Influences: Ice Nine Kills

Over the coming weeks, Already Heard will be highlighting a variety of bands set to play the Slam Dunk Festival in May. On their latest album, ‘Every Trick in the Book’, Boston, Massachusetts’ Ice Nine Kills showcase their brand of elaborate metalcore and post-hardcore through soaring theatrical melodies, complex orchestral>>

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Influences: Skies Collide

Last Friday, Australian dark pop/alt-rock band, Skies Collide released their new single – ‘Run Wild’. The dynamic number delicately combines Brittany Wilson’s ballad-like vocals with muscular rock instrumentation. Having shared the stage with names such as Mayday Parade, Emarosa, Lydia, and Hands Like Houses, ‘Run Wild’ marks the start of>>

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Influences: Slyde

Later this week, Canadian melodic technical proggers Slyde return after a two-year hiatus with a new EP titled ‘Back Again’. With their homeland having a long history of producing technically proficient bands, Slyde are no different. The combination of Nathan Da Silva’s elegant vocals and Sarah Westbrooks powering keyboard skills>>

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Influences: 5 Albums That Influenced Aaron Keylock

Oxford’s Aaron Keylock has achieved a lot in his short time on this earth. Aged just 18 years old, Keylock has been herald as a teenage guitar sensation by many, and he’s got the plaudits to back it up. In recent years he’s graced various festivals including Download and Bloodstock>>

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Influences: Dead Frequency

With their mix of glam and punk rock, Northamptonshire’s Dead Frequency know how to produce a mix of upbeat, fun songs that are sharp and definitely catchy. Their latest EP, ‘Tough Tracks and Setbacks’, does just that as songs such as ‘Time for Saying Sorry’ and ‘Nobody’s Listening’ are carried>>

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Influences: 5 Albums That Influenced New Woman

Having come together through Leeds DIY scene, garage rock, two-piece New Woman produce a raw, jagged and intriguing sound on their recent AA single ‘Without Teeth You’d Be Nothing’/‘The First Time’. The duo is made up of Bearfoot Beware’s Tom Bradley and Modern Pleasure’s Adam Taylor. ‘Without Teeth You’d Be>>

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Influences: 5 Bands that Influenced Black Orchid Empire

Last month, rising British rockers Black Orchid Empire unleashed their debut album – ‘Archetype’. Its release follows appearances alongside the likes of Biffy Clyro, Skunk Anansie, Feeder and Editors. The London-based trio have produced a collection of straightforward rock songs. Songs such as ‘Riches & Rags’, ‘This City’ and ‘Riff>>

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Influences: 5 Albums That Influenced Six Time Champion

With their latest EP, ‘More Than Me’, Brighton’s Six Time Champion return with a set of slick pop-punk songs that are carried with plenty of heart and soul. Having honed a sound that is firmly embedded in modern day pop-punk, we recently spoke to the quartet to discuss five of>>

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Influences: 5 Albums That Influenced Annisokay

Having built a strong following in their homeland, German metallers Annisokay are starting to make waves overseas. Tomorrow they release their third full-length – ‘Devil May Care’. Having got an EP of Michael Jackson covers out of their system earlier the year, album number three offers a set of fiery>>

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Influences: 5 Bands That Influenced Towers

South Coast quartet Towers recently made their first step on to the UK “Brit Rock” ladder with their eponymous debut EP. Over the course of three songs, the Bournemouth collective produce a firey set of alt-rock showcasing their impassioned, anthemic style. Although it’s early days for Towers, the EP gives>>

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Influences: 5 Albums That Influenced Brave Vultures

Last month Essex quartet Brave Vultures released their debut EP – ‘I’m Not Coming Back If You’re Not Here’. Over the course of five songs, they showcase a mix of impassioned, melodic alt rock that transcends various genres. Now as they release a video for their track ‘Where I Wanna>>

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Influences: 5 Songs That Influenced FURR

With their fuzzy, grunge-like tendencies and hooky choruses, Leeds up-and-comers FURR have a growing reputation as ‘Think Sharp Kid’ and new single, ‘Padlocks’ showcase a melodic rebellious sound, putting them alongside the likes of Dinosaur Pile-Up and Puppy. While their admiration for 90s alternative rock also shines through. So with>>

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Influences: 5 Songs That Influenced Anna’s Anchor

After months of waiting, Marty Ryan aka Anna’s Anchor releases his debut album, ‘Nautical Miles’ album today. It sees Ryan adapting a full-band sound, yet retains his emotional outpouring. Over the course of ten songs, he provides a introspective, earearnest layered record. Having featured Anna’s Anchor on the site several>>

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Influences: 5 Songs That Influenced Safe Side

On their sophomore EP, ‘Blossom’, Essex pop-punks Safe Side supply a range of refined summery hooks alongside vocalist Frank Yates’ distinctly homegrown delivery. Over the course of four songs, the quintet set a favourable foundation to build on going forward. Nevertheless, despite their sound firmly being rooted in pop-punk, Safe>>

