Interviews

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UTG TV: Stolas Discuss Upcoming Release, ‘Allomaternal’

UTG TV got a chance to catch up with Stolas at Thee Parkside in San Francisco while on the ‘Blue Swan Records Tour.’ The band is supporting label-mates Hail The Sun, alongside Icarus the Owl and a host of dynamic guests including The Venetia Fair and Adventurer.

During our interview Stolas discussed their upcoming release, Allomaternal, the band’s second full-length album, which is due October 15 on Blue Swan Records. Allomaternal, a 10-track concept album, was recorded with legendary producer Kris Crummett, (Slaves, Dance Gavin Dance, Closure In Moscow) at Interlace Audio in Portland, Oregon. …

Hostage Calm

UTG INTERVIEW: Hostage Calm’s ‘Die On Stage’ Is Their ‘Born In The U.S.A.’

In 2012, there were countless people frantically concerned that the world was coming to an end. To some, it didn’t matter that December’s doomsday was approaching. At least they’d have the time between October 9 and the end of the world to blast Hostage Calm‘s breakthrough record Please Remain Calm.

On September 16, we will see the formal release of Hostage Calm’s new record Die On Stage, although if you’re a fan of the band, I’m sure you’ve streamed or bought it online already.

The staff at Under The Gun Review have collectively been longtime supporters of …

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UTG TV: Hail The Sun Discuss Upcoming Album and Blue Swan Records

UTG TV sat down with progressive hardcore foursome Hail The Sun on the second stop of the highly-anticipated Blue Swan Records Tour at Thee Parkside in San Francisco. The tour features the band’s close friends and label-mates, Stolas, as well as support from Icarus The Owl, and numerous local acts including the most recent addition to Blue Swan Records, Adventurer.

Hail The Sun will headline the tour through the release of their upcoming full-length album, Wake, which comes out September 23. The band has already released singles “Human Target Practice,” and “Missed Injections

maps for travelers

UTG INTERVIEW: Maps for Travelers Talk New Album; Release Live Recording of New Song

Patience is one of the toughest lessons to learn in anything. The ability to overcome adversity and see something good through the rough is what separates the men from the boys.

Maps for Travelers of Kansas City are no strangers to that. Signing with No Sleep Records last year, and putting out a killer record shortly after, didn’t happen without hardships. Multiple member changes took place within the band which made recording hectic, but these guys have seen the sunrise. Now they’re on a hard grind of playing shows, reaching new grounds and perfecting their already superb live shows by …

Cipher at Afropunk (D. SKANK PHOTOGRAPHY)

AFROPUNK 2014: Cipher Reunite To Honor Life Of Danny Bobis

“I know Danny was feeling every single moment of it. I know Danny was rocking with us,” says Cipher vocalist Maurice “Moe” Mitchell.

Three years ago, the New York hardcore community lost one of our brothers, Daniel Bobis, in a tragic accident. He was a man who was able to foster various types of relationships with people of all different shapes, sizes, and backgrounds. To some he was a friend, a husband, a band-mate, a teacher, a surfer, or just an all around good guy. For myself personally, he was above the rest, a role model.

It took many …

John Nolan (D. SKANK PHOTOGRAPHY)

UTG EXCLUSIVE: John Nolan Talks ‘Bridge And Tunnel,’ TBS, And Straylight Run

If you may have noticed, we here at Under The Gun Review are big supporters of the independent film Bridge and Tunnel, which features an overwhelming amount of talent from cast, to crew, to composers. A few months ago, we ran an interview with Ryan Hunter (NK, Envy On The Coast) where he discussed creating an original score for the film.

We are now proud to bring you an exclusive one-on-one sit-down with John Nolan, the renowned guitarist and vocalist of Taking Back Sunday. We spoke to Nolan on set of a video shoot for his track “Here …

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UTG TRACK-BY-TRACK: Dog Fashion Disco – ‘Sweet Nothings’

One of the most eclectic and missed bands of independent music came roaring out of the shadows this year to bring fans a blazing, brand new record. Dog Fashion Disco returned last month with the new album, Sweet Nothings, that boasts 8 years of pent-up energy from the band’s previous hiatus into a massacre of magnificent music.

Today we are bringing you an exclusive track-by-track of the new record, where frontman Todd Smith discusses his method of madness behind each of the album’s 13 offerings. He describes the track “Doctor’s Orders” as “my contempt for the American stereotypical cycle …

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UTG SESSION: Sleep On It, Part 1 – Interview & “Sunrise”

Chicago natives Sleep On It just wrapped up their first co-headlining tour alongside their buddies in Real Talk on ‘The Rebel Alliance Tour.’ The tour, which made its way from Kentucky to New York and back, marks the first time the band has officially hit the road. As a band that operates in a completely DIY realm of music, the guys were able to tour in support of their debut EP, Everything, All At Once, with some of their own savings and some help via their devoted fan-base through a Kickstarter campaign.

In Long Island, NY, we caught up …

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UTG TV: Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2014 With Body Count

For our last installment of UTG TV‘s Rockstar Mayhem Festival coverage, we spoke with the revived iconic hardcore legends in Body Count.

The guys just finished the summer long run on the road with the Mayhem Festival and wrapped things up last weekend at the Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn, NY. Ice-T, who had no problem singing “Cop Killer” in front of various members of the NYPD, sounded confident and clear in delivering his heavy vocals. Watching Body Count perform is a far cry from watching an episode of Law And Order and a must-see for any fan of …

Eddie Hermida Feature 2014 Mayhem

UTG INTERVIEW: Suicide Silence’s Eddie Hermida Talks ‘You Can’t Stop Me’ And Continuing The Legacy Of The Band

“I feel like in this world you’ve gotta leave some kind of mark and impact. Most people have kids, I have music.”

Due to a parking mishap at the Scranton date of the 2014 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, I missed the interview time we had scheduled to speak with Suicide Silence vocalist Eddie Hermida. By the time we arrived at the press area, the band had left to prepare for their set. However, we were able to track the band down after their killer performance and three-hour meet-and-greet session, in which the band personally met every single person who was …

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UTG TV: Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2014 With Mushroomhead

When UTG TV first decided we’d be heading out to Scranton, PA for the Rockstar Mayhem Festival, we knew that Mushroomhead was one band we absolutely needed to talk to.

The band ranks amongst the most obscure of the metal bands around the world. Mushroomhead has channeled a level of energy and stage presence that can only be inspired by pure creativity and excessiveness. They’ll one day be regarded among the ranks of GWAR and Slipknot as one of the most unique bands in rock music.

Check below to watch the Under The Gun exclusive interview with Skinny, where …

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UTG TV: Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2014 With Levi Benton Of Miss May I

In 2009, I witnessed Miss May I perform at Irving Plaza in New York City without knowing a single thing about the band. By 2014, the band has released four full-length albums via Rise Records, and has been growing just as steadily as the label has.

This April, the band released Rise Of The Lion to critical acclaim, charting in the upper ranks of the the Billboard charts in America. This summer, we caught up with them at the Rockstar Mayhem Festival 2014 in Scranton, PA.

We spoke to vocalist Levi Benton about Miss May I’s rise to success and …