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Interview: Skywalker

“We don’t wanna make a clear distinction between band and private, but this is our primary focus and endeavour” Being removed from the Western world can have its disadvantages, especially when you’re a band with a message that rides along the line of “everything isn’t what it seems”. With theirRead More →

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Interview: Being As An Ocean

“It feels good to have the control back in my hands” It is human nature that relationships are complex. You agree on some things and disagree on others. Relationships of any sort come and go, some more important than others. Within the music industry, relationships between bands and labels continueRead More →

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Interview: Small Circle

Gut instinct can count for a lot, as can being spontaneous, and it is a combination which is proving fruitful for Philadelphia four-piece Small Circle. With the core of the band made up of members from one of the leaders of the modern emo wave in Sorority Noise, Small CircleRead More →

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Interview: Across The Atlantic

“It’s intimidating to be vulnerable but one thing I’ve learned is you can’t hold back.” While some bands are comfortable to stay independent, for others, the opportunity to be supported by a label matters. For Jay Martinez, vocalist for San Antonio pop-punks Across The Atlantic, joining the rapidly rising SharptoneRead More →

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Interview: Helpless

It can be tough to stand out in metal when every band seems to be on a mission to be the heaviest, the fastest and most technical in their playing field, so when we find a band who just want to play the nastiest music possible for their own twistedRead More →

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Interview: Dead Leaves

For Ohio’s Dead Leaves, it’s all about the moments. A little detail here, a nostalgic remembrance there. When these moments are added together it makes for some powerfully sentimental vignettes that hit hard and speak volumes of the human condition. It’s in these stories – and boy, can Dead LeavesRead More →

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Interview: Lou Foulkes

“I think this is where I’ll really become an artist in my own right” In the vast sea known as YouTube, there is a pocket of budding singers and musicians crafting a living out of covering established artists and bands. While some might be satisfied with building an online following,Read More →

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Interview: Employed To Serve

“We’re very diverse people when it comes to our music tastes, we listen to everything, but with this band, it’s all about being heavy and abrasive.” It’s common knowledge that hardcore music lives in the underground, and like most genres, it goes through cycles of popularity. Nevertheless, 2017 has seenRead More →

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Interview: Alter Bridge

When you’re one of the world’s biggest hard rock bands, playing a mammoth festival the size of Download for the sixth time shouldn’t faze Alter Bridge. Nevertheless, for drummer Scott Phillips, gracing the Donington stage never fails to lose its significance. “It doesn’t get less special,” Phillips tells us. “TheRead More →

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Interview: Bellevue Days

If you didn’t know already, the 2000 Trees Festival is a respected gathering of underground rock, hardcore and punk. Every year, the Cheltenham-based festival puts plenty of emphasis on giving opportunities to emerging British talent. Amongst the names playing this year’s festival was Bellevue Days. Returning for the second yearRead More →

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Interview: Bad Sign – A Sign of Ambition

“I’d rather be a band that polarises a little bit, rather than being a band where everyone says ‘they’re alright’” Over the past few years, the name Bad Sign has been bubbling underneath. Formed in the South London borough of Croydon in 2012, the trio consisting of frontman Joe Appleford,Read More →

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Interview: Rozwell Kid

In a time when the doom and gloom of the world seems to be dominating the headlines, it is sometimes harder to see the lighter side of life. Even in the musical world, artists seem to be using the political climate and the state of the world to influence theirRead More →

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Interview: Laureate

“The last few years were kind of rough on me, I’m getting it together; 27 has been good so far, I’m hoping next year’s better,” muses Laureate’s Giancarlo Talarico on ‘Come Around’, one of the strongest cuts off the Montreal quartet’s debut full-length. It’s a sturdy piece of positive reinforcementRead More →

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Interview: Trash Boat

When asked to sum up the past 12 months, Trash Boat vocalist Tobi Duncan states it as “Hectic!” and it’s easy to see why he says that. Since releasing debut album, ‘Nothing I Write You Can Change What You’ve Been Through’, last June the St. Albans pop-punks have almost constantlyRead More →

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Interview: Trophy Eyes

“We stopped caring about and thinking ‘that doesn’t sound punk rock’” For a majority of bands, you’re given a few years and releases to find your sound before making the leap towards recording a debut full-length. However, for Australia’s Trophy Eyes, they were thrown in the deep when it cameRead More →

