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As the festival season rolls on, this weekend the Hit The Deck Festival returns for its fourth outing. As always with over 40 bands playing across 6 stages, the Already Heard team has picked out 10 must-see bands to see at this weekend’s festival.
This Saturday the 2014 edition of Record Store Day takes place. With wealth of rare
releases to buy, Already Heard and Jon Tolley of Banquet Records have picked out 5 must by RSD 2014 releases.
Next week Philadelphia indie punks The Menzingers release, 'Rented World,' one of the
highly anticipated records of 2014 so far. In parts, it picks up where 2012's 'On The
Impossible Past' left off but it also shows the bands growth as songwriters and musicians. We recently spoke to Greg Barnett to discuss the album, the pressure of following up 'On The Impossible Past', their forthcoming London show and the Grozerock Festival.
Despite only forming last year, Essex rockers New City Kings have already gathered plenty of attention from their debut EP - 'Change.' Their radio-friendly rock sound that has seen them compared to a range of bands; Foo Fighters, Deaf Havana, and The Gaslight Anthem.
Already Heard spoke to Mark Kovic to find out more about New City Kings.

With their return to the UK imminent, the latest edition of "Versus" sees us putting the
focus on Alkaline Trio. Self-confessed Trio MEGA fan Jay Sullivan tells us why 'From
Here to Infirmary' is the band’s finest work. Whilst Alex Phelan explains how 'Maybe
I'll Catch Fire' is a superb example of musical catharsis.
12 months from releasing their debut EP, we speak to Blackpool pop-punk/emo
quintet Boston Manor to discuss their influences, achievements so far and thoughts on their contemporaries.
With their latest EP 'Change Nothing, Regret Everything.', Woking five-piece Employed
To Serve have produced 12 minutes of frantic, unrelenting hardcore that finds the band somewhere between The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Chariot. We spoke to Justine from the band to find out how the band has transitioned from a duo to a quintet and she discussed
being part of the Holy Roar! roster, they chaotic yet contained live shows and more.
In the latest edition of our "Tour Tales" feature, Irish doom-punk band Hornets talk us
through their recent UK tour where they played 8 shows in 7 days.
Leeds-based four-piece Walleater are set to digitally release their debut self titled EP next Monday (14th April) through Close To Home Records. We've got the exclusive first play
right here on Already Heard.
In the first edition of our new "Industry Insight" feature, we talk to producer Lewis Johns
to find out his beginnings, his recent work with Funeral For A Friend, and Southampton's
Ranch Production House.

Lonely The Brave Preview New Album with ‘Victory Line’

With their highly anticipated debut album set to be released in June, Lonely The Brave have premiered their new single - ‘Victory Line’.

The single can be streamed by clicking read more, and 'The Day’s War' will be released through Hassle Records on June 2nd.

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Lonely The Brave Set Debut Album Release Date

Lonely The Brave have set a release date of June 2nd for their debut album, 'The Day’s War'.

The album will be released through Hassle Records with an exclusive show at Dingwalls in Camden on June 4th to celebrate its release.

The album along with tickets for the show can be pre-ordered here.

Interview: Canterbury

Earlier this month Surrey quartet Canterbury released their third full-length record, 'Dark Days', a collection of anthemic and atmospheric pop-rock songs which builds upon the bands previous efforts with fantastic results.

Funded by the PledgeMusic service and working Hassle Records, 'Dark Days' has allowed Canterbury to retain their DIY ethics whilst simutanously enhances their cohesive musical style by working with both PledgeMusic and Hassle Records.

Shortly after the release of 'Dark Days', Already Heard spoke to Mike Sparks from Canterbury to find out more about the record, their thoughts on crowdsourcing services, joining Hassle and more.

Already Heard: Can you introduce yourselves and your role in Canterbury?
Mike: I’m Mike, I play guitar and sing…mostly the high parts. Luke plays bass and sings….mostly the low notes. James plays guitar…mostly the electric and occasionally sings the REALLY low notes, and Chris he plays the drums…mostly with sticks.

AH: How are things in the Canterbury camp right now?
Mike: Really great actually, ‘Dark Days’ came out last week and the reaction has been insane!

AH: 'Dark Days' has been in the works since last April when you launched a PledgeMusic campaign. What was the decision behind taking this route?
Mike: Well we have always been a fairly DIY band, so when Hassle Records came along and got involved, we didn’t want to surrender everything to label, and they were great at working with us and moulding a new structure around us. With PledgeMusic, we essentially had a year long pre-order for our record, and the fans were able to get involved in a record from its very first stages. It was a great route to go down for us as a band.

AH: Crowdsourcing services like PledgeMusic and Kickstarter has both been embraced and critcised by music fans. Do you feel some bands misuse its purpose?
Mike: I feel there’s a few ways to do it. We never saw it as more than a really extended ore-order and a way for people to really be involved, so we never wanted anything on there that you couldn’t ‘Pledge’ for that wasn’t something to do with us making music. I think some people can get a bit carried away with what they offer, but I think the bands who do it properly outshine.

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Album Review: Canterbury - Dark Days

imageSince releasing their debut record, 'Thank You', Surrey rockers Canterbury have been continuously been labelled as a “promising UK rock act” (or something to that effect) however its followup, 2012’s 'Heavy In The Day' didn’t quite meet the expectations many critics and fans had hoped for. So for Canterbury, 'Dark Days' is certainly a case of that “tricky third album.” However it makes up for the somewhat lacklusture sophomore effort that somewhat hindered the band’s progress.

