UTG TV: ETID Meets CYE At Warped 2014

We here at Under The Gun Review like to consider ourselves family. For us, it’s important to keep in mind that the music community is in fact a community. At events like Warped Tour, you get to meet a lot of new people. UTG TV was able to bring together Close Your Eyes and Every Time I Die for the first time.

I’m sure you remember UTG TV’s segment entitled ‘Boozin’ With Buckley‘ we ran with Keith from Every Time I Die not too long ago. Well, unfortunately we couldn’t have a second installment of the boozing (considering it was mid-afternoon), but we still wanted to catch up with the ETID frontman.

While Keith was in a bit of a hurry to get to an autograph signing, I was in conversation with Brett Callaway of Close Your Eyes, so we decided to conduct an impromptu interview where we crossed the worlds of ETID and CYE to talk about Warped Tour, mud flinging, the bands’ respective records From Parts Unknown and Line In The Sand, and an upcoming foam party. Read more »


UTG TV: Warped 2014 With Yellowcard

“I hope that somewhere, whoever is sitting in an office, looking at the internet and counting his money, that he decides that this is a good year for a new Yellowcard record.”

It’s hard to believe that Yellowcard released their classic record Ocean Avenue a decade ago. I’ll spare you the redundant “list-blog” type of writing that is meant to make you feel old or explain to you what you already know. Yes, we were introduced to the violin-wielding pop-rockers quite some time ago.

When the Vans Warped Tour hit Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY, we sat down with that very violin player, Sean Mackin, to discuss the return of Yellowcard.

We talk about the process of re-recording their timeless record to put out Ocean Avenue Acoustic and their best Warped experience of the summer. It may be open to interpretation, but it seems as though Yellowcard have submitted their new tunes to Razor and Tie Records, and are simply waiting on a decision as to when it will see the light of day, although it was announced to be slated for 2014. Read more »


’50 Shades Of Grey’ Trailer: Needs More Bondage

The first trailer for the upcoming 50 Shades Of Grey adaptation has found its way online ahead of the film’s February 2015 release.

Keeping the majority of the story’s exploration into S&M at bay, the first true look at 50 Shades Of Gray attempts to build tension out of thin air. You see the leads meet, and you even learn a little bit about their relationship, but all the quote/unquote ‘good stuff’ is kept in the background. That is, until the clip’s final moments. You can view the film’s first trailer below: Read more »

the otter years

REVIEW: The Otter Years – ‘Singles Collection’

Artist: The Otter Years
Album: Singles Collection
Genre: IDM
Label: Little League Records

When listening to The Otter Years‘ work for the first time, one would not be foolish to suspect the musician behind it has focused their career efforts on experimenting with all facets of electronic music. Alas, they would be wrong, as The Otter Years is none other than the brainchild of TTNG’s percussionist Chris Collis, a man known for existing as the backbone of mind-bending math rock rather than utterly relaxing dance music. Allowing listeners to fully wrap their mind around the concept of Collis’ 180 degree turn in sound, he has gathered all of The Otter Years’ singles debuted throughout 2014 and compacted them into the Singles Collection, a sprawling 30-minute expression of various musical ideas with one unifying theme: being outright stunning. Read more »


Ray LaMontagne Stops Concert While Couple Continues Talking In The Front Row, Refuses To Resume Until They Leave

The number one unwritten rule of attending any live performance is making sure you show the person/group performing a little respect. Put down your phone, stop talking amongst yourselves, and become one with the event taking place all around you. Simple, right? Not for one West Michigan couple.

Last night, Ray LaMontagne took his summer tour to Frederick Meijer Gardens on the outskirts of Grand Rapids, MI. In the middle of his performance, LaMontagne noticed a couple in the front row who refused to stop talking to one another. He continued to perform for a short time, but ultimately brought the entire show to a halt for what those in attendance described as “numerous f bombs.” After his initial frustration was made known, Ray refused to continue the show until the couple in the front row ended their conversation and left the venue. They did, and the crowd went wild.

This morning, a news team in Grand Rapids were able to track down the couple responsible for stopping the show and conduct an interview. In it, an unidentified male claims he and his fiance were simply whispering to one another, and that they feel incredibly embarrassed by what happened. You can view the initial news report below.

Let this story be a lesson to all of you who think your conversation is more important than the show people paid money to see: SHUT UP. Read more »

We Came As Romans

We Came As Romans Announce Headline Tour With For Today, The Color Morale and More

We Came As Romans have announced the ‘Present, Future, Past Tour,’ featuring support from For Today, The Color Morale, Crossfaith and Palisades.

