Five years ago today, August 29th, GG Allin and Michael Jackson's birthday, a little ol' website opened its virtual doors, welcoming anyone who hadn't given up on life, on music, and was still willing to seek out and cherish the coolest music from the hottest new bands.
Yes, Uber Rock celebrates its fifth birthday secure in the knowledge that the dreams of the thumbed avenger Johnny H and hair metal hunk Gaz E (I'm not writing this, honest!), the UR elders, have come true. All we wanted to do was get all our mates together in one big gang and take the piss out of rubbish bands while, more importantly, pointing clued-in music fans in the direction of new bands, records and tours that they shouldn't really be missing out on.
With over 330,000 different readers in 2013 we guess it's a case of job well done!
We always said that while we would never be the biggest website in the world - due to our stubborn refusal to conform, kiss ass or suck cock for freebies - we could be the coolest, and we think we're pretty cool! Don't agree? Then fuck off back to your insipid 'rock' magazine that you bought in a supermarket.
Five years is a bit of a milestone, of that I'm sure we all agree, but it doesn't stop here: no, Uber Rock will continue, onwards and upwards, until every one of your pennies has been spent on cool music, must-attend tickets for the most kickass shows, and top quality merch!
Writing of merch, a brand new, poptastic Uber Rock shirt will be available first to all attendees of Uberpalooza, our fifth birthday party that takes place on September 13th and will basically consist of as many members of the Uber Rock Massive as possible - and if you're reading this that includes you! - dancing the night away to some of the bands that we've loved, lusted after and lauded over in the past five years: we're talking, of course, about Dirt Box Disco, The Sick Livers, The Hip Priests, JD & the FDCs and Trigger McPoopshute.
Next Wednesday, Episode 46 of The Uber Rock Radio Show will feature several members of said UR Massive guesting in the studio alongside the handsome Gaz and adequate Johnny and Rob "The Butcher" Watkins, looking back over the past five uber rocking years and previewing Uberpalooza.
But, as it's the actual birthday of the site today, we had to make some kind of special announcement: On October 31st, Uber Rock will once again team up with the Market Hall Cinema in Brynmawr - the oldest cinema in Wales, recently nominated for the Cinema Of The Year award - bringing our Dead End Drive-In to the iconic building for a second time as we join forces to present a Hallowe'en All-Nighter; horror movies from dusk 'til dawn, with a little bit of a rock 'n' roll vibe to at least one of them. The films and full details will be confirmed nearer to All Hallow's Eve but, until then, write the date in your diary...in blood!
All that's left to do as we prepare to tuck into a big ol' cake is thank each and every one of you for supporting us for the past five years: reading articles, listening to the radio show, buying merch, the whole shebang. We heart you.
It's our party, and we'll listen to The CRY! if we want to.....
UBER ROCK's fifth birthday is mere weeks away and that means three things:
On August 29th we'll blow out our five thumb-shaped candles, high five each other, and announce the next Uber Rock's Dead End Drive-In team-up with Brynmawr's Market Hall Cinema, the oldest cinema in Wales.
On September 3rd Episode 46 of The Uber Rock Radio Show will air live and, as well as featuring the perfect-for-radio good looks of Gaz, Johnny H and Rob "The Butcher" Watkins, will find some of the Uber Rock Massive guesting in the studio, picking songs and generally being idiotic.
Then, on September 13th, UBERPALOOZA hits The Dolls House in Abertillery! Yes, our hotly-anticipated birthday gig will finally be in your eyes, ears, throat and loins!
We'll be raffling a box of promo material from the inner sanctum of URHQ so big that you won't want to win it as you'll have to carry it home! Also, every Uber Rock shirt will be available for £5 for one night only...including the latest 'Listen To Glunk' pentagram design and our brand new shirt available first (possibly only!) to Uberpalooza attendees! We've bastardized a classic design for this new shirt and the results are poptastic! We'll have limited numbers of these bad boys available and only what's left after the gig will be put in The Church of Merch Big Cartel store.
These shirts are, of course, only the cherry on top of a gig line-up so tasty that even BRfm's Chris "The Weasel" Phillips fancies taking a great big bite out of it!
Headlining Uberpalooza are DIRT BOX DISCO, fresh from Rebellion Festival where they crammed 1,300 people into a 1,200 capacity venue. If you've already seen them then you'll know that they're one of the best live bands in the country. They might actually be the best - only one way to find out, kids...
