September Gigs
MassMatiks/Youth Killed It – Glasgow, The Garage – 17 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Saturday, 30 September 2017 04:40

MassMatiks - GlasgowShe’d been a wee bit quiet for a while… but, when she wakes up, beware! In the second of her double of dose of live reviews this fine Saturday, Hannah Reid once again travels back into the dark heart of Glasgow to bring us her thoughts on another night of rock ‘n’ roll mayhem. Forget lying back munching on bamboo shoots, you’ll find this panda front and centre of the nearest mosh pit:

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KMFDM – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms - 8 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 30 September 2017 04:20

KMFDM - WolverhamptonIf metal is, at its core, the sound of industry, as Rich Hobson postulates, then why, he wonders, is industrial metal so overlooked as a key influence on the modern zeitgeist? Which makes it all the more frustrating for him that sonic pioneers such as KMFDM are consigned to the part of underground lexicon reserved for criminally underrated, oft-cited influence bands. It’s an imbalance he seeks to put right as he looks back at their recent visit to Britain’s own industrial heartland:

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Jaret Reddick – Manchester, Gorilla Bar – 20 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Linzi A   
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 04:40

37291768496 4979f1006f qIt’s not every evening that a music journalist gets to meet, never mind review, a rock star on whom they openly admit to having had a crush when they were a teenager. That is exactly what happened to Linzi A this past week, when Bowling For Soup frontman Jaret Reddick visited Manchester on the penultimate night of his ‘Heartache & Hilarity’ UK tour. Did she swoon? Did she lick his armpits (like she had threatened to do)? There’s only one way to find out:

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Role Models/The Loyalties /Shush/Billy Liar – Camden, The Black Heart - 2 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Saturday, 16 September 2017 04:30

Role Models - CamdenWhat else would any self-respecting music writer be doing on a Saturday night than heading into the black heart of London Town to revel in the joys of sharing a sweaty room with hundreds of like-minded folk enjoying a four-band rock ‘n roll ride? Nothing, right? Well, that’s exactly what Double D did the other weekend, when he joined in the fun for the launch of the Role Models’ latest album:

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HRH Sleaze – Sheffield, O2 Academy – 3 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 16 September 2017 03:00

Tyla - HRH SleazeSheffield may be best known as Steel City, but earlier this month it was transformed into Sleaze City when the Hard Rock Roll team unveiled their latest themed weekender. Always proud of the fact that they were born in the gutter, looking at the stars and revelling in their reflected light, the UR team headed braved the hairspray laden air to see what the second day of this bespoke festival had to offer:

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Cock Sparrer/The Bar Stool Preachers/Foreign Legion – Cardiff, The Globe – 1 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Saturday, 09 September 2017 04:30

Cock Sparrer Cardiff gig posterWe’ve got a double hit of punk old and new for you this weekend.  Tomorrow, Nev Brooks pulls up a pew and indulges in some serious banter with the father and son team of Colin and Tom McFaul, frontmen of Cocksparrer and The Bar Stool Preachers respectively.  But first, Dom Daley reports from the frontline of the gig that saw the godfathers of the British Oi! scene returning to south Wales for the first time in almost four decades:

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Hair Metal Heaven – Hull, The Welly Club/City Hall – 25/26 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Friday, 08 September 2017 04:30

Hair Metal Heaven - SquareA hair metal festival? In Hull? You’re pulling our spandex pants, aren’t you? But, know they weren’t, as so it came to pass that, on the August bank holiday weekend, the Über Kingdom’s current ‘City Of Culture’ played host to the ambitious Hair Metal Heaven extravaganza. Despite all sorts of behind-the-scenes problems – including stories of acts not being paid (or even booked in the first place), it offered up a memorable weekend of rock ‘n’ roll action, as our resident glammer Ben recalls (through bleary eyes…) Click the link for the full story of what went down on the first two days:

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AlteredSky/The Reason/TakeToday/Academy 54/Miami Monroe – Glasgow, The Garage – 25 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Saturday, 02 September 2017 04:00

AlteredSky - GlasgowGlasgow’s AlteredSky are about to head off on their first ever tour of Asia – but, before they started packing their bags and brushing up on their Japanese, they threw a (temporary) farewell party, and dragged a few other rising young talents to join in the fun.  Our girl Hannah was front and centre to report on what went down, which you can find out about on the other side of the link:

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Black Peaks / Heck / Bad Sign / Exiles of Elysium – Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms 13 September 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Thursday, 22 September 2016 03:00

Heck - CroppedLord Simmons sat atop his ivory tower surveying the landscape of Rock N Roll, peering down at the pinprick specks toiling the earth below. “Rock is dead,” said Simmons. Imagine then, Lord Simmons’ surprise when four flailing, wailing, noisy fuckers from Nottingham clambered up and laid waste to his throne room.  Uber Rock's Rich Hobson was there to witness the carnage...

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L7 / Treason Kings – Manchester, O2 Ritz – 10 September 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Tuesday, 20 September 2016 03:20

L7-Ritz-1Our man Rich Hobson is often accused of being "stuck in the Nineties"... not that he's complaining, when he gets to relive his youth in the presence of the original Rriot Grrls, L7, on their recent return to the UK for the second time in just over a year.  But, was it just like it was three decades ago?  Click the link to find out what shapes our man threw at this one...

