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FESTIVAL PREVIEW: HIT THE DECK 2014 - 10 MUST-SEE BANDS
As the festival season rolls on, this weekend the Hit The Deck Festival returns for its fourth outing. As always with over 40 bands playing across 6 stages, the Already Heard team has picked out 10 must-see bands to see at this weekend’s festival.
FIVES: MUST BUY RECORD STORE DAY 2014 RELEASES
This Saturday the 2014 edition of Record Store Day takes place. With wealth of rare
releases to buy, Already Heard and Jon Tolley of Banquet Records have picked out 5 must by RSD 2014 releases.
INTERVIEW: THE MENZINGERS
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.
ALREADY HEARD RECOMMENDS: NEW CITY KINGS
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.
VERSUS: ALKALINE TRIO - 'FROM HERE TO INFIRMARY' VS. 'MAYBE I'LL
CATCH FIRE'

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.
POP-PUNK A&R: BOSTON MANOR
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.
ALREADY HEARD RECOMMENDS: EMPLOYED TO SERVE
With their latest EP 'Change Nothing, Regret Everything.', Woking five-piece Employed
To Serve have produced 12 minutes of frantic, unrelenting hardcore that finds the band somewhere between The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Chariot. We spoke to Justine from the band to find out how the band has transitioned from a duo to a quintet and she discussed
being part of the Holy Roar! roster, they chaotic yet contained live shows and more.
ALREADY HEARD TOUR TALES: HORNETS - MARCH 2014 UK TOUR
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.
EXCLUSIVE EP STREAM: WALLEATER - WALLEATER
Leeds-based four-piece Walleater are set to digitally release their debut self titled EP next Monday (14th April) through Close To Home Records. We've got the exclusive first play
right here on Already Heard.
INDUSTRY INSIGHT: LEWIS JOHNS (PRODUCER)
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.


Interview: The Menzingers

Next week Philadelphia indie punks The Menzingers release one of the highly anticipated records of 2014 so far. 2012’s 'On The Impossible Past' received widespread acclaim from critics, something which the band didn’t expect.

Nevertheless two years on, The Menzingers are back with 'Rented World'. In parts, it picks up where 'On The Impossible Past' left off but it also shows the bands growth as songwriters and musicians. The bands tales of personal relationships and introspective lyrics are still in place, but this time they are delivered in a more refined manner.

With the release of 'Rented World' fast approaching, 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.

Already Heard: For starters can you introduce yourself and tell us what you do in The Menzingers?
Greg: Hi I’m Greg and I play guitar and sing in the band.

AH: The release of album number 4 'Rented World' is getting closer by the day. How does it feel to be releasing the album at last?
Greg: It feels pretty great obviously. The lead up for an album being released is like this weird calm before the storm. We’ve been working on all this stuff for a while now so its definitely exciting.

AH: Your last LP, 'On The Impossible Past' received plenty of praise and topped our very own Record of the Year list in 2012. Did you feel any pressure when writing this record because of what you achieved with the last one?
Greg: Well thank you for that! There was some initial pressure when we started the writing process but that quickly went away. We try to not get caught up in all that stuff and just do what we enjoy doing. I think ‘OTIP’ became something bigger than a record for a lot of people, including us. That being said, the pressure wasn’t necessarily “topping” that one or anything, just making sure every song felt important and had a purpose within the record. I’m pretty confident we nailed that.

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Versus: Alkaline Trio - ‘From Here to Infirmary’ vs. ‘Maybe I’ll Catch Fire’

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With their return to the UK imminent, the latest edition of "Versus" sees us putting the focus on Alkaline Trio.

Since forming in 1996, the Chicago band have released 9 albums under their belt. Add to that several EP’s, and forming a handful of side-projects, and you’re left with a dense discography with plenty to pick from.

With the band’s roots firmly in the punk/hardcore Chicago scene, the partnership of guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba and bassist/vocalist Dan Andriano has been the core ingredient to the band’s punk rock sound.

Alkaline Trio are one of the most influential punk rock bands in recent years, and for this installment of "Versus", two members of the Already Heard team have picked out a classic Trio album each with the belief that there chosen album is the band’s best. To begin with 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.

