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 be immediately struck by the inclusion of bands that
have hardly featured on these pages before.
These competitions are fraught with problems and always give rise to argument and dissent.
First of all, how do you judge whether one band is better than another and who
should make this judgement?
Do you give marks out of ten on a particular set of criteria agreed before hand?
Do you pick a number of unbiased judges with suitable knowledge of music to make the final decision?
What do you actually mean by a better band?
Better looking, better sounding, better musicians; better stage presence maybe?
So how were the winners of this competition chosen each week?
Well it was a very simple method that resulted in the rather strange list of finalists.
Each Sunday during the last few months, three or sometimes four bands
played live downstairs at Staks.
They played to whoever had managed to drag themselves from their beds or the after
club parties, and anyone else who had walked in off the street.
Then after the bands had performed, papers, later to be voting slips, were
handed out and people were asked to write down the name of the band most
deserving of going through to the next round.
These names were then collected, counted up and Mr. P. Baggot, one half of the
50/50 promotions team (the other being co-organiser Baz Barraclough) announced the results.
So far so good. But as the competition went on a number of things began to happen to skew the results.
To start with, the days proceedings began to commence later and later; meaning that if
you were the last band on then chances are half the audience would already have left
before you even played. So the number of potential votes changed from week to week.
People who came into Staks halfway through the day still voted even
though they had not witnessed the earlier bands.
Friendships and alliances were allowed to come in the way of decisions on which way to vote.
It has to be said that towards the latter end of the competition it was about how many
friends you were able to bring with you and nothing to do with musical ability at all.
During the heat stages bands with a couple of songs and less than five gigs to their
names were having extraordinary results.
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.
Music Reviews - Saturday 8th October 05 - The Mardous and 59 Violets at Yo-Yo By David Thurlby Photos By Michelle Dee
The Yo-Yo night at The Welly Club on Beverley Road is slap bang in the middle
of its most hectic period what with all the students back in place and the host of bands that
are lined up to play it's Live Lab. Tonight saw a band from just across the bridge
share a small and compact stage with some up and coming chancers from down south.
Barton's own 59 VioletsRead more...
Music Reviews - 14th August 05 - Frank's Right Hand Trouser, Shindigg, Sal Paradise and The Vultures at the Adelphi By Anthony Baine.
So, another week, another gig.
This time it's the Paul Jackson's gaff for some of Hull's top local fare.
Sundays are usually quite hit and miss in the summer months while there are
no students about and this on this occasion I took a seat in a half-full
Adelphi just in time to witness four bands strut their stuff.
First up were The Vultures.
Hull's music scene at the moment consists mainly of
Music Reviews - The Leeds Festival Diary - 25th to 28th August 05 By Andy Knudsen Photos by Em Alexander, Steve Clappison at (www.tallorders.org) and Sam Saunders
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.
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.