Thursday night saw four different live music acts playing the De Grey Street venue.
The night was organised by Matt from The Johnsons and new management team
Silver Star Media fronted by Gareth Jones.
Their night was once again up against some fairly stiff competition in the
form of The Paddingtons who were playing Staks Café Bar fifty yards away on
After a delayed start overseas visitors The Warm took to the stage.
Once in a while at the Adelphi you see something that is so far removed
from the usual fare that the local gig circuit has to offer.
This was one of those occasions.
The Warm is a three-piece outfit consisting of Ricki on vocals and synthesizer,
Hannah on keyboards and a drummer whose name I sadly never caught.
They play an exciting brand of outlandish, effect-laden electronica with
punk vocals and fierce drum sounds.
At first I felt at odds with them; I watched and thought this isn't
really in keeping with the rest of the line up.
Then one or two numbers in I began to warm to the trio.
The vocal style was menacing, accusative and angry.
The only comparison I could think of was the growling off hand delivery of
Mark E. Smith from The Fall.
The front two combined the animalistic sounds with even stranger dance movements.
Ricki lunged at the mic whilst on tip toes then backed away momentarily only to
lunge forward to spit out more aggressive lyrics.
Sadly the lyrics were all in
Japanese so I was unable to ascertain the meanings behind the outbursts.
As the set progressed other genres seemed to be included.
The sustained Hey sounds and spacey keys with bold drumbeats
reminded me of the epic prog rock of the seventies.
For one number they produced something that sounded like a
Violent Femmes metal hip hop hybrid with a bank of early eighties sound effects.
Unholy organs rang out from Hannah's substantial keyboard and I watched
entranced as she performed yet more, strange doll like dancing.
It was, as if her movements, were being controlled by unseen hands.
Then without warning the strings would be cut and her legs would fall
lifeless beneath her.
Each of the different numbers brought in new ideas both vocally and musically.
The intense lines of Japanese erupted from Ricki like a cleric in the Imperial
court casting out malevolent spirits from a tortured soul.
The finale took on a different form with Ricki using the deceptive allure of the
spoken word to impart his sutras.
More of the Eastern, Industrial, distorted key sounds mixed with the western
rhythms building to a climactic finish.
What the kinnokoto musicians and taiko players of ancient Japan would have
made of their music, I'm sure I don't know; but for me it was another
halcyon memory to lay down with many others at the Adelphi.
Music Reviews, Galleries - 22nd April 06 - The Dirty Dreamers do it for thisisUll.com at The Adelphi
You missed it? You were there? Well, whichever - here are some photos from the gig back in April,
organised by local boys with the eye lashes, Dirty Dreamers for thisisUll.com.
A brilliant gig - thanks to all of you who filled the Adelphi and showed us all your
appreciation for local brilliant bands and a local brilliant website!
We're here for you, by you. Don't forget,
Music Reviews - Thursday 25th May 06 - The Beautiful South at The City Hall with support from Aberfeldy By Michelle Dee Photographs by Matt Rudd
Yesterday was a very special day. Around five o'clock on Thursday evening, I was listening to
The Beautiful South sound check.
The hall was a hive of activity with technicians climbing rope ladders to the gantries,
erecting barriers at the front of the hall, and making ready for the first TBS gig
at the city centre venue for over 16 years.
I listened to the band running
Music Reviews, Galleries - Saturday 22nd April 06 - Dirty Pretty Things in Bristol By Julia Grant
Music Reviews - 21st April 06 - Chaser at The Bluebell Riverside Restaurant, Driffield By Steve Rudd
Chaser are a well-known band in Driffield, largely due to having been around for
a few years now, and because they are mean purveyors of some truly awesome cover songs.
