Stereophonics & Tim Burgess - Hull Arena 10/11/2003 By Nick Quantrill
I'm not quite sure why I was actually at the gig in the first place. I think it was the fact the gig was actually in Hull. With Hull suffering from an acute shortage of larger venues, you kind of get accustomed to either travelling around the country to see bands or catching them at small venues on their way up or sometimes down.
Maybe it was the novelty of only having to catch a bus into the city centre instead of driving on the M62 that affected my brain as I reached for the premium line telephone number all those months ago. I'd like to think though that it was memory of those first
two Stereophonics albums, which still sound great today.
Maybe it's just the idea of three people from the same village sticking together through thick and thin to become one of the UK's most popular bands (well, there's only two of them now but that's the way the rock 'n' roll cookie crumbles..) that appealed to me so much.
First up though was Tim Burgess, late of indie also-rans, The Charlatans, to convince us he doesn't deserve another ten years fronting the band (remember kids, you can get less for murder..). Burgess and his band threw a variety of styles at the audience from soul to funk, to reggae and pop in what appeared to be an attempt to see what tickled our fancy. Nothing really stuck and a rather bland set was tolerated by all. Tim Burgess deserves some credit for attempting to stretch himself artistically but it really didn't pan out too
For whatever reason I was there, I thoroughly enjoyed half of the Stereophonics set. There was a definite correlation. The earlier the material; the more I was enjoying myself.
I don't want to sound like a 'I saw them first at the Adelphi back in (insert as applicable) and bought the limited edition, demo version of the first single on vinyl' kind of person, but the new material stinks worse than Hull docks. It stinks so bad you'd rather watch Pop Idol.
The Stereophonics looked the part; they've got the rock star look, the light show and the backing singers, the only things they seem to have forgotten on the latest album are the tunes and choruses. I suspect I wasn't alone in drawing this conclusion, as the bar was suspiciously busier when the new material was being aired.
Conclusions? Well, Tim Burgess will soon be back in the day job and The Stereophonics should seriously consider hiring a producer for the next album. I'm probably being a little harsh as a couple of thousand people seemed to thoroughly enjoy their night out with one of the countries most popular bands. Me, I'll be more careful with those premium rate telephone numbers in the future…
Music Reviews - Tired of hearing the same old songs?
By Mike Richmond.
Hull is a city full of musical talent. Look at a flyer for the Adelphi any day of the week and you'll see three or four bands, the majority of them from the local area, with one thing in common. They are all playing entirely original sets.
As a musician, you face a choice early on, when you learn to play your instrument.
Music Reviews - Pave Perform at the Linnet and Lark
by Nick Quantrill
23rd October 2003
Pave were the latest band to perform on the Thursday evening session in the Linnet and Lark and showed what an exciting development they are in the local music scene. It has been far too many years since a band in the city have actually looked determined to demand that people take notice of them.
Music Reviews - Turismo, Hull Adelphi, 29th September by Albert Dukes.
Being a member of Turismo must make for a busy life; What with running what is easily the best looking and informative website of Hull's bands, giving seemingly endless interviews and press releases to the Hull Daily Mail - they're also the most written about band in the locality, too.
Add to that the fact that they've recently lost a guitarist/vocalist and have introduced a fair bit of new material in their live set
Music Reviews - Pave Perform at the Welly Club
Pave’s performance is polished. Considering the band only formed in March this year, I was staggered to see how much they’d got their act together! Such a tight, professional band. I felt reassured when I took a look at their biographies. That’s when it all fell into place.
I thought it would be hard to report on this. As I watched this band I thought, 'Its going to be impossible to be objective - impossible to stop my personal feelings coming through'. Then I realised that actually that's the whole point - music is all about personal feelings.
Music Reviews - The Fun Loving Criminals My big night out with "The Cuban drug dealer".
What a beautiful warm September evening to travel first class over the Humber bridge to Grimsby to see the wonderful fun loving criminals. As you may have guessed already, I am their Number 1 fan! I also saw them recently at the Hells Angel's Bulldog Bash, where they were superb.
- 22nd August Adelphi - The Schoolgirls & Emma Rugg
The bank holiday weekend at the Adelphi club is kick started by new band, The School girls. Two guys who unfortunately sound like twenty. To quote Nick Hornby's "High Fidelity" they're the kind of second rate punk group you'd pay a months wages not to see.