Already Heard
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.


Something For The Weekend (03/04/2014)

Our resident "Something For The Weekend" writer Rosie Kerr is back once again with three more slices of musical goodness for your weekend listening pleasure.

This edition 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.

If your label, band or company would like to become a guest writer for Something For The Weekend - contact Sean Reid to find out more information.

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PUP
FFO; Loud guitar punk with passion

PUP are 4 Tornoto punks who play loud music, very well. They’ve been recently getting amazing press from everyone who listens and rightly so. Their debut self-titled has been out in the homeland for a little while now, but for the rest of the world the planned release is April 8th via Side One Dummy. You can listen and download one track from their record titled ‘Reservoir' for free, so, you know, do it already. Jump on the hype train because for once, the band is worth it.

PUP links: Bandcamp|Facebook|Twitter

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Something For The Weekend (20/03/2014)

We’re stoked to be bringing back our "Something For The Weekend" feature back on a regular basis and will now be a bi-weekly feature every Thursday. As always SFTW writer Rosie Kerr gives us three need-to-know bands for your weekend listening pleasure.

Breaking in to our English summer can only mean one thing, appropriate sunshine music. That’s what this week’s Something For The Weekend is all about. Cracking on music that makes you want to revel in the summer sun. On that note, let’s begin!

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Wild Ones
FFO; Passion Pit, The XX

I was re-introduced to Portland’s Wild Ones very recently by a friend who visited from the US. On first listen it was easy to see why they’ve been snatched up as Topshelf’s newest addition. ‘Keep It Safe' will be released on April 1st (no foolin') and if you enjoy your indie electro pop and the perfect background to your summer enjoyment then look no further.

Wild Ones links: Bandcamp|Facebook|Twitter|Tumblr

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Something For The Weekend - 31/01/14

After making its long overdue return last week, our resident "Something For The Weekend" writer Rosie Kerr is back once again with three more bands for your listening pleasure.

Hey y’all. I’m back again another week to bring you three new exciting bands to get you through this terrible weather we’re having right now (at least in the UK we are, as always).

If your label, band or company would like to become a guest writer for Something For The Weekend - contact Sean Reid to find out more information.

Idiot Kid
FFO; Tigers Jaw, Pity Sex

Idiot Kid are another PA band creating a low-fi emo wonderland. It’s super easy to see a release like this going unnoticed by the masses, when it really should be adorning all our lives. I know very little about Idiot Kid other than the obvious available on their web pages but a friend posted this on facebook and I’m so glad they did. ‘Stick Your Head In The Water' is available for 'pay what you want' on Bandcamp - go make your evening a little more lovely.

Catch Idiot Kid on Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp

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Something For The Weekend - The Return

After a short time away, our weekly Friday feature Something For The Weekend is back!

SFTW Editior Rosie Kerr (Ebb and Flow PR) returns with three emerging bands for your listening pleasure. Take it away…

Hi everyone! I am happy to be back in action & coming weekly to recommend you some awesome bands once again. So here goes!

Fun Home
FFO; Tigers Jaw, Troubled Sleep.

Fun home are an indie/emo band hailing from Pittsburgh, PA. I only recently heard of them via a chance email in my inbox and I’m super glad that it happened. ‘Knit In To Place' is their new EP available to stream/download for free via Broken World Media and who really complains about free music? I would highly recommend that if you’re a Tigers Jaw fan you may have found your new favourite band.

Catch Fun Home on Facebook and Bandcamp

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Something For The Weekend - The Fest 12 Special

This month I’m jet-setting across the pond to Florida for the funnest 2 weeks of the year, The Fest. Here are 3 bands that I strongly advise you go watch. I could’ve added more, but I talk enough about the other bands I would’ve mentioned. Let’s go!

If your label, band or company would like to become a guest writer for Something For The Weekend - contact Sean Reid to find out more information.

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Adventures
For Fans Of: Code Orange Kids, emotionally drained vocals.
I’ve talked about, and even interviewed Adventures (Reba) here before, but that’s not to say that they’re not deserving of a spot on this list. Adventures are incredible, and with members of Code Orange Kids present I’m sure their appeal is broadened even further than the emo crowd. They have 2 EP’s out, both of which are awesome and you should check them out, whether you’re attending Fest or not.

Adventures links: Facebook |Twitter|Bandcamp

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Something For The Weekend (11/10/2013)

This week on Something For The Weekend it’s a bit of an accidental ‘guitar fuzz special’. I didn’t quite plan this, but there’s a heavy 90’s alternative influence in all three of the bands we’re showing you this week, which are based in Connecticut, California and Birmingham respectively. The 90s alternative sound is quite possibly more popular right now than it was even in the 90s during it’s inception, and these three bands are definitely making the most of it.

If your label, band or company would like to become a guest writer for Something For The Weekend - contact Sean Reid to find out more information.

Ovlov
For Fans Of: Weezer, Knapsack
I was first introduced to Ovlov through Facebook. I saw someone posting about their latest record, as well as the fact that they were playing a couple shows with a band called Sneeze, who I had recently released through my record label (Close To Home Records) so it seemed like a no-brainer to check them out. I am so glad I did and have been telling anyone who will listen about them since. Their latest album ‘AM’ was released through Exploding In Sound Records and is available to stream in full through Bandcamp.

