This week Lansdale, Pennsylvania’s The Wonder Years released their fourth album - ‘The Greatest Generation,’ a record that sees the pop punk quintet reach their creative peak in a number of ways. With a wealth of material in their discography, Already Heard's Sean Reid and Tom Knott took on the tricky task of picking out the five best songs from The Wonder Years. Find out what we picked and let us know if you agree or disagree?
Following the release of their superb 'Signals' album, Mallory Knox have certainly become ones to watch in recent months. We caught up with the band to discuss joining Search & Destroy Records, how vital the festival season and touring are, what it feels like to be a part
of the expanding British rock scene and much more.
Over The Ocean have crafted a compelling, brooding record with their latest effort ‘Be Given To The Soil.’ With intense specific precision and delicate accuracy that echoes the likes of Explosions In The Sky and Sigur Ros. Jesse Hill from the band to discusses how the
album came together, the importance of precision, being compared to post-rock pioneers and more.
After a top ten UK album and an outstanding UK tour with festival dates on both sides of the Atlantic to follow, Bring Me The Horizon are having a fantastic 2013 and are now featured in the latest edition of "Versus." It's ‘There is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There is a Heaven, Let’s Keep it a Secret’ vs the bands latest release, 'Sempiternal.'
We catch up with Newcastle Indie Rock quartet Alexander to find out more about their debut album 'Say Hello' for a “Already Heard Track Guide” feature.
Having briefly returned to the UK for the Hit The Deck Festival before starting a European
tour, we caught up with vocalist/bassist Ned Russin to discuss the bands progression in sound, differences between UK and US festivals, their recent split with Touché Amoré,
having friends on tour and more.
Back for a third year running and back in it’s home of Nottingham, Hit The Deck once again produced a superb showing of rock, punk, metal, hardcore and everything in between even if the line up looked lacklusture on paper.
The day starts in the Stealth venue where, unfortunately, California shoegazer’s Whirr have the task of kicking off the festival, however at half 12 on a Sunday the bands atmospheric, drawn out approach isn’t quite the ideal opening for a festival like Hit The Deck. (2/5) Thankfully Northern metalcore band Black Dogs get things going with their aggressive and ferocious energy as tracks like ‘Savages’ leave a good impression and makes them a band to keep an eye on in the coming months. (3/5) (SR)
Over at the Rescue Rooms The Front Bottoms make a welcomed appearance with their brand of acousitc indie-folk-punk. Brian Sella’s nasally voice fits the bands light, upbeat sound with recent additions Tom Warren and Ciaran O’Donnel giving the band a more well-rounded sound. New songs like ‘Au Revoir (Adios)’ and ‘Twin Size Mattress’ showcase the bands forthcoming album in a strong light and sit along well next to older numbers ‘Swimming Pool’ and ‘Maps.’ (4/5) (SR)
The 2013 festival season rolls out this weekend with Hit The Deck 2013. Now in it’s third year, 2013 sees the one-day indoor festival expand for the first time with an additional taking place in Bristol on Saturday before returning to it’s natural home of Nottingham on Sunday.
As always the festival promises a great mix of exciting bands and a wealth of familiar acts such as headliners Don Broco, We Are The In Crowd, Title Fight, Bleeding Through, We Are The Ocean and Pure Love.
While there is an abundance of up and coming bands from The Front Bottoms, Great Cynics, Mallory Knox, Attention Thieves, Natives and many more.
To give you a little taster of what to expect, we’ve picked out 10 must-see bands to check out at Hit The Deck 2013.
The perfect amalgamation of punk and hardcore, Title Fight’s sophomore record ‘Floral Green,’was released to rave reviews at the back end of last year and it’s not hard to see why.
Spiky riffs laden with feedback provide the backing for vocal talents Jamie Rhoden and Ned Russin to shine, and tunes like ‘Secret Society’ provide the perfect opportunity to hoist yourself up above the crowd and sing yourself hoarse.
A split release with Touche Amore has recently surfaced online and yet Hit the Deck marks the beginning of the Fight’s first European tour since ‘Floral Green’’s release so you can expect the boys to be on fighting form. (CS)
When & Where: 21:00 on the Big Deal Clothing Stage (Both Bristol and Nottingham)
Vocalist Ed Gibbs has announced he will be leaving Devil Sold His Soul following the bands upcoming festival appearences at Hit The Deck and Slam Dunk.
Gibbs posted the following message:
“This is the hardest and saddest decision that I have ever had to make, but I am parting ways with Devil Sold His Soul. This has nothing to do with any lack of love for the music or my brothers in the band, but I just don’t feel that I can commit 100% to our band anymore and that I need to start looking to the future. This band has been the biggest and most important thing to happen in my life and I wouldn’t be the same person right now if it wasn’t for it. Over my 9 years in the band we have overcome so many hurdles and hardships together that these guys truly feel like family to me and it really does hurt to know that I won’t be playing shows with them again, but I know that we will always be close. I would like to thank everyone that has ever supported our band along the way and helped us do all of the things we have achieved so far, without you we could never have made it this far. I wish the guys the best of luck for the future and whatever it throws at them! I have had some of the most incredible experiences over the years and I wouldn’t change a thing. Peace out! Ed”
In addition Devil Sold His Soul posted the following message:
“Today we have to announce that our friend and brother, Ed Gibbs, has decided to leave Devil Sold His Soul to pursue a career outside of the band.
Like many of you, we are shocked by the decision but we understand that it is not an easy one to make. We fully understand and support the reasons why Ed has decided to leave and although we are saddened by it, we are happy and grateful to have been able to share almost 9 years with Ed in the band. He will always be a huge part of this band, no matter what. We have shared some of the best times of our lives together and we will never forget that. And of course he has given so much to this band, we are sure you will not forget it either. We hope that you will all share our feelings about this and realise that sometimes these things happen and that everything happens for a reason. We still have the same outlook and we will keep moving forward.
