Under The Radar formed in August of 2014 and they played their first show, one month later, on one of the small stages at The Cooper-Young Festival in Memphis. There was no denying that something special was happening. The boys were only 10, 11 and 12 years old when they met, but you couldn't tell by the way they played and performed on stage. It's a very rare thing, in this day and age, for three young musicians to not only find each other but have the same passion for music. Ryan's rock-solid time-keeping coupled with Matt's thunderous bass lines lay down a solid foundation for Zeke's rocket-fueled guitar chops. Under The Radar went on to open for Kansas in April of 2015 and has since opened for Loverboy, .38 Special, Saliva, Better Than Ezra, LA Guns, Nelson, Nita Strauss, and Bret Michaels, they have proven that they can hold their own on the big stages. In September of 2018, they opened for Loverboy at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and got a standing ovation at the end of their short set. They’ve released two albums and they continue to open shows for some amazing artists. They’re getting airplay all over the world and their fan base is steadily growing. Their sound is huge, and they hold tight to their classic rock roots. UTR’s musicianship and stage presence are way beyond their years and UTR are fully committed to giving everything they’ve got, every time they step on the stage!
In the time, they have been a band, they have appeared on terrestrial radio all over the region, internet radio all over the world and had 5 separate television appearances. They played the Jimi Jamison Tribute in 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 and they’ve been written up by online magazines like Guitar World, Classic Rock, Prog Rock, Classic Rock Revisited and countless others. In February of 2015, an Italian website called them, "The Baby Trio From Memphis". The producers from America's Got Talent were even calling to discuss the boys. They won their first Battle of The Bands in October of 2014 at the St. Francis OctoberFest, In May of 2016, they won the Dream Night Talent Search in Dallas, Texas, and in November of that year they won the MySitti Talent Contest in Nashville. In 2018 they were Runners-up in the International Unsigned Only Song Contest with their song, “Boom” and later that month they won the Up And Coming Artist Duo/Group Award at the Josie Independent Music Awards in Gatlinburg, TN. They released their first full-length album with Jimmy Fulp engineering, Todd Poole Producing and Justin Rimer handling the mix duties in November of 2017. Todd Poole is the founding member and lead singer of Roxy Blue, who was signed to Geffen in the early ‘90s and is now signed with Frontiers. He later went on to form the Grammy-nominated band, Saliva, and to front the hard-driving band, 714. Todd is also the son-in-law of the late great Jimi Jamison, formerly of Survivor, Cobra, and Target. s. The band turns 5 this August and there will definitely be many more to come!
The boys in Under The Radar have been busy over the break recording new music for their upcoming EP. They are currently in Broken Snare Studios with Jimmy Fulp behind the helm. They are self-producing this EP with Jimmy and from this, they hope to bring their new sound and the next step in their journey. Stay tuned for the next chapter of this amazingly talented band.
CONGRATULATIONS! to Under the Radar - Memphis FOR A RECORD BREAKING 5th WEEK AT NUMBER 1!!! Big Movers this week are Wake Theory As Strange As Angels and Kingstarn Alpha Zero Three After The Millennials After The Calm Major Moment Shallow Side Hell & Hollar Disciples Of Babylon TemperMental Wake Theory Alpha Zero Three Modern Mimes Chemist Some Velvet Morning. Love's Tragedy ROXANNE Sarmatians BoundAlive
Under The Radar opened the show Saturday night in front of Nelson and the amazing Loverboy. The boys received a standing ovation at the end of their 20 minute set. It's just another notch on the belt for these three talented, young, yet seasoned musicians from Memphis. Even though 2 of them aren't even old enough to drive, they command the stage like the big boys and lay down a fierce barrage of guitar driven tracks that have you grinning from ear to ear after only a few notes. These guys mean business and you'll be pleasantly surprised when you hear what they have to offer. Congrats to UTR on a successful introduction to Nashville!
UTR took home the Young Adult Duo/Group Of The Year award from the 2018 Josie Music Awards at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN. They also performed during the awards show to a great crowd.
