The Trailers - From The Top - 7 track EP - By the Sea
By Steve Rudd
The DIY punk ethic is still alive and kicking, even down the East Coast of England in the semi-sunny seaside town of Bridlington.
While there aren't many great bands kicking-out of Bridlington at the moment (save for the mighty Goth-Rock spectacular that is Torso Horse), especially seeing as anthemic indie-rock band The Sonnet have split, the only other rioting old skool punk band that were any cop that I can recall were Kanch - but their spirit, too, has fallen by the wayside and they are no more as a band.
The Trailers who live and play in the town are three young lads who have taken it upon themselves to self-record and produce their own tunes, as their fans in the town have demanded.
Remarkably, the sound quality is really good, with the 7-track, 25-minute EP digging its heels in with the go-getting punk fuzz of Imaginary Girl, that's raucously reminiscent of Greenday in style, complete with a short-but-sweet rock guitar solo from frontman singer/ axe-wielder Ben Parcell.
With Daz Anthony on bass and Zack Longley on drums, all songs belt along at a cracking pace.
Ben's overwhelmingly vibrant guitar sound tends to dominate affairs, ensuring that the bold riffage of Close Your Eyes, the heavyweight buzz of Things Will Never Change and the breakneck pace of Breakdown make for a set of strong songs with which to start a career in the old skool punk-rock fold.
Having played numerous well-received shows in Bridlington, they're hardly trailing in any sense of the word. In truth, they're leading the way and setting a classy example to all those people in the town whom want to be in a band - but who aren't.
The Trailers have to be admired for helping themselves.
If only some other like-minded people would now invest some cash-flow into a proper rock venue in Bridlington..
Album Reviews - Blue Sand - Changed Names and Slaves EP By Michelle Dee
I was given the enigmatically titled Blue Sand EP and after a couple of hearings I was hooked.
Blue Sand have played the Linnet and Lark on Princes Avenue and the newly refurbished Ringside venue in recent weeks.
The title track has a touch of early Placebo
Album Reviews - The Alarm - In The Poppyfields (12-track album - Snapper Music - 2004) By Steve Rudd
25 years down the punk-rock 'n' roll line and The Alarm - assembled around the ever-photogenic mainman Mike Peters - is still going strong.
In fact, the Cardiff-based Alarm's ringing louder than ever on the back of some fabulous media exposure that vaulted right around the world and back because of the fact that Mike craftily decided
Album Reviews - CD Reviews - Emma Rugg - When I Looked at You (single)
By Steve Rudd
Still riding high on the uber-successful crest of her astounding debut album Isolated Impression, Emma's first glimmer of new work comes in the form of this exceptional song.
On the back of her album, Emma ventured Stateside to record a couple of songs with Michigan songwriter
Album Reviews - Cracktown - Songs in the Key of Fuck Off (Pure West) By Steve Rudd - With the Knighthood Video!
This gloriously outspoken Hull-based outfit revolves around the musical and lyrical talents of, err.. Silver Fox and King Rat?!?!!!!!
Mmm - so says the CD cover!
I don't honestly know why the two guys who shield their identities under the murky guise of Cracktown don't want their
Album Reviews - Ricky - The Summer Sun Still Echoes
By Nick Quantrill
Why exactly is there a review of a band from Portsmouth on a website about Hull you're probably thinking?
I could talk about the similarities between the two cities as a reason, well, the naval traditions of them.
I think I still feel deprived that my only school trip whilst at Hull Trinity House was a rather tedious
Album Reviews - The Uncle Devil Show - A Terrible Beauty (P3 Music)
By Steve Rudd
The Uncle Devil Show is actually a trio of very experienced and hugely respected musicians, all three of them Scottish.
Just like ex-Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has recently emerged from the dark with an identity crisis on his part to play in the
Cocker-disguised Relaxed Muscle incarnation, ex-Del Amitri frontman Justin Currie is one of the prime components of this new band (who's now ominously known as Jason Barr), who's
Album Reviews - Todd Rundgren - Liars (Sanctuary Records)
By Steve Rudd
All of these songs are about a paucity of truth. At first they may seem to be about other things, but that is just a reflection of how much dishonesty we have accepted in our daily lives.
We are raised from birth to believe things that cannot be proven or that are plainly not true.
People will often brag of their honesty, when there is so much they have simply chosen to ignore or leave
Music Reviews -
Inner Terrestrials, Die For, Flatline (with Greg) Adelphi, Hull 21st March 2004 By Dick Spring
Well, indeed, what an eventful evening! With Mark (Flatline's singer) unavailable due to work commitment, it was left up to Greg, from Freaks Union to join his friends for an impromptu run through a couple of songs.
On the face of it, this seemed like a bit of fun, though it would appear that certain people saw it differently
Music Reviews-The Ordinary Boys,Mower,The Applewhites, The Hideaways at Adelphi, Hull 10 March
By Dick Spring
Well this is the second Under the Influence night I've experienced and it has left me impressed.
It would appear there is another visionary Promoter in the city (alongside Nigel, of the legendary Smash it Up Punk Nights) that quite frankly leaves all the other rank amateurs standing.
Speaking to Dean Shakespeare (for that is he) it was clear that here is a
Music Reviews - The Vultures, Blue Sand & Superscape at the Adelphi - Saturday 20th March 04 By Cilla
This was one of those under-advertised gigs which do slip through the net sometimes, but which was really worth seeing.
Really good atmosphere, friendly crowd and great music.
I knew Superscape were playing and after watching them last week at the Welly, then hearing them do a stunning set on BBC Radio's Raw Talent, I really wanted to see them play again.
I knew I wouldn't be