The Vultures still play hard, fast, punky rock n roll.
However they appear to have changed since last year which apart from seeing them recently at
Ringside with Break Even and Soulflame, I'm sad to say is when I saw them last.
The days of playing a twenty song set in ten minutes are behind them, okay slight exaggeration
but they did manage to fit a lot into a short space.
Rebel Yelp the title track of their new CD starts with some big drums from the Darke one
followed by a distinctive drawn out vocal from Chris.
At times he has a certain public school boy affectation; every syllable elocuted to perfection.
Just listen to the way he says needy little gob-shite.
The track reminds me of the Pistols song No Future with its southern drawl and manic laughter.
There's a touch of seventies psychedelic swirly stuff thrown in for good measure.
A good strong opener.
Track two Smarten Up alternates from punchy chords to rock n roll riffs in a satisfying way.
Dreadstepper is an altogether slower song and maybe because of the tempo the lyrics don't seem
to fit together as well.
The backing vocals are questionable too. However, managing to get the words distressed
marionette on a punk rock record deserves a medal in itself.
The Ballad of Sinead and Alex is a delight from start to finish.
It meanders through different rhythm sections that compliment each other perfectly.
Sinead's alto voice lends the song a touch of androgyny and contrasts well with Chris's deeper delivery.
The drums are intentionally light and crisp; eminently listenable.
I saw this one live but Sinead looked and sounded unsure of herself, in time though this number
will undoubtedly become a special feature in The Vultures set list.
The band also include an excellent cover of the Ska number Hooligan in the live set,
which hits all the right notes and pushes the reggae vibe to the fore. I notice Alex
the drummer is wearing a very fetching bowler hat.
The band does have a bizarre theatrical side; the lead singer is known to sing some songs
blindfolded for what reason I know not, but it's effective.
Both Stormy Seas and The Plague return us to familiar spiky punk vulture's vibe.
They have clearly grown and the music has grown and evolved with them.
They produce songs that are vocally adept and infectious.
A few horns might serve them well to just add another dimension to the otherwise accomplished sound.
If you leave the CD running there is a little surprise in store; in some strange
vocalising, something about gangsters and racketeering possibly.
Given some airplay and a few well chosen gigs this offering from the The Vultures
could really take off.
Music News - Silence in the Streets Northern Stroll Charity Walk from Hull to London
On Sunday 22nd May, 20-30 people (I'm not quite sure of the numbers) started walking to London from the
Humber Bridge, Hull.
The walk is for charity with each member of the party choosing a charity to raise
sponsorship money for. This whole initiative has been started by Silence in the Streets.
Through this and our monthly nights
Singles Reviews - Chart Review 16th May 2005 with DJ Chris Plant
Firstly, sorry I haven't written a singles chart review for over a month.
I have been in Las Vegas having a great time...On with this weeks review.
Despite strong competition from a, shall we say, expected unexpected source, Akon's Lonely
stands proud at the top of the charts for a second week at Number One.
Album/CD Reviews New CD's available from Joesolo By Nick Quantrill
Following the acclaimed release of his debut solo CD An Exile in Suburbia in 2004,
ex Lithium Joe front-man Paul Thompson returns with ten new brand recordings.
The Man Who Dreamed Of Fairyland tackles some of the major issues that touch on all our lives.
Lyrically it considers the paradoxes
Music, Wanted - Bass Player
Bass player needed for new Hull band Rednite Strip.
Strong material,ready to gig. A modern guitar band with influences ranging from
The Kings Of Leon to Air, Velvet Underground, Adam Green, Hot Hot Heat and
We may be able to provide equipment so contact us if you are a
guitarist willing to play Bass. Contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org tel 07704 928691.
Music, Wanted - The Raindogs - Lead Guitarist
The Raindogs are looking for a lead guitarist to join a current 3 -piece. The band is made up of 3 long standing hull musicians who are quickly gaining notice and recognition.
We play a style best described as alt country / indie rock and are looking for someone who
will complement the line up with cool , simple
Single Reviews - Hal - Play The Hits (Rough Trade) By Steve Rudd
Following up their chirpy What A Lovely Dance hit, Play The Hits' is quite frankly a
fabulous tune from this refreshing Irish four-piece. These fellows go all out to hit upon
classic melodies and harmonies that burrow their way into the hearts and minds of their
listeners - and that Brian Wilson would die for.
This song has been written by band front man David AllenRead more...
Music, Album Reviews - Oasis: Don't Believe The Truth By Nick Boldock
There was a time when it would sound faintly ridiculous to suggest that Oasis
would ever again record a great album.
Their last effort - 2002's Heathen Chemistry - suggested a renaissance, and despite mediocre
media interest did contain some brilliance, most notably the Noel-sung numbers
Little By Little and Force Of Nature.
Certainly it was a sign of
Single Reviews - Hood - The Negatives (Domino) By Steve Rudd
Well, there's nothing quite like being positive - even if they're Hood and they're playing
The Negatives. For starters, this band's music is certainly intriguing and thoroughly fascinating, not least because they refuse to conform when it comes to writing conventionally structured songs.
The two b-sides that are tagged on the back of this single release, just
Music News - Leeds Festival - Calling all unsigned bands from the North of England!
This years' Leeds Festival will be providing a new stage for unsigned bands.
The Mean Fiddler, organisers of the festival have teamed up with local BBC Radio show,
Raw Talent, Sandman Magazine and The Cockpit in Leeds to select 20 bands who
will perform on the new stage this August.
It's an incredible opportunity
Single Reviews - Bodyrockers - I Like The Way (Mercury) By Steve Rudd
The type of tune that you either love or loathe, this latest anthem from this
troupe of Dance-dazed musicians is taking the nation by storm regardless, and
the Top 40 really cannot resist a tune of this calibre.
This release heaves with some epic remixes of the song, but rarely do remixes
Single Reviews - Wherewithal - Sixth Form Poetry (Foolproof) By Steve Rudd
This fem-fronted quintet sure isn't taking any prisoners, ballsily bursting out of the
Farnborough area with gusto. Stacy Hart is the singer, and what a singer she is.
Holding the rest of the band in check with her fantastic vocal musings, Stacy
possesses a strong and distinctive voice that dominates the music, with such
Album Reviews - Rumpus - EP By Michelle Dee
This offering from Sheffield band Rumpus - features seven varied tracks of atmospheric
unusual electro death rock.
They have managed to mix up the genres of Indie rock with a shade of electronica
and a hefty slab of death metal vocals.
This ambitious approach stands up well to scrutiny and has
Single Reviews - Ryan Adams - Let it Ride (Lost Highway) By Steve Rudd
American Country-rocker Ryan is back on the scene, and is being backed by a
new band of friends called The Cardinals.
Let It Ride is their new single, and - true to form for Ryan - lush elements
of both Country music and rock 'n' roll are fashionably entwined
in the most sublime manner.
Single Reviews - Razorlight - Somewhere Else (Vertigo) By Steve Rudd
Face it - Razorlight front man Johnny Borrell is a total
star in his own right, even without the other three lads that make up this
tantalisingly talented band... especially when he's armed and potentially
infamous with his trusted acoustic guitar.
Still, the full band sound is hard to beat, and this tune