Under The Influence celebrated its Christmas bash down at the Adelphi with a
line up of rather new Hull bands them being, GST Cardinals, The Blackouts and
The Chase. The billed act, !Forward Russia! sadly cancelled so promoter
Dean Shakespeare had to make a few fast decisions to insure the show went on.
He called upon good friends GST Cardinals to open with a very welcome acoustic
Dave has a good voice, strong and distinctive.
But it is in an acoustic setting when he really shines.
You can catch the band in all their glory on Xmas eve at Ringside for a festive gig.
I urge you to see GST Cardinals in both guises then decide for yourself.
Next was The Blackouts, a band becoming more and popular with every gig.
They have had one or two line up changes but now seem to have hit upon a
winning formula. A rousing drum roll opens Daytime TV with style.
I was listening for the bass line that kept trying to rise above the
guitar and drums.
I was rewarded when it came through deep and moody towards the latter
end of the song.
Without a break they move straight on to the next number; Callum has grown
in confidence and clearly knows his music inside out and back to front.
He is a promising front man: with Freddie Mercury looks and a penchant
for tight tees.
Everything but Love starts off with a slow swinging beat then speeds up delightfully.
Before I know it I'm up on my feet stomping to the dramatic song.
The abrupt and sudden tempo changes create tension and excitement; a definite
buzz moves through the fairly young crowd.
To say that the headliners had pulled out UTI still managed to pull in a healthy number.
The crowd lined up near the front five or six deep with members of other bands
socialising and shouting encouragement and praise at the stage.
Daytrip to Cornwall starts with one of these aforementioned cheers and an easy flowing number ensues.
A tight catchy chorus follows the simple rhyming couplets which results in quite a few singing along.
Certain Things, follows with an unusual off beat drum style that really stands out
against the bass and guitar lines.
The break to the solo is satisfyingly smooth and results in more applause.
They finish with Treachery of Trust which incorporates a deep guitar line rooting
around an upbeat punky beat.
A lively number with stop start structure; false endings a plenty and furious pace,
a well chosen final song.
The Blackouts are a band definitely moving in the right direction, and will no
doubt grow and thrive in the months to come.
Making their debut as a headline act, The Chase had a hard act to follow.
They start with track Simple Girl which can be found on their new demo.
The disc was recorded by Patrick Tobin at the Last Studios, the sound quality and
levels compliment the bands seventies bluesy rock style.
Music Reviews -
Neville Staples, Quartermain and The Bonnitts at The Ringside, Monday 19th December 05 By Dick Spring Photos By Mo
Monday December 19th 2005 is a date that could go down in the musical history of the city, for
that was the day Neville Staples, original rudeboy singer of the legendary Two Tone
band The Specials, and co founder of Fun Boy Three, made a triumphant return to Hull.
Opening up were Hull favourites The Bonnitts who, though beset by a few technical
problems, marched on through
Music Reviews -
The Shine at The Top House Pub - 6th November 05 By DJ Chris Plant (www.djchrisplant.co.uk)
Firstly, let me tell you a little about the band...
The Shine are a top local cover band playing hits from the 60s to
material from the present day. The band have been playing in Hull's top venues
for the last three years, including The Springhead, Hull University and
The Mainbrace to name but a few.
The band have an amazing five-man line up :
Vocals - Adam Norrie
Music Gig Gallery - Tuesday 15th November 05 - She Likes Parties, Red Line To Exit and The Shine at The Sesh at The Linnet and Lark by Michelle Dee
Sometimes we get photographs of a past Gig in without a review.
This 4 page Photo Gallery of She Likes Parties, Red Line To Exit and The Shine at The Sesh at
The Linnet and Lark
Hull Tuesday 15th November 05 is by Michelle Dee .
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 - Thursday 15th December 05 - Band Wars at The Polar Bear By Martin Parnell
The I was actualy there, and was actually listening to all the bands, whilst not
being drunk, band wars review!
Martin here, soundman, musician, songwriter, artist, and independent judge throughout the competition!
Well here I will be giving my overview of this competition which saw lots of great bands
and lots of great gigs, which I had the privilege of doing
Music Reviews - Thursday 15th December 05 - Band Wars at The Polar Bear By Michelle Dee
Band Wars 2005 Result is an Insult to Hull Music.
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...
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 -
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