Category: Interviews

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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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Robin Staps and Mattias Hägerstrand (The Ocean)

Formed at the start of the millennium, German metal experimentalists The Ocean have managed to create music spanning a number of impressive subgenres and styles, including everything from sludge and post-metal to symphonic and avant-garde. At the heart of it all is a band who has never wavered in their ambition, creating stunning works of art that consistently show their worth as some of the finest metal releases on the scene right now.

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Jaret Reddick (Bowling For Soup)

Earlier this week, Bowling For Soup made up for forsaking the loyalty of their fans on the island of Ireland by playing back-to-back sold-out shows in Belfast and Dublin. Monk and The Dark Queen caught up with frontman Jaret Reddick just prior to the former date for a chat about their love of this part of the Überverse, their forthcoming 25th anniversary celebrations, his recent collaborative album with Kelly Ogden and 26-hour long video shoots.

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Herman Rarebell

Whatever happens in relation to the supposed Brexit, Britain and Europe will come together in Brighton this coming Friday (12 April). The ‘Drum Legends’ show at The Dome features the talents of three of the greatest sticksmen of the last half a century: the great Ginger Baker, Pete York (of The Spencer Davis Group) and former Scorpion Herman Rarebell, with whom DJ Astrocreep took the opportunity to grab the following chat in advance of the show

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Zaher Zorgati (Myrath)

A couple of weeks ago, Tunisian metal crue Myrath dropped the stunning video to the track ‘No Holding Back’, the final instalment in a trilogy of themed clips to promote their forthcoming new album, ‘Shehili’. In fact, we at ÜR were so impressed with the epic visualization that we gave it our coveted ‘Video Of The Week’ award at the time… Band founder and vocalist Zaher Zorgati recently popped across the English Channel from his adopted home of Paris to dirty ol’ London town, for a round of media interviews. Needless to say, we took the opportunity to grab a chat with this most charismatic of characters…

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THE BIG ÜBER ROCK INTERVIEW – TIM BOWNESS

We recently were able to have a chat with renowned prog artist and music emporium owner Tim Bowness, to talk about his new album, ‘Flowers At The Scene’, which lands this coming Friday (1 March). The album was produced by the equally legendary Steven Wilson and features a host of collaborations, including Peter Hammill (Van Der Graaf Generator), Andy Partridge (XTC), Kevin Godley (10cc), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Jim Matheos (Fates Warning) and David Longdon (Big Big Train). We also chatted about his song writing manner and how working with top quality musicians over the years has changed his own playing style.

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The Big Über Rock Interview – Ward XVI

So, the first festival of the year is finally upon us, in the shape of the HRH Metal shebang in the home of the genre, Birmingham. In the weeks leading up to this moohassive weekender, we have been chatting to some of the lower order acts to get their take on the event and find out what they are up to currently and in the near future… In our latest chinwag, we invited Preston-based metallians Ward XVI take time out of their day to day lives to grab a coffee and have a chat with us at ÜRHQ. They tell us all about the band’s plans, festivals and give us an update on their next album.

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