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FESTIVAL: UK TECH FEST 2014
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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.
INDUSTRY INSIGHT: JACOB ROUND (PURE NOISE RECORDS)
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Live Review: Sonisphere Festival 2014 - Knebworth House, Hertfordshire - 04/07/2014 - 06/07/2014

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After a 2 year absence, one of the UK’s premier metal and rock festival made its grand return as once again Sonisphere took over the legendary Knebworth House to celebrate 40 years of rock at the country house. And to make things even better, the sun decided to pay a visit for a majority of the weekend. With 3 days full of music and plenty to see, Sonisphere had a lot to offer.

Friday July 4th

Our weekend starts off in the intimate Satellite Stage where Pontypridd, Wales rockers Straight Lines provide a favourable set that just about woke up weary heads with their hook-filled brand of rock. With a selection of cuts from their recent 'Reflections' EP and 'Freaks Like Us', frontman Tom Jenkins’ vocals soar throughout the set yet the crowd’s unfamiliarity with Straight Lines in general leads to the band’s set to come off as ineffective at times. (2.5/5)

Over at the Bohemia stage, Canterbury draw a small yet dedicated crowd as they played a short set highlighting the best parts from their latest full-length 'Dark Days'. Although Canterbury are perhaps one of the more lighter bands of the weekend, their mix of alt-rock, pop sensibilities and atmospheric elements manage to win the crowd over. (3.5/5)

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Back outside in the blistering sun, US political punks Anti-Flag produce a energetic set that picks out favourable highlights from their 20 year career. Songs such as 'Fuck Police Brutality''Die for the Government' and 'Power to the Peaceful' demand plenty of crowd involvement, and thankfully the mass crowd responded with the end result being one of the best sets of the day. Whilst the band’s posi-politcal talk can come off as too repetitive at times, Anti-Flag's punk rock core is enough to keep you interested from start to finish (3.5/5)

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HIM, Comeback Kid, and More Added to Sonisphere 2014 

The latest additions for this years Sonisphere Festival has been announced. The news sees the likes of HIM, Comeback Kid, Straight Lines, Zico Chain, Sweet Savage and Eureka Machines.

Other names announced are October File, The Bots, Black Dogs, Love Zombies, Stormzone Shrine, Rival State, The Wild Lies, The Raven Age and Empire Kill.

In other news, Anthrax will be playing an extra set on the Bohemia stage where they will be performing 'Among The Living' in full.

Sonisphere 2014 takes place at Knebworth House on 4th – 6th July.

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Album Review: Straight Lines - Reflect EP

With their first offering since downsizing to a three piece, Welsh rockers Straight Lines have gone a bit stratospheric in scale with new EP ‘Reflect’. Over the course of just five tracks, the band have managed to pack in more hooks then a wardrobe full of coat hangers, and elicit a powerhouse vocal performance normally only seen from out and out Stadium ready rockers.

Opener and title track ‘Reflect’ sets the bar pretty damn high from the get go, with a stirring falsetto driven vocal taking the track skyscraper high, and sounding like a more punked up Muse. ‘No Words of Wisdom’ kicks things to whole new levels of frenetic energy, grinding chords and immaculately laid down riffs attacking from all sides. Two tracks in one thing is clear, it simply should not be possible for a band of with only three members to create a sound of this size.

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Released This Week (24/02/2014)

This week sees releases from the likes of Straight Lines, The Hotelier, Twin Forks, Only Rivals, and more.

Swim Good - Swim Good
Wolves Like Us - Black Soul Choir
Straight Lines - Reflect EP
Only Rivals - Details
Villains - Villains (Already Heard review)
Daisyhead/Have Mercy - Split EP
The Hotelier - Home, Like Noplace Is There
Finch - What It Is To Burn X Live
Twin Forks - Twin Forks (Already Heard review)
Special Explosion - The Art of Mothering
Extortionist - The Black Sheep

If you have an upcoming release we should know about, let us know here.

