Already Heard
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.
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.
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.
FESTIVAL PREVIEW: READING AND LEEDS FESTIVAL 2014 - 20 MUST-SEE ACTS
It’s no doubt it has been an incredible summer of music, and it’s not over yet as the legendary Reading and Leeds Festival takes place this weekend. With dozens of acts playing across 8 stages over 3 days, there is lot to choose from. As always the Already Heard team has got together to pick out what we think are the 20 must-see acts at Reading and Leeds 2014.
HEVY FEST 2014
Check out our full coverage from this years Hevy Fest right here!


Festival Preview: ArcTanGent 2014 - 8 Must-See Bands

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In its second year, ArcTanGent is quickly rising to prominence as a festival staple for the connoisseurs amongst rock fans. Melding the worlds of math and post-rock (along with other stylistic elements) into a gooey, rich, riffy mess; this may be one of the more niche events on the festival calendar, but for those who get it, this is nirvana.

Here’s just some of the acts you should be checking out this weekend below, as chosen by James Berclaz-Lewis and Ollie Connors.

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Gunning For Tamar
It’s been a little quiet of late for the Oxfordians, but you’d best believe their set is just as incendiary as ever. We last heard from the trio with 2013’s EP 'Camera Lucida', but the Alcopop! favourites are set to do what they do best and righteously rock a festival setting. In a lineup of noodly riffs, Tamar’s direct delivery will make for a refreshing excerpt in your weekend. (OC)

Where and When: Bixler Stage, Saturday

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Tall Ships
A fixture at these sorts of festivals for some time now, this might just be the last time you get to catch the Brightonians playing the small festival circuit. Currently recording the follow-up to 2013’s brilliant 'Everything Touching', their début full-length, Tall Ships have augmented their number to become a five-piece, and their sophomore offering is set to be something rather special. Catch them while you can. (OC)

Where and When: Arc Stage, Saturday.

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Already Heard Track Guide: Alburn - Mouthful Of Glass EP

This week Scottish emo alt-rockers Alburn release their new EP - 'Mouthful of Glass' through Split Lies Records. The four-track release sees the quartet mixing up their influences; Brand New, Manchester Orchestra, and a host of Deep Elm Records bands, to produce a dynamic take on the quiet / loud style.

From the explosive 'The Nurses Can’t Help Me' to the delicate 'Sweetheart', 'Mouthful of Glass' is a thorough and raw EP that leaves you hungry for more.

As part of our on "Track Guide" feature, the band recently talked us through the four songs on 'Mouthful of Glass'.

If your band would like to set up a ‘Track Guide’ feature for Already Heard, please email Sean Reid.

1. The Nurses Can’t Help Me
This was the first song we wrote together as a band and it’s frankenstein of different ideas we all had previously penned for other songs. We wrote it in one night and was really the result of a conscious effort to write a straight up rock song. A lot of our previous material has been very dynamic and progressive and we felt like we just needed to kick off this EP with some in-your-face riffs and shouting.

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Versus: Blink-182 - ‘Take Off Your Pants and Jacket’ vs ‘Untitled’

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Often in music the word “legend” is thrown around too easily but in the pop-punk world Blink-182 are just that - legendary!

Since forming in 1992 through mutual friends, bassist Mark Hoppus and guitarist Tom DeLonge have gone on to become icons of the genre, and along with second drummer, Travis Barker, are one of the most influential bands in pop-punk.

Having released a couple of releases within the underground scene during their early years, Blink-182 started making momentum with their 1997 LP, 'Dude Ranch', with its lead single, 'Dammit (Growing Up)' receiving national airplay but its with their 1999 follow-up, 'Enema of the State' which is when things really picked up for the trio.

Led by the worldwide hits that was 'All the Small Things' and 'What's My Age Again?', the record truly broke Blink-182 into the mainstream. Two years later, the band repeated the success with 'Take Off Your Pants and Jacket'. The 2001 record peaked the US Billboard 200 at number 1, and saw the band continue to tour in more arenas globally.

