bands in the first part of our
new "Red Bull Rated And Recommended" series.
Earlier this month rising UK rockers I Divide released their much anticipated debut album
'Last One Standing'. It is a record that exceeds expectations by combining the bands youthful approach with an ambitious melodic alt-rock sound. Before they kicked off their current
UK tour supporting Blitz Kids alongside Fort Hope, guitarist Josh Wreford took the
opportunity to talk us through 'Last One Standing'.
For Northern quintet Bentley Park it has been a long two years. Since forming 2011, the post-hardcore have been refining their sound and preparing for the release of their debut EP, 'Innocence', which finally sees the light of day this week. The EP takes the pop-punk sensibilities of their former band, and combines them with an edgy rock sound. We recently spoke to vocalist James Shaw to find out more.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.

FIVES: Must Hear March 2014 Releases

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.

What releases are you looking forward to hearing this month? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter or Facebook.

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.

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Banquet Records Announce Laura Jane Grace Instore Show

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.

Neck Deep Posts Winter 2013 UK Tour Video and Announce US Split 7” with Knuckle Puck

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.

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Taking Back Sunday Confirm Kingston Show

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.

You Me At Six Announce Second Banquet Records Show and US Record Deal

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 Announce ‘Chronicles Of Gnarnia’ Discography Release

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
2. Decay
3. No Time For Old Bones
4. Reaper
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
11. Coffee
12. Melody Has Big Plans
13. Tongue Surfer
14. Limerence
15. High On A Wire

Neck Deep Banquet Records Instore Video

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.

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Man Overboard Banquet Records Instore Show Announced

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

A Day To Remember Acoustic Banquet Records Video

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.

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The Menzingers/Tigers Jaw Banquet Records Instore Session Videos

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.

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Enter Shikari Announce ‘Take To The Skies’ Vinyl Reissue

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 Full Set Kingston and Banquet Records Instore Videos

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.

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Live Review: Minus The Bear & Axes - New Slang @ McClusky’s, Kingston-Upon-Thames - 25/04/2013

imageQuite 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)

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The Wonder Years Announce Second Banquet Records Instore Show

Due to popular demand, The Wonder Years have announced a second instore performance at Kingston’s Banquet Records on 22nd May.

The first performance at 5:30pm is sold out with the second show taking place at 7:00pm.

Full details can be found here.

The Wonder Years Announce Banquet Records Instore Show

The Wonder Years have announced an instore show at Kingston’s Banquet Records on 22nd May.

Tickets are currently only available to fans who pre-ordered the new album from Banquet before today (11 April). Tickets then go on general release on Friday morning at 11am.

Full details can be found here.

In addition Banquet Records are releasing a limited edition pressing of the bands upcoming album, 'The Greatest Generation.' The orange pressing is limited to 300 and is available exclusively through Banquet Records.