The crowd's full of teeny-bopper emos and hardcore metal fans tonight in a glorious mixture of piercings,
tattoos and spiky mohicans, as Stop It You're Killing Me kick off the rock night with their own
brand of heavy guitars, energetic drums, and screechy vocals.
The hot female bass player weaves in her own soft vocals towards the end of their set earning
them a great reception from the warmed up, psyched up audience.
The crowd gets bigger now as Monkey Boy open their set with the ice breaker, It's great to
be back here in Carlisle (only to look sheepish after being told he's in Hull).
Aw f**k it! They're soon forgiven though, as their drum based rock starts a mini mosh pit, and
the drummer/lead singer shows off his pure talent as he's dazzling on stage.
By now everyone's covered in sweat, booze and smoke and the crowd take a breather, get another drink
from the bar, and prepare for the mighty Freaks Union.
They're the reason we're all here tonight, they're the reason that rock has taken over
our lives and as the crowd gets bigger still, it's now full of 70's retro punk rockers
with big hair, tight jeans, big black boots, and metal studded leather jackets,
eagerly awaiting to see their all time heroes.
One by one Freaks Union take to the stage and the cheers start as the crowd are
psyched up to the eyeballs ready to explode, and the lead singer explains they're
here to celebrate their ten year anniversary, and my god do they do it in style.
From the very first whack of the drums the whole room erupts into a giant mosh pit
full of sweaty guys being thrown around as crowd surfers take to the stage to throw
themselves into the swirling audience.
Lead singer Jimbo even chucks himself into the crowd, to be groped lovingly by
adoring fans, then gently passed back on stage.
Random guys are lifted up to touch the ceiling then their heads disappear as only
their legs are seen getting thrown around in the air.
No time to even think as Jimbo has to fight to keep hold off his mike as fans are
chucking themselves on stage, grabbing him by the neck and singing along.
The whole room's packed and the mosh pit energetically makes its way towards the stage
where fans are getting beaten off by the band.
You loada crazy bast**ds, says Jimbo
as he strips off his shirt to reveal his mass of impressive tattoos covering his chest.
The whole place is being wrecked tonight as the sheer force of energy and vocals hits you
like a sledge hammer in the face, and the volume is enough to bring any building crashing to its knees.
Praised like the rock gods they are, they leave the audience exhausted and dazed but still
shouting for more.
If you're up for a night where you wake up hung-over, with no memory, covered in blood,
booze, and bruises, but knowing you'd do it all over again, these are definitely the guys to see.
Not to be missed!
Music Reviews - 6th September 06 The Cherry Cobb Cartel at Durty Nellies By Michelle Dee
So here's the set up you take an old Irish pub introduce a few musicians who jam their way through popular covers.
Hits from Chuck Berry to U2, The Beatles to The Eagles with
perhaps a few soul standards thrown in for good measure.
This blend of talent and refreshment paves the way to a relaxed evening of fun socialising.
Music Reviews - Thursday 17th August 06 - The Tommys and Garden Gang at The Lamp
By Becky Martin Photographs By Kate Langan
The set couldn't have been more varied as Lamp proudly presents Garden Gang and
The Tommys, one high energy glam punk rock fest, and the other contemporary
girl rock that'll knock your socks off!
German born band Garden Gang kick off their set with a mixture of influences
including American 50's rock'n'roll, 70's punk and the new wave
Music Reviews - 22nd September 06 - Tonik The Shine and AfterGlow at The New Adelphi Club By Michelle Dee Photos By Mo
Tonight is a night for Cilla to have a blow out; god knows she of all people deserves one.
We arrive in a very wet Adelphi car park where great puddles make the footing precarious and
more than one person ended up ankle deep in cold, muddy water.
Perhaps some kindly building contractor might dump half a ton of aggregate on the car park
next time they pass.
Music Reviews - Thursday 21st September 06 - Freaks Union 10th Anniversary Show with Monkey Boy and Stop It You're Killing Me at The Adelphi By Michelle Dee Photos By Mo
Lads sporting fine Mohican hair do's standing tall, ladies in their tightest t-shirts,
make up done just so. These are the punk kids piling in to the Adelphi during a heat wave.
Tonight the celebrated punk band Freaks Union are putting on a special show to
commemorate ten years in the business; ten good years as front man Jimbo proudly announced.
Music Reviews - 19th September 06 - Paul The Girl and Matt Edible at the New Adelphi By Michelle Dee
Its blisteringly hot the air cons knackered there are young louts on stage
pretending to be bad ass gangstas from da Bronx with little or nothing to say.
They go on about being open to ideas, accepting everyone for what they are and
being free doing what you do, but it is all bullshit.
Judging by the racket they were making in the corridor whilst the visiting
Music Reviews - Sunday 17th September Aberfeldy Catherine Feeny and The Rocky Nest New Adelphi Club By Michelle Dee
What a delightful night of live music; once again I found myself down at the Adelphi Club in Hull.
A night with a strong billing that attracted a fine knowledgeable crowd.
Aberfeldy the Scottish folk/electro five piece on their third visit to Hull not counting
the two nights supporting The Beautiful South at the City Hall in July
I arrived just after eight
Music Reviews - Leeds Festival - Part One By Joe Hakim Photos By Stuart Mountain and Mak
My mates decided to throw a party the night before we were due to set off for Leeds. I initially thought about taking it easy, but the alcohol began to flow and before I knew it I was as pissed as a fart. Some of my mates went outside to have a game of football in the street, so I necked a half and sat on the windowsill and watched them play.
Music Reviews - Saturday 2nd September 06 - The View at Yo-Yo By Michelle Dee Photographs courtesy and copyright Perra Negra
The visit to Hull by recent chart-breakers The View had been
talked up for weeks and 600+ music fans came to see one of the
hottest new bands to emerge from north of the border.
