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EXCLUSIVE EP PREMIER: NOYO MATHIS - ENDURE
On first listen we fell in love Noyo Mathis and knew that 'Endure' needed to be heard. It's post hardcore meets emo meets indie meets math rock. Take a listen to the full EP right here.
INTERVIEW: NECK DEEP
Without a doubt Neck Deep are one of this years breakout bands. After kicking off the year
with the release of their debut LP, 'Wishful Thinking', the Wrexham pop-punk five piece
haven’t stopped touring since. From festival appearances throughout the UK and Europe to 2 months in North America as part of the Vans Warped Tour. We caught up with vocalist Ben Barlow and bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans at the Leeds Festival. They discussed their past festival experiences, supporting Blink-182, their up and coming UK headline tour and being
“leaders” of the UK pop-punk movement.
FIVES: MUST HEAR SEPTEMBER 2014 RELEASES
With the festival season more or less over for another year, it’s time for a whole load of
exciting releases to see the light of day. September sees a plethora of exciting releases, so much so that the Already Heard team were spoilt for choices when it came to picking this months must hear releases. Nevertheless they've completed the tricky task and picked out their five must-hear releases for the coming month.
ALREADY HEARD RECOMMENDS: HOMEBOUND
With their combination of refreshingly introspective lyrics, crisp riffs and bouncy choruses, Homebound tick all the right boxes when it comes to promising UK pop-punk bands. Their debut EP, 'Coming of Age' sees the young band make a confident first mark on the ladder to greater things. We spoke to the band to discuss the importance of a debut release, and the comeback of pop-punk.
INTERVIEW: LONELY THE BRAVE
Packing stadium sized rock anthems with an incredibly striking emotional punch, and graced with one of the most staggeringly unique vocal talents to have graced the UK Rock scene in a long time, Cambridge’s Lonely The Brave have become one of the single most talked about new bands to emerge in recent years. With their debut album ‘The Day’s War’ finally released this week, Already Heard caught up with lead guitarist Mark Trotter and Bassist
Andrew Bushen at last weekend’s Leeds Festival.
LEEDS FESTIVAL 2014
We've got a full review, live photos and interviews from one of the highlights of the summer - Leeds Festival.
HEVY FEST 2014
Check out our full coverage from this years Hevy Fest right here!


Algernon Doll Premier New Music Video for ‘Candy Striped’

Glasgow alt rockers Algernon Doll have premiered the music video for 'Candy Striped' over at Clash Music.

The song can be found on their recently released third album ‘Omphalic’ via Struggletown Records. The band have also recently announced a UK tour with The Winter Passing this October. The dates are as follows:

October
16th Downstairs, Aberdeen
17th The Central, Newcastle
18th TBA, Leeds
19th Scruffy Murphy’s, Birmingham
20th JT Soar, Nottingham
21st The Keystone, Guildford
22nd Old Blue Last, London
23rd Mozarts, Swansea

You can watch the video by clicking read more.

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The Winter Passing and Algernon Doll Announce October UK Tour

The Winter Passing and Algernon Doll will be touring the UK together in October.

October
16 Downstairs, Aberdeen
17 The Central, Newcastle
18 TBA, Leeds
19 Scruffy Murphy’s, Birmingham
20 JT Soar, Nottingham
21 The Keystone, Guildford
22 Old Blue Last, London
23 Mozarts, Swansea

Dog Knights Productions and FITA Records Release Label Sampler

Dog Knights Productions and FITA Records have teamed up to release a joint label sampler.

The 19 track sampler features tracks by Nai Harvest, Playlounge, Departures, Diamond Youth, Moose Blood and Vales.

The sampler also includes new music from Headroom, Weak Teeth and The Winter Passing.

DOG KNIGHTS PRODUCTIONS SIDE
Bloody Knees - Daydream
Blue Friend - Dasai *NEW*
Headroom - Gone *NEW*
Mahogany - Telephone Cord
Nai Harvest - Buttercups
Old Gray - Clip Your Own Wings feat. Michi Tassey (Stripped Down Version) *NEW*
Playlounge - handclap cinema
Sorority Noise - Dirty Ickes (Acoustic) *NEW*
Youth Funeral - Stolen Poems *NEW
Yumi - 弓 *NEW*

FITA RECORDS SIDE
Choir Vandals - Monsters *NEW*
Departures - A Song For The Sunset
Diamond Youth - Sunburn
Grandview - 7
Manners - The Sun Won’t Rise
Moose Blood - Anyway *NEW*
Swan Dive - Hopesick
Vales - Dead Wood
Weak Teeth - Life Is Bullshit, Maroki *NEW*
The Winter Passing - Creak *NEW*

The Dog Knights Productions and FITA Records sampler can be streamed by clicking read more.