What do you consider to be Alkaline Trio’s best album and why? Let us know on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

From Here to Infirmary (by Jay Sullivan)
Alkaline Trio
are my favourite band, I’m a full-on logo tattooed, card carrying Blood Pact member so I could have argued for any Alkaline Trio album as their best (except maybe the unspeakable 'This Addiction'). However, for me ‘From Here to Infirmary’ stands out as their finest, displaying the right balance between the band’s more punk-orientated older tracks and their poppier latter material.

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Architects Posts Making of ‘Lost Forever // Lost Together’ Video

Architects have posted a lengthy behind the scenes video of their latest album 'Lost Forever // Lost Together'.

The album is out now on Epitaph Records and the making of video can be viewed by clicking read more.

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Versus: Hot Water Music - ‘Caution’ vs ‘Exister’ vs ‘No Division’

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Since forming in 1993, Gainesville, Florida’s Hot Water Music have been an influential beating heart in the genres of punk, hardcore, post hardcore, indie rock and emo. Named after a book by Charles Bukowski, the band consists of guitarist/vocalist Chuck Ragan, vocalist/guitarist Chris Wollard, bassist Jason Black and drummer George Rebelo. Despite having broken up and reformed various times in their career, the line up has been consistent.

The most recent split was in 2006, where Ragan left the band to pursue a solo career causing the other members to restructure themselves as The Draft. Eventually, by 2008, the gruff laden quartet returned, and have been ploughing through ever since. 

There discography is filled with seven studio albums, over a dozen EPs and two live albums. They’ve been signed to the likes of No Idea, Doghouse, Epitaph, and more recently Rise Records. Yet as previously mentioned, they have an undying vast imprint on the alternative scene as we know it.

In honour of the release of Chuck Ragan’s fourth album 'Till Midnight', we at Already Heard have thought it only right to argue which of his band’s albums is best. In one corner, Jay Sullivan stands by their more recent effort 'Exister'; over the other side, Alex Phelan raises fifth LP 'Caution' on to the pedestal. Additionally, Aaron Lohan has decided to represent and argue why their earlier efforts shouldn’t be forget, which he does via a piece on third effort 'No Division'.

What do you consider to be Hot Water Music's best album and why? Let us know on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Caution (by Alex Phelan)
Hot Water Music
’s decision to make Epitaph Records their new home in 2001 was a divisive one to say the least. Their first album on the new label, ‘A Flight and a Crash’, was a far more accessible release than anything they did at No Idea. The songs were simpler in structure and more tuneful than their earlier material.

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Album Review: Architects - Lost Forever // Lost Together

imageSince their debut release back in 2006, Brighton’s Architects' status have gradually risen release after release to the point now where their sixth album is one of the most anticipated releases of the year.

'Lost Forever, Lost Together' marks the band’s first release on Epitaph Records, and the first without founding guitarist Tim Hillier-Brook. Nevertheless the quartet have certainly continued to push themselves with a razor-sharp collection of metalcore that exceeds its expectations.

From the start, 'Gravedigger’, ‘Naysayer’ and ‘Broken Cross’ delivers a hat-trick of hard-hitting numbers that will please longtime fans of the band with Sam Carter’s confident clean and aggressive vocals still as powerful as ever. All three set the bar high early on.

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Architects Stream ‘Lost Forever, Lost Together’

Architects have just launched a stream of their forthcoming new album, 'Lost Forever, Lost Together'.

The album is due to be released on March 10th on Epitaph Records, but can be streamed in its entirety by clicking read more.

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Architects Premier New Song (‘C.A.N.C.E.R’)

Architects have revealed the first third track from their forthcoming 'Lost Forever // Lost Together' LP.

The track is called 'C.A.N.C.E.R’ and can be heard after the jump below.

Lost Forever // Lost Together’ is released on March 10th on Epitaph Records.

March (Support from Stray From The Path, Northlane and Landscapes)
07 Manchester Academy 2
08 Glasgow ABC
09 Sheffield Leadmill
10 Brighton The Haunt (sold out)
11 Cardiff Solus
12 Birmingham Institute
13 Southampton Mo Club
14 London Koko

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FIVES: 5 Must Hear Albums from 1994

For this edition of "Fives" we’re taking a trip back in time, twenty years to be precise. The year is 1994. 'Pulp Fiction', 'Forrest Gump', and 'The Lion King' are reigning at the Box Office, “Soccer” made its return to America as Brazil won the FIFA World Cup in the States, and the UK singles charts was being unfortunately dominated by the likes of Wet Wet Wet and Whigfield. Nevertheless 1994 wasn’t all that bad for music as it saw the release of several influential albums, that are celebrating their 20th anniversaries this year.

