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On Monday November 3rd, Midland hardcore punk band We Fight Like Kids release their
debut EP, 'Superficial Behaviour'. However we're premiering their new video for 'Falconer'
right here on Already Heard.
For Scottish quartet Alburn, their latest EP ('Mouthful of Glass') has been a longtime coming. Having undergone a slight line-up since their formation in 2007, 'Mouthful of Glass'
showcases a significant amount of growth and maturity. We spoke to Pete Duthie to ask him about the bands background, that inevitable Brand New comparison, the Scottish music
scene and more.
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.
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.
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.
We've got a full review, live photos and interviews from one of the highlights of the summer - Leeds Festival.

Festival Preview: Reading and Leeds Festival 2014 - 20 Must-See Acts

It’s no doubt it has been an incredible summer of music, and it’s not over yet as the legendary Reading and Leeds Festival takes place this weekend.

For many its the highlight of the festival season and rightly so. With major acts showing their worth on the main stage, to up and coming bands showcasing themselves on one of the many smaller stages. There is no doubt that Reading and Leeds Festival has plenty to offer and then some. With dozens of acts playing across 8 stages over 3 days, there is lot to choose from.

As always the Already Heard team has got together to pick out what we think are the 20 must-see acts at Reading and Leeds 2014.

Preview | Line-Up | Festival Info

A Day To Remember
Making their first R&L appearance since 2010, Ocala Florida’s pop-punk metalcore crossover heavyweights A Day To Remember will unleash chaos on the main stage. Expect major circle pit action and fist pumping carnage as Jeremy McKinnon and co breakout tracks from killer most recent album 'Common Courtesy'. Since their last visit to the festivals ADTR have become one of the world’s biggest bands and with full blooded breakdowns and lyrics more life affirming and positive then a self help book Florida’s finest will give the most euphoric set of R&L 2014. (DW)

Where and When: Main Stage (Friday 22nd - Leeds / Sunday 24th - Reading)

Since making their R&L debut on the Lock Up stage in 2006, have come on leap and boundaries in the past 8 years. Having climbed their way up the bill each time, the Tennessee trio will be playing the main stage for the 4th time and this time round they’re sharing top billing with Queens of the Stone Age.

Despite being co-headliners, for vocalist Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davis, and guitarist Taylor York, it should be a walk in the park as Paramore have become an arena-conquering force that has the infectious tunes to back it up. Expect all the “hits” and more as Paramore will certainly bring their A-game to Reading and Leeds. (SR)

Where and When: Main Stage (Friday 22nd - Reading / Saturday 23rd - Leeds)

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Already Heard Podcast: Episode 1 - Albums Of The Year So Far 2014

Today we launch our podcasts at Already Heard, showcasing conversations and discussions between various members of the Already Heard team on anything and everything within and around the music we love.

'Episode 1 - Albums of the Year So Far 2014' is as it says on the tin, as we discuss the albums that we’ve been listening to so far within the first half of 2014. In the playlist above we’ve also included some of the tracks from albums we mention within the podcast.

Have a listen to the podcast and let us know your thoughts; if you agree, disagree or think we’re completely on the wrong track. You can let us know at the links below;

Already Heard links: Facebook|Twitter|Soundcloud

Episode 1 Team: Mikey Brown|Ollie Connors|Aaron Lohan|Sean Reid

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.

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*

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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Vales Announce UK Tour

Cornwall melodic hardcore group Vales have announced a UK tour in August.

This is the band’s first full UK tour since 2012 and it is in support of their debut album 'Wilt & Rise', released earlier this year on 6131 and FITA Records.

The dates are as follows:

16th Sanctuary Live, Basingstoke*
17th The Hatchet, RNS Fest, Bristol+
18th The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich+
19th The Black Heart, Camden
20th Static Bar, Swansea
21st Sound Control, Manchester
22nd Leeds Festival
24th Reading Festival
* w/ Employed to Serve
+ w/ Maths

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Live Review: Vales, Svalbard and Milk Teeth - The Old Blue Last, London - 22/06/2014

imageWaiting is a concept that we all have to endure, in various ways, places and times. This results in a consistent theme of anticipation. When coupled with patience, the results become completely worth it and paid for as the curtain of surprise drops. It has certainly been a very long time since Cornwall melodic hardcore band Vales have played home shores, almost two years in fact! By the end of this evening however, in this legendary London music venue, the phrase “worth it” rings true.

