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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.

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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New Vales Music Video (‘Caves (Anxiety)’)

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.

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Birds In Row UK Shows with Vales and Bastions

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

Feature: Southsea Fest 2012 - 10 Must-See Bands

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
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
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
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

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Interview: Vales

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.

Vales links: Facebook|Twitter|Tumblr|Bandcamp

Questions by Rosie Kerr (@Rosiekerr)

Live Photos: Vales - Hevy Fest 2012

Photos by Sarah Louise Bennett.

Live Review & Photos: Hevy Fest 2012 - Saturday - 4/8/2012

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.

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Dead Press! Announce Free ‘Building Blocks Vol. 2’ Compilation

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 Sign to 6131 Records

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