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Tennis System: An Interview with Matty Taylor

19 February 2020

“Do you think Kevin Shields, Jim Reid or Kurt Cobain ever said they were a specific genre? We aren’t necessarily looking to fall into a genre, we’re just looking to make rad art that will move people, the same way the art that influences us has moved us.” – Matty Taylor

A short conversation with Nandan Gautam

16 February 2020

With the recent release of his book The King of The Sea, it seemed the perfect time to sit down and talk to Nandan Gautam about the two albums which act as musical tie-ins to the novel, how he managed to gather such a Stella cast of players around him and what the future holds.

Robert Vincent

Interview: Robert Vincent

15 February 2020

Robert Vincent discusses why it makes sense to be an Americana artist from Liverpool, his new album, and a how a teacher’s encouragement changed his life.

Photo by Kevin Condon

Bambara: In Conversation

10 February 2020

“The theme of death just kind of bubbled to the surface as the characters’ narratives started to take shape and intertwine. After I wrote “Heat Lightning”, I realized that death would have to be present in all the songs in some form or another. It was unavoidable.” – Reid Bateh

Eli Musser

Interview: Eli Musser

8 February 2020

Eli Musser talks about standing out from the crowd in New York City, working with legendary studio veteran Bryce Goggin, and self-discovery.

Ian McNabb of Icicle Works

Interview: Ian McNabb of The Icicle Works

1 February 2020

Ian McNabb discusses fronting The Icicle Works and his solo career, his upcoming one-off show in Atlanta on January 11, and surviving the music business.

Alexander Hacke & Danielle de Picciotto of hackedepicciotto

Interview: Alexander Hacke & Danielle de Picciotto of hackedepicciotto

26 January 2020

Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten) and Danielle de Picciotto (Crime & The City Solution) discuss hackedepicciotto, their experimental duo, and how it fits into their nomadic life.

Beach Fossils

Interview: Beach Fossils

20 January 2020

Beach Fossils frontman Dustin Payseur discusses the importance of writing emotionally vulnerable lyrics, and touring for the pure love of it.

A quick conversation with The Judex

19 January 2020

With a sound described as “the sound of punk being invented in a Chicago blues club in 1957, a gang fight set to 12 bar rhythms” The Judex walk a fine line between past and present. With their unexpected resurrection, new releases and even their own video newscast, a conversation with Will and Jason about the strange world of The Judex seemed long overdue.

A quick conversation with Martin Engler of Mono Inc.

15 January 2020

With German maestros of doom-laden classic rock meets dark wave Mono Inc. releasing their 11th album, it felt like the perfect time to catch up with frontman Martin Engler to find out about the twenty years of the band, how such music is perceived in the current musical climate and where the band are headed next.

The Innocence Mission

Interview: The Innocence Mission

13 January 2020

The Innocence Mission members Karen Peris and Don Peris discuss their new album, life in Pennsylvania, and using their music to connect with people.

Mick and Daniela from Submotile

Eyes Wide Open: The Magical Sounds of Submotile

5 January 2020

“The band’s excellent debut album Ghosts Fade on Skylines instantly enchanted me with its mesmerizing sonic weave of dream gaze and soft drones.”

Image courtesy of Saint Marie Records

On Their Own: An Interview with L.A.'s The Meeting Places

27 December 2019

“Having good ideas or hearing good ideas from the band is motivating, and also getting great feedback from fans helps reinforce what you instinctively want to do.” – Scott McDonald

A quick conversation with Annette Zilinskas of Medicine

13 December 2019

With Medicine back on the musical radar and a new album of covers called Scarred For Life now available, it felt like the perfect time to sit down with original vocalist Annette Zilinskas to find out about then, now and everything in between.

A quick conversation with Ray Lark from Crooked Ghost

10 December 2019

Having been beguiled by the otherworldly blends of dreamy indie sonics and visceral, hard edged rock on latest release Colors Bleed, it seemed the perfect time to sit down with Crooked Ghost mailman Ray Lark to find out a bit more about him and the musical project he currently calls home.

A quick conversation with Paul Furio of Watch Clark

7 December 2019

With two albums under his belt already, Paul Furio returns to his nome de la musique for another outing fashioning danceable, political, personal, socially aware and honestly direct music. Each album has told a story, less a concept album and more a series of vague diary entries fashioned into songs, the personal becoming the universal, the intimate becoming the relatable. With a new album just hitting the public consciousness, we sat down to find out all about the past, the present and the future for this musical project.

