Über Röck-Kick Ass Rock N Roll
Santa Cruz – Glasgow, Cathouse – 10 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Thursday, 28 December 2017 04:40

Santa Cruz GlasgowFinnish glunksters Santa Cruz recently returned to the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’f’n’ Roll for a series of dates in support of their third album. We sent our very own ketamine queen, the panda named Hannah, along to Glasgow’s notorious Cathouse venue to find out if it would be a case of bad blood on the dancefloor or another dose of hairspray-infused heaven:

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – Glasgow, G2 – 14 December 17 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Thursday, 28 December 2017 04:20

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus GlasgowWhen TRJA pulled into Glasgow as part of a run of dates to mark the tenth anniversary of their album ‘Don’t You Fake It’, with the promise of playing same in its entirety, our very own ketamine queen, the panda known as Hannah was the first in the queue to volunteer to brave the pit and record the occasion in both words and pictures, and you can enjoy the result on the other side of this link:

Adam Ant – Camden, Roundhouse - 21 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Thursday, 28 December 2017 04:00

Adam Ant Squared OffAfter last year’s final performance of ‘Kings Of The Wild Frontier’ at the very same venue, returning to the Roundhouse for the last night of the ‘Anthems’ tour was a no brainer for Martin Haslam. Performing ‘A’ sides and ‘B’ sides, with a gig-honed band, could this be or man’s ‘Gig Of The Year’?  Click the link to find out:

HIM – Nottingham, Rock City – 15 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson and Allan Maxwell   
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 04:40

HIM GlasgowAfter more than a quarter of a century at the forefront of the goth movement that he virtually helped to redefine, His Infernal Majesty Ville Vallo recently decided to hang up his beanie hat and retire his iconic ‘Heartagram’ – but, not before one last tour to bid farewell to the Über Kingdom of Rock ‘n’ Roll. We sent Allan Maxwell to record the Glasgow gig in glorious technicolour, and while Rich H was tasked with telling us what happened when the HIM hit machine rolled into Nottingham:

Jimmy Barnes – Belfast, Limelight 1 – 19 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 04:20

Jimmy Barnes BelfastIt really was meant to be, wasn’t it? There Monk was, blithely editing a review of a charity fundraiser bash by Jimmy Barnes and a few chums back at the beginning of the summer, when an email popped into his inbox proclaiming that the man himself was due to make a long overdue visit to our little corner of the rock ‘n’ roll Überverse… And so it was, almost six months to the day later, he and DQ found themselves paying their last visit of the year to a venue which is literally just a few minutes’ dander from the front door of URHQ:

Jaya The Cat – London, Underworld – 5 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Wednesday, 27 December 2017 04:00

Jaya The Cat CamdenIt might have been a five year wait for a new record by Jaya The Cat, but as far as live shows go they never actually went away. A mainstay of the summer festival circuit (popping up variously at Rebellion and Boomtown over the years) and winter tour circuit, it just wouldn’t feel like a proper Christmas without a trip to see the outfit that Rich H describes as “the Cava of punk-reggae bands”. Find out why on the other side of the link:

View From The Merch Stand: Four Nights On The Road With Michael Monroe Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 24 December 2017 04:40

Michael Monroe CroppedChristmas came early for Über Rock’s very own Double D when he was asked to go out on the road with one of THE legends of the glunk scene… the living legend that is Michael Monroe. The only condition?  He had to sell a few T-shirts in order to earn his keep. In return, however, he was given full access to all the behind the scenes shenanigans and therefore was able to bring Über Rock’s very special Christmas present to all our long-suffering readers – this very special overview of four days on the road with one of the greats of the business:

The BIG Über Rock Interview: Pallbearer Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 23 December 2017 12:21

Pallbearer 1In our last big interview of the year, we keep things suitably dank and gloomy in this season of light-hearted frivolity, as Rich Hobson presents us with the results of a chat he had with Arkansas doom-mongers Pallbearer following their main stage appearance at the recent Damnation Festival. Click the link to do what it says and find out what was on the conversational agenda:

The BIG Über Rock Interview: Coady Willis/Jared Warren (Big Business) Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 23 December 2017 04:40

