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 weather does it best to send me home, but I'm not broken that easy.
In my mind I play the Most ridiculous names for a new band game.
The best two are the Raging Hard-Ons and End-of-Level Bad Guy, so if any up and coming
bands start using either of these names, then you'll be hearing from my imaginary legal shortly.
It's so fuckin' dank and damp that the chavs don't even bother to sit outside of McDonald's on Beverley Road.
Ah, grey Wednesday, if it's not a cliché already, then it should be.
When I finally reach The Piper, my worst nightmare happens.
There's this kid on the door, and when I tell him who I am and what I'm doing, he looks at me blankly.
Thisisull...erm, I'm not sure, just let me check...erm, he says, ruffling through scraps of paper.
There's a queue of people behind me, so I'm already beginning to feel like a twat. I decide to let him off the hook.
I go away and make a couple of calls, and when I come back it's sorted, but even then the door staff
still look at me funny.
Maybe I'm just being paranoid, or maybe it's the Bumfights tattoo that I still have to get removed from my forehead.
It's on my to-do list.
So I finally get in, and I head straight for the bar, as any sane man in this situation would.
Thanks to the fuck-about on the door, I miss the first band, Substitute.
I'm not causing trouble or owt, but it was those fuckers on the door, blame them.
It's a funny crowd in The Piper - they have a kinda style that I can't really put my finger on,
like an indie/chav cross. Chindie or Indav or something, y'know, dressed in really expensive shit
in an effort to look cheap.
I get my notebook out and stick it on the bar. It's the first time I've really done this.
Usually the kinda shit I write leads me into some pretty freaky situations, and getting a
notebook out would be a sure fire way to get my arse killed or kicked-in.
But this is an attempt to do a review, goddamn it, so I feel a duty to try and look
professional, even if for the first ten minutes I feel as though I'm exposing myself.
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.
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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.