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Baz Francis: ‘Face That Launched A Thousand Shipwrecks World Tour 2017’ Tour Diary Print E-mail
Written by Baz Francis   
Sunday, 21 May 2017 04:30

Skopje gig poster 1st April 2017 Photo by Tom ODonoghueEver wondered what life is like on the road for a travelling troubadour? Well, wonder no more, as, writing exclusively for Uber Rock, the inimitable Baz Francis reveals what it is like to face up to new challenges and explore new frontiers as a solo artist. The first part of this exclusive tour diary sees him travelling the highways and by-ways from Macedonia to Helskinki:

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The Über-Rockin’ Guide To Camden Rocks (Saturday 3 June) Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Saturday, 20 May 2017 04:30

Camden Rocks Cover Artapproved small 2013The traditional definition of a “festival” dictates that it is an event held over three or four days, sometimes longer, and usually in the back side of nowhere (so as not to annoy the neighbours). Now, Camden Rocks may last for only one day – but, in that period, they manage to cram in 250 performances across 25 different venues in the heart of dear old London town… Nev Brooks does his best to try and pick out the bands he’d be least gutted to miss in the military action that will be involved in trying to catch as music of the action as possible:

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EXTENDED PLAY: Bite Size Chunks Of Musical Mayhem Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Saturday, 20 May 2017 04:00

Cover Art - If There Was Ever Any DoubtMark Ashby has dug out another bunch of ye olde extended players from the bottom of the Über Rock mailbag – and an eclectic mix it is once again, from “loud and shouty” alt-punk through prog to some fairly brutal deathcore and gothic noir nonsense, via a group of undoubted rock goddesses making their long overdue return… so, click the link to jump right in and immerse yourselves in this month’s selection of EPs:

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‘Mike & Jules - While We Still Have Time’ Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 19 May 2017 14:17

Mike and Jules PetersThis coming Monday (29 May), BBC One Wales is to screen a documentary following a year in the life of The Alarm frontman Mike Peters and his wife Jules.  It was a year during which saw both of them literally fighting the fights of their lives, against cancer.  Dom Daley was privileged to be in the audience at a special advance screening.  Click the link to find out more about what promises to be a very moving film, and Dom’s thoughts on both the programme and the people involved:

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Control Freaks – ‘Mindless Entertainment’ (Slovenly Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Friday, 19 May 2017 05:00

Control Freaks artworkWe all love a bit of mindless entertainment… you know, the sort of stuff you stick on late at night when you don’t really want to concentrate anything, but just want some kinda noise in the background to take your mind off the travails of the day you’ve just had? Well, in the case of Dom Daley, it’s snotty, sloppy – and, above all, LOUD – garage punk that he turns to… and you can as well, when you click the link:

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Cock Sparrer – ‘Forever’ (Randale/Pirates Press Records) Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Friday, 19 May 2017 04:30

Cock Sparrer - Foreverapproved smallNothing may last forever, but, in the brand new album from Oi pioneers Cock Sparrer, Nev Brooks has found an album that is going to hang around for quite a while and is likely to become one of the cornerstone classics of the genre. Click the link to find out why he’s already singing along at the band’s live shows – and they ain’t until September!

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Custard – ‘The Realm Of Tales’ (Pure Steel Records) Print E-mail
Written by Marc Leach   
Friday, 19 May 2017 04:00

Cover Custard A Realm Of TalesI do like me a bit of custard now and again, especially on my sticky toffee pudding! Mrs A ain’t so fond of it though… Marc Leach, on the other hand, absolutely loves the stuff – but a certain flavour of it… that being the German power metal variety. Only it doesn’t come out of a tin or a packet, but exploding out of his speakers… click the link to find out what we’re on about:

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The Dead Daisies - 'Live & Louder’ (Spitfire Music/SPV) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Thursday, 18 May 2017 05:00

Dead Daisies - Live coverRecorded during their European tour late last year, 'Live & Louder' is the first live album from the hard touring Aussie/US Supergroup and sees Messrs Corabi, Tichy, Mendoza, Lowy and Aldrich, aimed to capture the glory daze of the live album. Have they produced one which will sit proudly alongside the classic output of the double albums that already line the shelves of Ben Hughes’ already extensive collection? Click the link to find out:

