Skanking, Skating & Soul!
Jesse James / Fraction of the Cost / The Trailers
The Adelphi, Hull Thursday 15th April 2004
By Mike Rofone
Entering the Adelphi Club and hearing a band completing their sound check is never an unusual thing.
To be quite honest it's welcoming, like an appetiser it gets your taste buds going making you anxious to try the first course.
As usual, the Adelphi is always welcoming, its timeless décor and stale smells of spilt booze and stubbed out cigarettes only adds more character and feeling to this small venue as opposed to acting as a deterrent.
If three young men with an average age of twenty got up on stage and declared they were from Bridlington, you would imagine everyone would cringe!
I mean who could blame them? The only alternative band that has come out of Bridlington and have managed to scrape a name together for themselves are Torso Horse!
However this is not the case. The feeling of positive energy in the room tonight would be enough to cure a group of alcoholics and send them home with cartons of orange juice as a gift.
Everyone can't wait to hear The Trailers; the encouragement given by friends, fans and the crowd is extremely overwhelming.
The band keep crowd interaction at a low level and let their music speak for them.
Trying to figure out what genre to place this group into is enough to keep the audience busy.
There's definitely punk influence there and this is made clear with their Green Day and Atari's style chorus's.
You can't help tapping your knees and singing along with infectious lyrics but then you have to stop!
The band have crossed over into an emotional metal sound that reminds me of something Taproot or Deftones would play and again The Trailers have no trouble pulling this off.
The band is a collection of great musicians, the drummer Zack Longley gives Blink 182'sTravis Barker a run for his money, whilst the interaction between bass lines and guitar chords are disjointed but also complement each other and show influence of the Alkaline Trio.
With a great set including a cover of My Generation I recommend that everyone should try and see these guys play; they are living proof that original music can come out of Bridlington.
Next up tonight Fraction of The Cost make a welcome return to the Hull stage.
This Hornsea three piece have had a well-deserved break and have come back for more!
Before a word has even been spoken the band burst into song letting the crowd know that they mean business.
With FOTC it's easy to place these guys into a genre.
Playing fast melodic hardcore punk that reeks of Pennywise and NOFX influence, it is clear that this band are passionate about playing music.
Although it is obvious that the group play punk you can also hear the tightness and speed that you would imagine to find on a Pantera album.
Fraction of The Cost are great for getting the crowd going for the headliners.
They tell jokes and interact amongst themselves but always make the audience feel welcome and the crowd appreciates this.
They may appear to act clowns in between songs but the social political and international politics themes found within their songs lets you know that these three young men have been through a lot together and through their music they have found enjoyment and therapy.
With a quick break giving Jesse James the chance to get up on stage and sort out their gear, the audience have time to take a breather.
The relaxed and positive atmosphere that was once found in the room has now become an excitable and bustling space and yet again beers are spilled and cigarettes are stubbed out.
With a massive round of applause and cheering from all age groups it is evident that tonight's headliners have made their way to the stage.
From the music videos the band have had played on Kerrang! and P-Rock you would imagine it would be easy to shun this group and class them as just another Ska revival act.
But tonight they prove the critics amongst us wrong.
Their set proves to be more than just cheesy punk fun and shows that they are great songwriters as well as musicians.
Every song has speed and passion that the audience loves and not once is the dance floor found bare.
They plough through their set playing as many songs possible backing up the fact that they are not just another Ska act and the devoted fans are left feeling proud.
Of course their set would not be complete without their catchy tune Shoes and in this small venue a little more grittiness comes through.
The brass section is just as tight and leaves you with parts of songs stuck in your head that just cant help repeating over and over again.
Its great to see Jesse James in a small sized venue, as it allows you to remind yourself that these guys haven't just cashed in on five minutes of fame and are truly sincere.
It was definitely a memorable night at the Adelphi club and just proves that local talent as well as national can show there is more to Hull than meets the eye.
Jesse James / Fraction of the Cost / The Trailers
The Adelphi, Thur 15th April 2004 By Dick Spring
Smash it Up teamed up with the Adelphi to bring the self styled Punk Soul Brothers Jesse James back to the Adelphi.
Yet another busy night, as always when Jesse James swing into town. First up were three piece pop punk band THE TRAILERS from Bridlington, and contrary to reports about them being dreadfully bad, I can report
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