You know there's something amiss when you have to explain the presence of your bar staff in
one of the bands to reach the final four.
The competition was held at Polar Bear, the prize was a £1000.
The four bands in the final were Jilly hates WillyKonscience,
The Cyclones and The Landaus.
There really was no contest or shouldn't have been...
Jilly hates Willy were poor, plain and simple: vocally poor, unimaginative,
bland and mediocre, like the worst ever high school band you ever saw.
I missed the beginning of their set but was reliably informed it was just more of the same dirge-filled caterwauling of the numbers I did catch. They were monotonous, uninspiring and not in the same league as the other bands at all.
Brand new bands, with just a handful of gigs to their name, such as The Chase, Foot Loose and
anyone else you care to mention would have put these also-rans to shame.
In fact, may I apologise to those bands for mentioning them in the same breath as
this fourth rate band. How they got through to a final of anything is beyond comprehension.
The applause for Jilly hates Willy was muted and sporadic.
Up next were Konscience, peddling their middle of the road rock with so-so
instrumentation, a band you may remember that got knocked out at Staks BotB in the summer.
They did however show improvement from last time I saw them. I admit to a little jig and
a bit of foot tapping whilst I was standing down the front, but the band largely failed
to engage or excite the crowd.
More gig experience and better songs might elevate them to being more than a third rate act.
Their applause was also muted.
The Cyclones were a functions band and almost like a novelty act, with their matching ties and dark jackets. Their name suggested an influence from a different era and their style of music proved this to be true. They played safe sixties pop rock that your ageing auntie would get down to.
To be fair, as a friend of mine pointed out they were good at what they did.
They were upbeat with a cheerful outlook but weren't anything to write home about; a lounge act at best.
Book them for weddings, birthdays and bar mitzvahs.
I can't be too sure but one or two numbers sounded suspiciously like covers.
Their applause was reasonable, not sustained, but some people were politely clapping.
So last up were Hulls flagship band The Landaus. Quite simply, one of the hardest working, dedicated unsigned bands in the region. They did what they do best; what they nearly always achieve at every single gig they play; rocked the place to its foundations. If you look at each of the band members individually you'd be hard pushed to find a chink in their armour.
Steff on drums is probably the best, most entertaining percussionist in Hull.
Bass player Gaz never fails to impress taking more and more of a stand within the band,
and showing more moments of rock bravado, overflowing with confidence and talent.
The vocal duties are shared between Loz, and taking a seemingly bigger vocal role than
earlier in the year, Danny.
These two guys work well together, you can read many a review that compliments
them on their vocal prowess.
But these days they seem to be pushing the envelope further and challenging each other
to deliver ever more complicated, layered lyrical compositions with gusto.
Music Reviews - Bob Geldof at Hull City Hall - Thursday 1st December 05 By Steve Rudd
December 1st 2005, in my mind, has gone down in history as an unforgettable day.
It was the day I met my biggest hero.
And whoever said that to meet your hero is usually a disappointing affair was wrong
in this instance, and since meeting Bob Geldof (twice in one night!),
I'm filled with even more respect for the man ... the god.
I never ever thought I'd get the chance to meet
Music Reviews - 3rd November - Mystery Jets at The Adelphi By Emily
Thursday 3rd was Mystery Jets' third visit to the Adelphi -
their previous gig, earlier in the year - and proves that they are only
getting bigger and better.
This time around the venue was a lot fuller; buzzing with people curious
as to whether the Mystery Jets live up to the hype.
Since the Jets' last Hull appearance, the band has gained coverage through
the NMERead more...
Music Reviews - Kill Surf City By Michelle Dee
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
Music Reviews - Night Clubs - Friday 2nd December - Regis at Pure Techno at Rhythm Room By Michelle Dee
Friday night in the icy rain I flagged down a cab to town.
My preferred late night spot tonight was Rhythm Room on Baker Street for a heady night of uplifting beats.
