Interviews
HRH AOR: Sordid Lies Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 19 March 2017 04:30

URTV thmbWe're like to tell the truth here on the website to excite.  We don't believe in lies.  And especially not of the sordid kind.  Well, we didn't... until we met up with Valen Vain, the charismatic and colourful frontman of the Hull-based sleazesters by the name of - well, Sordid Lies.  Click the link to find out why mint green skintight leggings are now the de rigeur fashion accessory at UR headquarters this coming season:

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HRH AOR: Kane'd Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 19 March 2017 03:30

KanedValley gals, and guys, Kane'd were one of a number of bands to play two sets at last weekend's HRH AOR fest - one on the second stage on the Friday afternoon, and a second, stripped down one, on the acoustic stage the following day.  Mark Ashby caught up with the three sisters, and two of the fellas, to get the lowdown on the band... once they'd got the small matter of a certain rugby match out of the way:

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HRH AOR: Talking Shit with Silent Jack, Daylight Robbery and Hell's Addiction Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 18 March 2017 04:00

URTV thmbLike most of our friends from the various webzines and radio stations, Team UR spent most of the Saturday morning of last weekend's HRH AOR fest camped out in the media zone, trying to cram in as many interviews with as many bands as possible... in our case, we very quickly started talking shit - quite literally.  Click the link to find out what went down in three of the interviews:

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HRH AOR: Voodoo Vegas Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 16:29

URTV thmbThe Friday morning of last weekend's HRH AOR proved to be a frustrating one for the UR team, with interviews cancelled, postponed or re-arranged more often than editor-in-chief Mark Ashby changed his underwear... however, one band who not only turned up on time but were actually early were the guys from Voodoo Vegas, who were the first band of the weekend to brave our interrogation suite:

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HRH AOR: Mark Slaughter Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 14 March 2017 19:38

URTV thmbÜber Rock editor-in-chief Mark Ashby had the chance to catch up with Slaughter frontman Mark Slaughter ahead of the band's headlining appearance at HRH AOR this past weekend.  We'll not spoil the surprise by divulging what they talked about... you'll just have to click the link to find out:

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The Über Rock Interview: Fabio Dessi (Arthemis) Print E-mail
Written by Lindsey Appleton   
Sunday, 12 March 2017 04:30

Fabio DLindsey Appleton recently tracked down Fabio Dessi, vocalist with Italian power metal thrashers Arthemis, to talk about the band’s forthcoming new album, ‘Blood – Fury – Domination’, due to be released on 7 April, and how the simple act of saying “hello” to each other every day is one of the secrets to the band’s longevity:

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The Uber Rock Interview: Dante Gizzi (Gun) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 07 March 2017 05:00

URTV thmbÜber Rock editor-in-chief Mark Ashby caught up with Gun frontman Dante Gizzi when the band returned to Belfast this past weekend, as special guests on the current Black Star Riders tour.  Click the link to hear all the gen on life on the road, including accident-prone bus drivers, defying doctor's orders, the band's forthcoming new album and how whiskey (especially of the Irish variety) is definitely good for enhancing your vocal performance:

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The Über Rock Interview: Matt James (Blacktop Mojo) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 25 February 2017 04:00

Blacktop Mojo - Burn The Boats artworkTexan hard rockers Blacktop Mojo release their excellent second album, ‘Burn The Ships’, next month.  Über Rock editor-in-chief Mark Ashby caught up with singer Matt James to get the lowdown about the release, as well as chat about their musical influences, the importance of writing together as a band and their viral hit cover of an Aerosmith classic…

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The Über Rock Interview: Kevin Martin (Candlebox) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 19 February 2017 05:00

Kevin MartinFormed in 1990 and hailing from Seattle, you might think you know exactly what kind of band Candlebox are without hearing a note of their music. And in some ways, you’d be right. Candlebox are (as put by Kurt Cobain) your radio-friendly unit-shifters. But then, if you look beyond the hook-filled catchiness of their music you’ll find that the band’s lyrical content is anything but commercial, tackling everything from homelessness to mass shootings. Über Rock’s Rich Hobson was lucky enough to speak to Candlebox’s passionate vocalist Kevin Martin to find out why Candlebox are a band so different to their peers and how it feels to be touring again in Europe after a 20 year absence:

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The Über Rock Interview: Griffin Dickinson (SHVPES) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 21:08

Shvpes BelfastA remarkable eight years into their career, Birmingham “upstarts” SHVPES have only recently released their debut album, ‘Pain. Joy. Ecstasy. Despair’, which they are currently out on the road promoting as the opening act on Trivium’s latest UK and European tour. Über Rock editor-in-chief Mark Ashby caught up with lead singer Griffin Dickinson to talk about why the fuck they changed the “a” in their name to a “v”, the aforesaid album, how his rather famous dad didn’t actually know he was fronting a heavy metal band and the downside of going head to head with skateboard legend Tony Hawk:

