On first listen we fell in love Noyo Mathis and knew that 'Endure' needed to be heard. It's post hardcore meets emo meets indie meets math rock. Take a listen to the full EP right here.
Without a doubt Neck Deep are one of this years breakout bands. After kicking off the year
with the release of their debut LP, 'Wishful Thinking', the Wrexham pop-punk five piece haven’t stopped touring since. From festival appearances throughout the UK and Europe to 2 months in North America as part of the Vans Warped Tour. We caught up with vocalist Ben Barlow and bassist Fil Thorpe-Evans at the Leeds Festival. They discussed their past festival experiences, supporting Blink-182, their up and coming UK headline tour and being
“leaders” of the UK pop-punk movement.
With the festival season more or less over for another year, it’s time for a whole load of
exciting releases to see the light of day. September sees a plethora of exciting releases, so much so that the Already Heard team were spoilt for choices when it came to picking this months must hear releases. Nevertheless they've completed the tricky task and picked out their five must-hear releases for the coming month.
With their combination of refreshingly introspective lyrics, crisp riffs and bouncy choruses, Homebound tick all the right boxes when it comes to promising UK pop-punk bands. Their debut EP, 'Coming of Age' sees the young band make a confident first mark on the ladder to greater things. We spoke to the band to discuss the importance of a debut release, and the comeback of pop-punk.
Packing stadium sized rock anthems with an incredibly striking emotional punch, and graced with one of the most staggeringly unique vocal talents to have graced the UK Rock scene in a long time, Cambridge’s Lonely The Brave have become one of the single most talked about new bands to emerge in recent years. With their debut album ‘The Day’s War’ finally released this week, Already Heard caught up with lead guitarist Mark Trotter and Bassist
Andrew Bushen at last weekend’s Leeds Festival.
We've got a full review, live photos and interviews from one of the highlights of the summer - Leeds Festival.
London folk five piece Skinny Lister have joined Xtra Mile Records. They will be showcasing their new album in full next month.
22 Night & Day, Manchester
23 The Attic, Bristol
24 Scholar Bar, Leicester
25 100 Club, London
26 Sticky Mikes, Brighton
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.
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'.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
07. Dead Friend
08. Two Coffins
09. Paralytic States
10. Black Me Out
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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)
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