We thought it’d be a good time to highlight five of those albums. Read on to find out which five albums the Already Heard team picked as their favourite albums from 1994.

Let us know your thoughts on our picks on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Did we miss any important releases? What are you musical memories from 1994?

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Weezer - Weezer
Whatever you might think of Weezer's output in recent years, you can't argue the bands self-titled debut is a bonafide classic. 'Weezer' (or 'The Blue Album') is just over 40 minutes of fantastic, vibrant power-pop at its very best.

From start to finish, it’s clear why twenty years later 'Weezer' continues to influence and inspire as tracks like 'My Name Is Jonas', 'Holiday' and 'The World Has Turned and Left Me Here' are whimsical wight their subtle garage alt-rock approach. Whilst the singles, 'Say It Ain't So', 'Undone - The Sweater Song' and 'Buddy Holly' solidify the albums legacy and are still highlights at the bands live shows today.

'Weezer' is one of the premier debut records of the last twenty years and is a must for any rock fan. It has it all; catchy choruses, humorous lyrics, and occasional guitar solos all delivered in a not all too polished condition. (SR)

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The Menzingers Announce One-Off London Show

Philadelphia-based punk band The Menzingers have announced a one-off London show at The Old Blue Last on 30th April.

100 tickets for the event will go on sale this Thursday 20th February at banquetrecords.com.

The show will coincide with the release of the bands new album, 'Rented World' which is set to be released on 21st April via Epitaph Records.

01. I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore
02. Bad Things
03. Rodent
04. Where Your Heartache Exists
05. My Friend Kyle
06. Transient Love
07. The Talk
08. Nothing Feels Good Anymore
09. Hearts Unknown
10. In Remission
11. Sentimental Physics
12. When You Died

The video for 'In Remission' can be viewed by clicking read more.

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Architects Posts New Song (‘Broken Cross’)

Architects has posted the second track from their forthcoming 'Lost Forever // Lost Together' LP.

The track is called 'Broken Cross' and can be streamed by clicking read more.

'Lost Forever // Lost Together' is released on March 10th on Epitaph Records.

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I Killed The Prom Queen Stream ‘Beloved’

With the release of their new album fast approaching, Australian metalcore outfit I Killed The Prom Queen are streaming 'Beloved' in its entirety via Epitaph Records' YouTube page.

'Beloved' will be released on February 17th and can be heard in full by clicking read more.

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New I Killed The Prom Queen Video (‘Thirty One & Sevens’)

Australian metalcore act I Killed The Prom Queen have premiered their new video for 'Thirty One & Sevens'.

The track is taken from the bands upcoming album, 'Beloved' which is due to be released on 17th February through Epitaph Records.

Click read more to view the video for 'Thirty One & Sevens'.

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Architects Premier ‘Naysayer’ Music Video and Reveal ‘Lost Forever, Lost Together’ Details

Architects have premiered their new video for 'Naysayer' which comes from the bands new album, 'Lost Forever, Lost Together' (out March 10th on Epitaph Records.)

01. Gravedigger 02. Naysayer
03. Broken Cross
04. The Devil Is Near
05. Dead Man Talking
06. Red Hypergiant
07. C.A.N.C.E.R

08. Colony Collapse
09. Castles In The Air
10. Youth Is Wasted On The Young
11. The Distant Blue

View the video by clicking read more.

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Architects Announce New Album Title and Release Date

One of Already Heard's bands to watch in 2014, Architects have announced their new album will be titled 'Lost Forever//Lost Together' and is set to be released through Epitaph Records on 11th March.

The first single from the album, 'Naysayer' will be premiered on BBC Radio One at midnight next Monday (January 13th).

An album teaser can be viewed by clicking read more.

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New I Killed The Prom Queen Album Announced (‘Beloved’)

Australian metalcore outfit I Killed The Prom Queen have revealed details of their new album. 'Beloved' will be released on 17th February through Epitaph Records.

01. Beginning Of The End
02. To The Wolves
03. Bright Enough
04. Meilor
05. Thirty One & Sevens
06. Calvert Street
07. Kærjrlighet
08. The Beaten Path
09. Nightmares
10. No One Will Save Us
11. Brevity

A new song called 'To The Wolves' can be streamed by clicking read more.

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