The Josie Music Awards packs the Celebrity Theater in Dollywood for an incredible full production show. A weekend just for the independent music community starting with red carpet and media to a breathtaking production. PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. - Sept. 11, 2018 - PRLog -- The Josie Music Awards, the largest independent music award organization, part of The Josie Network, LLC of Brands held its 4th Annual award ceremony event this past Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the Celebrity Theater inside the Dollywood Theme Park. The Josie Music Awards also known as the "JMAs" and the "Josies" celebrates those in the independent music industry like no one else can.
UTR won 2nd place in the Teen Category of the Unsigned Only Song Contest. They were also awarded an Honorable Mention in the Rock Category. Their song, "Boom", was nominated in both of those categories.
The boys were in Nashville last weekend attending the Rock-n-Pod Expo. They met with several rock podcasts and those interviews will be posted on the website as we get access to them. While there they met Troy Luccketta(drummer for Tesla) Punky Meadows and Frank DiMino from Angel, Jacob Cade, Michael Wagener and many others. They also got to see their friends from Tora Tora as well.
UTR had their song, "Boom", make the finalist list in both the Rock and Teen categories. Winners will be announced in September and fans can cast their votes for a third category, called Fandemonium, at this link. www.unsignedonly.com/fandemonium
The boys have been named finalists in two categories for the 2018 Josie Awards in September. UTR have also been asked to perform at the awards show. Thanks to the Josie Awards for supporting independent artists all over the world.
UTR will open the show on September 15th in Nashville,TN. The boys are stoked about joining Nelson and the headliner, Loverboy, at the historic Ryman Auditorium. So many people long to play on that hallowed ground and none of that history is lost on the boys. They know they'll be stepping into the Church of Country Music and they're honored to have this amazing opportunity. So get there early and check out the future of rock-n-roll...
Under The Radar drummer, Ryan Halcomb, recently got an endorsement with XCEL Drumsticks. He is over the moon about joining the XCEL family. Congrats to our human metronome!
Under The Radar shot their video for "Boom" over the weekend and look to release the video in the next couple of weeks. Ty Stinson was behind the camera for the shoot with Todd Poole bringing the vision for the video. Special thanks to Cathy and John Stinson for their help and the use of their amazing home and to Lonnie Hammer for his help with the set and props. Stay tuned for some old school, in your face rock-n-roll!
Under The Radar is a teen band based out of Memphis, Tennessee composed of Matt Ireland, Ryan Halcomb and Zeke Yarbro.
Under The Radar has proven that they can hold their own on big stages having opened up for bands like Kansas, Loverboy, .38 Special, Saliva, Better Than Ezra, LA Guns and Bret Michaels
UTR was formed in 2014 and there was no denying that something special was to come from it. Ryan's rock solid time-keeping coupled with Matt's thunderous bass lines lay down a solid foundation for Zeke's rocket fueled guitar chops.
They been feature on multiple magazines including Guitar World and Classic Rock Magazine among others.
FHR Radio would like to congratulate all the nominees in the Top 5 for USA and International. Each and every artist listed is unique, talented and multi-talented and deserve to be heard. UTR was Runner-Up this year to Griffin Tucker. Griffin Tucker was the USA Rising Award recipient for 2018.
Rock 103's 40th Anniversary party at Rockhaven is comin' up on Rocktober 28th at Bankplus Amphitheater featuring lots of Memphis Made bands including our very own Under the Radar. Although young, this band has talent and work ethic well beyond its young years. Consisting of Zeke Yarbro, 13 ( lead vocals, guitar), Ryan Halcomb ,15 (bass) and Matt Ireland, 14 (bass, vocals) UTR has already opened for the likes of Loverboy, 38 Special and Kansas - not bad for some young dudes plus the band's first full length album will be released around Rockhaven. The album was engineered by Jimmy Fulp at Broken Snare Studio and mixed by Justin Rimer at CrossTrax Studio. And if that's not awesome enough the new album was produced by Manager and Rockhaven heavyweight Todd Poole of Roxy Blue who certainly is no stranger to songwriting having penned classics for both RB and as an original member of Saliva. Get to know these young lads by having a listen to my two-part Memphis Made interview with the boys and preview the NEW single "Boom" below. For all things UTR please visit: utrtheband.com
Tix for Rock 103's 40th Anniversary Party at Rockhaven - Bankplus Amphitheater at rock103.com - Bret Michaels (Poison) headlines with Memphis Made bands Tora Tora, Roxy Blue, Every Mother's Nightmare & Under the Radar on the bill!
