This was an eagerly anticipated gig by many.
Having been fortunate enough to hear the lyrically superior E.P. Pimps B**ches and Superheroes
a few weeks previous I too was looking forward to hearing the ever -popular Ernest.
This must-have disc was ably reviewed on thisisUll.com by none other than the
fabulous Elsie Creek who kindly took on the responsibility of photographer for tonight's madness and malarkey.
We arrived early at the Adelphi during the sound check and swiftly
made our way to the back room to play a few frames of pool.
It has to be said when the Adelphi is not peopled it can look very
sparse and not the venue of choice for many great acts that have played
beneath it's hallowed albeit rather dilapidated ceiling.
I meant to look whether the far left hand ceiling fan was still hanging precariously from its fittings.
Still I suppose it all adds to the excitement knowing you could be decapitated in spectacular fashion at any moment.
So onto this thang that we call live music.
Ottogono are a spirited bunch hailing from Coventry, they certainly gave a good account of themselves.
They name Led Zeppelin, The Jam and Kula Shaker as their influences odd bedfellows.
They have been going for twelve months and have played in Coventry, Birmingham and of course Hull.
They were due to play Adam&Eve, Birmingham on October 2nd.
Their aim is and I quote, to be the best, oh and pick up a record deal along the way.
The lead singer Ferris is permanently on another planet, from his bizarre chest beating and
legs akimbo it was very hard not to be taken by this slightly strange Gallagheresque front man.
To be frank it looked like he frequented the more eclectic tents of Glastonbury and to be
honest I think he thought he was still there, lost but loving it.
But what about the music I hear you ask, never mind this giant of a man's posturing; in
fact it seemed that the whole band were far more than your average height.
I looked at them from my excellent vantage point and thought bloody hell they're a set of lanky b's.
The songs came thick and fast oozing class and obvious talent, enough attitude to shake a tambourine at.
The rest of the band was far more serious with straight faces and a look of grim determination fixed on
their emotionally bereft faces.
Ferris, crazy as a matchbox full of melons, gritted his teeth at the start of one of the more super-charged songs.
Drug-fuelled and spiky it kicks in and then by god does it roar. It's the one with the very abrupt rock n roll ending.
They said they would furnish me with a set list to aid me in this endeavour but it never materialised.
Andy, one of the aforementioned serious guys traded places with his brother and took on the lead-singer role.
He looked like a painter and decorator I used to know from the Spring Bank area.
With a deeper voice and far more melodic gentle feel the Paul Weller influences were plain to see.
In fact with the crowds volume increasing by the second, these mellower than mellow tracks
were somewhat lost in the din.
The highlight of this part of the show was a track called Sailing which was gruff
and forthright, a lively number by the deep throat vocal stylings of Andy.
Then, just by way of a change and to show versatility, they threw in a bass/drum duet
that had some damn funky time signature shit going on.
With full-on attitude and angst; mad Ferris head thumping like there's no
tomorrow this likely bunch of lads put on a ballsy show. Scream baby Scream.
Oh crap, young Ferris has just bust the microphone.
Our ever-benevolent host Mr. Paul Jackson looks none too pleased. Run boys Run..
Music Reviews - Biffy Clyro and This Girl at Asylum 24th September 2004 By Steve Rudd, Photos by Darren Rogers
If only I knew that the gigs at Asylum start earlier than most gigs.
The Asylum, for those that don't know, is all swanky part and glorious parcel of
the Hull University Campus (off Cottingham Road) - and, of-late, the venue has been
welcoming a whole host of incredible talent.
The gigs there tend to start just
Music Reviews - Biffy Clyro At Asylum - 24th September By Andy Dykes, Photos by Darren Rogers
The cult of Biffy Clyro swirl, pulse and swell like a spring tide while their
heroes rock mercilessly infront of them.
On record, Biffy Clyro are a band whose songs range from the heart wrenchingly
emotional to the jaw droppingly powerful.
But I'm totally unprepared for the sheer intensity of the Biffy Clyro live experience.
Music Reviews - 30th August 2004 - Anarchy in Jaz Bar By Kelly Bolder
It seems at the moment Hull's collection of successful young bands cannot
help but impress.
The line up tonight included 3 Hull bands and 2 other Northern stars.
On a bank holiday Monday in Hull you could be forgiven for thinking
that the places to be were Beverley Road and the Waterfront but you would be
Music Reviews -The Spark, BBC at The Piper, Tom Jackman, Thief, Le Shed, Turismo 21st Sept 04 By Andy Dykes
When I arrive at The Piper tonight, I'm greeted by my friend Charlotte.
She's here as a photographer, but has also been roped into being compere for the evening.
Apparently, preparations for tonight's show aren't running smoothly.
Absent sound guys and faulty monitors aside, there are cameras everywhere.
Music Reviews -
Fraction of the Cost, Displacements, Cracktown, Jenny Bromley Unite Against Fascism Sunday 19th September - Ringside by Daniel Laney
I've always admired the second floor function room at the Ringside bar.
It looks and feels like a cheesy, but not tacky cabaret bar from Blackpool.
If you were to glance at the stage you could imagine various acts leaping
out at you from behind the curtains and annoying the hell out of you for half an hour whilst you
Music Reviews -
Unite Against Fascism - Fraction of the Cost - The Ringside Sunday 19th September - By Andy Dykes
Tonight I expect The Ringside to be dimly lit and packed to the rafters with
members of the Zapatistas, Rage Against the Machine and the Cuban government,
all talking earnestly and with hushed voices.
Possibly the A-Team too. I expect an air of urgency, a feeling that we're all taking part
Music Reviews -
The Favours, Dirty Dreamers, Sweet Assassin at The Welly Club on 16th Sept 04 By Andy Dykes
Tonight's openers Sweet Assassin get proceedings underway with an apology.
Their bassist hasn't turned up and so they welcome onto the stage Paul, a real, bona fide session musician.
The band open with a punchy little number called 'Touch Me I'm Sick'.
It's a solid effort, although the action onstage
Music Reviews -
Clever Brains Fryin', Young Heart Attack, The Bonnits, at The Welly Club 26th Aug 04 By Richard Stead
I kept telling myself; nah, no way is Keith Flint at Welly Club.
I knew he loved the small venues he plays with The Prodigy but I never thought he
would ever play in such a small place like The Welly.
Well that was all put to one side when first bounced on MC Sir Real and
MC Bad Manner shouting;
Music Reviews -
Morrissey and The Dead 60's on Monday 6th September at Bridlington Spa By Steve Rudd. Photos By Darren Rogers
What can I say, other than what an amazing night!
Support band The Dead 60's, who took on the mighty stage at
8pm sharp for their half-hour set, were so brilliant that I'd almost forgotten
that Morrissey was still to come after them. The Dead 60's
are a young quintet impeccably