Archive for the ‘Interviews’ Category

Jay Mohr

UTG INTERVIEW: Jay Mohr On Stand-Up, George Carlin, And His “Hotel California”

“If anyone thinks my show was ‘pretty good,’ then I’ve completely failed.”

It’s hard to edit down an interview when the person you’re talking to is an incredible interviewer himself. Not only did Jay Mohr devote time to our conversation, but he often turned the table, asking me my opinion on various issues.

Furthermore, it is impossible to define Mohr in a succinct way, given that he’s done so many different things so well. You may recognize him as a stand-up comedian or an actor. You may have seen him on Saturday Night Live or listen to his podcast Mohr

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UTG INTERVIEW: The Tontons @ Middle of the Map Fest

When you think of Houston, TX, what do you think of? ZZ Top? Destiny’s Child? Maybe…Blue October? Some southern gospel…maybe? But chilled-out indie isn’t necessarily the vibes I get when I think about one of the largest cities in the country. But The Tontons deliver just that. The band just released their latest album, Make Out King and Other Stories of Love, and have caught some glances, not only with the album itself, but with their relaxing, yet in-your-face live show that leaves nothing in its path.

As they made their way to Kansas City for Middle of the …

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UTG Interview: Marlon Wayans Talks ‘A Haunted House 2′

Few comedic voices have been as prominent or successful in the last two decades as that of Marlon Wayans. From Don’t Be A Menace, to White Chicks, Scary Movie, Little Man, and beyond, Wayans has a knack for bringing the outrageous to life in a way that attracts throngs of movie goers again and again. His latest, A Haunted House 2 (out this weekend), will likely be no different.

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to sit down with Wayans and a group of Boston film critics to discuss his latest work, as well as …

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UTG INTERVIEW: DECORATOR @ SXSW

Don’t let age fool you — DECORATOR may be young, but the music is far from naive. DECORATOR is a full-forced wrecking ball of collaborative rock ‘n’ roll cleverly mixed with proper and contagious pop hooks. Hailing from Los Angeles, the band create a live atmosphere of energy that mirrors a heavy mixture of Foxy Shazam and Bruno Mars. With members ranging from 19 to 21, DECORATOR are perfecting a smooth and flamboyant sound years before their competition.

The band had a chance to sit down with Under The Gun during their recent trip to SXSW to talk about …

Party Dolls Love Wars Baby EP

UTG INTERVIEW: Party Dolls Talk ‘Love Wars Baby’

Party Dolls is an Atlanta-based indie rock group that just delivered its tantalizing debut release, Love Wars Baby. Full of a downright impressive singer-songwriter integrity, mixed in with a bit of traditional pop notions, Love Wars Baby is a record reflecting a craft of songwriting that has long since been forgotten in contemporary music. Tracks such as “Vampire” and “You Let Me Know,” show southern seduction, while numbers such as “Kindly Leave,” and “Love Wars Baby” are overtly catchy and melodic.

We had a chance to catch up with with Party Dolls brainchild Drew Beskin to chat about the …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Night Riots @ SXSW

Night Riots have infected listeners with its contagious blend of electronic and alternative rock. The 2013 release, Young Lore, is making waves amongst a sea of mediocre competition. Songs such as “Remedy” and “Young Lore” display a band composed of musicianship that is absent of fallacies. The record mirrors the essence of other fabulous key-driven acts such as The Killers or Keane.

Under The Gun had a chance to sit down with the band at SXSW to talk about the success the band has been having with the latest release and what we’re to expect from the band …

Architects US Interview

UTG INTERVIEW: The Architects (US) Talk Future Of ‘Border Wars’

The Architects are not your little sister’s kind of rock n’ roll. The band is completely in your face, engrossing your brain with infectious riffs and irresistible melodies. Coming off the 2013 release, Border Wars – Episode 1, The ‘Tects are rampaging across venues in the greater 48 throughout this spring. Border Wars – Episode 1 is the first episode in a five-part series of records and graphic novels the band is releasing alongside artist Mallory Dorn. If you haven’t listened to the first installment of Border Wars yet, strap in and be ready to be taken on a …

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UTG INTERVIEW: NGHBRS @ SXSW

Long Island’s indie rock act NGHBRS became an overnight sensation with the viral success of the music video for “Hold Up Girl,” but it doesn’t take long to tell this band is much more than just another YouTube sensation. No, NGHBRS is much more than a band with one clever video and catchy tune, they are a band supporting an entire EP that seeps indie rock passion and progression. The band’s newest release, Twenty One Rooms, is gripping and compelling, a record that really shows a band that has created a formula of sensational rock n’ roll tracks.

Under …

Spillway As Astronauts Or Atoms

UTG PREMIERE: Spillway – “Atlas Carried”

Under The Gun Review and Spillway are teaming up to bring you the band’s highly-anticipated debut number, “Atlas Carried.” The track provides the listener with sensations of the strangest variety, as if Dredg decided to write a punk rock song in the back of a jazz club. This is the kind of the strange that is aurally pleasing. It is not sensationalized or glorified to fit the mold of “strange,” it simply is a fascinating listen. The song doesn’t fit one niche, it doesn’t conform, and it doesn’t play by the rules, and those are often the intangibles that make …

Tiny Moving Parts Feature

UTG INTERVIEW: Tiny Moving Parts Discuss Recording LP #2, Emo, and SXSW

The past year and a half has been massive for Triple Crown Records’ latest signing, Tiny Moving Parts. In January, the group released their full-length debut, This Couch is Long and Full of Friendship, and was met with widespread acclaim. So much to the point that we named them one of our 5 artists you need to watch in 2013. Somehow, someway, TMP found themselves on bigger and bigger tours with bands like The Front Bottoms and Real Friends, and releasing their debut album through Kind of Like Records.

In February of 2014, the group announced that …

the year fifteen

UTG INTERVIEW: Billy Duprey (The Republic Of Wolves) Discusses His Debut Album as The Year Fifteen

For the past month, we’ve been stalking Billy Duprey‘s every move. Okay, maybe not every move, but every move he makes musically. We’ve covered his debut solo LP extensively and are pleased to continue aiding in its promotion. As A World Entire is a stellar indie rock release from one fourth of The Republic Of Wolves, and following hot on the heels of our review, exclusive track-by-track, and various streams, Duprey took the time to speak with us about his introductory solo effort with more insight to how it developed and matured from its 2008 inception …

jake round

UTG INTERVIEW: Pure Noise Records’ Founder Jake Round Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary

In 2009, Jake Round founded Pure Noise Records in California. Although he’d had no previous experience in single-handedly operating a record label, he was still able to turn a loan from his mother into one of the driving forces in independent pop punk, rock, indie, and hardcore.

In 2014, we are celebrating the five-year anniversary of Pure Noise Records, which has come a long way from a split decision to release a No Bragging Rights record. Perhaps you can accredit Round’s success to his longtime involvement in the local music scene, his time spent interning at a record label, or …