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We are incredibly pleased to stream 'Ugly', the new EP by The Sinking Feeling. Straight out
of Glasgow, the band combine 90s emo with hints of grunge and dual male/female vocals
for a tastier treat on the ears. It’s a huge wave of 90s nostalgia from this Scottish 3 piece.
After taking a break last year, Hevy Fest is back for 2014 and even though it’s downsized
from 3 days to 2, there still loads of awesome bands on offer. With over 40 bands playing
over the 2 days, there’s bound to be some clashes. Already Heard is here to give you 10
must-see bands to see at Hevy Fest next month.
Influenced by the likes of Jimmy Eat World, Saves The Day and The Get Up Kids, Sheffield quartet O Captain have bucket loads of potential of their debut EP is anything to go from. Entitled 'Ghetto Hikes', the bands lyrical sentiment mixed with a stirring indie-pop sensibility quickly won us over. We spoke to bassist Ryan Smith to find out more about the band, their influences, what Sheffield bands we should be listening to and more.
Ww've got reviews and a whole load of live photos from UK Tech Fest 2014.
Having reached over the half way mark, July is a good time to reflect upon the smorgasbord
of great albums that have come out so far this year. Read on to find out what the Already Heard team picked as their favourite releases of the year so far.
After 2 years away, Sonisphere makes it return to the UK. Check out our full coverage of the festival.
In the latest edition of our "Industry Insight" feature, we speak to Jake Round as his label,
Pure Noise Records, celebrates it's 5th anniversary.

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’


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


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.”

22 Fibbers (Basement), Dublin*
26 Mozarts, Swansea
27 Green Park Tavern, Bath
28 Heart Attack & Vine, Newcastle
29 Broudcast, Glasgow
30 Downstairs, Aberdeen
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.

22 Fibbers (Basement), Dublin*
26 Mozarts, Swansea
27 Green Park Tavern, Bath
28 Heart Attack & Vine, Newcastle
29 Broudcast, Glasgow
30 Downstairs, Aberdeen
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
Driveway/The Winter Passing (combined set)
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


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


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' 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!

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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The Winter Passing Stream ‘Scrapbook’ EP; Launch 7” Pre-Order Packages

imageThe new EP from Irish indie punk band The Winter Passing, 'Scrapbook' is now streaming in full and can be heard by clicking read more.

In addition the band have launched three different 7” pre-order packages through View From The Attic Records, Struggletown Records and Something New Records.

View From The Attic:
- 'Scrapbook' 7”
- Polaroid of the band, numbered /25 
- The scrapbook itself - illustrations / handwritten lyrics / other musings from the band
- A 7 x 7 hand pulled and numbered screen print from artist John Pearson (
- Sticker
- Whole package will be wrapped classically in brown paper and tied with string, with an old postal tag.

Struggletown Records:
- 'Scrapbook' Risograph printed artwork 7”
- The Winter Passing Doctor t-shirt

Something New Records:
- 'Scrapbook' 7”
- The Winter Passing Doctor t-shirt

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The Winter Passing Join Fist In The Air Records

imageThe Winter Passing have signed to Fist In The Air Records in the UK and will be releasing their début album later this year. 

The bands forthcoming EP, ‘Scrapbook’, is set to be released on March 8th through Struggletown RecordsView From The Attic Records and Something New Records.

The Winter Passing Posts New Song (‘Nowhere Still’)

imageA new song from The Winter Passing has been released.

'Nowhere Still' appears on the 'Unsigned|Unrest' compilation and can be streamed by clicking read more.

However the track will not appear on the bands forthcoming EP, 'Scrapbook', which is set to be  released on March 8th through Struggletown RecordsView From The Attic Records and Something New Records.

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