Category: Interviews

Knocked Loose/Malevolence/Justice For The Damned/Renounced – Manchester, Club Academy – 2 December 2019

A four-band bill awaited our travelling gigaholic in his second home, as he stepped things up a notch with the heaviness, after a few punk gigs, into a modern hardcore and metal hybrid territory. Kentucky hardcore punks Knocked Loose have only been around for six years but seem to have garnered a burgeoning reputation for their live shows, so the big lad figured why the hell not, given their proximity…

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Phil Rind (Sacred Reich)

One of the most politically-charged and pioneering bands of the crossover thrash genre, Arizona legends Sacred Reich recently reunited with former drummer Dave McClain and subsquently released their first new album in 23 years, the suitably titled ‘Awakening’, which they are currently supporting with a massive 89-date tour. Having rampaged their way up the Über Kingdom from the dark heart of Camden to Glasgow, earlier today (Sunday 1 December) they crossed the Irish Sea to ÜR’s home city of Belfast and a gig in our local pub, where we caught up with frontman Phil Rind for a quick chat about the album, how the media landscape has changed during their creative hiatus and how he is grateful to be able to continue doing what he is doing

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Cursed Sun

Northern Ireland death groovers Cursed Sun are just about to release their latest EP, the ÜR-approved ‘Vendetta’. We invited singer Andrew ‘Jones’ Cassidy and guitarist Ciaran McKeever into ÜR’s hallowed inner sanctum to discuss the release, the positive changes in the band’s line-up, the creation of new single ‘MDK187’ and the influence behind its powerful accompanying video, why they hope it will be “fourth time lucky” in the annual Bloodstock Metal 2 The Masses competition, and their plans to take their hard-hitting sound across the Irish Sea in 2020

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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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