Interviews

Frank Iero

UTG INTERVIEW: Frank Iero Shows Simplistic Brilliance With New Record

Frank Iero stands with confidence behind his merchandise table. It’s a simple table — a few shirts hang while a stack of posters and records occupy the space between Iero and his patrons. He smiles as he deals out his products — all of which contain the symbol Iero created to represent his music.

Every person who comes to the table is greeted with poise and energy. A father of a group of young girls shakes Iero’s hand with vigor and tells him he came all the way from Cleveland for his show in Des Moines tonight. A mother walks …

bad luck

UTG @ CMJ 2014: Bad Luck Talk Musical Roots And Leaving For Tour

Daytona Beach and Long Island natives, Bad Luck, played their first ever CMJ showcase last week in Brooklyn, NY. The band has been getting some steam lately from those who have seen them live and those who are getting word through the interweb.

Having just kicked off their fall tour, we thought it would be rad for you guys to get the inside scoop on these folks. If you find yourself leaning towards lyrically angsty rock and roll, their music is definitely for you.…

jeff bridges

UTG INTERVIEW: Jeff Bridges Discusses His Career(s) and New Live Album

Jeff Bridges really needs no introduction, but for the sake of the uninitiated, he’s an Oscar-winning actor with numerous other talents on his curriculum vitae, including, but not limited to, photography, painting and songwriting. Many likely remember his turn as Otis “Bad” Blake in 2009′s multi-award winning Crazy Heart, but Bridges’ musical journey began long before that film graced the silver screen.

We were recently fortunate enough to have the opportunity to speak with Bridges about his careers in both film and music and the challenges of balancing the two, but we wanted to focus on his newest album, …

have mercy

UTG @ CMJ 2014: Have Mercy Discuss Taco Bell, Their New Record, And Plans For 2015

Baltimore breakthrough alternative outfit, Have Mercy, played Big Picture Media’s CMJ showcase this year. Under The Gun got to sit down with the band and talk about their fantastic Hopeless Records debut, A Place Of Our Own, which comes out today, October 27.

The band also talked a bit about their plans for 2015, which includes new music and upcoming tours.

Follow us below to read our entire conversation, and stream the band’s newest album, A Place Of Our Own, right here.…

wyland

UTG @ CMJ 2014: Wyland Discuss Their Musical Background and New EP

What do you get when you combine NGHBRS‘ infectious rhythm and OneRepublic‘s contoured melodic dynamic?

You get Kearney, New Jersey pop/indie-rock quintet, Wyland.

Under The Gun has many up-and-coming artists on the radar and these folks are one of them. They played a CMJ showcase this year and we were able to get in touch to talk about their upcoming EP, among many other things.…

Joe Hahn (Photo by Brandon Cox)

UTG INTERVIEW: Joe Hahn Of Linkin Park On Directorial Debut ‘Mall’

Joe Hahn has been recognized as the man behind Linkin Park’s turntables since the band’s release of Hybrid Theory in 2000.

In 2014, he is proud to have made his feature-length directorial debut with Mall, which hit theaters on Friday, October 17. Creating and releasing the film was an in-depth journey, which he simultaneously coordinated with releasing a new album, The Hunting Party, and playing a nationwide summer tour.

With a team of strong actors including Cameron Monaghan (Shameless), Vincent D’Onofrio (Law and Order) and Gina Gershon (Wilfred), he was able to …

ghost parade interview

UTG TV: Ghost Parade Talk Tours and New Album Prep

UTG TV met with Ghost Parade last Thursday at San Francisco’s Bottom Of The Hill to get caught up on everything the guys have been doing.

Ghost Parade just recently finished a short run with Kiven and Rags & Ribbons on the West Coast. During our talk, the guys discussed that a new album was in the works and that they were busy fleshing out songs and finalizing things in preparation to record a followup to 2013′s Foundations EP.

Check out our exclusive interview below the jump to find out what makes the guys in Ghost Parade tick. You can …

UTG TV - Young Rising Sons

UTG TV: Young Rising Sons Discuss Their Hustle In The Music Biz

Breaking into the music industry can be a tricky and lengthy process for most bands. Young Rising Sons have been at it for more than five years and are starting to get the recognition they deserve. The New Jersey natives just inked a deal with Interscope Records, which isn’t surprising to fans of the band. The group has a unique style that manages to channel a cinematic vibe. It won’t be long before we hear the band’s tunes blasting in the background of major motion pictures.

UTG TV caught up with the swoon-worthy gentlemen in a hotel suite in Las …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Callum Browne (Little League Records) & Syd Kemp Talk Cassettes

While the recent resurgence of vinyl has led to the widespread visibility of records and their days of celebration–even outside of independent music circles–another medium for listening to music that was thought to be a thing of the past is creeping its way back into the hearts and minds of music fans.

The medium being referred to is, of course, the cassette. Rather than write a think piece on the importance of its revival within lesser known scenes in honor of International Cassette Store Day, though, we instead sat down with Little League Records owner Callum Browne and one of

mineral

UTG INTERVIEW: Mineral @ Riot Fest Chicago

Nostalgia is something special, especially to the music scene. Memories are tied to bands that have become defunct, and have gone to do other things. That’s what makes the reunions of those bands so special. It brings a crazy amount of people together to cherish a special occasion that may never happen again.

The reunion of Mineral is not shy to that reality. With a giant tour of America, and soon to reach overseas, the band is helping fans relive that nostalgia for one night in a live setting.

After Mineral’s set at Riot Fest Chicago, UTG had the opportunity …

Melody Joy (D. SKANK PHOTOGRAPHY)

BEHIND THE SCENES: Melody Joy’s “Beauty Is Pain” Video Shoot

Melody Joy is one of the most ridiculously unique performers I’ve stumbled upon in a while. Admittedly, at first view of her music video for “Ronald Reagan,” I was confused and drawn in by the spectacle of it all. It combines elements of humor, strangeness, various foods and sexuality. It’s the first rap song that I’ve seen incorporate a Mikhail Gorbachev reference and a popcorn-filled bathtub. It seemed strange that it only had a few hundred views on it, but it turns out YouTube took it down after 15,000 views because of its sexual nature, but Joy later …

foreign tongues

UTG INTERVIEW: Foreign Tongues Discuss Their Current Sound And What’s Next

On a chilly autumn evening I made my way north to the Riverwalk Cafe in Nashua, NH to see Foreign Tongues and a line-up of local artists. The Riverwalk Cafe is a wonderful coffeehouse that has just recently expanded its territory into a new bar. The environment is warm, welcoming, and a perfect indie outlet for the Nashua area, a place that seems to be lacking in local venues.

I watched as Foreign Tongues unleashed a wave of distortion, emotion, and static, flawlessly performing their set. Featuring tracks spanning their entire discography, the band emitted energy, calm, and consistency as …