Straight Lines Reveal ‘Reflect’ Music Video

With their new EP set to be released next week, Straight Lines have released their new video for the title track 'Reflect'.

The video can be viewed after the jump below.

March (support from The People The Poet and Hey Vanity)
3rd The Black Heart, London
4th The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
5th Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
6th King Tuts, Glasgow
7th Red Rooms, Nottingham
8th Sound Control, Manchester
9th Solus II, Cardiff

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Hey Vanity Release Mini-Album Plans, New Music Video and Tour Dates with Straight Lines and The Swellers

Chelmsford four-piece Hey Vanity have revealed plans to release a new mini-album entitled 'Blindfolds' on April 21st through Small Town Records.

One track from the release, 'Keep Your Shoulders Cold' can be downloaded for free here, whilst the video for new single 'Some May Say' can be viewed after the jump below.

The release will be supported with two separate tours supporting Straight Lines and The Swellers.

March
3rd Black Heart, London w/ Straight Lines
4th Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes w/ Straight Lines
5th Hare & Hounds, Birmingham w/ Straight Lines
6th King Tuts, Glasgow w/ Straight Lines
7th Red Rooms, Nottingham w/ Straight Lines
8th Sound Control, Manchester w/ Straight Lines
9th Solus 2, Cardiff w/ Straight Lines
29th O2 Academy Liverpool – Radstock Festival 2014
30th O2 Academy Newcastle – Radstock Festival 2014

April (supporting The Swellers)
28th The Cockpit, Leeds
29th Audio, Glasgow
30th The Cluny, Newcastle
May
1st Rock City, Nottingham
2nd Epic Studios, Norwich
3rd Sound Control, Manchester
5th The Hope, Brighton
6th Joiners, Southampton
7th The Fleece, Bristol
8th University, Hatfield
9th The Fighting Cocks, Kingston
10th Borderline, London

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Straight Lines Confirm New EP and UK Tour Details

Welsh band Straight Lines have announced they will release a new EP entitled 'Reflect' on February 24th with a UK tour taking place in early March.

The tour and EP marks the bands first as a trio following the departure of guitarist James Pugh.

1. Reflect
2. No Words of Wisdom
3. Hole In The Sky
4. Swim Up River
5. Praise Me, Praise You

March
3rd The Black Heart, London
4th The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
5th Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
6th King Tuts, Glasgow
7th Red Rooms, Nottingham
8th Sound Control, Manchester
9th Solus II, Cardiff

'No Words of Wisdom' can be streamed by clicking read more.

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Grozerock Macbeth Stage Shortlist Announced featuring Straight Lines, Boy Jumps Ship, I Divide and More

Macbeth Footwear and Blackstar Amps have revealed a shortlist of 30 bands for their their Groezrock 2014 competition.

Amongst the list are UK bands such as Straight Lines, Boy Jumps Ship, I Divide, Out For Tomorrow, and Fathoms.

Voting for the contest begins on February 10th with the 10 most voted bands winning the opportunity to play the Macbeth stage at Groezrock 2014.

The full list of bands are:

Boy Jumps Ship (United Kingdom)
Brain’s All Gone (Poland)
Call It Off (The Netherlands)
Crown Cardinals (France)
Edward In Venice (Italy)
Fathoms (United Kingdom)
Golden Tanks (United Kingdom)
I Divide United Kingdom)
Kids Insane (Israel)
King of Pigs HC (United Kingdom)
Moments (Belgium)
Monday Kills (Sweden)
My Extraordinary (United Kingdom)
Out For Tomorrow (United Kingdom)
Pray For Locust (Sweden)
Promethee (Switzerland)
Radion Havanna (Germany)
River Jumpers (United Kingdom)
Saint[the]Sinner (United Kingdom)
Seventribe (Sweden)
Shell Beach (Hungary)
Straight Lines (United Kingdom)
The Bottom Line (United Kingdom)
The Ignored (Belgium)
The Ladykillers (United Kingdom)
The Lowest Standard (The Netherlands)
The Tramps (Belgium)
Two Glass Eyes (United Kingdom)
Wasted Bullet (The Netherlands)
Watch Out Stampede (Germany)

Further details can be found here.

