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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.
As festival season fast approaches, a wealth of notable album releases are happening
in the coming months. We take a look at five must hear releases for April.
This edition of SFTW includes a heavily hyped Canadian punk band, a Philadelphian
lo-fi emo band and a brand new punk rock trio from the States who have recently released their first song.
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.

Hit The Deck Stage Times Confirmed

The organisers behind next weekend’s Hit The Deck Festival have announced stage splits and times for both dates in Bristol and Nottingham.

Bristol Saturday April 19th

O2 Academy 1
20:30 - close Brand New
19:15 - 19:45 Saves The Day
18:15 - 18:45 Pulled Apart By Horses
17:15 - 17:45 The Front Bottoms
16:15 - 16:45 The Summer Set
15:15 - 15:45 Dinosaur Pile-Up
14:15 - 14:45 Hands Like Houses
13:15 - 13:34 The Xcerts
12:25 - 12:45 The Action Plan

O2 Academy 2 - Big Deal Clothing Stage
19:45 - 20:30 The Blackout
18:45 - 19:15 William Beckett
17:45 - 18:15 Save Your Breath
16:45 - 17:15 A Plastic Rose
15:45 - 16:15 Verses
14:45 - 15:15 Vukovi
13:45 - 14:15 Ghouls
12:45 - 13:15 The St Pierre Snake Invasion

The Exchange - Sabbc Stage
21:30 - 22:30 Brutality Will Prevail
20:30 - 21:00 More Than Life
19:30 - 20:00 Baby Godzilla
18:30 - 19:00 Palm Reader
17:30 - 18:00 Dead Hearts
16:30 - 17:00 Bastions
15:30 - 16:00 The Charm The Fury
14:30 - 15:00 Death Remains
13:30 - 14:00 Grappler
12:45 - 13:15 Koshiro

The Fleece
21:00 - 22:15 Kvelertak
19:45 - 20:15 The Word Alive
18:45 - 19:15 Neck Deep
17:45 - 18:15 Gnarwolves
16:45 - 17:15 Seahaven
15:45 - 16:15 Nai Harvest
14:45 - 15:15 Battle Lines
14:00 - 14:30 Wounds
13:15 - 13:45 The Gnarwhals

21:00 - 22:00 Memphis May Fire
19:45 - 20:30 Hawthorne Heights (playing 'The Silence in Black and White' in full)
18:30 - 19:00 Kids In Glass Houses
17:30 - !8:00 The Maine
16:30 - 17:00 Patent Pending
15:30 - 16:00 People On Vacation
14:30 - 15:00 Rat Attack
13:45 - 14:15 Cytota
13:00 - 13:30 Lyger
12:15 - 12:45 Bats About Bats

Thekla Car Park - Jahermeister Acoustic Stage
20:30 - 21:15 Kris Roe
19:00 - 19:30 Thomas Nicholas & Matt Kennedy
18:00 - 18:30 VerseChorusVerse
17:00 - 17:30 Warren Mallia
16:00 - 16:30 Sam Scott
15:00 - 15:30 Syren City
14:00 - 14:30 Macaiter
13:00 - 13:30 Chris Webb

Dr Martens Shop
18:00 - 18:40 The Word Alive (acoustic)

Thekla Top Deck
13:00 - 20:00 Hit the Deck Cinema

Nottingham Sunday April 20th

Rock City - Main Hall
21:30 - Close Brand New
20:15 - 21:00 Saves The Day
19:15 - 19:45 Pulled Apart By Horses
18:15 - 18:45 The Front Bottoms
17:15 - 17:45 The Summer Set
16:00 - 16:45 Hawthorne Heights (playing 'The Silence in Black and White' in full)
15:00 - 15:30 Dinosaur Pile-Up
14:00 - 14:30 Hands Like Houses
13:00 - 13:30 The Xcerts
12:15 - 12:45 Adelphia

