Category: Interviews

The BIG Über Rock Interview – John ‘Harv’ Harbinson (Stormzone/Twisted Mind)

Best known as the frontman of Northern Ireland power metallers Stormzone, John ‘Harv’ Harbinson later this month releases his debut solo album, under the moniker of Twisted Mind. Following on from Monk’s review of same, DQ took the opportunity to sit down with someone whom she regards as an old friend, to talk about the album… what she didn’t realize is how deeply honest, incisive and personal their chat would become as the singer talked with brutal frankness about the inspiration behind the songs,the turbulence and upheavals in his life during the time of its creation, the support of his fellow bandmates during his darkest days and his plans for the future.

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Über Rock Introduces… THVS

Despite having been kicking around the Norn Iron scene for a little more than five years now, Belfast-based power trio THVS are about to unveil their debut full-length album. Which seemed like the perfect excuse to catch up with band founder and hard-working frontman Michael Smyth to find out more about the threesome (sic) and the music that they describe as “heavy pop” …

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders)

Black Star Riders have just released their fourth studio album, ‘Another State Of Grace’, and are preparing to return to the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll for the compulsory supporting tour. However, frontman Ricky Warwick made an impromptu visit home to his native Belfast earlier this week, to catch up with family, watch a couple of football matches and record a session for a certain national broadcaster. Of course, he also popped into ÜRHQ for a chat…

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Über Rock Introduces… Swamp Coffin

Every now and again, a band comes along whose name, and sound, intrigue us and make us want to find out more. We came across the gloriously monickered Swamp Coffin a month or so back, when we they submitted their debut EP – the equally wonderfully titled ‘Flatcap Bastard Features’ – to ÜRHQ for adjudication. Needless to say, we loved what we heard, and so caught up with the Rotherham trio – vocalist/guitarist Jon Rhodes, drummer DW and bassist Shawn Denton – to find out more about the band and their sludgy/drone sound…

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Über Rock Introduces… Bakers Eddy

Now and again, a young band comes along who pique our interest sufficiently to make us want to delve more into their story and give them a little more exposure than a mere single or EP review… So it was that our resident gigaholic recently took a break from travelling the length and breadth of the Über Kingdom to fire up ye olde Überfone to the Antipodes to catch up with pop punk newbies Bakers Eddy, who last month released their latest single and also have just signed to Ivy League/Mushroom Records.

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Danny Bryant

British blues virtuoso Danny Bryant releases his new album, ‘Means Of Escape’, in September. So, no better excuse to catch up with the guitar wizard for a chat about same, the significance of its title, the deeply personal nature of some of the songs, the challenge of self-producing, what we can expect on the subsequent promotional tour – and how the blues is like a fine whiskey…

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Über Rock introduces…. A Month Of Sundays

Now and again, a young band comes along who pique our interest sufficiently to make us want to delve more into their story and give them a little more exposure than a mere single or EP review… So it was that, during the week, our resident gigaholic DJ Astrocreep took a break from travelling the length and breadth of the Über Kingdom to fire up a Twitter feed and catch up with the guys from Scottish newbies A Month Of Sundays, who release their debut single, ‘Kingpin’, this coming Friday (12 July).

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Problem Patterns

Every once in a while, it seems that certain artists make a timely entrance into the public gaze in order to cogently and sincerely speak on behalf of a specific group of people – be that through words, sounds or images.  The universe is kind in that way.  A recent prophetic arrival on the Belfast music scene has been the punk four-piece, Problem Patterns, who in an extraordinarily short amount of time has proven to be one of the most exciting musical prospects this country has to offer right now.  Managing a deft balance between instigating much needed discourse on a number of weighty societal issues as well as being one of the most fun current live acts in the alternative scene, the band has dug its colours into this land’s cultural zeitgeist. 

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Laura Ozholl and Shelley Walker (JOANovARC)

London hard rockers JOANovARC are about to release their second, on this occasion self-titled, album, which they will back up with a series of live shows. UR took the opportunity to catch up with guitarists Laura and Shelley to chat about the album, some of it’s lyrical themes, how they draw inspiration from adversity and those much-publicized travails with the PledgeMusic funding mechanism.

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Dominik Goncalves dos Reis (Downfall of Gaia)

German extreme metal progressives Downfall of Gaia are now celebrating their 11th year as a band, having transformed themselves from a crust-inspired early sound into something more adjacent to post-metal and atmospheric black metal as the years have worn on. The fruits of their labour can be heard on ‘Ethic of Radical Finitude’, the band’s fifth record and a headlong plunge into a sea of post-BM atmospherics that take the frosty fury of black metal and affix it to the stunning textual diversity of post metal.

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