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Interview: The Ironsides

24 May 2023

The Ironsides have created a ’60s sounding, cinematic soundtrack to a film that doesn’t exist on their debut full-length for Colemine Records. Taking inspiration from a variety of sources, from soul to jazz to classical scores, The Ironsides discuss how the band formed, how their sound has evolved, and play a game with their song titles in this conversation.

Interview: Pony

19 May 2023

Pony’s sophomore release, Velveteen, is one of the brightest, most sugary albums of the year. Sam Bielanski and Matty Morand discuss the freedom of writing songs that aren’t personal, how a Sopranos episode influenced lyrics, and gush over ’90s alt-rock artists like That Dog and Letters to Cleo.

Dark With An Indigo Lining: A Chat with Chicago's The Bellwether Syndicate

18 May 2023

Based in Chicago, The Bellwether Syndicate is William Faith (vox, guitars), Sarah Rose Faith (vox, guitars), Philly Peroxide (keyboards, percussion), Stevyn Grey (drums) and Corey Gorey (guitars). Formerly of seminal goth acts Christian Death, Mephisto Waltz and Shadow Project and co-founder of Faith & The Muse, William Faith moved from his native LA to Chicago in 2010, forming The Bellwether Syndicate with Sarah Rose Faith a.k.a. Scary Lady Sarah, one of the scene’s most eminent DJs and club promoters and host of Nocturna, the longest-running goth event in North America.

Interview: Free Whenever

18 May 2023

FREE WHENEVER explore the outskirts of their minds on The Movement EP

Dave Derby of Gramercy Arms on the Magic Door, Lloyd Cole & the new 'Deleted Scenes' LP

17 May 2023

A revolving collective, Gramercy Arms is inspired by the artistic heyday of ‘70-80s New York. Their addictive indie pop features exquisite hook-laden melodies that are lyrically driven and rich on vocal-harmony, interspersed with elements of 60s sunshine pop and folk-rock. Deleted Scenes follows The Seasons of Love (2012) and Gramercy Arms (2008).

Interview: Emily Rose & the Rounders

16 May 2023

Emily Rose Epstein and her band The Rounders serve up country music in the tradition of George Jones, Patsy Cline, Waylon Jennings and Webb Pierce without looking too far into the past for inspiration. Their new singles “The Drifter” / “Nowhere To Go Part 1” introduce a new era.

Interview: Scoville Unit

15 May 2023

The Big Takeover recently had the pleasure of interviewing Gandhur Savur, frontman of NJ rock band Scoville Unit. Scoville Unit recently released the music video for “Reasons” from their upcoming album See What Can Be.

Interview: Savannah Conley

12 May 2023

Savannah Conley’s debut album is an accurate portrayal of the trials and tribulations of a woman in her early 20s and all the emotions that are part of being that age. The Nashville born-and-raised songwriter discusses the album’s themes, working with collaborators, and musical friendships she’s made along the way.

Interview: Jonny Polonsky

12 May 2023

A culmination of worldly music experiences, from going to his first rock shows as a teenager in Chicago to jamming with Motorhead’s Lemmy in L.A., have led Jonny Polonsky to his eighth album, Rise of the Rebel Angels, released on Loosegrooves Records, founded by Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard.

Globe trotting, glossy pop: inside the world of Rachael Blanche

10 May 2023

Rachael Blanche is a London-based artist, actress and entrepreneur who splits time between England, Australia and the United States. “Translator” marks the first of six songs Blanche is readying for release over the next year with live shows in the works in the U.S., U.K. and Australia

Ugly Bugs having a ball: A chat with Brandon Hardesty of Bumpin' Uglies

9 May 2023

With their new EP, _Live At Sugarshack Sessions – Volume 2, just released, it was the perfect time to sit down with Bumpin’ Uglies singer, Brandon Hardesty.

Interview: Vadim Taver

2 May 2023

With a background primarily, but not exclusively, entrenched in the hardcore metal world, Vadim Taver’s solo album allows the singer/guitarist to expand his horizons into a blissful neo-psychedelia wonderworld. Taver discusses the album’s recording, the artists he’s toured with, and explains what the “California Hustle” is all about.

Interview: Future Someone

1 May 2023

Since 2019, FUTURE SOMEONE, the musical alias of NYC songwriter Kyle Walters, has been quietly releasing songs destined to be heard by a wider audience. Equal parts Arcade Fire, The 1975 and something else entirely, his music straddles feelings of heartbreak, nostalgia and hope, with a kind of swagger you can’t help moving in for a closer listen.

