A reporter from the Hull Daily Fail would probably disagree with me and start ranting about the
impartiality of the press and all of that shite, but reading their reviews, I get the impression
that their reporters spend most of their time in at the bar getting wankered anyway.
Now, I may do the same, but at least I admit it. And I'm betting that I have a much higher tolerance of alcohol than their lot as well.
Woah there, wait a minute, what's all this about? I'm supposed to be writing about something
worthwhile, but instead I'm brooding on a load of shit that no one's interested in, not
even myself... you wouldn't get that in the Fail, says an evil voice, deep within my psyche.
Snapping back into unreality, I wake up in front of my pint in time to see Baggot and Presty from Turismo take to the stage to sing a couple of tracks to kick the whole thing off. Turismo are at the top of my must see next list, followed by The Dirty Dreamers, who, as it happens, are on later.
The Landaus and The Applewhites are milling about, tuning guitars and doing other technical stuff. Baggot gets his guitar and takes the mike. "Sorry about the shambolic sound but it's all for a good cause," he says before striking the first chord to kick off the proceedings.
They play a couple of tracks including How You Choose and Spitting At Llamas, the
track that appears on the new Sesh CD (more on that later).
There are a couple of feedback problems but this isn't meant to be Neil Young Unplugged, so no one cares - it's just a bonus performance to warm everyone up.
They throw in a cheeky cover of Johnny Be Goode, which turns out to be a stroke of genius because it pulls in a load of curious people that are passing and hear the guitars. A couple of old dudes with white 'taches and golf shirts tap their feet. They're fuckin' feeling it, straight off the course.
I haven't seen Turismo play live yet, so I'm not really familiar with their material,
so I don't know the name of the last track, but it has a refrain that goes,
Things we do for money...you're so cynical/I just can't handle you, and it's the first post-ironic lyrical resonance (y'know, when a set of lyrics seems to perfectly match your current predicament in life, creating an isolated period of reflection), experience of the day.
God must like guitars, because the malignant gray firmament cracks open and the sun comes out for what seems like the first time in fuck-knows-how-long. I take my coat off and allow myself to settle in.
There's so much going on in my life at the minute and I feel like my brain is a pressure cooker waiting to go off, so complete immersion in music and writing and art and alcohol seems like the only sane option in an increasingly fucked up world. This is my fuckin' church, man.
I bum another pint and then The Landaus take the stage.
This will be the second time I've seen them and I'm looking forward to it. They have that electrical urgency that I require in order to jump-start the mental batteries.
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
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.
Music Reviews - Saturday 14th May 05 - Power Metal UK at Ringside - Pitiful Reign, Soulflame, Infobia, Humanity and Deliverance. By Michelle Dee
I shan't try and compare the acts that performed at the Power Metal UK night with any other well-known bands of similar genre. I have no desire to try and talk authoritatively on a school of music I haven't followed since the early days of Terrorvision and Silverchair.
However, Deliverance the headlining band, from Italy, have definite
Music Gig Gallery - Wednesday 30th March 05 - Break Even, The Vultures and Soulflame at The Ringside By Michelle Dee
Sometimes we get photographs of a Gig in without a review.
This 3 page Photo Gallery of Break Even, The Vultures and Soulflame at
The Ringside Hull
Wednesday 30th March 05 by By Michelle Dee.
Check it out...