They'll be joined by THE SICK LIVERS, the glunk drunk ne'er-do-wells from South Wales who, as well as being handsome in a certain light, have a special place in the black heart of Abertillery Rawk City and The Dolls House - expect confetti bombs, gutter punk 'n' roll, and lowbrow lyrical lunacy.
If you're hated by the NME then you're loved by Uber Rock, and THE HIP PRIESTS fit the bill on both counts. With new album 'Black Denim Blitz' now balls-deep in clued-in music fans' ears, these fucked-up garage punks are primed to explode in a mess of jizz and whizz - dress appropriately.
JD & the FDCs are Uber Rock Album Of The Year winners and have already headlined the Uberpalooza venue - that's how strong this line-up is! Fresh from supporting the legendary Misfits on their UK tour, this eight-legged rock 'n' roll machine rolls back into Quimtillery armed with lashings of infectious tunesmithery! Stupid music played by idiots? No way...
Finally, opening up proceedings in a way only they know how, or why, are TRIGGER McPOOPSHUTE. They've just supported Down By Law and the Chuck Norris Experiment and are about to support hardcore skate punk legends The Stupids. Y'know that switch inside your head that warns you that you're about to go too far? These guys have no such switch!
Oh yeah, one more thing - entry is FREE!
This will be a night to remember so don't be a loser, be at UBERPALOOZA!!
Following yesterday’s announcement detailing the revised September 29th UK release date for MR. BIG’s forthcoming studio album, '...The Stories We Could Tell' (Sept 30th in North America), the band have today confirmed Matt Starr as drummer Pat Torpey’s replacement on their upcoming 2014 World Tour.
Starr, currently Ace Frehley's drummer, will sit in for Torpey (who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease) throughout Mr. Big's tour in support of the new album.
The album is available for pre-order via Amazon UK. Mr. Big kick off their European tour on Friday October 17th at London’s Koko. Visit the official Mr. Big website for full 2014 tour dates: http://www.mrbigsite.com/
THE MELVINS are streaming a new song, 'Brass Cupcake', from upcoming album, 'Hold It In', and you can hear it below!
Joining Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover for the 12-song album - released on October 13th via Ipecac Recordings - are Butthole Surfers' guitar player Paul Leary and bass player JD Pinkus. 'Hold It In' was recorded in both Los Angeles and Austin earlier this year.
"'Brass Cupcake' is possibly my favorite track on 'Hold It In'! We wrote this song with Pinkus and Paul in mind, once we knew this project was a go," explained Dale Crover. "It's our version of what we think pop music should sound like. Get ready to freak out!"
Digital pre-orders for 'Hold It In' are available now via iTunes with the album lead-off, 'Bride of Crankenstein', offered as an immediate download upon order: http://geni.us/MelvinsHoldItIn
Toronto-based Alternative Rock band THE RABID WHOLE have released the official music video for their track 'Don't Stop Now' (originally premiering with BlankTV) from their upcoming EP, 'Problems' (out September 23rd) - watch it below.
The band has also announced the first batch of tour North American tour dates with Cyanotic, dubbed "The Terminatour". Click on the banner below for an up to date list of "Terminatour" tour dates:
"This year is definitely a year of boundary pushing for TRW. The video, which is our favorite to date, showcases the horror/thriller genre...with a little bit of psychedelia thrown in the mix. We had an awesome time shooting this, and we think our fans will love it. Special thanks to director Peter J Arvidsson." - Andreas Weiss
Delivering 21st century, high-energy, electro-alternative rock, The Rabid Whole gives a refreshing take on a familiar sound. Their live act has been described by Lithium Magazine as: "painting great futuristic scenery with an eerie atmosphere...instantly causes the listener to get lost in the music and then whisked away on a surreal sci-fi trip."
Set to release the highly anticipated follow-up to 2012's critically acclaimed 'Refuge', the new release, 'Problems', includes credits from music industry heavy-hitters Dave 'Rave' Ogilvie (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson), Noah Mintz (Death From Above 1979, Danko Jones), and Karl Schubach (Misery Signals).
