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The Uber Rock Approved stampWelcome to the latest edition of the Über Rock Singles Club. We have managed to keep the Club up-and-running despite the numerous Covidications which we all have had to endure over the past 24 months, in order to bring you the hottest new sounds around. And once again we have another hitlist of superb sonic experiences to tickle your sonic senses, with a selection of my favourite tunes to have found their way on to the ÜRHQ deathdecks over the past few weeks… Bearing in mind that we took a bit of a longer break between clubs this month, we received more than 600 submissions since we last fired up the trusty death decks, it was not an easy task to whittle them down to this all-too-short playlist of just a handful musical gems…

First, however, we have just received a severe weather warning, with a ‘Cyclone’ heading our way… thankfully, however, that’s the title of the latest release from Sumo Cyco, although it has the potential to have no less damaging impact on the club’s structure:

Next, we’re welcoming the ‘Ferryman’ who is taking us on a trip down to west country and the latest slice of psyche-infused post-punk intensity from Bristol’s Birdman Cult:

From the south west to the north east of England, where we’re letting the ‘Waves’ wash over is with the hypnotic latest offering from progressive alt-rockers Ruled By Raptors, which is a superb slice of controlled post-hardcore aggression from this rising young crew, who also about to unleash their second EP on an unsuspecting Überverse:

Our next stop is the Midlands, where we find ourselves ‘Breaking Illusions’ in the company of DJent newcomers Vanitas, who have delivered us the second taster from their forthcoming debut EP, which is due for release next month:

We’re heading north of the border now, to meet up with Scottish-Italian newbies She Burns Red, who have been touring this past week with Kickin’ Valentina, and apparently kicked (sic) up a storm with their rousing brand of hard-hitting alt-rock, as epitomized by their latest single, which hopefully will see their trajectory continue to rise rather than fall…

We’re heading across the Atlantic now, and heavying things up, as we hook up with New Jersey deathcore dealers Lorna Shore who are snapping necks with their vicious but cathartic new single ‘Sun // Eater’, which is guaranteed to be a real put opener when they return to dear old Blighty later this summer to blast the Bloodstock festival to pieces:

Taking of festivals, and trans-Atlantic visitors, Canadian post-hardcore mob Alexisonfire will be headlining the Jägermeister stage at the dual-site Slam Dunk festivals in just two weeks’ time, and they’ve given a little taste of why they’re one of our chosen bands of the weekend with new single ‘Sans Soleil’ (do I detect a theme here?):

We’re hot-footing it to eastern Europe next, but keeping the volume turned up LOUD as we experience extreme metal ‘Martyrdom’ at the hands of Bulgaria’s Gwendydd and their uncompromising approach to progressive death metal:

We’re changing the mood and the location once again, as we head back to the USofA to meet up with a group of ladies who first introduced themselves to us away back in January 2020… well, two-plus years later, The Venomous Pinks are back on our radar and taking us on a trip to the ‘Broken Hearts Club’ (they’re not talking about us, surely?):

We’re ‘Thinking Of England’ next, and so are émigré NZ punk veterans Desperate Measures, who have delivered us yet another glorious slice of Eighties-infused power mob insanity with this ironic social commentary:

We’re digging some serious ragga-metal vibes next, and they’re hitting the ceiling as the renascent fusion metal pioneers Dub War further cement their emphatic comeback with the third taster of their forthcoming new album – their first in 25 years… tell you what, it feels like they’ve never been away:

Things are getting dark and dense next, as the Drive-By Truckers pull into the car park so that ‘The Driver’ can take a piss break. This eloquent, Gothic-noir tale of late night driving expeditions and their accompanying epiphanies is the latest taster from the band’s autobiographical new album, ‘Welcome 2 Club XIII’, which comes our way in just two short weeks:

Time to don our ‘Night Vision’ goggles for another trip to Canada to re-unite with a band with whom we first became acquainted at the beginning of last year, in the form of indie- and psyche-infused alt/post punks Kiwi Jr, who are about to release their third album in as many years, and for which this serves up a very taster appetizer:

First we had truckers driving by, now we have aliens landing on the roof… well, we might as well throw a ‘UFO Party’ then, mightn’t we? And who better to provide the soundtrack than synthwave exponents Young Medicine, who combine electronica and metalcore to great effect:

Hang on, it’s not breakfast time, is it? Well, according to Gothenburg indie popsters Internet Friends (yes, I know your momma warned you about such people), you can eat ‘Rice Crispies’ any time of the day or night – but just be aware of the possible side effects, as this darkly twisted tale explains:

Canadian pop punks Nicolas Rage are trying to tell us that we’re going ‘The Wrong Way’, but we know we’re going in the right direction by playlisting this latest clip from their recent debut EP, which ticks all the boxes for the genre:

As we head into our final batch of selections, we’re jumping aboard a Supersonic Blues Machine, who are sharing all their love with us – and, it’s very gratefully received, especially when it comes with the help of ÜR faves Blackberry Smoke’s Charlie Starr to help us along on this sonic journey:

Now, there’s bloke in Glasgie town called Nasty Nesto who wants to be our ‘Best Friend’… and, if we don’t agree, he’s going to set his Sadbois on us… well, we’re not refusing the invitation, especially when it comes wrapped in a slice of bloozy rawk ‘n’ stroll such as this:

We finish this particular trip around the Überverse down on England’s south coast, where alt-rockers Amongst Liars are telling us that it is, indeed, ‘All Over Now’, and set down a marker for us to check out their forthcoming debut album in more depth when it lands in July:

Well, that’s your fill for another session. Once again, you’ve drunk the pumps and the optics dry and exhausted our playlist… All things being equal, we’ll be back in two weeks’ time, fully reloaded and restocked and ready to once again bring you the best rawk ‘n’f’n roll in the Überverse. So, in the meantime all that remains for me to say is keep ‘er lit, keep ‘er between the hedges and keep on rockin’ with your favourite website \m/

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