Rock City Basement - Big Deal Clothing
12:00 - 22:00 The Blackout
19:45 - 20:15 William Beckett
18:45 - 19:15 Save Your Breath
17:45 - 18:15 A Plastic Rose
16:45 - 17:15 Lyger
15:30 - 16:00 Vukovi
14:30 - 15:00 Ghouls
13:30 - 14:00 Eva Plays Dead

Stealth - Sabbc Stage
21:45 - 22:30 Brutality Will Prevail
20:00 - 20:30 More Than Life
19:00 - 19:30 Baby Godzilla
18:00 - 18:30 Palm Reader
17:00 - 17:30 Dead Hearts
16:00 - 16:30 Bastions
15:00 - 15:30 The Charm The Fury
14:00 - 14:30 Death Remains
13:15 - 13:45 Grappler
12:30 - 13:00 A World Defined

The Rescue Rooms
20:45 - 22:00 Kvelertak
19:30 - 20:00 The Word Alive
18:30 - 19:00 Neck Deep
17:30 - 18:00 Gnarwolves
16:30 - 17:00 Seahaven
15:30 - 16:00 Nai Harvest
14:30 - 15:00 Battle Lines
13:30 - 14:00 Wounds
12:45 - 13:15 Elegies

The Forum
21:30 - 22:30 Memphis May Fire
20:00 - 21:00 Kids In Glass Houses
18:45 - 19:15 The Maine
17:45 - 18:15 Patent Pending
16:45 - 16:15 People On Vacation
15:45 - 15:15 Rat Attack
14:45 - 15:15 Verses
13:45 - 14:15 Cytota
12:45 - 13:15 Lacey

Rescue Rooms Bar - Acoustic Stage
20:00 - 20:45 Kris Roe
19:00 - 19:30 Thomas Nicholas & Matt Kennedy
18:00 - 18:30 VerseChorusVerse
17:00 - 17:30 Ryan Thomas
16:00 - 16:30 Sam Jones
15:00 - 15:30 Adam Zareba
14:00 - 14:30 Alex Hel

Dr Martens Shop
16:00 - 16:40 The Word Alive (acoustic)
15:00 - 15:40 Neck Deep (acoustic)

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Live Photos: The Catharsis - Red Room, Nottingham - 04/03/2014

Photos by Carrie-Anne Pollard.

Live Photos: Anavae - Red Room, Nottingham - 04/03/2014

Photos by Carrie-Anne Pollard.

Live Photos: Polar - Red Room, Nottingham - 04/03/2014

Photos by Carrie-Anne Pollard.

Live Review: Plaids, Football, etc., Break Character and Papermoons - JT Soar, Nottingham - 23/02/2014

A show is best when everybody means it. Cram those people into a tiny room with a bunch of excited punters for a few hours and you’re on a winner. Tonight features twelve people playing in four bands from three countries. All stuffed into Nottingham’s finest little venue. Opening is Papermoons, currently touring with (and being half of) Football, etc. who will play later. The Texan two-piece plays a gorgeous kind of emo somewhere between American Football and Death Cab For Cutie. Warming the audience as enough people cram inside for the venue to declare the show a sell out.

Coming both out The Netherlands and, for those not already in the know, out of the blue, is Break Character. Following the sweetness of Papermoons with a half hour blast of emotional hardcore magnificence. Being fronted by the universally agreed upon world’s coolest dude, Johan van Hattum, only furthers their cause. There’s nothing not to love about a band giving it their all for the love of it. Heart-on-sleeve honesty and humbled to be so well received so far from home. Break Character prove themselves a wonderful addition to a bill that they might otherwise seem out of place on.

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Already Heard Video Exclusive: Lacey - Hometown

The exclusive’s just keep on coming here at Already Heard. Today we’re premiering the new video from Nottingham pop-rockers Lacey.

'Hometown' comes from the bands 'Outlaws' EP which was released last September, and is filled to the brim with catchy melodies and huge hooks that makes Lacey one of the most exciting, emerging UK acts right now.

With an album in the works, and dates supporting Patent Pending taking place in April, now is the perfect to discover Lacey.

'Outlaws' by Lacey is out now.

