Next month emerging Albany, NY pop-punk band Firestarter release their new record
'Forget the Past'. To give you a sneak preview of what to expect from the release,
we’ve teamed up with the band to exclusively premier a new song titled 'If You Ain't First,
As the second stage of this years Red Bull Studios London Download Festival competition
gets underway, Already Heard highlights 5 of the top 100 bands in the first part of our
new "Red Bull Rated And Recommended" series.
Earlier this month rising UK rockers I Divide released their much anticipated debut album
'Last One Standing'. It is a record that exceeds expectations by combining the bands youthful approach with an ambitious melodic alt-rock sound. Before they kicked off their current
UK tour supporting Blitz Kids alongside Fort Hope, guitarist Josh Wreford took the
opportunity to talk us through 'Last One Standing'.
For Northern quintet Bentley Park it has been a long two years. Since forming 2011, the post-hardcore have been refining their sound and preparing for the release of their debut EP, 'Innocence', which finally sees the light of day this week. The EP takes the pop-punk sensibilities of their former band, and combines them with an edgy rock sound. We recently spoke to vocalist James Shaw to find out more.
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.
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.
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.