On a weekend that saw John Hassal's new band Yeti headline at Silhouette, local promoter
Dean Shakespeare of U.T.I. but together an equally good mix of home grown and out of
town musical talent.
Saturday saw new local talent The Black Outs supporting Blue Sand and The Landaus.
Hogboy had to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances so the Landaus got
bumped up the billing.
The Black Outs are a new name on the ever-growing music scene in Hull.
Their line up seems to have settled down now after their previous three gigs
when various different musicians accompanied lead singer Callum.
This being only their fourth gig I was surprised at how tight they sounded;
the bassist and drummer working well together.
They played a brace of songs, the highlight and most memorable being Day Trip to Cornwall.
They have more than a passing nod to the Mod era of The Jam et al.
Callum's vocal has a shade of Morrissey at times but without the high pitched falsetto.
The Black Outs, a capable outfit with stand out riffs, especially during the early numbers.
Blue Sand take the middle slot and open with new song 12:30 and immediately set
out their stall of strong vocals and damn fine tunes.
New song Love To Hate You- soon to be released on Moonfruit- is fantastic.
Over time this number has developed and become just as strong as other
Blue Sand crowd pleasers such as Bleed Myself and Spectre.
Yet another new song is added to their growing set list creating yet another layer of
darkness and that feeling of isolation.
Insecurity Me has more emotive depth and highlights the outstanding song-writing
partnership between Gary Richardson and Alan Ratcliffe.
I am told that the two young men of Withernsea recorded this one almost as soon as it was written.
The only glitch noticeable tonight to those familiar with their songs was during
End of the World, the elegiac B-side to Spectre.
One possible reason for this uncommon incidence is that the band has recently parted
company with drummer Rob, Steffan from the Landaus is filling in for the time being.
Now, to try and slide yourself into a new band is tricky, to do it whilst still playing for
your own band is more so; to then play gigs for both bands during the same night
is damn well exceptional, not to mention exhausting.
Blue Sand continue to o'er leap all obstacles in their path and march on; euphoric and triumphant.
Music Reviews - Friday 20th May - The Music with Youth Group at Asylum By Andy Dykes
It's hard to believe that Asylum at Hull University Union could be full of students,
all suited, booted and blind drunk celebrating at the end of year ball.
Now that the summer break has hit and the university is all but devoid of students,
it's great to see that there is still a huge crowd at the venue tonight to welcome The Music.
Music Reviews - Thursday 2nd June 05 - Baggott and Baz's Jam Night at Staks Bar Beverley Rd By Chu Nin
Photo Gallery By Meso Orney
The night kicks of in fine form, with Baz lead guitar with the Dirty Dreamers and lead
singer Paul Baggot from Turismo covering a few Kinks, Stones and Oasis numbers.
As more people arrive, Matt Addison and Danny Tonkin from The Johnsons take the floor
and play acoustic versions of the popular Oh No, the crowd pleaser Misfortunate Love
Music Reviews -
Monday 2nd May 05 - Sweet n Sour All Day Indie Fest Featuring Top Local Bands By Michelle Dee and a Massive 30 Page Photo Gallery by Darren Rogers
On Bank Holiday Monday Silhouette hosted a twelve-band extravaganza organized by James Applewhite
featuring one of the best local line-ups since some small scale gathering of Hulls finest in January.
There were also various festival stalls, with clothes and accessories from NSO and
politically motivated campaign stalls from the Green Party and the Legalize Cannabis Campaign.
Music Reviews - Pozition Night Club Rock Night - Wednesday 18th May 05 By Michelle Dee
After witnessing another fantastic performance by Ernest at the Adelphi last Wednesday I
decided to accept an invitation to the Pozition night club on George Street.
I paid the three pounds entry fee and received in return a little ticket informing
me that I was female; so far so good.
I walked into a large industrial style arena
Music Reviews - Saturday 28th May - The Rakes at Yo-Yo - Jumping For Victory By Andrew Coe 6 Page Photo Gallery By Darren Rogers
NME favourites The Rakes came to Hull and conquered with their choppy,
wire-like guitar riffs and a front man who can't keep still.
If The Rakes frontman Alan Donohoe were still at school, he'd be
told off repeatedly for fidgeting in class. For the duration of the band's 12-song set
at Yo-Yo at The Welly, Hull on Saturday night
Music Reviews - Saturday 21st May 05 - Under The Influence Presents Mystery Jets at the New Adelphi By Emily
Photo Gallery By Michelle Dee
It is not very often you find a band that excites you, I mean really excites you.
Yet it seems that the Mystery Jets might just be the band for the job.
As painfully honest as it is the Hull scene has needed a kick up the ass for some time now.
While still maintaining the stunning talent on show in pubs and clubs all over the city,
a firm kick is needed to rid it of the Indie addiction and mullet pretension.
Music Reviews - Saturday 14th May 05 - Power Metal UK at Ringside - Pitiful Reign, Soulflame, Infobia, Humanity and Deliverance. By Michelle Dee
I shan't try and compare the acts that performed at the Power Metal UK night with any other well-known bands of similar genre. I have no desire to try and talk authoritatively on a school of music I haven't followed since the early days of Terrorvision and Silverchair.
However, Deliverance the headlining band, from Italy, have definite
Music Gig Gallery - Wednesday 30th March 05 - Break Even, The Vultures and Soulflame at The Ringside By Michelle Dee
Sometimes we get photographs of a Gig in without a review.
This 3 page Photo Gallery of Break Even, The Vultures and Soulflame at
The Ringside Hull
Wednesday 30th March 05 by By Michelle Dee.
Check it out...
Music Reviews - Saturday 1st May - Rock the Vote at The Adelphi By Lucy Kynman
Last night's amalgamation of Elobo and Funky for Rock the Vote, dedicated to raising funds
and showing the local area's support for the green party and candidate Martin Deane,
was a great success!
Green being the theme for the night, can I just say well done to Alice; when it comes to
creativity and a unique sense for interior design you never fail to hit the mark!
Music Reviews - Saturday 23rd April - Hard-Fi, Boy Kill Boy and Turismo at Sweet n Sour, Silhouette Club By Dick Spring
with a terrfic 9 page Photo Gallery By Darren Rogers
On arrival at the front of the club I find a queue waiting to get in, so this must be some
measure of the demand for this show tonight (oh, the power of hype) though a top ten
single can't have helped the headline band's cause at all!
It was indeed packed out, it took me twenty minutes to get a drink, which is something
that needs to be addressed by
Music Reviews - Thursday 21st April - Ernest, Rumpus, Scaramanga Six and Fonda 500 at the Adelphi Happy as a Sandman By Michelle Dee
What a fantastic night.
No really, if you weren't there then you missed out on seeing some of the finest
bands the other side of sanity.
The monthly local music magazine, oft slated in its own backyard landed a
winning formula tonight.
Ernest, who everyone should experience, continue to be spine
tingling and achingly beautiful.
Last night they grabbed
Music Gig Gallery - Tuesday 22nd February - Thee Unstrung, Park and Ride, 59 Violets and Blue Slide Circle at
Under The Influence at the Adelphi Club By Michelle Dee and Cilla
Sometimes we get photographs of a Gig in without a review.
This 6 page Photo Gallery of Thee Unstrung, Park and Ride, 59 Violets and Blue Slide Circle at
Under The Influence at the Adelphi Club
Hull Tuesday 22nd February 2005 by By Michelle Dee and Cilla.