Given the position Real Gone finds itself in at the end of our fifth year online, it might seemed clichéd to say it, but ever year seems to get better and better. It’s been another brilliant year for discovering new music – particularly releases from underground and DIY bands, but also for discs from a couple of old favourites. Culled from hundreds of albums to grace our stereo this year, presented below is a quick look at ten of our favourite releases, as well as a round-up of the more notable of the rest.
Following the release of their anticipated debut album, Mongol Horde have announced a run of live dates to compliment their scheduled Reading/Leeds Festival appearances.
With just four days left until release, Möngöl Hörde have unveiled another track from their debut album. You can take a listen below.
A blistering mix of hardcore punk and metal with a hint of mathrock guitar work thrown in, the album is an uncompromising and intense experience. It hits the shelves on 26/05/14.
During the relentless touring for his huge selling album ‘England Keep My Bones’ – gigs that saw support slots with Billy Bragg and successful festival appearances alongside sold-out headline shows – singer-songwriter Frank Turner made an unexpected move. He teamed up with his old mate Ben Dawson and formed Möngöl Hörde, a hardcore band channelling a lot of the spirit of their previous band Million Dead. The band played a low key gig in a Camden pub before appearing at the Reading and Leeds Festivals, before Turner resumed his solo work, releasing the commercially successful ‘Tape Deck Heart’. Little more was heard from the Hörde until a couple of years later, when they announced the release of a debut album, little over a week before it was due to hit the shelves – a lightning-fast, almost guerilla like promotion very in keeping with the sharp and uncompromising sound from the band themselves.
In the summer of 2012 folk/punk’s favourite son Frank Turner unveiled a new hardcore punk side project Möngöl Hörde, reuniting the singer songwriter with his old Million Dead bandmate Ben Dawson.