Tonight the Lamp is filled with an eclectic crowd all anticipating the return of M.J. Hibbett to Hull.
He has brought a Validator with him this time, in the shape of the violinist Tom Mc Clure who appears
on many of the Hibbett Recordings.
Looking around I see that the décor of the Lamp has undergone something of a facelift.
By facelift I mean they have put large colour photos up in place of the garish images that were there previously
The pictures depict car wrecks and shopping trolleys in dykes.
As well as the rusting autos there are shots of dilapidated buildings.
Some of the pictures are in groups and others are spaced individually creating something of an art gallery feel.
I suspect it's a comment on decay of post-modern society.
Whatever; they are eye-catching and I dare say, if you experience one of those awkward silences, a reasonably
good conversation starter.
With candle lit corners and a bar serving a rather potent ale called Honey Brew a night in the Lamp was a
rather attractive prospect.
M.J. hails from Peterborough he complains about never getting out of the Midlands but seems to provide
him with a lot of inspiration for his songs and his persona on stage.
He opens proceedings with a nostalgic song called Wide Game Team Group B.
A wide game is when you run around in the dark, one kid always gets scared, someone else spends the
whole time convincing you that a murder actually took place on the very spot where you're standing; oh and
their could be some kind of capturing of the other teams flag/base/ other.
I once played one where the aim was to bring a rather reluctant German shepherd dog back to the clubhouse.
I think the dog won we certainly didn't.
But back to the unique songs of M.J. the joy of the wide game song is that team b gets the second
place trophy in a two-team race.
He appears to always back the underdog; like in Let The Weird Band Win where he pleads with the
judges that just because they can't play and they look a bit different, we should applaud their individuality.
Not give first place to the ones that have flashy this and that, and have more fans 'cos it's cool to like them.
Which cleverly brings me on to the song, Remember the lesson of Take That.
This one is a must for every teenager/adult who never admitted to liking certain bands because it
would loose them credibility among their peers.
This kind of musical snobbery is a very important issue when your growing up if you admit to
liking something you take your life in your own hands.
He has a rich poetic lyrical style that juxtaposes the simple chord structures; he's all about the words.
That's not to say the music is superfluous just undemanding.
You listen to him sing/speak and marvel at his wordplay.
Something about the way he keeps time, using disjointed couplets that nearly always rhyme.
The way he drops that extra word in where you wouldn't expect.
Imagery and themes that are immediately familiar like the one about going clubbing in the week
called Clubbing in the Week.
It's like drinking during the day, you know you shouldn't
but you do, and then you suffer for it.
Music Reviews - Saturday 29 January - ThisisUll 'avin' it large in Liverpool with Blue Sand and Park and Ride, Courtesy of Under the Influence By Michelle Dee
The last Saturday in January 2005 is sure to become one of the most treasured days of my life.
Long before we arrived in Liverpool, the excitement was overflowing.
Owing much to all the fun and great atmosphere that my fellow Park and Riders
Music Reviews - Sunday 23rd January 05 - Tsunami Benefit Gig at The Welly By Daniel Laney Photos by Mo
The Freaks Union, Silence In The Streets, BB Bruce, Diverse Unit, The Favours and Face to Feet.
The winter's bitter chill began to make my hands weak and numb as I walked along the street in the pitch black.
Whilst listening to my walkman I began to ask myself what the
Music Reviews - Park & Ride, Andy (The Sneaks),Andy Cornfoot Tue 18th Jan - The Sesh at The Linnet & Lark By Daniel Laney Photos by Michelle Dee
For two Tuesdays in a row now The Sesh has proved to be the venue of choice.
Last week it was almost impossible to move, due to all the people that turned out to show
their support for the tsunami benefit gig.
This Tuesday the whole place is again full, it may not be as
Music Reviews - Tuesday 11th Jan - Hull Aid Tsunami Benefit Gig at The Sesh By Lee Atkinson Photos Darren Rogers
A Turismo acoustic session, a new member of The Bonnitts, The Johnsons making their live debut, all at
The Linnet and, most importantly, all for a very important cause.
The date is 11th January and I am standing in the middle of an enthusiastic crowd at a very
Music Reviews - The Reputations, Jonny Panic and When Water Comes at The Ringside
- Mon 17th Jan By Daniel Laney
You know it's been a good night when your face hurts from smiling and ears are ringing from
the evening's entertainment. The performance given last night from all three bands made the
evening highly entertaining.
It was also the first time that I had managed
Music Gig Gallery - Freaks Union, No Comply, The Unknown and Diverse Unit at the Adelphi 9th Dec 2004 by Lucy Kynman
This 8 page Photo Gallery of Freaks Union, No Comply, The Unknown
and Diverse Unit at the Adelphi 9th December 2004 by Lucy Kynman is too
good to miss so I'm publishing it even without a review for all the music fans to enjoy... great job and thanks Lucy.
Music Gig Gallery - 25th November at Asylum, Hull University Keiser Cheifs and Kasabian with Radio1 DJ Zane Lowe by Darren Rogers
Occasionally we get photographs of a Gig emailed in and no accompanying review to go with them.
Never-the-less this 10 page Photo Gallery of Kasabian, Keiser Cheifs and Radio1 DJ Zane Lowe at the Asylum Hull University
25th November 2004 by Darren Rogers is too good to miss so I'm publishing it for you to enjoy.
Music Reviews - 10,000 Things at Jaz Bar - 26th October 04 By Caroline Murphy
So what do the music magazines know about the sensitive side of a group of sexed up 20-some-Things!
Their stage show gives anything but that impression, but close-up and personal in the smaller
venues of Hull Jaz Bar and Shrewsbury Buttermarket, I can tell a different story.
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