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Ocean Colour Scene / Cupids - Birmingham, The Irish Centre - 22nd January 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 05 February 2016 03:00

OCS ThmbIt’s a staggering 20 years since Ocean Colour Scene released their excellent ‘Moseley Shoals’ album. To celebrate this anniversary the band announced a couple of initially low key shows to help kickstart a year full of special events. Uber Rock’s Rich Hobson (who was probably still in nappies first time around) was stage front and centre for the Birmingham show at Digbeth’s Irish Centre and here is his story regarding a very special night of music.

 

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The Monofones/The Franceens/The Magick Godmothers/Eugene Gorgeous - York, The Fulford Arms - 23rd January 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Wednesday, 03 February 2016 04:00

monolive86On a wet weekend night, Uber Rock's Ben Hughes braved the elements to venture to The Fulford Arms in York for the latest Behind The White Door gig, featuring The Monofones, The Franceens, The Magick Godmothers and more, and, boy, was he glad he did!

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The Defects - Belfast, Empire Music Hall -15th January 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 23 January 2016 04:00

The Defects 1In the 38 or so years that The Defects have been flying the flag for Belfast punk high and proud Uber Rock’s Mark Ashby had never actually seen them live. That was until just a few days ago when he entered the legendary Empire Music Hall to witness the launch of the band’s all new album ’45 Minutes’. Hit the link to find out what he’d been missing all these years.

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Axegressor / Scimitar / Cursed Sun - Belfast, Voodoo - 7th January 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 16 January 2016 04:00

Axegressor 1Following the relative tranquillity of Christmas Uber Rock’s Mark Ashby needed to get back on the gig trail, and fast. Here he drops in on a thrash-tastic three band line up that any (in)sane metalhead would have given their spare bullet belt to have witnessed. Axegressor, Scimitar and Cursed Sun were providing the soundtrack to this musical Apocalypse and our Norn Iron man was on hand to capture all of the action.

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Tyla J Pallas/Boss Caine/Alan Clayton/Matty James - York, The Fulford Arms - 17th December 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 04:00

tylayork86Playing just two select shows in York and Edinburgh a week before Christmas, the indefatigable Tyla J Pallas would play the electric version of his 'Nocturnal Nomad' album in its entirety, and Uber Rock's Ben Hughes would be transported into a dreamy winter wonderland of debauchery.....

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Hawkwind - London, Elephant & Castle, The Coronet - 20th December 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Friday, 08 January 2016 04:00

Hwakwind 2015 thmbUber Rock’s Jim Rowland going to see space rockers Hawkwind in the austere surroundings of Shepherd’s Bush Empire had almost become something of a regular (space) ritual for our intrepid scribe. Here he makes a last minute venue detour to witness the band deliver one of their most compelling sets yet, complete with guest Steve Hillage, as our man goes up the Elephant & Castle for a night of space rock..

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Shed Seven / Inspiral Carpets - Birmingham,O2 Academy - 18th December 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Williams   
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 04:00

Shed Poster thmb2016 is but a few days old and already we have a new name to add to our writing team, so please welcome one and all Andrew Williams to the Uber Rock fold as he shares with the world his Black Friday experience watching Shed Seven live in Birmingham’s O2 Academy.

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Fear Factory/Once Human/Dead Label! - Belfast, Limelight 1 - 11th December 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 19 December 2015 03:00

FF tour thmbFear Factory hit the roads of Europe recently celebrating the twentieth anniversary of their ‘Demanufacture’ album by playing said record in its entirety. Uber Rock’s Mark Ashby wasn’t going to miss this one so when the tour hit Belfast our man was through the doors of the Limelight before others had even had a chance to get a pre-yuletide pint in. Hit the link to read the story of his night....

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Giuda - London, The Lexington - 5th December 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Thursday, 17 December 2015 03:00

Guida thmbHaving just released their third album ‘Speaks Evil’, to massive critical acclaim, Italian rock ‘n’ rollers Giuda hit London’s Lexington venue just a week or so ago for a long since sold out album launch show. Uber Rock’s Jim Rowland was lucky enough to secure some tickets for this one and here our very own superyob relives the night in all its glitzy glory for those of us who simply couldn’t make it.

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The Jack Tars - Cardiff, The Globe - 24th November 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 03:00

jacktar86Stray Cat Slim Jim Phantom, Captain Sensible from The Damned, The Living End's Chris Cheney, and Mike Peters of The Alarm playing as The Jack Tars in Cardiff's wondrous Globe Theatre on a school night? Uber Rock's Dom Daley was having himself a bit of that.....

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Clutch/Planet of Zeus/Welcome Back Delta - Bristol, O2 Academy - 25th November 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Jonathon Kardasz   
Saturday, 12 December 2015 03:00

clutchlive86Uber Rockers, welcome Jonathon Kardasz into the warm embrace of all at URHQ. Having met a UR elder whilst waiting to connect with a Runaway, Jonathon offered up a live review of the legendary Clutch from their recent UK tour as his debut piece - read it with but one click of the mouse.....