The Rabid Whole have toured across the USA & Canada several times, played SXSW, NXNE, CMW, Indieweek, and Coldwaves festivals, as well as shared the stage with recognized national/international acts Dope Stars Inc, The Birthday Massacre, Econoline Crush, Hinder, Apoptygma Berzerk, Bile, to name just a few.
Los Angeles-based rockers LIVING DEAD LIGHTS have replaced frontman Taka Tamada with Brandon Thomas.
An official band statement reads:
"We are excited to share the news that we have a new lead singer...please welcome Mr. Brandon Thomas to Living Dead Lights! Some of you might know Brandon from his time in Bleed The Dream and Phantom Communique... we are stoked! You will be stoked! The songs are sounding better than ever and we can't wait to see you crazy fuckers in Europe starting in October!!!! More news will be coming soon about everything!"
Thomas himself added:
"I'm pumped as hell to join Living Dead Lights and carry on the frontman duties. Singing for a band who works hard and rocks harder is all a guy like me needs. Looking forward to seeing all the LDL fans and making some new ones out there on the road this fall!"
The band will be touring Europe on the back of the uber-approved album 'Black Letters' (read the Uber Rock review here) with dates on the tour ad below:
Yes, it was the average age of a soldier killed in Vietnam, but it's also the number of episodes the THE TWO BUCKS ROCK SHOW now has under its bullet belt!
Episode na-na-na-na-nineteen featured The Jazzinator virtually spinning the likes of Freeway Mad, Beggarman's Beard, Burnthru, Ded Orse, Codex Alimentarius, We Come From Ashes, Kill For Trophies, Black Tamanous, Smiling Tigers, Piss Viper and Depraved Plague in another must-hear show.
Episode 19 will be the second of the Two Bucks shows to be streamed over the radio platforms of US media outlet, The Indie Authority - catch it there from 8pm UK time on Friday.
Fast rising Euro stoner rockers WITCHRIDER will release debut album 'Unmountable Stairs' on Monday 3rd November through Fuzzorama Records/Code7/PHD, and tour throughout Europe with Truckfighters.
When listening to Witchrider, you can not help but be drawn in by their magnetism. They have a haunting beauty that proves to engulf and ignite. As frontman Daniel Dorninger says, "the thing about making music is, there are no boundaries. It's like a spirit of emotions that eventually passes through your body...you never know what you're gonna' end up with."
Formed in 2012 and hailing from Graz, Austria, Portsmouth, Witchrider sport a mutual love for the quirky riffage of heavyweights QOTSA and Eagles Of Death Metal, as well as an affection for the dark elements of Soundgarden. Siphoning fuel from these powerhouses, Witchrider offer a genuinely refreshing take on their own brand of stripped down, fuzzed up alternative rock.
Living and breathing their music is crucial to the four-piece, and as such, they are constantly writing and honing their craft. "Being able to work on music all the time is essential for all of us. That's why we record most of our stuff at home if we can. There's even a freakin' drum kit next to my bed!" states drummer Michael Hirschmugl.
Although the songs work with each other as a collective piece of work, Witchrider's music is diverse and has an array of influences. "I always found musical style not really that important. What counts the most is whether you can identify yourself with the music or not. I know I can and I am happy about every person who can as well. I think that's what makes music 'cool'," says Hans-Peter.
As well as basking in the writing process, the band are supremely dedicated to playing live and fans will have ample opportunity to see the quintet as they hit the road this autumn supporting label mates 'Truckfighters'. For a complete list of all European shows, check out www.facebook.com/witchriderband
In early 2014, Witchrider signed to Truckfighter's Fuzzorama Records and they now release their new album 'Unmountable Stairs' on Monday 3rd November. With eleven killer cuts of low-strung scuzzy alt-rock, the record contorts and burrows itself deep into your skull. Look out for new single 'I'm Outta Breath', and don't miss the band on tour throughout October and November.
WITCHRIDER LIVE (as main support to Truckfighters):
Nov 10 - Brudenell LEEDS Nov 11 - Sound Control MANCHESTER Nov 12 - King Tuts Wah Wah Hut GLASGOW Nov 13 - The Basement NOTTINGHAM Nov 14 - O2 Academy Islington LONDON Nov 15 Hard Rock Hell - PWLLHELI Nov 16 - Oobleck BIRMINGHAM
New England metal pioneers UNEARTH have announced that new album, 'Watchers of Rule', will be released via Century Media on November 3rd, 2014 in Europe. Produced by Mark Lewis (Whitechapel, Devildriver), this marks the band's six full length LP in their decorated sixteen year tenure.
