Interview with Dan Friel of Upper Wilds, Parts and Labor

Dan Friel is a pioneer of experimental punk music based on noisy electronics. Friel was a founding member of Parts & Labor, a seminal band in the New York indie scene until its dissolution in 2012. After three excellent solo releases, Dan decided to get back to guitar based music he couple play live with a backing band. Called Upper Wilds, the group will showcase a more traditional punk sensibility and vocals. They will release their first album, Guitar Module 2017, on September 22 on via Thrill Jockey Records.

Jussi Lehtisalo from Circle

Circle’s new album entitled ‘Terminal’ is out now on Southern Lord Recordings, so we asked long-life fan Richard Collins to send some questions over to bassist and singer Jussi Lehtisalo.

Reasons for optimism: Vincent Cavanagh from Anathema

Ahead of the band’s appearance at Be Prog! My Friend on Saturday, Gaz Cloud spoke to Vincent Cavanagh about art, brotherhood and Anathema’s tour and new album.

Maelstrom Chats RAAR Label, Desert Raves, Self-Hypnosis

French electronic producer Maelstrom specializes, as his moniker would suggest, in overt menace. Co-owner of the RAAR imprint, Maelstrom’s gritty distortion and aggressive synths are omnipresent in his latest effort, Her Empty Eyes.


We first encountered Indian post rockers Aswekeepsearching back in 2015 when they released their beautiful debut album KHWAAB. A few weeks ago they followed that up with their stunning sophomore record Zia, so we sent Adriana Ciccone to have a chat & find out a bit more about them.

M.Q. from Disorder and Morbid Skull Records, El Salvador

Like many other countries south of the states, metal music has found a place and expression in El Salvador. For some bands the story of their country can be found in their music. Disorder has been telling that story for years. Guido Segers finds out more…

Shelby Lermo from Extremity

Kara Chavez asked Shelby Lermo from death metal powerhouse Extremity a couple of quick questions.

Vlad from Necrowretch

Al Necro recently had a chat with guitarist/vocalist Vlad from French putrid death metal band Necrowretch about their plans and their latest album, ‘Satanic Slavery’.

Brit Turner from Blackberry Smoke

Blackberry Smoke’s drummer Brit Turner chats with Andy Little about the band’s roll the sleeves up work ethic and their steady rise to play London’s Roundhouse on their recent full UK tour.

Joe Principe from Rise Against

Nick Dunn sat down with Rise Against bassist Joe Principe ahead of their intimate gig at The Garage in Highbury to discuss politics, punk, and their upcoming album ‘Wolves’.

Wrekmeister Harmonies

Tim Porter caught up with JR from Wrekmesiter Harmonies before a show in Toronto where they talked about how he came his musical style, his collaborations and his new album in progress.

Be Prog! My Friend 2017 Preview: Juan Antonio Munoz

As Be Prog! My Friend gets closer, Gaz Cloud grills Juan Antonio Munoz, the festival founder and organiser, on what makes his event so special.

Human Future

Experimental hardcore band Human Future are back with their new album ‘Flat Earth Blues’, which is their first release since 2015’s ‘Spectrum’. Sander van den Driesche caught up with the band to find out more.

Be Prog! My Friend 2017 Preview: Leprous

Einar Solberg’s Leprous will be playing a special “request show” at this year’s Be Prog! My Friend. Gaz Cloud asked him some questions.

Only Echoes Remain

Only Echoes Remain grabbed our attention last year when we caught their second ever gig and were impressed at how fully formed they sounded for such an early stage in their journey. Now they are on the cusp of releasing their debut album, The Exigent, so we sat down with Arran, Craig and Simon for a chat about their whistle-stop year.

Alex Citrone from Sigil

Kara Chavez caught up with Alex Citrone from Austin based death metal band Sigil, who have just released their first full length release ‘Kingdom of the Grave’.



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