Someone once enquired, What is this rude, lewd, lascivious junk called techno? What, indeed.
One way of describing it is like a sonic sunburst
Music Reviews - 13th October 05 - thisisUll.com Keeping It Peel at The Silhouette By Joe Hakim Photographs by Darren Rogers and Mo
Whenever a musical icon dies, there always follows a period where their name and
image is turned into a commodity.
The best current example would be John Lennon.
The celebration of what would have been his sixty-fifth birthday and the impending
twentieth anniversary of his death has sent the record companies and the various
Music Reviews - Tuesday 15th November - She Likes Parties at The Sesh By Becky
Over the last few weeks I have watched She Likes Parties come forward in leaps and bounds.
Having gained a reputation from Sally Likes Parties (vocals) performing a capella at
Staks cafe bar, acoustic sets at Linnet, Staks and Adelphi and drunken spur of the moment
sets in the back room of Saturday night Silhouettes, the band had a lot to live up to at
their debut gig as a full
Music Reviews -
Scarborough Beached Festival 2005 Sunday By Michelle Dee Photos by Roland Standaert and Michelle Dee
Sand beneath my feet, sounds of activity on the stage, blue skies overhead, sun blazing: a strange
but rather pleasant surrounding for a gig.
Amaya Huntly and Jon Neeves had the unenviable task to open the show on Sunday.
An acoustician and Keyboard duo; the highlight of their set was the Credence Clearwater Revival
cover where they proved with a strong number they can do a
Music Reviews -
Friday 25th November 05 - Franz Ferdinand at Hull Ice Arena By Michelle Dee
Last night probably the biggest name in recent Indie music touched down in Hull as part of their Europe-wide tour. A tour, which, will see them play thirty-seven dates in sixteen different countries.
The tickets were sold out almost as soon as they came on sale, so we knew we were in for a
packed gig with plenty of people and a great atmosphere.
The Glaswegian multi-award winners sure know
Music Reviews -
Friday 4th November 05 - Shinobi featuring Grooverider and MC AOB at The Welly By Michelle Dee - 3 Page Photo Gallery.
Drum n bass creeps up from your feet to your fingaz and puts a smile on everyone's face...
I am aware of the genre drum n bass or d n b as it is commonly referred.
A good few years ago I stayed by my radio all night to tape the Bristol pioneer Roni Size playing live on air.
I watched with interest a docu-road movie on LTJ Bukem and the antics of MC Conrad.
The show ended up with the
Music Gig Gallery - 11 November 05 - Midnight Bandits, Kill Surf City, Sal Paradise and Unless at The Ringside by Michelle Dee
Sometimes we get photographs of a Gig in without a review.
This 4 page Photo Gallery of Midnight Bandits, Kill Surf City, Sal Paradise and Unless at
The Ringside Hull
Friday 11 November 05 by By Michelle Dee. Check it out...
Music Reviews - Sunday 6th November - Staks Battle of the Bands 05 By Michelle Dee
On Sunday 6th of November the popular cafè bar cum restaurant on Beverley
Road held the final of the Battle of the Bands competition.
This event is not to be confused with Band Wars organised by the staff at the
Polar Bear on Springbank.
The bands that had successfully made it to the final were Hollywood, Minus 272 and the Vels.
Regular readers of this site will
Music Gig Gallery - Tuesday 20th September - SideWinder and The Raindogs at The Sesh By Darren Rogers
Sometimes we get photographs of a Gig in without a review.
Check out some great shots in a 5 page Photograph Gallery of SideWinder and The Raindogs
at The Sesh on Tuesday 20th September 2005 By Darren Rogers.
Music Gig Gallery - Friday 9th September - Above It All and Your Demise At Apocalypse at The Silhouette by Michelle Dee
Sometimes we get photographs of a past Gig in without a review.
This Photo Gallery of Above It All and Your Demise At Apocalypse at The Silhouette,
Hull Friday 9th September 2005 is by Michelle Dee with photograph production by Kayleigh Tate.