Interviews

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UTG INTERVIEW: Kingmaker’s Alex Gaspar Discusses the Creation of ‘The Cradle’

Kingmaker have always been a group that thrives on progression. Since bursting onto the scene in the summer of 2009, the Lake County quartet has undergone a number of style and lineup changes, all leading to the release of their latest full-length effort, The Cradle–a bold blend of abrasive riffs, ear-shattering percussion, and poignant lyricism.

We recently spoke with guitarist Alex Gaspar, who not only gave us all the details on the band’s latest album, but also elaborated on what they have in the works for the rest of 2015. Read our conversation below, and keep in touch with …

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UTG TV: Parmalee At CMA Music Festival 2015

We caught up with Parmalee right after they took the stage at CMA Fest in Nashville, Tennessee last month. These guys have been around each other for some time now and know how to have a good time, even with their busy lives. The band had just come back from a performance the night before and spent some time in the airport catching up on sleeping. This of course led to photos being posted of each member caught snoozing. How flattering!

This will be Parmalee’s fourth year at the major music festival that has helped launch major acts in the …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Patrick Brice Discusses His New Film, ‘The Overnight’

It’s hard to throw a stone in the world of modern indie movies without hitting some up and coming filmmaker who one or more publications has dubbed the latest ‘visionary’ storyteller. Everyone has someone they’re rooting for in the race to see who graduates from one-time genius to career-long writer/director who influences countless future storytellers, and for me there is no one with more promise or talent working right now than Patrick Brice. He’s delivered two incredibly different and immensely entertaining films over the last year, each pushing genre boundaries in ways rarely, if ever seen before. Like Mark Duplass …

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UTG PREMIERE: Good Old War – “Tell Me What You Want From Me” (Acoustic Video)

Philadelphia folk-pop duo Good Old War are set to release their fourth full-length studio album next week on June 29, via Nettwerk – their first without longtime drummer Tim Arnold.

Today, we’re excited to premiere an impeccable, bare-bones rendition of Broken Into Better Shape‘s lead single–possibly Good Old War’s biggest song to date–”Tell Me What You Want From Me.” Performed at the Mobli Beach House in Venice, CA, the setting is perfect for this stripped-down version, which allows a generous focus on the duo’s signature vocal harmonies. You can view the video below where you’ll also find a …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Valentino Arteaga Discusses Of Mice & Men’s Newest Chapter

Often described as Of Mice & Men’s backbone, Valentino Arteaga shines with this aura the second you meet him. Sitting down with the tenacious drummer, he explained the mentality of Of Mice & Men, and contributing to their growing success in the music scene.

From being on top of schedules and acting as a moral compass to the band, Tino proudly elaborates on his role with a reflective song lyric. “‘Taking care of business’ – that’s how I look at things. Things have to get done and you just got to do it.” Ever since Arteaga was young, his …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Lydia Discuss Their Recent Tour, Upcoming Album

Lydia is an irresistible band. The material they produce has always been that of those who truly possess talent. Witnessing this band perform live made that fact very evident. Their mass appeal is undeniable and the energy they exude when on stage is magnetic.

The three-piece recently wrapped up their North American tour alongside The Early November and Restorations. We got to chat with them about their upcoming new record. Follow us below for more.…

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UTG INTERVIEW: Sorority Noise Discuss Your New Favorite Record, ‘Joy, Departed’

“I feel like this one is building on self-deprication rather than drowning in it. I never thought I’d ever be able to write lyrics about getting better and finding all the good in the terrible.” This very statement from vocalist Cam Boucher is probably the greatest depiction of Sorority Noise’s stellar new record, Joy, Departed, which is due out on June 16.

In heavy anticipation of some of the band’s best work to date, Under The Gun had the pleasure of speaking with Sorority Noise’s Cam Boucher and Adam Ackerman before they played the New York City leg …

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UTG INTERVIEW: A Will Away Talk ‘Bliss,’ Rock And Roll At Skate And Surf Festival

A Will Away are riding high on the release of Bliss, their latest EP which dropped in March via Quiet Fire Media. The band delivered one of the biggest performances of the weekend at New Jersey’s Skate and Surf Festival in May, and hit the road last week with Light Years, Head North, and Casey Bolles for a full U.S. Summer run.

We had the chance to catch up with lead singer/guitarist Matt Carlson and guitarist Collin Waldron at Skate and Surf Festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey to talk about their new music, influences, touring, and the shape …

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UTG INTERVIEW: SATE On Latest Single, Upcoming Album

SATE is on a mission. The Toronto songstress has been turning heads north of the border with her electric, soul-infused rock sound, and now seems poised to make her biggest splash yet with the release of her forthcoming album, an amalgamation of three separate EPs released over the course of the past year.

UTG recently caught up with the dynamic diva to discuss her latest undertaking and plans for the future. Read our conversation below, and stay up to date on the state of SATE here.…

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Summer Essentials: Tyler Lyle Releases ‘The Native Genius Of Desert Plants’

If perfect summer soundtracks are your thing, I confidently declare that this is the album for you. The independent second album from Tyler Lyle, The Native Genius of Desert Plants, is out today and is the perfect follow-up to his 2011 indie-folk debut, The Golden Age and The Silver Girl.

This album is mesmerizing and will resonate deep within your soul long after the final song ends. For those unfamiliar, now is the time to ingrain his name in your brain. Tyler Lyle is a poignant, brilliant songwriter, and extremely talented musician currently located in New York …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Royal Psalms’ Nick Warchol Discusses Seizing Musical Opportunities & Their Debut EP

In the field of the arts, it is not uncommon for the phrase “life gets in the way” to apply more and more the further we get down the road. For most it becomes an acceptable and honorable excuse to leave youthful passions behind. For some, however, it becomes a driving force to pursue those passions despite “life” and take opportunities in as they come.

The latter is the case for New York-based indie rock outfit Royal Psalms. Under The Gun got the chance to speak with vocalist Nick Warchol before their first-ever NYC show.

Below, you can read …

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UTG INTERVIEW: The Technicolors Talk Tour, Joining 8123 and Their New EP

Having recently released their stellar debut EP, Ultraviolet Disguise, 81twentythree’s very own The Technicolors set out on a full U.S. tour alongside label-mates The Maine, Real Friends, and Knuckle Puck.

Under The Gun got to catch up with the Phoenix natives before they played their New York City show.

The garage rock/90s Brit-pop-inspired three-piece talked with us about the inception of the band, how much they love being on tour, and their favorite cities thus far. Head below to get acquainted with them.…