Ovlov on Facebook, Tumblr, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud.

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Something For The Weekend (‘Already Heard Recommends: Volume 1’ Special - Part 2)

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Following the release of our Already Heard Recommends: Volume 1 compilation this past Monday, Already Heard Senior Editor Sean Reid follows up last weeks edition of "Something For The Weekend" by talking us through the remaining 11 acts from the compilation.

f your label, band or company would like to become a guest writer for Something For The Weekend - contact Sean Reid to find out more information.

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Hindsights
We’ve been seeing alot about Hindsights in recent weeks here on Already Heard and for all the right reasons as the Berkshire quartet’s new EP, 'The Thoughts That Weigh Me Down' has been embraced by the Already Heard team; "wonderfully crafted emotional music with all the peaks and troughs of life as a 21st Century human being." To put it bluntly, we’re big fans of Hindsights and like all of the bands on 'Recommends: Volume 1', we truly believe they’re set for big things.

Hindsights links: Facebook|Twitter|Tumblr

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Something For The Weekend (‘Already Heard Recommends: Volume 1’ Special - Part 1)

For the next two weeks, "Something For The Weekend" will be taking a slightly different approach as Already Heard Senior Editor Sean Reid talks us through the 21 acts that are set to feature on our new 'Already Heard Recommends: Volume 1' compilation.

This week Sean will showcase the first 10 bands chosen for the compilation, with the remaining 11 acts being covered next Friday.

If your label, band or company would like to become a guest writer for Something For The Weekend - contact Sean Reid to find out more information.

To start things off I would like to say I am excited and unbeliavbly pleased with how this compilation has come together. I believe the 21 on 'Already Heard Recommends: Volume 1' show just what Already Heard and our “Recommends” feature is all about; exposing and highlighting emerging new bands that we truly believe in and we think our readers will enjoy as much as we do.

Moose Blood
Since we were introducing to Canterbury emo/pop punk revivalist Moose Blood at the back end of last year, we quickly warmed to the quartet and it seems so have many others. Since being featured in our "Recommends" feature in January, their stock has risen having announced a split with Departures just this week and a run of shows alongside Funeral For A Friend taking place next month, things continue to look up for Moose Blood. Their 'Movng Home' EP continues to get regular play at Already Heard HQ; melancholy lyrics, jangly guitars and duel harmonies. Perfect.

Moose Blood links: Facebook|Twitter|Tumblr|Bandcamp

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Something For The Weekend (13/09/2013)

Already Heard writer and Close To Home Records head honcho Joe Hart has returned for three more exciting new bands to recommend for your listening pleasure.

This week we bring you synth-based indie that sounds like Summer, gritty female fronted lo-fi and solo Knapsack worship from Boston, so as always we have quite a mixed bag for you for Something For The Weekend this week, but I guarantee each one is worth your attention.

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JAWS
For Fans Of: Peace, Wavves
Okay, so, it probably would have made more sense me recommending you JAWS at the beginning of Summer so you had that perfect EP to play on repeat throughout the coming months. Unfortunately, I slept on this band until recently and it was their performances at the Reading & Leeds Festivals in particular that woke me up. With their anthemic yet ever so slightly lo-fi, synth-laden indie sound they are sure to please your ears and also probably make you miss the Summer sun you were most likely moaning about just a few weeks ago. Their new EP ‘Milkshake’ is out on 12” now through Rattlepop Records and you can catch them on tour across the UK starting this weekend. Spoiler alert for any readers based in the capital though: the London show is already sold out.

JAWS on Facebook, Twitter and their website

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Something For The Weekend (06/09/2013)

Our resident Something For The Weekend writer, Rosie Kerr (Ebb & Flow PR) is back once again with three more bands to recommend.

This week we have a London emo duo, twinkly emo from Alabama and a pop punk quintet from Maryland. Take it away Rosie…

If your label, band or company would like to become a guest writer for Something For The Weekend - contact Sean Reid to find out more information.

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Class Picture
FFO: Hindsights, Citizen, Gnarwolves.
Class Picture are a 5 piece from Baltimore, Maryland. Playing an emotive blend of pop-punk, Class Picture are one of the best of this genre that I’ve heard recently. Their newest record 'Vibe' is set for release in the Fall but for now you can listen to a track from this called 'Waking Up' and it’s a real teaser. It’s definitely left me looking very much forward to the whole record being released. 100% ones to keep your eye on!

Class Picture on Bandcamp, Facebook and Twitter.

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Something For The Weekend with Ben Goulder (Mornge Magazine)

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In this week’s edition of "Something For The Weekend", Ben Goulder of Sheffield-based Mornge Magazine brings you three very different aural delights in the shape of some wannabe surfers and two wannabe Goths. But different kind of Goths. Don’t get them mixed up.

Further information on Mornge can be found on their website, Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr.

If your label, band or company would like to become a guest writer for Something For The Weekend - contact Sean Reid to find out more information.