The Choir release fall singles, cover OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars”

5 December 2019

Instead of stockpiling songs for album number 18, veteran alternative rock act the Choir has released a string of singles – including a pair of covers rooted in the band’s past and present.

A quick conversation with Luis Mojica

5 December 2019

If there is such a thing as a post-genre artist, then Luis Mojica is the perfect candidate. His music seems to not only hop genres but ignore them altogether preferring to weave his own sounds for many different and desperate strands to create something truly original. I sat down with him to find out all about latest album How to Make a Stranger, the inspirations behind his music and what the future holds.

Pete Yorn

Interview: Pete Yorn

29 November 2019

Pete Yorn talks about how he found inspiration again, fatherhood, and how music saved him from becoming a tax lawyer.

Goodbye Mr Mackenzie

A quick conversation with Martin Metcalfe of Goodbye Mr Mackenzie

28 November 2019

With the unexpected re-issue of Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie’s debut album to mark it’s thirtieth anniversary and the band reconvening for a run of live shows, it seemed the perfect time to sit down with frontman Martin Metcalfe to find out just how the world has turned for them in the three decades between then and now.

Jordan Cook of Reignwolf

Interview: Jordan Cook of Reignwolf

25 November 2019

Reignwolf frontman Jordan Cook discusses his band’s unusual history, how he keeps up his energy for their high-powered shows, and why it’s important to go with the flow.

Jack Sobel of Black Swan Lane

Black Swan Lane: An Interview with Jack Sobel & Dave Fielding

23 November 2019

Black Swan Lane frontman Jack Sobel and contributing guitarist *Dave Fielding (of The Chameleons) discuss their entwined musical careers, BSL’s changing lineup, and the band’s new album, Vita Eterna.

Photo by Naomi Lee Beveridge

Whoosh! - An Interview with The Stroppies' Gus Lord

23 November 2019

“I feel like it’s much easier to project your truth onto someone or something else rather than looking inside and trying to articulate it using your own voice. Through the imagined lens of someone else, feelings and ideas are a little more malleable and there is a lot more room for play. It certainly frees one up a fair bit!” – Gus Lord

Chris Lee of The Chris Lee Band

Interview: Chris Lee of The Chris Lee Band

19 November 2019

Chris Lee explains why he formed The Chris Lee Band instead of doing another Supagroup album this time, and why he won’t let anyone else’s expectations rule him.

Stonefield

Interview: Stonefield

17 November 2019

The Findlay sisters share how their parent’s music collection is directly responsible for shaping Stonefield’s heavy, classic rock sound.

Steven Wilson and Tim Bowness of No-Man

Interview: Tim Bowness of No-Man

16 November 2019

Tim Bowness discusses No-Man, his longtime musical partnership with Steven Wilson, as they prepare to release their 7th studio album.

*Jack Tatum* of *Wild Nothing*

Interview: Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing

13 November 2019

Jack Tatum, mastermind behind dream pop band Wild Nothing, looks back on his evolution from one-man-band to leading one of the most acclaimed groups in the genre.

Juliana Hatfield

Interview: Juliana Hatfield

9 November 2019

Juliana Hatfield discusses how making albums devoted to covering Olivia Newton-John and The Police help her revive her creative spark.

Photo by Jason Hendardy

Neutrals: An Interview With Allan McNaughton

5 November 2019

“The character in the songs basically needs to put a lot of distance between himself and Glasgow because of things he’s done but, with me I chose to come to the States in search of a bit of adventure.” – Allan McNaughton

Sarah Gargano

Interview: Sarah Gargano

3 November 2019

Up-and-coming indie pop-punk singer-songwriter Sarah Gargano discusses her EPs, wanderlust, and humanity’s “incessant need to find meaning.”

The band Elbow, 2019.

Interview: Guy Garvey of Elbow

25 October 2019

Elbow frontman Guy Garvey discusses the politics, grief, and inequality that fueled the writing for the band’s new album, Giants of All Sizes.

Photo courtesy of Grandstand Media

In Hot Motion: An Interview With James Bagshaw of Temples

14 October 2019

“The themes of the record aren’t necessarily dark so I think it’s the intensity of some of the decisions on instruments and it’s a more guitar-driven record but, they’re not “safe” guitar sounds. It’s sort of wobbly like an old gramophone or something.” – James Bagshaw

Sloan, 1998

Interview with Jay Ferguson from Sloan

10 October 2019

Sloan’s Jay Ferguson discusses the new Navy Blues box set.

