Interviews
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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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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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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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: 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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