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The Uber Rock Singles Club - Christmas Eve Can Kill You Special Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Saturday, 24 December 2016 05:00

15590125 10153849087871653 7244533597100752407 nJust as he had declared the Singles Club closed for 2016, Dom Daley woke up to find another avalanche of slices of 7” vinyl piling up against his door… so he had no choice but to re-open for this one-off Christmas Eve special. Click to link for more glunky gloriousness – and to discover which potential new member found themselves barred before they’d barely set foot over the threshold:

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Adam Ant – Camden, Roundhouse – 18 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Friday, 23 December 2016 05:00

DSC00157It was 1980, and an album was released that Martin Haslam reckons genuinely changed his life. He was 13 years old. Thirty-six years later, and to our man, it still sounds as fresh and amazing as the first time he played it. So, how could we let him miss this opportunity to see it performed live for the final time in its entirety? Click the link to find out if the teenage angst has survived into middle age:

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Theme from Alex - Part Ghost (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Thursday, 22 December 2016 05:30

Theme From Alex - Part GhostsThere’s taking a break – and there’s taking a certain chocolate bar-style break… The Rhondda Valley’s own Theme From Alex have just released their second album – a mere 13 years after they made their debut! Our man Dave Prince dives into its aural pleasures to discover a “modern yet soulful slab of rock music that sounds immense”. Click the link to find out more:

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Trucker Diablo / Hell’s Addiction – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club – 17 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 22 December 2016 05:00

Trucker Diablo DRC 2Apparently it’s almost the time of year called Christmas. Or Coca-Cola-Mas as we call it ‘round here. Whatever you make of this festive period, it does herald one thing – the annual Trucker Diablo party at one of Über Rock’s favourite haunts, the Diamond in Ahoghill Rock City… Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen donned their finest party gear, boarded the beer bus and headed into the hills for this annual rock n roll hootenanny:

 

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Maverick / Safire – Belfast, Voodoo – 16 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 05:30

Maverick - Voodoo Belfast - 2“It’s not every day you say goodbye to a founding member of a band.”  The words of Maverick singer David Balfour, outlining the context of this special gig, as it was the band’s last with drummer Mike Ross, who is shortly to depart these shores to make a new life for himself on the other side of the Atlantic.  It was gonna be an emotional night for the band, as well as their families, friends and fans who had gathered to give the boy a fittingly raucous send off… Among them were our own Mark Ashby and Dark Queen:

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Kurt Baker Combo – ‘In Orbit’ (Wicked Cool Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 05:00

kurtbakercomboinorbitdigitalcovervinylandcdUber Rock’s Dom Daley reckons that Kurt Baker is the epitome of power pop. And he should know. Our man invites you to “fire up the old stereo and turn the dial up to a decent wall shaking level then hit play” and get lost in an album which he reckons is simply “out of this world”… Click the link to join in this particular extra-terrestrial experience:

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Kvelertak / Skeletonwitch – Sheffield, Corporation - 3 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Matt Bunting   
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 05:30

Kvelertak 1The first Saturday in December was a good night for rock n’ roll in Sheffield: at the other side of town, countless NWOBHM bands were reliving the good old days in the Academy for Hard Rock Hell’s ‘Xmas Rocka’... but Matt Bunting chose to venture to Corporation to see two of modern metal’s more exciting bands.  Click the link to find out what was thrown down:

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The Darts (US) – ‘The Darts’ (Dirty Water Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 05:00

15350606 1625994964368600 2209346127284004181 nThe Darts may be on the telly at the moment, but they’re also all over Dom Daley’s stereo system… the difference is that, naturally, what is getting our man all excited is not a bunch of sweaty fat blokes chucking tiny arrows at a small round board, but a rather exciting little garage beat combo who have him getting in a lather about their just-released debut album. Click the link to find out why:

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Elf – ‘Carolina County Ball’/’Trying To Burn The Sun’ (Cherry Red Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonathan Kardasz   
Monday, 19 December 2016 05:30