2003 saw the band take a somewhat change in musical direction. 'Untitled' took a more personal and darker approach which saw the band more away from their standard pop-punk sound. Nevertheless the change was welcomed by both fans and critics.

However in February 2005, the band confirmed an “indefinite hiatus”, with DeLonge become frustrated with creative freedom and the band’s heavy touring schedule resulting in time away from his young family.

The resulting breakdown in communications led to Delonge starting a new atmospheric arena-rock band called Angels and Airwaves, whilst Hoppus and Barker continued to work together in a new alt-rock band known as +44. Whilst both bands had an enthusiastic following from fans, critics were mixed about both AVA’s 'We Don't Need to Whisper' and +44’s 'When Your Heart Stops Beating'.

In February, 5 years on from confirming their hiatus, DeLonge, Hoppus and Barker appeared together at the Grammy Awards and announced they would be reuniting. After a North American reunion tour that year, followed by European festival appearances a year later, the bands released 'Neighborhoods' in September 2011. Much like the album’s recording sessions, the band’s returning effort was disjointed and lacked consistency of previous efforts.

In 2012 the band celebrated their 20th anniversary with a UK and European tour and ended the year with the release of 'Dogs Eating Dogs', a self-released and self-produced EP which saw the band work together in the studio. The EP benefitted from this by being a more focused set of songs that had elements of progression yet were distinctive Blink-182 at the core.

Now, as the band are set to play and headline the Reading and Leeds Festival this weekend, we’ve decided to bring back our "Versus" for a brief cameo appearance as Senior Editor Sean Reid and contributing writer Dane Wright battle out as they discuss their favourite Blink-182 albums.

Sean explains why 2001’s 'Take Off Your Pants and Jacket' is not only the band’s best album but one of the best pop-punk albums ever! Whereas Dane tells us why their 'Untitled' effort is their magnum opus.

What do you consider to be Blink-182’s best album and why? Let us know on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (by Sean Reid)
I’ll start off my defence of my chosen album by saying I consider Blink-182 being the first band I was an all-round fan of. They were the first band I saw live and the first band where I would go out and buy every album. Sure they’re not the most perfect band in the world but as a teenager they were “my band”.

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Festival Preview: Reading and Leeds Festival 2014 - 20 Must-See Acts


It’s no doubt it has been an incredible summer of music, and it’s not over yet as the legendary Reading and Leeds Festival takes place this weekend.

For many its the highlight of the festival season and rightly so. With major acts showing their worth on the main stage, to up and coming bands showcasing themselves on one of the many smaller stages. There is no doubt that Reading and Leeds Festival has plenty to offer and then some. With dozens of acts playing across 8 stages over 3 days, there is lot to choose from.

As always the Already Heard team has got together to pick out what we think are the 20 must-see acts at Reading and Leeds 2014.

Preview | Line-Up | Festival Info

A Day To Remember
Making their first R&L appearance since 2010, Ocala Florida’s pop-punk metalcore crossover heavyweights A Day To Remember will unleash chaos on the main stage. Expect major circle pit action and fist pumping carnage as Jeremy McKinnon and co breakout tracks from killer most recent album 'Common Courtesy'. Since their last visit to the festivals ADTR have become one of the world’s biggest bands and with full blooded breakdowns and lyrics more life affirming and positive then a self help book Florida’s finest will give the most euphoric set of R&L 2014. (DW)

Where and When: Main Stage (Friday 22nd - Leeds / Sunday 24th - Reading)

Paramore
Since making their R&L debut on the Lock Up stage in 2006, have come on leap and boundaries in the past 8 years. Having climbed their way up the bill each time, the Tennessee trio will be playing the main stage for the 4th time and this time round they’re sharing top billing with Queens of the Stone Age.

