Music Reviews - This is Your New Home - Superscape
(3 track single) By Steve Rudd
Yet another of the seemingly never-ending line of genuinely brilliant bands emanating from the grand city of Hull, tucked to the East of the mighty proud county of Yorkshire, Superscape are a quintet with much to offer anybody who's sick and tired of rock bands who are obsessed with supporting the more hardcore and Emo slants to such a genre.
This band, in various shapes and forms, has been around the city for a number of years and really deserve to have broken out of the city now to have become something of a much-revered touring band with A&R men (and women) ecstatically falling over themselves to have these lads signed to a major record company quick-pronto.
These 3 tracks are ample evidence that the songwriters involved are extremely talented and emotionally articulate, as
Lulled (that kicks the single off in style) is a pretty subtle and laid back number, yet ultimately damn rousing and anthemic (think Shed 7 at their best).
The magically clean-cut guitars - courtesy of Paul Richardson and Rob Stott - seem at perfect peace with the rightfully reserved rhythm section that comprises Matt Kavanagh on bass and Rich Vidler on drums.
Who's singing then, you might be wondering - and that will be Pik.
What's more, these guys fleetingly pay close attention to their lyrics, with Pik poetically singing CCTV watch over me - keep me safe from harm.
Their Ventolin track is a beautiful instrumental in which all musicians get a fair stab at showing off their respective prowess on their instruments (though Pik obviously has to sit it out for this tune), before Mote astoundingly rounds off this single release as one of the most jubilantly engaging indie-rock love songs that I've ever heard.
If you can imagine the most blissful moments of the music that Starsailor, Snow Patrol and Keane so sensitively produce, you're close - you're real close to the effect that Mote has on soothing the senses, with Pik openly confessing I'll fly around making sure you're safe and sound, with all the convincing grace of Hawksley Workman's tender guile.
All elements seem to be in place for the makings of this band's ascent into the big-time.
They've even got on board ace photographer Steve Clappison (who works so well with Emma Rugg on her exquisite promo photo-shoots) in order to set their CD artwork ablaze with style.
Superscape are a perfect, soulful, tuneful and inspirational indie-rock band.
Music Reviews - Uberdruck at Substance - Welly Club - Friday 13th February 04 By Mike Mawe
Firstly I must say what an amazing atmosphere was created by the 350+ strong crowd at the Welly club that night.
It was a wet and rainy night before Valentines day and I got the impression the guys from Basespin were expecting a poor turn out and with problems flying in Uberdruck from Germany, things started to
Music Reviews - CRACKTOWN and Friends By Elsie Creek
I have seen Cracktown perform several times since the first night I met them, many months ago.
That wasn't even a gig as such - just an open mike acoustic night at The George (Land of Green Ginger) where they play each Thursday.
I got talking to the twosome after their set, and ever since then I've been hooked on their clever lyrics, catchy choruses and enigmatic ..
Music Reviews - Pat McCarthy - Jazz Guitar By Lyn Acton
Good Fellowship 4th and Pave 15th February 2004.
Pat McCarthy plays the kind of jazz guitar that I like. I've seen him a number of times, now and I have also had the good fortune to sing with him. He plays in a sensitive yet stylish understanding way which makes him a good accompanist and a pleasure to listen to on solo's. A good all-rounder then, so I guess these reviews may be biased.
Music Reviews - Bundi, Killer of Saints and Dumpvalve at The White Room, New Cleveland St, Hull - Saturday 21st February By Sue Watson
Bundi were playing when we arrived and after a bit of squeezing through crowds we were in a position to see SOME of the band.
The White Room is not the most user - friendly place to watch bands as there is a huge great pillar right in front of the stage.
I always think it must be
Music Reviews - Internet Opens Up World Market Place For Songwriter Steve Larkman
The internet has proved to be a great place to successfully promote the music of songwriter Steve Larkman.
His independent publishing company Angelmusicplus is selling and sending out hundreds of copies of his debut album Tearjerker to the U.K. and all over the world.
Music Preview - Like I Care at Under The Influence - Adelphi 28th February
Dean Shakespeare of 'Under the Influence' has been very kind and is letting Manchester Alt/Punks Like I Care play one of his fantastic live events at The Adelphi on Saturday 28th February.
Like I Care have recently been ripping up the map and going it alone gigging the UK (Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Newcastle, Huddersfield etc.)
Music Reviews - Full Metal Jacket - The Asylum Night Club - Hull Uni - Tuesday Feb 17th By Sue Watson
Featuring Shindigg, Silence in the Streets, Dump Valve and The Freaks Union.
The evening started at 7pm with Shindigg and their new drummer.
Considering they have only been practicing together for two weeks with the new guy (Karl) on drums, they put on a good show.
I have to admit they didn't sound as polished as usual, but they will get there. The crowd enjoyed it anyway!
Next up were Silence in the..
Music Reviews - Riley and The Landau's - Hull University 16th February 04
By Nick Quantrill
As any keen reader of this website will know, one of the bands who have been getting consistently great reviews is Riley.
So Cilla rings me and says; Get yourself down to the university and review them.
We love Riley at thisisUll.com
(only more politely of course!). How could I refuse this kamikaze mission?!
It was the first time I've been to a gig..
Kids Music Reviews - Awakening at Pozition, George Street, Hull - 21st January 04 By Annie
On Wednesday, the 21st of January my friends (Ali, Louise, James, Megan and Camilla) and I went on a night out to Pozition, a nightclub in Hull city centre.
It is a great place to go with your mates for a night of dancing, laughing and looking for some top totty, girl or guy!
There are DJ's that you can approach to request to listen to a song and it is basically an absolute ..
Music Reviews -
The Alarm at The Kazbah, Scarborough - Friday 6th February 04 By Steve Rudd
Gigs do not, I repeat, DO NOT get any better than this. Ever.
Even though The Alarm haven't actually stayed together as a band since their inception back when punk-rock gripped the UK in the late 70's, the charismatic singing-&-songwriting Mike Peters has been over-actively involved