Fives: Energy’s 5 Reasons To Be Back in the UK

Having made their UK debut earlier this year when they joined Creeper for their sold out run, Boston gloom punks Energy have returned to these shores, but this time they’re headlining. Joined by Southampton’s Miss Vincent, both bands will be taking over venues up and down the country in the>>

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Fives: 5 Recommended Middle East Acts by Jay Wud

The members of hard rockers Jay Wud hail from far and wide; Lebanon, Serbia, USA and Latvia, yet they ultimately call Dubai their home. Since forming in 2010, Lebanese frontman Wud, Serbian-born guitarist Bojan Preradovic, Latvian bassist Eriks Dilevs and American drummer Joe Rickard, have collectively been rising the ranks>>

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Fives: 5 Facts Need-To-Know Facts About Baseball (by Isotopes)

There’s two things you need to know about Vancouver, British Columbia’s Isotopes. First of all, they deliver a range of turbo-charged punk rock numbers that are rapid and infectious. Secondly, they love Baseball. A lot. Their latest album, ‘1994 World Series Champions’ is full of references to America’s favourite pastime>>

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Fives: Dead Bars Pick Their ‘Dream Gig’

Seattle’s Dead Bars are the punk rock band of the moment, and with ‘Dream Gig’ the group have fulfilled the promise of their early EPs and split singles to deliver a life-affirming debut filled with wry humour, gargantuan sing-alongs and bags of heart and soul. Inspired by the album’s title,>>

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Fives: 5 Issues You Need To Know About by Hometruths

With their debut EP, ‘Open Your Eyes’, Mancunian technical hardcore quintet Hometruths take on a number of social and political issues head on. Through songs such as ‘WMD’ and ‘Genocide’, they look to use their platform as a mean of communication, raising awareness and ultimately using their voice to encourage>>

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Fives: Top 5 Band Names by Awooga

Sheffield’s Awooga recently unleashed their latest EP in the form ‘Alpha’. Taking in elements of psychedelic grunge, sludge, doom, prog and alt-rock, the Steel City trio have created a crisp set of songs that are thoroughly engaging. For this edition of “Fives”, we asked the bizarrely named group to pick>>

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FIVES: They Say Fall’s 5 Favourite Episodes of Dexter

In the video for their latest single, ‘Darkly Dreaming’, Lincolnshire alt-rockers They Say Fall decided to embrace their serial killer instincts and pay tribute to TV crime series Dexter. With the tracks intense tone and off-kilter verses, the accompanying visual clip is ideal. The video sees the band being kidnapped>>

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Fives: 5 Things We Learned Making a Video in Morocco by Natives

Recently, New Forest quartet Natives made their return with colourful new single – ‘Stop The Rain’. It sees the band continue their evolution from pop-rockers towards a more worldly pop sound, embracing a range of percussion. It’s just a taster of the bands forthcoming 20-track concept album and accompanying novel.>>

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Fives: Shadow Hunters’ 5 Favourite Sci-Fi Films

Since forming in 2013, Norweigan debut Shadow Hunters have been crafted their brand of “dream rock”. This past week they released their debut full-length – ‘AVATAR’. Over the course of ten songs, Will S (vocals/guitar) and Ingar LH (drums) produce a cinematic-sized collection of bold, atmospheric rock. Songs such as>>

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FIVES: 5 Songs That Influenced Area 11

With their second album, ‘Modern Synthesis’, Area 11 embrace hard rock and pop-rock traits and fuse them with electro elements. The album itself marks a new chapter for the quartet. Having gathered a large social media following whilst unsigned, they’ve joined Cooking Vinyl for the release of ‘Modern Synthesis’. As>>

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FIVES: 5 Songs That Influenced Not Today

With their latest EP, ‘Headway’, Manchester pop punks Not Today put a positive spin on young adulthood as they make the most of their situation. Songs such as ‘This Song Sounded Better In My Head’ and ‘Worth My Time’ sees the quintet firmly rooted in a favourable pop punk mould;>>

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Fives: Top 5 Moments in The Office (UK) by Andrew Cream

Having spent life on the road since his teenage years as part of The Ruined, Andrew Cream has plenty of tales. Now with his debut album, ‘Self Portrait’ set to be released imminently, Andrew will be sharing his stories and thoughts through eight slices of infectious acoustic punk. Through tracks>>

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Fives: 5 Ways to Deal with Addiction by Alex Green