Beginning this free show are Bristol grungers Milk Teeth. This lot have been slowly but surely attracting ears to their filthily glorious 90s style sound. Tracks such as ‘Grease’ and ‘Forty Six’ prove this in a striking anthemic approach, pulling hooks from flesh and tearing them asunder. New single ‘Vitamins’ displays a perfect contrast of melodic pop and punk fuelled grit, a skill the band are bettering themselves at with every new release they churn out. The co-operation between the serene vocals of Becky Blomfield and the throated snarls by Josh Bannister lead this balance to great effect. If I’m not mistaken, I firmly believe that Milk Teeth, along with a handful of new British bands are doing the 90s style justice, more than their contemporaries in the U.S. are. Don’t believe me? Well, Bannister’s smashed up guitar seems to agree, in a metaphorical manner of speaking. (4/5)

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Gerard Way, La Dispute, We Came As Romans, and Many More Added to Reading and Leeds Festival

The organisers behind the Reading and Leeds Festival have added another 50 acts including Gerard Way (first live global performance), La Dispute, We Came As Romans, Crosses, Muncie Girls, Brutality Will Prevail, Lesser Key, The HELL, Beasts, Masked Intruder, Emily’s Army and Vales.

Reading and Leeds Festival takes place from August 22nd to 24th 2014.

The full line-up can be viewed by clicking read more.

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Milk Teeth Added to Vales’ Free London Show

Bristol grungers Milk Teeth have been announced as the opening act to Vales' upcoming one-off free show at London's Old Blue Last on the 22nd June.

Also playing the show, above them, are fellow Bristol band Svalbard.

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Vales Announce Free London Show

Vales have announced a free one-off show at London’s Old Blue Last on the 22nd June.

Support comes from Svalbard.

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Interview: Vales


Last month the long awaited debut full-length from Cornwall hardcore quartet Vales was finally released, and 'Wilt And Rise' was certainly worth the wait.

The cathartic collection of screamo is filled with pent up emotion being poured throughout the vocal chords of Chlo Edwards and is complimented by the textured guitar work of Ben Sullivan. The end result is an accomplished record that truly backs up the bands potential from their earlier releases.

We recently grabbed a quick word with Ben to find out why the record took so long to see the light of day. Sullivan also discussed the natural evolution of 'Wilt And Rise', working with producer Alex Estrada in LA, and more.

Already Heard: Hello, who am I speaking with and can you please tell us your role(s) in the band?
Ben: Ben Sullivan, I play guitar in Vales.

AH: Since we last spoke at Hevy Festival 2012, the band’s year has been nothing short of eventful. You’ve toured with the likes of My Iron Lung and Birds in Row, and you recorded your debut full length, 'Wilt & Rise' in Los Angeles. How does it feel to finally have the album seeing the light of day?
Ben: It’s a joy to have the album finally in the hands of people who were anxious for it, to have it take its place amongst paper sleeves and shelves and coursing through headphones…it was stuck far too long in a digital nether region.

AH: Originally it was intended for a Summer 2013 release; Is there any reason for the delay?
Ben: As we grow older, and move past the stage where we can function on little income and youthful politics, we encounter life’s obstacles that seem to pounce on us as our lives clock past the marks of 22…23…24 years old. Employment, interpersonal relationships, and dizzying life decisions throw themselves into a complex system that disregards time, friendships and personal economy. Real life got in the way, folks.

AH: The overall sound on ‘Wilt & Rise’ seems to not only build on the ideas found on 'Clarity', but also enhances them. It’s grittier, yet still holds a clinging disparity. Would you describe this as simply a natural evolution or were the ideas intentional? Or would you say it was a combination of both?
Ben: On the topic of the ideas in Wilt & Rise being intentional, I’d say positively that they were not. Vales has never written with a set goal in mind, but rather sought to find a contemporary release and flowing of ideas and structures. As to it being a natural evolution… that’s where the album’s influence can be found. A natural evolution of members finding out more about their instruments, finding out more about the sounds that we wanted to record, and finding out more about ourselves that would also draw parallels with our audience, thereby striking up something people can relate to. A further musical release that has not yet been scheduled will show Vales’ soundscape to have morphed yet again. Write for yourselves, your audience, but never for a script.

