Interviews

INTERVIEW: VersaEmerge @ Club Academy, Manchester (23/05/2011)

Date: May 23rd, 2011
Venue: Club Academy, Manchester
Interviewer: Zach Redrup

Download: None available
Stream: YouTube

Website: www.versaemergemusic.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/versaemerge

Down to only two proper members due to bassist Devin Ingelido leaving a few weeks beforehand due to family commitments, alternative rock act VersaEmerge embark on their first ever headline tour of the UK in promotion of their debut record, ‘Fixed At Zero’. Prior to their Manchester show, we caught up with guitarist Blake Harnage to talk about the album, how it feels on the road without Devin, how he felt when he first read the blog post made by former drummer Anthony Martone and how Lady Gaga inspired the “vultures” tag for their fans:

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INTERVIEW: Underoath @ Academy 2, Manchester (15/04/2011)

Date: April 15th, 2011
Venue: Academy 2, Manchester
Interviewer: Zach Redrup

Download: None available
Stream: YouTube

Website: www.underoath777.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/underoath

The loss of all original founding members can often lead a band into a quick demise, or at least on a sure set path to self-destruction. Underoath however have taken themselves in the complete opposite direction, creating one of their darkest, heaviest and most atmospheric albums to date, ‘Ø (Disambiguation)’. On their first headline UK tour since its release, we caught up with bassist Grant Brandell to talk about the record, their music videos for ‘In Division’ and ‘Paper Lung’, how their relationship currently is with Aaron Gillespie, and what to expect from them in the future:

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INTERVIEW: The Xcerts @ The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent (02/04/2011)

Date: April 2nd, 2011
Venue: The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
Interviewer: Zach Redrup

Download: None available
Stream: YouTube

Website: www.thexcertsband.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/thexcerts

Following after many raving reviews of their second album ‘Scatterbrain’ and a successful tour across the UK on the Rock Sound Exposure tour, Scottish trio The Xcerts head back on the road once again for a headline tour of the country. Whilst at their second date in Stoke, we caught up with them to talk about the album, how it felt supporting Biffy Clyro at The Royal Albert Hall, where the band’s name originates from, and how work is coming along on a third full-length record:

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INTERVIEW: Rise To Remain @ The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent (28/03/2011)

Date: March 28th, 2011
Venue: The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
Interviewer: Zach Redrup

Download: None available
Stream: YouTube

Website: www.risetoremain.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/risetoremain

Awards from Metal Hammer and Kerrang! magazines, support slots with the likes of Iron Maiden and KoRn, appearances at Download and Sonisphere festivals, and all of which without a full-length album; Rise To Remain are currently one of Britain’s most anticipated success stories in the metalcore genre. Whilst on their March tour supporting Funeral For A Friend, we caught up with vocalist Austin Dickinson and bassist Joe Cupcutt to talk about the forthcoming full-length, signing to EMI, and how they’re finding the current tour:

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INTERVIEW: The Ocean Between Us (10/03/2011)

Since the release of their debut self-titled EP at the end of January, Yorkshire’s most recent uprising post-hardcore act The Ocean Between Us have been gradually chipping their way out of the underground scene to try and make a name for themselves by the end of 2011. With a signing to A Wolf At Your Door Records, a recent music video release and work on a full-length in progress it looks like their set goals are more than achievable. We decided to get a hold of vocalist Judd Wrighton to see how things have been since the release of the EP, how the full-length is coming along and the story behind the formation of the band:

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INTERVIEW: D.R.U.G.S. @ The Roadhouse, Manchester (04/03/2011)

Date: March 4th, 2011
Venue: The Roadhouse, Manchester
Interviewer: Zach Redrup

Download: None available
Stream: YouTube

Website: www.thisisdrugs.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/drugsband

The buzz around D.R.U.G.S. since their introduction into the scene has been massive, increasingly so as the release date of the debut self-titled album drew ever closer. Now with the album out for almost 2 whole weeks, their first ever visit to the UK and Manchester being their first show since its release, we caught up with guitarist/vocalist Nick Martin and drummer Aaron Stern to talk about the album, the meaning behind the band’s name, and how they feel about the great feedback from the record so far:

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INTERVIEW: Japanese Voyeurs @ Sound Control, Manchester (03/03/2011)

Date: March 3rd, 2011
Venue: Sound Control, Manchester
Interviewer: Zach Redrup

Download: None available
Stream: YouTube

Website: www.japanesevoyeurs.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/japanesevoyeurs

Still awaiting the release of their debut full-length, entitled ‘Yolk’, Japanese Voyeurs are the only one of the three bands on the Rock Sound Exposure Tour rotating headline bill who haven’t got at least one studio record under their belts. We decided to talk to them about when ‘Yolk’ is expected to be released, the upcoming festival season, and where the band’s name comes from:

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INTERVIEW: Dinosaur Pile-Up @ Sound Control, Manchester (03/03/2011)

Date: March 3rd, 2011
Venue: Sound Control, Manchester
Interviewer: Zach Redrup

Download: None available
Stream: YouTube

Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/dinosaurpileup

On a rotating headline bill of the first ever Rock Sound Exposure Tour, Leeds trio Dinosaur Pile-Up are recently making a name for themselves in the alternative rock scene, especially since the release of their debut full-length ‘Growing Pains’ in October last year. We went and sat with the boys at the Manchester date of the tour, and found out the origins of the band name, how they got onto the tour, and how they feel about their constant comparisons to Nirvana and Dave Grohl:

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INTERVIEW: Don Broco @ The Roadhouse, Manchester (21/02/2011)

Date: February 21st, 2011
Venue: The Roadhouse, Manchester
Interviewer: Zach Redrup

Download: None available
Stream: YouTube

Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/donbroco

It’s not very often that a band can release their very first EP and then go on to a successful headline tour a few mere weeks upon its release. Bedford’s own Don Broco however are one of the few exceptions with the release of their ‘Big Fat Smile’ EP, so we decided to have a chat with them about the release, how the music video shoots were to promote the EP, and a small mention about vocalist Rob Damiani‘s recently revelead romance with Kelly Osbourne:

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INTERVIEW: Dreams & Empires (15/02/2011)

Making music that doesn’t stick to the conventional verse/chorus/verse structure is much harder than some may think, and incorporating a range of different sounds and various genres into the mix also makes for a hard to construct flurry. Those however who do manage to pull it off are rewarded with great results, and Glasgow-based Dreams & Empires are one of such bands, and whose self-titled 3-track EP is not only one conveying artistry, but is also available online completely free and legally too. We decided to get in touch with the boys for a little chat about how things are going so far since the EP release in December:

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