With Queens of the Stone Age in the middle of a UK arena tour, we’ve decided to highlight
five of the bands best tracks for this edition of "Fives".
We've got the new EP from Yorkshire riff merchants NOSE right here! Take a listen to 'Sick
Continuing our Reuben theme from last week’s Fives and in celebration of frontman Jamie Lenman’s new double solo album, we take a look at two of the albums for "Versus". Its
‘Racecar Is Racecar Backwards' against 'In Nothing We Trust'.
Calgary's debut EP 'Fight Fire With Fire' is a bright, warming collection of indie pop songs.
With comparisons to Hellogoodbye and John Mayer, the four tracks showcase a band with pop sensibilities and plenty of potential to breakthrough. We caught up with the band to find out more.
Returning with their first album in six years, 'Balancing' sees Hertfordshire’s The October Game showcase dynamic growth and versatility with a brooding undertone throughout. Already Heard recently spoke to Luke Williams and Nick Kozuch to discuss the album in
more detail; the writing process, its various packages, and working with Scylla Records.
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
05. Thirty One & Sevens
06. Calvert Street
08. The Beaten Path
10. No One Will Save Us
A new song called 'To The Wolves' can be streamed by clicking read more.
Australian metalcore outfit, I Killed The Prom Queen is back and have officially signed to Epitaph Records worldwide. The bands third album will be released in 2014.
The band made the following statement:
“We are absolutely ecstatic to join the Epitaph Records family. Having worked with the label previously with Bring Me The Horizon, I knew exactly what Epitaph was capable of and that it would be the perfect home for I Killed The Prom Queen. Epitaph is already the home to so many of our heroes such as Converge, Refused, Pennywise and Every Time I Die, and has helped launch our good friends Parkway Drive, The Ghost Inside, Day Of Contempt, Letlive. and more. To say that we are a part of this family is truly an honour.
We are dying to get this album out and into the hands of old and new I Killed The Prom Queen fans everywhere. To me this record feels as though I Killed The Prom Queen never took a break and is a natural progression of the band. You will hear hints of our side projects and new influences, but make no mistake, this is an I Killed The Prom Queen record through and through. Its fast, melodic, heavy, catchy and we have added a couple of new elements which really bring it up there with the level of music being created these days.”
I can honestly admit that I did not see this day coming. I am officially two lines into a review of an album of Christmas covers by American punk rock legends Bad Religion. It really shouldn’t come as this much of a surprise, the band have proven time and time again their expertise in the art of irony. Where that of Dead Kennedys was perhaps on the more provocative side, Bad Religion essentially built a career on using irony and experimenting in its delivery (think of the simple elegance of ‘21st Century Digital Boy’). There exists a considerable gap, however, between writing individual songs as ironic character studies to criticize its content and simply recording a set of popular Christmas covers with little evidence of any tongue-in-cheek whatsoever. Not that there’s anything inherently wrong with turning a couple of jolly winter tracks into jolly punk-rock winter tracks. It just seems too incoherent a joke for Bad Religion to indulge in.
Still, it is more than likely that the band appreciate full well that this particularly tired genre of music is unlikely to be suddenly revitalised by their particular brand of adaptation. Maybe, just maybe, that is the very point the band are making: that there is no point to their enterprise. A silly joke suddenly becomes a confusing exercise in nihilism. Then again maybe I’m just trying to legitimate the confusing actions of one of my favourite punk bands. The reality is that, straight-forward or not, the album is 20 minutes of quintessentially Bad Religion instrumentals with Gurewitz providing an unlikely voice for these merry holiday tunes.
Architects have signed to Epitaph Records and will release their new album next Spring with a UK tour taking place in March.
The band made the following comment:
"We’re delighted to announce that we have signed to Epitaph Records! Its an absolute honour to join a label that houses the best roster in the genre. We’re also stoked to have signed deals with UNFD in Australia and New Damage Records in Canada. This is a whole new chapter for Architects and we’re stoked to have such a great team behind us.
Many of you will have seen that we are currently in Gothenburg at Studio Fredman recording a brand new album that is penciled for a spring 2014 release. Its sounding splendid - ya gonna love it.
LASTLY - we will be embarking on a UK and European headline tour in support of our new record! We can’t wait to get back out on tour!!! Ticket details to follow…..”
07 Manchester Academy 2
09 Sheffield Leadmill
11 Cardiff Solus
12 Birmingham Institute
14 London Koko
American pop-punk four piece Veara haven’t had much rest recently, with the previous four months consisting of non-stop Vans Warped Tour dates plus a US tour with Cartel all finally culminating in the release of their upcoming full length ‘Growing Up Is Killing Me’ through Epitaph Records on September 24th. They’re not stopping there, either. Starting on September 21st the band head out on a US tour is support of their new album which takes them right up until October 17th when just a few weeks later they’re off to Australia for the international leg of Warped Tour. This week I got to find out if their latest record represents them as well as their work ethic does, and although I enjoyed it, it’s not without it’s issues.