Lacey links: Facebook|Twitter|Soundcloud

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Live Review: Matt Pryor, Allison Weiss and Lacey - The Bodega, Nottingham - 16/02/2014

imageA cold Sunday night in Nottingham at the end of a week when all anyone has talked about has been the weather. I could probably forgive you not coming out. Matt Pryor himself mentions it a couple of times. The eternal call of Monday morning keeps plenty of people at home with the TV and no one really blames them. On this particular Sunday night, I went out and I watched Matt Pryor and Allison Weiss give two incredible performances. I can forgive you for staying at home, because I was there. You, however, should be kicking yourself.

Local four piece Lacey open. Despite seeming a little out of place as the only full/electric band on an otherwise solo/acoustic bill, they prove themselves worthy of their slot. Never coming close to an explosive energy level, their somewhat subdued performance is probably exactly what is needed to not simply annoy those who arrive early enough to catch them. (3/5)

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The Defiled Upgrade Nottingham UK Tour Date

The Defiled have announced the opening date of their UK tour in Nottingham has been upgraded due to public demand.

The show on February 8th will now take place at the Rescue Rooms. The show was originally scheduled to Rock City Basement.

Sat 08 Nottingham Rescue Rooms (upgraded)
Sun 09 Newcastle Academy 2
Mon 10 Glasgow King Tut’s
Tue 11 Manchester Academy 3
Wed 12 Norwich Waterfront
Thu 13 Brighton The Haunt
Fri 14 London Islington Academy
Sat 15 Southampton Talking Heads
Sun 16 Bristol Thekla
Mon 17 Birmingham Asylum
Tue 18 Leeds Cockpit

Support comes from Butcher Babies and The Killing Lights.

Saves The Day, Memphis May Fire, The Summer Set and More Announced for Hit The Deck Festival 2014

The likes of Saves The Day, Memphis May Fire, The Summer Set and Gnarwolves will join headliners Brand New at this years Hit The Deck Festival after organisers announced the first set of bands to play the Bristol and Nottingham event.

In addition Nai Harvest, Brutality Will Prevail, Hands Like Houses, The Word Alive, Ghouls, Rat Attack, More Than Life, Verses, Palm Reader, People On Vacation and William Beckett have been announced.

The full list of bands announced can be viewed by clicking read more.

Hit The Deck Festival takes place in Bristol and Nottingham on April 19th and 20th respectively.

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Brand New Confirmed for Hit The Deck 2014 Festival

Brand New will headline the 2014 Hit The Deck Festivals in Bristol and Nottingham on April 19th and 20th respectively.

11 Southampton Guildhall
12 London Troxy
14 Leeds O2 Academy
15 Glasgow Barrowlands
16 Newcastle O2 Academy
18 Manchester Academy
19 Hit The Deck Festival Bristo
20 Hit The Deck Festival Nottingham

Tickets for Hit The Deck 2014 can be purchased here.

Lower Than Atlantis Live Dr. Martens #StandForSomething Video

Last month Lower Than Atlantis played Nottingham’s Spanky Van Dykes as part of Dr. Martens’ ‘#StandForSomething’ UK tour.

Video footage of the bands show can be viewed by clicking read more.

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Live Photos: The Dillinger Escape Plan - Rock City, Nottingham - 09/11/2013

View on Flickr. Photos by Carrie-Anne Pollard.

Live Photos: Killswitch Engage - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham - 06/08/2013

View on Flickr. Photos by Carrie-Anne Pollard.

New Jimmy Eat World UK Tour Dates Announced

imageJimmy Eat World have announced three new dates to their forthcoming UK tour.

The quartet will play shows in Nottingham, Bournemouth and London in November ahead of the bands show at Brixton Academy.

5th Birmingham, Academy
9th Glasgow, Academy
10th Newcastle, Academy
13th Manchester, Academy
14th Bristol, Academy
15th Leeds Academy
6th Bournemouth, O2 Academy
7th Nottingham, Rock City
8th London, HMV Forum
19th London, Brixton Academy

Live Photos: Verses - Red Room, Nottingham - 11/06/2013


View on Flickr. Photos by Carrie-Anne Pollard.