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Interview: Single Mothers

With their latest album, ‘Our Pleasure’ about to be released, it has been a bit of a labour of love for Canadian four-piece Single Mothers. For a band which burst into the scene and quickly gained a reputation for a band to keep an eye on, things all of aRead More →

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Download Festival Bites: Grove Street Families

Taking their cues from old school thrash and hardcore, Southampton’s Grove Street Families continue to evolve from being “that Grand Theft Auto themed hardcore band”. Their new mixtape, ‘Vol. 1’, is a seven-track blast of unrelenting hardcore and thrash. From the razor sharp guitars of ‘Beat It Up’ to theRead More →

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Interview: Human Future

For any musician or artist, when it comes to creating their craft it is all about finding that sweet spot to make people take note, or at least stop and listen. For Human Future that sweet spot was found in becoming more collaborative as a unit, and with six movingRead More →

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Interview: Casey

On their debut album, ‘Love Is Not Enough’, South Wales quintet Casey showcase a blend of tender, heartbreaking lyricism and explosive angst to create a captivating record. Rooted in a failed relationship, the album serves as an emotional outpouring for vocalist Tom Weaver. Since its release last September, Casey haveRead More →

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Download Festival Bites: Junior

South Wales trio, Junior, have been on our radar for awhile. Since delivering their ‘JuniorLand’ mini-album in late 2015, they’ve gradually been evolving their sound, moving away from the routine pop-punk. Last year’s split EP with Fierce Morgan, and more recently, their latest single ‘Veronica’, hinted an edgier approach. Nevertheless,Read More →

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Download Festival Bites: Drones

The Download Festival is a big opportunity for any band; no matter how big or small they might be. For London hardcore punk band, Drones, it’s a chance to re-introduce themselves. Although they first played at Donington three years ago, 2016 saw them go through a transition with vocalist LoisRead More →

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Download Festival Bites: Normandie

It has been an impressive 18 months for Sweden’s Normandie. Having released their debut album, ‘Inguz’, to critical acclaim in early 2016, the trio ended the year supporting Yellowcard on their final UK tour. They’re now returning to these shores to make their Download Festival debut. ‘Inguz’ saw them demonstrateRead More →

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Download Festival Bites: Brutai

Like many Download Festival attendees, the members of South London/Reading quintet Brutai have dreamt of stepping onto a stage at Donington Park. Now after years of playing shows on the underground circuit, honing their brand melodic technical metal, they’re about to make their Download debut. The past few months haveRead More →

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Download Fest Bites: Blood Youth

When Blood Youth made their Download Festival debut two years ago, they only had been in existence for just a matter of months. Two years on, and they’re back having done a lot in the intervening years; numerous tours and festival spots, two EP’s, and more recently, a debut full-lengthRead More →

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Slam Dunk Bites: Counterfeit.

Being labelled as one of the bands to watch in 2017 can put a lot of pressure on a band. However Counterfeit look to be taking all in their stride. Their debut album, ‘Together We Are Stronger’, is an angst-driven, riff-laden punk rock record that carries itself with plenty ofRead More →

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Slam Dunk Bites: Fort Hope

For some bands, the Slam Dunk Festival is the culmination of months of hard work. For others, it’s the start of an exciting period. Hertfordshire based post-hardcore band, Fort Hope fall into the latter. The trio, consisting of vocalist/guitarist Jon Gaskin, bassist Simon Rowlands, and drummer Jamie Nicholls, are weeksRead More →

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Slam Dunk Bites: Grumble Bee

Over the coming weeks, Already Heard will be highlighting a variety of bands set to play the Slam Dunk Festival later this month. The Slam Dunk Festival covers a diverse mix of genres, alongside providing a platform for emerging bands and acts to be seen by new audiences. 12 monthsRead More →

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Slam Dunk Bites: The Lion & The Wolf

Over the coming weeks, Already Heard will be highlighting a variety of bands set to play the Slam Dunk Festival later this month. While Slam Dunk Festival is known to feature a host of names from rock, pop-punk, punk, metal and hardcore, it all has a tendency to host aRead More →

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