UNEARTH will hit European soil on the Hell On Earth Tour 2014 tomorrow, this time the band is heading out with friends Shadows Fall, The Acacia Strain, War Of Ages and Pay No Respect in support. See all tour dates below.
HELL ON EARTH TOUR 2014
+ SHADOWS FALL + THE ACACIA STRAIN + WAR OF AGES + PAY NO RESPECT
29.08. Frankfurt Oder - Beachrock Helenesee (Germany) 30.08. Essen - Turock Open Air (Germany) 31.08. Rotterdam - De Baroeg (The Netherlands) 01.09. Köln - Underground (Germany) 02.09. Bridgend - Hobos (Great Britain) 03.09. Derby - Hairy Dog (Great Britain) 04.09. London - Underworld (Great Britain) 05.09. Liege/Fonck - 6k Fest (Belgium) 06.09. Obererbach - Pell Mell Festival (Germany) 07.09. Paris - Trabeno (France) 08.09. Winterthur - Salzhaus (Switzerland) 09.09. Ingolstadt - Eventhalle Westpark (Germany) 10.09. Prague - Futurum (Czech Republic) 11.09. Bratislava - Majestic Club (Slovakia) 12.09. Brixen - Club Max (Italy) 13.09. Linz - Posthof (Austria) 14.09. Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal (Germany)
UNEARTH solo headlining shows:
15.09. Bucharest - Fabrica (Romania) 16.09. Sofia - Mixtape 5 (Bulgaria) 17.09. Athens - An Club (Greece) 18.09. Thessaloniki - Eightball (Greece) 19.09. Skopje - Havana Club (Macedonia) 20.09. Belgrad - Dom Omladine (Serbia)
With his new EP released this week MARK LANEGAN BAND have today announced the release date, artwork and track-listing of Phantom Radio, his much-anticipated new album. Phantom Radio will be available 20th October via Flooded Soil / Heavenly Recordings. Listen to Floor Of The Ocean, one of the album's many brilliant tracks, below...
Lanegan's chief compositional tool on Phantom Radio was his phone – specifically an app called Funk Box. “I didn’t bother to hook up my 909 and 808 this time,” he says, “because the app had ’em. I’d write drum parts with it then add music with the synthesizer or the guitar.” The album grew organically from these synthetic roots, taking in Mark’s ongoing love of Krautrock and also an ’80s new wave show on Sirius satellite radio, his favoured aural companion as he drives around Los Angeles. “They have a few good shows but the ‘80s one in particular I like,” he says. “That’s the music that was happening when I started making music. And although the Trees drew on Nuggets psychedelia, 13th Floor Elevators and Love, we were actually listening to Echo And The Bunnymen, Rain Parade, the Gun Club. A lot of British post-punk. We loved that stuff. I just waited until I was in my late forties before I started ripping it off.”
Lanegan’s generous collaborative spirit sees him deliver an excellent co-write with British guitarist Duke Garwood, with whom he made last year’s dustbowl-desolate Black Pudding, and who now offers the music for I Am The Wolf, a Lanegan signature tune. Mark’s favourite song on the album, meanwhile, is Torn Red Heart, an intensely tender meditation for a broken heart that’s like The Velvet Underground’s Pale Blue Eyes orchestrated by Angelo Badalamenti. He also has a special mention for Floor Of The Ocean, which balances sheer catchiness with a deceptively bleak lyrical reflection on a life lived on the hard shoulder: “Clear eyes, can’t avoid the searchlight/Hope that they don’t find me/Find me where I’m lying.”
Phantom Radio will be released 20th October on Flooded Soil / Heavenly Recordings. UK live shows will be announced soon. Album artwork and tracklisting below:
Blues-oriented, psych-infused rock outfit ZODIAC have teamed with The Sleeping Shaman to promote the release of their forthcoming third full-length as they reveal the music video for its title track, "Sonic Child."
Scheduled for release on September 29, 2014 in the UK on Napalm Records, "Sonic Child" -- which also features the song "A Penny And A Dead Horse," the music video for which debuted earlier this month
Formed in 2010 when Long Distance Calling drummer Janosch Rathmer and guitar wizard Nick Van Delft teamed with Rocketchief member Stephen Gall (guitars), ZODIAC – who have toured Europe with the likes of Spiritual Beggars, The Sword and Graveyard -- will be hitting the road again this fall on a headlining run. See below for dates.
