Category: CD Reviews

Dropdead – ‘Discography Vol 1 1992-1993’ Remixed/ ‘Discography Vol 2 1995-2013’ – Remixed (Armageddon Label)

Christmas is about to come early for fans of Rhode Island hardcore punk quartet Dropdead. Later this month a plethora of re-mastered material will be released on the bands’ own record label, Armageddon. It’s been a project that took seven years but finally, due to the unfortunate impact of lockdowns and the reduction in live shows, guitarist Ben (Barnett) has found the time to focus on this project. The enhanced versions of Dropdead’s first two albums were reviewed on Über Rock last month. Let’s now take a look at ‘Discography Vol 1s and 2’…

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Muck And The Mires – ‘Greetings from Muckingham Palace’ (Dirty Water Records)

Have you ever wondered what The Beatles would sound like if they were a killer garage punk band? Well, Muck and the Mires, hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, is the perfect embodiment of that sound! Their latest full-length release, ‘Greetings From Muckingham Palace’, is guaranteed to be an instant classic. Each of their 14 songs is roughly two minutes long and they all pack a memorable punch! Drawing on influences from The Ramones, The Sonics, and The Beatles, you’ll instantly be transported to better days. 2020 might have us down in the dumps, but right from the start I was drawn in by the pop rock grooves of ‘This Time I know I’m Right’. This track grabbed my attention and filled me up with its much-needed feel-good vibes.

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Cats In Space – ‘Atlantis’ (Harmony Factory/Cargo Records)

Cats In Space rather took David O’Neill by surprise when he saw them supporting Deep Purple on the ‘Infinity’ tour a few years ago. The musicianship and song writing really impressed. Then followed their own headline tour on the release of ‘Day Trip to Narnia’, which was a wonderfully tongue in cheek lyrical adventure. So reviewing this from a converted fans perspective was going to prove a little different, given the loss of Paul Manzi as a front man…

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Attic Theory – ‘The Sign of an Active Mind’ EP (Self-Released)

Seeing as, like most of us, Jonny B has been pretty sedentary for the last few months, he reckoned maybe he should do some searching to find out how to re-engage his brain instead of wallowing away. As luck would have it, he stumbled across this mini-album from local(ish) lads Attic Theory – ‘The Sign of an Active Mind’, which he’s hoping will give him, and us, the kickstart that we need!

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Jinjer – ‘Alive in Melbourne’ (Napalm Records)

Let’s face it, 2020 has been just a little bit shit with everyone having their lives severely disrupted, especially within the music industry. One of the bands that must be really feeling robbed by the whole situation is Jinjer for whom 2019 was a massive year where their hype train was gaining some serious momentum on the back of their latest album ‘Macro’. This resulted in many people (including our Jonny B) making a note to check them out on their next ÜK tour but then everything went tits up and we’ll all have to wait a bit longer to be able to catch Jinjer on stage. In the meantime, we have this live album to (potentially) slake our thirsts…

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Helena Aleksandre – ‘Angels Don’t Sleep’ (Sliptrick)

Whatever expectations you have in your head for this, it is probably not what you think. ‘Angels Don’t Sleep’ has most of the elements that John B loves and really look for in an album. There are some folk elements. There is some experimentation with other sounds and effects. They even have contrasting tones between electric and acoustic guitars. It is almost like this album was written in many ways to cater directly to my tastes but with all that being said JB found himself a little bored at times. That is not to say that he disliked the album by any means – just that there is something missing….

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Iggy & The Stooges – ‘You Think You’re Bad, Man? The Road Tapes 1973-74’ (Cherry Red)

Looking back on the history of rock ’n’ roll, there aren’t many bands more infamous, legendary and influential than The Stooges, even if they didn’t get the recognition, or record sales, they deserved at the time. This new box set from Cherry Red documents the final year of the band’s existence, in its second incarnation, through five live recordings, all of which have been released at various points in time before, but gathered together here for the first time in one very neat little box.

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Twister – ‘Cursed & Corrected’ (Off Yer Rocka Recordings)

e of the gigs listed on their socials go back to 2013), but this is the first official release of theirs on HRH’s Off Yer Rocka offshoot. So, what have they been doing for seven-plus years? Well, touring by the look of their past events page for this period they have been making noises in various circles (playing on the same bills as Status Quo, Bumblefoot and Scouting for Girls to name a few) this is a band that is new to David O’Neill, so they don’t do South Wales very often…

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The Über Rock Singles Club – November’s New Sounds (Part Two)

It’s hard to believe it’s been a fortnight since the Singles Club opened its virtual doors and we fired up the death decks with a selection of the finest single-track releases to have come our way in recent weeks. Yet, here we are again with another bumper pick of the crop, with just shy of two dozen tracks for your aural and visual delectation, whittled down from the 300+ submissions which have come our way over the past 14 days or so, and once again hopefully containing something to tickle almost everyone’s musical taste buds as we traverse multiple subgenres of the glorious artform we like to refer to as rock ‘n’f’n’ roll…

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The Sensible Gray Cells – ‘Get Back Into The World’ (Damaged Goods)

The first thing DJ Astrocreep heard about Sensible Gray Cells was actually from a publicist for a different band, albeit with a fair amount of crossover, as bassist Paul Gray also wrote and performed on Professor and the Madman’s ‘Seance’, with two of those involved also mixing this Sensible Gray Cells release. Plenty of opportunity to have the big lad’s interest piqued, then! SGC had released one previous album, ‘A Postcard from Britain’, released seven years ago which edged more towards a vintage psych-rock song – would this be continued in the new release?

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Adam’s Curse – ‘What The Ancients Knew About Us’ (Bad Reputation)

Bat Kinane will be a name well known to Irish rock fans of a certain, pre-Millennial generation, as he led the melodic rock combo Glyder to a modicum of national and international success during the mid- to late-Noughties, before unexpectedly disbanding the project when they seemingly were at the height of their powers, with a road of great potential opening up before them… but, then, there is an old saying about quitting when you’re ahead, isn’t there? Apart from minor forays back into the spotlight, Kinane seems to have been something of a musical recluse for the past decade or so, briefly re-acquainting himself with the ÜR massive back in 2013 with his rather interesting Maggy Simpson project, which itself disappeared back into the ether after just one promising, if somewhat flawed album…

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