Category: Gig Reviews

Grimm Grimm/Hyperdawn/crush – Manchester, Night & Day Café – 20 February 2020

London-based experimentalist Grimm Grimm, the former vocalist for The Screaming Tea Party Koichi Yamanoha, now tours as a rather intriguing blend of experimental and psychedelic folk. Given the later than usual doors, our travelling gigaholic managed to avoid the usual travel chaos that getting to Manchester for 7pm doors entails and arrived in time for the first support act to go on stage…

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HRH Metal IV – Birmingham, O2 Academy – 15 February 2020

The ÜR team headed to Birmingham, the home of metal, on the weekend after the 50th anniversary of Black Sabbath’s debut album for a weekend of metal goodness at HRH Metal. While the big lad took care of the interviews, it was left to Jonny B to cover the stages for the next couple of days. With three stages to cover and lots of competing slots, he did his best to catch as many of the bands as possible – and he didn’t do a bad job! So with things kicking off at 1pm on the first day, it was time for JB to make his way down to the third stage to check out the first band…

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Buck & Evans – Belfast, Voodoo – 18 February 2020

School night gigs, and especially those in the early part of the week, can be something of a gamble, especially when it could be argued that the act in question could also be seen to be something of an unknown quantity in the territory concerned. Fortunately, unlike some of their notoriously fickle counterparts on the local metal scene, Belfast’s blues crowds are not only extremely knowledgeable but also equally dedicated, and it was a very pleasant surprise to walk into one of our favourite venues on a freezing cold Tuesday evening and find the place practically sold out for this, the debut visit by Buck & Evans.

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PVRIS/Joywave – Manchester, Gorilla – 19 February 2020

PVRIS have been an ever-present band on a lot of festivals throughout Jase Walker’s 20s and have grown immensely over the years. Finally at the ripe old age of 32, he was finally able to catch them live in one of Manchester’s more refined gig venues, Gorilla. Bringing along Joywave for the ride throughout the ÜK and Europe, he had seen from a couple of their other shows that they’re definitely down for stage shenanigans and therefore he could not wait!

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Counterparts/Can’t Swim/Chamber/Static Dress – Manchester, Rebellion – 18 February 2020

Another cold wet February day in Manchester sees Jase Walker returning back to a venue that by all rights should be charging him rent by now. Rebellion tonight hosts Counterparts, supported by Can’t Swim, Chamber and Static Dress which makes for a chunky lineup for a Tuesday night show, and the massive queue outside the venue shows that this one will be a busy one…

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Elephant Stone/Children Of The State – Manchester, Castle Hotel – 13 February 2020

Braving the weather and the inevitable rail issues, our resident gigaholic headed over to Manchester last week to catch newcomers Naked Six for a chat, when bassist Callum mentioned his mate’s band Children Of The State were playing this evening just up the road – funnily enough, supporting Elephant Stone, a gig the big lad was already headed to. A couple of soft drinks and the chat later, it was time to get over to The Castle Hotel for the evening’s psychedelic goodness…

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Hands Off Gretel/Scathed – Belfast, Voodoo – 14 February 2020

Sure, what would you rather be doing on Valentine’s night? Sitting in an over-priced restaurant eating a meal that costs twice as much as on any other evening of the year? Or joined with a bunch of like-minded peeps enjoying one of the most exciting live bands on the circuit making their first ever visit to this wee corner of the Überverse? Yep, you can guess which option your Über crüe plumped for…

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Explosions In The Sky/A.A. Williams – Manchester, Albert Hall – 14 February 2020

Explosions In The Sky have been on Jase Walker’s bucket list for a bloody long time, well over 15 years now, and in that time, they’ve built up a pretty chunky back catalogue of music. Needless to say he was therefore quite happy to be ticking this off on the list of “bands I should have seen ages ago, but life dealt me a crap hand”. They brought with them a rather new, yet infamous artist, A.A. Williams, who seems to have appeared out of nowhere last year and somehow ended up being on the bill for quite a significant amount of gigs our man went to last year…

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