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Gnarwolves Announce Irish Shows with The Winter Passing

Gnarwolves are set to play a trio of Irish shows with The Winter Passing in March.

March Fri 28 Fibbers, Dublin (AA)
Sat 29 TBA, Belfast
Sun 30 Roisin Dubh, Galway

The Winter Passing Announce Album Fundraiser Show

The Winter Passing have announced an album fundraiser show at Fibber Magees in Dublin on 13th December.

Support comes from Driveway, Over Being Under, Old Bean and King Assist.

Further information can be found on Facebook.

FREE COMPILATION: Already Heard Recommends: Volume 1

Just one week ago we announced plans to release our very first compilation, and today we’re proud to release 'Already Heard Recommends: Volume 1'.

The compilation consists of 21 songs from bands and artists who have been featured in our Recommends section since Already Heard launched in April 2012.

'Already Heard Recommends: Volume 1' is available to download for FREE from Bandcamp and Soundcloud.

Photograph by Sarah Louise Bennett. Artwork designed by J Leadbetter.

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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Special Announcement: Free Compilation - ‘Already Heard Recommends: Volume 1’

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Today we’re very proud to announce the very first Already Heard compilation!

'Already Heard Recommends: Volume 1' will be released next Monday (September 23rd) and will be available as a free download.

The compilation consists of 20 acts who have been part of our “Recommends” feature since Already Heard was launched in April 2012.

1. Moose Blood - Boston
2. Now, Voyager - Where We’ll Start
3. Hot Damn - Worn Out
4. The First - Take It Back
5. Unifier - Colorado
6. State Lines - Indian Burn
7. Hero - Waterfalls
8. The Winter Passing - Nowhere Still
9. Light You Up - Foxfire
10. Calls Landing - London Gentleman
11. Hindsights - Heavy Hand
12. In Dynamics - I Never Make Sense
13. PaperPlane - Chariot
14. Home Advantage - Barriers
15. Tyler Daniel Bean - Heather Lane
16. Brendan Rivera - Centerfold
17. On My Honor - Time to Heal
18. Cautioners - Staging Area
19. Sleeping Lessons - Winter Mourning
20. Over The Ocean - God In My Own Image
21. The Strong Silent Type - Replenish

Photograph by Sarah Louise Bennett. Artwork designed by J Leadbetter.

Live Review: Hindsights, The Winter Passing and Body Hound - Wahlbar, Manchester - 31/08/2013

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A last minute show is always a nice surprise for both music fans and bands, but depending on the size of the band, this can vary in attendance. The attendance of tonight’s show however is irrelevant, what matters is the quality of the bands, and from the words of this reviewer, I can sincerely say that those who weren’t there have missed out dearly.

Playing their first ever show, South Yorkshire instrumentalists Body Hound succeed in keeping eyes drawn to the stage. Their progressive mix of math metal is well honed, especially for a new band. They spiral around the small mountain that is audience and certainly impress without the fear of an avalanche. There are gaps but for a young band there is potential and ideas to be had. Keep an eye on the development of this quartet. (3.5/5)

Following Body Hound are strapping young Irish indie punks The Winter Passing. Since releasing debut EP ‘Scrapbook’ in January, the band has definitely shrugged off any Tigers Jaw comparisons; the influence is there sure but the quintet has managed to find their own identity. Technical difficulties hinder a great set, but over the set’s duration, they plough through to charming heights. The vocal interplay between siblings Rob and Kate Flynn is touching, whilst the music is brash and earnest in quality. With a full length in the works and due for release on FITA Records, there’s no question or doubt that many will be baying in their work. (3.5/5)

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Driveway Pull Out of Hindsights/The Winter Passing UK Tour

imageDue to other commitments, Driveway have pulled out of their forthcoming tour with Hindsights and The Winter Passing.

The band posted the following message:

"As some of you may have seen or heard already, we have had to drop off our UK tour with The Winter Passing and Hindsights. Work and college commitments have gotten in the way, and with such short notice, it would be impossible to get replacements and be ready for tour. We’d like to apologise to anyone that may have been looking forward to seeing us and also the other bands for having to do this. Thanks to all the promoters that were willing to put us on a show and to the other bands for having us. Special shout out to Rob for booking the tour to begin with.

The tour is going ahead with the two other bands and all the shows are going to be great. You should all definitely head along to one and support two good bands. Thanks.”