I feel like ‘Growing Up Is Killing Me’ could have been 14-year-old-me’s favourite album. Which can, of course, be taken one of two ways. Either Veara are around 7 years too late with this album or they are a band that executes an older era of pop punk so perfectly that I feel reminiscent and nostalgic about it, even though it’s being released in the very week that I’m listening to it for the first time. Personally, I think it’s the latter. I do, however, worry that there’s a chance of the majority of listeners taking it as the former. Veara have successfully nailed a sound that has already been perfected in the past. Four Year Strong, New Found Glory, All Time Low, The Wonder Years, Set Your Goals… they’re all in there somewhere, and I really could go on with more. Unfortunately for Veara, you need to do more than mash up the best parts of previously successful bands to ultimately become just as successful yourself. With the previously mentioned influences, among others, shining brightly through each song, any original touch Veara might have wanted to imprint on their record are slightly overshadowed.
Since they exploded the senses of the world with their third effort ‘Fake History,’ the alternative press and crowd have kept a fixed eye on letlive.. Call it hype if you will, but this has certainly been justified. An ecstatic live presence full of anguish and tight musicianship paints a clear picture on one’s mind. Now releasing their fourth album, entitled ‘The Blackest Beautiful,’ it is assured that the band continue to cement a solid delivery in songwriting.
The Los Angeles post hardcore crew have truly bettered themselves compared to their last output. This reviewer could end this review right here, and urge you to check it out now, but here are the details. Like their influences, the band has a knack of shifting styles in each song. Whereas in the past this has been done well, they’ve now learned the skill to balance the scale and make these dynamics flow with ease. Vocalist Jason Butler certainly dominates as he transforms from fiery screams to soulful croons. All the while credit has to go to the tight professional skills displayed by the guitars, bass, and drums, especially the drums.
For this edition of "Fives" we’ve decided to take a look at five albums that are set to be released this month. Expect to see the Already Heard team to highlight five releases on the first Wednesday of every month from now on.
letlive. - The Blackest Beautiful
When Californian quartet letlive. first exploded onto the scene, no one seemed to realise the full impact that this roaring post-hardcore/rock group would have upon both the music industry and the young people who would fall in love with them. Upon signing to Epitaph in 2008, their album ‘Fake History’was re-released and they went on to tour with groups such as Enter Shikari, Underoath and Your Demise, been part of the Vans Warped Tour line-up and embarked on their own headline tours.
At the beginning of June, letlive. released the official video for their single ‘Banshee (Ghost Fame),’ which was the first to be taken off their upcoming album ‘The Blackest Beautiful.’ Filled with frenetic riffs that screamed with power and ruthless, relentless drum work, frontman Jason Butler also returned in fine form as he unleashed his commanding and dynamic vocals effortlessly. It was a promise of what was to be expected upon the upcoming release of ‘The Blackest Beautiful’ and made the majority of people incredibly eager to hear the album in full. So when it comes out, don’t be left behind – buy your copy and let your hearing be annihilated by letlive.’s enthralling music. (JT)
'The Blackest Beautiful' by letlive. is released on 9th July on Epitaph Records.
The longevity of the Transplants proves that unlike most ‘super groups’, they are a band who are not doing this to cash in or keep themselves busy during down time. If anything the latter would be a ridiculous accusation to make; made up of Tim Armstrong, Travis Barker and (Skinhead) Rob Aston, the key members have been extremely busy in between 'Haunted Cities' and 'In A Warzone'.
Armstrong has been releasing covers and original pieces under the moniker Tim TimeBomb for the past year or so, as well as playing in Rancid. Barker has been busy with the reformation of Blink-182 as well as collaborating with a number of Hip Hop artists including YelaWolf. Aston has formed his own band Death March. The time apart and the projects in between have really shaped the members individually; Aston and Armstrong are both vocally stronger than the previous albums.
It’s a cliché start to any written piece featuring Bring Me The Horizon, but they do seem to be either loved or hated. There’s no denying the facts though; they are massive. Latest release 'Sempiternal' is their fourth full length and has seen them join a major label whilst over in Belgium they’ve played a very reputable spot on major punk festival Groezrock before returning to the UK for a short but successful run of shows.
There will always be a select number who will dislike what they do, but there’s a part of me that thinks it’s those critics that keep BMTH pushing further than they ever have previously. At Already Heard we even had a discussion if the band were big enough or had been around long enough for them to be included in ‘Versus’ and we quickly decided that they do.
It’s without further ado then that I present to you our two contenders, Jenny Gagas and Callum McPhee. Our American sweetheart Jenny is fighting for what it is about 'There Is A Hell…' that really hits home for her, whilst Callum will be defending the band’s newest release 'Sempiternal' in his first "Versus" piece. Who wins? You decide. Let us know on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
‘There is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There is a Heaven, Let’s Keep it a Secret’ (by Jenny Gagas)
I used to be scared of music that had screaming. I shouldn’t say scared… more like horrified. It was all noise, all bark and no bite. But somehow, I think through friends playing hardcore in the background of university study sessions; I began to get a taste for it and soon I couldn’t get enough. Eventually I couldn’t listen to a song without screaming and worked my way up to Bring Me The Horizon. Someone gave me their copy of ‘There is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There is a Heaven, Let’s Keep it a Secret’ and that album is what, surprisingly, got me through all those long nights of reading Shakespeare and Chaucer.
