Author: Team Uber

The Über Rock Singles Club – Awesome August (Volume One)

Well, with a few exceptions, the pathway out of the dark tunnel that has been the past 16 months finally seems to be getting clearer day by day, as we slowly take those vital steps back to at least a semblance of the normality we enjoyed before the pandemic wrecked chaos on our collective and individual lives. Yes, there are still some restrictions in place in some parts of the Über Kingdom , but the signs are increasingly positive, not least in terms of the summer festival season being up-and-running again, and the light on the horizon is growing ever brighter – and it’s not just ‘cos we’re being blessed with a rare sunny summer!

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Steelhouse Festival – Ebbw Vale, Hafod Y Dafal Farm – 23-25 July 2021

As a general rule of thumb, Steelhouse Festival is full of people who have been attending since 2010. The performance of lateral flow tests and the year delay was not going to dampen the spirits of some of the hardiest festival goers in the ÜK. At over 1000 feet above sea level, on a farm that serves as a good site for wind turbines, it doesn’t take too much imagination to realise it’s going to be windy and open. Punters were queuing on the road from 10.15am, with the gates not opening ‘til midday. However, it was hard not to spot anyone in the crowd who didn’t have a grin as wide as the valleys below. The ability to recognise people from the nose to the chin helped as they weren’t covered in facemasks. This helped restore a semblance of normality.

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Seether – ‘Wasteland – The Purgatory EP’ (Fantasy Records)

How many of you, when you hear the name Seether, think to yourselves: “Ah yeah, they did that song with Amy Lee that one time”? Jonny B must admit that was all that came to mind for him. Our man thinks that in his head he’d penned them down as one-hit wonders and left it at that. So, naturally, he was surprised to see that Seether have just dropped a new EP, one that closely follows their most recent album ‘Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum’ which was their eighth full-length album. So it looks like JB could be about to completely smash through his preconceptions as he takes a dive into ‘Purgatory’ to see what he’s been missing all these years. ..

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Speedbilly – ‘Raise Hell, Praise Dale!’ (Self-Released)

Whatever the fuck happened to Saturday night television? I mean, it used to be fucking awesome. ‘The Dukes Of Hazzard’. ‘Wonder Woman’. ‘Starsky And Hutch’. ‘The A Team’. ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’. Appetisers for ‘Convoy’ or ‘Smokey And The Bandit’ as the feature movie. Those were the days. Piles of shite, each and every single one of them. But the sort of shite you enjoyed rolling in and coming up smiling afterwards. Now confined to the darkest recesses of cable television, it’s the sort of shite that the three guys from Minneapolis who make up Speedbilly grew up on.

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38 Special – ‘Wild Eyed Southern Boys’/’Special Forces’ (Snakefarm Records)

It could be argued that, in these ‘BLM’ and ‘Woke’ movement days, the southern rock heroes of yore could now well be regarded as something of an out-of-date anomaly, an unacceptable throwback now seen as politically incorrect and thus deserving to be consigned to the rubbish bins of history, alongside all those statues ripped down and the other attempts to expunge the events of past generations. But they do say that those who ignore history are destined to repeat it, and its perceived mistakes… which brings us neatly to these two vinyl re-issues and one of the worst examples of an historical music mistake…

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