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The Uber Rock Interview: Joey Vera (Armored Saint) Print E-mail
Written by Lindsey Appleton   
Sunday, 12 February 2017 04:00

010Über Rock’s Lindsey Appleton recently tracked down Joey Vera of Los Angeles thrashers Armored Saint to discuss their forthcoming live album and UK tour dates. You can read what he had to say for himself by clicking the heavy ass link to darkness:

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The Über Rock Interview: Monster Truck Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 18 March 2017 04:15

Monster Truck tour posterCanadian four wheel driven rockers Monster Truck are currently ripping up stages across the UK on a headline tour in support of last year’s ‘Sittin’ Heavy’ album. Having earned rave receptions when they visited the island of Ireland with Nickelback last October, the band quickly made sure that was where their latest jaunt kicked off, as our editor-in-chief found up when he hooked up with them just before the first night’s show in Belfast:

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HRH AOR: Devilfire Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 17 March 2017 03:30

URTV thmbWhen Devilfire were originally booked to play last weekend's HRH AOR they were called something different, before being forced to change their name... unfortunately, that came too late to get all the posters and so forth changed, so they appeared on the billing under their former name!  Confused?  Mark Ashby caught up with band founder Alex Cooper to explain the situation:

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HRH AOR: Paul Laine Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 14:02

URTV thmbLast weekend's HRH AOR, as with every year's events, was filled with highlights, one of which was a storming set from the one and only Paul Laine.  The day before his main stage appearance, he also had performed an intimate acoustic set, after which Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen caught up with him for a quick chat:

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HRH AOR: Lita Ford Print E-mail
Written by The Dark Queen   
Monday, 13 March 2017 15:06

17264326 10210826076200378 5658923252730405751 nThey say you should never meet your heroes... but that's exactly what happened this past weekend, when Über Rock's very own The Dark Queen sat down with the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, Lita Ford, prior to her appearance at HRH AOR this past weekend.  The two ladies chatted about Lita's autobiography, the influence she has had on women in the rock industry and her plans for a new studio album:

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The Über Rock Interview: Robbie Crane (Black Star Riders) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 07 March 2017 23:03

Robbie Crane - BSRBlack Star Riders are currently ripping up stages up and down the length of the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen caught up with the band when they pulled into frontman Ricky Warwick’s home town of Belfast, where they enjoyed a very intimate instore acoustic set followed by a riotous headline show at the city’s historic Limelight venue. In between, they caught up with bassist Robbie Crane to chat about the success of new album ‘Heavy Fire’ and the band’s extreme work ethic:

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The Uber Rock Interview: The Amorettes Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 06 March 2017 20:56

URTV thmbScotland’s hardest working all female rock ‘n’ rollers The Amorettes are currently in the middle of a short run of dates opening for the Black Star Riders and fellow Glaswegians Gun. Über Rock caught up with Gill and Hannah to chat about… well, basically anything and everything that popped into our collective heads.  Click the link for some good old fashioned rock 'n' roll banter:

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The Über Rock Interview: Gary ‘Guitar’ Lammin interview Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 19 February 2017 06:00

COVERDom Daley recently caught up with Bermondsey Joyriders’ frontman Gary ‘Guitar’ Lammin to talk about his debut solo album, working with the late genius that was producer extraordinaire Dave Goodman and how it was important for him not to record to something that sounded anything like the band which is his “day job”:

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The Über Rock Interview: Joe Dawson (Seasons Hollow) Print E-mail
Written by Lindsey Appleton   
Sunday, 19 February 2017 04:00

Season Hollow EP artworkLindsey Appleton recently caught up Joe Dawson from Hereford sensations in the making Seasons Hollow, to talk about their recently released debut EP and their thoughts on the annual Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition. Click the link to find out what the singer had to say:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Paolo Gregoletto (Trivium) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 12 February 2017 20:25

URTV thmbEarlier this evening, Über Rock editor-in-chief Mark Ashby caught up with Trivium bassist Paolo Gregoletto immediately after the band's soundcheck for the second date of the US metallers' latest European tour.  Click the link to find out what they chatted about:

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The Über Rock Interview: Psycho Kiss Print E-mail
Written by Lindsey Appleton   
Saturday, 28 January 2017 04:30

400Firm fan favourites in their native south Wales, Psycho Kiss have been slowly making a big noise for themselves outside Über Rock’s former home nation and spreading their fiery brand of rock ‘n’ roll. Lindsey Appleton caught up with the band to talk about their recently released third album and their plans for 2017:

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