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INTERVIEW: MOOSE BLOOD
This week Canterbury emo-rock four piece Moose Blood release their debut full-length.
Entitled 'I'll Keep You In Mind, From Time To Time', the record contains eleven songs that
wear their hearts on their sleeves and is wrapped in a plethora of catchy hooks. We spoke to two fourths of the band as drummer Glenn Harvey and bassist Kyle Todd discussed the
album, working with Beau Burchell, joining up with No Sleep Records, and more.
EXCLUSIVE EP STREAM: HORA DOUSE - CRASH
The new EP from Manchester's Hora Douse, 'Crash' is streaming right here on Already Heard. Give it a listen and relive those older days when post hardcore could be a little bit twangly.
FIVES: MUST HEAR OCTOBER 2014 RELEASES
Last month we were spoilt for choice when it came to picking our must hear releases for September, and October is no different. Find out what the Already Heard team picked out as their five essential releases for October.
ALREADY HEARD VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: WE FIGHT LIKE KIDS - FALCONER
On Monday November 3rd, Midland hardcore punk band We Fight Like Kids release their
debut EP, 'Superficial Behaviour'. However we're premiering their new video for 'Falconer' right here on Already Heard.
ALREADY HEARD RECOMMENDS: ALBURN
For Scottish quartet Alburn, their latest EP ('Mouthful of Glass') has been a longtime coming. Having undergone a slight line-up since their formation in 2007, 'Mouthful of Glass'
showcases a significant amount of growth and maturity. We spoke to Pete Duthie to ask him about the bands background, that inevitable Brand New comparison, the Scottish music
scene and more.
EXCLUSIVE EP PREMIER: NOYO MATHIS - ENDURE
On first listen we fell in love Noyo Mathis and knew that 'Endure' needed to be heard. It's post hardcore meets emo meets indie meets math rock. Take a listen to the full EP right here.
INTERVIEW: NECK DEEP
Without a doubt Neck Deep are one of this years breakout bands. After kicking off the year
with the release of their debut LP, 'Wishful Thinking', the Wrexham pop-punk five piece
haven’t stopped touring since. From festival appearances throughout the UK and Europe to 2 months in North America as part of the Vans Warped Tour. We caught up with vocalist Ben Barlow and bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans at the Leeds Festival. They discussed their past festival experiences, supporting Blink-182, their up and coming UK headline tour and being
“leaders” of the UK pop-punk movement.


Bangers Release New Video for ‘Last of the Big Dippers’

imageCornish punk trio Bangers have released a video for 'Last of the Big Dippers'.

The track is taken from their latest album 'Mysterious Ways', which was recorded in a period of 48 hours and put out on limited cassette via Specialist Subject Records.

The band will also be touring until mid-October at the following dates.

September
27th Dry Bar, ManchFester, Manchester
30th The Cavern, Exeter*
October
1st Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton*
2nd The Lughole, Sheffield*
3rd Sin City, Swansea*
4th The Joiners, Southampton (Early - WTFest)*
4th The Montague, London (Late)*
7th O2 Academy 2, Sheffield+
8th O2 Academy 2, Newcastle+
9th O2 ABC 2, Glasgow+
10th O2 Academy 2, Birmingham+
11th Thekla, Bristol+
12th Rescue Rooms, Nottingham+
13th O2 Academy 2, Liverpool+
14th The Ruby Lounge, Manchester+
15th Islington Academy, London+
16th The Cellar, Southampton+

* w/ Pale Angels + Doe
+ w/ The Lawrence Arms + Sam Russo

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Rob Lynch Releases New Music Video for ‘Whiskey’

Rob Lynch has released a new music video for the song 'Whiskey'.

The track is taken from his debut album 'All These Nights in Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul', which was released today via Xtra Mile Recordings.

Lynch will also be going on tour with This Wild Life from the end of this week. The dates are as follows.

September
25th Talking Heads, Southampton
26th Tiki Bar & Diner, Plymouth
27th The Exchange, Bristol
28th The Cricketers, Kingston
29th Asylum, Birmingham
30th Academy 2, Sheffield
October
1st Sound Control, Manchester
2nd Think Tank, Newcastle
3rd Cockpit, Leeds
4th Scholar, Leicester
5th Sugarmill, Stoke
6th Underworld, London

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Album Review: Sleepwave - Broken Compass

Recently, we’ve seen numerous metalcore vocalists take new directions in the music that they create.  In this year alone, we’ve seen artists such as Josh Scogin, who ended The Chariot to soon form ’68, who then release their debut album ‘In Humor and Sadness’. Alongside this, we have Caleb Shomo, who after Attack Attack!, went on to form Beartooth, who recently released ‘Disgusting’. Adding to this inevitably expanding list is Spencer Chamberlain, former vocalist of the now recently defunct band Underoath. Blending a hybrid fusion of rock and electronica, Spencer and co.’s new band Sleepwave is reminiscent of bands like Nine Inch Nails, albeit with a similar brooding rock n roll vibe, which encompasses the majority of the album with negative, angry lyricism.

