Interviews

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 …

995713_356760024453674_1418067146_n

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 …

New Found Glory 2014

UTG INTERVIEW: New Found Glory @ Riot Fest Chicago 2014

Rock bottom.

That’s the best way to describe where New Found Glory sat in their career earlier this year. Accusations surrounding the abrupt departure of a former member whirled around the band — causing chaos like nothing any artist wants to see in a tenured career. It would have been so easy for our favorite pop-punk forefathers to call it quits, to run into the shadows and hide. To fade away and fall off the face of the Earth.

But what would that prove? For a band that built a career on music that captures the essence of never giving …

modern baseball

UTG INTERVIEW: Modern Baseball @ Riot Fest Chicago 2014

Modern Baseball is, by and large, one of the most important breakthrough artists of this year. If their first album, Sports, didn’t prove that, the band’s 2014 release of You’re Gonna Miss It All should have.

Not only is their recorded music perfect for singing along and laughing, but this honest and witty four-piece perfects their live set. All over people were talking about Modern Baseball’s Riot Fest set and how it was one of the best of the day. Between picking a perfect mix of songs, to cracking potty jokes, to kissing each other onstage, they know how …

TakingBackSunday-SEPT2013creditMichaelDubin

UTG INTERVIEW: John Nolan of Taking Back Sunday @ Riot Fest Chicago

Taking Back Sunday have had a crazy year. They released a criminally underrated album (Happiness Is…), a split 10″ with The Used, and embarked on a huge, extensive tour that has lasted nearly all year, including all three Riot Fest dates. And they’re not done. They’ll cross the pond and play shows over in Europe this Fall/Winter.

UTG had the honor of sitting down with Taking Back Sunday’s guitarist, John Nolan, before the band’s set on Saturday at Riot Fest where we discussed the tour, the record, and general things happening in the TBS camp.…

ned-benson

UTG INTERVIEW: Director Ned Benson Discusses ‘The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby’

To cast both Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy in your first feature film you’ve got to be a pretty special director, and after seeing The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Them, I can vouch for the fact that Ned Benson has some pretty special traits to him as a filmmaker.

His first feature film, The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, is split into three parts – HimHer, and Them – each exploring different viewpoints and perspectives as to why the relationship between Conor Ludlow (McAvoy) and Eleanor Rigby (Chastain) failed. It portrays their relationship in both a raw

stolas

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 …