Since 1986, Canadian punk band Propagandhi have gone from strength to strength, building on their brand of thrash influenced melodic skate punk. Forward thinking and politically active, the band are about to return to the UK for a string of dates with Comeback Kid, Shai Hulud and War on Women in support of their latest album ‘Failed States’.
We caught up with vocalist and guitarist Chris Hannah discussing their upcoming UK tour, the importance of supporting younger bands, the band’s musical consistency and growth, and the band’s admirable stance on not sacrificing their integrity.
Already Heard: Hello, who am I speaking to and can you please tell us your role(s) in the band?
Chris : You are speaking to the person inside of Reagan. my name is Chris. I am the resident idiot clown and guitarist/vocalist.
AH: You are about to head on tour for the majority of the April month in Europe and the UK. Having toured this side of the Atlantic a number of times do you know what to expect in regards to the atmosphere at shows here or does an essence of the unexpected occur on each visit?
Chris: It’s different from night to night, but not really from hemisphere to hemisphere. We always expect unbridled wildness but will accept polite, detached applause in a pinch.
AH: As well as playing with Shai Hulud and fellow Canadians Comeback Kid on the UK dates, you are taking Baltimore punks War on Women. It certainly is admirable when an older and established band such as yourselves take on younger bands especially in the punk and hardcore genres. How vital would you say it is to pass on the torch to the next generation?
Chris: I think it’s good to show people that art/ music can more than a distraction or a passtime. War on Women, specifically, are a band that not only rocks hard, but directly challenges the tired, old male-dominated schtick of a typical heavy rock show. I think they are an exciting band and am eager to see what the Old World makes of them.
Three years on ‘This Addiction’ and following an acoustic record (2011’s ‘Damnesia’) and one or two side projects, Alkaline Trio have returned with ‘My Shame Is True’ and on the surface it’s business as usual; a tight collection of melodic punk rock with a subtle dark twist. However vocalist Matt Skiba’s songwriting steps up a notch by taking a more direct, personal approach with the end result being some of the bands best work in recent years.
Following the Ramones-influenced opener ‘She Lied To The FBI,’ the catchy ‘I Wanna Be A Warhol’ kick starts the record with that familiar Alkaline Trio melodic drive. While ‘Kiss You To Death’ is a brooding, heartfelt love song that is perfectly executed with an energetic pay off.
Bad Religion will be playing two UK dates in August in support of recent album, ‘True North’ which is available now on Epitaph.
19 Manchester Ritz
20 London KoKo
Next week Illinois punk rock band Alkaline Trio release their eighth album 'My Shame Is True.' With such a dense back catalogue, Already Heard’s Sean Reid and Tom White faced a touch challenge for the latest edition of "Fives" as the pair picked out the five best Alkaline Trio songs.
Having formed in the Chicago punk scene in 1996, Alkaline Trio have gone to have a respectable career; toured on both sides of the Atlantic relentlessly, recorded eight albums, several EP’s, and formed a handful of side-projects. By thriving of the basis that is the partnership between guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba and bassist/vocalist Dan Andriano, Alkaline Trio are one of the most influential punk bands of recent times.
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'Armageddon' is a real Alkaline Trio anthem; it sits beside 'Mercy Me' and 'Radio' as one of their strongest pieces of song writing ever. The chorus is instantly familiar with the iconic line “before we say goodbye, give us something to believe in.” It is a song which undoubtedly gives you that something to believe in and this is why it makes my personal favourites. (TW)
Off With Their Heads are stalwarts of the punk scene; three full length studio albums as well as countless 7” and split releases and a relentless touring schedule lead us here, to ‘Home’; this release sees the band produce their most musically proficient album to date whilst still retaining their roots in the punk scene that birthed them.
From the screeching feedback on opening track ‘Start Walking’, it is clear the band are attempting to capture their magical live aesthetic on record; the most impressive thing about this being that they capture the magic and chaos of an Off With Their Heads live show without compromising on album sound quality. This may well be the tightest sounding and best produced album the band have ever made, evident in ‘Shirts’ which punches out with a burly riff, tight and rumbling bass line, and gutsy vocals to create, quite frankly, a force of nature. Incidentally, the album was produced by legendary Descendents drummer Bill Stevenson.
It goes without saying Bad Religion are one of the most influential punk bands of all time. With a career stretching 16 albums over 30 years, the California band have played a major way in shaping the way punk is today; not to mention guitarist Brett Gurewitz’s Epitaph record label has become one of the most reliable independent labels around.
So on to album number sixteen - 'True North' an album which is punk rock as you can be in 2013. Despite their age, Bad Religion still blast their way through relentlessly, yet do not offer much in variety; this isn’t expected by a band like Bad Religion.