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EXCLUSIVE SONG PREMIER: FIRESTARTER - IF YOU AIN'T FIRST, YOU'RE LAST
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,
You're Last'.
RED BULL RATED AND RECOMMENDED (24/04/2014)
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.
ALREADY HEARD TRACK GUIDE: I DIVIDE - LAST ONE STANDING
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'.
ALREADY HEARD RECOMMENDS: BENTLEY PARK
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.
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 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.
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.


Disconnect Disconnect Records Release ‘Disconnected’ Compilation

Disconnect Disconnect Records have released a new compilation entitled 'Disconnected.'

The 18-track collection includes songs from Rivalries, Counterpunch, Placeholder, Home Advantage, Hold Tight!, Forrest and more.

1. Counterpunch - Blue State Blues
2. Pull Strings - Pipe Dreams
3. The Fear - The Bitter Taste
4. Great Lakes USA - No Boyfriends
5. Rivalries - Safest Spaces
6. Luther - An American Gothic
7. 7 Years Bad Luck - I Still Know When To Take My Shoes Off
8. The Stereo State - Ahhgust
9. The Reveling - Domino
10. Thieves - Quarter Life Crisis
11. Placeholder - Wait
12. Home Advantage - Markers From Home
13. Hold Tight! - Go
14. Versus The World - We Were Alive
15. Curbside - Dragged Away
16. PJ Bond - Radiator
17. Foxtrot - The Pecking Order
18. Forrest - Hearts and Minds

'Disconnected' is available as pay-what-you-want download on Bandcamp, and can be streamed by clicking read more.

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New Rivalries Video (‘Built To Last’)

London Post-Punks Rivalries have released their new video for 'Built To Last' and can be viewed by clicking read more.

The track appears on the bands latest EP; 'Out of Town and Back Again' available now through Household Name Records.

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New Rivalries EP Released (‘Out of Town and Back Again’)

London Post-Punk band Rivalries have released their new EP, 'Out of Town and Back Again' through Household Name Records.

Purchase 'Out of Town and Back Again' here.

Live Review & Photos: Southsea Fest 2012 - 15/09/2012

From small acorns grow mighty oaks and every year we dedicate a Saturday to celebrating the tree of Southsea, Albert Road. Southsea Fest has grown to include 14 stages ranging from the established, like the Wedgewood Rooms and Kings Theatre, to the temporary like The Magick Bean coffee shop. The range of acts available is similarly eclectic with metal, punk, spoken word, acoustic, reggae and more being represented. With this in mind, please understand that the review that follows is only an insight into a small section of this sprawling festival. If we chose a completely different set of bands then, well, who knows how it could have turned out. Onwards to the first band…   


Photos by Richard Heaven.

Due to Cycle Schmeichel experiencing gear difficulties we started the day with the London pop punk four piece Rivalries. They’ve come on a long way since I first saw them at the beginning of the year and it seems a shame that the venue was only half full as their brand of catchy pop punk really suits such a warm, sunny day. (4/5)


Photos by Richard Heaven.

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Feature: Something For The Weekend (10/8/2012)

Welcome to week 6 of Something For The Weekend. This week we explore two sides of the emo spectrum with the twinkly goodness of Nai Harvest and the crushing aggression of I Don’t Want To Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. We also have super catchy pop punk from London’s Rivalries to help lighten the mood.

As per usual, if you want to be involved with a future edition of SFTW feel free to get in touch with us at Richard@AlreadyHeard.com.

Nai Harvest
FFO: Algernon Cadwaller, Football Etc, and Snowing.

Nai Harvest differ from many of the current UK emo bands in the sense that this is a two piece. The White Stripes of emo? Not really. Nai Harvest play twinky, shouty emo with strangely catchy hooks. Having already shared splits with Manbearpig, Papayar, Five Leaf Nettles and Reno Dakota amongst others it seems like the only way is up for this Sheffield band. Check out their most recent EP on Pinky Swear Records/Struggletown Records/A Mountain Far Records and their newest split out on Enjoyment Records.

Nai Harvest on Bandcamp and Facebook.

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