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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
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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.
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VERSUS: ALKALINE TRIO - 'FROM HERE TO INFIRMARY' VS. 'MAYBE I'LL
CATCH FIRE'

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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.
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quintet Boston Manor to discuss their influences, achievements so far and thoughts on their contemporaries.
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being part of the Holy Roar! roster, they chaotic yet contained live shows and more.
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through their recent UK tour where they played 8 shows in 7 days.
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right here on Already Heard.
INDUSTRY INSIGHT: LEWIS JOHNS (PRODUCER)
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to find out his beginnings, his recent work with Funeral For A Friend, and Southampton's
Ranch Production House.


FIVES: Must Buy Record Store Day 2014 Releases

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This Saturday the 2014 edition of Record Store Day takes place. Since its launch in 2008, Record Store Day has bought together music fans, bands and record stores to celebrate the culture of independent stores by releasing limited, one-day only releases.

Since its inception, Record Store Day has seen a wealth of rare releases on a yearly basis. This years lengthy list includes Green Day, Mastodon, Nirvana, Slipknot, Sikth and many more.

For this edition of "Fives", we’ve took on the tricky task of highlighting five “must buy” Record Store Day 2014 releases. To help us out, we’re pleased to welcome Jon Tolley from Banquet Records as a guest writer.

Jon along with Already Heard's Heather Robertson and Mikey Brown, have picked out 5 essential Record Store Day releases.

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Set Your Goals - The Reset Demo: 10 Year Anniversary Edition
Marking ten years since it’s release, it’s the SYG ‘Reset’ demo. A band that means a lot to us, as we put out a split of theirs and helped out on their first tour, the songs on here remain a highlight of the band’s sets ten years later. It gets the RSD treatment through via etched coloured vinyl in a die cut sleeve. Definitely grabbing one of these myself. (JT)

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Reckless Love and The Treatment Confirm RSD 2014 Split EP

Reckless Love and The Treatment will be teaming up for a limited split 12” EP release as part of Record Store Day on April 19th.

The 4-track will be released through Spinefarm Records.

A-side: Reckless Love
1. ‘Die Hard’ (taken from latest studio album, ‘Spirit’)
2. ‘Angel Falling’ (previously unreleased in the UK)
AA-side: The Treatment
1. ‘The Outlaw’ (taken from latest studio album, ‘Running With The Dogs’)
2. ‘Way Of The World’ (More cover - previously unreleased physically)

Xtra Mile Records Detail Record Store Day 2014 Releases and Events

Xtra Mile Recordings have revealed their plans for this years Record Store Day.

First of the label will be releasing last years 'Single Sessions' 7“‘s in a complete, rare box set. It includes 4 coloured 7” singles, with 9 tracks from Chris T-T & the Hoodrats, To Kill A King, Larry and His Flask, Beans On Toast, Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun, Crazy Arm, Möngöl Hörde, and Jamie Lenman.

Other RSD releases from the label sees Jamie Lenman releasing a double A-side 7”; ‘It’s Hard To Be A Gentleman/All The Things You Hate About Me, I Hate Them Too’ which comes with a functioning zoetrope. Whilst Beans On Toast is set to release a 10” 'Best Of Toast' limited to 300 hand-numbered and signed copies.

Both Lenman and Beans on Toast will be playing shows on Record Store Day (April 19th).

Jamie Lenman:
Rock Box, Camberley

Beans on Toast:
11am Bristol @ Rise
1pm Cheltenham @ Rise
3pm Worcester @ Rise
7.30pm Cardiff @ Clwb Ifor Bach

Beans On Toast Planning ‘Best of’ Record Store Day 10” Release

Beans on Toast has announced he will follow up his recent tour supporting Frank Turner with a limited edition ‘Best of’ 10”.

The release will available on Record Store Day (April 19th). 'Best of Toast' will consist one track from each of Beans’ albums to date. Each 10” will be hand numbered, individually signed and limited to 300 copies.

1. Mdmamazing – taken from ‘Standing On A Chair’ (2009) produced by Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons
.2 Price of Rice feat. Emmy The Great – also taken from ‘Standing On A Chair’
3. Old Grunge feat. Handshake – taken from ‘Writing On A Wall’ (2010) produced by Ian Grimble
4. Can’t Take Another Earthquake feat. Dan Smith (Bastille) & Kate Tempest – taken from ‘Trying To Tell The Truth (2011) produced by Frank Turner
5. Beer & Burger – taken from ‘Fishing For A Thank You’ (2012)
6. Things – taken from ‘Giving Everything’ (2012)

Beans on Toast will also be playing four shows in one day on Record Store Day.

