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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.
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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Circle of Reason Confirm May UK Shows

South West quartet Circle of Reason have announced a short run of UK shows taking place in May.

12th Eastbourne, Busker’s Bar
15th Basingstoke, Sanctuary Bar
16th Crawley, The Black Dog
17th Hatfield, Rockden
18th Corby, Racing Rocks festival

Hands Like Houses Set to Kick Off UK Tour and Release ‘Torn’ Music Video

With their UK headline kicking off tonight, Australia’s Hands Like Houses have released their music video for 'Torn'.

The track is cover of Natalie Imbruglia's 90's hit and appears on the recently released 'Punk Goes 90's: Vol 1' compilation. Whilst the video pays homage to VH1’s Pop Up Video. The clip can be viewed after the jump.

Tues 22nd London Barfly
Wed 23rd Southampton Joiners
Thurs 24th Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Fri 25th Birmingham Asylum 2
Sat 26th Sheffield Corporation
Mon 28th Glasgow Cathouse
Tues 29th Manchester Sound Control
Wed 30th Leeds Cockpit 3
Fri 2nd Dublin Academy 2
Sat 3rd Belfast Oh Yeah Centrek

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Empress Change Name and Sign To Roadrunner Records

Empress have announced they are changing their name to Empress AD.

The band have also signed to Roadrunner Records and will be released their debut album this summer.

April (supporting Kvelertak)
Thu, 17 Sheffield,The Corporation
Fri, 18 Leeds, The Cockpit 2 
Mon, 21 Manchester, Academy 3 
Tue, 22 Glasgow, The Cathouse
Wed, 23 Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms

Boy Jumps Ship Confirm New EP Release

Boy Jumps Ship have confirmed their new EP will be titled 'Lovers and Fighters' and will be released through Rude Records on June 2nd.

1. Make You Proud
2. Still Alive
3. Start A Riot (Sick Of Trying)
4. Call To Arms
5. We’re Not Giving Up

The first single from the EP, 'Still Alive' can be viewed by clicking read more.

Boy Jumps Ship will be supporting Marmozets on their forthcoming UK tour.

27 Norwich Waterfront Studio
28 Sheffield Plug
29 Nottingham Bodega
1 Glasgow Stereo
2 Leicester Scholar
5 Oxford O2 Academy2
6 Bristol Exchange
7 Exeter Cavern
9 Bridgend Hobos

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Masked Intruder Confirm September UK Dates

Masked Intruder have announced a run of UK shows as part of a lengthy European tour.

Support comes from Throwing Stuff and Sam Russo.

23 Southampton Joiners
24 Kingston Fighting Cocks
25 London Old Blue Last
26 Glasgow Audio
27 Manchester Star & Garter
28 Newport Le Pub

Amaryllis Reveal New EP and UK Tour Details

London-based rockers Amaryllis have announced their new EP, ‘The Revolt’ will be released on 12th May.

1. Kings
2. Stand Down
3. Prophecies
4. Goodbye
5. Strangers In August

The EP release will be followed by a UK headline tour in June.

4th London, Surya
5th Cardiff, Fuel
6th Birmingham, Scruffy Murphy’s
7th Leicester, The Shed
8th Norwich, B2 
9th Manchester, Retro Bar
10th Glasgow, Ivory Blacks
11th Newcastle, Think Tank

F.O.E.S. Announce Co-Headline Tour Atlas:Empire

F.O.E.S. have announced a co-headline UK tour with Scottish prog-alt outfit Atlas:Empire.

21 Aberdeen Downstairs
22 Dundee Non Zero’s
23 Glasgow 13th Note
24 Liverpool Maguires
25 London Old Blue Last
26 Exeter Cavern
27 Basingstoke Sanctuary
28 Workington Lounge 41

Now, Voyager Premier ‘The Long Lane’ Video

Belgian metallers Now, Voyager have premiered their new music video for 'The Long Lane'.

The track appears on the bands 'Tell-Tale Hearts' EP, which was released last year.

Now, Voyager will be back in the UK in the coming months for 2 tours.

May (w/ Aurora)
28 Crawley Black Dog
29 Peterborough Met
30 Stoke Underground
31 Middlesborough Crown
1 Portsmouth Edge Of The Wedge

July (w/ Golden Tanks)
7 Glasgow Audio
8 Newcastle Think Tank
9 Basingstoke Sanctuary
10 London Black Heart
11 Tunbridge Wells Forum
12 Northampton Knee Deep All-Dayer
13 Guildford Boileroom

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Echoes Announce UK Tour with Acres

Winchester post-metallers Echoes have announced they will follow up the recent release of their debut album, 'The Pursuit' with a UK tour in May.

Support comes from up and comers Acres, who recently released an EP titled 'Solace' through Small Town Records.

