Million Dead, X is Loaded and yourcodenameis:milo at Fibbers, York 21st April 04 By Steve Rudd
As the April rains raged outside, so did Newcastle quintet yourcodenameis:milo on the inside.
Strange name, you might think.. and they're an even stranger band, proudly presenting the sound of sheer carnage as three guitarists manhandle all manner of destructive and aggressive riffs, interspersed with some tender and melodic passages.
The left-handed, under-cap frontman bleeds with the spirit of Kurt Cobain, as his superb, high-energy performance mirrors a mighty force indeed, bracing all concerned for the band's tour dates with Mclusky and Ikara Colt.
I thought I'd seen the X is Loaded frontman somewhere before, a few years back - and yes, I had and wasn't hallucinating.
The diminutive Jake Robertson used to be singer/guitarist for the fabulous Tenner, and now he's virtually unrecognizable, having opted for a pretty severe image change in the space between playing for both bands. He did used to have long hair, but now he's dyed it jet-black to stunning Goth effect.
What is recognizable though is Jake's distinctive voice, and anthems such as Laugh, Point & Wave are imbued with the spirit of those good old Tenner cuts, though X is Loaded are a far heavier and harder rocking band than Tenner ever were.
Indeed, if anyone knows if eardrum transplants are in fact a possibility in this day and age, please let me know.
Million Dead, as headliners, are far more punk-fuelled in their ways compared to their support acts.
A London-living quartet, their popularity has come on in leaps and bounds in the past year after scorching tours and festival sets such as at last year's Reading & Leeds weekend.
Fronted by Frank, they breathtakingly rattled through old and new songs; old songs from their bone-cracking A Song To Ruin album such as Charlie + The Propaganda Myth Machine (Willy Wonka was a capitalist confidence trickster - if you didn't already know!), the love song Smiling At Strangers On Trains and the spectacularly
epic Rise And Fall.. and new cuts such as their new single - I Gave My Eyes To Stevie Wonder. Which was a kind thing for Frank to do.
Still, Million Dead are all-seeing, all-screaming, all-rocking, and their intensity and eccentricity to a large degree reflects System Of A Down's style.
Julia on bass is both the coolest and sexiest woman in rock right now, with Ben battling behind her on drums and the tattoo-swamped Cameron solely in charge of the high-powered guitar riffage that so dominates their sound.
Frank's powerhouse vocals are spat out thick and fast and sound a treat, and in this instance this collective played A Show To Never Forget.
And not one single person died in the process, which is always a bonus.
Music Reviews -
Brave, Blind Frog Ernie, Silence In The Streets, Dumpvalve The Welly - Tue 20th April KERRANG Show! By Felix Green
Downstairs in the main ballroom of the Welly Club is always a difficult room to fill, since it is far larger in comparison to the other rock venues in Hull.
Yet with four weeks of Kerrang promotion and some wide spread flyering it was as full as I've ever seen it.
Also, praises to the sound guys who
Music Reviews - The Displacements By Steve
Displacements are a remarkable new band based in Hull.
Chris (Gowie), Simon (Burner) and Nick are only just turned 18 yet their unique brand of music is rapidly attracting a loyal following.
Remarkable because guitarists and vocalists Simon and Nick are self taught through spending hours in front of a PC logged on to the web whilst Gowie has been playing
Music Reviews - 4Ft Fingers / Tiny Elvis / Flatline / Displacements The Adelphi, Wed 21st April By Dick Spring
Having seen countless posters around, and, with a very eager, expectant, and sizeable queue, for this Smash it Up show
featuring one of the big hitters of the current UK punk scene 4 Ft Fingers.
Opening act Displacements, made an excellent job of getting proceedings into gear.
They appeared to have a large fan base there to support them with
Electric Eel Shock & Antiproduct at The Kazbah, Scarborough 25th March 04 By Steve Rudd
Antiproduct is the coolest and most exhilarating punk band since The Sex Pistols.
Stopping at nothing to put on the most entertaining show possible at every gig they play, this wacky quintet might be based in London, but they make it known loud-and-clear that they prefer
Music Reviews - Adelphi, Hull, 18th April
Jaws drop in Hull and appreciation for local bands rise.
By Mike Rofone
Crowbar Smile, DUMPVALVE, Mad Crowd Disease, Multiple Injuries, Planet 10
It's cold, it's wet and it's miserable. Now there are two things I could do on this gloomy Sunday afternoon in April.
Number one; I could stay at home in a lovely quiet village, pondering how I've become so overdrawn and kick myself when I figure out the reason.
Multiple Injuries at The Ringside, Hull - Wednesday 14th April 2004 By Dick Spring
This venue is a new addition to the Hull circuit, and I was informed that the booking is in the very capable hands of Determination Inc (who were the driving force behind, the late, lamented, Moriarty's ) and are bringing the magic touch to this venue, with a newly installed 2k PA system.
The new Wednesday night
Jesse James / Fraction of the Cost / The Trailers
The Adelphi, Thur 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
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
Misic Reviews - The Bivouac - Duke of Wellington, Lincoln - Friday 9th April By Sue Watson
Featuring DumpValve, Mad Crowd Disease, Faith in Chaos and Ringworm
This promised to be an interesting night, as I had only seen 2 of the bands before and had never visited the Bivouac before.
We arrived early and witnessed a very rare thing - a proper sound check.
The guy who runs the place, Steve Hawkins had
Champion Sound at the Welly - Friday 9th April 04 By Ed Hunter
A THOUSAND rude boys gyrated to the pulsating Jamaican rhythms and the batty shaking was in full effek..
..Well, no they didn't actually. And no it wasn't. Champion Sound at Welly Club on Friday night was quiet.
The dance floor seemed a bit dead which is a shame for a weekend.
Dancehall has a great groove