After receiving a five star review last month, next Monday sees the UK release of Twin Forks' self-titled debut album. However we're giving away three copies of the album. Find out how you can win one of thee copies here.
With Spring fast approaching and festival season starting soon, March sees a whole load of noteworthy releases. We take a look at five of the must hear releases this month.
Having only just formed last summer, Leeds punks Brawlers have quickly made a name for themselves for their insane live show. Now the quartet have unleashed their utterly brilliant debut EP 'I Am A Worthless Piece of Shit', an infectious collection of fun punk rock numbers. We talked to vocalist Harry George Johns to find out why the longtime friends formed
Brawlers and what 'I Am Worthless...' is all about.
After delivering one of the early contenders for album of the year, we catch up Modern Baseball to discuss ‘You’re Gonna Miss It All’, their forthcoming debut UK tour and miming
at the World Series.
In the second part of our "Studio Report" feature with Colt 45, the Cumbria punks finish their debut LP producer Romesh Dodangoda by recording vocals and more guitars. Take a look.
In the first of our new fortnightly feature where we highlight some of the most promising
bands in the pop-punk world, we talk to New York's Firestarter.
In the latest instalment of our "Tour Tales" feature, we join Wakefield quartet Morain on their recent tour supporting Durham four-piece Alexander.
With lead vocalist Matt Pryor having recently completed a solo UK tour, we highlight two albums from The Get Up Kids for the latest edition of "Versus". Already Heard writer Tom
Knott explains why 'Something To Write Home About' is "pure gold". Whilst Senior Editor
Sean Reid shows us why 'Guilt Show' shouldn't be dismissed.
It’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”.
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
ZOAX - XIII
Vales - Wilt and Rise
Issues - Issues (Already Heard review)
Anthony Green - Young Legs
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.
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.
3. Open Arms
7. White Horse
Two songs from the record including a new track, 'Dead Wood' can be streamed by clicking read more.
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