Category: Interviews

HRH Punk – Sheffield, O2 Academy – 4 October 2021

Having just about recovered from the previous evening’s exertions, we arrive bright and early on Sunday afternoon for more pogo-tastic action and in good time to enjoy the first band on the main stage. Unfortunately, a few Covidications have led to some changes to the day’s billing, but that’s a minor issue, as well as a sad fact of life for many events such as this… As per yesterday, we’re splitting the action between the two stages…

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Blood Stained Reputation – Rotherham, The Hive – 11 September 2021

You wouldn’t think of Doncaster as being the home of exciting new bands; though being home to the likes of While She Sleeps and Yungblud, the most exciting band to emerge in recent times are the viral TikTok superstars, Blood Stained Reputation, a young but powerful and diverse group. ÜR NKOTB Lyndon D was fortunate enough to catch this electric, if short, performance in promotion of their forthcoming debut EP release.

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Über Rock Introduces… Rebel’s End

Belgian sleaze-infused hard rockers Rebel’s End are about to release their second album, ‘Sing To The Devil’, via the German-based Pure Steel imprint. The band are a new one to us here at ÜRHQ, so we thought there was no better time to catch up with them and introduce them to the wider ÜR massive, and thus Monk found himself chatting to band founder Jef Wouters…

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Hands Off Gretel/Air Drawn Dagger/FUS – Sheffield, The Leadmill – 7 September 2021

Arriving at Sheffield’s iconic, and sold out, Leadmill, you couldn’t help but notice the wide range of audience members that would be attending the Hands Off Gretel gig that night in the fast growing queue. The old and the young, the misfits and the outcasts, the passionate alternative music lovers and young bands such as Blood-Stained Reputation; all eagerly awaiting the doors as they shared the excitement of seeing the band that brought them together.

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HRH Prog X – Sheffield, O2 Academy – 4 September 2021

With only one stage this year, it’s time for HRH Prog. There are some limitations to the bill, due to bands being unavailable due to Covid. But there are still 14 bands to fill the line-up over the two days. On top of that HRH are putting on another Prog show in London at the same time, the line-ups swapping venues, i.e., the bands playing Sheffield on the Saturday play London on the Sunday: that must be a logistical nightmare. Just as well they only have the one stage to organise in the O2 in Sheffield. Covid restrictions are in place again, a Covid passport or proof of double inoculation is needed to gain entry, though masks are optional. It is a mainly seated venue this time. And so, without further ado, let’s get started on this fine Saturday afternoon with the first band

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Stevie R Pearce And The Hooligans – ‘Major League Son Of A Bitch’ (Heavy Rocka Recordings)

Stevie R Pearce is another of those artists whose name should be more than familiar to Über Rock readers, as he has been kicking about the ÜK rock ‘n’ roll scene for the best part of the past decade, not least as the erstwhile guitar-slinger for hire for the one and only Jizzy Pearl and his current incarnation of sleaze rock gods Love/Hate… Now, after some time plotting his own solo career, SRP has re-united with another bunch of rockin’ ‘n’ rollin’ hooligans to rip it up with this brilliant second, and much-delayed, full-length offering (it was originally due to be released earlier this year but, as with everything else in life over the past 18 months, things got a bit COVIDicated).

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The BIG Über Rock Interview – Tobias Rydsheim (Wormwood)

Hailing from Sweden, melodic extreme metal outfit Wormwood are on the cusp of releasing their third full length album. ‘Arkivet’ has had a slight delay to its originally scheduled release but there are currently two singles with videos available. The title track and ‘The Gentle Touch of Humanity’ have created a healthy buzz amongst the fanbase of the band. The fans are growing from far and wide drawn by the evocative melodies combined with frantic extreme metal rhythms that forms the core of Wormwood’s sound. Despite this widespread fanbase and two albums already available – ‘Ghostlands: Wounds From A Bleeding Earth’ and ‘Nattarvet’ – there are still many that are unaware of the unique and well-crafted style of the band. Phil C recently got the opportunity to chat to guitarist and one of the main driving forces of the band Tobias Rydsheim, to shed more light on the guys…

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