April
19 Bristol, Rise Records – 11am (instore show)
19 Cheltenham, Rise Records – 1pm (instore show)
19 Worcester, Rise Records – 3pm (instore show)
19 Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach – 7.30pm Doors £8 + booking fee

Stagecoach Announce ‘Action’ Record Store Day Single Cassette Release

Stagecoach have announced their new single, 'Action' will be released on limited edition cassette on Record Store Day (20th April) via Alcopop Records.

The single can be streamed by clicking read more below and precedes the release of the bands debut album, 'Say Hi To The Band' on 13th May.

April
27th – Are You Listening, Reading May
10th – JT Soar, Nottingham
11th -The Labour Club, Northampton
12th – The Star, Guilford
13th - The Cellar, Oxford
14th - Birthdays, London (Launch with Joanna Gruesome & Tyrannosaurus Dead)
15th - The Zephyr Lounge, Lemington Spa
17th - The Great Escape, Brighton
18th - Rough Trade West, London
30th - The West End Centre, Aldershot
31st - The Buffalo Bar, Cardiff June
1st - Santiago’s, Leeds July
6th – Alcopopalooza @ The Windmill, London
13th – 2000 Trees Festival, Gloucestershire 20th – Truck Festival, Oxford August
2nd – Y Not Festival, Derbyshire

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Biffy Clyro, Bring Me The Horizon, Frank Turner and More Announce Record Store Day 2013 UK Releases

imageThe full list of releases for Record Store Day 2013 has been announced and includes special releases from the likes of Biffy Clyro, Bring Me The Horizon, Frank Turner and more.

Biffy Clyro will release a two-track 7” called ‘Modern Magic Formula/City Of Dreadful Night’ whilst 'Sleepwalking' by Bring Me The Horizon will be released on 10” vinyl.

Frank Turner's latest single, 'Recovery' will receive a limited 7” release.

Among the list announced for Record Store Day other notable releases come from the likes of Fall Out BoyLinkin Park, and At The Drive-In.

However it appears New Found Glory's Ramones cover album 'Mania' and Jimmy Eat World’s 'Damage b/w Stop Whispering (Radiohead cover)' 7” will not be released in the UK as part of Record Sotre Day 2013.

Notable Releases:

At The Drive-In - Relationship Of Command
Bayside - Live At The Bayside Social Club 2LP
Between The Buried And Me - The Anatomy Of 2LP
Biffy Clyro - Modern Magic Formula/City Of Dreadful Night 7”
Bring Me The Horizon - “Sleepwalking” - 10”
Deftones - Live Volume 1: Selections From Adrenaline - 1LP
Fall Out Boy - My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark - 7”
Frank Turner - Recovery - 7”
Frightened Rabbit - Norland Wind - 7”
Frightened Rabbit - Midnight Organ Fight/Quietly Now - 12”
Funeral For A Friend - Casually Dressed And Deep In Conversation - 2LP
Grouplove/Frightened Rabbit & Manchester Orchestra - Architect/Make It To Me - 12”
Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory - LP
Pierce The Veil - Collide With The Sky - LP
Sigur Ros - HVARF/HEIM - 2LP
Stagecoach - Action
Straylight Run - Prepare To Be Wrong - LP
The Computers - Elvis Vs Elvis - 10” Pict disc
The Sex Pistols - Pretty Vacant - 7”

Record Store Day 2013 takes place on Saturday 20th April.

The full list of Record Store Day 2013 UK releases can be viewed here.

Funeral For A Friend’s ‘Casually Dressed & Deep In Conversation’ Set for Record Store Day 2013 Release

Funeral For A Friend have announced their debut album, ’Casually Dressed & Deep In Conversation’ will be repressed on vinyl for Record Store Day 2013.

The gatefold, double white vinyl will be available as a limited edition 10 year anniversary release.

The band posted the following message:

Some people have been asking if we’re going to do anything to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Casually Dressed. 

Well, yes we are. Along with Atlantic Records and also in support of Record Store Day UK 2011 Casually Dressed will be re-pressed on gatefold, double white vinyl as a very limited edition 10 year anniversary release. 

As this is for record store day it won’t be available to order online, only from your local indie record stores (that’s the point of Record Store day!). In my experiences these things tend to go quick so hit up your local shop and see if they’re going to be getting the vinyl and make sure to mark April 20th in your calendar. Once these are gone, they are gone for good. So be quick!!! 

