Jet Plane Landing , Drive Like You Stole It & Delta Volts at Fibbers, York
Friday 7th May 04
By Steve Rudd
Progressive rock 'n' roll is the order of the day where the Delta Volts are concerned, their
intoxicatingly complex and mesmerising music bulldozing the foundations of all rock music that has been
and gone before.
Relying heavily and heartily on epic soundscapes and mighty guitar riffage, the Delta Volts are one of a
small breed of brilliant bands who - like Manchester trio Amplifier - like to literally play with their
music, creatively pushing and shoving boundaries as they please to create a thoroughly original sound all
Drive Like You Stole It, who followed hard and fast, are a much more straightforward rawwwkkkkkkkkk band,
fiestily fronted by the sweetly pint-sized punk goddess in Mel Young - who has a sky-scraping voice to die
On the back of the release of their Frequency mini-album, this London-rooted trio have been hard at work
since their formation in late 2002, having played the field with the likes of A, Minus and Million Dead.
With Simon Young on bass and drummer Mike Wake determined to never allow anyone present at their gigs to fall
asleep while they're playing, cuts like Treading Water roll like thunder and leave an unforgettable after
taste in your mouth.
Jet Plane Landing were the main attraction though, who proudly put in the best show that they can
every single time they play, with this tour-of-duty being their tenth of the UK.
Fronted by the charismatic, all-round-nice-guy Andrew Ferris (who previously played guitar and bass
in the zest-fuelled pop-rock band Cuckoo), these guys literally represent what music is all about.
Their explosively charged and highly emotive brand of anthemic rock 'n' roll is unique, and
overwhelmingly inspirational in its wake, as they played choice cuts from both their albums to-date..
their debut Zero For Conduct and its amazing Olas follow-up.
As well as being an exhilarating live band who thwacked out one of my Top 3 songs of all-time in the
narrative-strewn genius of Calculate The Risk, the down-to-earth but exquisitely impassioned Andrew ensures
that every person present at their gigs understands the band's motives behind their exhausting touring
schedules and music-making.
In the most rousing, mid-set speech I've ever heard Andrew emotively declared that what they're doing isn't
about trying to make us famous.. it isn't even about us. It's about you, he gushed.. the fans.
The people who come to watch and to listen.
The power, essentially, is with the punters. And the Jet Plane Landing ethos is that nothing in life is to
be taken for granted. Nothing whatsoever.
So few bands these days can convincingly convey their grass-roots passion for playing. In fact, most
bands make it blatantly obvious that they're only making music for the money.
It's one thing being a talented bunch of musicians, but I personally hate the arrogance that tends to
dog the music industry, and that's where this band is more than refreshingly different.
They are in total control of their own finances, musical creativity and thus destinies, purposefully
shunning record deals seemingly because they realise that getting involved with them could mean they
might have to compromise their principles and priorities.
Their new, riff-tastic single is somewhat appropriately entitled Brave Gravity. Indeed, this band
brings you down to earth with a bang courtesy of their brutal honesty and admirable willingness to
inspire you in a way that 99% of bands could only dream about.
In truth, the Jet Plane Landing entity could single-handedly change your life.
DumpValve are a five-piece metal outfit from Hull (England). They have been together for 2½ years, and in that time have played gigs throughout the U.K. building a large fan base.
They have recorded three EPs - The Silence Will Be Broken in 2001, Karma in 2002 and Hidden in 2003 - and
Music Reviews - Jet Plane Landing, Harvey Half Devoured and Break Even at The Adelphi Sunday 9th May 04 By Amy Willits.
One of the last surviving totally independent rock venues, Hull's Adelphi Club saw yet another first-rate rock
night, and I was there to witness the show.
Jet Plane Landing, a distinct, punk rock four-piece were top of the bill with support from the enthused and
highly enjoyable Harvey Half Devoured and Break Even.
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Unfortunately I missed the first band, Neon Child, although I heard that they went down well especially as
they are relatively new to playing live.
The second band up was Negative IQ. These boys were starting to build up a following round the Lincoln area
last year before they skedaddled off to Leicester Uni and other
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This Saturday night saw Hull's Adelphi club doing what it does best. On stage were three local bands playing different styles of music to a decidedly mixed audience of friends, fans and curious passers by.
On stage first were One Lick Less, three guys playing an unusual brand of Rock 'n' Roll. In an abrupt five song set, they managed to
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Saturday Night Was More Than Alright - Sidewinder , Park&Ride, Onelickless at The Adelphi - Saturday 8th May 04 By Paul Monkman
The Adelphi Club on DeGrey Street has witnessed hundreds and thousands of the city's best bands play
over the years but rarely are three performances of such a high standard as the ones which entertained the crowd
on Saturday night.
Onelickless opened proceedings with half-an-hour of genuine rock and proved to be the perfect warm-up
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Well, on the face of it, it looked like a somewhat strange billing, but the bringing together of these different strands
of punk rock, two of which were from Hull, and though widely regarded as indie they contained ample loudness and blariness to qualify for the tag.
Openers Minions of Jeffrey, appeared to have more people on stage than
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The Freddy James Band is traditional, old-school live blues playing at its finest. They like to consider their music as a variation on an old theme, changing rhythms and riffs to add interest to what is essentially a very simple format.
You can see the restraint it takes the Tap's patrons not to get up
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The Lamp is a great venue, in a good location. There always seems to be something going on there, be it music or madness, so it's no surprise that some patrons never seem to leave. I don't make it to as many of the events as I would like, but this was one I felt compelled to attend, despite the
Music Reviews - The Displacements at the Polar Bear By Steve Rudd
Three bands were on for what was the Polar Bear's first ever Melodic Punk/Grunge/Ska type night.
A fairly large crowd saw all girl band Black Orchid, Green Ginger and headliners Displacements all contributing to an extremely successful night.
So successful that the organiser said that despite it