Mark Burgess of The Chameleons and ChameleonsVox

ChameleonsVox: An Interview with Mark Burgess

27 September 2019

Mark Burgess, singer and bassist for The Chameleons and ChameleonsVox, talks about his Fall 2019 American tour with Theatre of Hate and Jay Aston.

Photo by Pia Hannah

EXEK: An Interview with Albert Wolski

8 September 2019

“I enjoy reading scientific publications. Magazines like New Scientist, and then when something really interests me I look deeper and find the journal article it cites. We are living in a dystopia. Its amazing! How exciting. Better write another song about it!” – Albert Wolski

Pic by Benoit Drouet

C'est magnifique ! - An Interview with Marble Arch's Yann Le Razavet

3 September 2019

“The title of this album and in particular the track reflects a statement on our society between dream and despair, on an available and disposable youth, in the instantaneity and the ephemeral.” – Yann Le Razavet

Stand In Line: An Interview with Lunch Lady

25 August 2019

“My lyrical goals were similar; the songs on Angel are about your classic tropes of love and loss but, specifically loving and losing things that are fictional and that you never had.” – Rachel Birke

“I think that this record is really special to me because I was given total freedom to do whatever I wanted with my guitar playing (for better or for worse!).” – Juan Velasquez

Corrosion of Conformity: Psycho Las Vegas Preview

14 August 2019

“Psycho has the biggest number of killer bands on a festival bill,” Pepper Keenan of Thursday pre-party headliners Corrosion of Conformity tells the Big Takeover, in our final preview piece leading up to “America’s rock ‘n’ roll bacchanal.”

Philip Anselmo and En Minor: Psycho Las Vegas Preview

13 August 2019

In the iconic singer’s second-ever interview about his decidedly un-metal project, which debuts Friday at the festival, Anselmo reveals that the last time he was this nervous was when he first played with Pantera 35 years ago.

Dead Meadow: Psycho Las Vegas Preview

12 August 2019

The psych-rockers have played more Psycho fests than any other band. Frontman Jason Simon reminisces about his days touring with future Psycho creator Evan Hagen and how Dead Meadow are keeping their performances fresh 20 years into their career.

Fu Manchu/Have a Nice Life/Candy: Psycho Las Vegas Previews

11 August 2019

Ahead of the festival’s Thursday start, we check in with Fu Manchu, Candy and Have a Nice Life, whose member Tim Macuga says, “The whole weekend is an embarrassment of riches.”

Thrown Into Exile: Psycho Las Vegas Preview

10 August 2019

Two members of the L.A. metal quintet confessed that playing the festival is a dream come true for the young band, that they plan to play all-new songs and they hope to inspire a mosh pit in the pool.

Royal Thunder: Psycho Las Vegas Preview

9 August 2019

“Art’s supposed to take your breath away for a second and make you feel something you haven’t felt in a long time,” frontwoman Mlny Parsonz says. That’s exactly what she plans to bring to the festival next week.

Kadavar: Psycho Las Vegas Preview

8 August 2019

Tiger, drummer for the German psych/stoner throwback trio, is champing at the bit to visit Vegas for the first time, debut new material at next week’s Psycho festival and play a “destroyer” show there.

Levitation Room: Psycho Las Vegas Preview

7 August 2019

The frontman exclusively reveals to the Big Takeover details about the psych-rock band’s new album, recalls a zany Vegas story and shares his feelings about playing the festival for a second time.

The Black Angels: Psycho Las Vegas Preview

6 August 2019

Frontman Alex Maas shares about what the psych-rock masters from Austin have in store for their festival set, his penchant for poker and how tough it is as a festival organizer to please everyone who attends.

Power Trip: Psycho Las Vegas Preview

5 August 2019

The crossover-thrash band’s frontman, Riley Gale, shares the most outrageous Vegas stories we’ve heard yet in the lead-up to the massively anticipated festival happening from August 16 to 18.

L.A. Witch: Psycho Las Vegas Preview

4 August 2019

The Big Takeover has interviewed more than 50 of the roughly 70 bands playing at next month’s Psycho Las Vegas festival. But only one of them (so far) has attested to witnessing concertgoers overtly having full-on sex during one of their concerts. That lucky (?) band is L.A. Witch.

Night Horse: Psycho Las Vegas Preview

3 August 2019

Lead guitarist Justin Anthony Maranga explains why it took so long for the band to play Psycho last year — and how the festival kicked the hard-rock quintet back into gear.

1349: Psycho Las Vegas Preview

2 August 2019

We connect via Skype with longtime 1349 guitarist Idar “Archaon” Burheim, who granted us his first extensive interview about the black-metal band’s new record, single and performance at the upcoming music festival.