Interview: Richard Adams (The Declining Winter)

25 April 2023

The tenth album by The Declining Winter finds Richard Adams continuing to explore a meditative soundscape through a folktronica sound. Adams discusses his music-making process, the importance of settings in his songs, and how his day job inspires how he thinks about music.

The Flowers of Hell: Kaleidoscopic Blossoming Through Sonic Shadows

18 April 2023

Toronto-London experimental pop/space rock collective The Flowers of Hell will soon release the first vinyl pressing of their cult classic Odes album via Space Age Recordings (whose tightly curated roster includes Spacemen 3, Spectrum, The Telescopes, and Acid Mothers Temple). Timed to occur on April 22nd for Record Store Day UK, this record will be available roughly two weeks later in North America and elsewhere. They’ve also released a video for their cover of Joy Division’s “Atmosphere” featuring vocalist Lisa Conway.

Interview: Mychael Gabriel

15 April 2023

Composer, lyricist, engineer, producer, instrumentalist: Mychael Gabriel has cosmic versatility and an entire ecosystem of talent. The Big Takeover had the pleasure of interviewing him about his recent music video release, “Sunday Afternoon”.

Interview: Hayden

14 April 2023

Hayden is back with his first new album in eight years, his ninth album overall, Are We Good, featuring collaborations with Feist and members of The National and Big Thief. We chat with the Canadian singer-songwriter about the making of the album, the collaborations, and a charity event he started that is very personal to his family.

Interview: Ruston Kelly

13 April 2023

Ruston Kelly says the impetuous for his third full-length album, The Weakness, was to channel the energy of a live show and put it on record. Working for the first-time with an outside collaborator (Nate Mercereau), Kelly’s accomplished his goals as he pushes closer and closer to the mainstream spotlight.

Interview: Tom Maroon

8 April 2023

Tom Maroon’s high-energy music combines rock, punk, and musical theater influences into a uniquely cinematic and lyric-focused style. He has produced and self-released two solo albums, playing every instrument on both records.

A Kool-Kat Chat with Stanley Belton of Black Market Karma

6 April 2023

Black Market Karma are a London based band formed by Stan Belton. Mixing a bed of 60’s pop Guitars with broader flavours of Psychedelia and Fuzzed out tones, their sound has also incorporated touches of Folk, Blues, Traditional Indian Music, Hip Hop influenced Grooves and Electronica. With their 11th album, Friends in Noise, now out, I sat down with the main man to talk collaboration, the importance of lyrics and keeping the (alternative) sixties sonic dream alive.

Interview: Michigander

5 April 2023

The last two years have been fruitful for Michigander’s Jason Singer, from moving to Nashville to getting married to releasing a new EP. Singer fills us in on his move, what it was like working with outside collaborators for the first time, and his dreams for his upcoming tour.

Interview: Murray A. Lightburn

4 April 2023

The latest release from The Dears front man Murray A. Lightburn is Bacharach-ian in nature, the lush instrumentation providing the cushion for Lightburn’s crooner-like vocals. In this conversation, Lightburn discusses the songwriting process, shares his touring philosophy, and offers insight into the stunning album cover.

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Interview: Judy Collins

3 April 2023

As she’s honored with a She Rocks “Icon” award, legendary performer Judy Collins discusses her seven-decade career

Dark and Deep: A Bird's Eye View with A Cloud of Ravens

3 April 2023

Formed in 2018 by Matthew McIntosh (guitar and vocals) and Beth Narducci (bass guitar), the Brooklyn -based duo emerged on the burgeoning dark music scene with a series of self-released offerings that garnered attention that led to their 2021 album Another Kind of Midnight. Now with a new album out and tour dates with some exciting names, it felt like the perfect time to sit down and talk to the duo.

Interview: Kevin Comeau (Crown Lands)

31 March 2023

If Greta Van Fleet is this generation’s Led Zeppelin, then Crown Lands is this generation’s Rush. Kevin Comeau shares how classic and prog rock from the ’70s inspired the band, from the way they write songs to how they arrange albums.

Interview: Cian Godfrey (Somebody's Child)

27 March 2023

While never dreaming of being a rock star as a kid, Somebody’s Child’s Cian Godfrey discovered the art of songwriting when he started college and has written an album full of alt-rock radio bangers. In this conversation, Godfrey discusses his past, what he gets from performing live, and the things that inspire him.

It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World : A Quick Conversation with Chris Spenser of UNSANE

17 March 2023

With NYC punks UNSANE about to head out on a massive tour, I caught up with Chris Spenser to find out all about their journey from th earliest days to where they are today, and more importantly, what keeps the band moving forward after all these years.

