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.
As another week draws to a close, it’s time to shed light on another three bands for your listening pleasure. This week we highlight Crowds (an alternative rock band from Leeds), Housefires (rifftastic hardcore from Portsmouth) and Whiskers (punk rock for those who love facial hair).
Sadly it seems that the festival period is over now that Southsea Fest is out of the way and most of us can’t afford to visit The Fest in Gainesville so it may be time to put the tent back in the loft and look forwards to seeing which new bands emerge over the coming months ready to surprise us come spring next year.
For Fans Of: Motion City Soundtrack and Placebo
Crowds got in touch a couple of weeks ago which was a blessing as, in all fairness, I probably wouldn’t have listened to them otherwise. A relatively new band, Crowds seem to take the best parts of mid-2000’s indie/alt rock (think Placebo’s 'Meds') and bring it into the new decade. The intro to 'Losing Grip' reminds me a little of Motion City Soundtrack and, whilst the recordings seem to focus on the lead guitar lines and vocals, I could see them creating a fair wall of noise live. To summerise: catchy Alt-Rock with bite.
For Fans Of: Every Time I Die and The Chariot
Although we knew of Housefires long before Southsea Fest, I felt it was time to feature them on SFTW after finally catching them live. 'Before The Ceiling Caves,' their debut 6 track EP, is a solid mixture of various hardcore styles (Southern Hardcore and Post-Hardcore being the most prominent) whilst still retaining a punky edge. I really enjoyed it and I’m sure that if you’re a fan of ETID and The Chariot then you will too.
For Fans Of: The Steal and facial hair.
Whiskers is a mysterious entity from Norwich containing a number of established musicians with a taste for facial hair. With the longest song clocking in at 1 min and 55 seconds, the 8 track EP is over in a flash, but there’s definitely a couple of laughs to be said and some of the more fully formed tracks really show promise. Imagine The Steal jamming with 'How To Clean Everything'-era Propaghandi… with moustaches.
Words and Photos by Richard Heaven.