Interviews

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UTG INTERVIEW: Nick Kroll Talks ‘Adult Beginners’

In a time when it seems everyone is looking to the next mega-budget Hollywood blockbuster for their entertainment it can be easy to forget that there are countless indie efforts hitting theaters as well that offer equal, if not greater quality entertainment without resorting to the use of CGI and latex. One such film in theaters right now is Adult Beginners, which stars comedian Nick Kroll as a man who is forced to move in with his pregnant sister and her husband after losing everything in a tech startup. It’s the kind of funny, yet emotionally driven story that …

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UTG ALBUM PREMIERE: Goodbye Tiger – ‘The Pixelated Soul’

When four personalities cross paths and take a major leap in stepping away from the usual routine of building a musical style from the ground up, something truly magical can be born. This can be the case for New Jersey’s up-and-coming experimental outfit Goodbye Tiger.

After releasing their debut EP, Who Do You Call Home?, back in 2013, the band was put into the Asbury Park spotlight, showing poise in every show and leaving every ounce of blood, sweat, and tears on stage. Two years later, the band is set to release their debut full-length album, The Pixelated

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UTG INTERVIEW: Screenwriter David Larson Discusses Being Accepted Into Tribeca Film Festival With ‘Big Boy’

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival is taking place April 15-26 in New York City, NY. Each year the festival showcases hundreds of features by film crews across the globe. Not every feature that’s submitted to the festival gets accepted, which makes it a huge honor for those who make it. Most features that win in their category are eligible to be nominated for an Academy Award for the current season. Last year’s winner in the Best Narrative Short category, The Phone Call, subsequently won an Oscar this past February.

We had the opportunity to sit down with the screenwriter …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Writer/Director Alex Garland Talks ‘Ex Machina’ And The Auteur Theory

The Beach, 28 Days Later, Never Let Me Go, Dredd, Sunshine. These may all be sci-fi titles that you have seen or heard of in the past ten years. Alex Garland is the man who helped shepherd them to completion. Not only is he the writer on all of those aforementioned products, he is also a consultant on how those films ended up looking.

Starting out as a cartoonist, Garland turned his eye toward writing. When his book, The Beach, got optioned, Garland’s gaze turned towards filmmaking. Since The Beach, Garland has succeeded …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Great Cynics Discuss ‘I Feel Weird’

Since 2011, Great Cynics have been bringing their own version of folk-punk to the masses. First it started with their home country of England, but now in 2015, they’ve logged thousands of miles thanks to some incredible tours with groups like Joyce Manor and The Smith Street Band.

Their third full-length, I Feel Weird, will be hitting US shelves on April 13 and is sure to spread like wildfire. Don’t believe us? Take a listen to “Lost in You” below.

After giving the record a spin, we knew we absolutely had to have a chat with the band about …

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The Father And The Frontman: Frank Iero Gets Tattooed For His Kids

Under The Gun Review met with Frank Iero at Greenpoint Tattoo Company in Brooklyn to talk about his life’s new chapter and his undying devotion to being a father, all while watching him get inked.

Frank Iero’s confidence is a put-on. I know that because he told me so.

He loves to play as much as he hates to play. The 45 minutes of ecstasy he experiences on stage is the pendulum swing counteracting the 24 hours of pure hell leading up to it.

“I’ll be fucking holding, clenching my stomach, totally fucking hating my life because I have …

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UTG INTERVIEW: The Damnwells Discuss First New Record With Original Lineup Since 2006

For the first time in about eight years, Brooklyn-based indie rock outfit The Damnwells are once again comprised of the original members that it consisted of during its inception in 2001. The four-piece’s brand new self-titled record, which is due out next week, epitomizes the high points of all the efforts poured into this much-anticipated reunion. UTG was fortunate to be able to speak with lead vocalist Alex Dezen about the band, the new record, and his songwriting.

To be able to bring The Damnwells to life this year, the band started a successful and fully funded PledgeMusic campaign to …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Directors Aaron Moorhead & Justin Benson Discuss ‘Spring’

Co-directors Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson released their debut film, Resolution, in 2012 to wide praise and an almost immediate cult following. We loved it and were excited to see what the future held for these two filmmakers, especially after they revealed to us that their next project was already well on its way.

Spring was released last month, and much like their first effort, it’s been scooping up loads of acclaim from all corners of the horror-loving world. It’s a monster movie but it’s a love story. It’s gorgeous in aesthetic, story and tone. It’s a great contribution …

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UTG EXCLUSIVE: The Maine’s John O’Callaghan On Thriving By Way Of Passion And Diligence

Unwavering in their attempts to pursue greater heights, Tempe, AZ alternative rock outfit The Maine have just put out American Candy, their most dynamic and sensational record to date. UTG had the pleasure of chatting with lead singer and lyricist John O’Callaghan. Below he tells us a story of how he came about doing what he loves most. He talks about the different instances throughout his life where music spoke to him and made him feel it was what he wanted to do.

“The past eight years of my life have been dedicated to the industry of music, yet …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Tanner Jones of You Blew It! Discusses Hyper-Personal Songwriting & Getting Robbed on Tour

You Blew It! have certainly kicked things into high gear this past year and half. In the time that most bands put out an LP and rest on it, this Orlando, FL group decided to slap on a Weezer covers EP and  four-way split onto their discography. At the very beginning of 2014, they put out Pioneer of Nothing through the highly-revered Jade Tree Records, then embarked on their first ever headlining tour, taking their catchy version of the emo genre to the masses.

After seeing YBI! perform in two very unique settings on subsequent days – that being their …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Bobby Meader Music Talks Career Paths & Writing ‘Breakfast After Noon’

Independent music is a vital realm of the entertainment world. That being said, the industry is very fortunate to have a plethora of artists who continuously pump out material worthy of keeping the public’s attention and admiration. We recently had the pleasure of chatting with singer-songwriter Bobby Meader Music about his journey as a musician and how he brought his new EP, Breakfast After Noon, to fruition.

“Life has definitely gotten more difficult, especially starting so late, but I don’t look back at all,” Meader says as he talks about his journey as a fairly new singer-songwriter. The Las …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Behind Bayside’s 15-Year Longevity

15 years in the music world may be the equivalent to 100 years in human life. Trying to keep a band relevant and successful takes time, dedication, hard work and severe determination. Bayside, the punk-rock band we’ve all grown up with has reached this very milestone.

Throughout six studio records, a live acoustic album, overcoming the trials and tribulations of the passing of drummer John “Beatz” Holohan, and bouncing around record labels, the guys from Queens have proven that music will always be what keeps them going. To celebrate, Bayside are throwing themselves an on-the-road birthday party like no …