Interviews
The BIG Über Rock Interview: Matt Dangerfield (The Boys) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 03 December 2017 04:20

UMattMsChristmas may be fast approaching but Dom D is already looking past the annual present exchanging season and the month of January. Why? Well, that’s when The Boys pay what seems to be their annual visit to the iconic 100 Club. So, we send the man himself to catch up with Matt Dangerfield and find out the latest gossip from the Boys camp – and, boy, did he have some interesting stuff to let us in on.  So,ull up a chair pour yourself a drink and do what this link tells you:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Mark Kelly (Marillion) Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Sunday, 26 November 2017 04:00

Mark Kelly SquareJust prior to their recent appearance at the Manchester Academy, Über Rock’s resident DJ got the chance to sit down with Marillion keyboard player Mark Kelly to get his thoughts on the changing touring climate for bands, their writing process, the impact of Brexit and other such things. You can find out what all they discussed by clinking the link that tells you what to do:

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The Über Rock Interview: Mattias Larsson and Tomas Wallin (tAKiDA) Print E-mail
Written by Sheila Hamilton   
Saturday, 25 November 2017 04:00

TakidaFollowing on from the release of their latest album, ‘A Perfect World’ earlier this year, Swedish rockers tAKiDA recently pulled into London for a headlining show. Shortly afterwards, after the band had re-crossed the English Channel back to mainland Europe, UR’s gig guru Sheila managed to catch up with drummer Mattias Larsson and guitarist Tomas Wallin for a quick chat. Click the link to earwig on the conversation:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Martin Barre Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Sunday, 12 November 2017 04:30

Martin BarreIt is not every day that you get the chance to interview someone who not only has been working as a professional musician for longer than you yourself have been on the planet, but even less so when it's someone who has been a major influence on subsequent generations of musicians. But, that was just the experience DJ Astrocreep had the other week, when he was offered the opportunity to sit down for an in-depth chat with the legendary guitarist, Martin Barre:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Adam Weiner (Low Cut Connie) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Sunday, 05 November 2017 04:40

Low Cut ConnieWhen Gerald Stansbury stumbled upon ‘Dirty Pictures Part 1’, the latest album from Philadelphia’s Low Cut Connie, a month or so back, he fell in love with it and the band so much that not only did he rave about it on here at the time, but he immediately went out and raided the band’s entire back catalogue.  Subsequently, he hooked up with their piano pounder, Adam Weiner, to talk about the album, musical influences, covering Prince and talking to Elton John.  You can find out more on the other side of this link:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Jocke Berg (Hardcore Superstar) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 04 November 2017 04:40

Hardcore Superstar Jocke Belfast 2017Hardcore Superstar currently are coming to the end of their current run of UK dates, as part of a co-headlining run with Fozzy.  Über Rock's husband and wife management team (you can’t see The Dark Queen, as she’s the one behind the camera) caught up with charismatic frontman Jocke Berg backstage at last weekend’s Belfast show. Click the link to find out what they chatted about:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Steve Whiteman (Kix) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 04 November 2017 04:00

Kix Rockingham 2017They say that things come in threes… well, it took three attempts, and three different cameras, before we were finally able to catch the thoughts of Kix frontman Steve Whiteman on tape when we caught up with him at the recent Rockingham festival.  Click the link to find out what we chatted about – once we finally got the technology to work:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Marc Hudson (DragonForce) Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Saturday, 21 October 2017 04:20

DragonForce Marc HunterIn the second part of our DragonForce double bill, DJ Astrocreep managed to grab a chat with vocalist Marc Hudson to discuss the band’s new album, their lyrical influences, line-up changes, being a fan before he joined, choosing setlists – and his fear of catching the dreaded lurgy while on tour! To find out more about what he had to say, just click the wee link:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview - Scott Lee Andrews (Exit_International/Mutation) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 01 October 2017 04:40

Mutation - Scott CroppedIt took Rich Hobson two attempts to get the third and final instalment of his series of epic interviews with the members of Mutation pulled together – and, when he did, it happened in rather unusual circumstances.  But, it was well-worth the wait, as you’ll find out when you click the link and dive into this deeply personal and enlightening chat with bassist Scott Lee Andrews:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Jaret Reddick (Bowling For Soup) Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Sunday, 24 September 2017 04:00

Jaret Reddick posterJaret Reddick, best known as the frontman of US pop-punk pranksters Bowling For Soup, has just rounded off a short run of dates on Shit Island, telling the stories behind the songs, and performing them in stripped-down interpretations of same, on what he branded the 'Heartache & Hilarity' tour.  Über Rock's Linzi A caught up with one of her teenage heroes, and the man who provided the soundtrack to much of that period of her life, just before he took to the stage in Manchester, to talk about crowd-funding, divorce and Frank Turner... Intrigued? Well, the full conversation, with no edits, is on the other side of this little link to a massive interview:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Dean ‘Denzel’ Pearson (Mutation) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 10 September 2017 04:30

