UCR Interview-Christian Anthony of Chase Atlantic

Interviewed By: Kevin Rolfe

Chase Atlantic are an Australian band that personally produces, performs, and conjures up dark, rhythmic alt-pop, punctuated by rock and R&B as well. Their stylish, distinctive sound has an undeniable groove and edge that highlights their knack for catchiness and hooks. They have just released their sophomore album, PHASES.  It’s sure to hit home with fans of Post Malone, The Neighbourhood, The1975, and The Weeknd.  

Chase Atlantic will be headlining The Depot on Friday, July 5.  I had the opportunity to interview rhythm guitarist and vocalist, Christian Anthony a few weeks before the new album was released.     

Utah Concert Review: How does it feel to be finished making your new album and just waiting for it to be released?

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UCR Interview: Christian Burns of All Hail the Silence

By: Kevin Rolfe

Photo By: Allister Ann

Christian Burns is one half of the duo that makes up the electronic band All Hail the Silence. Burns has had an extensive career with his multi-platinum selling band BBMak, collaborating with some of the best DJs in the world and of course his work with BT. All Hail the Silence will be supporting Howard Jones when he brings his Transform Tour to Utah on Tuesday, June 25 at Red Butte Gardens. I had the opportunity to catch up with Christian leading up to the show. Here’s our conversation. Enjoy!

Utah Concert Review: Hi Christian. So where am I catching you on the tour?

Christian Burns: We just performed last night in Huntington New York. I’m not exactly sure where I am at the moment but our next show is in Boston.

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UCR Interview- Daniel Young of The Hollering Pines

By: Kevin Rolfe

Photo By: Ryan Tanner

Note from Kev:

I feel like I’ve been circling around The Hollering Pines for a few years. The first time I saw Marie Bradshaw, Kiki Jane Sieger, Dylan Schorer, Daniel Young and M. Horton Smith perform was at The State Room for a Bruce Springsteen tribute show where a variety of local artists performed Born in the USA in its entirety. A few nights later I saw many of these artists perform with Americana super group The Lower Lights at their annual Christmas concert. It was only after that show I realized that these five members were their own band. I quickly jumped onboard the Hollering Pines train and don’t plan on getting off any time soon.

This Friday (June 7) The Hollering Pines will be releasing their third album, Moments in Between. Concurrently they will be performing an album release show at Commonwealth Studios.

I had the opportunity to visit with Hollering Pines drummer, Daniel Young leading up to the show and album release. Hope you enjoy our conversation!

The Interview

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UCR Interview- John McCool of Memphis McCool

By: Kevin Rolfe

Memphis McCool is a band located right here in Utah. They’ve been assembled for just a year and already they’re playing festivals, and art shows. They’ll be at Park Silly Market this Sunday, June 2. I had the opportunity to speak with John McCool about the band and his experience in music. I really enjoyed our conversation. Hope you do too! Here it is…

Utah Concert Review: So first things first, what’s your role in the band?

John McCool: All right, my name is John and I am the lead guitar player and the songwriter.  But I kind of define myself as the primary song generator.

UCR: Nice. And how did you guys all come together as a band?

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UCR Interview- Picture This

By: Kevin Rolfe

Picture This has been the biggest selling Irish act in both 2017 and 2018, and the nation’s hottest musical export in decades, Picture This arrived as a phenomenon with their self-titled 2017 full-length debut, Picture This. Certified triple-platinum in Ireland, it held the #1 spot Overall in the country for four weeks, while topping the Streaming Chart for seven weeks. Moreover, it remained in the Top 5 since release. Just over two years since their formation, they’ve impressively sold over 400K tickets, concluding 2017 with a sold-out UK and Ireland tour highlighted by gigs at O2 Shepherd’s Bush London, SSE Arena Belfast, and a two-night stand at 3Arena in Dublin. This summer marked their first stadium tour in Ireland, which capped off with a 35,000-person stadium show selling out over 3 months prior. During late 2018, they teamed up with super producer Jayson Dezuzio to record the 2019 follow-up, MDRN LV.  Picture This will be taking part in Kilby Court’s 20th Anniversary Block Party on Saturday, May 11. They will be performing in the Kilby Court Stage at 7:15. I had the opportunity to interview lead vocalist, Ryan Hennessy, and drummer, Jimmy Rainsford. Here’s our conversation. Enjoy!

