Category: Interviews

The BIG Über Rock Interview – Steven Jones (Bleed From Within)

Glasgow heavyweights Bleed From Within are about to assault our aural cortexes once more, with the release of their fifth studio album, the highly impressive ‘Fracture’, this coming Friday. Having had the pleasure of being able to absorb the album for several weeks now, Jase Walker had the opportunity to chat, appropriately socially-distanced of course. to guitarist Steven Jones about the release, where the band are coming from with it and, of course, the challenges of promoting new product in an age of lockdowns, pandemics and quarantine:

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Arta Salehi (Quinn The Brain)

Quinn The Brain are a new band from Houston who this coming week are releasing their first official EP, ‘Open Wide’, which Gerald S can pretty safely say is his EP of the year. It was a show by the awesome Pretty Vacant (also from Houston) where Arta Salehi (vocals/ guitar) and or resident stetson-wearer met by chance a few months ago. The G man has been playing the EP nonstop since probably the end of February or beginning of March, and more recently recently braved the Covid lockdown and utilized the power of the internet to chat formally to the frontwoman about the band’s past, present, and future.

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Adrian Goleby (Caligula’s Horse)

Earlier this month, our resident proggie, Jase W, reviewed ‘Rise Radiant’, the excellent new album from Australian progsters Caligula’s Horse, which is released next week via InsideOut Music. Well, they must have liked what he had to say about it, as the next thing he know he’d been invited to fire some questions across the interweb to the land down under, and specifically to guitarist Adrian Goleby, to ask about the album, songwriting, his memories of touring in different territories and choosing setlists…

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Ross Jennings (Haken)

Regular ÜR readers will know by now that Jase W is a massive fan of London-based progressive metallers Haken. He has expressed his admiration for them several times, most recently this past week when he raved about their forthcoming new album, the appropriately titled ‘Virus’. So, when he got a call from the big boss at ÜRHQ asking if he wanted to have a chat with vocalist Ross Jennings, of course, he politely declined… did he heck!?

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Rick Ruhl (Every Mother’s Nightmare)

It’s probably the understatement of the 21st century to say that the global Covid-19 pandemic has thrown the music business into complete and utter chaos, with touring schedules decimated, festivals cancelled, album releases delayed… the situation confronted by many artists, especially as to whether or not they’ll be able to continue as before once we, eventually, come out the other side of this crisis and return to some form of normality. Prior to the international lockdown being introduced – or not, in some cases – Memphis hard rockers Every Mother’s Nightmare were in the final stages of recording their latest album. Earlier this week, the band’s frontman and founder, Rick Ruhl, checked in, via the offices of EMN’s record company, HighVolMusic, to give us an update on where things are at with both the recording and the band itself…

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Über Rock (Re)Introduces… Alunah

It’s something of twist on our ‘Über Rock Introduces…’ feature, as this edition features a band with whom we have been more than familiar for quite a number of years now… but that’s exactly what we have here with the phoenix like re-emergence of Alunah! Since the departure of founding vocalist and guitarist Sophie, Sian Greenaway stepped quickly into the void left and the sound has blossomed from a female-vocalled Black Sabbath into a groove ridden stoner monster.

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Cellar Door Moon Crow

Near identical fabulous beards and baby brown eyes peer out from under mounds of hair and various hats, very loud and very different. This is Sheffield band Cellar Door Moon Crow, brothers Phil and Tom Goodwin, who released their latest album ‘You Got This’ in November last year. After triumphing at last summer’s Ramblin’ Man Fair, they had set their sights on the now cancelled Download festival, where they were due to appear on the Dogtooth Stage on the Friday night.

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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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