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Skypilot/Conjuring Fate/Rosco’s Riot – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 10 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Friday, 16 June 2017 04:30

Skypilot 15Mark Ashby had been beginning to suffer withdrawal symptoms… despite the attraction of three touring acts playing his local club in the space of as many nights, it had been a full two weeks since himself and The Dark Queen had stepped over the threshold of a gig. They rectified that situation this past weekend, however, when they took up the invitation to part of a very special anniversary party:

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Blackwater Conspiracy – Belfast, HMV – 12 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Friday, 16 June 2017 04:00

Blackwater Conspiracy - HMVFresh from what by all accounts was an absolutely storming set at Download, when they were the first band to play the second stage, Northern Ireland rockers Blackwater Conspiracy didn’t rest on their laurels when they returned home, jumping straight back in with an acoustic instore appearance in Belfast city centre. Of course, Über Rock’s husband and wife team couldn’t resist shootin’ the breeze (sic) as the boys showcased their newly released album to an intimate audience:

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The One Hundred/Massmatiks/Horizons – Glasgow, The Attic – 8 May 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Thursday, 15 June 2017 04:30

The One Hundred - GlasgowRock ‘n’ roll really is about the small, sweaty backstreet bars, not big, cold, soulless arenas… well, that’s just our view - but we know a helluva lot of people agree with us. Among them is The One Hundred vocalist Jacob Field: he loves to be able to see if his audience is having fun. So, we sent our gal north of the wall along to one of Glasgow’s most intimate venues to see if she could have just that:

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EZoo – ‘Feeding The Beast’ (earMUSIC) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Thursday, 15 June 2017 04:00

ezoofeedingcdEzoo is a “new” project from legendary vocalist Graham Bonnet and Italian guitarist Dario Mollo which actually traces its roots back more than 15 years. Now that the duo have finally got their act together, Über boss Mark Ashby reckons that it has been more than worth the wait and that the singer from Skegness still has what it takes to be called The Voice… Click the link to find out why:

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Barrence Whitfield And The Savages – Bedford, Esquires – 4 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 04:30

Martin and BarrenceFar be it for us to call Martin Haslam a snob, but, by his own admission, if you had told him a while back that he’d be going to see an artist who's appeared on ‘Later…’, then he probably would have pointed his nose skywards and sniffed very loudly! Click the link to find out why he found himself doing exactly that – and on a Sunday night no less:

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Radioux City – ‘Soul Survivor’ (AOR Blvd Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dave Prince   
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 04:00

Radioux City artwork‘Soul Survivor’ is an apt title for this long-lost set of recordings from the then ill-fated Radioux City. Some 25 years after the band found that the time wasn’t quite right for their brand of groove/soul metal, they’ve dusted off the recordings, given them a clean-up, added a couple of newbies and are preparing to step back into the spotlight. Welcoming them back is our very own ‘Prince Of Parp’:

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Set It Off/With Confidence/Too Close To Touch/Homebound – Glasgow, The Garage – 25 May 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 04:30

Set It Off - GlasgowOur Scottish correspondent Hannah Reid has been a busy girl, gig-wise, of late… on this particular occasion, she ventured down to one of her favourite venues to see if the bands could set it off, and do so with confidence… but, she couldn’t get too close to touch and soon found herself homebound. OK, that's enough of the fancy word play, let's just get on with the review, shall we:

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Shanda & The Howlers - ‘Trouble’ (Rum Bar Records) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 04:00

Shanda coverThere are some record labels which have developed a strong enough track record that we at Über Rock are compelled to check out their new releases, even if our highly knowledgeable team have never heard of the band. Rum Bar Records has established that reputation, as our man Stateside found out when we fired the label’s latest little rock ‘n’ roll salvo his way:

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The Jesus Ponies - 'Conditional Love Casino' (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Monday, 12 June 2017 04:30

The Jesus PoniesThe debut album from Arizona duo Ben Hall and Byron Carrick had been lying around Ben Hughes’ gaff for a while, until the untimely death of Chris Cornell prompted him to take it out of its cover, slip it into his battered stereo system and explore its rich grunginess. Click the link to find out why this mysterious twosome are no Bible-bashin’ one trick pony:

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Scout Killers - ‘Deception’ EP (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Gerald Stansbury   
Monday, 12 June 2017 04:00

Scout Killers artworkOne of the joys of writing for a website with the underground philosophy that we at Über Rock possess is constantly discovering new bands and music to which you haven’t previously been exposed. And it was a joy which our man Stateside shared when we dispatched the trusty UR carrier pigeon across the Atlantic with this forthcoming little bundle of musical pleasure:

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Camden Rocks Festival – 3 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Sunday, 11 June 2017 05:00

Camden Rocks Cover ArtNev Brooks set off into the dark heart of Camden with a bold plan of action, a clear vision of which of the 250 bands he wanted to see at which of the 25 venues… but, that – of course – soon went to pot, and he found himself making a few unexpected, but rewarding, detours along the way. And little did he, or anyone else, what a horrific twist the end of the evening would bring… Click the link to find out why he thinks we should hold those, and the music, we love closer than ever:

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Vukovi/Press To Meco/Inklings – Edinburgh, The Mash House – 24 May 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Sunday, 11 June 2017 04:30

Vukovi - EdinburghScottish pop rockers Vukovi have been kicking up a fair bit of dust recently, with their uncompromising, in-your-face attitude, a rather splendid self-titled debut album and their reputation for their energetic live shows.  We sent our very own Hannah Reid into the mosh pit - well, once she'd found the venue - to find out what all the fuss is about:

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Viking Fest V – Ebbw Vale, Odin’s Rock Club - 2 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by David O'Neill   
Sunday, 11 June 2017 04:00

Skam - Viking festIn his original by line for this review, David O’Neill described himself as “old but going on 24!” – thus describing the re-ignition of his love of rock ‘n’ roll, which this past weekend saw him head to one of the spiritual homes of Über Rock, and reporting from the frontline of the first day of the annual Viking Fest:

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Swans/Little Annie – Birmingham, The Asylum – 24 May 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 10 June 2017 05:00

Michael GiraAs one of the most innovative and amorphous bands in the music world, you never really know what you’re going to get with Swans from one year to the next. They have inhabited every genre from noise to goth, industrial to alternative with only one key constant: this is a band that is utterly and totally uncompromising. It’s safe to say then, that given the opportunity to get his eardrums rattled for the final time by the band (in their current incarnation at least) was one that Rich Hobson couldn’t resist:

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Monster Magnet/Black Moth - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club - 23 May 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Saturday, 10 June 2017 04:30

Monster Magnet - LeedsOur man in Yorkshire had been hanging around outside the stage door of Leeds’ famed Brudenell club since the arse end of the Nineties, waiting for Monster Magnet’s tour bus to make the tricky manoeuvre into the venue’s tiny car park, and then blow both his mind and those of 400 like-minded souls with their brand of vintage groove. Click the link when our man finally popped his cherry to the riffage of Mr Wyndorf and co:

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Barb Wire Dolls/Segrëgates/Young Urban Parasites - York, The Fulford Arms - 25 May 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Saturday, 10 June 2017 04:00

Barb Wire Dolls - YorkIt’s the hottest day of the year – so, where is our Bennyman? Sunning himself in the back garden? Fook no… he’s down the front in a sweaty club enjoying a punk rock show – and not just any punk rock show, but one by a band championed by none other than the legendary Lemmy himself! Get your deodorant at the ready, ‘cos this one’s gonna get smelly:

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