Interview: Hooray For Earth

13 March 2023

After an 8-year hiatus, NYC rock mainstay Hooray For Earth is on the path to resurfacing with a brand new single, a cover of electronic duo Autechre’s “jatevee C.”

Interview: Frankie Rose

10 March 2023

After a six-year recording hiatus, Frankie Rose has returned with Love As Projection, an album full of ’80s post-punk, new wave pop bangers. The singer discusses the songwriting process, covering The Cure’s Seventeen Seconds album, and hustling on social media to promote music.

Interview: Steve Kilbey (The Church)

7 March 2023

Forty years after the first release by The Church, founding member Steve Kilbey says, when talking about the band’s 26th album, The Hypnogogue, “Just when you thought you could write these guys off, we’re not going gently into the night. We’re going down screaming.”

Interview: Hello Mary

2 March 2023

With their parents’ CD collections serving as inspirations, the NYC trio Hello Mary, featuring two college students, has released one of the best ’90s-sounding alternative rock records of the year.

Interview with Wally Salem of The Beautiful Music label

1 March 2023

“I will likely keep doing this as long as I’m still breathing and discovering music that I enjoy and provided I continue to have the finances to do it.”

Interview: Rose's Pawn Shop

23 February 2023

With a sound based in bluegrass music, Rose’s Pawn Shop incorporates different elements (Americana, Country, Folk, Rock) to stand out among peers. Singer Paul Givant shares how his band is unique, why it took 8 years to release new music, where he draws lyrical inspiration, and which famous actor he’s been compared to in this conversation.

Loki's Folly—Annie Kuchenmeister Interview

21 February 2023

Three young siblings from Minneapolis who deliver an energetic mix of indie rock and punk on their debut album ‘Sisu.’

Interview: poolblood

19 February 2023

Presented with careful intimacy, poolblood’s full-length debut, mole, succeeds on the strength of Maryam Said’s gripping delivery and aided by the help and support of producers Louie Short and Shamir as well as a number of Toronto indie rock musicians.

A quick glimpse into the world of Demi Ramos

18 February 2023

Pop-rock artist, Elite model, and the host of Popdust’s podcast, Demi Ramos made plenty of waves with her single, “Killer 4U,” a song about an imaginary romance in NYC, replete with sex, drugs, and rock and roll. She now releases “Just a Phase” featuring Garzi.


15 February 2023

A former member of Set Sail, High Morale, and Casual Vice, Brandon Hoogenboom discusses his debt solo album and how the Beach Boys served as an influence on his sunny, sandy soft rock sound.

Interview: Palms Station

12 February 2023

It’s no surprise that Los Angeles rock band Palms Station has a spiritual quality to their music: multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Hillel Tigay is also a cantor and musical director at IKAR, one of the largest and most influential progressive synagogues in Southern California.

Interview: Greg Hoy

11 February 2023

Greg Hoy tells us what he and the boys leanred through making the “Everyboy Wants to be Somebody” video.

Interview: Yellow Pills

9 February 2023

Ryan Miera of Yellow Pills sits down with Big Takeover to discuss Elvis, recording, sobriety and his latest music.

Interview: Hamish Hawk

8 February 2023

While Hamish Hawk is known first and foremost as a musician, this discussion about topics ranging from favorite coffee cups to listening to CDs in the car positions Hawk as a great conversationalist as well.

Paint Fumes—Elijah von Cramon Interview

8 February 2023

Paint Fumes frontman Elijah von Cramon talks about the pronounced new power pop direction on his band’s latest album, ‘Real Romancer.’

Interview: Tropical Fuck Storm

5 February 2023

Tropical Fuck Storm’s Gaz Liddiard discusses the Australian band’s latest covers EP, checking out free jazz cassettes from the library, and bassist Fiona Kitschin’s recent breast cancer diagnosis.

'Stay Teenage'—Billy Tibbals Interview

27 January 2023

There’s a whirlwind of rock and roll activity in Los Angeles these days and Billy Tibbals is among a handful of talented young musicians at the heart of the action.

Interview: Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery (R. Ring)

26 January 2023

With their sophomore album – written and recorded before Covid lockdown – finally released to the world, Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery discuss the advantages of delaying the album by a few years and the creative packaging that makes the album special and unique.

Interview: John Schmersal (Brainiac)

24 January 2023

During the pandemic, John Schmersal took stock of all the Brainiac demos and unreleased tracks he had been collecting since the band’s untimely end in 1997. The latest, and perhaps last, batch of songs have recently been released as The Predator Nominate EP. Schmersal discuss the release and the impetus behind upcoming Brainiac live shows.