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Dirty Jane / Humm / Ocean State / Ghetto Theatre – Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge – 22nd July 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Rich Hobson   
Saturday, 17 September 2016 03:20

Dirty Jane - ThumbnailUber Rock's "gig-going fanatic" Rich Hobson awakens from his self-enforced "gigless hibernation" that was the summer festival season to cast his mind back to an evening of good old-fashioned rock 'n'f'n' roll thanks to this four band bill in the good old-fashioned rock 'n'f'n' roll pub... at least he didn't have to worry about having to endure "an overpriced pint of pigswill whilst standing in the rain" in order to enjoy this particular night on the town...

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Energy/Miss Vincent/Nelson/Gazing – Glasgow, Audio – 1 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Saturday, 30 September 2017 04:00

Energy - GlasgowWe’re not quite sure why it’s taken so long to get around to publishing this review… it’s sort of being floating about in the ether for a while! But, anyway, here it is, as our very own panda in residence looks back at a show that was undoubtedly filled with plenty of energy – but also caused some fair degree of confusion at URHQ when we clocked the name of one of the support bands. Click the link to find out why:

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Voodoo Six/Skam/The Dukes of Bordello – Sheffield, The Corporation – 16 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Geno D   
Saturday, 23 September 2017 04:00

Voodoo Six Sheffield 2017Voodoo Six are currently ripping up stages across Shit Island in support of their brilliant new album, ‘Make Way for The King’. And they’ve brought Uber faves Skam along for the ride! Woohoo, sounds like a bill too good to resist – well, we didn’t, and blooded our new team of Geno D and Claire Simmons by dispatching them post haste when they pulled into Sheffield last weekend:

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The Dowling Poole – Bedford, Esquires, 8 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Saturday, 16 September 2017 04:00

Dowling Poole - Bedford 3There is a corner of Martin Haslam’s heart that shall belong forever to the music of Willie Dowling and Jon Poole, be it the two albums they have produced together, or through their work with the likes of The Grip, The Wildhearts, Honeycrack, Cardiacs, and God Damn Whores… so, when they played one of only three gigs this year down his local, he really had to be front and centre, didn’t he?

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HRH Sleaze – Sheffield, O2 Academy – 2 September 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Saturday, 09 September 2017 05:00

Jay - TigertailzLast weekend, the guys at Hard Rock Hell premiered the most recent addition to their expanding range of themed weekend festival packages, with their first bespoke event dedicated to things at the sleazier end of the rock ‘n’ roll spectrum. The UR team of Monk and DQ boarded the big silver bird from Belfast to Sheffield to get in on the action, as you can find out right here right now:

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Hair Metal Heaven – Hull, City Hall – 27 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Saturday, 09 September 2017 04:00

Hair Metal Heaven - SquareA hair metal festival? In Hull? You’re pulling our spandex pants, aren’t you?  But, know they weren’t, as so it came to pass that, on the August bank holiday weekend, the Über Kingdom’s current ‘City Of Culture’ played host to the ambitious Hair Metal Heaven extravaganza.  Despite all sorts of behind-the-scenes problems – including stories of acts not being paid (or even booked in the first place), it offered up a memorable weekend of rock ‘n’ roll action, as our resident glammer Ben recalls (through bleary eyes)… Click the link for the full story of what went down on the final day:

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Breaking Benjamin/Starset – Glasgow, The Garage – 28 August 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Hannah Reid   
Saturday, 02 September 2017 04:30

Breaking Benjamin - GlasgowIn the second of a double dose of live reviews, Hannah Reid revels in the memories created by Breaking Benjamin’s first ever date in Scotland.  No beating about the bush with this one, just diving straight into the moshpit for this first hand report, which can be found on the other side of the link:

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Diamond Head – Belfast, Voodoo – 23 September 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 26 September 2016 21:53

Diamond Head - Belfast - CoverNWOBHM legends Diamond Head last weekend fulfilled their promise to return to Belfast - much to the delight of longstanding fans such as our own Dark Queen and husband Mark Ashby, as well as many who weren't even wicked thoughts when the band first wrote and performed many of the classic tunes which filled their set.  Click the link to find out why our bossman found himself getting all hot and sweaty but at the same time feeling refreshed and revitalized...

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Raging Speedhorn / By Any Means / Dead Label – Belfast, Voodoo – 18th September 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 03:40

Raging Speedhorn - FingerIt takes a lot to keep a good Uber Rocker down... less than two weeks after undergoing major surgery, there was nothing going to prevent our head honcho Mark Ashby being present for the return of the mighty Raging Speedhorn to his native Belfast.  Did he survive?  Of course he did, or you wouldn't be able to click the link to find out what went on at this firestorm of a show...

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Sharks – Bedford, Esquires – 10th September 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Monday, 19 September 2016 03:20

Sharks - CroppedUber Rock's Martin Haslam may admit that he doesn't get to as many gigs as he'd like... but we're sure glad when he does, and especially when it's to catch up with a legendary act such as Sharks, on one of their rare live appearances...

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King Crimson – Ayslebury, Friars @ Waterside Theatre – 5th September 2016 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Wednesday, 14 September 2016 03:45

King Crimson - Radical Action artworkProg legends King Crimson last week played two rare sold-out shows in Aylsebury to packed houses of admiring fans and friends. With other media outlets bemoaning the lack of press passes and ban on photography, our very own Jim Rowland donned his finest multi-coloured cape - specially pressed for the occasion - and braved his fear of vertigo for an evening that certainly wasn't a rock 'n' roll show but was "an unmissable masterclass in progressive perfection"...

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