Despite being co-headliners, for vocalist Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davis, and guitarist Taylor York, it should be a walk in the park as Paramore have become an arena-conquering force that has the infectious tunes to back it up. Expect all the “hits” and more as Paramore will certainly bring their A-game to Reading and Leeds. (SR)

Where and When: Main Stage (Friday 22nd - Reading / Saturday 23rd - Leeds)

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Already Heard Recommends: Of Allies

Despite being together for less than a year, Hull, Yorkshire quartet Of Allies have already catches peoples attention as their debut EP, 'Tempers' is a mix of bold riffs and soaring choruses that is bound to easily win people over.

With hints of Arcane Roots, Twin Atlantic, and Young Guns, the four piece look to follow in their footsteps and with tracks such as 'Ghosts' and 'In Screens' demonstrating their knack for writing hook-filled, edgy numbers, they’re going to right away about doing that.

We recently grabbed a quick word with vocalist and guitarist Rich Nichols to find out more; the new EP, what makes a “big hook”, the Hull scene and more.

Already Heard: Hi can you introduce yourself and tell us what you do in Of Allies?
Rich: Hey, I’m Rich and I sing and play guitar in Of Allies.

AH: Let’s jump right into your latest EP, 'Tempers'. For those who have yet to hear it, what can they expect?
Rich: It’s a mixture of all our influences really. There’s 5 tracks on there which encompass a years worth of work. It’s a mixture of melody and big riffs with some softer moments in places. If you’re into Deftones or Lower Than Atlantis you’ll probably like it. Best way to find out is to have a listen!

AH: It seems you’ve been compared to a lot of familiar names such as Arcane Roots, Twin Atlantic, Young Guns etc. What do you make of those comparisons? Do you consider those type of bands as influences?
Rich: It’s amazing to be compared to those bands. We have a tonne of respect for them all and what they have achieved, we just hope we can do the same! I think the emerging British Rock scene that those bands are in is an influence. There’s some amazing bands coming out at the moment and to be mentioned alongside them is very humbling. I think we’re of the same thought process in that we want to bring British rock music back to the forefront of music.

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Studio Report: Homebound - Coming of Age EP

Having honed their sound for 12 months since forming in late 2012, rising UK pop-punks Homebound released their debut EP, 'Coming of Age', last month to much praise. Our very own Dane Wright described the EP as "a bold and striking debut".

Its release comes as the UK pop-punk scene continues to rise, and Homebound are certainly one of the brightest emerging bands from the scene in recent months. It’s no doubt 'Coming of Age' hits all the right marks as wall-to-wall of feel-good, bouncy pop-punk that is filled with lyrical passion.

To give us a behind the scenes insight to the EP, vocalist Charlie Boughton talked us through the making of 'Coming of Age' in the this "Studio Report" feature. Charlie spoke about the triumphs and struggles in the making of 'Coming of Age'. Here is what he had to say.

If you’re interested in setting up a future “Studio Report” feature, please contact Sean Reid.

The process for this EP turned out to be one which was longer than our original predictions, and with it being a first time experience for 4/5 of us, we saw this as a real growing point for the band and ourselves, as musicians. A lot of decisions were made and altered along the way, overall the process of recording varied a great deal from how we first felt it would go. We originally intended to record ‘Turning Point’ as the first single for the EP, and so booked our first session with Ian Sadler (ROAM, Anavae) of Emeline Studios in Kent. But at a later date we decided against this, feeling we had stronger songs on the EP.

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Already Heard Track Guide: Algernon Doll - Omphalic

Having abandoned the solo route in favour of a full band, the third album from 24 year old Ewan Grant aka Algernon Doll, 'Omphalic' was recently released through Struggletown Records. Ewan has now be joined by Wull Swales, Owen Wicksted, and Tom Mitchell, and in 'Omphalic' they have created a record that is rooted in 90’s alt-rock with brooding, fuzzy numbers that thrive of Grant’s emotional lyrical prowess.

Since its release we’ve been spinning 'Omphalic' a lot at Already Heard HQ, so much so we gave it a 4 out of 5 rating last month.

Now as a treat Ewan recently spoke to us to talk us through 'Omphalic' track-by-track.

If your band would like to set up a ‘Track Guide’ feature for Already Heard, please email Sean Reid.