When We Came As Romans hit the road, they’ll be touring in support of their upcoming DVD Present, Future, And Past, which hits shelves on September 2. The video captures the band’s November 2013 performance at the House of Blues in Chicago.

I’ve included the trailer for that DVD after the jump, along with The Color Morale‘s just-released lyric video for their new track “Suicide;Stigma,” which features the band’s fans and friends relaying the song’s powerful message through some hand-made signs. The track also, perhaps not-so-coincicentally, features We Came As Romans vocalist Dave Stephens on guest vocals. The Color Morale’s new album Hold On Pain Ends also hits stores on September 2. The full list of tour dates can be viewed below. Read more »

Oli Sykes

Oli Sykes Opens Up About Overcoming Drug Addiction At The APMAs

The very first Alternative Press Music Awards were held earlier this week at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum. Thousands of fans were in attendance as well as numerous notable artists in the alternative music scene. Awards went out in a dozen categories, including Album Of The Year. That award ended up going to Bring Me The Horizon for their stellar album, Sempiternal. When accepting the album, frontman Oli Sykes opened up and briefly spoke about his drug addiction and going to rehab. The video was released by Alternative Press, and you can watch it beneath the break.

It’s great to hear that Sykes is now drug-free, and his accomplishment should hopefully be inspiration for any fans who are in a similar situation. Read more »


Listen To A Teaser For A New Copeland Song, “I Can Make You Feel Young Again”

Back in April Copeland announced their official reunion, and confirmed they would be releasing a new album. When they initially made the announcement, they streamed a new single and launched pre-orders for the album. They have been relatively quiet since then, but now we have a brief teaser of another new single. The clip is taken from “I Can Make You Feel Young Again,” and it’s available to stream below.

Ixora will be released October 31, and pre-orders can be purchased right here. Be sure to check in again soon as we will post the full song once it’s released. Read more »


Cities And Years Launch “Situations” Live Music Video

Michigan Melodic Hardcore group, Cities And Years launched their brand new live music video earlier via idobi Howl for their track “Situations”.

The video is compiled with head bangs, beer throws, moshing, and just straight up live insanity to show everyone what a Cities And Years show is all about.

You can view the insanity right after the jump.  Read more »


Feel Your Skin Crawl While Watching the Debut Trailer for ‘Nightcrawler’

I have to let you know this up front: I’m a huge fan of Jake Gyllenhaal’s. I think he is wildly under appreciated, and does a lot of really great character work in almost all of his films, that usually ends up going unnoticed. Today, we are pleased to share with you the undeniably creepy trailer for Gyllenhaal’s new film, Nightcrawler.

The directorial debut of writer Dan Gilroy (The Fall, Real Steel, Bourne Legacy), Nightcrawler tells the story of Lou Bloom, a strangely driven man who in his attempt to find a job, discovers the dark world of crime journalism in Los Angeles. As with a lot of Gyllenhaal’s work, the film has a really menacing and “boiling beneath the surface” tone to it. Gyllenhaal lost a lot of weight for the role, which I think really adds to the uncomfortable vibes that the trailer portrays.

Nightcrawler opens up in theaters October 17, which seats it right in the middle of Oscar season, and with a buzz that’s already pretty strong you can bet this is one you need to keep an eye on. Check out the trailer after the break and let us know what you think, as well as what your favorite Jake Gyllenhaal film is. Read more »


Assassins Release “We The People” Lyric Video

Motor City metalcore group Assassins released a brand new lyric video earlier today for their track called “We The People.”

The band recently dropped a brand new album titled War Of Aggression back in March, in which the track is featured on. You can view the lyric video right after the jump.

Be sure to keep up with the band and see what they are doing. According to a Facebook post, they have some news to announce real soon, so keep an eye out for that. Read more »

Que Sera

Que Sera Sign To CI Records, To Release New Album In September

If you’re on the hunt for a new post hardcore band to add to your music library may we point you in the direction of Que Sera? They are a Rhode Island-based group who are already taking significant steps in their musical career. They not only announced their signing to CI Records, but they also confirmed that their upcoming album, Nomad, will be released through the label on September 23. To celebrate the announcement, the band teamed up with Alternative Press to spread the news and reveal a music video for the single “Atlas.” You can check it out below.

Nomad is already available to be pre-ordered. It can be purchased through iTunes, or physical copies can be picked up on Storenvy.

If you do enjoy what you hear be sure to hit the band up on Facebook and congratulate them on the happy news. Read more »