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Influences: 10 Albums That Influenced Brightlight City

With an abundance of emerging UK rock acts constantly coming through, it can be tough to stand out from the pack. However, Brightlight City are trying their best. Their latest single, ‘Thieves’, is three minutes of radiant, melodic rock that thrives on playful guitars and a big chorus. The track>>

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Influences: We Are Carnivores

Nottingham math-rock trio We Are Carnivores are gearing up to return on July 22nd with their new EP – ‘Theodor’s A Don, Bro’. Consisting of four colourful slices of twisting party-ready math-rock, songs such as the title track and ‘You Can’t Argue With Sharks’ and ‘I’m Not An Alcoholic, I>>

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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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Influences: 5 Songs That Influenced River Becomes Ocean

Since forming in 2013, River Becomes Ocean has played shows with Funeral For A Friend and The Qemists, seen its members move from France and Germany to Brighton, as well as collaborated with Shane Told of Silverstein. Later this month, they release their second EP – ‘December’. Consisting of five>>

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Influences: 10 Songs That Influenced Making Monsters

This week Derry alt-rockers Making Monsters release their third EP – ‘Bad Blood’. Having honed their sound with a relentless touring approach, the quartet’s latest effort is a fiery mix of stellar riffs and powerful vocals wrapped up in a thrilling energetic ball. Songs such as ‘Call Me Out’ and>>

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Influences: 5 Albums That Influenced Patrick Craig

With his debut album, ‘True Story,’ Patrick Craig showcases an honest and heartfelt range of stripped back songs encompassing themes such as a growing up, anxiety and dealing with change. Having grown up on a musical diet of Irish folk music, Green Day and Oasis, the singer-songwriter has a diverse>>

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Influences: Colt 45 on Funeral For A Friend

Last week Funeral For A Friend finished the main portion of their ‘Last Chance to Dance’ UK tour. As they prepare for one final farewell in London next month, and following on from our recent ‘Best Of’ playlist, longtime FFAF fan Adam Lewis from Cumbria punk band COLT 45 penned>>

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Influences: Five Songs That Influenced Lock & Key

With their debut album, ‘Peaceless,’ metallic hardcore mob Lock & Key produce a blistering set of thumping, adrenaline-filled songs. Throughout tracks such as ‘No Acceptance’ and ‘Unclear State of Mind’ serve to be upfront and confrontational as the quintet take a no-holds barred approach. As they prepare unleash ‘Peaceless’ this>>

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Influences: 5 Bands That Influenced Apherium

With a distinctive British melodic rock sound, Somerset rockers Apherium latest EP, ‘Embrace The Fall That Brought Us Here,’ offers three hook-driven, striking tracks that has seen the quintet be compared to Fightstar and InMe. Songs such as ‘Embrace’ and ‘Resolve’ thrive off jabbing drums, sonic guitars, a strong bassline>>

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Influences: 3 Albums That Influenced Fairview

With ethereal melodies and a heavier grunge undertone, Bristol quartet Fairview are gradually winning over admirers with latest single ‘Warmth’ flourishing off the bands indie-gloom tendences. The four-piece, consisting of Josh Hough, Cameron Dickerson, Jake Matthews and Kitto Horsley, formed in 2014 and released their debut EP, ‘Moonlight,’ last summer.>>

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Influences: High Hopes

With their second album, ‘Sights And Sounds’, Reading quintet High Hopes demonstrate a ferocious display of melodic metalcore and sees them mature compared to past releases. Throughout they bring about a sense of familiar alongside freshness and ambition to the genre as seen on tracks like ‘The Callout’ and ‘Defender’.>>

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Influences: 5 Albums That Influenced ReVerbed

With their recent ‘Another Year, Still Here’ EP, Doncaster based quartet ReVerbed produce a concise and punchy collection of aggressive pop-rock. The male-female vocal talents of George Donoghue and Zoe Waugh combine well especially on tracks like ‘Bury Me’ and ‘Breathe In/Breathe Out’. Throughout their is a blend of rock>>

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Influences: Never Hill

Emerging Coventry rockers Never Hill recently made their return with the re-release of their debut EP – ‘Epilogue’. With the rich vocals of Adam Ross combining with the bands approachable alt rock style, Never Hill show plenty of potential. Tracks like ‘Fire’ and ‘Starting Line’ thrive off the bands anthemic>>

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Influences: 5 Influential New Jersey Acts by Weatherbox

Since forming 10 years, San Diego, California punk band Weatherbox have gone through countless line-up changes but with singer-songwriter Brian Warren firmly at their helm, they have gone to produce a back catalogue of thought-provoking and hook-driven songs musically expanding on every release. Throughout the years Warren and company has>>

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Influences: 5 Albums That Influenced Less Deceived

On their second EP, ‘Average Songs About The Best Days Of Our Lives’, Less Deceived showcase an obnoxious brand of punk rock that if all was right with the world would earn them an invitation to this years FEST in Florida. A mecca for beer koozies, flannel shirts and Hot>>

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