Spilt Milk Perfume
This song, as many on this record, came together in the studio. I had a riff idea with a bunch of 7th inversions that I was playing about with and the bones of a song I’d written on an acoustic the night before. We jammed out the bridge and really had fun with it and I like what that adds to the song as it did turn out to be pretty poppy.

The lyrics are about having to assume a smell or persona to get by in this world with the least amount of hassle. I feel very disconnected from our species and our acts and behaviours embarrass me.

Justine
I came into the studio with this song only and the idea of recording an EP so this was the only song on the record that I had fully worked out before hand.

The song is named after Kirsten Dunst’s character in Lars von Trier’s Melancholia and the lyrics are about realising your place in the universe and the implications of that. The more you realise you’re meaningless in the scale of everything: that insignificance comforts me but the idea of being alive, forever living repeat lives, or dead forever after this life terrifies me and leads me to spiralling depressive turns. I imagine death is a lot like it was before I was born… that’s the only comfort I can find in this train of thought.

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FIVES: Must Hear August 2014 Releases

August is here and even though festival season is coming to an end, we’ve got another month full of exciting releases. With a whole load of much anticipated albums and EP lined up, August has a lot to offer.

As always, the Already Heard team have picked out 5 releases we think are essential listening for the coming month.

What album and EP releases are you looking forward to hearing this month? Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

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Twin Atlantic - Great Divide
Few bands have enjoyed quite such a meteoric rise on the back of the success of their debut album as Glaswegian’s Twin Atlantic did as a result of the stellar ‘Free’. Packed with rousingly anthemic and superbly written radio ready rock gems; ‘Free’ quickly established the band as major players in the British Rock establishment. Now Sam McTrusty and company have the rather daunting task of trying to better it with sophomore album, and one of the summer’s most highly anticipated releases, ‘The Great Divide’.

Once again working with Gil Norton with additional input from Jacknife Lee, Twin Atlantic set about producing songs big enough to match their new stature, while losing none of the heart or lyrical prowess which made ‘Free’ so special. Judging by the swagger and pomp and the strospheric chorus of lead single ‘Heart and Soul’, the band have achieved their goal and then some. While the recently released ‘Brothers and Sisters’ shows success hasn’t affected Twin Atlantic’s ability to turn out heartfelt understated, yet powerfully uplifting alt-rock anthems. Roll on the 18th of August when we can all finally hear what could well prove to be the best British Rock album to be released this year in full. (DW)

‘The Great Divide’ by Twin Atlantic is released on 18th August through Red Bull Records.

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Already Heard Recommends: See You In Reno

Formed through the dying days of MySpace in 2007, Essex quartet See You In Reno have been honing their sound for the past 7 years and are now set to release their debut EP, 'Masks' on August 11th.

The Chelmsford group cite bands such as At The Drive In, Glassjaw, Refused and Reuben as influences, so it is no surprise their sound is raw, melodic with a strong sense of loose urgency and drive. Just listen to recent single 'Check', and you’ll soon understand why See You In Reno have got people talking in recent weeks. We’re sure their Oz Craggs (Feed The Rhino) produced EP will surely get the credit it deserves.

In the meantime, Already Heard had a quick talk with bassist Iain Walker about the band forming through MySpace, 'Check', working with Oz Craggs and more.

AH: For starters can you introduce and your role in See You In Reno?
Iain: I’m Iain I play Bass and a bit of backing vocals.

AH: Let’s get the standard stuff out the way. Tell us how SYIR can to be? I hear it involves a certain social networking site - MySpace?
Iain: Well it was all rather strange I guess none of us knew each other, back in the day we’re talking 2006/2007 myspace was all the rage. I was looking to join a band as i’d just discovered that i could potentially play a instrument as you do, anyway I came across a page that said (NEED BASSIST.) so that was the start of it a few messages later I was jamming with Adam and we eventually got Toby (guitar) and Nathan (drums) on board it was settled.

All of this was via myspace and those 4 strangers have great unit.