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At The Drive-In - ‘in·ter a·li·a’ (Rise Records) Print E-mail
Written by Jonni D   
Thursday, 18 May 2017 04:30

ATDI artworkThe news that At The Drive In had reformed – for a second time – and were releasing their first album in 17 years took even the most dyed in the wool of their fans by surprise. Jonni D reckons that it could be argued that not only was this new release unexpected, but that it was largely unwanted by the band’s fanbase. Is he right? Click the link to find out:

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Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors - 'Capital Spirits - An Acoustic Evening Live In London' (Fanny Pack Records) Print E-mail
Written by Ben Hughes   
Thursday, 18 May 2017 04:00

Ryan Hamilton live album coverDefying the argument that it’s hard to capture the true essence of a band or their performance on a live album, Ryan Hamilton and his treacherous bandmates have just released one that does that – at least according to our man Ben Hughes, as you’ll find out when you click the link:

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Complicated Men Of Leisure – ‘I’m Sorry If I Did Something You Feel I Need To Apologise For’ EP (Bomber Music) Print E-mail
Written by Nev Brooks   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 04:30

CMOL coverComplicated Men Of Leisure is a side project from three members of Jaya The Cat, with a Random Hand thrown in. Nev Brooks ended up with a big shit-eating grin across his face after immersing himself in the deceptively summery but socio-politically charged vibe of their debut extended player. You can find out why by clicking the link:

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Rhino Bucket – ‘The Last Real Rock 'n' Roll’ (Acetate Records) Print E-mail
Written by Dom Daley   
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 04:00

Rhino Bucket artworkIt’s another good week for rock ‘n’ roll here at Über Rock, and Dom Daley is in full on party mode, as he cracks open the beer – and the Jägermeister – and gets his groove on with a record that is 100 per cent goddamn guaranteed to get his hard rockin’ juices flowing… But, let’s hope that the title isn’t prophetic and that this isn’t the last real rock ‘n’ roll we’ll hear this (or any) year… somehow, we doubt it:

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Baleful Creed – ‘Seismic Shifter’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Tuesday, 16 May 2017 05:00

Baleful Creed artworkThe four years since the release of their self-titled debut album have been pretty seismic ones for Northern Ireland doomsters Baleful Creed, but they have come out the other side fighting, as Mark Ashby discovered when he took his head out of his speakers long enough to give his considered opinion on their imminent second full-lengther:

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Bernie Tormé - ‘Dublin Cowboy’ (RetroWrek Records/PledgeMusic) Print E-mail
Written by Martin Haslam   
Tuesday, 16 May 2017 04:30

Bernie Torme artworkBest known to many rockers of a certain generation as the one-time guitar sidekick to Ian Gillan, Irish-born axeslinger Bernie Tormé has continued to trade licks in his own right, just recently producing this Pledge-funded triple album package, featuring two new studio sets and a live recording.  Tipping his Stetson to the Dublin Cowboy is our very own Martin Haslam:

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Atomic Tomb – ‘Sons Of The Empire’ (Self-Released) Print E-mail
Written by Jason Daniel Baker   
Tuesday, 16 May 2017 04:00

Atomic Tomb artworkAccording to our man in Toronto, Atomic Tomb left a gaping hole in the tapestry of that city’s music scene when they temporarily turned their attention to other projects.  Well, the man who should know such things is delighted to report that they are back in action, and have a storming new album to boot – as you can find out when you click the link:

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Little Steven – ‘Soulfire’ (Wicked Cool/UMG) Print E-mail
Written by Mark Ashby   
Monday, 15 May 2017 05:00

Little Steven artworkGuitarist, singer, songwriter, producer, composer, actor, radio presenter… there is no doubt the ‘Little Steven’ Van Zandt is a prodigious talent. But, it has been almost 20 years since he has been heard as an artist in his own right. That all changed last year, when he resurrected the Disciples Of Soul… and it’s changing again with the release this week of his brand spanking new solo album. But, did the result set Mark Ashby’s soul on fire? Click the link to find out:

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