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Rabid Bitch Of The North - Belfast, Voodoo - 16th January 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 28 January 2016 03:40

Rabid Bitch thmbJust 24 hours after witnessing punk rockers The Defects for the very first time, Uber Rock’s Mark Ashby was back in the more familiar surroundings of Belfast’s Voodoo for a three band bill headlined by the awesomely monikered Rabid Bitch Of The North. Hit the link then for bullet belts, studded wristbands, an over active dry ice machine and mucho quality metal.

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Alien Ant Farm / InMe - Birmingham, O2 Institute - 6th January 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 23 January 2016 03:00

AAFthmbUber Rock’s Rich Hobson loves UK Alt. Rock stalwarts InMe, in fact he loves them so much he was prepared to buy a ticket to see them supporting Alien Ant Farm, a band he kind of remembered from his childhood due to a few hit videos on MTV, but knew very little of otherwise. Here our intrepid scribe gets to vent some spleen whilst in the process also has his eyes opened by a performance he really was not expecting. Hit the link to find out more.

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Martin Turner ex Wishbone Ash - London, Tropic At Ruislip - 2nd January 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Friday, 15 January 2016 04:00

MT thumbWe were running a book here at Uber Rock HQ on who would submit the first live review of 2016. Initially it looked like the gig machine known as Mark Ashby when up popped Jim Rowland with this gig just two days into the New Year. Ex Wishbone Ash bassist Martin Turner was playing his local and our intrepid scribe could see his prize ‘Written In The Stars’.

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Motley Crue/Alice Cooper - Genting Arena, Birmingham - 4th November 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Tuesday, 12 January 2016 03:00

Motley Crue Poster thmbJust when we thought we’d heard the last of Motley Crue, up pops Uber Rock’s Nick Russell fresh from his self-imposed reviewing exile to relive the night he witnessed da Crue and da Coop live in da flesh at the Genting Arena, Birmingham. If all bad things must come to an end then surely this has to be it?

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Ghost / Dead Soul - Bristol, O2 Academy - 20th December 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Friday, 08 January 2016 03:00

Ghost ThmbWith Snow White hitting the height of its run in the Hippodrome, and The Nutcracker Suite playing just up the road in Colston Hall, Uber Rock’s Johnny H instead chose to step into Christmas in the hands of Swedish melodic death metallers Ghost, ably assisted by their fellow countrymen Dead Soul. Hit the link to relive the joys of something our man likes to call “metal panto - at its very best”.

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The Sick Livers/The Lash/Not Since The Accident - Newport Le Pub - 18th December 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 03:00

Livers thmbFor once Uber Rock’s Johnny H wasn’t actually crying off ill when it came to the annual Xmas bash put on by glunk rockers The Sick Livers. In fact old chrome dome was in fine fettle as he descended on Newport’s Le Pub for the third event of its kind. Also on the bill for this sold out show, rock ‘n’ soul revivalists The Lash and good time punk rockers Not Since The Accident. Couldn’t get a ticket for this one? Read the review to find out what you missed…..

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Johnny Deathshadow/Lupen Tooth/Pizzatramp - Abertillery, The Doll's House - 6th December 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Gaz Tidey   
Friday, 18 December 2015 04:00

JDDH86Johnny Deathshadow, German industrial ghouls, hit The Doll's House in Abertillery on a suitably gloomy December night, with Bristol horror punks Lupen Tooth, and Caldicot mentalists Pizzatramp in support. Uber Rock's Gaz Tidey was there.....

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Brain Freeze 2015 - The Atomic Bitchwax / RavenEye / Dead Shed Jokers / Lifer / Heavy Flames / Tradish - Ebbw Vale, EVI - 5th December 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 03:00

Bitchwax thmbBrain Freeze is a new two day festival curated by the team behind the Pity My Brain record label that celebrates some of the very best underground rock music out there right now. We sent Uber Rock’s Johnny H along to witness the second night of the festival, headlined by cult New York uber rock ‘n’ rollers The Atomic Bitchwax, and this is what he made of it all.

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Lissie - Belfast, Limelight 2 - 1st December 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 12 December 2015 04:00

Lissie thmbWe all know that Uber Rock’s Mark Ashby is metal thrashing mad, but what does our Norn Iron man do when he isn’t listening to his first love? Well you certainly wouldn’t think you'd catch him in the presence of wistful Illinois-born singer/songwriter Lissie getting shivers down the tingles on his spine on his night off now would you? Think again, because here he experiences Tidings Of Comfort And Joy long before any of us this year.

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Nine Black Alps/Fawn Spots - Manchester, Sound Control - 24th November 2015 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 11 December 2015 04:00

alps86Uber Rock's Ben Hughes pulled on his baggy jeans and headed off to Manchester to check out a band that he described as Nirvana meets The Vines. Hit the link to find out all about Nine Black Alps, ably supported by Fawn Spots.....

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