With Queens of the Stone Age in the middle of a UK arena tour, we’ve decided to highlight
five of the bands best tracks for this edition of "Fives".
We've got the new EP from Yorkshire riff merchants NOSE right here! Take a listen to 'Sick
Continuing our Reuben theme from last week’s Fives and in celebration of frontman Jamie Lenman’s new double solo album, we take a look at two of the albums for "Versus". Its
‘Racecar Is Racecar Backwards' against 'In Nothing We Trust'.
Calgary's debut EP 'Fight Fire With Fire' is a bright, warming collection of indie pop songs.
With comparisons to Hellogoodbye and John Mayer, the four tracks showcase a band with pop sensibilities and plenty of potential to breakthrough. We caught up with the band to find out more.
Returning with their first album in six years, 'Balancing' sees Hertfordshire’s The October Game showcase dynamic growth and versatility with a brooding undertone throughout. Already Heard recently spoke to Luke Williams and Nick Kozuch to discuss the album in
more detail; the writing process, its various packages, and working with Scylla Records.
Cornwall’s Vales have previewed the first song from their debut album on bandcamp. The album is due out this summer on 6131 Records.
‘Scripted’ is available to stream by clicking read more or download from Bandcamp now.
Outside of the more, shall we say, “Shoreditch-friendly” events the Old Blue Last plays host to, the Pink Mist collective have created a buzz around their wonderfully crafted events, so much so that on a Sunday night in December, by the time that first band MINE take to the stage, rumour has it that it’s already got to a one-in, one-out status. For the gathered throng, the four-piece, still in their single figures of gigs, set up the evening’s entertainment nicely.
Cornwell’s Vales have had an extraordinary 2012, with the release of 'Clarity' and an outstanding set at the Hevy Festival the quartet have now released the music video for 'Caves (Anxiety)' which can be viewed by clicking read more.
Vales are set to record a full-length album with with producer Alex Estrada (Touché Amoré, Joyce Manor) in February.
Birds In Row will play three UK shows alongside Vales and Bastions in December.
14th The Croft, Bristol
15th The King Alfred Pub, Southampton
16th The Old Blue Last ,London
Traditionally September would mark the end of festival season but, with the emergence of Southsea Fest and WTFest! The South Coast can enjoy another month of live music and brilliant party atmospheres. This weekend see’s Albert Road in Southsea become a true melting pot of music with 14 stages, many constructed where you’d least expect it. With so much on offer it’s too easy to only catch 10 to 15 minutes of somethings and nothing of others so a plan is necessary. Feeling a little overwhelmed? Well not to worry, because here’s a few recommendations…
Cycle Schmeichel are a two piece who formed in 2009 whose rare live shows have gained them a slightly cultish following. They play a noisy brand of indie/punk/emo and their graphics are always lovely.
Where and When: The Fat Fox, 12.40
El Morgan plays country influenced folk with a captivating amount of honesty. Having caught her playing the gatehouse at Wtfest earlier this month I can confidently say that she can make even the most open environment feel intimate. El is also one quarter of Livers And Lungs.
Where and When: One Eyed Dog, 14.05
Rex Domino is the hip hop/poetry side project of Portsmouth’s Huw Olesker. Mixing social commentary with varied beats, Huw brings a youthful edge to the proceedings and gets people thinking with his street smart lyrics and sarcasm.
Where and When: magick bean cafe, 15.45
Vales provided one of the highlights in the Red Bull tent at last month’s Hevy Festival but before they did so we sat down (literally) with Ollie and Chlo about the reception to their debut EP, their involvement with Tangled Talk and which Glassjaw album is the best.
'Clarity' by Vales is out now on Tangled Talk.
Questions by Rosie Kerr (@Rosiekerr)
From time to time, you thank yourself for small blessings. After partying hard on Friday night, some of Team Already Heard were feeling, let’s say, a little worse for wear on Saturday morning.
It’s a shame when a young band with the potential to cause a hurricane amongst the masses begins to dissipate; Crocus play their last ever set with as much passion and emotion that they can muster. The screamo quartet have an admirable energy that succeeds in driving a stake into the eye sockets of the partially large number who are present here this morning. Even though only a couple of die-hard fans budge at the sight of them, the best the band can achieve in this last performance is a reaction that is a respectful hybrid of curiosity. (AL)
Rising Lincoln hardcore quintet Martyr Defiled are the type of band Hevy Fest was made; fast, pummelling drums, screamo vocals, the occasional breakdown and shitloads of hardcore dancing. Admittedly they’re not for everyone’s taste but they certainly know how to make their mark. (SR)
Punching the wall between the stage and the audience, Feed the Rhino embrace their guests with absolute swagger and mayhem that a lot of bands can only dream of. Crunchy meaty riffs are served with a loud yell from frontman Lee Tobin who throughout the duration of their set commands the crowd to wake up and start moving. A wall of death and many bruises later, all those attending have been greedily satisfied with this lunchtime meal of rock ‘n roll hardcore noise. (AL)
Photos by Sarah Louise Bennett.
Music webzine Dead Press! will release their second volume of their 'Building Blocks' compiliation on August 15th.
The free compilation features tracks from the likes of Next Stop Atlanta, Gnarwolves, Kerouac, Vales, Martyr Defiled and many more.
01.) Searching Alaska – ‘Walk On Worlds’
02.) Lay Siege – ‘The Ferryman’
03.) The Omega Particle – ‘Drone City’
04.) Next Stop Atlanta – ‘I’m Not Morrissey’
05.) Ghouls – ‘Original Rudeboy’
06.) Gnarwolves – ‘Coffee’
07.) Everybody Looks Famous – ‘I Break My Own Rules’
08.) Shanghai – ‘Looking For Love [Lulu Rouge Remix]’
09.) Wolves – ‘Courage Breaker’
10.) Kerouac – ‘Friends’
11.) I’ll Stay In Memphis – ‘Remission’
12.) Golden Tanks – ‘Dead Strings’
13.) Pariso – ‘Lonely Battle’
14.) Villa Rise – ‘Keeper’
15.) Reachback – ‘No One Else’
16.) Run For Robots – ‘This Bus Is Damned’
17.) Mechanical Smile – ‘Take Me To The Otherside’
01.) Amongst Carrion – ‘Snowblind’
02.) Swimming With Sharks – ‘Rallen’
03.) Vales – ‘Standing Alone (Isolation)’
04.) Martyr Defiled – ‘Goldstein’
05.) HeWhoDares – ‘Battle Scars’
06.) Driven – ‘Uproar’
07.) I Divide – ‘Never Be Stopped’
08.) Sophomore – ‘Park Street’
09.) 7 Day Weekend – ‘Kingdoms’
10.) The Jellycats – ‘T-W-A-T’
11.) Ourfamous Dead – ‘Claws At The Door’
12.) In Search Of Fire – ‘Dead Men’s Eyes’
13.) Olympian – ‘1944’
14.) Hundred Days – ‘Burn In Hell’
15.) Dead Harts – ‘All Washed Up’
16.) Echoes – ‘Rivers’
Vales have announced they have signed to 6131 Records. The US label will release the band’s debut EP, 'Clarity' (originally released by Tangled Talk Records) in North America later this year, with a full length expected in early 2013.
13 Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton
14 The Well, Leeds
15 The Star And Garter, Manchester
16 The Old Blue Last, London
17 The Croft, Bristol
22 Tramlines Festival, Sheffield
04 Hevy Festival