When someone mentions the words "Under The Radar", the first thing that might come to mind is an aircraft flying low enough trying to avoid being detected by the radar. But located in Memphis, Tennessee is a youth band that takes on such a name because as the story goes they flew into the music scene under the radar.
The band "Under The Radar" was born in Memphis, Tennessee in August of 2014. It is comprised of Zeke (guitar/vocals - age 13), Matt (bass/vocals - age 14), and Ryan (drums/vocals - age 15). Having opened for bands like Kansas, .38 Special, Loverboy, Saliva, Better Than Ezra and LA Guns among others, Under The Radar has proven that they will gladly carry the torch for the next generation of rock fans.
How the band came to be you may ask --- back in 2014 guitarist/vocalist, Zeke Yarbro, was jamming with bassist, Matt Ireland, on a few songs at a show they were attending. They quickly realized they had found a spark with each other and they set out to find a drummer. Ryan Halcomb was brought in and the rest is history as we know it.
What's the perfect name for an award winning --- conglomerate of rock music genius? Under The Radar of course! Under The Radar is an understatement for this amazing band of talent. This band could change the face of rock.
Their self-titled EP is a relentless genre evolving treat. "Under The Radar," is a three and a half minute explosion of guitar riffs, powerful drum cadences, and pure rock and roll! The lead singer is surprisingly powerful for such a young talent, his voice carries with little to no studio effects, aside from a little reverb. We love the chorus of the track, the music powerful and definition of rock and roll. The background vocals of the band blend perfectly and rival talent twice their age.
While "More Than You Should Know," has a bouncier feel, don't be mistaken it's still rock and roll at its finest, it just has a feel good sound. The interplay between vocalist and guitarist is simply amazing!
"Crash" is absolutely our favorite song and definitely a stand out on the EP. The vocals are amazing, it's like a lyrical confession, bursting with manic percussions, and abrasively controlled guitar riffs.
Under The Radar serves as a sweet palate cleanser to a genre that can easily become bland and predicatable --- with some simply great songs along the way. Some of their influences include Stevie Ray Vaughn, RHCO, RUSH, KISS and Van Halen to name a few.
They been featured on Guitar World, Classic Rock Magazine, Prog Rock Magazine, Classic Rock Revisited, Honest Brutality, Skyhigh Radio and Metal World Radio among others. Some of their awards include 2014 SFA Oktoberfest Battle of the Bands Champions, MySitti Talent Competition Champion in Nashville 2016 and Talent Night Showcase Winner, Texas, 2017. If that is not all, they been featured several times on television and on radio stations as far as the UK.
They recently released their debut EP with Todd Poole as the producer and Jimmy Fulp engineering. Todd Poole was the founding member and lead singer of Roxy Blue, who were signed to Geffen Records in the early 90's. Jimmy Fulp is the drummer in a band called "The 5th Kind".
Once you get past the fact that they're still at a young age, you quickly realize these boys can play and will be around for a long time. Their musicianship and stage presence is something to reckon with.
Make sure you remember the name, "Under The Radar." by Orl Hernandez and Chad Williams FHR Radio - South Florida
Currently UTR is endorsed by Ernie Ball, Sterling By MusicMan and Rock-n-Roll Gangstar Apparel. We'd like to thank these companies and their staff for believing in us and supporting our dreams.
UTR has had an amzing summer up to this point. They kicked off their show season with a show as direct support to Better Than Ezra. They played the Southern Hotwing Festival and 901Fest in Memphis. They traveled to Missouri and participated in an amazing festival (Bands Against Bullying) in support of young people who are bullied and suicide prevention. Rock Rage Radio and DMG Productions along with the amazing DJ's from the Honest Brutality show put on the festival. A week later they drove to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to open for Loverboy. All the while they were finishing up their first full album release. Big things on the horizon, stay tuned!
