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.
I arrive amidst the sound check, made more complex tonight due to the film crew who
have set up leads and other multimedia equipment inside the treasured venue.
After a brief chat with the tech. crew I find a seat near the front alongside colleague
and friend Mo the Uberwebmeister of this here site.
Two other bands are on tonight's bill they are the visiting Monkey Boy on a return
trip to Hull and the wordy outfit Stop It You're Killing Me.
They are due on first and as the club fills up from the back pushing the crowd
forwards they take to the stage.
Stop it... are a boy/girl fronted three piece who spread out a patchwork of past
musical motifs that deserve further attention.
Youthful energy shines from Thomas Thomas delivering a mixed set.
The songs themselves appear to be very short and within each ideas and patterns
are touched upon but never fully explored.
After the first three in quick succession I am presuming they are a relatively new
band taking scoops out of different genres from their own musical influences.
There's the gothy number with slow balladry, then there s the old school indie one
that comes across like The Undertones with a sweet guitar line, finally a more
metal one that includes a fearsome guitar hook.
But as I indicated earlier none of these are really given a chance to be really taken in.
I can't pin down their sound, this thought is paramount as I listen to spiky angular
riffs during one of the later numbers.
Earlier in the set Cat Thomas on bass took a backing vocal role and I was looking to hear more from her.
In the meantime I looked to the drummer James Thomas for inspiration but found little that got me excited.
It was competent, loud but unadventurous drum patterns.
No extra cymbal ride or crash slipped inside the rhythms to engage the listener.
So I looked once again to Cat and there towards the end of the set I thought I found something.
A voicing that seemed to fit the sound a vocal style that had a certain edge and tonal
quality that kept your attention.
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