Next month emerging Albany, NY pop-punk band Firestarter release their new record
'Forget the Past'. To give you a sneak preview of what to expect from the release,
we’ve teamed up with the band to exclusively premier a new song titled 'If You Ain't First,
As the second stage of this years Red Bull Studios London Download Festival competition
gets underway, Already Heard highlights 5 of the top 100 bands in the first part of our
new "Red Bull Rated And Recommended" series.
Earlier this month rising UK rockers I Divide released their much anticipated debut album
'Last One Standing'. It is a record that exceeds expectations by combining the bands youthful approach with an ambitious melodic alt-rock sound. Before they kicked off their current
UK tour supporting Blitz Kids alongside Fort Hope, guitarist Josh Wreford took the
opportunity to talk us through 'Last One Standing'.
For Northern quintet Bentley Park it has been a long two years. Since forming 2011, the post-hardcore have been refining their sound and preparing for the release of their debut EP, 'Innocence', which finally sees the light of day this week. The EP takes the pop-punk sensibilities of their former band, and combines them with an edgy rock sound. We recently spoke to vocalist James Shaw to find out more.
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.
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.
Having recently been crowned winners of this year’s Red Bull Bedroom Jam, Exeter’s I Divide are destined for bigger things, with a new EP and a UK tour alongside Funeral For A Friend in the works you’ll be hearing a lot more of the quintet in the coming months.
They’ve been compared to the likes of Young Guns and Saosin and with thriving tracks like ‘Never Be Stopped,’ I Divide are on to a winner. With their brand of energetic rock, I Divide spent their summer playing numerous festivals including Download, Slam Dunk and Hevy and since forming in 2011 they’ve played alongside Senses Fail, Deaf Havana and Protest The Hero.
Already Heard spoke to drummer Dave Mooney who discussed the bands festival experiences, the video for ‘Never Be Stopped,’ why bands should enter the Red Bull Bedroom Jam and more.
Already Heard: To begin with can you introduce yourself and your role in I Divide?
Dave: Hello, I’m Dave and I play drums in I Divide.
AH: For new listeners can you describe your sound?
Dave: We are an energetic rock band with plenty of balls.
AH: What bands would you compare yourselves to?
Dave: I think we all have different ideas on that, but bands we get told we sound like the most are Emarosa, Young Guns and Saosin.
AH: Ok that’s all the usual questions out the way. Let’s talk about the Red Bull Bedroom. First of all what made you want to enter the contest?
Dave: I think the main prize on offer that we wanted was the chance to play at Download Festival. Aside from that, you’ve just got nothing to lose, each stage you go through, you get more and more promotion, the chance at other big festivals and then if you win, well you get free incredible recordings and a tour support with a massive band!
AH: What did you think your chance were when you entered the Red Bull Bedroom Jam?
Dave: We honestly never thought we’d get as far as we did, there’s so many awesome bands that entered and to think we’d be crowned champions has still not really sunk in if I’m honest with you!
They will be supporting Funeral For A Friend on a UK tour in the near future.
The final for this year’s Red Bull Bedroom Jam will take place at 5pm at RedbullBedroomJam.com.
The show will see performances from the three final bands; Sheffield’s Dead Harts, Reading’s Golden Tanks and Exeter’s I Divide.
Don Broco will also be performing live and Funeral For a Friend will be making a special appearance
Visit RedbullBedroomJam.com for more information.
The three final bands in this year’s Red Bull Bedroom Jam have all released new music video ahead of the contest’s final on September 17th.
Dead Harts' 'All Washed Up', Golden Tanks' 'Dead Strings' and I Divide's 'Never Be Stopped' can be viewed at RedBullBedroomJam.com.
The live final will take place on September 17th at 5pm on the the Red Bull Bedroom Jam site.