Interviews
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: 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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SPREADING THE DISEASE - The Über Rock Interview Print E-mail
Written by Lindsey Appleton   
Saturday, 21 January 2017 04:00

100Spreading The Disease – we don’t need to guess where they took their name from – describe themselves as a “contemporary metal band”. Based in Kent, the band was formed in 2014 by bassist Steve Saunders, who decided that, after five years in The Self-Titled, it was time to move on and do something new. With 2016 having been a pretty crap year in terms of losing so many iconic rock and metal icons, it was also a traumatic one for STD, with the departure of drummer Edd Saunders (no relation), as Lindsey Appleton found out when she caught up with Steve and singer Adam May:

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Jizzy Pearl – The BIG Über Rock Interview Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 07 January 2017 04:30

Jizzy Pearl - PortraitThe name Jizzy Pearl, or rather that of his former band, Love/Hate, holds a special place in Über Rock editor-in-chief Mark Ashby’s adventures in rock ‘n’ roll. For it was the title track of 1990’s ‘Blackout In The Red Room’ that was the first track on his demo reel for his first ever radio show audition. Thankfully, our boss man got the job – and hasn’t looked back since! Mr Pearl occasionally has, but for the moment he’s looking forward – to a new album and tour in fact… Click the link to get all the latest jizz from the Jizzy one:

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DALLAS FRASCA – The Uber Rock Interview Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Saturday, 26 November 2016 03:00

Dallas Frasca Belfast November 2016Melbourne alt-rock trio DALLAS FRASCA recently celebrated their tenth anniversary as a band by releasing a new EP, ‘Dirt Buzz’, and then promptly hitting the road for an extensive European tour supporting Ugly Kid Joe. Thirty-five shows into the run, it stopped off in Belfast, where Uber Rock’s Marc Leach caught up with the woman behind the band’s moniker to chat about… well, changing hairstyles among other things! Intrigued? Well, you know what to do…

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HARD ROCK HELL - Interview with CROWSAW Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 19 November 2016 18:14

URTV thmbAnother of the discoveries of last weekend's Hard Rock Hell X for Uber Rock's husband-and-wfe team of Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen were CROWSAW.  Our dynamic due caught up with bassist Glyn Mason and drummer Mark Pullin to talk about what was going down with the band, and especially the development of the band's heavier sound since the latter joined, their recent live album and the advantages of own their own studio...

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HARD ROCK HELL: Interview with CROSS EYED MARY Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 18 November 2016 00:25

URTV thmbThey may be named after a Jethro Tull song - or more than likely not - but that's where the comparison between a certain bunch of self-confessed "ballbags from Belfast" and a Scottish lunatic with a penchant for standing on one leg ends... especially as, of the end of an evening, the guys (and gal) from Cross Eyed Mary usually tend end up wrapped up in their duvets with a nice cup of cocao - as if!  Uber Rock's Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen caught up with them before they'd had the chance to exchange their coffee for a Buckie...

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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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Trevor’s Head – The Über Rock Interview Print E-mail
Written by Lindsey Appleton   
Saturday, 14 January 2017 04:00

Trevors HeadLast year was an important one for Surrey stoner punks Trevor’s Head, as, after six years together, a change in personnel and direction, it saw the release of their debut album, ‘Tricolossus’. Über Rock’s newest team member Lindsey Appleton hooked up with drummer (and flautist) Matt ‘Beats’ Ainsworth to talk about said release, drinking on set, nearly breaking his back while recording and what 2017 holds for the band:

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Sharks – The Uber Rock Interview Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Sunday, 04 December 2016 03:00

Sharks - CroppedPrior to their celebratory set at Bedford Esquires earlier this year, Uber Rock’s Martin Haslam caught up with Steve ‘Snips’ Parsons and Chris Spedding of reformed “car crash super group”, Sharks, for a brief, pre-gig chat about their decision to get the band back together, as well as their plans for a new album release. Click the link to find out what beans were spilt…

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GRAHAM BONNET - The BIG Uber Rock Interview Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 19 November 2016 20:52

30928283952 20c07c155a oGraham Bonnet currently is touring the highways and by ways of these British Isles promoting his latest album, 'The Book', just released via Frontiers Records. Uber Rock's team of Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen caught up with him earlier this evening, as he prepared to make his first live appearance in Belfast since 1968... collectively, they chatted about said new album, how he has always downtuned his voice - and his feelings on the recent return of his old sidekick Ritchie Blackmore to the rock 'n' roll arena...

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HARD ROCK HELL: Interview with Brad Marr of MASSIVE Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 19 November 2016 13:54

URTV thmbOne of the highlight acts, not just of the final day of Hard Rock Hell X but the weekend as a whole were Aussie noiseniks MASSIVE.  A band who are literally going to live up to their name - at least if there is any shred of justice in this world - Uber Rock's Mark Ashby caught up with frontman Brad Marr to chat about the band's career to date, why the Australian rock circuit is dead, thus forcing them to virtually move full-time to Europe, and plans for when the seemingly never-ending 'Destination Somewhere' finally grinds to a halt at the end of this year...

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Onslaught - The BIG Uber Rock Interview with Nige Rockett Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Tuesday, 15 November 2016 21:37

URTV thmbWhen Onslaught pulled into Belfast recently on the latest leg of their now seemingly never-ending tour to mark the 30th anniversary of their seminal 'The Force' album, Uber Rock's Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen took the opportunity to corner band founder and guitarist Nige Rockett to take a trip down memory lane to those heady days of the mid-1980s and the then importance of having a record contract, as well as how the music has changed in the intervening years and their plans to take their career into the next decade...

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