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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.
FIVES: MUST HEAR SEPTEMBER 2014 RELEASES
With the festival season more or less over for another year, it’s time for a whole load of
exciting releases to see the light of day. September sees a plethora of exciting releases, so much so that the Already Heard team were spoilt for choices when it came to picking this months must hear releases. Nevertheless they've completed the tricky task and picked out their five must-hear releases for the coming month.
ALREADY HEARD RECOMMENDS: HOMEBOUND
With their combination of refreshingly introspective lyrics, crisp riffs and bouncy choruses, Homebound tick all the right boxes when it comes to promising UK pop-punk bands. Their debut EP, 'Coming of Age' sees the young band make a confident first mark on the ladder to greater things. We spoke to the band to discuss the importance of a debut release, and the comeback of pop-punk.
INTERVIEW: LONELY THE BRAVE
Packing stadium sized rock anthems with an incredibly striking emotional punch, and graced with one of the most staggeringly unique vocal talents to have graced the UK Rock scene in a long time, Cambridge’s Lonely The Brave have become one of the single most talked about new bands to emerge in recent years. With their debut album ‘The Day’s War’ finally released this week, Already Heard caught up with lead guitarist Mark Trotter and Bassist
Andrew Bushen at last weekend’s Leeds Festival.
LEEDS FESTIVAL 2014
We've got a full review, live photos and interviews from one of the highlights of the summer - Leeds Festival.
HEVY FEST 2014
Check out our full coverage from this years Hevy Fest right here!


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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FIVES: Must Hear July 2014 Releases

July is here and summer is in full swing. Even though we’re in deep into the festival season, doesn’t mean awesome new music isn’t being released. July sees a whole bunch of exciting releases with the likes of Four Year Strong, Pennywise, and Rise Against unleashing highly anticipated releases.

Nevertheless the Already Heard has opted to pick some other major releases that we think are essential listening for the coming month.

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Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties - We Don’t Have Each Other
Let’s admit it, the whole “pop-punk band singer goes acoustic” spiel has been done countless times, yet when you have The Wonder Years’ Dan “Soupy” Campbell at the helm, you know this isn’t going to be another forgettable side-project.

Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties sees Campbell taking on the character of Aaron West, and 'We Don’t Have Each Other' explores the story of Aaron West; where he comes from, his parents, his close relationships and so on.

'We Don’t Have Each Other' promises to be a highly detailed and emotionally driven record, that sees Campbell working with Ace Enders of The Early November. Together they’ve created a record that requires repeated playbacks. It’s coated in sombre, folky Americana that allows Campbell to tell the story of Aaron West in a calm and beautiful manner. (SR)

'We Don’t Have Each Other' by Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties is released on 8th July on Hopeless Records.

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Album Review: This Wild Life - Clouded

Stirring, emotionally charged and delicately vulnerable folk-pop may not be the sort of release you would immediately associate with legendary punk label Epitaph. But this is exactly what you get in the form of ‘Clouded’, the debut offering from duo Kevin Jordan and Anthony Del Grosso, better known as This Wild Life.

Between them the duo creates a sound which is effortlessly moving and sonically beautiful. The melodies on offer here are nothing short of flawless, and although simple in their construction, will occupy the listener’s thoughts and consciousness for days on end. Add in vocal harmonies between which are nothing short of hauntingly flawless and you can probably tell that the results are something pretty memorable indeed.

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