Breaks Co-op - The Sound Inside (Parlophone)
By Steve Rudd
This trio of musicians is a thoroughly exciting Anglo-New Zealand collective, and
comprises one very famous DJ indeed - Mr. Zane Lowe.
Back in 1997, Zane and pal Hamish Clark released Roofers, which showcased their
sample-aided approach to making music. Now they are working with the vocalist from
The Away Team, Andy Lovegrove and The Sound Inside is the result of their
latest musical dabblings that encompass a glorious multitude of influences
and eclectic styles - from folk and rock through to Electronica; from
Marvin Gaye-esque soulfulness, through Sebadoh-esque heights to Streets-styled cool.
The title tune of this 13-track album in itself is an extraordinary cut, before
the beat-led Wonder bares its unique melodies, and the haunting Last Night chills the soul.
A Place For You, meanwhile, oozes acoustic sweetness, gracefully preceding
Too Easily, which is a stylish number that borders on being Cabaret Jazz in chilled-out spirit.
So, if you've always wanted to know what Zane Lowe gets up to in his spare
time with his friends, this album seems like one hell of a place to start,
because you can't fail to be surprised by The Sound Inside. Frankly, it's astonishing.
Are you in a band? Do you want the chance to play Carling Weekend Leeds Festival?
This years Leeds festival is on 25th - 27th August at Bramham Park, Leeds.
After the success of the Lee Unsigned Stage at last year's Leeds Festival the event
organizers, Mean Fiddler, have decided to continue and are now looking for bands to
complete this year's
Album Reviews - There are Angels by Rivers By Michelle Dee
Just seen Rivers (formerly The Rivers) opening this Tuesdays the Sesh at
Linnet and Lark in Hull. First thing I notice is that each and every member bears a
resemblance to somebody from our own crowd.
Lead singer Jack Simpson reminds me of Begbie ex- Dirty Dreamers manager.
The bass player, aptly enough, has a definite look
Music, Band Biog- Introducing Lorca
My name is Jam and I am the singer/acoustic guitarist/writer of the band Lorca.
Previously I was in Buff Meaba (local band for 7 years).
In 1998 I went to the USA and Canoe Story were formed in my absence.
Canoe Story won best live band 2001 on BBC Raw Talent Radio Humberside.
We then formed Lorca in 2003 with brothers Dave (lead)
Music Band News - The Circus is Coming to Town
Formed in 2006 from the ashes of some of the most influential bands on the
local music scene - still life, The Raindogs and Midlands band
The Ropemakers, Circus Envy has arrived.
The band have already booked their first performance at the Wellington Inn, