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.
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.