Throughout his time in former bands Attention Thieves and The Arusha Accord, singer-songwriter Alex Green went through battles with addiction leading to a heart attack at just the age of 27. Green’s issues were highlighted in Attention Thieves’ departing ‘Year Of The Jackal’ LP last year. Now he is back,>>

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Fives: The 5 Best Music Cameos on The Simpsons by Sad Blood

When London emo outfit Sad Blood were bought to our attention, we instantly became fans of the trio. With their power pop melodies combining with heartfelt emotional lyrics, their style has been compared to Into It. Over It., Sunny Day Real Estate, Mineral and Algernon Cadwallader. So it’s no surprise>>

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Fives: The Best 80s Movies As Picked by Mr Shiraz

If you want some energetic metal-infused punk to liven up you this holiday, you don’t have to look no further than ‘21 Grams’ from eccentric groove punks Mr Shiraz. Over the course of six songs, they deliver big riffs with equally monstrous hooks that prove to be consistent and effective.>>

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Fives: 5 Reasons Why I Like Touring by Arms & Hearts

On his imminently released ‘Set In Stone’ EP, Steve Millar aka Arms and Hearts delivers an earnest selection of acoustic folk-punk full of raw lyrical themes; lost and heartache. Since starting the project in 2012, Millar has travelled up and down the country playing shows wherever possible. Throughout that time>>

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FIVES: 5 Tour Essentials with Eskimo Callboy

Eskimo Callboy are currently on a UK headline tour with The One Hundred and Cabin Boy Jumped Ship. With their electro-infused mix of explosive riffs, melodic hooks and heavy breakdowns, it is no surprise Eskimo Callboy have been slaying on the tour so far. However or any band life out>>

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Fives: Top 5 Places to Play by River Jumpers

Since their formation in 2012, Brighton-based melodic punks River Jumpers have hit the ground running on the road playing packed shows across both UK and Europe. Throughout that time they’ve played with a plethora of notable names and received support from influential figures such as Frank Turner. Earlier this year>>

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Fives: Top 5 Cities to Play In by Imperial Leisure

Since forming in 2000, London alt ska band Imperial Leisure have done their fair share of touring and then some. They’ve played shows and festivals throughout the UK and Europe. This summer they’ve appeared at the Secret Garden Party and Rebellion Festival, as well as dates with King Prawn. Having>>

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INFLUENCES: 5 Bands That Influenced Midday Committee

With their infectious hooks and charming harmonies wrapped up in a ball of melodic pop punk, Midday Committee have all the ingredients to stand out from the ever-growing pop punk crowd. Latest single, ‘She Gets Me’ is a sincere, upbeat blast of summery pop-punk that highlights the Portsmouth trio’s talents.>>

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FIVES: Must Hear August 2015 Releases

With the festival season reaching its climax with Hevy, Arctangent and the beast that is Reading and Leeds taking place in the coming weeks, we were spoilt for choice when it came to picking five releases to recommend for your listening pleasure this month. The likes of Frank Turner, Neck>>

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INFLUENCES: 5 Albums That Influenced The Bastard Sons

When you think of rock’n’roll, you think of dirty riffs, adrenaline-fuelled drums and raw vocals. York five-piece The Bastard Sons tick all those boxes on their debut album – ‘Smoke’. It’s packed with rousing, riff-filled numbers that are executed with passion from start to finish. Their sound truly packs a>>

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FIVES: 5 Albums That Influenced The Gospel Youth

This week Brighton up-and-comers (and Already Heard favourites) The Gospel Youth release their superb second EP – ‘Empires’. It’s five slices of brilliantly well-structured summery pop-rock that needs to be heard. So having delivered an EP that has won many over, we decided to find out what bands influenced The>>

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FIVES: 5 Bands That Influenced HeyRocco

With its mix of grungy guitars and slacker pop hooks, ‘Teenage Movie Soundtrack’, the debut album from Charleston, South Carolina trio HeyRocco, has the makings of being at the centerpiece of the current wave of 90s alt-rock revivalists. With comparisons to Weezer, Mudhoney, Pavement and Smashing Pumpkins, tracks like ‘Loser>>

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FIVES: Must Hear July 2015 Releases

So we’re in the midst of a heatwave and July 2015 could prove to be a landmark month for the music industry. First there is the launch of Apple Music then on Friday July 10th, a global release date comes into place. The change will see albums simultaneously being released>>

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