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Smash Fashion - 'Blame It On The Brandy' 7" (Electric Pudding Recordings) Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Monday, 11 June 2012 04:00

smashfashionapproved_small_2012Featuring ex-Quireboys bass player Nigel Mogg and former members of revered Finnish garage rockers Smack and cult US turn Rock City Angels, Los Angeles-based outfit Smash Fashion tick almost every box required of an Uber Rock Approved band before their music has even escaped from the speakers. Happily, the limited edition 7" single from the band is a glorious example of the power pop-tinged retro rock 'n' roll that we love to death. Gaz E gets dandy as he finds the plastic fantastic.....

Midnite Mixtape Massacre - The Smears Print E-mail
Written by The Smears   
Sunday, 10 June 2012 05:00

smearsthumbIt's a trilogy of terror this week as we have not just one band member detailing their ultimate 13 song mixtape, but the entire band. All three members of UK all-girl punk outfit The Smears picked four tracks each, with the thirteenth and final choice a group collective that just has to be seen to be believed. Click that lipstick red link and discover what made the ultimate Dirty Protest mixtape.....

From The Interview Archive : Share Ross Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Sunday, 10 June 2012 04:00

shareretroint86What better time to dig up Uber Rock's most irregular feature? With three original members of Vixen reuniting in a new band the time seems right to revisit a long-lost interview with bass player Share Ross. Presented in its original form from October 2008, Gaz E's interview with Share talks about Vixen, The Dogs D'Amour, The Decline Of Western Civilisation Part II : The Metal Years and the underwear favoured by herr metallers The Scorpions. This is a must read relic from the interview archive, primed to get you in the mood to Rev It Up once again.....

The Urban Voodoo Machine - York, The Duchess - 2nd June 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Saturday, 09 June 2012 04:45

urban86If you've been hanging around these uber-parts for long enough you'll already know the high regard that we hold The Urban Voodoo Machine in. Ben Hughes was lucky enough to catch the band, expanded into a twenty-legged groove machine he tells us, at The Duchess in York. Read on for yet more confirmation that this band is for you.....

Revoker/Lifer/Fell On Black Days/Dead City - Ebbw Vale, The Institute - 1st June 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Ian Bell   
Saturday, 09 June 2012 04:30

Revoker_thmbFor the second night in a row, Ebbw Vale was home to the sound of loud guitars, this time around though it was the more contemporary downtuned kind, the type that shakes the soul. And with the Uber Rock crest branded onto the event poster we were not about to miss such a quality four band bill as this one for some poxy street party or other. Ian Bell picks up the live action for us and leaves the quarter cut cucumber sandwiches and piss weak cider for another day. 


The Hives - 'Lex Hives' (Columbia/Sony Music) Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Friday, 08 June 2012 04:00
Hives_Lex_thmbapproved_small_2012'Lex Hives' is studio album number fem from Swedish garage punks The Hives, and it's their first in almost 5 years. So who better to step up to the review oche than our very own Johnny H, who pretty much admits this band once almost single-handedly saved him from a life of wearing jumpers, eating carvery lunches and pretending to like "nice" music. But what will 'Lex Hives' have in store for the rest of us? Well, read on and find out......
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - 'Americana' (Reprise) Print E-mail
Written by Jamie Richards   
Friday, 08 June 2012 03:30

neil86'Americana' is the thirty-fourth studio album from Neil Young, and his first with Crazy Horse for almost a decade. Jamie Richards was counting down the minutes until release of this album, an eleven track affair filled with covers of traditional American folk songs. What would UR's man make of this curious return? Would it come together or simply come around the mountain? Read on to find out.....

Limp Bizkit - London, Brixton Academy - 29th May 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Ross Welford   
Thursday, 07 June 2012 04:05

limp86Ross Welford walked into London's Brixton Academy ready to break stuff.....especially if anyone stepped on his snakeskin cowboy boots. Yes, Uber Rock's glammest son de-sleazed and pulled on a shellsuit in order to see a special one-off show from Fred Durst and Limp Bizkit. Why did he do this? He did it for the nookie.....