You have been warned ;) 

Matt x”

New While She Sleeps Song (‘Death Toll’)

While She Sleeps have unveiled a new song called 'Death Toll' and will be released on limited edition 7” Vinyl as part of Record Store Day.

Click read more below to stream ‘Death Toll.’

The track will also be included on repackaged digital release of the bands latest album, 'This Is The Six' which is due for release on 22nd April.

1.Dead Behind The Eyes
2.False Freedon
3.Satisfied In Suffering
4.Seven Hills
5.Our Courage, Our Cancer
6.This Is The Six
7.The Chapel
8.Be(lie)ve
9.Until The Death
10.Love At War
11.The Plague Of A New Age
12.Reunite
13.Death Toll ( New Song)
14.Weathers Man (Love At War Alternate Version)
15.False Freedom (Accoustic)
16.Seven Hills (Alternate Version Featuring Jenny Staniforth)
17.Our Courage, Our Cancer (Acoustic)
18.Sickness Over Health (Until The Death Alternate Version)
19.This Is The Six - Track By Track (Video)

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Dave Hause Announces UK Dates and Record Store Day 7”

Dave Hause will be returning to the UK in the Spring in support of his new 7”, ‘C’mon Kid’ which will be released on Record Store Day through Xtra Mile Recordings. The 7” will include a previously unreleased song called 'Play It By Ear'.

May
3 Bristol The Croft
4 Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
5 Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
6 London The Barfly

The video for 'C'mon Kid' can be viewed by clicking read more.

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Record Store Day 2012: Lee Burgess (Pinky Swear Records)

As part of Record Store Day 2012, Already Heard talked to a handful of individuals from the music industry about their love for records, the importance of Record Store Day and more. 

The last of our interviews with Lee Burgess from Leeds-based indie label Pinky Swear Records.

Already Heard: What was the first record you bought and where was it from?
Lee Burgess: I remember some of the first records I got I actually won in a Kerrang! competition which was Alexisonfire - Crisis 12” picture disc and This Could Be Anywhere In The World 7” picture disc. I loved them and had them propped up on a shelf in my room. So that was in 2006 when I was 15. I think the first vinyl I bought would have been Enter Shikari - Anything Can Happen In The Next Half Hour 7” picture disc from their signing in Virgin Megastores in Manchester in March 2007 just before their debut Take To The Skies came out; and I bought it cause I thought it’d look sweet signed, which it does. But I was 16 at the time and spent all my spare money on going to shows so didn’t start properly buying vinyl till I was 18/19.

AH: Who got you into records?
Lee Burgess: I was contemplating starting to collect records for a while, then one day I saw a photo on a forum or something of someone’s New Found Glory collection and I was so envious. I then went and bought as much as their stuff I could find and then got hooked from there. Needless to say, my NFG record collection now rules. I recently got my Not Without A Fight test press signed at the Manchester Kerrang! Tour date. It looks ace!

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Record Store Day 2012: Jack Clothier (Alcopop Records)

As part of Record Store Day 2012, Already Heard talked to a handful of individuals from the music industry about their love for records, the importance of Record Store Day and more. 

First up is Jack Clothier from Oxford based independent label Alcopop Records.

Already Heard: What was the first record you bought and where was it from?
Jack Clothier: I remember this really well actually. I’d already converted from tapes to CDs – and as a fresh faced 14/15 year old was in Coventry town centre let loose at Spinadisc (remember them). I was all down for CDs, but I found myself browsing the records instead and picked up Everlong by the Foo Fighters on marbled blue vinyl. It was beautiful, and despite not having a record player I bought it. Then on the way home I had this massive teen angst mixture of pride and guilt sweep through me. To this day I still don’t know why, but I nearly binned the thing on the way home. Luckily I didn’t, my ad found me an old record player – and I’ve bought vinyl ever since.

AH: Who got you into records?
Jack Clothier: I put that down to 4 people, a band and a magazine. First up my parents who actually got me my first record player, and let me borrow all their old vinyls – and next up my two school pals, Liam Nolan and Dave Clare. I used to go into town with them on a Saturday and spend literally hours browsing through racks of CDs and records – buying, listening, swapping, buying more. It was something of an obsession…

Music wise, the first band I felt compelled to own EVERYTHING by on vinyl was Symposium (and I do – including a test pressing of their first ever single) – and there used to be this rad music magazine called Foggy Notion. It was a lovely mag, with a little editorial but mostly just lists of classic, rare, awesome 7”s and CDs which we all used to pore through at 6th form. That was when I was ordering so many records I could barely afford them… Midget, Scarfo, Cornershop, Belle and Sebastian, The Crocketts. SO much awesome stuff… 

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Record Store Day 2012: Alex Fitzpatrick (Holy Roar Records)

Here is the second part of our Record Store Day interview series. This time we caught up with Alex Fitzpatrick of Hardcore/Alternative label Holy Roar to talk about RSD and the effect it’s having.