AH: Besides the obvious screamo and hardcore influences, some other ingredients can be detected. What other influences helped to develop this record’s sound? And how important/difficult is it for a band in find their originality in a scene such as this?
Ben: I would love for you to elaborate on these other influences. As authors of the music, it’s very hard to become detached from the the very ideas that have been going around in your head for over a year. It’s hard to think what other people will interpret out of your music. I would very much like to know what you hear in ‘Wilt & Rise’. In exchange, I will tell you what I hear.

I hear the collective passion of every single member of every single band we ever played with. Every note that we’ve ever heard on tour, every sore back from a hard floor we’ve ever woken up on, every mile that we have driven. All these factors shape the band like a chisel, picking away until a form is shaped - and from there the form is noted down, recorded, and released, before the chisel gets back to work and changes the form once again. In that temporary holding of form, you can find ‘Wilt & Rise’, and we would like to thank every single person that ever encountered Vales, for it is because of their influence that I speak to you now.

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Album Review: Vales - Wilt & Rise

imageIt’s been a long time coming, but it was worth the wait. 'Wilt And Rise’, the debut full-length by Cornish screamo band Vales, has been one of the most hotly anticipated UK hardcore records in recent memory; the circumstances surrounding its delayed release after being recorded last year in Los Angeles are shrouded in mystery. However, even though it has come after the head of steam Vales had built for themselves has (arguably) dissipated, fans of the subsect of emotive hardcore they inhabit will find this to be another milestone in the continual progression of Vales.

The first time I heard this quartet was when a friend was playing their 'Our Enlightenment Is Dead' demo in his kitchen, a record made whilst they were still trading under their former moniker of Veils. I was taken aback by how masterfully they intertwined the worlds of anguished screamo, the textures and dynamics of post-rock and the aggressive, cathartic nature of hardcore, and even 3 years after that initial moment of discovery, there are still moments on this record that can encourage one’s jaw to become detached from one’s face. For instance, the double whammy of 'Branches' and 'White Horse', preceded by album-partitioning instrumental track 'Katrina' is highly unlikely to be bettered by a run of tracks on any hardcore album released in 2014. The tracks released prior to this record, 'Dead Wood'  and 'Scripted' are the opening gambit of ‘Wilt And Rise’, and even though in their own right they may have lacked the relentless inventiveness many hold Vales dear for, they make perfect sense in the context of the record; in the words of guitarist Ben Sullivan, they act as excerpts of “an anthology of the time the band has had together”.

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Released This Week (17/02/2014)

This weeks sees releases from the likes of We Are The In Crowd, Bayside, Issues, Vales, Above The Underground and more.

My Favorite Runner - Crossroads
I Killed the Prom Queen - Beloved
We Are The In Crowd - Weird Kids (Already Heard review)
Bayside - Cult (Already Heard review)
Above The Underground - Sonder
Manhattan Coast - This One’s For You (Already Heard review)
Centiment - Streets of Rage
Vales - Wilt and Rise
Issues - Issues (Already Heard review)
Anthony Green - Young Legs

Vales Stream ‘Wilt & Rise’

Next week Vales release their new album, 'Wilt & Rise' through 6131 Records.

However the Cornwell quartet are streaming the record in full, and can be heard by clicking read more.

Fist In The Air Records will be pressing the album on vinyl in March.

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Vales Reveal Debut Album Details (‘Wilt & Rise’)

The much anticipated debut full-length from Cornwell’s Vales will be called 'Wilt & Rise' and is set to finally be released digitally on 18th February through 6131 Records.

Fist In The Air Records will be pressing the album on vinyl in March.

1. Dead Wood
2. Scripted
3. Open Arms
4. Survival
5. Katrina
6. Branches
7. White Horse
8. Respite
9. Wildfire
10. Waterfalls

Two songs from the record including a new track, 'Dead Wood' can be streamed by clicking read more.

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New Vales Song Free For Download (‘Scripted’)


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.

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Live Review: Birds In Row, Bastions, Vales and MINE - The Old Blue Last, London - 16/12/2012

imageOutside 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.

Lead vocalist Chris Barling is familiar to this audience for his former outfit, doomy hardcore band Hang The Bastard. This band aren’t a million miles removed from HTB but are more like an older, sophisticated cousin than an emulating little brother - the hard, uncompromising style is still present, but this is a more progressive stance, utilising the pedalboard to impressive effect, as swathes of guitar wash over the awestruck gathering. Building on an impressive showing on this year’s self-titled EP, MINE is a name to watch out for. (4/5)

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