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Best Friends
FFO: Wavves, Animal Hospital Theme Tune, Mans On Road

The big lads from Sheffield via everywhere else. They have a new AA single out called 'Nosebleeds / Happy Anniversary' and it is the shit. Not quite as surfy as their old stuff, it’s got a real garage rock vibe. You can get hold of the new record through the ever efficient Art Is Hard Records.

Best Friends on Facebook, Twitter and Bandcamp.

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Something For The Weekend (16/08/2013)

Close To Home Records' Joe Hart once again steps in for this weeks edition of "Something For The Weekend". As always Joe scouts the internet to discover some hidden music gems for your weekend listening.

This week we give you three upcoming bands from Wales, England and all the way over in Memphis, Tennessee. They all have free downloads available and they all 100% deserve your attention.

If your label, band or company would like to become a guest writer for Something For The Weekend - contact Sean Reid to find out more information.

Concave
For Fans Of: Crime In Stereo, Jimmy Eat World, Diamond Youth
What do you do when you want some time away from delivering doom-infused metal riffs to the world? If you’re 3/5ths of UKHC metal giants Brutality Will Prevail, you apparently start a side project and write some more chilled out jams about girls – and that’s exactly what Concave is. They currently have a demo uploaded for free at their Bandcamp and if that doesn’t get you excited for what else this band has to bring then I don’t know what will.

Concave on Facebook, Twitter, and Bandcamp.

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Something For The Weekend (09/08/2013)

For this weeks edition of "Something For The Weekend" Joe Hart of Close To Home Records returns to highlight three more bands to recommend for your listening pleasure.

Before we start, I should just let you know that we’re going to cover quite a bit of ground with this week’s "Something For The Weekend". Across three bands I’ll be introducing you to some hip-hop tinged indie from Essex, Leeds based shoegaze and topping off the list with some Smashing Pumpkins worship at it’s very best. It might sound like an arbitrary list, but all three deserve your time and attention.

If your label, band or company would like to become a guest writer for Something For The Weekend - contact Sean Reid to find out more information.

Courts
For fans of: Foals, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and Bombay Bicycle Club.
Courts are a local band for me and I found out about them mainly due to the amount of packed out shows they play in the area. That’s not to say they’re limited to playing Essex though, they regularly pack out venues in London and also enjoyed a slot at T In The Park after successfully being featured on BBC Radio 6’s ‘Introducing’ show. They’re almost impossible to explain. Reviews of their latest (free download) EP, ‘No Knowledge No Heart’ quite praise their ability to mix up genres into one unique sound. Funk, ska, hip hop, blues, indie… it’s all in there. Their new EP is out soon, from which two songs have been uploaded for streaming, but for now you can still download their current EP completely free at their Bandcamp.

Courts on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud.

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Something For The Weekend (02/08/2013)

This week we return to our resident Something For The Weekend writer, Rosie Kerr (Ebb & Flow PR) for her recommendations in the best new music.

This week I’m back to basics with 2 awesome bands from the UK, one of which released my favourite music of the year thus far, and one of which I know absolutely nothing about. The other comes in the form of ex-Daytrader creating music better than most. Enjoy!

If your label, band or company would like to become a guest writer for Something For The Weekend - contact Sean Reid to find out more information.

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Great Cop
For Fans Of; Husker Du, Title Fight, Jawbreaker
Great Cop are a Glasgow indie/punk 4 piece. They are seriously one of the best bands in the UK right now and they need to be recognised on this level so, so, much more. I can’t force you to listen to any of the bands I recommend but if I could, it’d be Great Cop. Recently they’ve released an EP entitled 'Spanish City' on Struggletown Records and it’s sincerely my favourite EP of the year and I will be hard pushed to find anything to top it. Listen on Bandcamp, buy their record, go see them play!

Great Cop on Bandcamp and Facebook.

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Something For The Weekend - Spoken Word Special

Our resident Something For The Weekend writer Rosie Kerr (Ebb & Flow PR) returns this week for a spoken word special.

This week I decided to do something a little different. After recently reading a thread about spoken word artists, I realised how much it rekindled my love. So here are 3 artists that use spoken word elements and are currently driving me to write my own. The ‘for fans of’ this week will all be the same so I have not included them, but as a general gist; For Fans Of; Listener, La Dispute, and Merchant Ships.

If your label, band or company would like to become a guest writer for Something For The Weekend - contact Sean Reid to find out more information.

Mary Lambert
Mary Lambert is usually an artist I wouldn’t cover. She’s not exactly an “underground” artist having worked with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, but she is up & coming and should be recognised for her invaluable talent and her untouchable ethics. Her new single 'She Keeps Me Warm' is written from the chorus of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ song, 'Same Love'. It is an outwardly gay love song and no, she’s obviously not the first to sing about equal rights and loving someone of the same sex, but she has a high enough platform that her doing so actually means something. It is her song, ‘Body Love (Some Girls)’ that strikes the most beautiful chord though. A spoken word masterpiece.

Mary Lambert on Facebook, Bandcamp, and Twitter.

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