Utah Concert Review: I know you’ve played some shows here in the United States, but is this your first full tour throughout the states?  

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UCR Interview/ Review Carlie Hanson

May 4, 2019 The Depot

By: Kevin Rolfe

Carlie Hanson is a singer-songwriter from La Crosse Wisconson.  She is getting ready to release her first EP Junk on June 7th. Her current single “Back in my Arms” was just released in April and is getting a ton of play.  I had the opportunity to speak with Carlie the day before her show at The Depot. I really enjoyed chatting with her. Enjoy!

Photo By: Cassie Anderson

Utah Concert Review:   Hi Carlie how are you? Where are you currently?

Carlie Hanson:  Hii, Kevin! I’m good, very good. I’m in Denver right now where we’re doing a show tonight.

UCR: Well, we’re excited to have you here in Utah.

CH: We played Salt Lake City one other time and it was one of my most memorable/ favorite concerts ever. Like the crowd was just unreal. Everyone was so hype. We played in like this little garage. I think it was called Kilby Court.  

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UCR Interview- Stephen Beerkens of The Faim

Interview By: Kevin Rolfe

Photo By: Mac Praed

The Faim is an emerging pop-rock group from Australia who got their start with renowned producer John Feldmann (blink-182, Good Charlotte), who was so impressed with their early demos that he invited them out to LA to record with him. There they enlisted the help of several notable co-writers.  Since their launch last February, The Faim have been on the rise, to say the least. They released their critically acclaimed debut EP, toured exhaustively worldwide, supporting PVRIS, Against The Current, and Sleeping With Sirens, and played festival staples including Reading & Leeds, Slam Dunk, and more. The guys also recently collaborated with Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low and wrapped their first ever headline tour of Australia and Europe, with the majority of shows completely selling out.

The Faim will be supporting Andy Black of Black Veil Brides on Tuesday, April 16 at The Depot.  I had the opportunity to speak with Stephen Beerkens, Bassist and Keyboardist for the band.  I really enjoyed our conversation. Enjoy!

Utah Concert Review: Hi Stephen.  We’re excited to have you come play Utah.  Have you toured the States before?

Stephen Beerkens: We have.  We were lucky enough to tour with another Aussie band called Hands Like Houses in November and December of last year which was epic.  It was our very first US tour so, yeah, it was awesome touring with a great group. Not only a great band but a great group of people as well.

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UCR Interview- Noah Kahan

Interview by: Kevin Rolfe

Photo By: Josh Goleman

Noah Kahan, a very talented singer-songwriter on the rise, is making his return to Utah this weekend when he supports James Bay on March 23 at The Union. This show comes on the heels of a sold-out show at The State Room. With a new album on the way and a successful lead single just released, Noah is an artist to keep an eye on. I enjoyed talking with Noah about the new album, choosing songs for that album, and what it’s like to headline versus open for someone. He was as interesting and insightful as always. Enjoy!

Noah Kahan: Hey Kevin, good to hear from you again.

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UCR Interview- Little Moon

By: Kevin Rolfe

Little Moon will be the headliner at the closing night (February 26) of Les Femmes De Velour, and festival celebrating it’s eighth year of showcasing amazingly talented local female musicians held at Velour Live Music Lounge in Provo. I caught up with Little Moon leading up to this show. I had a great time chatting with her. I hope you enjoy our conversation!

Utah Concert Review: So how did you get into music as far as performing and writing? Where does that all stem from?

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