Saturday 9th October
still life and Sidewinder at Silhouette
By Michelle Dee
As the strains of Coldplay faded at the hands of the in house deejay the crowd waits in
mild anticipation for the live stuff.
So following the intro..a band with intro music that roused the crowd especially
when played twice.. still life took to the stage; they look good in-between
their rather unique blue neon sign that lends this group an air of professionalism and credibility.
They played a mixture of old and new material tonight, including tracks from their
EP At The Wheel (reviewed by moi aussi) Opening with the fragility of Lost all Feeling
then on to the heavier and more gritty Everything for sale.
With its harmonising choruses and chunky riffs this one seems to grab the audience or maybe its
because Paul lead-singer chooses that moment to introduce the band.
Bands artists alike take note you have nothing to lose for attempting to connect with your
public and apart from a deafening silence..
Using guitar pedal echo effects Lips has a disembodied feel to it.
Then comes the storm and angst of Murder by Proxy.
The raspy sweet vocal swells to a sonorous conclusion.
At the end of which Paul is nearly falling off the stage trying desperately to reach the crowd.
It seems that the much talked off barrier between artist and audience is sadly widening.
With Seventeen and the epic qualities of Sensory Perception following fast, the blend of gentle
dreamy songs and raw impassioned ones is complete.
Needless to say the blistering, At The Wheel; which has been given airplay on none other
than Viking FM, rounded off their set in fine style.
The performance space seemed cramped and constricted the bands movement, with a larger
space they could express themselves and their music even better.
Before I talk about Sidewinders performance I must mention A.D.I.
They were doing the sound that night.
I know this because a rather strange bearded chap came up to me and announced that they do
the sound for most bands.
So Sidewinder. Casually dressed, they unleash a torrent of dirty rock n roll.
Tracks like Living is Easy just make you want to sleek and slither across the dance floor.
With harmonies and irony Sidewinder's Christian wins the crowd; very easy on
the eyes that one and more crucially the ear.
The bassist Graham; hirsute and happy provides backing vocals to great effect on Bluegood July.
A track called 40years begins with a roll of drums from Moggy, and quickening pace,
guitars empty their life blood on to the floor.
As the excitement builds in the crowd Sidewinder shimmer and shake with a
seventies feel teasing with sublime riffs and beats.
They show a different side to their sound during Blindfaith.
With an affro guitar rhythm that swims through the air.
They took the opportunity to play a new one; a soppy song about sex or as my good
friend Jane would say, Aye, love an' that. Sadly I didn't catch the title.
Sidewinder really make you want to get up and move.
Towards the end of their set more and more of the crowd took a turn on the dance floor:
this being a feat worth mentioning due to the incredibly sticky floor.
I don't know what happened the night before, but it really was treacherous, especially in heels.
With a polished performance from being an accomplished gigging band they played
very upbeat numbers that certainly got one or two of the men in drunken shouty mood.
Tonight's crowd were quite clearly club goers rather than gig goers; they kept
shouting Play us one we know, now I am sure the band could play a cover or two if pushed
but these nights are for them to perform their own songs.
They came back for an encore playing Two of Us from their 2002 Two of Us E.P. the crowd
suddenly woke up so amid screaming into the mike that strange bearded chap skulking and
stalking like an aimless lion, Sidewinder roared to a standstill.
Both these bands could definitely turn up the heat in a larger venue such as Sweet N Sour at the Welly.
Music Reviews - Razorlight at the Asylum Hull University 1st October 2004 by Darren Rogers
Occasionally we get photographs of a Gig emailed in and no accompanying review to go with them.
Never-the-less this 6 page Photo Gallery of Razorlight at the Asylum Hull University
1st October 2004 by Darren Rogers is too good to miss so I'm publishing it for all the music fans to enjoy... and thanks Darren.
Music Reviews - The Zutons and Little Flames at Asylum - Monday 18th October By Andy Dykes, Photos by Darren Rogers
The sky is black and clear tonight. This means that for the first time in a while, the stars are being given
the chance to shine on Hull. This also means that it's pretty bitter outside.
Inside Asylum tonight, it doesn't seem to be any warmer.
Maybe that's why so many people are huddled together so closely? Or maybe
Music Reviews - The 22-20s, Cathy Davey and Willy Mason - Thursday 14th October - Sweet n Sour at The Welly By Andy Dykes, Photos by Darren Rogers
Outside The Welly Club tonight, people huddle together or dance absent-mindedly on the spot.
It's dark and it's cold.
But there's good reason to be braving the elements tonight.
The buzz surrounding The 22-20s is increasing so steadily, it's becoming more like a roar.
And the interest isn't lost on the good people of Hull who flock
Music Reviews - The Sunnyside Of The Day By Nicholas Boldock
First things first: I've had a really shit day. Having been in negotiations with a certain Hull-based
company regarding possible employment, today it all went tits up as they pulled the plug and informed
me that, after three meetings with various luminaries from the firm, my services would not be required
Music Reviews - Park and Ride, Blue Sand and David Devant and his Spirit Wife, SweetNSour 7th Oct By Michelle Dee
Arriving at 9pm the Welly looked bleak and unpromising.
A few people stood between the cold metal railings used to slow down the club-goers
in their desire to get inside.
Mo, my photographer for the night, and I dutifully joined what was the makings of a queue.
With a rail on either side we were not unlike lambs or pigs
Music Reviews - MrZ and the Splitters at the Ringside - Sunday 10th October By Michelle Dee and Hollie Peck
On a warm autumnal evening we made our way across town to experience what was to
be a very enthralling night of ska and skulduggery. MrZ from
Edinburgh and The Splitters from Leicester were showcasing their
talent at the ska bar, an up and coming night at the Ringside,
Music Reviews - The Paddingtons Single Launch at Yo-Yo - 2nd October By Andrew Coe
On Saturday night (2nd October) a sell out crowd descended onto The Yo-Yo indie night at
the Welly Club, Hull for the official Poptones records launch party for The Paddingtons
debut single Twenty One.
Not since Kingmaker exploded onto the scene back in the early
Music Reviews - Off The Wall at City Hall, Hull - Friday 1st October 04 By Shirley Gardner
At Hull City Hall on Friday 1st October, Off The Wall played 2 hours worth of top notch
music, which left the audience thoroughly entertained and wanting more!
Pink Floyd were one of the most influential and innovative bands of
the last 40 years, some people