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FESTIVAL PREVIEW: HIT THE DECK 2014 - 10 MUST-SEE BANDS
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.
FIVES: MUST BUY RECORD STORE DAY 2014 RELEASES
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.
INTERVIEW: THE MENZINGERS
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.
ALREADY HEARD RECOMMENDS: NEW CITY KINGS
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.
VERSUS: ALKALINE TRIO - 'FROM HERE TO INFIRMARY' VS. 'MAYBE I'LL
CATCH FIRE'

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.
POP-PUNK A&R: BOSTON MANOR
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.
ALREADY HEARD RECOMMENDS: EMPLOYED TO SERVE
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.
ALREADY HEARD TOUR TALES: HORNETS - MARCH 2014 UK TOUR
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.
EXCLUSIVE EP STREAM: WALLEATER - WALLEATER
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.
INDUSTRY INSIGHT: LEWIS JOHNS (PRODUCER)
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.


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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Close To Home Records Release 2nd Free Compilation ft Forrest., Nai Harvest, Pipedream, Plaids, Gnarwolves & More

Close To Home Records have released a free compilation entitled 'Close To Home & Friends (Vol. 2)'. The compilation includes tracks from the likes of Nai Harvest, Forrest., Pipedream, Plaids, Gnarwolves, Bangers and more. 

'Close To Home & Friends (Vol. 2)' can be downloaded on Bandcamp and streamed by clicking read more.

Nai Harvest - The Bikes & The Basement
Forrest. - Southsea
Hindsights - Mirrors
Pipedream - Once As One
Cardinal - Past Mistake
Square Business - Weight
Sunday League - Low Fives
Plaids - Four
Well Wisher - Fast Past
Gnarwolves - Coffee
Bangers - The Borrowers
Wisdom Teeth - My Hands Alone
Living Room - Life Lines

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Feature: Something For The Weekend (6/7/2012)

Welcome to the first in a new run of weekly features for Already Heard highlighting the best bands operating under the radar.

Something For The Weekend gives exposure to three new - and sometimes not so new - artists you may not have heard of before and are offering their music for free through Bandcamp.

Why ‘Something For The Weekend’? Lets face it, when else in the week can you find two days free to discover your new favourite band!

If you would like to suggest a band for ‘Something For The Weekend’ contact richard@alreadyheard.com.

Plaids

For Fans Of: Nai Harvest, For This World Is Hollow And These Hands Have Touched The Sky

Plaids play a brand of Dischord-esque punk which seems to be rather popular at the moment with both Little Ease and Bird Calls enjoying the sounds current popularity. Featuring members of What Price, Wonderland? and Sneinton, Plaids’ split with City Dweller should please any emo fan.

Plaids on Bandcamp, Tumblr and Facebook.

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