AH: To give readers a better understand of you. How would you sum up your sound and who would you compare it to?
Iain: I always find it hard to sum up our sound or who we sound like, It’s aggressive and raw but with a melodic hooky edge that might pull people in who normally wouldn’t listen to something alternative. Comparing us to other bands… Cursive, Glassjaw.

AH: You’ve recently been recording with Feed The Rhino’s Oz Craggs. How was that?
Iain: Superb. The man is a treat to work with he is very rapid with getting things done we recorded 4 songs and 3 days and I think we managed to do it because of Oz being bang on it from start to finish. Folkstone is rather splendid too top it off.

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Already Heard Track Guide: A New Day - Forever Tonight

In the latest edition of our "Already Heard Track Guide", we catch up with emerging Essex pop-rockers A New Day as they talk us through their new EP - 'Forever Tonight'.

The three track release sees the light of day next week, and sees the young band continue their growth with lead single 'Boyfriend' being an insatiable, radio-friendly number that is certain to attract fans of bands like All Time Low.

To give you a better impression of what to expect from 'Forever Tonight', here’s the bands guide to the EP.

Boyfriend
The track is like a fragmented old memory brought back to life with a lighting bolt. We wrote the song in parts and it has the same lyrical theme and it was pieced together like it was meant too. We happen to stumble on this theme and the music just flowed. ‘Boyfriend’ came upon us like an exposed nerve, it was fast pain and very strong! This song has a lot of emotion which we tried to catch - whilst still staying with our own identity.

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Already Heard Recommends: The Sun Never Set

With elements of post-hardcore, post-metal and metalcore, the debut EP from The Sun Never Set is one of the most solid and thorough releases of its type we’ve heard all year. From the opening moments of the self-titled effort, the London five-piece showcase a raw, powerful style that is brilliantly combined with passion and ambience. Lead off single 'One Drop of Blood and We'll All See Red' demonstrates exactly what TSNS are all about; structured chaos with subtle atmospheric moments that adds to the bands sheer force.

Despite forming in early 2013, TSNS have allowed themselves to grow and find their feet as a band before releasing their debut release. Now with 'The Sun Never Set' set to see the light of day in early August, TSNS have a bright future ahead of them if they’re to continue producing songs as good as 'Valiant' and 'Wildcard'.

To find out more about their beginnings, the debut EP and how they treat their music as therapy, Already Heard recently caught up with vocalist Luke Tyson.

Already Heard: To start with, can you tell us who you are and your role in the band?
Luke: My name is Luke Tyson and I am the vocalist of The Sun Never Set.

AH: Ok let’s get the usual stuff out the way. How did The Sun Never Set come together?
Luke: The Sun Never Set came about when Joey, [former guitarist] Callum and I moved to London from our hometown of Lancaster. We had previously been in a band together in our hometown, and were actually planning on going our separate ways musically when we got to London. However, I met Tom (guitarist) on my first day of university and we just hit it off from day one. I told the guys about Tom and we all decided to meet up and jam some demos and riffs Tom had already written, and it all just clicked so perfectly. The same week I met Pavel (guitarist) at the Blessthefall gig in Camden, who was eager to join a band having left his home-country Lithuania, and so The Sun Never Set came to be.

We spent about 6 months working on demos and figuring out our sound and each other as musicians, and just as it was all coming together and what would be about half of the EP was written, we found out Callum wouldn’t be coming back to London after the summer. This was probably the hardest time any of us have had in a band so far since we’re all like brothers, and Callum is the youngest one. We kept working and looking for a new guitarist, but really didn’t want to replace Callum with somebody who didn’t get our style and the feeling behind the music. So after a while of weighing it up we decided that the best idea for us as friends and the music was to bring Pavel off bass and onto guitar, and Ell Pratt onto bass for us. Since Ell is Tom’s brother we knew him anyway; he had never really played bass, but we just didn’t care, we needed the band to be a unit to keep it going and so far so good.

