The fresh five-piece from Hull have fast become the band name to drop in any
discerning musos discourse.
Recent months has seen them leapfrogging the opposition and quickly reaching and
surpassing a few significant milestones.
The band had barely been together two months when they headlined at the
Sesh (see review thisisull.com
) Linnet and Lark.
This was quickly followed by more equally astounding gigs at Adelphi, Ringside
and an entertaining midweek slot at Indeecent.
For a while it seemed that every promoter and venue worth their salt wanted
the Kill Surf siren singing on their stage.
Before long, they had been snapped up to play Sweet n Sour, Hull's second
biggest indie club night at the Silhouette Club.
Then by some extraordinary twist of fate they opened for The Subways alongside
rising stars The Kooks. A few weeks later Kill Surf played the same venue again
this time in altogether different circumstances.
The monthly local band night Thee Box has been situated at Asylum for well
over a year now but has been beset with problems since its inception.
One: the venue is too big for local bands to fill.
Two: the ticket system is flawed bands don't like the pressure of having to sell
tickets to their own shows; this system inevitably leads to some strange running orders.
Such as bands like the Fifty nine Violets acting as openers...
Three: asylum is located within the University grounds which puts many people off and
it is just far enough away from the main drag to make people think twice before making the trip.
Four: the twenty, thirty at most, students that regularly drink in there on the
night are unfriendly towards outsiders and not interested in supporting the local scene at all.
Five: the bar is about as far from the stage as possible; in between the two is
the seating areas then the huge expanse of the dance floor that remains empty
for the most part.
This is due in part to the fact you can't take your drinks on the dance floor.
Though I seem to remember this rule not being enforced on the regular student Friday nights..?
Last year Thee Box boasted a projected screen which brought the bands vividly to
life for those watching from the back of the room.
This was one of the few things the night had in its favour, that and the
cheap drinks, the last few times I have been this enhancing backdrop has not been utilised.
So back to Kill Surf City they graced the Asylum stage with something less
than their normal levels of enthusiasm and proceeded to play an unappreciated set.
The opening suite included the gloriously fatalistic 6am, the desperate clawing
of Celebrity and the spiritual comfort that the Gilmour-esque chord structure
bestows the listener during Speed.
All these tracks you can find on their eponymous debut demo, plus one
more for your aural delight.
I watched with sympathy for the five-piece as I looked for Danny thrashing his
guitar wildly as he throws it around, a sight I had come to love from previous
gigs, but tonight none of that was present.
Two weeks before hand they played the same venue to a packed house and now... a bitter
pill to swallow. Still it looks good on a CV though fact is they'd just
got Hull University on their played list...
Music Reviews - Saturday 4th June 05 - SideWinder, Mr Mojo, The Vultures, The Cardinals at the New Adelphi By Julia Grant
Unfortunately I arrived late to find that I'd missed the first band of the night, The Cardinals.
I was told that it had been their debut gig.
No doubt I'll get another chance to catch them somewhere soon.
Having already seen The Vultures play once before, I thought I knew more or less what to expect.
It turns out that I can't have paid that much attention to them on that first occasion.
Music Reviews - Tuesday 12th July 05 - The Paddingtons Single Release at Ringside and Signing at HMV By Joe Hakim Photos by Darren Rogers
I'm not quite ready for the sun when I step into it, and if I'm being honest about it I still haven't recovered
from the weekend. I spent it in Bridlington, trying to devise ways to sneak into the Kings of Leon gig.
At the last minute I rolled up to the door with a friend who employed some kind of Jedi mind-trick.
It was a brain bending trick, and needless to say, I got fuckin' smashed in celebration.
Music Reviews - Friday 24th June 05 - Fifty-Nine Violets, the Applewhites, The Vels and Kohiba at The Music Man By Michelle Dee Photos by Darren Rogers
Down the back streets of the city almost opposite an open concrete waste-ground
lies a new music venue with a pioneering culture.
For the last six to eight weeks The Music Man has been pulling in live music lovers
for it's No Holds Bar Friday nights of fun. Proprietor, Fegs says that he wants a
place with a chilled out atmosphere where people can come and party, have a great
Music Reviews - Wednesday 6th July 05 - Farewell to the Raywells? By Joe Hakim Photo Gallery By Michelle Dee
Ah, wet Wednesday, if it's not a cliché already, then it should be.
It's The Raywells' reunion gig at The Piper, so I decide to go.
The fact that I'm getting in for nowt, has absolutely nothing to do with it, honest.
I'm one skint motherfucker, so I have to walk to Newland Avenue from the town centre.
It's a bit of a fuckin' hike, especially when it's pissing it down.
The shit British summer
Music Reviews - Tuesday 5th July 05 - REM at Hull KC Stadium By Steve Rudd photos by Matt Rudd & SMC
The quality of weather couldn't really have been any worse for what is essentially
deemed as being the height of summer, but the relentless rain failed to dumb down most people's spirits.
Unfortunately, myself and (some of) my family arrived late at the venue.
One of my brothers, Martyn (who has long been the biggest REM fan in the family,
and who is almost
Music Reviews - REM / The Zutons / Idlewild - KC Stadium, Hull, 05/07/05 by Nicholas Boldock photos by Matt Rudd & SMC
As is the way with these things, it's chucking it down when Idlewild arrive on stage. Presumably the rain doesn't
bother them - they are from Scotland after all, and therefore no strangers to Biblically-proportioned downpours.
Which is just as well, as the heavens have well and truly opened.
It's a shame that so many people
Music Gig Gallery - 10th May 05 - The Paddingtons at Yo-Yo 10th Birthday By Darren Rogers
Sometimes we get photographs of a Gig in without a review.
Check out some great shots in a 3 page Photo Gallery of The PaddingtonsYo-Yo 10th Birthday By Darren Rogers.
Music Reviews - 6th June 05 - Brian McFadden at Hull City Hall By Matt Rudd
Brian Mcfadden is obviously very well known in the music world with his success
within the boy band Westlife.
But unfortunately for girls everywhere, Westlife split up.
However, this wasn't the end for Brian; he went on to become, well, a rock star.
And on June 6th he came to the Hull City Hall and I was there as Steve (my brother)
had won some tickets
Music Reviews - 18th/19th June 05 - Under The Influence Big Weekender at Adelphi and Welly By Michelle Dee
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 OutsRead more...
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
Going Down - Isn't 'Ull Brilliant! Hull Aid Tsunami Benefit Event By Cilla, 11 page Photo Gallery by Darren Rogers.
After the unbelievable response to the Hull Aid Tsunami Benefit Event, where hundreds of you turned up
to be entertained by some of the fabulous talent from in and around Hull, we can announce
the current total donated by YOU!
Together with collections at Yo-YoRead more...
Going Down - thisisUll.com Tuesday 11th January - Hull Aid Tsunami Benefit Gig By Daniel Laney.
It is 5am, I am with three proud members of thisisUll.com, sitting back
and reflecting on eight hours of music.
I have to break myself from conversation in order to put together my own thoughts of this magical event.
In the background of the room I can hear