August
22 Fibbers (Basement), Dublin*
26 Mozarts, Swansea
27 Green Park Tavern, Bath
28 Heart Attack & Vine, Newcastle
29 Broudcast, Glasgow
30 Downstairs, Aberdeen
September
01 Make A Noise Festival, Chatham
02 The Marquee, Norwich
03 Urban Bar, London
04 The Star Inn, Guildford
*The Winter Passing only

Hindsights, The Winter Passing, and Driveway UK Tour Dates Announced

Hindsights, The Winter Passing, and Driveway will be heading out on a UK tour from late August.

August
22 Fibbers (Basement), Dublin*
26 Mozarts, Swansea
27 Green Park Tavern, Bath
28 Heart Attack & Vine, Newcastle
29 Broudcast, Glasgow
30 Downstairs, Aberdeen
September
01 Make A Noise Festival, Chatham
02 The Marquee, Norwich
03 Urban Bar, London
04 The Star Inn, Guildford
*The Winter Passing & Driveway only

Nai Harvest, Hindsights, Shortcuts, The Winter Passing & More Announced for Summerslam 2

Leeds-based independent UK hardcore/pop-punk/emo festival Summerslam 2 has announced its initial line-up.

The one-day festival takes place at Wharf Chambers in Leeds on 31st August with the line-up including bands such as Nai Harvest, Hindsights, Shortcuts

Tickets are £6 (or £8 on the door) and can be purchased here.

The line-up so far:

Rumour Mill
Heavy Hands
Nai Harvest
Dead Weight
Hindsights
Driveway/The Winter Passing (combined set)
Concave
Shortcuts
All For Amends
Panda Watch

Further information can be found on the Facebook event page.

The poster for Summerslam 2 can be viewed by clicking read more.

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Album Review: The Winter Passing - Scrapbook

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Given that the current wintry weather seems unrelenting, it’s a relief to hear that, at least in this band’s case, The Winter (is) Passing. This young Irish quintet should be familiar to long-standing readers of Already Heard, having had their recent UK tour alongside Forrest bearing the name of the site. The band play a blend of emo, punk and indie rock which should be familiar to fans of the likes of Tiger’s Jaw, Balance and Composure and Johnny Foreigner, whilst also adding their own twist to the facets those bands bring to the table.

This short EP begins with '1990', a sprawling introduction to the kind of styles The Winter Passing encompass, with a crisp production style that brings the best out of the elements at play. This is followed up by ‘Crooks’, which features the kind of chiming, chunky pop-punk riff Blink-182 are famed for, buried under fuzzy effects pedals and layers of feedback. This track shows off the considerable vocal talents of siblings Rob (not to be confused with the Machine Head singer) and Kate Flynn, as their differing styles compliment each other wonderfully.

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Already Heard Session: The Winter Passing - Daisy

This week Irish indie punk’s The Winter Passing release their new EP, 'Scrapbook.'

Back in January on their UK tour alongside Forrest, Rob and Kate Flynn from the band met up with the Already Heard team to perform ‘Daisy’ a previously unreleased song exclusively for us.

'Scrapbook' EP by The Winter Passing is available now through Struggletown RecordsView From The Attic Records and Something New Records.

The Winter Passing links: Facebook|Twitter|Tumblr

 

Already Heard Track Guide: The Winter Passing - Scrapbook EP

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On 8th March, Irish indie punk band The Winter Passing release their debut EP, 'Scrapbook,' a collection of honest, sincere songs that compliments the bands sound which has been compared to Tigers Jaw, Jimmy Eat World and Balance and Composure.

Vocalist and guitarist Rob Flynn recently took some time out to give us an exclusive track-by-track guide to 'Scrapbook.’

If your band would like to set up a 'Track Guide' feature for Already Heard, email Sean Reid.

1990:
'1990' is a song about coming of age and growing up I guess. It’s directed towards my parents. They always wanted what was best for me growing up and were always there for me but I can’t help feeling that the choices I’ve made in life aren’t the ones they wanted me to make so its pretty much me saying sorry for choosing a different path in life. “Leave a key out and don’t wait up for me, I’ll be home in the morning” pretty much means, don’t worry, I’ll be fine in life and we (me and my sister) will all be ok. I just need time to figure this shit out on my own!

Crooks:
When I was 19 I went to live in America for a couple of months, not that long but it was the longest I’ve ever been out of Ireland. 'Crooks' is a song about the first two days when I returned home and how everything about the town I grew up in got to me and got me down. Same faces walking the streets, same building looking exactly the same and the same personal issues I had before I left. I had those lyrics wrote for over a year and as soon as we started The Winter Passing, it was the first song we wrote. The song still means a lot to me, which is cool because I usually get tired of songs pretty fast.

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