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DALLAS FRASCA – The Uber Rock Interview Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Saturday, 26 November 2016 03:00

Dallas Frasca Belfast November 2016Melbourne alt-rock trio DALLAS FRASCA recently celebrated their tenth anniversary as a band by releasing a new EP, ‘Dirt Buzz’, and then promptly hitting the road for an extensive European tour supporting Ugly Kid Joe. Thirty-five shows into the run, it stopped off in Belfast, where Uber Rock’s Marc Leach caught up with the woman behind the band’s moniker to chat about… well, changing hairstyles among other things! Intrigued? Well, you know what to do…

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Tigercub – ‘Abstract Figures In The Dark’ (Alcopop Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 25 November 2016 03:30

Tigercub - AbstractCausing something of a stir down in bohemian Brighton, our man Dom Daley reckons south coast upstarts Tigercub have the chops and now an album of big – no, make that BIG – songs with which to make you sit up and pay attention… so, click the link and do just that…

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Narnia - 'Narnia' (Narnia Songs) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Friday, 25 November 2016 03:00

Narnia album coverAh, Narnia. The mythical land created by Belfast-born author and theologian C.S. Lewis, who in fact this very week was commemorated in his native city with the opening of a beautiful new civic square, populated with statues from his series of books detailing the adventures of the Pevensie children beyond their wardrobe door… It’s a literary masterpiece which also inspired a Swedish Christian neoclassical progressive power metal band of whom our newest recruit Marc Leach has long been a fan. But, would he find their latest, self-titled opus equally inspiring, or would it be a case of the Black Friday blues?

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Black Peaks – Statues (Sony Music) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Thursday, 24 November 2016 04:00

Black Peaks StatuesDrawing sonic comparisons with acts as diverse as Tool, Dillinger Escape Plan and Deftones, it’s fair to say that Black Peaks are most definitely not your average hardcore bruisers.  And with Uber Rock's Rich Hobson throwing phrases like "prog" and "alt-rock" and comparisons to Shellac into the mix, there certainly has to be a lot going on sonically with this crew from the south of England.  Click the link to find out more...

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Juliette Lewis - 'Future Deep' (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Thursday, 24 November 2016 03:30

Juliette Lewis - Future DeepFollowing the reformation of Juliette & The Licks for a successful run of shows over the summer months, Juliette Lewis now returns with her first new music in nearly a decade. 'Future Deep' is a seven-track solo EP, a collaboration with Cage The Elephant's Brad Schultz, Jared Champion and Matthan Minster.  Uber Rock's Ben Hughes wouldn't reveal if he spent as much time ogling the arse rather prominently displayed on the cover as he did listening to the opus... but he must have done a fair bit of the latter, as clicking the link will reveal:

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Hard Rock Hell X – Hafan y Môr – 12 November 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 24 November 2016 03:30

Ratt - HRH X 1So, the Uber Rock crue of Monk and The Dark Queen made it, relatively intact, to the third and final day of the tenth anniversary edition of Hard Rock Hell, where all sorts of delights awaited their aural and visual feasting... Herself was most anxious to get up close and personal with a certain member of a certain headline band - but we'll leave that aside for now and instead concentrate on what is on the other side of the link...

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Ugly Kid Joe/Dallas Frasca - Belfast, Limelight 1 - 12 November 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Thursday, 24 November 2016 03:00

Ugly Kid Joe Belfast November 2016 1A little more than four years ago, Californian rock 'n' roll hooligans Ugly Kid Joe forced Belfast's recently refurbished and rebranded Limelight 1 to open its doors somewhat earlier than the venue's owners had planned.  In the intervening period, the happy-go-lucky surf rockers have twice returned to the scene of the crime, most recently at the end of a gruelling European tour, with Aussie crew Dallas Frasca in tow. Uber Rock's Marc Leach was there to report from the pit...

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Datura 4 – ‘Hairy Mountain’ (Alive Naturalsound Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonathan Kardasz   
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 03:30

Datura 4Embarking on our global travels once again, we also welcome back Jonathan Kardasz, who travels geopgraphically and temporally - to the other side of the globe and back in time to the Seventies - as he surveys the psychedelic landscape of the 'Hairy Mountain', the second album from the latest Aussie combo to tickle UR's fancy, Datura 4.  Click the link to find out more...

