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 waiting to go to market.
I watched a youngish guy sidle straight past the rails and walk in bearing some tasty
morsels of the take away variety. Strangely he didn't re-appear..
On entrance we were quizzed on who we were yet again it seems if your name is not
Hannah Haughton or DJ Priya then you don't get on guest lists.
After asking us whether we had some kind of all redeeming drink voucher, which we didn't,
we gained access to the inner sanctity of the club. Having purchased our drinks,
preferred drink of choice that night being two pints of Worthingtons, which incidentally
came to almost a whole deep-sea diver. (Five pounds, or a bluey if you are from East Hull)
Park and Ride took to the stage and launched into their first song.
Mo immediately pointed me towards the Peter Frampton guitar sound: I regret to say I am
not familiar with Frampton or his guitar style but it always looks good when you mention
other musicians when reviewing; it shows off your musical knowledge or in this case
They are a good looking bunch, quite lively, as they go about the almost impossible task of
removing the layer upon layer of apathy prevalent in tonight's assembled gig goers.
Park and Ride are a local five piece band with a sound somewhere between Electric Six and the
piano sounds of The Coral with lyrical inspiration from Inspiral Carpets.
In their current line up, the laddish quintet has been gigging since January.
Not wanting to be yet another The somethings band they sought inspiration from their local
surroundings finally landing upon Park and Ride which can be clearly seen on signposts all
over the town advertising the bus service to discourage traffic from coming into the city;
free publicity, backed by the council, Genius.
They currently have an album on sale which is quirkily called Four Silverspoons and a Hob Nob;
more marketing acumen, or just a desire to see the humbly crumbly biscuit's status in the
snacks and confectionary world lifted. It is in fact a lyric from the I am the butt banger
song: in this world of political correctness I feel I must point out this is a firmly tongue
in cheek, good humoured tale about a young man with a penchant for leather and a concerned mother.
The band performed this with a shade of Pythonesque style: gusto abound and booming out the
choruses with a hey nonny and a whatcha Johnny.
I felt like I was riding a horse, through forests, on my way to a medieval hoe-down.
Among the fairground blues of Blackpool the lead-singer plays a rather swirly sounding
harmonica which just adds to the diversity and originality coming from P and R.
The band did try to connect with the crowd sadly there were no takers. Park and Ride aired
their new song Don't yer stress which began with a marching beat accompanied by a pseudo
With a time signature that refused to stay constant and the stateside affectation;
which was out of place with the rest of their set, this song failed to engage.
Freddie the drummer was tucked away in the corner; it seems the Devant drummer does not have the
caring sharing attitude of the local bands where instrument and equipment borrowing is commonplace.
The band remarked on the difference that this made to their performance and how it just felt strange.
Indeed I must confess due to this odd arrangement I didn't realise they had a drummer to start
with and thought they were relying on a drum machine or some kind of backing track.
But quite frankly the whole band could have whistled Dixie, whilst balancing on their heads
naked, save for a Hull city scarf and you wouldn't get a flicker of enthusiasm from this crowd.
Park and Ride have gigged at the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool where I am reliably informed
they went down well.
They also have plans to traverse to London and gig, but with the recent traffic calming measures
their name mightn't prove as popular with the big city folk.
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
Music Reviews - Har Mar Superstar at Asylum - 30th September By Andy Dykes, Photos by Darren Rogers
Above the stage in Asylum tonight hangs a giant g-string.
It's not the remnant of some bizarre student ritual; it's the calling card of Har Mar Superstar.
He's marked his territory.
Tonight, this venue and all the beautiful people who show up to dance to his
insane party grooves will be his.
Har Mar bounds onto
Music Reviews - Morphines, Amber Souls, Fado Rock and Superscape 23rd September 2004 at Thee Box, Asylum By Cilla
Mo and I were happy to go back to the Asylum. It's been several months since our last visit and
even though our names weren't on the guest list as we'd expected, Cheryl and her co-door lady
(whose name I have forgotten - sorry and thanks!) let us in. Cheers to you both for that!
It looked like we were early
Music Reviews - Ernest and Ottogono at the Adelphi - 24th September By Michelle Dee
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 here by
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