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HRH AOR: Kane'd Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Sunday, 19 March 2017 03:30

KanedValley gals, and guys, Kane'd were one of a number of bands to play two sets at last weekend's HRH AOR fest - one on the second stage on the Friday afternoon, and a second, stripped down one, on the acoustic stage the following day.  Mark Ashby caught up with the three sisters, and two of the fellas, to get the lowdown on the band... once they'd got the small matter of a certain rugby match out of the way:

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Monster Truck/The Picturebooks – Belfast, Limelight 2 – 13 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 18 March 2017 04:30

Monster Truck tour posterHaving just returned from the wilds of north Wales, where they had spent the weekend in the company of thousands of like-minded individuals at the HRH AOR festival, Über Rock’s Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen jumped straight back in at the deep end of the rock ‘n’ roll rollercoaster ‘round at their local pub, as Canucks Monster Truck made a super speedy return to the Northern Ireland capital.  However, as they found, it was a gig which did not come without its issues, not least in the audio-visual department:

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The Über Rock Interview: Monster Truck Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 18 March 2017 04:15

Monster Truck tour posterCanadian four wheel driven rockers Monster Truck are currently ripping up stages across the UK on a headline tour in support of last year’s ‘Sittin’ Heavy’ album. Having earned rave receptions when they visited the island of Ireland with Nickelback last October, the band quickly made sure that was where their latest jaunt kicked off, as our editor-in-chief found up when he hooked up with them just before the first night’s show in Belfast:

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HRH AOR: Talking Shit with Silent Jack, Daylight Robbery and Hell's Addiction Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 18 March 2017 04:00

URTV thmbLike most of our friends from the various webzines and radio stations, Team UR spent most of the Saturday morning of last weekend's HRH AOR fest camped out in the media zone, trying to cram in as many interviews with as many bands as possible... in our case, we very quickly started talking shit - quite literally.  Click the link to find out what went down in three of the interviews:

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Daycare For Jedi – ‘This Is What You Get’ (Prime Collective) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Friday, 17 March 2017 04:30

dfj cover layeredSince his arrival at Uber Rock just a few short weeks ago, Jonni D has proven himself a writer who can turn his ear to almost any subgenre. Today, he explores the territory that belongs to pop punk: but, did he leave his light sabre behind when he checked into this particular Danish nursery?

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Stiff Little Fingers/Theatre Of Hate – Kentish Town, The Forum – 10 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rowland   
Friday, 17 March 2017 04:00

slf-uk-tour-artwork-2017It’s hard to believe that Belfast punk pioneers SLF are marking their 40th anniversary this year… certainly, they show no signs of slowing town, with another run of tour dates currently under way and proving, as our man Jim Rowland found out when he wandered down Kentish Town direction, that, like your favourite website, they are still very firmly raising their rigid digits to musical mediocrity:

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HRH AOR: Devilfire Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Friday, 17 March 2017 03:30

URTV thmbWhen Devilfire were originally booked to play last weekend's HRH AOR they were called something different, before being forced to change their name... unfortunately, that came too late to get all the posters and so forth changed, so they appeared on the billing under their former name!  Confused?  Mark Ashby caught up with band founder Alex Cooper to explain the situation:

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HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Hafan y Môr Holiday Park – 11 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 16 March 2017 15:20

LA GunsSo, despite everything thrown at them over the first two days, Über Rock’s intrepid husband and wife duo made it to the final leg of the first standalone HRH AOR melodic fest… what did it have in store for them and, more importantly, would they survive what it yet had to throw at them? There’s only one way to find out, and that’s the do thing with the link:

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Jon Lord – ‘Before I Forget’ (Purple Records/Cherry Red) Print E-mail
Written by Jonathan Kardasz   
Thursday, 16 March 2017 04:30

Jon Lord - Before I ForgetReturning from a brief hiatus, Über Rock’s resident archivist Jonathan Kardasz once again plunges back in time to revisit a classic album… this time, it’s this 1982 gem from the late Jon Lord, featuring a stellar guest cast, now re-issued to fill that gap in any Deep Purple purist’s collection:

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Dobermann – ‘Pure Breed’ (Wild Mondays Music/Horus Music UK) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 16 March 2017 04:00

Dobermann - Pure BreedItalian rock ‘n’ roll trio Dobermann are out to prove their pure bred credentials with the release this past weekend of their Fabio Trentini produced fourth album, which features contributions from Adam Bomb and Bumblefoot. Our resident Kennel Club correspondent Jonni D donned the rubber gloves to do the necessary physical inspection – and, we’re happy to report – that the subsequent diagnosis is somewhat on the positive side:

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HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Hafan y Môr Holiday Park – 10 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Thursday, 16 March 2017 03:30

Lita 3Having successfully negotiated their way from Belfast to north Wales via the Midlands, and survived the first night (and morning) or rock ‘n’ roll partying, Über Rock’s husband and wife team were ready for more of the latter on the second day of HRH AOR. However, things didn’t quite go to plan for our intrepid travellers. Click the link to find out went down at Camp HRH:

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HRH AOR: Voodoo Vegas Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 16:29

URTV thmbThe Friday morning of last weekend's HRH AOR proved to be a frustrating one for the UR team, with interviews cancelled, postponed or re-arranged more often than editor-in-chief Mark Ashby changed his underwear... however, one band who not only turned up on time but were actually early were the guys from Voodoo Vegas, who were the first band of the weekend to brave our interrogation suite:

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HRH AOR: Paul Laine Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 14:02

URTV thmbLast weekend's HRH AOR, as with every year's events, was filled with highlights, one of which was a storming set from the one and only Paul Laine.  The day before his main stage appearance, he also had performed an intimate acoustic set, after which Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen caught up with him for a quick chat:

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HRH AOR – Pwllheli, Hafan y Môr Holiday Park – 9 March 2017 Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen   
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 12:35

Spike 2For the first time this year, UR’s husband-and-wife team of Mark Ashby and The Dark Queen ventured across the Irish Sea to join thousands of like-minded rock ‘n’ roll fans for the second in this year’s series of themed Hard Rock Hell weekenders. It was a trip which, over the course of its duration, was not without its hiccups, as our unfolding coverage over the next few days will demonstrate. To start with, however, it’s Day One… well, where else would they begin?

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Telephone Lovers – ‘Telephone Lovers’ (Disconnected Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 04:30

Telephone Lovers artworkDom Daley dials his trans-Atlantic punk rock connections and get connected to a bunch of long distance loverboys who aren’t calling collect but rather themselves re-connecting with the roots of rock ‘n’ roll and kickin’ out damn fine power pop jams in the process. Click da link to check ‘em out, and then get outta here to check the album out:

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Jarrod Dickenson – ‘Ready The Horses’ (Proper Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonathan Kardasz   
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 04:00

jarrod-dickenson-250x230Texas-born songwriter Jarrod Dickenson harks back to a mid-Western post-war America, when cars ran on leaded gas, television hadn't yet kidnapped the country's, or indeed the world’s, imagination, and men wore hats every day. Jonathan Kardasz, returning to Uber Rock after a short lie down in a darkened room, donned his Stetson over his headphones and, on the day the man returns to these islands, checked out his latest album:

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