Author: Team Uber

Vial – ‘Loudmouth’ (Hassle Records/Get Better Records)

Vial: a small glass receptacle used to store medicine. Advertised as a band that hates “run-of-the-mill… bratty punk” and who will “put out what others won’t pick up”, Vial are also described respectively as indie, honk rock (whatever that is) and ‘not a girl band’. When you first see them, they look like four young, vibrant individuals based in Minneapolis, Minnesota who look too sweet and happy to cause any snash. So why do Vial so vehemently insist that they’re not a girl band. Well, it’s because they don’t all identify as girls and the assumptions and judgements about who they are as individuals, and as a band, are a big part of what they have to shout about in ‘Loudmouth’.

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Attack of the Rising – ‘Game Changer’ (Weapon Records/Vanity Music Group)

If you asked someone to think of the most powerful forces in the world, you’d probably get the standard answers of air, fire, wind, and water. Some may even mention nuclear reactions or gravitational force. Kris E would like to add her own answer to the mix and that is music. Think about it for a moment. What else has the power to move humans to tears, fill their hearts with joy, make them laugh, and bring them together in amazing ways? Heavy metal, in particular, possesses this unique quality, as fans of all backgrounds, races, religions, and socio-economic backgrounds gather for the sole purpose of rocking out. Los Angeles rockers Attack of the Rising are a perfect example of this, taking their “One Tribe!” motto to the metal masses.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK – LOVE AND DEATH

As the rays of light at the end of the dark tunnel that has been the past 16 months of isolation and generally being shit upon from great heights growing brighter by the day, and life starting to return to some sense of nomality, a healthy slew of new music, perhaps more than at any other time in ÜR’s history, continues to ping itself our way, and especially in the continuing tsunami of submissions we receive for our coveted ‘Video Of The Week’ award… Yes, as we’ve said on multiple occasions, one constant throughout the vagaries of inconsistent and often hard to stomach lockdowns is the amazing level of adaptive creativity that bands and video directors the length and breadth of the Überverse have continued to show, often in the most adverse of circumstances.

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Boozewa – ‘Deb’ (Self-Released)

Earlier this year, Jonny B found himself with an unexpected event of ‘First Contact’ with Boozewa, a project that was born from sheer pandemic boredom and restlessness. At the time, he recommended delving into the earlier works of Backwoods Payback to keep you satisfied for a while if you found yourself won over by Boozewa. Well, that advice was clearly a little bit premature because, a mere six months later, Boozewa have continued channelling their boredom and frustration into another release in the form of a two-track single – ‘Deb’.

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Moon Machine – ‘Moon Machine’ (Self-Released)

Moon Machine. From an American perspective, that’s got to bring to mind the 11 space flights of the Apollo programme, the impressive Lunar Excursion Module and the enormous Saturn rockets that helped propel astronauts to the moon. An engineering challenge of incomprehensible scale and complexity. The studio-based band whose debut LP bears this name hail from Boston, Massachusetts and seem also to have a lot more to them than meets the eye.

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