Driffield, unfortunately, is pretty thin on the ground when it comes to great bands worth
shouting about. Since the main venue in town,
Mavericks nightclub, didn't renew its entertainments license,
Music Reviews - Tuesday 2nd May 06 - The Sesh With Ivy Sins, Cherry Cob Cartel and The Blueslide Circle By Michelle Dee
This weeks Sesh night down the Linnet and Lark fell just after yet another bank holiday weekend. This meant that many regulars were spent up or still feeling the effects of partying till the wee small hours. I know my own weekend was full of drunken forays into various different pubs in the Avenues area.
The highlight of my weekend was on Sunday night; yes the Sunday Sesh had
Music Reviews - Wednesday 5th April 06 - John Copley, Afterglow and Sidewinder at Quayside By Emily
This relatively new night has been running at the Quayside for just over a month now- named
Quintessential Sessions- with live bands and fine Indie tunes every week.
However, this gig showed the best turn-out so far.
Regardless of whether this was due to the bands individual followings or simply word of mouth,
it still proved that this night
Music Reviews - Wednesday 19th April 06 - The Peasants, The Blackouts and The Landaus at Quayside Quintessential Sessions By Michelle Dee
It was only a week ago when I met The Peasants for the first time but I had heard them
being played by Alan on Raw Talent a month or two back.
Also Steve Rudd had reviewed their CD on this site and as
often happens round these parts I had been bumping into Jody, singer for
The Peasants, regularly on the Avenues.
Tonight, I was determined to see them.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 5th April 06 - Heat 10, Best Original Band at The Springhead By Anita Blakeston
Heat Ten - The one with Violets and Right Handed Trousers ...
Intriguing band names was the order of the night. I have met the 59 Violets many times and always wanted to know where the name came from.
I don't know Franks Right Hand Trouser but in their case I dare not ask ... something to do with trying to get dressed when drunk?
Tonik have been
Music Reviews - Wednesday 29nd March 06 - Heat 9, Best Original Band at The Springhead By Anita Blakeston
Heat Nine - Turn left at Spaghetti Junction for Hollywood town ...
Tinsel Town it ain't in Hull but I reckon our entertainment is just as glam and glossy as theirs.
We had our very own A listers performing - our very own Brad Pitt alias David Elf, our very
own Danii Minogue on bass and Meg Ryan on keyboards....not to mention Magnum PI as MC.
Music Reviews - Tuesday 25th April - Swellbellys, Assert, C-Squat and Undefeated at The Ringside By Dick Spring Photo Gallery By Mo
When it rains it pours, as the saying goes, and this was very much true of Hull this
evening, with big shows on at pretty much every proper Hull venue.
Ringside weighed in with a heavyweight punk show, literally, with the monster that
is a Swellbellys and Assert tour, their first together in over three years.
Kicking off tonight's proceedings rather early, it has to be said, were
Music Reviews - Wednesday 12th April 06 - Tarifa at Quayside Quintessential Sessions By Michelle Dee
I have known of Tarifa since they opened the
Renegade Writers Live Event at Ringside last year.
Since then they have been hard at work practicing, writing and strengthening
the ties within the band.
Tarifa recently played at Music Man but tonight was the first
time I'd seen them since last year.
After a delayed start (they didn't take
Music Reviews - Sunday Sesh 2nd April By Michelle Dee
To kick things off we had a few numbers from Mr. Baggott.
He started with a new one I didn't catch the title then his usual Blur cover.
The popular Turismo tune Skegness came next which went down well with the knowledgeable crowd.
One person I think it was Rich Turismo was even heard to exclaim Amazing.
He finished off with In BedRead more...
Music Reviews - Wednesday 22nd March 06 - Heat 8, Best Original Band at The Springhead By Anita Blakeston
Heat Eight - Sheriff Check, scenes from the exorcist and can't wait to be famous so
I can get a guitar tech Callum Blackout!
First on stage was Dressed for Stealing with lead singer
Check Kilpatrick (great name!) on bass, sporting a smart full-western-jacket and tie.
Looking like the sheriff who meant business he charmed his