22 Static, Swansea*
23 Hellfire, Redhill
24 Sanctury, Bastingstoke
26 Adam & Eve’s, Birmingham
27 Downstairs, Aberdeen
28 Banshees, Edinburgh

Machine Head Announce Intimate UK Dates

Machine Head have announced an intimate run of UK dates.

Frontman Robb Flynn made the following comment:

"In keeping with the intimate club tour-vibe we are doing in the USA this summer, for our first time ever, we decided to blow off 90% of all Euro summer festivals, and hit the nooks and crannies of the UK and Europe as well. We will be doing no major cities in any territories throughout Europe and the UK for this first leg of 2014. No London, no Berlin, etc, and instead focusing on the die-hard Machine Head fans that who don’t often get the chance to see us because the travel is too far or too costly to get the big cities. I remember when we were out with Metallica doing festivals a few years ago, we played in a small out-of-the-way city in Denmark called Aarhus. We’d never played there let alone, ever even heard of the fucking place. We were all a bit grumbly before the show, and you know what? It ended up being one of the most fun shows we’ve ever done. Doing shows like this, it creates an energy, it creates a bond, something unbreakable, and it is really fucking fun. It’s Machine Head without all the big production, the bells and whistles, stripped down and raw. What will be really cool is that in the UK, we’ve never done a club tour, it happened so fast for us there that other than a handful of epically insane, wildly drunken Ten Ton Hammer club shows, we’ve only played bigger halls, so we are really looking forward to giving our fans something special there. Plus, we’ve been hearing from our Scottish fans for decades that we need to get to Edinburgh!!! So finally, 21 years into our existence, we’re coming and we’re ready to fucking plunder Scotland!!!!"

Tue 29th Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Thu 31st Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
Sat 2nd Newcastle University
Sun 3rd Aug - Norwich Waterfront
Mon 4th Aug - Brighton Concorde

Tickets go on sale 9am on Friday 11th April.

We Are The Ocean Announce October UK Tour

We Are The Ocean have announced their first UK tour in 14 months, and will take place in October.

The quartet are also planning a new EP with producer Peter Miles.

Tue 14 Portsmouth, Wedgwood Rooms
Wed 15 Bristol, Fleece
Thu 16 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Sat 18 Birmingham, Academy 2
Sun 19 Manchester, Academy 3
Mon 20 Leeds, Cockpit
Tue 21 Edinburgh, Liquid Room
Thu 23 London, Scala
Fri 24 Reading, The Bowery District

Tickets go on sale this Friday 11th April.

Lydia September UK Dates Announced

Arizona-based band Lydia have announced a short UK tour taking place in September.

24 Manchester Academy 3, Manchester
25 The Temple @ The Institute, Birmingham
26 O2 Academy Islington, London

Random Hand Release Free Single Ahead of UK Tour

This week Random Hand start a UK tour, and to mark the occasion the band have released a free single called 'Day One'.

The track is available to download here and stream by clicking read more.

9th Leeds Library
10th Hull Adelphi
11thNewcastle Think Tank?
12th Manchester Sound Control
13th Derby Hairy Dog
14th York The Duchess
15th Cardiff The Moon
16th Bristol Fleece
17th Plymouth White Rabbit
18th Brighton Haunt
19th Banbury Castle House
20th London Electric Ballroom Plus King Prawn, New Town Kings
26th Lincoln

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OFF! Announce October UK Tour Dates with Cerebral Ballzy

Punk/hardcore luminaries OFF! have announced a UK tour which will take place in October.

The band released their new album, 'Wasted Years' this week through Vice Records.

Cerebral Ballzy will be supporting on all dates.

2nd Bristol The Exchange
3rd London Oslo
4th Sheffield Queens Social Club
5th Glasgow King Tuts
7th Leeds Belgrave Music Hall
8th Brighton The Haunt

EP Stream: Atlases - Upbringing

Next month Already Heard is teaming up with Dead Press! to host the UK headline tour from Berkshire metal quintet Atlases.

To give you a preview of the tour, we’re pleased to be streaming the bands recent 'Upbringing' EP in full. Filled with immaculate riffs and breakdowns, Atlases brand of metalcore is firmly in the mould of Architects and Bring Me The Horizon.

For Fans Of: Parkway Drive, Of Mice & Men, Architects, Bring Me The Horizon

Atlases' Already Heard-sponsored tour kicks off on Friday May 23rd, and they will be joined by emerging metalcore act Prolong The Agony.

Fri 23rd Meze Lounge, Newport
Sat 24th Killie Festival, Kilmarnock
Sun 25th Pivo Pivo, Glasgow
Tue 27th Static, Swansea
Wed 28th The Shed, Leicester
Thu 29th The Sanctuary, Basingstoke
Fri 30th Birdcage, Portsmout
Sat 31st Snooker Club, Newbury

'Upbringing' by Atlases is out now.

Atlases links: Website|Facebook|Twitter

Prolong The Agony: Facebook|Twitter

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