First things first, a bit of vital number crunching: the debut album from North Lincolnshire's
va-va-vooming 59 Violets four-piece is 40 minutes long and spread over 11 fantastic songs.
Each and every track is moulded around some superb melodies, as these boys wield both the
pop sensibility and high-octane energy of The Wildhearts. Opening tune
Yeah Yeah Yeah provides a perfect introduction to the band's music, being a thoroughly full-tilt and riff-heavy spark of sheer rock 'n' roll excellence.
Dirty Water - lifted from the band's 2nd EP - proceeds to prove that Digsy and
on are both more than capable of providing some truly sublime guitar work (aswell as
sharing out vocal duties), the brilliantly crafted verse-chorus based songs bolting out
of a similar stable to the music of Jet and the Kings of Leon. So there.
The 59 Violets, who regularly play in Hull (and have previously supported
the fame-and-fortune-fondling likes of The Levellers, Malibu Stacey, The 5,6,7,8's and
10,000 Things) make the most of all the best elements ever unearthed in rock 'n' roll
folds, as their This 'Lil Piggy tune taps into retro rock heaviness and sounds to owe
much to the influence of The Who and Led Zeppelin.
The brilliant production values that buoy up Silver Sea stand proud not just through
this song but through the entire album, as the awesomely angular guitar riff of
She's A Ride ultimately supports the remix of Yeah Yeah Yeah to the hilt.
Such a remix of the opening song actually closes the album, and compared to
the aforementioned original version, the beautifully conceived remix is a far
groovier and gloriously tripped-out affair that emanates from an atmospheric
Indeed, these guys also - from a musical point of view - share much in common
with bands such as The Music and The Stone Roses in their more sultry moments.
This album, at the time of writing, isn't totally finished.
The officially finalised version - that is due for release either very late
2004 or early 2005 - might even include one or two more remixes of their own songs.
Still, even if the album is released as it stands, there is more than enough
reason to get very excited by the material therein.
Please excuse the timeworn cliche, but I can't resist gushing that
The 59 Violets rock. They really do.. pure and simple. 5/5
Single Reviews Torso Horse - The Invisible Event
(eight-track album/ Native) By Steve Rudd Release Date: Nov 1st 2004
Over the past four years, Bridlington band Torso Horse has truly - and deservedly -
dominated the Goth-Metal scene in East Yorkshire in style.
This uncompromising eight-track release is their second album, and the eagerly anticipated
follow-up to their rapturously
Single Reviews - Ox - Blood (mini-album/ Co-Pop) By Steve Rudd
Release Date: November 1st 2004.
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside when super-talented acoustic-based duos in the
shape of Ox materialise from towns such as Brighton, as Oxband
members in multi-instrumentalists Jim Oxborrow and John Etkin-Bell have.
Jim sings, with his sensitive voice being
Single Reviews - Hoobastank - The Reason (Mercury) By Steve Rudd
It's been almost impossible to avoid this radio-friendly tune over the past few weeks, as it
has literally taken the world by storm. Over in the US it was the Number One airplay
record for five weeks, before basking in the glory of being the Number Three most
played track in
Album Reviews - Joesolo - An Exile In Suburbia By Nick Quantrill
History lesson - Lithium Joe were much more than graffiti on the Hull train
station wall. Whilst the majority of Hull bands are happy to settle for receiving meaningless
platitudes from their mates and being great in the local clubs,
Lithium Joe was different.
CD Reviews -
Khi (6-track Demo) By Steve Rudd
This quartet's high-octane How Would I Know anthem might thematically speak of all the time that
people tend to waste in life, during non-productive days that serve nobody and nothing.
To the contrary, this hugely exciting Hull band (that has been on the go for some years
Single Reviews -
Mansun - Slipping Away (EMI) By Steve Rudd
Brace yourselves, for this is the last-ever single release from those
loveable Chester-based boys. Sadly, they decided to call it a day whilst
recording their fourth, as-yet-unreleased album.
On the upside though, and to help die-hard fans get over the initial
loss, Mansun are
Album Reviews -
The Composers - Evacuate London (8-track demo) By Steve Rudd
Compose yourself, for the music on offer here from this East London-rooted band is most excellent.
Opening track Evacuate London is a jingle-jangling shot of down-to-earth,
lovelorn pop music of the highest caliber, with Dan Edelstyn leading the quintet
Album Reviews -
Ron Sexsmith - Retriever (Parlophone) By Steve Rudd
Ever since the early 90's, and the 1991 release of Grand Opera Lane, Ron
has been making sublime music - and has even had some of his songs covered
by the superstar likes of Rod Stewart and Elton John.
This 12-track album is a beautifully conceived affair, and a mixture of
Single Reviews - The Departure - Be My Enemy (EMI) By Steve Rudd
Northampton dudes The Departure are dutifully setting the rock 'n' roll-loving nation
alight with their upbeat and hugely melodic brand of excellence.
Would you be my enemy? It's easier that way!, sings versatile vocalist David Jones,
as the band behind him
Album Reviews - Silence Kit - Pieonear By Michelle Dee
Imagine my surprise when I received a disc from Moscow to review.
It was attractively packaged with what I think may be a crude representation of a pangolin;
possibly a polar bear but I favour the pangolin idea, constructed from snow and ice.
The cover folds out to reveal
Single Reviews -
Sum 41 - We're All To Blame (Mercury) By Steve Rudd
After almost a year of keeping well away from the spotlight, these four Canadian boys
are back - and with a truly almighty bang.
Just because there hasn't been any Sum 41 releases for a while, though,
doesn't mean they've been living the easy life. In fact,
Single Reviews -
The Landaus - What Ya Cryin' For (3-tracks / Dagalost) By Steve Rudd
The Landaus, over the past year, have come to be rightfully regarded as one of the best rock 'n' roll bands in the Hull area.
This three-track single is arguably their most accomplished and impressive release so far,
fronted by the title track in What Ya Cryin For: a supremely