The Piper club on Newland Avenue has, according to many people, always had something of a volatile reputation.
On more than one occasion I have heard reports from people that you always get fights and
fracas at the venue.
Indeed the last time I went to the Piper there was a very oppressive atmosphere and it felt like
trouble was on its way.
Sure enough towards the end of the gig certain individuals had to be escorted of the stage and out
of the door by the bouncers.
With this in mind it was with certain trepidation that I agreed to cover tonight's four band event at the Piper.
Headlining tonight's show were Blind Frog Ernie, with support coming from, Displacements,
the Applewhites and Blue Sand. Also present were the film crew from Spark T.V. part of the BBCI initiative.
The Displacements were just starting their set as I arrived so after purchasing a drink,
drink of choice being Carling lager that night.
When in Rome..I slid into a seat and settled down to watch.
I had seen this group once before at the Unite against Fascism gig at the Ringside on Beverley Road.
On that occasion they had failed to make much of an impression on me.
Tonight I was drawn to their youthful look and exuberance.
They have a stripped down sound, due to the absence of the usual second guitar in punk
rock bands that immediately sets them apart from others bands.
The songs come short and unsweetened, with the offbeat drumming style, comparisons with
early Joy Division, crossed with Placebo, would be easy to make.
They come from the do-it-yourself school of music and Nick Cobley lead-singer does have a
certain quality that lends itself to that era.
There the similarity ends because instead of the dark brooding melancholy of Curtis et al.
this young, good looking band have a warmth and amiability that is infectious.
I believe I actually saw good feelings emanating from the trio and entering the hearts and
minds of everyone there including the Piper staff.
The Displacements appear to have a lot of fun onstage without an inkling of nerves or stage fright.
For such a young band they look far more at ease than many so-called more established acts.
They display a genuine sense of camaraderie between themselves and their fans; during
Lights Out they had four of the crowd shouting Oy Oys with them.
The Displacements are eminently watch-able and their attitudes are a breath of fresh
air amongst the egos of the music scene in Hull.
During Better of Before they send up the usual angsty lyrics perfectly, shattered
dreams empty lives, with a smile, none of the wannabe tough stuff is evident.
They could perhaps benefit from a female vocalist to compliment the deeper voices.
A great opener and certainly one to watch in the future.
They have a new five-track E.P out called Pray for more which features these songs and more.
It sounds good when played really loud. No louder than that!
Music Reviews - Sunday 28th November 2004 - The New Adelphi Club, Hull By Lucy Kynman
A four course set menu for the night of eclectic musical treats to appeal to the most
diverse of palettes.
Sgt. Buzfuz - This acoustic performer opened and closed the night with
two short sets. Described as London's main connection to anti-folk,
Sgt. Buzfuz overlaid simple classical guitar melodies with original,
Music Reviews - Josh Rouse and Tim Keegan at Pocklington Arts Centre - November 22nd 2004 By Nick Quantrill
Pocklington Arts Centre is a beautifully intimate all seated venue.
It's the perfect venue for tonight's gig. With high sound quality and acoustics, it's no
wonder so many acts speak well of this little known venue. Tonight saw one of America's finest
singer-songwriters, Josh Rouse, take to its stage
Music Reviews - The Coal Porters at Pocklington Arts Centre - 15th November 04 By Steve Rudd
Brandishing brilliant brushstrokes of Alison Krauss-creased Bluegrass music as it is
meant to sound, this quintet in the Mojo-magazine-championed Coal Porters played to
an almost sold-out venue in the small town of Pocklington on that one night of the
week when most people prefer
Music Reviews - Ian McNabb at Fibbers, York - 4th November 04 By Steve Rudd
Former Icicle Works frontman, Liverpudlian genius Ian McNabb has long been setting
alight with his talents since such band glory days.
Ian is one of the hardest working and genuinely enthralling singer-songwriters in the UK
and has released plenty of truly incredible
Music Reviews - Black # 5 Band Biog
Since forming just over a year ago, Black # 5 have had a rapid ascent and are now
recognised as one of the best new rock bands in the country.
Based in Lincolnshire, the band's name came about when bassist Dale Jeffrey
decided to visit a casino.
I was really skint, he explains
Music Reviews - The landaus (Grimsby Auditorium 15th November 2004) By The Lazyswede
The Landaus arrived in the dressing room to be greeted by
Freefaller-The Noise next door Dominic Paul
It didn't take long before the games started and the ice was broken and everyone was running around
laughing and joking with each other and the backstage shenanigans started, even for
Music Gig Gallery - The Others at Jaz Bar - Wednesday 6th October 04 by Darren Rogers
Checkout this incredible 6 page Photo Gallery of The Others at the Jaz Bar
Wednesday 6th October 2004 by Darren Rogers. Darrens photographs are brilliant, almost as good as being there and
too good to miss so I'm publishing it for all the music fans to enjoy... and thanks Darren.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 3rd November - The Ludes, Park n Ride, Thee Unstrung and The Landaus at Under the Influence By Cilla & Mo's photos.
Another evening of superb entertainment brought to us by Under the Influence.
Yes, another quality night.
First up, The Landaus. The four piece with the growing name - from here to Australia and back.
I saw them last week at the Asylum and thought to myself that this band really does have something.