Which I suppose is where I should start. Following the collapse of Underoath, Spencer Chamberlain explores the emotional fallout of the ending of the band, as well as his own personal conflicts. Right off the bat, with lyrics such as, “If everything was raped and taken from my hands, I’d be just fine” being present on the very first track, it’s clear the album is about to twist and turn on the omnipresent emotional rollercoaster that is ‘Broken Compass’. Songs like ‘Rock and Roll Is Dead And So Am I’ and ‘Repeat Routine’ have Spencer mournfully contemplating his life, which offering allusions to thoughts of his old band, as well as the desperation to leave his old metalcore persona behind.

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Rob Lynch Streams Debut Album

London folk singer Rob Lynch is streaming his debut album 'All These Nights in Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul' over at Rock Sound.

The album is due for release next week on the 22nd September via Xtra Mile Recordings. You can pre-order the release on iTunes, Amazon or on the Xtra Mile website.

Lynch will also be going on tour with This Wild Life over the next few weeks. This will be preceded by a free album release show on the 22nd September at The Monarch in London. The dates are as follows:

September
22nd The Monarch, London (free album release show / Rob Lynch only)
25th Talking Heads, Southampton
26th Tiki Bar & Diner, Plymouth
27th The Exchange, Bristol
28th The Cricketers, Kingston
29th Asylum, Birmingham
30th Academy 2, Sheffield
October
1st Sound Control, Manchester
2nd Think Tank, Newcastle
3rd Cockpit, Leeds
4th Scholar, Leicester
5th Sugarmill, Stoke
6th Underworld, London

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Pianos Become the Teeth Announce UK Tour

Pianos Become the Teeth have announced a short UK tour this January 2015 next year.

The tour will be in support of their soon to be released third album, 'Keep You', which is available on the 28th October via Epitaph Records.

The band will be playing the following UK dates:

January 2015
27th The Exchange, Bristol
28th Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
29th Audio, Glasgow
30th Sound Control, Manchester
31st The Underworld, London

Obey The Brave Stream ‘Salvation’

Canadian metalcore group Obey The Brave have launched a stream of their new album, 'Salvation', ahead of its release this week on Epitaph Records.

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Interview: Architects

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For Brighton metalcore titans Architects, 2014 is proving to be a remarkable year. Having released the critically acclaimed and award winning 'Lost Forever // Lost Together' through the renowned Epitaph Records, the quartet have been on the road ever since. Having toured in the UK earlier this year, they’ve since been to the States alongside Letlive. before heading to Asia and Europe.

We caught up with guitarist Tom Searle as Architects made a brief return to the UK for last month’s Leeds Festival before they continued jetting off round the globe. In our brief discussion, Tom spoke about the differences in crowds around the world, being part of Epitaph, their 2015 UK tour with Every Time I Die, Blessthefall and Counterparts, and we also ask him what’s his favourite albums of the year so far.

AH: First off Tom welcome back to Leeds and Reading. How are you finding it so far?
Tom: Yeah good. Yesterday at Reading was pretty spectacular. It was one of those lovely heartwarming shows you do every now and again. It’s great. It’s somewhere between hot and freezing cold. When the sun is out I’m baking, then the sun goes in and it’s generally cold. That’s a ridiculously thing to moan about. I’ve lived in England for 26 years, you’d think I would be use to it by now.

AH: I saw some pictures from last night. It looked pretty packed out in that tent.
Tom: At this festival, it’s a relatively modest size stage but last time we did main stage and I felt like it was a great opportunity, something you would never say no to but as a metal band, it’s not your place almost. You’re like a weird experiment putting a metal band on that main stage, and it’s great that the organisers do that and this year they had a lot of heavy bands like Crossfaith and Hacktivist, it’s sweet, but it’s the tents where we feel most at home. I don’t mind it being a modest size.

AH: I was going to ask you if you prefer the intimate setting of a tent, but clearly you do.
Tom: Yeah tents are where it’s at man!

AH: These are your first UK dates since your tour earlier this year. Since then you’e been around Europe and toured with Letlive. in the States. How has that been?
Tom: Yeah Letlive. in America was really great, and I feel like our “fan base” or whatever, I don’t want to talk like a CEO of a corporation; “we’ve expanded our demographic…” But no it’s been cool. The new album has connected with some people over there, and in Europe we’ve just been doing festivals and stuff. It’s been tiring, a lot of flying at 3am and that sort of thing but it’s been cool. We’ve been to Russia and Ukraine, where a lot other bands were pulling out but I felt like we got a lot of love and appreciation for doing that. It didn’t seem like a chore as all the shows were amazing.

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Young Guns, Issues and Sleepwave to Support Bring Me the Horizon at Wembley Arena

Young Guns, Issues and Sleepwave have all been announced to support Bring Me the Horizon at the Wembley Arena in London on the 5th December.

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The Lawrence Arms Announce Sam Russo and Bangers as UK Tour Supports

imageSam Russo and Bangers have been announced as the supports for The Lawrence Arms on their UK tour this October.

