Interviews
The BIG Über Rock Interview: David Reed Watson (Kill Ritual) Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Saturday, 17 February 2018 13:05

David Reed WatsonWith a new album under their belt, Kill Ritual are about to head back out on the road, as opening act on Iced Earth’s epic North American tour, which kicks off this coming week in Indianapolis and runs through until the end of March. As the band started packing their bags and re-stringing their guitar, Linzi A dialled up ye olde trans-Atlantic telephone connection to grab a quick chat with vocalist David Reed Watson and get all the latest biz from the band camp (sic):

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Kaya Tarsus (Blood Youth) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 17 February 2018 12:08

Blood YouthBlood Youth are the sharks of the hardcore scene right now, constantly moving from gig to gig, festival spot to festival spot, support slot to support slot. Talking of the latter, Rich Hobson managed to corner vocalist Kaya Tarsus before appearance in Birmingham, where they were opening for While She Sleeps, to find out how 2018 is looking for the band and where we can expect to see them next:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Michale Graves Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Saturday, 10 February 2018 04:20

Michale Graves CroppedAfter a previous solo tour was cancelled, Michale Graves last month finally ventured back on to British soil, 19 years after his last expedition here with The Misfits. For the opening night, he headed up north to Chester, so it seemed an ideal chance for our travelling gigaholic DJ to finally catch up with the man for a chat. You can find out what he had to say for himself on the other side of this link:

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ROOTS, GRASS ROOTS: Interview with Nick Byrne (The Dragonffli) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and David O'Neill   
Saturday, 27 January 2018 04:40

The Dragonffli sigilDespite the many challenges which they face, independent venues are the lifeblood of the rock ‘n’ roll scene. Often run on shoestring budgets, by people who, like everyone here at Über Rock, are dedicated to the music for the love of the music, often pouring their own blood, sweat and tears – and money – into what they do in order to keep the flame alive and burning brightly. As the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’f’n’ Roll prepares to mark Independent Venue Week, we kick off an occasional series of features in which we pay homage to some of the true heroes of the business, the first of which is on the other side of this link:

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Über Rock Introduces... Deathtraps Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brookes   
Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:00

Deathtraps 2So just how do you like your rock ‘n’ roll? New? Edgy? Raw? Maybe a hint of the Stooges? Just a smidgeon of the MC5?  Welcome to the Deathtraps! Already picking up massive interest on the live circuit and with a self-produced LP, ‘Justice For The Risca One’, that crept into Nev Brookes’ top 17 for 2017. Live they are finding their feet, setting their stall out – and, do you know what? I guarantee that they’ll find themselves in quite a few scribes gig of the year listing for 2018. So, enough with the pre-amble: on with the show…

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Über Rock Introduces... Naked Six Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Saturday, 06 January 2018 04:40

Naked Six SquareNaked Six are a two-piece band based in York featuring the talents of Seb Byford on guitar/vocals and Tom Witts on drums. Hailed by many, including our very own Ben Hughes, as one of the most exciting live bands to emerge from North Yorkshire in recent times, the self-proclaimed schizoid blues duo are building a sturdy reputation through high octane live shows that never disappoint.  Bennyman caught up with the duo following one such gig to get under the skin of a band standing on the cusp of an exciting year:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Coady Willis/Jared Warren (Big Business) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 23 December 2017 04:40

Big Business MontageToo metal for punk, too punk for metal, Big Business have always been a band between worlds, their sound taking a little bit of column a and a little bit of column b to create something truly cacophonous and hard hitting. When the band returned, to the UK for the second time this year in November, Rich Hobson caught up with drummer Coady Willis and bassist Jared Warren ahead of their show in Birmingham. Find out what they chatted about on the other side of this link:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Mick Underwood’s Glory Road Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Sunday, 17 December 2017 04:40

HRH NWOBHM Mick UnderwoodAfter a few months when he has got to sit down with some real rock heroes, our resident DJ reckons he has somehow managed to outdo himself, by grabbing a chat with one of the true legends of the British rock scene, Mick Underwood. Click the link to find out some really juicy stories about his time in bands such as Episode Six and Gillan – as well as a few from his current bandmates, who almost end up conducting the interview themselves:

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The Big Über Rock Interview: Brian Tatler (Diamond Head) Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Sunday, 17 December 2017 04:00

Brian Tatler BelfastA few weeks ago, the UR team caught up with Diamond Head guitarist and all round living legend Brian Tatler for what has become our annual chat during their annual visit to Belfast. However, due to a number of circumstances outside our control, the resulting video was virtually unusable. But, we don’t give up that easily, and so DJ Astrocreep was assigned to undertake ‘Take Two’ at the recent HRH NWOBHM festival in Sheffield:

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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: Brock Lindow (36 Crazyfists) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 10 February 2018 04:40

39873970121 90038b1e68 qThe personal difficulties and tragedies which have fed into 36 Crazyfists’ last two records (2015’s ‘Time and Trauma’ and 2017’s ‘Lanterns’), resulting in powerful and personal expressions of grief and triumph which are among the band’s best. When the band returned to the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll last month, Rich H caught up with frontman Brock Lindow ahead of the band’s (sold-out) show in Birmingham to chat about the record, life and what can be done to support those suffering from mental health issues like depression or addiction:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview - Chris Catalyst (Eureka Machines) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 10 February 2018 04:00

Chris Catalyst SunflowerIt’s fair to say that Chris Catalyst is something of a rock ‘n’ roll hero here at ÜRHQ. Not only does he front one of the best rock bands in the UK (and dare we say, most successful independent ones to boot!) but he has built a library of impressive and exciting gigs with bands including Sisters of Mercy, Ugly Kid Joe and the Ginger Wildheart Band. Rich H caught up with him in a rare moment of downtime to chat about his return to Eureka Machines and the band’s current Pledge campaign for their fifth album:

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The Über Rock Interview – Dan Lovett-Horn and Steve Graham (Promethium) Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Saturday, 20 January 2018 04:40

Promethium album coverFive years on from their last effort, Lancaster metallians Promethium are about to release a new album, ‘Faces Of War’. So, what better time for one of UR’s shield maidens to catch up with two of the guys from the band to find out about the forthcoming release, what they’ve been up to in recent years and what 2018 holds for them – and you can do just that on the other side of this link:

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The Über Rock Interview - Brandy Row Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Saturday, 13 January 2018 04:20

Brandy Row profile picNow, you probably recognize Brandy Row from his time with The Gaggers and The Truebadors. If you don’t, shame on you and hit that “find” button, or click the link to find out more about the man and his plans for the coming year, thanks to this excerpt from a much bigger chat with our Nev about music, arts and literature:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Pallbearer Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 23 December 2017 12:21

Pallbearer 1In our last big interview of the year, we keep things suitably dank and gloomy in this season of light-hearted frivolity, as Rich Hobson presents us with the results of a chat he had with Arkansas doom-mongers Pallbearer following their main stage appearance at the recent Damnation Festival. Click the link to do what it says and find out what was on the conversational agenda:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Virginia Monti (Psychedelic Witchcraft) Print E-mail
Written by Richard Hobson   
Saturday, 23 December 2017 04:00

Psychedelic Witchcraft Virginia Monti CroppedWe may be right in the teeth of the time of year commonly agreed to be called Christmas, but the spirit of rebellion runs deep here at URHQ, and so we couldn’t resist bringing a bit of darkness to the light-heartedness that surrounds us, and indulge in a bit of good old-fashioned occultism… and how better to do that than with a dose of Psychedelic Witchcraft? Click the link to find out what happened when Rich H caught up with Virginia from the band of the same name at the recent Damnation Festival:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Kev Riddles (Angel Witch/Tytan) Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Sunday, 17 December 2017 04:20

HRH NWOBHM DJ Interviewing Kev RiddlesWhen our resident DJ was at the recent HRH NWOBHM festival in Sheffield, a familiar face appeared before him in the media room. Even though his band were not playing the weekender, Kevin Riddles, formerly of Angel Witch, now of Tytan, was taking a breather from the action out the front, so DJ figured that was as good a point as any to see if he was free for a chat. Luckily, he was:

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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 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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