The lead singer Ryan has a really distinctive almost feminine vocal quality, and the band hammer it
home with their last couple of numbers.
Whiskey Bar even threatens to swing into a bit of Kings Of Leon countrified groove.
It's the first time that I've seen The Applewhites and I'm suitably impressed.
They're another band that I'll be seeing again as soon as possible.
After The Applewhites leave the stage, the strange blank feeling - the black cloud
of narration - threatens to descend again.
The needless, narcissistic, internal first-person
monologue that defines my music musing begins to form in my head, but the appearance a scruffy
kid with a guitar shatters it, and I look at the stage thinking, what the fuck is this, then?
This guy on stage has long hair that covers the shoulders of his flannel shirt.
His jeans are ripped and patched.
There's no attempt to try and dress like the uber-cool Landaus, Applewhites or Dreamers.
In fact, no one seems to notice this guy hit the stage at first.
He takes his guitar and hits a chord, fiddles with the tuning. And then he plays.
It's completely unique. Little acoustic ditties that swing between lumbering falsetto verses and screaming choruses - the guy is really fuckin' belting it out. People that thought that this was a little break for them to get drinks are sonically slapped in the mush and then drawn into this intense performance.
Then he hits us with the clincher, the sucker-punch.
Satisfied he has the crowd's attention, the guy launches into a cover of Crazy Right Now. Yep, that's Crazy Right Now the Beyonce track. He dissects the track like a vocal surgeon. A slick American R'n B production from one of the world's most popular female singers is taken apart and then put back together on stage as something totally new.
It is transformed into what I can only describe as a voodoo flecked chant-a-long, and then the chorus
hits, screamed out at such a volume that Kurt Cobain's ghost grumbles and leaves the pub.
The jaws hitting floors cliché might be one too far, but it's the only one that fits.
By the time this guy leaves the stage, everyone in the full place is well and truly gob-smacked.
The crowd goes nuts. I later find out that this guy is Matt from the Edible Five Foot Smiths.
I am informed that the band is on the hold at the minute, so, right, well...in the unlikely eventuality that Matt is reading this I'd like to make the following appeal: more craziness soon, please - I don't care how or where, but I need this kinda weird-arse shit in my life. Send me a CD. Do a gig in my front room. Just do something...
I don't even have time to recover because The Dirty Dreamers are up next.
I grab another pint as the lads take to the stage.
They open with Disease and Overload. The Gibsons and Marshalls are cranked up to ear
splitting volume and the chunky riffs lead to an all-out assault from the rest of the band.
They just fuckin' nail the crowd to the wall.
It doesn't let up. 3 Lives kicks in, and I'm like, Jimmy Page? Who the fuck's that?
and I'm thinking that the fuckin' roof's gonna blow off the place.
The lead singer Ash stomps about waving his maracas in the faces of his band-mates,
taunting them, daring them go faster, louder, harder.
Music Reviews - Thursday 3rd February - Ernest with Park and Ride, Dirty Dreamers and Steve Reed at Thee Box, Asylum By Michelle Dee
In, what has been a busy week, I had a date with The Asylum pencilled in.
I arrived in good time, and queued with a few others, eventually we were all let in.
Tonight's admission was £4 very reasonable for four acts.
For those not in the know The Asylum is a large venue
Music Reviews - Saturday 5th February 05 - Sidewinder, Mr. Mojo and Tekoba at The Late Room, Manchester By Richard Kemp (Racing Pulse Records / Tardis Music)
Saturday saw Hull's latest assault on the Manchester music scene in the form of Sidewinder,
Mr Mojo, and Tekoba as well as two coach loads of some of
the city's most dedicated music fans and followers.
The event organised and run by Red OktoberRead more...
Music Reviews - Wednesday 2nd February 05 - M.J. Hibbett at The Lamp By Michelle Dee
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.
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.
Music Reviews -
The Morphines and The 89 80s at The Sesh, Linnet and Lark - 30th November 04 By Andy Dykes, Photos by Darren Rogers
Once again tonight, Princes Ave's Linnet and Lark plays host to a evening of live bands.
With a stage littered with instruments and a bar crowded with rock n roll types, it looks
suitably like the home of what is fast becoming one of the most widely respected and
indeed played evenings in Hull.
Music Reviews - 27th October - CrackTown, Wooden Ghost and Attila the Stockbroker at The Adelphi By Jason Karlson
We used to pose for the Grattan's catalogue, and sometimes Kay's if money was really tight,
declares Silver Fox as they strike another of their notorious and hilarious catalogue poses.
Tonight we're treated to the Space Hopper and Mr Frosty's Slush making machine.
Yes, its time