In the same inexplicable way that you sometimes wake up a second or two before the alarm goes off, I wake up just before the door to the room I'm sleeping in opens. Dave bends his blonde head round the door.
"Helloo" he sings and advances into the room wearing a face like the Cheshire Cat.
I muster some kind of greeting and check my watch for the time. It's an ungodly 10 o'clock and it smells earlier. Somehow, Dave is already dressed and has paid a visit to a newsagent. He drops a copy of the Yorkshire Post on the bed.
"Page 9 makes good reading" he says and shuffles back out of the room.
I lurch my body to a vertical position and manoeuvre my clumsy hands through the fragile pages.
Page 9 does indeed make interesting reading.
There's a double page spread on the Yorkshire bands headed to the unsigned stage at Leeds Festival this weekend and the first half of the article is dedicated to The Favours.
The biggest picture on the page is also of The Favours, with me in the background staring into the sky like a space cadet.
Maybe I should set the scene a little better. My name's Andy and I play guitar in The Favours.
I'm staying at Dave's parents' house.
Dave plays drums in The Favours and this weekend we are one of a number of
Hull bands playing the new Lee Sounds Unsigned Stage at Leeds Festival.
The Festival kicks off tomorrow and tonight, The Adelphi is playing host to all of the
bands - Turismo, Last People On Earth (although they don't make it due
to gigging commitments elsewhere), Mr. Mojo, 59 Violets and ourselves -
as a kind of celebration of the achievements of the Hull music scene as a whole.
Last night we played a gig in Leicester at a little venue called The Attik. When I say little, I feel I may be overstating the size of the joint. You'd have to see it to believe it. In front of a sell out crowd of eight, we rocked out and had a really good time. It's all fun and a good warm up for the gigs to come.
Anyway, I leaf through the newspaper and reads well. There's a quote from Martin, bassist in The Favours, that says something like "there are five bands from Hull playing the festival, and a couple of years ago there weren't even five bands in Hull!" I find out a later that Martin is very pleased with this quote. I can tell that he is pleased because he insists on reciting it to me in proudly astonished tones.
I grab a quick shower and then Dave and I head into town to buy a few essentials for the gigs ahead, stopping off for a quick sandwich on Holderness Road. There is a black cloud over Hull.
That isn't some kind of metaphor; the weather is simply bad and it begins to rain steadily. Dave buys some new drum sticks, I buy a couple of plectrums and at long last I buy a stage tuner of my own so that Martin can have back the one I half borrowed half stole from him some months ago.
At Martin and Sara's house (Sara is the singer in The Favours) on Thoresby Street,
we run through a much edited acoustic version of one of our songs called Say Something.
We're due at the BBC building in Queens Gardens at four to play a song for tonight's edition of Look North. We try to condense the song as much as possible so that the BBC don't cut it to shreds when editing the news.
Inside the BBC building we're marched through the bustle and hubbub of a big open plan office. We prime our guitars and wait to be called into the studio. When the time comes, we set ourselves down in tight formation where the production crew want us and run through the song a few times.
It's most surreal, three cameras on the three of us and I must admit feeling like a bit of a tit. Halfway through one take the guy in charge gets a message through his headset.
Music Reviews - Night Clubs - 26th August 05 - Eat Your Words at The Welly By Diane
What a night to remember!
If you enjoy continuous dance music then get yourself down to Eat Your Words
at the Welly Club on Beverley Road and dance the night away like I did.
Very friendly staff as I entered the building.
Somewhere to drop your bag and coat and helpful staff at the bar if you're like me and can
never decide what you want to drink! A kind lass behind the bar offered
Music Reviews -
Saturday 13th August 05 - Arctic Monkeys at The Silhouette by Nick Quantrill Photo Gallery by Darren Rogers
Supported by The Applewhites, Sheffield's Arctic Monkeys rolled into Hull as the current
NME-approved future of music, and for once they might just be correct.
Despite having released just one single, the band has already toured extensively to build
a formidable word of mouth fan-base, and they look equipped to explode into the musical mainstream.
Music Gallery -
Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 August Scarborough Beached Live Music Festival By Roland Standaert.
