Gig Reviews
Download – 9 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson and Jonni D   
Friday, 23 June 2017 04:00

Download DogWell, the festival season is now officially underway, and the UK’s biggest contribution to the circuit pulled one massive surprise – it didn’t rain all fucking weekend! This year’s Download may not have brought the rain and mud, but it did bring some of the biggest, and the hottest, names in rock and metal to the historic Castle Donington setting – and, naturally, Über Rock was there, with our dynamic duo flitting from stage to stage to bring you their highlights of the first day:

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Devin Townsend/Mind Riot – Belfast, Limelight – 13 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D and Marc Leach   
Thursday, 22 June 2017 04:30

Devin Townsend BelfastFollowing a triumphant set at Download Festival and having just been named Metal Hammer’s ‘Riff Lord’ at the Golden Gods Award Ceremony, there has been a lot to celebrate in the Devin Townsend camp of late. And it appeared that there were plenty of fans willing to join him in revelling in his recent successes when ‘Hevy Devy’ traversed the Irish Sea for a couple of one-off headline shows… among them was the Über Rock team of Jonni D and Marc Leach:

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Aerosmith/Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown – Dublin, 3Arena - 14 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 04:41

Aerosmith Dublin 2The Toxic Twins are currently saying ‘Aero-Vederci Baby’ to the world – at least in terms of touring (although there is a massive temptation to caveat that assertion with an “allegedly”). Following their stunning performance at a surprisingly dry Download the previous weekend, they crossed the Irish Sea to say farewell to their fans on the Emerald Isle… Marc Leach puffed out what’s left of his hair, squeezed into his favourite spandex and boogie-d his way down to the front:

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Adam Ant – Watford, Colosseum - 24 May 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Saturday, 03 June 2017 04:30

ANTHEMSsmJim Rowland reckons that we need get one thing straight and that is that Adam Ant is the real deal. He’s not some washed up ‘80s pop star about to go out on a nostalgic package tour, but rather a man that was there at the start of punk, and paid his dues in the pubs and clubs of that era – and continues to do so, as his most recent tour proved yet again:

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Zlatanera/Baleful Creed/Shrouded/Erosion – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 20 April 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 27 May 2017 05:00

Zlatanera Belfast 2When this gig was first announced, it was billed as a “special show” – a mysterious description which sat for weeks on social media without any further explanation. Then a countdown started, and in the days beforehand it emerged that Zlatanera would be premiering their new video, for the song ‘Bad Case Of The Devil’ – featuring oul’ Nick himself and a cast of various rock ‘n’ roll reprobates and shot in this very same venue. Über Rock sent our top team along to see if the dark lord would make another appearance:

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Four Year Strong – Glasgow, The Garage - 8 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Allan Maxwell   
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 04:30

FYS Glasgow 1Four Year Strong have been tearing up stages across Shit Island and beyond, as they celebrate the tenth anniversary of their breakthrough ‘Rise Or Die Trying’ album. It’s probably fair to say that they definitely have done the former, and that it doesn’t suck to be FYS at the moment… as Allan Maxwell found out when the tour pulled into Glasgow earlier this month:

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Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown/Jailbirds – Belfast, Voodoo – 13 June 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 17 June 2017 04:30

Tyler Bryant - BelfastTonight, Tennessee-based rock ‘n’ roll four piece Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown will rip up yet another stage as they support Guns N Roses on the second of their two sell-out shows at London’s Olympic Stadium. Last weekend, they did likewise at Downtown before relocating to the island of Ireland where they opened for Aerosmith in Dublin… but only after they had got all hot and sweaty in a small Belfast club – and, naturally, Über Rock was front and centre:

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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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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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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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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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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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Dub War/Arcadia – Manchester, Rebellion – 26 May 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Saturday, 03 June 2017 05:00

34607594060 e248b01de8 mThe events at the Manchester Arena on the night of 22 May horrified and shocked the world. But, one thing which became obvious soon afterwards was the desire, despite an understandable nervousness, of the people and the city to get back to normality as soon as possible. The city’s live music scene carried on in a defiant middle finger salute to the perpetrators of that horrendous crime. And so, just a few evenings later, our Linzi found herself front and centre when Benji Webbe and Dub War delivered their own message to both the city and those who tried to destroy its spirit:

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Exit_International/Deathtraps/Stay Voiceless- Newport LePub – 13 May 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Saturday, 03 June 2017 04:00

EI LePub flyerNewport may not be the thriving musical metropolis it was backs in the days when Nev Brooks was growing up, but, if you look hard enough, you can still find some quality rock n roll hiding in its back streets and alleyways, as our man discovered when he ventured out to one of his favourite (and last remaining) venues.  A former Über Rocker also makes a surprise appearance, and you can find out how by clicking this here link:

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CKY/Graveyard Johnnys – Birmingham, O2 Academy – 13 May 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 27 May 2017 04:30

CKY Birmingham 1Absence makes the heart grow fonder, or at least that’s how the saying goes. With bands, absence can stoke the flames of passion, supercharging a band’s popularity to the point where they could be even bigger than they were in their glory days, or it can prove detrimental, with bands falling by the wayside due to lack of activity and a failure to capitalize on any previous momentum. Rich Hobson dives right in to the front of the stage to find out how CKY have trodden the former path:

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