Already Heard
FESTIVAL PREVIEW: HIT THE DECK 2014 - 10 MUST-SEE BANDS
As the festival season rolls on, this weekend the Hit The Deck Festival returns for its fourth outing. As always with over 40 bands playing across 6 stages, the Already Heard team has picked out 10 must-see bands to see at this weekend’s festival.
FIVES: MUST BUY RECORD STORE DAY 2014 RELEASES
This Saturday the 2014 edition of Record Store Day takes place. With wealth of rare
releases to buy, Already Heard and Jon Tolley of Banquet Records have picked out 5 must by RSD 2014 releases.
INTERVIEW: THE MENZINGERS
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.
ALREADY HEARD RECOMMENDS: NEW CITY KINGS
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.
VERSUS: ALKALINE TRIO - 'FROM HERE TO INFIRMARY' VS. 'MAYBE I'LL
CATCH FIRE'

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.
POP-PUNK A&R: BOSTON MANOR
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.
ALREADY HEARD RECOMMENDS: EMPLOYED TO SERVE
With their latest EP 'Change Nothing, Regret Everything.', Woking five-piece Employed
To Serve have produced 12 minutes of frantic, unrelenting hardcore that finds the band somewhere between The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Chariot. We spoke to Justine from the band to find out how the band has transitioned from a duo to a quintet and she discussed
being part of the Holy Roar! roster, they chaotic yet contained live shows and more.
ALREADY HEARD TOUR TALES: HORNETS - MARCH 2014 UK TOUR
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.
EXCLUSIVE EP STREAM: WALLEATER - WALLEATER
Leeds-based four-piece Walleater are set to digitally release their debut self titled EP next Monday (14th April) through Close To Home Records. We've got the exclusive first play
right here on Already Heard.
INDUSTRY INSIGHT: LEWIS JOHNS (PRODUCER)
In the first edition of our new "Industry Insight" feature, we talk to producer Lewis Johns
to find out his beginnings, his recent work with Funeral For A Friend, and Southampton's
Ranch Production House.


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

Ex-Reuben Vocalist Jamie Lenman Announces Debut Solo Album & UK Tour Dates

Former Reuben vocalist Jamie Lenman has revealed details of his debut solo album. 'Muscle Memory’ will be a double album consisting of 11 tracks each and released on 28th October through Xtra Mile Records.

Disc 1
1. The Six Fingered Hand
2. Fizzy Blood
3. No News Is Good News
4. One Of My Eyes Is A Clock
5. Shower Of Scorn
6. A Terrible Feeling
7. The Fuck Of It All
8. All The Things You Hate About Me, I Hate Them Too
9. Gary, Indiana
10. A Plague On Both Your Houses
11. Muscle
Disc 2 
1. Shotgun House
2. I Ain’t Your Boy
3. It’s Hard To Be A Gentleman
4. For God’s Sake
5. Little Lives
6. If You Have To Ask You’ll Never Know
7. Pretty Please
8. A Quiet Understanding
9. Saturday Night
10. A Day In The Life
11. Memory

Jamie will be releasing 'Fizzy Blood' and 'Pretty Please' as part of a split 7” with Mongol Horde (ft Frank Turner). The 7” will be the 4th and final split 7” release as part of the Xtra Mile Recordings” XMR10 series.

A video for both of Lenman’s tracks can be viewed by clicking read more.

Jamie Lenman will also be on tour in December.

December
Wed 04 Brighton Green Door Store
Thu 05 Birmingham Temple
Fri 06 Glasgow Tuts
Sat 07 Manchester Night and Day
Sun 08 Bristol Thekla
Mon 09 London Garage

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Crazy Arm Stream New Album (‘The Southern Wild’)

Crazy Arm's new acoustic LP, 'The Southern Wild' is streaming ahead of its release next week on Xtra Mile.

The album can be heard here or by clicking read more.

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Sonic Boom Six Confirm New Single (‘The High Cost Of Living’)

Sonic Boom Six are set to release their brand new single, ‘The High Cost Of Living’ on October 27th through Xtra Mile Recordings.

A music video for the single has been released, and can be viewed after the jump below.

Sonic Boom Six will be supporting Hadouken on the following dates.

October
28th Cambridge Junction
29th Oxford Academy
30th Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
31st Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
November
1st Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
2nd Gloucester Guildhall
3rd Stoke Sugar Mill

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Crazy Arm Confirm Acoustic Album Release (‘The Southern Wild’)

On September 23rd Crazy Arm will release an acoustic album called 'The Southern Wild' through Xtra Mile Records.

01 Oh Death / Hell To Pay
02 Remembrance
03 Don’t Be Cruel
04 Fossils
05 County Jaws
06 The Wildcats Of Denbury
07 Roasting River
08 A Pocketful Of Gold
09 We Don’t Go There Any More
10 The Valley Of Weeping
11 Black Canyon

September
1 WTFest, Southampton (w/Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun + Great Cynics + more)
8 Exeter, Cavern (acoustic trio w/Joe Tilston + PJ Bond + more)
13 Newton Abbot, Jolly Farmer (full band acoustic w/Crowns)
14 Southsea Fest, Portsmouth (Xtra Mile Acoustic stage w/Beans On Toast + more)
15 Wiltshire, Devizes, The Lamb Inn (full band acoustic w/Mick O’Toole)
16 London, Old Blue Last (full band acoustic w/Emily Barker)
17 Cambridge, The Corner House (full band acoustic w/Sam Russo + 7 Day Conspiracy)
18 Leeds, Santiagos (full band acoustic w/Jake & The Jellyfish + Tia-Rhian)
19 The Lounge Bar, Warrington (full band acoustic w/Roughneck Riot)
21 Norwich, The Stanley Arms (full band acoustic w/Crowns)
22 Kingston, Fighting Cocks (full band acoustic w/Smith Street Band + Great Cynics)
27 Maggie’s Cafe, Plymouth (electric w/Bus Station Loonies + Phat Bollard)
27 White Rabbit, Plymouth (full band acoustic w/Damerels + more)