8/29 Burg Herzberg, DE – Burg Herzberg Fest 8/30 Worrstadt, DE – Neuborn Open Air Fest 9/6 Raismes, FR – Raismes Fest 9/19 Koln, DE – Underground 9/20 Essen, DE – Turock 9/21 Osnabruck, DE – Bastard Club 9/23 Munchen, DE – Backstage 9/24 Nurnberg, DE – Rockfabrik 9/26 Aarau, CH – Kiff 9/27 Milano, IT – Lo-Fi 9/28 Bologna, IT – Freak Out 9/30 London, UK – Underworld 10/2 Husum, DE - Speicher 10/3 Hamburg, DE – Rock Cafe St. Pauli 10/4 Frankfurt, DE – Das Bett 10/5 Berlin, DE – Privatclub
The Mercy Alliance is a Washington DC based band led by songwriter Joe Rathbone specializing in emotive, melodic indie rock with an aggressive rhythm section featuring long-time DC drummer David Lopez, who's lyrical playing provides a great foil for Rathbone’s raw baritone and gritty guitar playing.
The band draws on influences ranging from the upbeat roots rock of Wilco and Alejandro Escovedo to a beautiful “down” in the vein of Joe Henry and early Neil Young. There are musical nods to The Replacements, John Lennon, Joe Jackson and David Gilmour mixed up in a very inventive stew of sound.
The band's latest record ‘Some Kind of Beautiful Story’ is due to be released September 9th 2014 in the US on Beverly Martel Music, and you can watch the video to their track ‘Washington’ below. The record came about in collaboration with producer Thomas Johansen beginning in the summer of 2013. Recorded in Johansen's studio in VA, the record features drummer Steve Bowman (ex Counting Crows) and bassist Brad Jones in addition to string work from long-time associate David Henry and creative keyboarding from producer Johansen who plays live with the band on many occasions.
The band have had considerable stateside success, Joe’s previous records and shows have earned him some great radio play from some well respected stations including the likes of Starbucks and XM Sirius
The release for Mr. Big’s highly anticipated new album, ...The Stories We Could Tell, has been moved from September 22nd to September 29th in the UK, and from September 23rd to September 30th in North America via Frontiers Music Srl.
"The new album rocks,” says Paul Gilbert. “I love playing guitar, singing, and writing with Eric, Billy, and Pat. And after 25 years, I'm proud that we can make an album that is melodic, powerful, interesting, groovy, and emotional."
The original line-up comprised of Eric Martin (vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitar), Billy Sheehan (bass) and Pat Torpey (drums), are back with some of their most powerful material to date. The new album is the follow-up to the 2011 release “What If,” that marked the band’s return to their signature hard rock sound.
The new album is available for pre-order via Amazon UK . Mr. Big kick off their European tour on Friday October 17th at London’s Koko. Visit the official Mr. Big website for full 2014 tour dates.
The ninth wonder of the unnatural world, Sweden’s technically intoxicating extreme metal quintet MESHUGGAH, are bringing their immense live show to Europe this December to celebrate their 25th year of musical deviance.
MESHUGGAH will play a very special 25th Anniversary set by performing selections from their 1989 - 2012 discography including some rare songs that haven’t been played live in many years.
This live news comes after MESHUGGAH recently announced the upcoming re-issue of 2004’s one song EP, I, via Nuclear Blast out on 29th September, and an incredible live DVD 'The Ophidian Trek' also released on the same date.
MESHUGGAH - 25 Years of Deviance tour dates:
Tuesday 9th December – Ume’ SE - Guitars Friday 12th December - Gothenburg SE - Pustervik Saturday 13th December - Copenhagen DK - Amager Bio Monday 15th December - Lausanne CH - Les Docks Tuesday 16th December - Milan IT - Live Club Thursday 18th December - Paris FR - Le Cabaret Sauvage Friday 19th December - Amsterdam NL - Melkweg Max Saturday 20th December - London UK - Roundhouse Sunday 21st December - Dortmund DE - FZW
Pre-order Meshuggah's live DVD The Ophidian Trek here: