This week Lansdale, Pennsylvania’s The Wonder Years released their fourth album - ‘The Greatest Generation,’ a record that sees the pop punk quintet reach their creative peak in a number of ways. With a wealth of material in their discography, Already Heard's Sean Reid and Tom Knott took on the tricky task of picking out the five best songs from The Wonder Years. Find out what we picked and let us know if you agree or disagree?
Following the release of their superb 'Signals' album, Mallory Knox have certainly become ones to watch in recent months. We caught up with the band to discuss joining Search & Destroy Records, how vital the festival season and touring are, what it feels like to be a part
of the expanding British rock scene and much more.
Over The Ocean have crafted a compelling, brooding record with their latest effort ‘Be Given To The Soil.’ With intense specific precision and delicate accuracy that echoes the likes of Explosions In The Sky and Sigur Ros. Jesse Hill from the band to discusses how the
album came together, the importance of precision, being compared to post-rock pioneers and more.
After a top ten UK album and an outstanding UK tour with festival dates on both sides of the Atlantic to follow, Bring Me The Horizon are having a fantastic 2013 and are now featured in the latest edition of "Versus." It's ‘There is a Hell, Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There is a Heaven, Let’s Keep it a Secret’ vs the bands latest release, 'Sempiternal.'
We catch up with Newcastle Indie Rock quartet Alexander to find out more about their debut album 'Say Hello' for a “Already Heard Track Guide” feature.
Having briefly returned to the UK for the Hit The Deck Festival before starting a European
tour, we caught up with vocalist/bassist Ned Russin to discuss the bands progression in sound, differences between UK and US festivals, their recent split with Touché Amoré,
having friends on tour and more.
Tonight in Leeds is pretty much the halfway point for Arcane Roots’ headlining tour to support the release of their debut album ‘Blood & Chemistry’. This is surely going to be the end of the band playing smaller rooms such as Room 3 of The Cockpit, but more on that later.
There’s only a crowd of 20 to 30 but it’s clear that quite a few have arrived early to catch Baby Godzilla. The band have been on and off this tour due to work commitments (boo, work!) but have made it here tonight and this is a first for me; what on earth is this?! I said to the guys after and I’ll say it again, “How are you guys still alive?” Truly living up to their namesake in causing rampage. I don’t think they know what the stage is for either. Microphones and vocalists/guitarists battle each other in who can be furthest away from this “stage” and who can do the most nail biting postures over stairwells. They didn’t sound like the tightest band, but when playing such an enthralling visual experience of chaotic, flailing limbs, I don’t think they’re too fussed. A storming start, bravo. (3.5/5)
Live Review & Photos: Trapped Under Ice, Backtrack, Broken Teeth and The River Card - NQ Live, Manchester - 02/05/2013
With Climates pulling out at such short notice, it’s a great job that locals The River Card step in to kick start tonight’s proceedings. Blistering in full force, this mob has a short fuse ready to blow the entire venue up. For an opening band, The River Card injects the vital drug needed to get the crowd prepped up and ready for tonight’s headliners. Fast, urgent raucous guitars and snappy vicious vocals are the key components here, and they make an excellent starter. (3.5/5)
Another local band but the official openers to this tour, Broken Teeth come all guns and hellfire blazing on to the stage. Having settled with a finely tuned but distorted heavy crossover thrash hardcore sound, in the same vein as Cro-Mags, this band provide the perfect soundtrack to a testosterone fuelled orgy. Lead vocalist Dale Graham’s burning anger is absorbed by the audience who spit back the lyrics in the band’s face. By the end of their set, it’s safe to say they’ve done their home town scene proud. (3.5/5)
Tonight is a true metal show. It is more metal than a piece of metal dipped in liquid metal and then spray painted metallic grey. It’s like someone knew this crowd loved metal so much they put some more metal on the bill so you can metal whilst you metal (or something like that.)
Opening up the show tonight are Revoker, who play to a remarkably full room. Their brand of melodic metal is tightly performed and well-received by those who have got down early. Existing fans are also treated to a new song ‘Hands Of Justice’ which is one of the highlights of the set to these ears, once unblemished but now converted to the sound of Revoker. (3/5)
The anticipation for the arrival of Fozzy is palpable and they are met with rapturous applause as they take to the stage tonight to the suitably metal strains of AC/DC. The rock star presence of Chris Jericho is felt immediately; he exudes confidence and knows how to work a crowd (this is Y2J, after all.) Their set leads with tracks from latest album as the band open with ‘Spider In My Mouth’ and ‘Sandpaper’ (minus the vocals of M shadows tonight) but the band delve into their back catalogue as the set goes on with penultimate song ‘Martyr No More’ getting a massive crowd reaction and leaves the crowd satisfied by their Fozzy fix.
Back for a third year running and back in it’s home of Nottingham, Hit The Deck once again produced a superb showing of rock, punk, metal, hardcore and everything in between even if the line up looked lacklusture on paper.
The day starts in the Stealth venue where, unfortunately, California shoegazer’s Whirr have the task of kicking off the festival, however at half 12 on a Sunday the bands atmospheric, drawn out approach isn’t quite the ideal opening for a festival like Hit The Deck. (2/5) Thankfully Northern metalcore band Black Dogs get things going with their aggressive and ferocious energy as tracks like ‘Savages’ leave a good impression and makes them a band to keep an eye on in the coming months. (3/5) (SR)
Over at the Rescue Rooms The Front Bottoms make a welcomed appearance with their brand of acousitc indie-folk-punk. Brian Sella’s nasally voice fits the bands light, upbeat sound with recent additions Tom Warren and Ciaran O’Donnel giving the band a more well-rounded sound. New songs like ‘Au Revoir (Adios)’ and ‘Twin Size Mattress’ showcase the bands forthcoming album in a strong light and sit along well next to older numbers ‘Swimming Pool’ and ‘Maps.’ (4/5) (SR)