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Killing Joke – London, O2 Academy – 4 November 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Thursday, 10 November 2016 03:20

Killing Joke 2There’s not many bands who have been going for the best part of 40 years where you go to see them hoping to hear an abundance of tracks from their latest album. That is indeed the case for Uber Rock’s Jim Rowland when he recently headed to the Brixton Academy for Killing Joke’s celebration of ‘The Great Gathering’…

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Dan Reed – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club – 5 November 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 10 November 2016 03:00

Dan Reed - Ahoghill - Nov 2016 - 1It had been a couple of years – and numerous cancellations in between – since Dan Reed had last trod the boards of one of Uber Rock’s favourite venues. This time, it was a show in which he was going to play songs requested by the fans on the night: so, just how knowledgeable of his back catalogue were the fans? Click the link to find out…

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The Booms Sons – ‘Weird Is The New Black’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 03:20

The Boom Sons artworkThe fact that The Boom Sons released his favourite EP of 2015 meant absolutely nothing to Uber Rock's Dave 'Tetley' Prince when he listen to ‘Weird Is The New Black’.  But, would the trio with a fetish for wearing animal heads (you'll see what we mean when you watch the video) have our man reckoning it was "spankingly good", or that they were just deserving of a good old-fashioned UR spanking? There's only one way to find out...

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Kadavar / Stray Train / Erosion – Belfast, Voodoo – 3 November 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 09 November 2016 03:00

Kadavar - Voodoo - Belfast - Nov 2016 - 1Berlin-based psyche crew Kadavar like to stay busy, regarding time off as, well, a waste of time… so, not content with undertaking a six week trek across all Europe’s arts and parts as main support to Blues Pills, they filled the off days, or as many of them as they could, with their own headline shows. Uber Rock's husband and wife team of Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen caught up with them on one of those dates... but was it a case of being merely a schedule filler? Click the link to find out...

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Bad Mojos – ‘Passout City’ (No Front Teeth) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Tuesday, 08 November 2016 03:20

Bad Mojos artwork“Self-styled retardo punk rock from Switzerland anyone?” That’s the question being asked by Dom Daley this fine day, as he delves into a lo-fi sound that reckons sound like the “Buzzcocks and Blondie hacking those bubblegum melodies Dee Dee wrote”. And any band that declares “Fuck U2” in a song title can’t be bad, can they? Well, click the link to find out...

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Hello Bear - 'I Don't Know...It's Fun Though, Isn't It?' EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Tuesday, 08 November 2016 03:00

Hello BearUber Rock’s Ben Hughes unashamedly admits that he likes nothing more than a good old-fashioned smack ‘round the head – especially when it’s by an EP from a band previously not on his musical radar. Click the link to find out how much fun our man had when he said hello to a band whose members are all called bear…

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Dan Reed - The BIG Uber Rock Interview Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 07 November 2016 20:46

URTV thmbThis past weekend, Dan Reed returned to Northern Ireland after a break of nearly two years.  Before his two-and-a-half-hour fan-request show, he took time out to talk to a good friend of Uber Rock, Gary Grattan of the Belfast Telegraph.  They talked about his love of this part of the world, the return of the Network - and, on the cusp of the Presidential election, the Clinton vs Trump battle for control of the White House.  Please express your deepest gratitude to both Dan and Gary as you click the link...

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King King - Live (Manhaton Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Monday, 07 November 2016 03:20

King King LiveUber Rock's Dave Prince may be known as the 'Prince of Parp' but, like most of the rest of us, he also has the blues coursing through his veins, as we found out when he immersed himself in the new live album from King King, the rising Glaswegian exponents of the art fronted by the kilt-wearing Alan Nimmo.  Click the link to find out his royal verdict...

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Levy – ‘Bonfires’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Monday, 07 November 2016 03:00

Levy - BonfiresFor the second time in less than a week, Uber Rock's Nev Brooks finds himself basking in the glorious sound of a European punk band who he reckons are ready to take the giant step from clubs to arenas any moment now.  To get in on the ground floor of this particular aural elevator to the top of the rock 'n' rolla circus, click the link...

