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FESTIVAL: UK TECH FEST 2014
Ww've got reviews and a whole load of live photos from UK Tech Fest 2014.
FEATURE: 6 MONTHS IN - ALREADY HEARD'S ALBUMS OF THE YEAR SO FAR 2014
Having reached over the half way mark, July is a good time to reflect upon the smorgasbord
of great albums that have come out so far this year. Read on to find out what the Already Heard team picked as their favourite releases of the year so far.
FESTIVAL: SONISPHERE 2014
After 2 years away, Sonisphere makes it return to the UK. Check out our full coverage of the festival.
ALREADY HEARD RECOMMENDS: SOUTHPAW
Hailing from Slough, this emo three-piece formed in early 2013 and now they're releasing their first full EP. 'Better Days' is thoroughly emo to the core with bands such as Mineral and
The Get Up Kids being a distinctive influence. Yet there’s a hint of punk throughout which
makes Southpaw one of the most exciting young bands we’ve heard in quite some time. We
grabbed a quick word with vocalist/guitarist Perry to discuss their influences, the so-called
“emo revival”, the non-existent Slough music scene and the time Frank Turner crowd surfed at one of their house shows.
INDUSTRY INSIGHT: JACOB ROUND (PURE NOISE RECORDS)
In the latest edition of our "Industry Insight" feature, we speak to Jake Round as his label,
Pure Noise Records, celebrates it's 5th anniversary.


Reuben Announce ‘Racecar is Racecar Backwards’ 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Release

Reuben have confirmed they will be releasing a 10th Anniversary deluxe edition of their debut album, 'Racecar is Racecar Backwards' later this year via Xtra Mile Records.

The two disc release will include the original album, unreleased radio sessions, demos, and interviews.

More details are set to be announced soon, but in the meantime watch a video montage featuring a BBC Radio 1 session version of 'No One Wins The War' after the jump.

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Already Heard Session: Rob Lynch - My Friends & I

It’s been a long time since we posted an Already Heard Session but now we’re back in action, and to kick things off we have Rob Lynch as he performed the fantastic 'My Friends & I' for us at the Slam Dunk Festival in Leeds.

Rob will be heading to the States next week as he begins his lengthy stint on the Vans Warped Tour, before returning to the UK and preparing for the release of his debut full-length - 'All These Nights In Bars Will Somehow Save My Soul'.

Rob Lynch links: Facebook|Twitter|Big Cartel

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Interview: Frank Turner

Last month Already Heard's Dane Wright sat down with the one and only Frank Turner ahead of his rare solo show as part of the Live At Leeds Festival.

Turner discusses the nostalgic feeling behind the show, taking Beans On Toast out on his recent arena UK tour, the personal nature of last year’s 'Tape Deck Heart', protest groups at his shows and more.

Frank Turner links: Website|Facebook|Twitter

Algiers Announce New Single (‘Miles and Miles Of Rosary Beads’)

Sheffield two-piece Algiers have confirmed they will release a new single called 'Miles and Miles Of Rosary Beads' on 9th June.

The duo have also released a video for the track, which is taken from their latest album, 'You’re The Captain’ which is out now on Xtra Mile.

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New Chris T-T and The Hoodrats Music Video (‘Bury Me With A Scarab’)

Having recently completed a UK tour in support of his recent album, 'The Bear', Chris T-T and The Hoodrats has premiered his new video for 'Bury Me With A Scarab'.

The album is out now on Xtra Mile Records and the video can be viewed by clicking read more.

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New Frank Turner EP Announced

Frank Turner will be releasing a new EP entitled 'Polaroid Picture' ahead of his UK tour next month on February 3rd.

1. Polaroid Picture
2. The Modern Leper
3. Plea From A Cat Named Virtute (live)
4. Who’s Got A Match
5. Sweet Albion Blues

February
Thu 6th - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Fri 7th - Nottingham Arena
Sat 8th - Edinburgh Corn Exchange
Sun 9th - Manchester Arena
Tue 11th - Plymouth Pavillions
Wed 12th - London O2
Thu 13th - Portsmouth Guildhall

Support comes from Flogging Molly and Beans On Toast.

Algiers Join Xtra Mile Records; Debut Album Set to Be Released in January

Xtra Mile Records have announced the signing of Sheffield two-piece Algiers.

The band signed the deal minutes before the labels 10th Anniversary gig at The Monarch in Camden back in September, and will release their debut album, ‘You’re The Captain’ on 27th January.

A track from the album called 'Lighthouse' can be streamed by clicking read more.

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Xtra Mile Announce Against Me! ‘Transgender Dysphoria Blues’ UK Release

The new album from Against Me!, 'Transgender Dysphoria Blues' will be released in the UK through Xtra Mile Records on 20th January.

01. Transgender Dysphoria Blues
02. True Trans Soul Rebel
03. Unconditional Love
04. Drinking With The Jocks
05. Osama Bin Laden As The Crucified Christ
06. FUCKMYLIFE666
07. Dead Friend
08. Two Coffins
09. Paralytic States
10. Black Me Out

Album Review: Northcote - Northcote

50% of my chromosomes originate from West London, the other half from an obscure village of winemakers in the middle of alpine Switzerland. The point I’m getting to is that my unusual combo of cultural heritage doesn’t encompass country music as that distinctive style that reminds me of home. Instead, I get garage and Alphorn. Yet I can never keep myself from thinking of a warm spot back home whenever I’m confronted with a great country song. There’s an ingrained nostalgia for somewhere precious and safe that I never fail to be overwhelmed by. My description gets a little thin at this point because Northcote is not a country-singer per se, but he successfully channels that same mystical power, that pleasurable coerciveness, to make people yearn for wherever they call home.

Northcote represents the combined effort of one man’s spine-tingling warm tones and his acoustic guitar (as well as a delightful cast of tasteful full-band additions). Together they have given birth to what should be legally enforced as the year’s official friends-and-a-fireplace album. It felt incredibly wrong to listen to this batch of great songs while not sitting on a rocking chair in an isolated, creaky yet secure, cabin amidst a crisscross of pines and snowflakes. The focal point, from the album’s opening to its last notes, is Goud’s great tenor presence. When the quality occasionally drops (for reasons of repetitiveness more than lesser songwriting), his warm and hearty voice is always on top of things, keeping the track afloat.

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Möngöl Hörde Stream ‘How The Communists Ruined Christmas’

A stream of Möngöl Hörde's 'How The Communists Ruined Christmas' has been posted online.

The track is one half of the final release from Xtra Mile Records's Singles Sessions 7” series. The other half is two tracks from Jamie Leman; 'Fizzy Blood' and 'Pretty Please'.

'How The Communists Ruined Christmas' can be streamed by clicking read more.

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Franz Nicolay Confirms UK Dates with The Cut Ups

Franz Nicolay will be returning to the UK next month for a tour alongside The Cut Ups who will also serve as Nicolay’s backing band.

November
13 The Exchange, Bristol
14 The Cavern, Exeter
15 Tiki Bar and Diner, Plymouth
16 Wharf Chambers, Leeds
17 Chameleon Arts Cafe, Nottingham
18 Tiger Lounge, Manchester
19 Kage, Dundee
20 Audio, Glasgow
21 The Central, Gateshead
22 The Prince Albert, Brighton
23 The Black Heart, London
24 Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading (Franz only, acoustic, w/ Ben Marwood)

Franz Nicolay releases his new single, 'Hearts of Boston' on 25th November via Xtra Mile Records and its music video can be viewed after the jump below.

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Oxygen Thief Joins Xtra Mile Records

Oxygen Thief have signed to Xtra Mile Records. A mini-album titled ‘Accidents Do Not Happen, They Are Caused’ is released on 9th December and will include reworked, re-imagined and reinvented songs.

November (Solo tour supporting Jonah Matranga)
12th London - Windmill Brixton
13th Newport - Le Pub
14th Stoke-on-Trent: Minster’s
15th Nottingham - Guitar Bar
16th Dunlop - Auld Hoose
17th Aberdeen - Tunnels
18th Edinburgh - Sneaky Pete’s
19th Glasgow - Nice & Sleazys
21st Newcastle - Trillians
22nd York - The Basement
23rd Brighton - The Hope
November (Full band shows)
29th Plymouth - Tiki
30th The Louisiana - Bristol
December
1st The Loft, Portsmouth
3rd Cookie Jar, Leicester
4th The Vic, Swindon
5th Avondale House, Southampton
8th Frog & Fiddle, Cheltenham
9th The Garage, London w/Jamie Lenman

Album Review: Chris T-T & The Hoodrats - The Bear

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I first saw Chris T-T in 2009, supporting Frank Turner at Union Chapel. He was singing a ballad called ‘Ankles’, which was about breaking a woman’s ankles to stop her leaving. It’s safe to say I expected something equally offbeat from Chris T-T & The Hoodrats latest release.

I’ve listened to this album twice-a-day for a week and I still can’t decide if I like it or am indifferent to ‘The Bear’. Sounding like a mix of Art Brut, Andrew Jackson Jihad and a Blur album, ‘The Bear’ is messy and chaotic with the occasional lyrical gem thrown in.

Recorded in just 3 or 4 takes, this is not an album for those who favour slick production; it’s rambling and raw with more pop culture references than an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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Xtra Mile Records Sign Northcote

Xtra Mile Records have announced the signing of Canadian singer-songwriter Matt Goud aka Northcote.

The label will release his self-titled album on 11th November with a UK and European tour taking place shortly after.

November
13 Dublin Academy 2
14 Belfast McHugh’s
15 Glasgow King Tuts
16 Manchester Gorilla
17 Brighton The Green Door Store
19 Amsterdam Paradiso
20 Hamburg Knust
21 Bremen Lagerhaus
22 Hannover Gig Linden
23 Dresden Beatpol
24 Berlin BiNuu Berlin
26 Cologne Gloria
27 Frankfurt Batschkapp
28 Munich Strom Linienclub
30 Milano Factory (Area2)
December
02 Vienna B72
03 Stuttgart Universum
04 Antwerp JH Kavka
05 Southampton Joiners
06 London The Garage
07 Nottingham Bodega Social Club
08 Newcastle The Cluny

Drag The River Join Xtra Mile Records

Xtra Mile Records have signed Drag The River and will release the bands new self-titled album on 15th October.

1. Wichita Skyline
2. Not That Kind
3. Black In Bloom
4. Ghosts of High School
5. Like Longfellows
6. Here’s to the Losers
7. the Other Side of OK
8. History with History
9. Waste of Time, Valentine
10. Song for My Roommates

In addition the bands 2008 debut ‘You Can’t Live This Way’ is being re-released digitally on the same day.

1. Death of the Life of the Party
2. Rangement
3. Brookfield
4. Fleeting Porch of Tide
5. W.W. Too
6. Tobacco Fields
7. Defy the Moon
8. Caleb’s Grave
9. Lying in the Feel
10. Lost Angel Saloon
11. Br00tal
12. Pre-Post Party
13. Lizzy
14. Bad Side of a Good Time
15. You Can’t Live This Way