AH: From hearing the self-titled EP, your sound is deeply rooted in post-hardcore and metalcore. How would describe your sound to new listeners?
Luke: I’d probably have to say we’re an emotional metal band. We can be heavy and fast paced in places and also stripped down to our bare bones. Plus, we’ve also got some quality hooks if I do say so myself.

AH: Who do you consider as influences?
Luke: We’re all into various elements of metal and rock and I think it comes out in our sound. We’re into bands like Architects, Devil Sold His Soul, Brand New, Dillinger Escape Plan, Letlive., A Lot Like Birds, Basement, While She Sleeps, Comeback Kid and Touché Amoré.

AH: Some bands release their debut EP within 6 months of being together. You’ve taken 18 months. Is there any reason for this?
Luke: We decided we wanted to work on our sound and figure out exactly where we were going before we released an EP. We’ve definitely written an album worth of songs, but the first few were kind of thrown together just to get practicing and as we started understanding each other more, the sound developed. It would have taken a lot less time but with losing Callum and studying, we just taken it slow and let the songs grow organically.

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Festival Preview: Hevy Fest 2014 - 10 Must-See Bands

Here at Already Heard, we normally share our festival previews in the days leading up to a festival. However we’re taking a different approach with Hevy Fest simply because we’re too excited for it!

After taking a break last year, the hardcore, punk and metal festival is back for 2014 and even though it’s downsized from 3 days to 2, there still loads of awesome bands on offer. From established North American acts such as Finch, Silverstein, Reel Big Fish and Anti-Flag to some of the biggest and best bands these shores have to offer; Moose Blood, The Safety Fire, Me Vs Hero, Maybeshewill and much more.

Hevy Fest 2014 promises to be once again a memorable weekend. But with 40 bands playing over the 2 days, there’s bound to be some clashes. This is where Already Heard comes in, as we’re here to give you 10 must-see bands to see at Hevy Fest next month.

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The Vandals
If you’ve been into any punk or rock club within the last ten years then the chances are you already know The Vandals infamous hit 'My Girlfriend’s Dead', but The Vandals are more than just a one hit wonder. Now playing their first show in the UK in over ten years, this is the chance to see one of the best of the early 90’s punk bands and hear choice cuts from a career spanning ten albums. Plus they’ll almost definitely play their Christmas song, 'Oi to the World' and who doesn’t want Christmas in August? (JS)

When: Friday 15th August

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Apologies, I Have None
In the wake of singer and guitarist Dan leaving last year, Apologies, I Have None have completely reinvented themselves. Their new EP ‘Black Everything’ turns its back on their pop-punk roots for a more experimental sound, showcasing some of their best lyrics yet. While they’ll certainly be putting their new material through its paces, for those not yet converted, their older fan favourites haven’t been entirely purged from their set. Currently one of the strongest UK bands on the scene, if their Groezrock performance is anything to go by Apologies, I Have None will be worth getting to the main stage first thing on Friday for. (JS)

When: Friday 15th August.

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Already Heard Recommends: O Captain

Formed through drunken nights in shitty “rock clubs” and influenced by the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Saves The Day and The Get Up Kids, Sheffield quartet O Captain have bucket loads of potential of their debut EP is anything to go from. Entitled 'Ghetto Hikes', the bands lyrical sentiment mixed with a stirring indie-pop sensibility quickly won us over.

Although it is still early days for the four-piece, they’re still gaining plenty attention especially in the local area; they’re set to play 3 slots at this weekends Tramlines Festival in Sheffield. In addition as bassist Ryan Smith tells us, new material is in the works and if 'Ghetto Hikes' is just the beginning, we expect future O Captain releases be more versatile yet as compelling.

To find out more about O Captain, Ryan took some time out from preparing for Tramlines to tell us how the band came together, their influences, what Sheffield bands we should be listening to and more.

Already Heard: For starters can you tell us who you are and your role in O Captain?
Ryan: O Captain is Thomas Bower on lead vocals and guitar, Michael Watson on drums and vocals, Paul Bamforth on guitar and I’m Ryan Smith and I play bass and also sing.