Checkout this incredible 11 page photograph gallery of
Scarborough Beached Live Music Festival sent in by Roland Standaert.
The four day festival's fifth year is captured beautifully by Rolands superb shots of the bands and their audiences.
You may just be featured yourself....so get clicking and have a look.
Music Reviews - 13th September 05 - Kill Surf City at the Sesh By Michelle Dee
Kill Surf City is generating a fresh wave on the Hull scene.
Just a few months ago no-one had heard of this mixed (boy/girl) five-piece.
I first saw them 17 August supporting the Applewhites at Ringside.
That day I sat down pretty pissed off about things in general and life in particular,
I happened to see a vaguely familiar face aside the stage. I recalled some weeks earlier,
Music Reviews - Friday 29th July 05 - Park and Ride, The Landaus and The Truth at KU Bar Stockton By Michelle Dee
At half past three on a balmy Friday afternoon I clambered into the back of a hire van to make the journey
Once inside, I was greeted by Hull's flagship band The Landaus, who were
playing on the same bill, and a few fans of both bands including the much-loved Haribo and
original party monster Dean Shakespeare.
Danny Landau appears to have found the best seat
Music Reviews - Sunday 31st July 06 - Benefit Gig at Staks Bar By Joe Hakim Photos By Roland Standaert
It's an early start, three in the afternoon, but it's for a good cause.
Sundays, and the weekend in general, tend to be meaningless when you're unemployed, yet you always feel obligated to spend as much time in bed and do as little as possible in between bouts of napping. A lot of this is due to the fact that there's fuck all on TV on a Sunday.
There's hardly anything good on TV during
Music Reviews - Monday 25th July - Hayseed Dixie at The Cockpit, Leeds By Joe Malarky Whole lotta Dixie
I discovered Hayseed Dixie whilst searching for a version of Duelling Banjos in my local record shop.
I won't go into why I was searching for the main tune from Deliverance, that's my business and anyway it's not important.
What does matter is that I was intrigued by the Tennessee quartet.
I did a little research and found that their beliefs are simple.
All good songs
Music Reviews - Saturday 18th June 05 - Yeti and White Rose Movement at Sweet n Sour at The Silhouette By JG Photos by Mo
Tonight, Yeti's support came from London based White Rose Movement.
As soon as the band dived into their first song, I really thought that I was going to love them.
In fact, every one of the songs on their set started off sounding very promising;
fantastic intros that grab your attention and prepare you for a song full of energy and catchy hooks.
However, when the vocals
Music Reviews - Friday 29th July 05 - GST Cardinals at Ringside By Catherine Campbell
As Hull's newest and most exciting band, GST Cardinals can really put on a show; their rock and roll sound with a splash of punk is real breathe of fresh air.
A support act for the evening, GST Cardinals enchanted the crowd and certainly have a large following for such a new band.
When these boys play, you can't help but listen.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 27th July 05 - Emma Rugg Oceans/Depart EP Launch at the Lamp By Michelle Dee Photos By
After the worldwide success of her 2003 album Isolated Impressions Emma has been back in the
studio both at home in Hull and in New York and put together a particular set of
tracks marking a change of direction in her music.
Emma welcomes us all to the Lamp with a bright smile and breezy Hello and an
acknowledgement to the artists Shep and Steve Reed who have
Music Reviews - Saturday 16th July 05 - Doing Hull a Favour - Silhouette Club By Joe Hakim
So I'm walking down Beverley Road, and as I'm walking this car stops at the lights and a guy hangs it head out of the window and shouts across to me, "Ey, mate...yeah you!"
I try to ignore him, but seeing as I'm the only person on the street, there's no doubt in my mind that he's talking to me. Shit... "I think yer've dropped summat, mate," he yells.
Music Reviews - Tuesday 5th July - Dirty Dreamers, The Saved and Substitute at the Sesh By Michelle Dee
Over the last few months the Sesh live music night at the Linnet and Lark has been regularly pulling in 150+ people every Tuesday night. Bands from Hull and further afield choose the Princes Avenue pub as the place to be seen.
In the last twelve months the Sesh has grown steadily in popularity so that on any Tuesday you are
guaranteed quality entertainment amongst a knowledgeable crowd of musicians