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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.


Album Review: The Static Age/Featuring Yourself - Split EP

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With split EP’s, you’ve always got the possibility that one band will produce an incredible track, whilst the other may create something that’s a little…drab. Or you could just end up with an EP that is a stinking pile of rubbish.

Thankfully, The Static Age and Featuring Yourself have teamed up to create a solid split. The Static Age, a trio hailing from Chicago, kick off proceedings with ‘Mistakes Worth Making’. Melodic riffs are combined with soaring and atmospheric vocals, before they launch into a cover of Featuring Yourself’s ‘Abyss’. Haunting, poignant piano keys open this track, before weathered vocals come into play. Textured and stunningly unique riffs overlap with quietly strong drumming.

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Already Heard Session: The Static Age - Come Swimming

Manchester’s Northern Quarter can be pretty loud. Actually, Manchester can be pretty loud in general. The Static Age joined in before their show at The Bay Horse with Slingshot Dakota with this acoustic version of 'Come Swimming'.

The band have just announced a load of European dates that you can check out after the jump.

The Static Age links: Official Website|Facebook|Twitter

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Weekly US News Round-Up (7/9/2012)

Even though we love our Stateside friends, our main goal here at Already Heard to showcase and highlight the best in established and emerging UK bands.

As a result of this, each week we bring you a concise round-up of news from America.

Nevertheless we will continue to work with bands from overseas in a variety of other ways; reviews, interviews, live photos, acoustic sessions, features and more.

If you have any news to contribute to future US News Round-Up’s, e-mail us at info@alreadyheard.com.

In this weeks round-up, we’ve got new videos from Green Day, Title Fight, The Static Age and The Word Alive, and new material from Billy Talent, Blaqk Audio, and Touché Amoré.

In addition their details on two new signings from No Sleep Records, New Found Glory's 'Sticks And Stones' 10th anniversary tour, The Fest 11 and much more.

The full schedule and list of bands for The Fest 11 has been announced.

Green Day released their new video for ‘Kill The DJ.’ Another new song, ‘Let Yourself Go’ can be heard here.

Broadway Calls have signed with No Sleep Records. The band will release a split EP on October 23rd with Mixtapes. A full length is expected to be released in early 2013.

Title Fight posted the video for 'Secret Society.'

Billy Talent are streaming their new album, ‘Dead Silence.’

Touché Amoré have released a new song titled ’Whale Belly’, which can be streamed hereThe track is taken from the band’s upcoming split release with The Casket Lottery.

The Static Age released their video for Lady Now.’

Vinnie Caruana (I Am The Avalanche, The Movielife), Steve Choi (RX Bandits), Casey Deitz (The Velvet Teen) and Roger Camero (No Motiv, The Warriors) have been revealed as the members for Peace’d Out.

Shop Radio Cast will release Angels and Airwaves'Love Part I and Part II' as a 4-LP vinyl set. Product is expected to ship around October 25.

Blaqk Audio's new album, ‘Bright Black Heaven’ is streaming online here.

The music video for 'Entirety' by The Word Alive can be viewed here.

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Live Review: Bangers, Slingshot Dakota, The Static Age, Calvinball & Caves – The Bay Horse, Manchester - 13/08/12

Despite Model Radio pulling out and a late start, tonight’s DIY show is a classic example of how such mishaps are miniscule in comparison to the solid positive performances from tonight’s roster of great punk bands.

Kicking things off on the double are the brilliant Caves from Bristol who deliver a fuzzy buzz of indie punk melodies. The toing and throwing vocal harmonies of bassist Minty and Guitarist Lou provide an enjoyable tight set. They have provided a brilliant head turner of a performance and awakened the anticipation for the night ahead.

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The Static Age & Slingshot Dakota UK Tour

The Static Age and Slingshot Dakota will play four UK dates later this summer as part of their European tour.

August
11 London, The Unit 8 Studios
12 Manchester, The Bay Horse
13 Bristol, The Croft
14 Kingston Upon Thames, The Fighting Cocks w/ Mixtapes

Free Mixtapes London Show Announced with Starters, Home Advantage and Gnarwolves

Mixtapes have announced a free show at London’s Old Blue Last on Monday August 13th.

Support comes from Starters, Gnarwolves and Home Advantage. The show is being hosted by Punktastic.com.

In addition Mixtapes will be playing a show The Fighting Cocks in Kingston on Tuesday August 14th. Support comes from Slingshot Dakota, The Static Age and Starters.

Tickets are available through Banquet Records.