UTR is looking forward to an amazing 2017. They've already nailed down several dates for shows with more coming in everyday. Stay tuned and stay plugged in to make sure you don't miss them when they play near you this year.
Headed back in the studio to work on our second release. Can't wait to let everyone hear our new material. Looking forward to a great 2017!
The boys won the inaugural MySitti talent competition in Nashville, TN. They competed against approximately 20 other acts and had an amazing time.
UTR will be on the bill again this year with some unbelievable talent to celebrate the life of Jimi Jamison (Survivor, Cobra, Target) and raise money for the children of St. Jude. Don't miss this huge event at the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale in Memphis.
UTR will headline the main stage at the Mid-South Fair on Thursday, September 29th. The fair is located on the grounds of the Landers Center in Southaven, MS. Don't miss the boys on the big stage!
The boys in UTR were asked to open for the legendary LA Guns this past Friday night the 23rd. The show was amazing and Phil Lewis threw out kudos to the boys for an amazing set and for keeping the fire alive.
The UTR boys are going to have a busy fall in 2016. Not only are they back in school but they have multiple shows throughout September and October all over the Mid-South. Make sure you check them out when you can.
Join us for our CD Release Party! We'll be opening for .38 Special at the BankPlus Amphitheater @ Snowden Grove in Southaven, MS. We're also shooting video for our next single that night as well. Come be a part of the fun and help us make some history!
We shot our first professional video and we're so excited for everyone to see it. So much fun but a long, long day.
The boys in Under The Radar have been in Broken Snare Studio for about a month recording their debut release. It's a huge step on their journey to rock stardom and the word has it from the inside that this EP is the real deal. You will be shocked to hear what comes out of these 12 and 13 year old rockers. Stay tuned!
Under The Radar kicked off the 8th annual Hard Rock Cafe, New Year's Eve Guitar Drop on Beale Street. The show was headlined by the Barkays and young boys from Under The Radar got the crowd warmed up on a chilly night in downtown Memphis.
Under The Radar kicked off this year's Tribute to Jimi Jamison at the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street in Memphis, TN. It was a beautiful evening that saw many of Jimi's closest friends from the business pay tribute to his legacy. The event raised over $10,000 for the St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis. A charity very dear to Jimi.
Nancy Lane Park in Atoka, TN
BankPlus Amphitheater, Snowden Grove, Southaven, MS
Our CD Release Party!
Agricenter in Memphis, TN
Landers Center in Southaven, MS
Hard Rock Cafe, Memphis, TN
Amp by The Market
Jack Pyrtle Stage Downtown Memphis
Opening for Better Than Ezra
Tom Lee Park
Joplin, Missouri TBA
Opening for Loverboy
Bumpus Harley Davidson
2160 Whitten Rd. Memphis, TN
Shelby Farms Park Memphis, TN
BankPlus Amphitheater, Southaven, MS
539 South Highland
Neils Music Room
Beale St. Memphis, TN
Memphis International Raceway
Lafayette's Music Room
MidTown Memphis, TN
7:30 Under the radar
6:30 Midnight for Masses
5:30 Hell Camino
4:30 Roses unread
2:45 5 stories
2:00 Renegade Jane
The Stage Stop
Summer Sunset Concert Series
Under The Radar
Lafayette's Music Room
Performing at the awards show at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN.
Mojo Medicine Machine and Under The Radar at Neil's Music Room
with The Shotgun Billys, Todd Poole, Fevertree, Under The Radar, The Amber McCain Band, The Fast Mothers and members of Tora Tora. Lots of great auction items as well.
Arkansas Children's Hospital Angel Run with The Shotgun Billys
Rock show with Lola Montez, UTR, Capulet and Magnum Dopus
1911 Poplar Avenue
Summer Concert Series
With Kore Rozzik and UTR
Broken Spoke Saloon
Lafayette's Music Room in Memphis, TN.