Big Business MontageToo metal for punk, too punk for metal, Big Business have always been a band between worlds, their sound taking a little bit of column a and a little bit of column b to create something truly cacophonous and hard hitting. When the band returned, to the UK for the second time this year in November, Rich Hobson caught up with drummer Coady Willis and bassist Jared Warren ahead of their show in Birmingham. Find out what they chatted about on the other side of this link:

The Answer – Ahoghill, Diamond Rock Club – 16 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 23 December 2017 04:20

The Answer AhoghillIt was always going to be a special night.  It always is when The Answer play the best li’l rock club on the island of Ireland. And even more so when it’s their traditional Christmas party. However, tonight was going to be even more special, as – unbeknownst to many present – it was to be the band’s last gig for quite some time as the lads prepare to spend the foreseeable future concentrating on various side projects… but, that’s a story for another day… for now, click the link to join in this particular rock ‘n’ roll party:

The BIG Über Rock Interview: Virginia Monti (Psychedelic Witchcraft) Print E-mail
Written by Richard Hobson   
Saturday, 23 December 2017 04:00

Psychedelic Witchcraft Virginia Monti CroppedWe may be right in the teeth of the time of year commonly agreed to be called Christmas, but the spirit of rebellion runs deep here at URHQ, and so we couldn’t resist bringing a bit of darkness to the light-heartedness that surrounds us, and indulge in a bit of good old-fashioned occultism… and how better to do that than with a dose of Psychedelic Witchcraft? Click the link to find out what happened when Rich H caught up with Virginia from the band of the same name at the recent Damnation Festival:

Royal Thunder – Birmingham, Mama Roux’s - 27 November 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Friday, 22 December 2017 04:40

Royal Thunder BirminghamIt may be the season of good will to all men, but at URHQ we’re celebrating the darker side, especially of the rock and metal spectrum… and what better way than to look back at a triple-threat bill of doom-infused occult-ish acts - playing in the birthplace of metal no less?  Who did we assign to walk on the dark side of the road?  Why, Rich H ov course! You can find out how he got on by clicking the link with the simple enchanting instruction:

Fish – Manchester, O2 Ritz – 9 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by DJ Astrocreep   
Friday, 22 December 2017 04:20

Fish tour headerHaving recently popped his Marillion cherry, it seemed only fitting for our resident DJ to do the same with the band’s former frontman, Fish, when he also came visiting Manchester. So, we despatched the big man back down the M62 to use up more of his frequent traveller miles and do just and see if the lanky Scot was ‘Clutching At Straws’ or still delivering feasts of aural consequences:

Deathgod Messiah - 'Abomination Chants from Beyond the Grave' (Ascension Monuments) Print E-mail
Written by Cronohn Pipror   
Friday, 22 December 2017 04:00

Deathgod Messiah artworkIt may be fast approaching the day of present exchanging but the black metal community, and especially America’s Deathgod Messiah, have a very special gift for us – a compilation album designed to ensure that all those not of a kvlt persuasion choke on their turkey and reach for the holy water, as our newly appointed prince of all things extreme, Cronohn Pipror explains on the other side of this link.

The Wildhearts – York, The Fulford Arms – 11 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes and Neil Vary   
Thursday, 21 December 2017 04:40

Ginger Wildheart YorkThe average hardcore Wildhearts fan has seen the band play live a bazillion times and they have seen Ginger perform acoustic gigs at least a handful of times I reckon. But how many have seen Ginger and CJ touring together, playing a set of Wildhearts songs each night? I’ll tell you how many... nada, nil,zilch... no one, as they have never bloody done it before! At least, not until earlier this month, and our resident wildheart himself found himself drooling at the prospect:

Silverstein – Glasgow, G2 - 12 December 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Elizabeth and Allan Maxwell   
Thursday, 21 December 2017 04:20

Silverstein GlasgowWhen a band has been around for 17 years, and have played thousands of shows they have got to find a way of keeping those shows relevant and fun. Not only for the fans but for themselves also. This is the task with which Silverstein found themselves confronted – and the big question is: did they succeed? We sent the brother and sister team of Allan and Elizabeth Maxwell along to the Glasgow leg of the tour to find out:


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