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.
With its pounding riffs and huge singalong chorus, debut single, and set opener,
Fakes Tales Of San Francisco is a prime example of The Arctic Monkeys' sound.
In fact, much of the gig is a singalong affair as the band tear through a set of
crowd pleasers including Mardy Bum and When The Sun Goes Down.
The band certainly isn't standing still though and included a sprinkling of new
material including Vampires Is A Bit Strong, But...
The Arctic Monkeys' spit out their songs with enough variety to entertain and
engage even the most demanding of listener.
While most bands are happy to peddle lukewarm punk-rock masquerading as something
that is now, they transcend this with ease.
Comparisons to The Clash may sound lofty and premature but The Arctic Monkeys'
lyrics vividly bring to life the characters and places of their hometown in a similar way.
Musically, the band have picked up the baton on songs like From The Ritz To The Rubble and
A Certain Romance as they demonstrate the ability to twist and stretch their songs in interesting ways.
Unfairly or not, the band will inevitably be compared to The Libertines and The Streets.
The Libertines comparison is particularly unjust as the band show in a short 45-minute
set that they have the ideas and imagination to surpass this, though the spirit and
attitude of The Libertines may well have been something that inspired them to pick up their instruments.
Being likened to The Streets is much more of a compliment as Mike Skinner's lyrics demonstrate
a poetic quality that paints a graphic picture for the listener.
This is something The Arctic Monkeys posses in spade-loads and goes well beyond the now famous
I'd like to tell you all my problem...you're not from New York City...you're from Rotherham dig
at the scenesters that populate all indie gigs and nightclubs.
The Arctic Monkeys are shaping up to be a rare breed; a band with lyrics that actually mean
something and the tunes to back up the hype.
Although very little material is officially available, the band has encouraged fans
to download their demos for free.
The fact that the crowd was note perfect just goes to show how downloads and the free
distribution of recordings is giving the most clued-up bands the opportunity to distribute
their music to a wider audience.
The Arctic Monkeys have used this unfashionable route to their advantage as nearly every
gig sells out through word of mouth on their forum and even the mainstream media are
beginning to realise that something special is afoot on the music scene.
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.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 27th July 05 - Emma Rugg Oceans/Depart EP Launch at the Lamp By Michelle Dee Photos By
After the worldwide success of her 2003 album Isolated Impressions Emma has been back in the
studio both at home in Hull and in New York and put together a particular set of
tracks marking a change of direction in her music.
Emma welcomes us all to the Lamp with a bright smile and breezy Hello and an
acknowledgement to the artists Shep and Steve Reed who have
Music Reviews - Saturday 16th July 05 - Doing Hull a Favour - Silhouette Club By Joe Hakim
So I'm walking down Beverley Road, and as I'm walking this car stops at the lights and a guy hangs it head out of the window and shouts across to me, "Ey, mate...yeah you!"
I try to ignore him, but seeing as I'm the only person on the street, there's no doubt in my mind that he's talking to me. Shit... "I think yer've dropped summat, mate," he yells.
Music Reviews - Tuesday 5th July - Dirty Dreamers, The Saved and Substitute at the Sesh By Michelle Dee
Over the last few months the Sesh live music night at the Linnet and Lark has been regularly pulling in 150+ people every Tuesday night. Bands from Hull and further afield choose the Princes Avenue pub as the place to be seen.
In the last twelve months the Sesh has grown steadily in popularity so that on any Tuesday you are
guaranteed quality entertainment amongst a knowledgeable crowd of musicians
Music Reviews - Tuesday 19th July - Killer of Saints at Fibbers, York By Tom Law
I love going to Fibbers. I still have awesome memories of the last time we made the trip to
York to see 36 CrazyFists ... quite possibly the best gig I have ever been to.
So I couldn't have been looking forward to this anymore unless I was dragging the
Pope along for a night out.
Killer of Saints made their way onto the caged stage
Music Reviews - Thursday 14th July - Jelly at The Welly By Michelle Dee inspired by Chris Morphine
Tonight the club is full of 50cents lovers who have just bought the new
Razorlight album, says Chris, the beautiful Morphines guitarist.
By throwing on a string of beads and a brightly coloured scarf, they declare to
all who will listen I am Indie, really!
They have duly paid their £4.00 or £2.00 with NUS cards.
According to the flyer you get this reduced entry if you are a member too,