Interviews
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 – 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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The BIG Uber Rock Interview – Sharlee D’Angelo (Arch Enemy) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Friday, 08 September 2017 16:00

Arch Enemy - Will To PowerNow over two decades into their career, Arch Enemy are beginning to reap the greater rewards of longevity in the metal scene.  Although the last few years have seen significant changes within the band, it’s done nothing to slow them down.  If anything, this is a band revitalized, as is apparent from their formidable new album, ‘Will To Power.’  We caught up with bassist Sharlee D’Angelo prior to today's albus release, to get some insight as to how the band pushed the boundaries of their signature sound like never before, resulting in their most diverse work to date:

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The Bloodstock Interviews - Blaakyum Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Sunday, 03 September 2017 03:30

Blaakyum sigilOne of the first Lebanese metal bands to have their music played on their country’s national radio, Blaakyum recently returned to the UK after a ten-year break to play the Hobgoblin stage at Bloodstock. Our intrepid back stage reporter tracked them down and pinned them to a chair to talk about how they get mistaken for a black metal act and the difficulties of trying not to sound like every other Middle Eastern band:

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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 Bloodstock Interviews – Criminal Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Friday, 08 September 2017 20:00

Criminal band picGuitarist Anton Reisenegger pulled double duty at last month’s Bloodstock – taking to the main stage with Brujeria and then fronting his own band, Criminal, across the site in the Sophie tent later that same evening.  In between, our backstage correspondent grabbed him (metaphorically anyway) for a quick chat about the 20th anniversary of the ‘Dead Soul’ album and the challenges of a changing music industry:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Ginger Wildheart Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Sunday, 03 September 2017 04:00

Ginger MutationMan of many talents and even more bands (four at the last count?), Ginger Wildheart is a musician who should need no introduction to the readers of Über Rock. His project Mutation, on the other hand, might… His foray into the more extreme end of the rock ‘n’ roll spectrum, it’s not quite what you would expect from this troubled troubadour. To get to grips with this distinctly heavy metal-oriented project, Rich Hobson recently sat down, separately, with each of its three protagonists – and who better to start with than with the main man? Click the link for further erudition:

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The Bloodstock Interviews - Endeavour Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Sunday, 27 August 2017 04:30

Endeavour BOA FlyerIn the latest of our series of interviews conducted with just some of the bands who appeared at the recent Bloodstock festival, Linzi A chats to Chris and Iain from Bristol prog metallers about their show, how they had to shorten it at the last minute – and how the guitarist managed to impale his eye on his instrument!  Nice!

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