The Bermondsey Joyriders/The Phobics - London, Madame JoJo's - 24th May 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Craggy   
Thursday, 07 June 2012 04:00
Bermondsey_ThmbAt the outset it probably just seemed like any other night for your average Londoner, but for Uber Rock's Craggy there was a sense of anticipation in the evening air, and not just because he was about to pay a visit gentleman's club either. Nah, our man was on his way to Soho to attend the album launch for The Bermondsey Joyriders' long awaited second platter 'Noise And Revolution', and with both of these pretty much guaranteed here's what happened next.
Danny McCormack - The Yo-Yo's - Interview Exclusive Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 06 June 2012 04:00

Danny_ThumbThis week sees bass playing rascal Danny McCormack return to the live stage for the second time this year with his band The Yo-Yo's. So, following their recent sold out shows in London, what can fans expect from their quick return to the Barfly plus an early afternoon slot at Download this Saturday? All will be revealed as Dancing Dom chats with Dancing Danny in yet another uber exclusive interview. 

The Audition - 'Chapter II' (Roadside/MME Records) Print E-mail
Written by Gaz E   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 04:00

audition86Chicago-based pop-punks The Audition return with 'Chapter II', a six track EP that offers a new beginning and new sound for the band. Gaz E checks out the half dozen tracks and discovers that the band seem determined to scrub the punk part of the pop-punk tag forever from their music.....

Fear Factory - 'The Industrialist' (AFM Records) Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Monday, 04 June 2012 04:00
Fear_Factory_Industrialist_thmbReleased today, 'The Industrialist' is the eighth studio album from American industrial metallers Fear Factory and apparently it finds the band in fine form following the successes of 2010's 'Mechanize' platter, looking to bring the concept album to a whole new generation.  Portraying a tale of a nightmare world in the not too distant future we asked our former apprentice Johnny H to don his boiler suit and unearth the detail behind the album, but will he be the one hiring or firing? Click the link to find out.
Midnite Mixtape Massacre - Colin McFaull - Cock Sparrer Print E-mail
Written by Colin McFaull   
Sunday, 03 June 2012 05:00
Colin_Sam_Bruce_pic_thmbIt's time to get the bunting out folks!!! That's right, it's time for a party, because this year punk rock legends Cock Sparrer celebrate their 40th anniversary together. So we asked frontman Colin McFaull to cast his mind back to what music made him want to be in a band in the first place, and also give us a glimpse of what he has on his gramophone these days.  To find out what made his mixtape just click the link.
Janne Jarvis - Hate Gallery - Interview Exclusive Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Sunday, 03 June 2012 04:45
Janne_Sweden_Rock_thmbHailed as the first great record of 2012 by this very website, Hate Gallery's 'Viva La Resistance' is a hulking brute of an album. Yet what of the man behind the album the ever opinionated and always outspoken Janne Jarvis?  Johnny H finally tracked him down in his new home in Germany recently to find out what's grinding his gears and what we can expect from Hate Gallery in 2012.  Read on to also find out details of a limited 50% off "first come first served" deal on 'Viva La Resistance'.
Judas Priest/Saxon - London, Hammersmith Apollo - 26th May 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 02 June 2012 05:00
Priest_thmbIt's a scorching hot summer's night in London and the city's heavy metal maniacs have amassed once more at their true spiritual home for the last show on Judas Priest's all conquering 'Epitaph' world tour.  With the tour having pounded the world like a battering ram for over a year now Priest fanatic Jim Rowland just doesn't want it all to end, but end it must, so here's the story of how the curtain finally came down on this hugely successful tour, and possibly the band's historic career?
Slayer - London, Alexandra Palace - 25th May 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Johnny H   
Saturday, 02 June 2012 04:20
Reign_cover_art_thmbKick starting their summer 2012 world tour in the cultured surroundings of London's Alexandra Palace, Slayer had been hand picked by Mogwai and All Tomorrows Parties to headline the opening night of the 'I'll Be Your Mirror' festival. What's more they were due to play 'Reign In Blood' in its entirety. We sent Johnny H out with nothing more than his trusty Venom shirt and a handful of beer tokens to get us the story of the night.... and here it is. "SLLAAAYYYYYEEEEEER!"

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