With Spring fast approaching and festival season starting soon, March sees a whole load of noteworthy releases. We take a look at five of the must hear releases this month.
Having only just formed last summer, Leeds punks Brawlers have quickly made a name for themselves for their insane live show. Now the quartet have unleashed their utterly brilliant debut EP 'I Am A Worthless Piece of Shit', an infectious collection of fun punk rock numbers. We talked to vocalist Harry George Johns to find out why the longtime friends formed
Brawlers and what 'I Am Worthless...' is all about.
After delivering one of the early contenders for album of the year, we catch up Modern Baseball to discuss ‘You’re Gonna Miss It All’, their forthcoming debut UK tour and miming
at the World Series.
In the second part of our "Studio Report" feature with Colt 45, the Cumbria punks finish their debut LP producer Romesh Dodangoda by recording vocals and more guitars. Take a look.
In the first of our new fortnightly feature where we highlight some of the most promising
bands in the pop-punk world, we talk to New York's Firestarter.
In the latest instalment of our "Tour Tales" feature, we join Wakefield quartet Morain on their recent tour supporting Durham four-piece Alexander.
With lead vocalist Matt Pryor having recently completed a solo UK tour, we highlight two albums from The Get Up Kids for the latest edition of "Versus". Already Heard writer Tom
Knott explains why 'Something To Write Home About' is "pure gold". Whilst Senior Editor
Sean Reid shows us why 'Guilt Show' shouldn't be dismissed.
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.
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
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.)
03. Broken Cross
04. The Devil Is Near
05. Dead Man Talking
06. Red Hypergiant
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.
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.
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.