You can catch all three artists at the following dates:

October
7th O2 Academy 2, Sheffield
8th O2 Academy 2, Newcastle
9th O2 ABC 2, Glasgow
10th O2 Academy 2, Birmingham
11th Thekla, Bristol
12th Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
13th O2 Academy 2, Liverpool
14th The Ruby Lounge, Manchester
15th Islington Academy, London
16th The Cellar, Southampton

The Lawrence Arms Announce UK Dates

Chicago punks The Lawrence Arms have announced a short run of UK dates in October.

You can catch the band at the following shows:

October
7th O2 Academy 2, Sheffield
8th O2 Academy 2, Newcastle
9th O2 ABC 2, Glasgow
10th O2 Academy 2, Birmingham
13th O2 Academy 2, Liverpool
14th The Ruby Lounge, Manchester
15th Islington Academy, London

This Wild Life Announce UK Tour

Acoustic duo This Wild Life have announced a UK headline tour in September and October.

The tour is in support of their recent debut full length release, 'Clouded', out now on Epitaph Records.

September
25th Talking Heads, Southampton
26th Tiki Bar & Diner, Plymouth
27th The Exchange, Bristol
28th The Cricketers, Kingston
29th Asylum, Birmingham
30th Academy 2, Sheffield
October
1st Sound Control, Manchester
2nd Think Tank, Newcastle
3rd Cockpit, Leeds
4th Scholar, Leicester
5th Sugarmill, Stoke
6th Underworld, London

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Joyce Manor Announce November UK Dates with Cheap Girls and Great Cynics

Joyce Manor will be touring the UK in support of their new album, 'Never Hungover Again', which is out this week on Epitaph Records.

Support comes from Cheap Girls and Great Cynics.

November
Tue 11 Leeds Cockpit 2 
Wed 12 Glasgow 13th Note
Thu 13 Manchester Star & Garter
Fri 14 London The Dome Tufnell Park
Sat 15 Southampton Joiners
Sun 16 Kingston Fighting Cocks
Mon 17 Bristol The Exchange

Album Review: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

Returning to your roots, like most things, can be either good or bad, depending upon how it is handled. On their last release, Torrance, California indie punks Joyce Manor took a bizarre, near experimental pop sensibility on ‘Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired’. Now, on their Epitaph debut and third LP, the band slightly treads back to where they started, with the style which hooked their fans in the first place. ‘Never Hungover Again’ is the spiritual follow up to their self-titled first album; it is Joyce Manor at their most mature sounding, without losing their trademark catchy bite.

Opening with ‘Christmas Card’, you can tell this is classic Joyce Manor, yet they sound slicker. All the rough edges have been smoothed out, without losing any grit. Follow up song ‘Falling in Love Again’ dazzles with pop infused alt punk, which blossoms with a synth and a sincere finish. Whilst this song and ‘End of the Summer’ are mid tempo sweethearts, the likes of ‘Victoria’ ups the tempo adding a weighted element to the delightful punk tone. The most beefy number, however, comes from the minute long ‘Catalina Fight Song’ (the video of which sees the quartet in a hilarious predicament involving martial arts). It chugs away in a tough to chew, easy to digest fashion. ‘In the Army’ is another song with bite, though it comes with rapid fire guitar melodies amongst rolling drums, sealing a fine partnership of contrast.

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Album Review: Pennywise - Yesterdays

US punk quartet Pennywise have now released in total eleven studio albums in total. Rather than pushing even further for newer sounds, Pennywise have returned to their popular early sound with their latest release ‘Yesterdays’. Who can blame them? Don’t fix it if it isn’t broken? However, don’t be fooled as ‘Yesterdays’ is not simply copying the old sound, as Pennywise has kept the sound fresh and attractive.

With the return of Jim Lindberg, Pennywise has regained its original vocalist. This brings a lot more familiarity compared to the 2012 release ‘All Or Nothing’ with vocalist Zoli Téglás. Not only have they retained those original vocals but several of the tracks were the original writings of deceased bass player Jason Thirsk from the late 80’s before his death in 1996. Lindberg had always intended to record these tracks that they had stored away until they felt more “life-affirming”. This rings true with the album touching on emotional subjects at the time such as ‘I Can Remember’, reflecting on the death of Thirsk, differing from the typical political stance of their lyrics.

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Album Review: Every Time I Die - From Parts Unknown

imageSeven albums in might see a band slowing things down, getting tired at their ‘older’ age and mellowing down a bit. Of course, this isn’t the case. Of course it isn’t; this is Every Time I Die. And, If anything, they’ve changed gears and brought more carnage and ferocity to their already distinct and honed sound on 'From Parts Unknown'.

The opening number of 'The Great Secret' might just be the band laying out the blueprints to the rest of the album. Strummed chords ease in before everything is let out all at once, ripping into blast beats and then into the infamous riffery of a victorious and formulated past. Riffs over double time drums, regular time and half time are all in favour on this album and the extra double time usage has increased; following on nicely from ‘Ex Lives’ and the introduction of Ryan “Legs” Leger into the foray on ETID fans all over.

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