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. 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.
Bloody Knees are the latest band to emerge from the UK lo-fi punk scene. On August 25th the quartet release their new EP, 'Stitches' which promises to be a catchy and raw in equal measures. We spoke to vocalist Bradley Griffiths to discuss the new EP, joining Dog Knights Productions, being part of the UK emo and lo-fi resurgence and more.
If metalcore is your thing then say hello to From Her Eyes. The Welsh quartet are exclusively streaming their debut EP 'Demons' right here on Already Heard.
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.
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)
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;
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.
DOG KNIGHTS PRODUCTIONS SIDE
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*
FITA RECORDS SIDE
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.
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
Waiting 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)
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.
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.
Vales have announced a free one-off show at London’s Old Blue Last on the 22nd June.
Support comes from Svalbard.
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.
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.