'Dark Days' sees the quartet take on a bolder, more dynamic sound that adds depth to their brand of British alt-rock. From the start, 'Expensive Imitation' provides a punchy, energetic opening with soaring vocals from Luke Prebble.

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Canterbury Stream New Album (‘Dark Days’)

Ahead of its release next Monday (January 13th), Canterbury are streaming their new album, 'Dark Days' in full and can be streamed by clicking read more.

The album will be released through Hassle Records

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Canterbury Posts ‘Dark Days’ Album Trailer

Surrey four-piece Canterbury continue to build towards the release of their new album 'Dark Days' and have posted the first video trailer for the LP.

The video can be viewed after the jump below and 'Dark Days' is set to be released on 20th January through Hassle Records.

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Canterbury Detail ‘Dark Days’ LP

Canterbury have revealed the track listing for their new album, 'Dark Days'. The album is set to be released on 20th January through Hassle Records.

01 Expensive Imitation
02 Keep It Moving
03 All My Life
04 Satellite
05 Hold Your Own
06 Think It Over
07 By The Trail
08 Elephant
09 Run From A Gun
10 Out From The Cold
11 Going Nowhere
12 See The Sun (iTunes Exclusive)

Album Review: Lonely the Brave - Backroads EP

imageFor the whole duration of this debut proper record from Cambridge quintet Lonely the Brave, this reviewer holds scepticism. The scepticism is down to the question: what can this band offer to the current trend of Brit rock that has been engulfing the nation’s soundscape? For a further understanding, this reviewer would advise you to read further.

The band encompasses a powerful uplifting rock sound that is melodically entwined and soaring with grace. The first two tracks are a good example of this; the title track, ‘Backroads’, has a sincere rush to it, whilst ‘Deserter’ retains a softer mid tempo pace. Third track and lead single ‘Black Saucers’ has a bite to it without sacrificing the usual graceful aplomb.

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Canterbury Posts New Single (‘Think It Over’)

Canterbury have posted the first single from their new album 'Dark Days'.

'Think It Over' can be streamed by clicking read more. 'Dark Days' will be released on 14th January through Hassle Records.

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Free Hassle Records Sampler Download

Hassle Records are offering a free 7 track sampler for download here.

01 The JCQ – ‘Ghosts Diffuse’
02 We Are The Ocean – ‘Young Heart’
03 Thousand Foot Crutch – ‘We Are’
04 August Burns Red – ‘Spirit Breaker’
05 Canterbury – ‘Satellite’
06 Balance And Compsure – ‘Reflection’
07 Lonely The Brave – ‘Black Saucers’

Canterbury Announce Third Album Title and Release Date

Canterbury have announced their third album will be titled 'Dark Days' and will be released on January 13th 2014 on Hassle Records.

The album can be pre-ordered from the bands Pledge Music page.

London Punk Rock Record Fair 2013 Reminder

The 2013 London Punk Rock Record Fair takes place tomorrow (Saturday 26th November) at The Macbeth in Hoxton and is set to host to a wide range of fantastic independent labels along with performances from Fighting Fiction, Pacer, Hindsights, Nathan Detroit, and Holy Pinto.

The following labels will be taking over the venue with two floors of stalls.

Disconnect Disconnect Records
Monkey Boy Records
Lockjaw Records
Big Scary Monsters
Alcopop Records
Beach Community
Holy Roar Records
Specialist Subject
FITA Records
Bomber Music
Distrosaurus Rex
Hassle Records
Pinky Swear Records
Dog Knights Productions
Everything Sucks
Wolf Mask
Close To Home Records

Entry to the event is free and further information can be found here.

Lonely The Brave Premier ‘Backroads’ EP Stream and Lyric Video

This week Lonely The Brave release their new 'Backroads' EP through Hassle Records.

A stream of the EP as well as lyric video for the title track can be viewed after the jump below.

15th London The Lexington (Headline) - SOLD OUT
30th London Cargo (Headline)

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London Punk Rock Record Fair 2013 Details Announced

Details of the second London Punk Rock Record Fair has been announced. The event is once again hosted by Monkey Boy Records and Disconnect Disconnect Records and will take place at The Macbeth, Hoxton on 26th October. Entry to the event is free.

The London Punk Rock Record Fair will include performances from Fighting Fiction, Hindsights, Holy Pinto and Pacer. Whilst the following labels will be taking over the venue with two floors of stalls.

Disconnect Disconnect Records
Monkey Boy Records
Hassle Records
Lockjaw Records
Big Scary Monsters
Alcopop Records
Beach Community
Holy Roar Records
Specialist Subject
FITA Records
Bomber Music
Distrosaurus Rex
Pinky Swear Records

Further information about the event can be found on Facebook.

We Are The Ocean Announce UK Dates with The Maine & Posts 4th ‘Live at Middle Farm Studios’ Video

We Are The Ocean have announced they will be touring alongside The Maine ahead of next month’s Vans Warped Tour UK event.

12 Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
13 O2 Academy 2, Liverpool
14 The Cockpit, Leeds
15 Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
17 Alexandra Palace, London (Warped Tour)

In addition the band have released the fourth video of their ‘Live at Middle Farm Studios’ series. The video for 'Now & Then' can be viewed by clicking read more.

The tracks from the session will be part of the forthcoming Deluxe Edition of ‘Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow’, which is released through Hassle Records on 14th October.

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