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microwave

UTG @ MIXTAPE FEST: Microwave Discuss Writing Process Behind ‘Stovall,’ Hint At New Material

Alternative rock outfit Microwave recently wrapped up a quick run with You Blew It! and Sorority Noise. The band played three consecutive shows in New York, one of which was a stop at Long Island’s Mixtape Festival, where they played alongside bands like Incendiary, Crime In Stereo, The Movielife, and more.

Under The Gun had the pleasure of catching up with the Georgia, Atlanta four-piece after they played a killer set during Mixtape Fest. The band discussed the recording process behind their well-recieved debut full-length album, Stovall. They also talked about their recent signing to …

Giants At Large feature 2015

UTG @ MIXTAPE FEST: Giants At Large Discuss Musical Influences, ‘The American Dream Is Dead’

One of the most charismatic bands out there today goes by the name of Giants At Large. The Long Island pop-punk four-piece radiates a lot of young passion, both on stage and off.

The band recently played the first day of Today’s Mixtape Festival in Patchogue, NY alongisde bands like Iron Chic, Kill Your Idols, The Movielife, and many more. Under the Gun had the pleasure of speaking with them about their new record, their plans for the rest of the year, Criss Angel, and several other hot topics. Check it out below.

Paul Bostaph

UTG INTERVIEW: Slayer’s Paul Bostaph Talks ‘Repentless,’ Mayhem Fest

On July 26, Under The Gun Review sent me to Mayhem Festival at Nikon Jones Beach Theater in Long Island, NY. With only two stages for the whole festival this year, the average crowd size for each band I saw was a bit worrisome; for the better part of the day, it seemed like no one was interested in some of the festival’s most impressive acts.

However, that all changed when headliners Slayer–the undisputed kings of thrash and one of the most legendary metal bands in history–took the stage. The band commands a crowd with incredible ease, and their …

dsfeco

UTG INTERVIEW: dsfečo on ‘Watch It Sparkle’ and Being an Independent Artist

“So my expectations are modest: that for some folks unknown to me, my music and poetry might open a window–maybe just a little bit–and allow them to get a glimpse of the secrets of their own heart as it tries to make sense of this world.”

David Fetcho, better known under the musical moniker of dsfečo, has been involved with music nearly as long as he’s been alive–coming up on 70 years. His newest solo EP, Watch It Sparkle, features six tracks of something akin to what he describes as “medieval folk music for the 21st century.”

We …

Luca Bash

UTG INTERVIEW: Luca Bash Talks ‘Single Drops,’ CMYK Project

Rome-based singer-songwriter Luca Bash recently released his newest collection of tracks on an EP titled Single Drops, which takes cuts from his previous series of EPs with his CMYK project, inspired by the color model for printing.

We chatted with Bash recently about the EPs, the videos for the project and what he has lined up for the future as well. You can read through our full conversation below where you’ll also find his newest single, “Your Tomorrow.”

UTG’s Managing Editor is an X-Files obsessed nerd who collects toys and vinyl records. Musically, he enjoys everything from

Ajay Mathur

UTG INTERVIEW: Ajay Mathur Discusses ‘9 To 3’

“Music may not change the world or a system, but it does help to make us dream, give us hope, make us feel strong and even loved.”

Switzerland-based singer-songwriter Ajay Mathur released his newest album, titled 9 To 3, earlier this year. With 15 tracks of rock, spanning nearly every corner of the genre’s spectrum, there’s a lot to take in and at least something for everyone.

We had the chance to speak with Mathur about the record and went further to discuss his musical background, his various influences and the importance of his lyrical themes. Read through our …

jared deck

UTG INTERVIEW: Jared Deck Discusses “17 Miles”; The Song & The Distance

“In the end, it’s about facing myself and making the decision to be great at what I do, put my foot to the floor, and drive like hell to my destination.”

Oklahoma’s Jared Deck has been making music in various forms for some time, but as a solo artist, he’s really only just begun. His newest single, “17 Years,” would lead you to think quite the opposite, though, as it offers a confidence and control that only a seasoned veteran would typically have the experience to project. Deck’s own brand of MidAmericana is immediately accessible with a sound that should …

Secondborn

UTG INTERVIEW: Secondborn Discuss ‘Symbols’

Last month, Louisiana six-piece Secondborn released Symbols, a new six-track EP that echoes back to the glory days of emo-rock and post-hardcore from the mid-2000s with bands like Saosin, The Classic Crime and Matchbook Romance. So, needless to say, Secondborn fit comfortably in with the current resurgence of such bands and reunions with their own fresh take on the sound.

We had to chance to speak with guitarist Patrick Trumps recently and discussed the band’s formation, the Symbols EP and its follow-up they’ve already begun working on. You can read through our conversation below and check out more material …

matthew morgan

UTG INTERVIEW: Matthew Morgan Talks ‘Empathy For Inanimate Objects’

“Honestly, I don’t ever remember a time that I didn’t feel like I was a musician and I’ve never imagined a different focus for my life.”

Matthew Morgan has been making music for many years, but his newest effort, an EP titled Empathy For Inanimate Objects, is arguably his best work yet. Layered with varied instrumentation, beautiful vocal harmonies and Morgan’s lyrical storytelling, Empathy is folky Americana done right and serves as one of this year’s strongest undiscovered releases.

We recently had the chance to chat with Matthew to discuss his musical upbringing and how it led to where …

kingmaker

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 …

thegreatgame

UTG INTERVIEW: The Great Game Discuss Their Huge Lineup and Newest Album

The Great Game is spread across Europe–primarily from Spain to Scotland–but that doesn’t stop its several members, both permanent and the occasional contributor, from creating some of the most unique music you’ve heard, from any genre, in some time.

We had the chance to have a lengthy conversation with composer and guitarist Mounzer Sarraf, and we discussed the band’s large cast of players, how they all came together, and their newest album they created–a lengthy, 13-track effort that melds far too many styles and genres to list here.

UTG’s Managing Editor is an X-Files obsessed nerd who collects

calatrilloz

UTG INTERVIEW: CalatrilloZ Talk Concepts and ‘Psalms Of Zahyin’

Last week, London-based operatic metal band CalatrilloZ released their newest effort, Psalms Of Zahyin — a 6-track blast of shredding guitar riffs, pummeling drum work, orchestral string arrangements and classical vocals led by Zahyin himself, the creative ringleader.

We had the chance to speak with Zahyin about all things CalatrilloZ, from the band’s beginnings to their newest album and everything they have lined up for the future, so read through to find our full conversation and the band’s newest video for “Z The Psychopath.”

UTG’s Managing Editor is an X-Files obsessed nerd who collects toys and vinyl records.

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