So now we look to the future. We are extremely happy to say that we have already found a new vocalist. Paul Green, whom many of you will know from The Arusha Accord, will be taking over vocal duties and we feel very lucky to have found someone who we deem to have an amazing voice and energy that will add a new dimension to DSHS. We hope that you will all welcome him into the band with the same positive and open-minded spirit that we have.
We are extremely optimistic about the future. We have already started writing new material and we will have more news about that very soon.
But for the immediate future, Ed’s last shows with us will be:
Hit The Deck – Nottingham – April 21st
Slam Dunk Festival – Leeds, Hatfield, Wolverhampton – May 25, 26 & 27th
We hope that loads of you will come out and support him and us at these shows, it is going to mean a lot to us!
Thank you for your support, it means the world to us.
See you in the pit!
Rick, Leks, Jonny, Jozef, Paul
DEVIL SOLD HIS SOUL”
The final two bands for Slam Dunk 2013 have been announced with Itch and Devil Sold His Soul joining the line-up.
Whilst the likes of Gavin Butler (The Blackout), William Beckett, Ace Enders and more have been announced for the acoustic stage.
Gavin Butler (The Blackout)
William Beckett (The Academy Is)
Ace Enders (The Early November / I Can Make A Mess)
Chas Palmer-Williams (Lightyear)
Class Of 92 (Matty from A Loss For Words)
Sophomore (Alex from Decade)
Marc Halls (Hey Vanity)
The dates are as follows:
Friday 24th Slam Dunk Scotland O2 ABC Glasgow
Saturday 25th Slam Dunk Festival North Leeds University
Sunday 26th Slam Dunk Festival South Herts Uni, Hatfield
Monday 27th Slam Dunk Festival Midlands Wolverhampton Civic
Tuesday 28th Slam Dunk Wales Cardiff University
Wednesday 29th Slam Dunk Ireland The Academy Dublin
Click read more below to see the final line up poster.
Visit slamdunkmusic.com for full information on all Slam Dunk 2013 events.
Heights, Devil Sold His Soul, Hawk Eyes Announced as Support for Jägermeister Music UK Tour (Select Dates Only)
The local supports for the forthcoming Jägermeister Music UK Tour headlined by Ghost have been announced, with the likes of Heights, Devil Sold His Soul, Hawk Eyes, and Feed The Rhino being announced as support on select dates.
Dead Till Friday and Revoker will also be supporting on certain dates.
Gojira and The Defiled will be supporting on all dates.
Monday 18th – Sheffield O2 Academy w/ Heights
Tuesday 19th – Glasgow O2 Academy w/ Dead Till Friday
Wednesday 20th – Bristol O2 Academy w/ Revoker
Friday 22nd – Bournemouth O2 Academy w/ Devil Sold His Soul
Saturday 23rd – Birmingham O2 Academy w/ Hawk Eyes
Sunday 24th – Brixton O2 Academy w/ Feed The Rhino
Each show will cost £5.00 per person - thanks to Jägermeister subsidising admission.
The initial line-up for Manchester’s Summerjam has been announced with the headliners being Bury Tomorrow and Yashin.
Devil Sold his Soul
Feed the Rhino
Pay No Respect
This Is Turin
SummerJam 2013 takes place over two days (July 20th and 21st) at Sound Control in Manchester.
Tickets can be purchased here.
After receiving widespread praise for last year’s ‘Empire of Light,’ progressive metallers Devil Sold His Soul have released their new music video for ‘VIII.’
Click read more to view the video.
‘Empire of Light’ is available now on Small Town Records.
Here’s a little secret; I’ve never listened to Devil Sold His Soul. They’re one of those bands that I’ve heard mentioned quite a lot but I’ve never actually heard them myself. I’ve never had a friend who’s played a song to me, recommended them or anything like that. That’s quite surprising, actually, considering one of my friends has this grey hoodie with a blue print of the logo on it…
With this in mind I take us on this journey (aka my review) of Devil Sold His Soul’s latest album ‘Empire Of Light’ which is their 3rd album after ‘Bless & Cursed’ back in 2010. From what I’ve heard, Devil Sold His Soul also take listeners on a journey with their ambient influenced post hardcore/progressive metal and after listening to ‘Empire Of Light’ I’m pretty sure I could have heard any of their songs and known it’s them. Such a unique sound, merging all of those together rather than having heavy sections and then an ambient section such as with bands like Misery Signals.
Devil Sold His Soul have been announced as headliners for the Metal Hammer Razor UK tour. The eight-date tour will take place in November and will feature support from Heights, Heart Of A Coward and Steak Number Eight.
Sun 4 Birmingham, Academy 3
Mon 5 Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
Tue 6 Southampton, Cellars
Wed 7 Bristol, Fleece
Thu 8 London, Underworld
Fri 9 Liverpool, Academy 2
Sat 10 Sheffield, Corporation
Sun 11 Glasgow, Cathouse
Devil Sold His Soul’s new album ‘Empire Of Light’ is released on September 17th through Small Town Records.
Devil Sold His Soul have announced they will release a new single called ‘A New Legacy’ will be released via iTunes on August 13th through Small Town Records.
A music video directed by Stuart Birchall (Architects, Lower Than Atlantis, Your Demise, Qemists/Enter Shikari) is set to be released soon.
The track will appear on Devil Sold His Soul’s new album ‘Empire Of Light’, on September 17th.
Devil Sold His Soul have signed to Small Town Records. Their new album ‘Empire Of Light’ will be released on September 17th.
A new song ‘No Remorse, No Regrets’ can be downloaded for free here. Whilst a self-made video for the track can be viewed by clicking read more.