Elf-CarolinaCountyBallJonathan Kardasz loves nothing better than pottering about in rock n roll’s archives and rediscovering long lost classics… and some not so classic re-releases. Here, he goes right back to the beginning of the career of one Ronnie James Dio and appraises the re-issued versions of two albums from his first band… are they worthy of further investigation, though? Click the link and follow our man’s breadcrumb trail…

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Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons - ‘Dirty Rock N Roll’ (Death Or Glory Records) Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Monday, 19 December 2016 05:00

Pussycat And The Dirty Johnsons artworkEver since he caught a glimpse of the band on YouTube, Martin Haslam has been like the proverbial feline licking the cream of his whiskers. One song was all it took for our man to fall for the charms of Ms Puss Johnson: so much so that he immediately rushed out and bought the limited edition rand and black vinyl version of this, their new album – and then, just as quickly committed his thoughts on same to the t’interweb…

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EXTENDED PLAY: Bite-Sized Chunks Of Musical Mayhem Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 18 December 2016 05:00

Cross Eyed MaryFor many years, the EP – or ‘Extended Player’, to give it its full title – was a criminally overlooked format. But, of late, it has made something of a deserved comeback, as bands face the challenge of continually producing new material but often not being able to commit to the cost (or time) of recording full-length albums. It’s a format which Über Rock has championed and, so, in the first of a new (ir)regular feature, editor-in-chief Mark Ashby bends his ears around some of the EPs that have crossed his desk in recent weeks…

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Alter Bridge – ‘The Last Hero’ (Napalm Records) Print E-mail
Written by The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 17 December 2016 06:00

Alter Bridge - The Last HeroMusic is an entity born from emotion, and hopefully its creators can only but hope that its birth can evoke similar emotions in the recipient.  Both creating it and listening to it is a deeply personal, and often cathartic, experience.  The Dark Queen is a massive Alter Bridge fan, and their fifth album struck a massive chord with her… hence the reason it has taken a while for her to put her thoughts on the record.  Click the link for this truly honest appraisal:

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Imperial State Electric / Gentlemans Pistols – Camden, The Underworld – 8 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 17 December 2016 05:00

iseConsidering he was a huge Hellacopters fan back in the late 90s/early noughties, Jim Rowland did wonder to himself why tonight was the first time he had been to see Nicke Andersson’s Imperial State Electric. However, that was soon answered when he was reliably informed that this was only the second time the band have played London since they released their debut album back in 2010… click the link to find out what went down at this hotly anticipated return:

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The Posies / The President Lincoln – Bristol, The Louisiana – 30 October 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 16 December 2016 05:00

The Posies Bristol 1A little while back, Uber Rock’s Rich Hobson found himself at one of those gigs which, instead of the band playing out their stadium-filling potential rather “creates a special and personal relationship for fans, which in turn creates a sense of fierce pride in the band and their achievements”. It’s taken a while for our man to put his thoughts into words – well, he did move house in the interim – but you can click the link to find out what went down at what also turned out to be something of an UR family reunion:

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Valensole – ‘Where We Should Be’ EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Friday, 16 December 2016 04:40

Valensole coverFormed this year and coming at you from Southampton, Valensole have a strong DIY ethic, crafting and recording their forthcoming debut EP at their very own music space. The result left Uber Rock’s Nev Brooks positively foaming at the mouth – so much he felt the need to use CAPITAL letters in his review, which you can read right here:

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Conjuring Fate (‘Valley Of Shadows’ album launch) – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 10 December 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 15 December 2016 06:30

Conjuring Fate 1It seemed fated (sic)… and so it proved to be. Back at the tail of August 2015, Conjuring Fate were one of two bands to play wedding of UR bosses Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen… no, not the reception, but the actual ceremony itself. Now, fast forward to this past weekend and the band finally get around to releasing their long-awaited debut album: and, guess what? It just “happens” to “coincide” with Mrs A’s 50th birthday! It couldn’t have been planned better… or could it? Click the link to find out what went down on this particular evening:

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