AH: Can you tell us a bit about the bands background?
Ryan: Back in early 2013 none of us were performing music. So we just decided to get together in a practice room and see what happened. With the exception of Mike, we’ve all known each other for years through drunken nights at shitty “rock clubs” in Northern England. After our original drummer departed to work in China, we recruited Mike who’d recorded our first demo in his bedroom. Since then we’ve had a lot of fun, performing and writing music we love.

AH: So you’ve recently released your debut EP called 'Ghetto Hikes'. For those haven’t heard it yet, how would you describe it to them?
Ryan: For fans of sad songs and sad songs disguised as happy songs.

AH: From hearing the 3-track release, I hear a strong early-2000’s indie/emo influence, am I right?
Ryan: For sure, that was our musical education. We were in college throughout this period and really just learning how to play our instruments, so you can’t help but have this influences ingrained in you for life. Bands like Jimmy Eat World, Saves The Day and The Get Up Kids are bands we’ve always loved and still do. Emo is enjoying a bit of a resurgence at the moment with all the twinkly influenced bands around. And while I don’t think we really sound like them, I think we still fit into that pigeon hole. But there are a whole lot of other influences from the indie rock world too, which I think bleeds over.

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Already Heard Track Guide: Versus You - Moving On

Next week Luxembourg punk quartet Versus You release their new album, 'Moving On' in the UK through Bomber Music, and not only that they’re coming for a whole bunch of headline dates.

'Moving On' combines power pop elements with a punk rock edge that sees the four-piece sticking to their roots. Tracks like 'When It All Goes Down' and 'A Way With Words' have a sense of nostalgia, whereaas lead single 'Be Better Than Me' and the concluding 'You Are My Friend' are filled with sentiment.

To give us a better insight into what 'Moving On' is all about, vocalist/guitarist Eric Rosenfeld has provided Already Heard with a track-by-track account into the album.

When It All Goes Down
The lyrics are no big mystery. It’s about best friends and hanging out when I’m not on tour. It’s also about how we’re not only band mates but also best friends. We’ve known each other for years.

This song was written in about five minutes. I recorded the demo acoustically in one take, showed it to the band and everybody liked it instantly.

If The Camels Die, We Die
I wrote this about life on the road, hours and hours of driving to play in front of twenty people. It never really mattered to us to how many people we play though as long as we’re having fun and believe in what we do. It’s also about past mistakes we made as a band and learning from them and move on.

This is a pretty old one so I can’t really remember much about writing it except that I didn’t sit down to write it, it just kind of happened. I hardly ever sit down and try to write a song.

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Feature: 6 Months In - Already Heard’s Albums of the Year So Far 2014

Well, what a year it has been in the world of music in 2014 so far! Having reached over the half way mark, July is a good time to reflect upon the smorgasbord of great albums that have come out so far this year.

Here at Already Heard, some of our writers go over the spoils by telling us what their favourite albums are thus far in this magical year of music.

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The Hotelier - Home, Like Noplace Is There (Sean Reid - Editor)
If you were to ask me how the musical landscape of 2014 was shaping up to be, I would answer with “so far, so good.” I would probably go a step further by saying that picking out a favourite album of the year so far has been tough.

On both sides of the Atlantic, there has been several releases that have dominated my earbuds over the past 6 months. From the UK we’ve had releases from Architects, Bury Tomorrow and Decade making an impression. Whilst the States has provided us with stellar releases from The Menzingers, Seahaven, and Somos.

Nevertheless it’s The Hotelier's sophomore effort, 'Home, Like Noplace Is There' that has received repeated airplays since it’s release earlier in the year.

It’s 9 songs of emo/punk rock that wears it’s heart on its sleeve. It contains a certain energy and urgency that makes it such an instantly favourable record. I’m sure some of the other writers have picked out this record as well, and they’ll be able to put it into better words. In the meantime go and seek out this record, because you’re missing out.

2. Bury Tomorrow - Runes
3. The Menzingers - Rented World
4. Somos - Temple of Plenty
5. Seahaven - Reverie Lagoon: Music for Escapism Only

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