Mutation - Denzel croppedAs Ginger Wildheart prepares to unleash his latest creation, Mutation, upon us, with a string of dates designed to level the venues involved, we have been getting under the skin of the project, and of the people involved. This week, it’s the turn of that prolific music-making machine, and the beating heart behind much of Ginger’s solo material this past decade, Denzel, who is quizzed by Rich H:

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The Über Rock Interview: Kikamora Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 25 November 2017 10:46

Kikamora artworkThe Über Rock top team of Monk and DQ used the recent Hard Rock Hell XI festival to catch up with one of the hottest young bands on the bill – Somerset hard-rockers-with-a-twist Kikamora… Hang on there boss, did you say they had a twist? Yessir, I did… but to find out more you’ll have to click the link that tells you exactly what to do to get that valuable info:

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The Über Rock Interview: Tom Farrelly (Third Lung) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Sunday, 19 November 2017 04:00

Third LungFollowing on from his review of their soon-to-be-released new EP, Gerald Stansbury reached out to Third Lung singer/guitarist Tom Farrelly to chat about the origins of the project, the writing processes the band employs and how work is progressing on that traditionally difficult second album:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 11 November 2017 04:00

Ricky Warwick interview photoBlack Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick just loves his hometown shows. He’ll find virtually any excuse to pop home to his native Belfast, plug in his guitar and play a few tunes. This past weekend, in advance of the band’s headline appearance at Hard Rock Hell and accompanying tour dates, he did just that, performing an acoustic show with bandmate Damon Johnson at the city’s historic Limelight venue. Über Rock caught up with him beforehand for a quick update on what is going down in the BSR camp, the possibility of not only a new solo album but also a joint Warwick/Johnson one, his special relationship with his guitarist, how family is important to him and how he just generally likes to keep busy:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Dave Silver (Savage Messiah) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 05 November 2017 04:20

Savage Messiah BelfastSavage Messiah are currently celebrating the release of their new album, ‘Hands Of Fate’, by ripping up stages the length and breadth of the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll in support of Cradle Of Filth.  Ahead of the first night’s show in Belfast, we caught up with band founder and frontman Dave Silver for an illuminating chat about music, spirituality and sobriety:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Madame Mayhem Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 04 November 2017 04:20

Madame Mayhem BelfastApparently she’s been living up to her name ever since she was a teeny tiny tot – and is now doing so on stages everywhere, most recently on the Fozzy/Hardcore Superstar co-headline tour currently coming to the end of a run of UK run of dates.  We caught up with New York’s latest rising star just before she took to the stage for the Belfast show. Find out what we chatted about on the other side of the link:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Brock Lindow (36 Crazyfists) Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Sunday, 29 October 2017 04:20

36crazyfistslanternscdAlaskan metallers 36 Crazyfists dropped their seventh full-album, ‘Lanterns’, at the end of September. Allan Maxwell caught up with the band’s Brock Lindow on one of the vocalist’s rare moments of downtime to chat about the album, the writing process, touring and ice hockey:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview - CJ Wildheart Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 20 October 2017 04:30

CJ WildheartCJ Wildheart releases his third album, ‘Blood’, via another hugely successful Pledge campaign this very day. Rich Hobson recently tracked him down to chat about said release, his tempestuous relationship with Ginger, his love of being able to play and produce music on his terms – and, of course, hot sauce and cooking! Click the link for our exclusive, in-depth, no-holds-barred chat:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview - Stevie Pearce Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 24 September 2017 04:20

Stevie PearceTrying to pin down guitarist Stevie Pearce is like trying to catch a jack-in-the-box with a firecracker up it’s ass – virtually impossible, as the UR team found out at last month’s HRH Sleaze festival, where we supposed to sit down with for a natter about his new project, The Hooligans. It didn’t work out – but, we’re made of determined stuff, and Dom Daley finally managed to corner him, nail his feet to the floor and interrogate him on the band, their recently released debut album, working with Jizzy Pearl and Kory Clarke and what the future holds for this workaholic musician:

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The FINAL Bloodstock Interview – Courtesans Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Sunday, 10 September 2017 05:00

Courtesans - Bloodstocj thumbLast month’s Bloodstock festival may be fading in many people’s memories, but it remains very much to the forefront of others, mainly because of the vast majority of amazing sets by some pretty damn fucking incredible bands… one of the true discoveries of the weekend, as far as the UR team and many others were concerned, were Courtesans, who delivered a set that can only be described as outstanding.  Our backstage queen caught up with them afterwards, and you can find out what they chatted about right on the other side of this link:

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In Conversation With… Colin McFaul (Cock Sparrer) and TJ McFaul (Bar Stool Preachers) Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Sunday, 10 September 2017 03:30

Cock Sparrer - CardiffAs we said yesterday, we’ve got a double hit of punk old and new for you this weekend.  First up, Dom Daley reported from the frontline of the gig that saw Cock Sparrer returning to south Wales for the first time in almost four decades. They were ably supported by The Bar Stool Preachers – the band fronted by Tom McFaul, son of Sparrer singer Colin.  Before said gig, our Nev pulled up a stool with the father and son team for a rather unique chat:

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