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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Columbus, OH rockers The Slang recently released a brand new single and lyric video to give fans a taste of what to expect from their forthcoming EP. That’s only the tip of the iceberg, though. The Slang have much more new material in the works and plans to hit the road this Fall as well.

We recently had the chance to speak with The Slang’s two Johns, Bobo and Newsome, about their band’s inception, their lyric video for “Feels Like Work” and what we can expect from them in the coming months. Follow us through the jump to get the …


UTG INTERVIEW: Sleepwave’s Spencer Chamberlain Talks ‘Broken Compass’

As I was patiently sitting outside the venue, waiting to meet up with Spencer, I watched his tall figure move from fan to fan, talking with them, taking pictures, shaking hands — you name it.

In the past year or so, it’s been easy to tell that Chamberlain has seen better days. But now, it’s different. There’s a sense of release and relief. The night is over, and the dawn is approaching.

UTG was honored to have a chance to sit down in the van with the former Underoath vocalist and talk about Sleepwave’s current tour, their new record and …


UTG TV: Idlehands Talk New Singles, Upcoming Full-Length

UTG TV sat down with Idlehands for a quick interview before their show at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco on August 7. The guys talked about their latest music video for the song “Mellow Christ,” featuring Justin Bonifacio of Ghost Parade, as well as their recent acquisition by Headphone Music, a division of Equal Vision Records. During our interview, Idlehands also spent some time discussing their upcoming full-length album, Dena Mora, which was recorded with legendary producer, Kris Crummett.

Idlehands have recently wrapped up some West Coast tour dates with Icarus The Owl, The Body …

The Giver Film Adaptation 2014

UTG Interview: ‘The Giver’ Author Lois Lowry and Film Stars Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush

Earlier this month I had an opportunity unlike any other up to that point in my writing career. For nearly thirty minutes I was able to sit next to author Lois Lowry and discuss her classic novel, The Giver, as well as the recent film adaptation. I also spoke with the film’s stars, Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush. It was the kind of meeting that seemed to pass lightning fast, but I was able to gain a lot of great insight to the film’s creation and all the hard work that goes into adapting a novel recognized around the …


UTG TV: Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2014 With Ill Niño

“All metal bands, whether you’re in your 20s, whether you’re 18…30…40…you obviously want to turn the youth of America into a metalhead.”

Fourteen years ago Cristian Machado stepped up from bass to lead vocals for the NJ based Latin Metal rockers Ill Niño. On July 22 of this year the band dropped their seventh studio album, Till Death, La Familia, via Victory Records. The timing was perfect to coincide with their run on the Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2014 alongside Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium, and many more.

UTG’s John Bazley spoke with Cristian about his time spent on the …

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UTG INTERVIEW: The Lost Poets Discuss ‘Insubordia’ and International Appeal

We don’t know all that much about the enigmatic Swedish duo that goes by The Lost Poets, but we do know that they recently released an EP entitled Insubordia, full of dark, swampy blue vibes that only furthers the mysterious aura surrounding them.

We recently had the chance to talk with the Poets about the EP, their crossover to the US, and what they have in store for the remainder of the year in terms of new material and travel plans, so read below to get the details from The Lost Poets and check out their video for …


Warped Hangout With Mayday Parade, The Story So Far, Blackbird And Photographer Tom Falcone

Sometimes weird stuff happens when you’re on the road and it’s best to just let the camera roll. UTG TV likes to jump on those opportunities and this was the perfect instance to do so.

When the press area in Wantagh, NY for the Vans Warped Tour started slowing down, a unique combination of people were left “shooting the shit,” as they say. Derek Sanders of Mayday Parade, Kelen Capener of The Story So Far, Gia Farrell and Kandice Brending of Blackbird, and professional touring photographer Tom Falcone can be seen in this video hanging out and …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Andrea Remondini Talks ‘Non Sequitur’

Verona, Italy’s Andrea Remondini has released one of the most interesting and cohesive albums of 2014. Non Sequitur serves as a 45-minute, single-track release that covers many areas of experimental, ambient, and progressive electronic pop with classical elements heavily strewn throughout. It’s as engrossing as that sounds. We’ll elaborate on those points in our review that will be up soon.

Meanwhile, you can check below to read through our interview with Remondini himself as we discuss his roots in the music scene and how they’ve led to what Non Sequitur has become. You can also stream an excerpt from Non …


UTG INTERVIEW: AUG Suggest You ‘Be Careful What You Wish For…’

“[This album], it’s real…it breathes, it has heart and soul and it’s most definitely not perfect.”

It’s a rarity to discover a newly-formed band in this day and age whose sound harkens back to the golden era of hard rock and metal in the ’70s and ’80s when Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Van Halen and bands of their ilk ruled the scene. New Jersey’s AUG is one such band, though, who have been inspired by all those acts and more. The idea to start AUG was even initially sparked during a Scorpions concert in 2009.

We recently had the chance …

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UTG INTERVIEW: The Hydrothermal Vents

To my knowledge, The Hydrothermal Vents are the one and only band I’ve encountered that are inspired by the works of David Attenborough, and as a huge fan of Planet Earth and The Blue Planet, this little factoid thrills me to no end. THV are all over the place genre-wise but the ocean themes run deep on their newest release. Secrets Of The Deep! is comprised of 9 tracks traversing the realms of classic pop, post-punk, indie rock, dance-y dream rock, new wave and beyond.

We had the chance to speak with the Montreal duo of John Tielli and …


UTG INTERVIEW: Heylel Discuss ‘Nebulae’

Just last month, Portugal-based four-piece Heylel released their newest full-length effort in Nebulae, an 11-track LP that takes on a life of its own in a very specific and intentional structure.

We’ll have a review of the album in soon, but in the meantime you can read our interview with the band below where we discuss all things Nebulae, from the inspirations that aided in its creation to the art that graces its cover. You can also learn what their band name means and the ideas that went into their video for “The Prophet” which you can view …