Category: Interviews

OHHMS/Hundred Year Old Man/Agvirre – Manchester, Satan’s Hollow – 7 March 2020

OHHMS have been a band that’s popped up on more gigs in Manchester recently that Jase W can count: they always seem to be playing Rebellion or Satan’s with a myriad of supports. For their latest show at Satan’s they brought with them a favourite of our resident Manc, in the form of drone metal six-piece, Hundred Year Old Man, as well as Agvirre, with local live music expert, John Badger manning drums.

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Heavy Psych Sounds Fest – Camden, The Underworld – 7 March 2020

So, it’s back down to the Heavy Psych Sounds Festival again, meaning another round trip to London, despite the ongoing COVID-19 issue. It is the same issue, in fact, that renders two bands unable to play on the day, with Gorilla having an ill member and not risking it being the illness, and Giöbia having been denied access to the UK, despite getting clearance previously from the Italian embassy.

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HRH Metal IV – Birmingham, O2 Academy – 15 February 2020

The ÜR team headed to Birmingham, the home of metal, on the weekend after the 50th anniversary of Black Sabbath’s debut album for a weekend of metal goodness at HRH Metal. While the big lad took care of the interviews, it was left to Jonny B to cover the stages for the next couple of days. With three stages to cover and lots of competing slots, he did his best to catch as many of the bands as possible – and he didn’t do a bad job! So with things kicking off at 1pm on the first day, it was time for JB to make his way down to the third stage to check out the first band…

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The Big Über Rock Interview – Biff Byford

It cannot have failed to come to attention of regular Über Rock readers, and indeed metal fans in general – well, with the possible exception of those who have been holidaying in some remote corner of Outer Mongolia or quarantined in a Chinese community centre – that legendary Saxon frontman Biff Byford is about to take a massive step into the unknown, with the release of his first ever solo album, ‘School Of Hard Knocks’, which sees the light of day this coming Friday (21 February). Thirty years after first interviewing one of the most iconic frontmen in British, and indeed global, heavy metal, ÜR’s chief pack mule dialled the area code for north Yorkshire to have a quick chat with the man himself.

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Naked Six

Manchester grunge/indie/punk trio Naked Six may be a relatively new name to many Über Rock readers, but they have a pretty impeccable pedigree, given that frontman Seb Byford is the son of… well, his surname sort of gives it away doesn’t it? With their debut album, ‘Lost Art Of Conversation’, due for release on 6 March, Astrocreep took the opportunity to grab a chat with the lads and talk about same, their music, forthcoming tour dates and, perhaps most importantly, mango and passionfruit smoothies!

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The BIG Über Rock Interview: Toby Jepson (Wayward Sons)

One of the hardest working musicians, fronting one of the hardest working bands in the Über Kingdom, Toby Jepson and his group of Wayward Sons are currently nearing the end of a month-long run supporting tongue-in-cheek superstars Steel Panther across the length and breadth of Europe. With the tour heading across the Irish Sea for its final trio of dates, we caught up with the singer to talk about how their latest roadtrip had been going, as well as the prospect of sharing the same stage as KISS at this summer’s Download Festival, the band’s relentless work ethic and the secret to their success on social media.

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‘Confessions Of A Female Tour Manager’: The BIG Über Rock Interview – Kim Hawes

Kim Hawes can rightly be regarded as one of the true groundbreakers for women in the music industry, someone who broke through the glass ceiling of perceived prejudice and proved that anyone, if they put their mind to it, can achieve virtually any goal they seek to score. Having survived ten years working with Motörhead – an achievement only one other person could boast about – this former swimming instructor became one of only six female tour managers working anywhere in the music industry, bringing with it the equal amounts of grit and glamour which makes up life on the road with some of the biggest bands on the planet, from Rush to Black Sabbath. Last year, having ended her journey and stored her suitcases away for the last time, Hawes shared her experiences in her autobiography, the rather cheekily titled ‘Confessions Of A Female Tour Manager’.

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Wheel/The New Death Cult – Manchester, Deaf Institute – 10 February 2020

After missing a chance to see Wheel at Damnation festival in Leeds last year, they’ve been on Jase Walker’s “to catch” list for a few months now. Tonight’s leg of the tour brings them to one of Manchester’s lesser known yet fantastically hipster music bars, The Deaf Institute, situated in the heart of the city’s student area just off Oxford Road. Along for the ride is Norway’s The New Death Cult in their first tour in the UK in support of their rather fantastic self-titled debut LP.

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