The View hail from Dryburgh in Dundee and are currently on a mammoth UK tour.
The chorus on Wasted Little DJs is exceedingly catchy and the song is quickly
reaching anthem status among
Music Reviews - Wednesday 23rd August 06 - Analogue Consumption Quick To the Observatory and The Clauberg Opera at the New Adelphi Club By Michelle Dee - NEW Photo Gallery by Tim Sinister
Tonight was a night of firsts, three of them to be exact.
The First "first" was Analogue Consumption's debut; a progressive three
piece with heavy New Order influences.
The bass driven sound was pleasingly at odds with the low key vocal
style of the charismatic front man.
Those around me said it reminded them of someone; that muted vocal style
Music Reviews - Tuesday 22nd August - GST Cardinals The Vultures and Park and Ride at
The Sesh By Michelle Dee Photos By Michelle and Rachel
Just got back from The Sesh on Princes Avenue, I had to strip off as soon
as I was in the privacy and comfort of my living room because I was so hot and sticky.
Sat naked now, I write this appraisal of tonight's eventful triple header.
GST Cardinals were in fine fettle taking a rare early slot they proceeded to
rock the Sesh to the rafters. They played a mix of
Music Reviews - Friday 18th August 06 - Disarm, Maeven and Slite Return at The Ringside By Dick Spring Photo Gallery By Mo
ROCK! This is something that seemed to be sadly lacking in Hull in recent years,
though once again Ringside seems to be at the forefront of this with some visionary booking.
Such was the case tonight, with RingsideLightning Jack Cane and his rock revival disco in
the downstairs bar of Ringside, with a sizeable number of real rockers
Music Reviews, Galleries - 16th June 06 - Cherry Cobb Cartel, The Vels
and Redshed at The Ringside By Mo
Checkout this 6 page photo gallery of Cherry Cobb Cartel, The Vels and
Redshed at The Ringside By Mo.
I know more about UFO's and the New World Order than I do about writing music reviews so you'll excuse my excuse.
Please link back to us ta.
Music Reviews - 27th July Bridging The Gap at Christopher's featuring So and So's, Kill Surf City, Iodo,
Ernest and Starter By Michelle Dee Photos by Mo - FULL Galleries Added !
We at thisisull had originally chosen the band Tarifa to go with Ernest to play at
Christopher's but sadly they had to drop out. Luckily Cilla kept her eye on the ball
and soon had vintage beauties Kill Surf City on the bill instead.
Yours truly did somewhat have the wind taken out so to speak, so all credit to
Cilla and Brian for holding this one together.
Cilla, Mo and I
Music Reviews - Wednesday 9th August 06 - Prologue to Leeds: The Unsigned Bands Showcase at The Welly By Joe Hakim Photos By Mo
So I get up late, overwhelmed by an uncontrollable lust for hummus.
Goddamn those funky mashed up chick peas, I can't get enough.
I'm still managing to hold onto my common-as-fuck credentials though - I eat it with chips.
Putting my nibbles issues aside, I get my shit together and head off to The Welly to
see the Carling stage warm-up event,
Music Reviews -
Bloc Party, Mystery Jets and The Infidels at The Welly - Thursday 21st October By Andy Dykes, Photos by Darren Rogers
- NEW GALLERIES.
Once again, Sweet and Sour at The Welly have provided the people of Britain's
critically acclaimed crappest town with another great line up including one of
Britain's hottest new bands.
I've heard that Bloc Party are the favourite band of the kid who plays
Harry Potter in the films, and as I stand in the queue
Music Reviews - Sunday 16th July 06 - Humber Fest (otherwise known as DarrenFest) By Michelle Dee Photographs by Roland Standaert
If you were there that Sunday, a mile outside of Barton on the North bank of the
Humber River halfway down the Far Ings Road, in the glorious sunshine, you will know you
were part of something very special. If you were not then you missed out, unbelievably so.
Yesterday's nine hour Humber Fest music marathon will become the stuff of folklore.
Myths will be created
Music Reviews - Monday 10th July 06 - The Briggs at The Ringside, Hull By Jason and Jordan Carroll Photographs by Mo
My son and I had just drove up from Stockport where on Sunday night we saw The Briggs,
and yes we are big fans.
On Monday night there were only about 60 people there, which is a shame for a great band from the USA.
They came on and it was 100 miles per hour from start to finish with great songs like
One Shot Down, Waiting in the shadows, Dungeon WallsRead more...
Music Reviews - 6th July Stripped 1st Birthday at the Wellington Inn By Michelle Dee Photographs By Mo
Stripped acoustic night is one year old and I have finally managed
to get down to one of the increasingly popular nights of live music.
I order a pint of the Stripped birthday ale produced specially
for the occasion and slip into a seat near the front.
The music takes place in an area to the left of the main bar in a fairly small
Music Reviews - Tuesday 13th June 06 - Bon Jovi at KC Stadium By Steve Rudd Photographs by Brigitte Freeman
Fans of rock music in Hull haven't really had much cause to complain over the past couple of
years, given the fact that the likes of Bryan Adams and REM have both played at the KC Stadium.
I could hardly believe it when Bon Jovi were announced to play as the final date of the band's
European leg of their world-wide Have A Nice Day tour, and thus I duly
Music Reviews - Sunday 25th June 06 - Wireless Festival with The Who, The Eels and Turismo at Harewood House Leeds By Moggy SideWinder (Good friend of Pete Townshend)
After careful, strategic, military organisation (something that has always come
naturally to Hull bands) Turismo and their entourage were ready for lift off
which would launch them bang in the middle of Harewood House in Leeds for the
Sadly, much to the distaste of your humble narrator, the organisation committee
had exempted me