Already Heard: What was the first record you bought and where was it from?
Alex Fitzpatrick: I was buying CDs when I was a teenager because vinyl wasn’t on the upswing so much and download culture simply didn’t exist so I think the first record or album I actually went out and bought was ‘Ultra Mega Ok’ by Soundgarden when I was either 12 or 13. I bought that from Spillers Records in Cardiff. 

AH: How important is RSD to independent record stores?
Alex Fitzpatrick: It’s more important than ever for independent record stores. They’re obviously fighting against both the download culture and online retailers but it just brings together the community by giving people a talking point. It’s almost become independent record store’s version of christmas. There’s all these really exciting events happening on a single day. We can’t underestimate how much this day has come to input upon the takings of a record store. Financially it’s proving to be increasingly important as well.

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Record Store Day 2012: Tom Beck (Walnut Tree Records)

To conclude our trilogy of Record Store Day interviews we talk to Tom Beck from the independent indie based label Walnut Tree Records.

Already Heard: What was the first record you bought and where was it from?
Tom Beck: That would have been ‘K’ by Kuala Shaker when I was 12. At the time they’d just been nominated for best album at the brit awards so it had the stickers on the front. I believe that I bought it from our price in High Wycombe. I don’t think I bought much from there… maybe that and ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ at some point.

AH: How important is Record Store Day to independent record stores?
Tom Beck: I think it is very important! To me it feels like their moment in the sun. It’s a good chance to give them a little exposure. It’s just a shame that some people will only give them that exposure for that one day. Stores like Banquet Records do so much for the community and their online store is a valuable research to so many people. It seems like a shame that it takes an event like Record Store Day to get a lot of people interested in physical releases.

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Feature: Record Store Day 2012 - 10 Essential Purchases

Tomorrow the fifth annual Record Store Day takes place around the world, and sees labels, bands, and music fans celebrating independent record labels.

Since it’s inception in 2008, Record Store Day has rapidly grown with interest getting bigger by the year, with over 200 UK stores alone taking part this year.

As always there are a wide range of special, limited releases especially for Record Store Day. With everyone from Taking Back Sunday to Mastodon to Refused and many more releasing material, Already Heard thought it’d be ideal to recommend 10 essential Record Store Day purchases.

The Horrible Crowes - Live from Fingerprints 7”
With last year’s 'Elsie,' Brian Fallon and Ian Perkins produced one of the most compelling albums of 2011. For RSD, the duo are releasing a two-track 7” especially record at Fingerprints Records in California. The two tracks included are 'I Witnessed A Crime' and 'Blood Loss,' two of the more soulful cuts from 'Elsie.' (SR)

Frank Turner - I Still Believe/Somebody To Love (Queen cover)
Take one of the most resounding, anthemic numbers of Frank Turner’s career and put it with a classic Queen track, and you’re left with a must-have purchase for Record Store Day 2012. In other words, Frank Turner follows his triumphant Wembley arena show with an essential 7” for any Frank Turner fan. (SR)

Taking Back Sunday - We Play Songs
Take four classic Taking Back Sunday songs, record two (‘Ghost Man on Third’ and Your Own Disaster’) ‘at California’s Fingerprints and two (Great Romances of the 20th Century and Faith (When I Let You Down)) at Looney Tunes in Boston, and you have a recipe for a special TBS Record Store Day release. (SR)

Lemuria - Varoom Allure
The Buffalo based three piece return with new two tracks for Record Store Day 2012. It’s great to see that they’ve gone for something totally original for this instead of simply re-releasing old material, or providing a live EP like so many before them. (RH)

Refused - Songs To Fan The Flames Of Discontent
I picked 'Songs To Fan…' for two reasons. Firstly, I feel that this is a stronger album then the iconic 'Shape Of Punk To Come.' Secondly, we had a brilliant re-release of 'Shape Of Punk To Come' a year or two back, complete with a live album and the 'Refused Is Fucking Dead' documentary. With this version still readily available, do we really need another colorway? (RH)

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