Straight Lines UK Tour with Hey Vanity and The People The Poet Announced

Straight Lines will be heading out on a UK tour in March with support coming from Hey Vanity and The People The Poet.

March
03 London Camden Black Heart
04 Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms
05 Birmingham Hare & Hounds
06 Glasgow King Tuts
08 Manchester Sound Control
09 Cardiff Solus 2

We Are The Ocean, Kvelertak, Devin Townsend & Many More Added to Download Festival 2013

25 new bands have been added to the line-up for this years Download Festival with We Are The Ocean, Kvelertak, Devin Townsend, Straight Lines, The Afterparty and Rob Lynch being some of the acts added to the three-day festival.

The full list of additions are:

Thunder
Kvelertak
Devin Townsend
We Are The Ocean
Zico Chain
Blood Command Black Moth
The Wild Lies
The Howling
Page 44
Wounds
Hear Kitty Kitty
Toseland
Rob Lynch
Acoustic TV
Straight Lines
Fahran
The Killing Floor
The Afterparty
Pig Iron
Night x Night
Crash Mansion
The Graveltones
Arthemis and Avosetta
Walking Papers (acoustic set)
Buffalo Summer (acoustic set)
Crowns (acoustic set)
Heaven’s Basement (acoustic set)
Skin (acoustic set)
Red White & Blues (acoustic set)

Download Festival takes place from Friday 14th June to Sunday 16th June at Donington Park. Visit DownloadFestival.co.uk for further information.

Click read more to view the full line-up.

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Festival Preview: Radstock 2013 - 10 Must-See Bands

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Radstock 2013 is a brand new one day festival based in Liverpool and according to the proposed line up it seems like only good times are ahead! We’ve picked 10 bands that we think you should check out, but we can go one better and link you to this lil’ interview (click here!) with one of Radstock's organisers Jamie Otsa who can explain further about the festival.

Anyway, back to ourselves and below is a finely picked list of 10 bands for you to enjoy at the festival. Let us know what you think of this list and if you do attend, send us photos and let us know your thoughts! Hashtag your treasured memories with #AHRadstock2013 and we’ll retweet and share the best ones. 

And incase you didn’t already know, let us know any of your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter. Enjoy!

View the full list of stage times here.

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Don Broco
I don’t care what you want to call Don Broco and where you want to try and pigeon hole them. Their live show will contain sing alongs, slick haircuts and push ups; if this isn’t enough to quench your thirst for a brilliant live set from what could easily be argued as one of Britain’s biggest bands right now then you should probably leave right now. Enjoy your night at home scrolling through Facebook when you could be out partying hard. As “they” say, #YOLO. (MB)

When & Where: 07:10 on the Monster Energy Stage.

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Live Photos: Straight Lines - Koko, London - 01/02/13


Photos by February Photography. View on Flickr.

New Straight Lines Video (‘Escapology’)

imageStraight Lines have released the video for 'Escapology' from the new EP of the same name.

The video can be viewed by clicking read more, and the 'Escapology' EP is out now on Xtra Mile Records.

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Straight Lines Announce New EP (‘Escapology’)

Straight Lines will be releasing a new EP called 'Escapology' on January 28th. 

1. Escapology
2. Empty Chest
3. Half Gone (live session)
4. Ring The Bells (acoustic)

We Are The Ocean Release ‘Young Heart’ Music Video

imageFollowing their show supporting You Me At Six at Wembley Arena this past weekend, We Are The Ocean have released their new music video for 'Young Heart'.

Click read more to view the video.

We Are The Ocean will be back on the road for a UK headline tour early next year. Support comes from Yashin and Straight Lines.

January
31 Norwich Waterfront

February
01 London Koko
02 Bristol The Fleece
04 Birmingham Academy 2
06 Newcastle Academy 1
07 Glasgow Garage
09 York The Duchess

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