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MunizO – Samurai punks take over Toronto Print E-mail
Written by Jason Daniel Baker   
Sunday, 06 November 2016 03:20

MunizOThere is no better experience than coming across new music, no matter how you do so, whether it be via the pages of a magazine or - in the case of Jason Daniel Baker - on a street corner near a baseball ground in central Toronto!  It was one of those moments which caused our man in Canada to enter the previously unexplored, at least on these pages, world of "samurai punk", and introduce the rest of the Uberverse to Tokyo's latest export, a trio by the name of MunizO:

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Book Review: ‘The ABC of 1-2-3’ by Billy Ritchie (Hillfield Publishing) Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Sunday, 06 November 2016 03:00

1232So, who invented prog? Robert Fripp and King Crimson? Keith Emerson and The Nice? The Moody Blues? The Beatles? Yes? Genesis?  The answer may well  be a Scottish keyboard wizard by the name of Billy Ritchie... but, how did he do it?  Uber Rock's Jim Rowland puts on his reading glasses and delves deep into his story in this autobiography by a man who finally may well be being credited as a pioneer and originator of a style that laid the foundations for what was to become progressive rock...

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Nightwish – The BIG Uber Rock Interview Exclusive Print E-mail
Written by Steve Beebee   
Saturday, 05 November 2016 04:00

Nightwish 2“I am the voice, the translator of these words and emotions,” is how Floor Jansen describes her role in Finnish symphonic rock titans Nightwish. Uber Rock’s Steve Beebee recently caught up with Dutch-born singer, and songwriter/keyboard player Tuomas Holopainen, in Helsinki and Madrid respectively, from where he brought us this exclusive, in depth interview, looking at the traumatic circumstances surrounding Jansen’s recruitment to the band at a critical time in their career and the subsequent ‘Endless Forms Most Beautiful’ album, as well as the forthcoming ‘Vehicle Of Spirit’ live DVD – recorded at their sold-out Wembley Arena show last December – and the band’s future plans… well, after they take a well-deserved year-long break. Click the link to read our HUGE exclusive interview…

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Hands Off Gretel - York, The Fulford Arms - 27 October 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 04 November 2016 03:00

Hands Off Gretel 3Who the fuck needs the music press?  Especially when the "music press" aren't interested in unsigned bands who put their blood, sweat and tears - never mind every spare penny and second - into doing what they do, but would rather give over four pages to kissing a record company's arse?  It's just as well that there are websites that don't give a shite and writers like Ben Hughes who is more than happy to spend a few hours - and his own hard-earned money - down his local pub checking out the talent that the big 'zines won't touch...

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Saxon / Fastway / Girlschool – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 30 October 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 03 November 2016 04:00

Saxon - Belfast 1When this triple header line-up was first announced, Uber Rock's Mark Ashby would have placed money on the fact that a lot of metal fans of the generation brought up on NWOBHM pretty much creamed their jeans… but did they, and did he, when the tour de force pulled into Belfast, or was our man left feeling that he hadn't quite been hit by a battering ram?  You know what to do to find out...

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John Monday – ‘High V’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Neville Brooks   
Thursday, 03 November 2016 03:00

John Monday - High VUp until three months ago, Neville Brooks had never heard the name John Monday... until he walked into a soundcheck in one of our favourite venues, the Dolls House in Abertillery.  It was an encounter which made him have more than a swift whiskey, and instead wait with baited breath until a certain new release from the band dropped into his inbox with the message "what do you think?".  To find out his verdict, click on the link of rock 'n' roll revelation...

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Rockingham – Nottingham, The Level – 23 October 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 04:00

Rockingham MascotAnd so it came to be that upon the Sabbath day that the faithful knelt once again before the altar of the gods of melodic metal, and lo the unholy duo of Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen once again descended into the pit and brought forth their report and imagery from the third and final day forever hereafter proclaimed as Rockingham 2016...

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