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Baby Scream – ‘Life's A Trap’ (Baby Scream Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 03:00

Baby ScreamYesterday it was Germany. Today, Uber Rock's continuing quest for the best new underground music takes us to South America - Argentina, in fact, where Dom Daley discovered the joys of the one-man power pop machine that is Juan Pablo Mazzola and his Baby Scream project - and an album that has our man quoting Frankie Miller, Marc Bolan and the mighty Trigger Mcpoopshute in the same review... Click the link to find out what he's on about:

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John Coffey – Amsterdam, Paradiso - 30 September 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Matt Bunting   
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 03:45

John Coffey - Paradiso 1John Coffey – a hardcore/punk/rock n’ roll band from Utrecht in The Netherlands – have climbed to pretty much the top of the Dutch scene, capable of selling out 2000 capacity venues. They announced their ‘indefinite hiatus’ on social media in early June, alongside a last European tour. This tour was not going to take in the UK, a territory they didn’t really break to. So in a case of if the mountain… Uber Rock's Matt Bunting packed his bag and jetted off to check out the last ever show of what could turn out to be one of the most under-rated rock bands of the 2010s...

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Alex Maiorano & The Black Tales - 'Everything Boom!' (Off Label Records) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 03:20

Alex Maiorano - Everything BoomAlways on the search for new and exciting sounds, Uber Rock's Ben Hughes' quest took him to the back streets of Berlin, where he uncovered rather classy "roots-based rock 'n' roll with a good dose of funk and soul", which really got him in the party mood... To find out all about his latest discovery, click on the intriguing little link thing...

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The Varukers – ‘How Do You Sleep?’ (Westworld Recordings) Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Tuesday, 22 November 2016 03:00

Varukers WW0089CDThe Varukers were a band that pretty much passed Uber Rock's Nick Russell by when they first exploded on to the UK punk scene some quarter of a century ago (well, he was but a pup back then, wasn't he?).  Now, 26 years later, he acquaints himself with the re-issue of their ‘How Do You Sleep?’ album.  Will he find it still sounding "fresh, vital and angry"?  There's only one way to find out...

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Ginger Wildheart’s Halloween Hootenanny III – Wolverhampton, The Slade Rooms – 29 October 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Monday, 21 November 2016 03:40

GWBHalloween may be fading in many people's memory as they turn their attention, and cash, to another time of "celebration"... but the period around All Hallow's Eve is not that easily forgotten here at Uber Rock, and our man in black Rich Hobson has been reminiscing about the massive eight band bill that invaded Wolverhampton when the one and only Ginger Wildheart brought his annual Hootenanny to town... click the link to find out what went down that fine evening...

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GBH – ‘Ha Ha’ (Westworld Recordings) Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Monday, 21 November 2016 03:20

GBH WW0088CDDIn the second of a double header of reviews today, Nick Russell takes a step back in time and gets a gob full of the re-issue of GBH's 2002 album, 'Ha Ha'.  Does our man think it has stood the test of time?  Or is he laughing in the face of punk rock doom?  Click the link to find out...

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The Sword – ‘Low Country’ (Razor & Tie Records) Print E-mail
Written by Nick Russell   
Monday, 21 November 2016 03:00

The Sword - Low CountryWhen Atlanta’s The Sword released their excellent ‘High Country’ album last year, there was a slight change to their musical style. The doom stoner aspect was toned down for a more southern rock tinged sound.  Now, they've gone one step further, with a totally stripped back acoustic reworking of ten of the tracks from said release.  Uber Rock's Nick Russell invites you to "sip some good ol’ whiskey and kick back in the ‘Low Country’....":

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Video Of The Weak Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 20 November 2016 09:43

approved image lrg 2013Life is all about connections, and so it is here on Uber Rock this fine Sunday, with the Video Of The Weak (sic) tied directly into this month's Midnite Mixtape Massacre... click on the link to find out what is UR boss Mark Ashby's uncensored choice (have we given you enough clues yet?)...

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