It's often said that bands use the opportunity of recording as a means of 'capturing the live sound.' What a load of cack! It's an opportunity to sound better than you do live!
Due to the pressures of working far faster than a signed band would be expected to, and in lower quality studios, the recording process must be incredibly difficult for your average Hull band.
I would imagine it's a bit of a dilemma for said band. Recording music is the point of being in any band, but the unsigned band tends to only exist to the world as a 'live' band.
What is the aspiring band to do? Do they merely try and replicate what they do on stage or do they use what resources they have and try to be a little more creative?
The CD manages to hit some middle ground and I don't think you can ask for any more than that. The CD demonstrates that the band are no slouches. The arrangements and playing are as a tight as the proverbial Scotsman at the bar and the sound mix is fantastic.
The band has also used the studio to good effect. All three tracks use a little of studio magic to add an extra guitar here, some keyboards there, as well as orchestral sounds that are used to complement the sound in thoughtful ways.
The CD contains three songs. The lead track, 'Make It Happen' is a well-judged introduction to the band. 'Make It Happen' is a bouncy pop tune that will have you humming along on first listen.
It has the kind of instant catchiness that makes you think you've heard it several times before as well as a great lead vocal.
The second track, 'Burnt' has even more of a commercial sound to it, though in a slightly more obvious way than the first track. Whilst the melody isn't as clever as on the first track, the bass and drums compensate for this with their inventive playing to help the song to work as a whole.
The final track, 'Toying With Life' showcases the quieter side of Pave. On first listen this was my least favourite of the three tracks, but it's testament to how good a song it is as it a couple of plays have seen it become my favourite.
The slower pace works well and the use of the orchestral accompaniments are particularly well judged.
I guess is the big question is what does it sound like? It's not an easy question to answer. In short, it sounds like a lot of different bands, but not like any one in particular.
It sounds like Pave. This is definitely a good thing as there is nothing worse than listening to a poor imitation of a vastly superior band.
If you like well-crafted pop tunes with catchy melodies to make you tap your feet to, you'll find plenty to enjoy here. Look out for it's forthcoming release!
Music Reviews - The Landau's - Sweet But True (single/ DAGALOST Records) By Steve Rudd
Hull's something of a hotbed for cool indie-rock bands, and The Landau's - along with Still Life - are one of the freshest bands forging ahead within such a musical genre.
An exclusively laddish quartet, this is the young band's first major release, and has been recorded at the city's famous Fairview Studios.
The production qualities are fantastic,
Music Reviews - Pave - Linnet and Lark 05 February 2004 by Nick Quantrill
2004 hasn't been the greatest years so far. It kicked off more than adequately in the Old Town Square of Prague but went rapidly down hill from there.
Returning home I battled unsuccessfully against tonsillitis for a couple of weeks before slipping on the ice and breaking two fingers! Almost recovered, I decided to unleash myself upon Hull once again.
The return of 'The Sesh' at Linnet and Lark seemed as good any place...
Misic Reviews - Birthday Party with a Difference -
February 1st at the Adelphi By Sue Watson.
The day didn't start too well. One of the top bands (Shindigg) informed me that their drummer had quit the band and wouldn't be coming (Ouch).
Luckily for me the other 3 members have an alter-ego (The Flatmates) and they agreed to open the event.
I wondered how the Goths and young punks would take to them, but I was pleasantly surprised and they were very well received.
Misic Reviews - The best way to spend a Sunday!
Hull's Adelphi 1st February 04 By Mike Burton.
Well, we arrived late and caught the Bob Monkhouse dedicated last song from Killer of Saints, best described as "Nirvana get heavy!"
Then it was the turn of prepubescent punkers, Mad Crowd Disease. We didn't actually get to see much of the band due to flailing of arms and thrashing of limbs, but the set was promising none the less.
Stained with Offspring style guitars, occasionally breaking into ..
Music Reviews - Night of the Sidewinder - Silhouette Club 24th January 04 By Lee Cassanell
Sidewinder have the moves and the tunes to become the darlings of the Hull Music scene which is exploding with milky white talent at this present moment in time.
Band Reviews - Badness and All Mod Cons at the Piper Club - 29th Dec 03 by Jane Foster
I went to see Hull's favourite Madness cover band - Badness- at the Piper club on Newland Ave.
They were supported by All Mod Cons, who are a tribute to The Jam.
It was a fantastic night..
I'm old enough to remember Madness quite well, I confess..although at the time I wasn't particularly into them, they were definitely a band for the lads.
Music Reviews - Drypool Hulls Best Band By Rob Dolman
In my opinion, the best band in Hull at the minute is Drypool.
I have seen all the rest -Diablo, Turismo, The Raywells, The favours etc. etc. Yawn, Yawn.
I mean these bands tout themselves as original.
C'mon, some cover bands are more original than this lot.
Drypool are tight, musically creative and no two songs sound alike.
I really recommend them..
Music Reviews - Die for, Silence in the Streets, Mourning Wood -
Adelphi 23rd December By Marcus Lewis
I, like many others, began the night with disappointment at the news that The Freaks Union were unavailable to play, after being on the bill.
However, it was two days before Christmas and I was determined to have my drinks and enjoy some live talent.
I understood the bulk of the bands were ..
Music Reviews - SIT UP and Listen to Riley by Cilla
Dave Robertson, Riley song writer has a way with words. You can just hear a ghost of a twang of his Liverpudlian accent come through.
Just enough to melt one or two hearts, I suspect. And the tunes? Well, I can't stop listening. They stick in your brain.
Sit Up, the single from their new EP is, to me, their most memorable song.
The lyrics are simple; like the Sunday morning when you woke up ..
Music Reviews - Miss Black America at the Adelphi Wednesday 10th December
I was as always, in a blind panic - half an hour to get ready (unheard of - and a girl my age needs time to apply the slap!) - late news that Miss Black America were playing at the Adelphi - tonight - the band that apparently John Peel (my hero) had heralded as 'the next big thing' ... and the batteries for the camera still hadn't recharged from the its last outing ....
Late again, but the Adelphi was really heaving - obviously more people read the Daily Mail..
Music Reviews - DJ DEFUNKT AND BEATMASTER WRIGHT at the Adelphi by Carolyn
Now then all! As usual a review or two from me - better late than never!! I hope that you are all well and have been partying hard to get into the Christmas Spirit this year.
It's been a busy year, especially for all those involved in thisisull.com. It has literally gone from huge to massive for this website and there have been some fantastic events covered by all the reviewers.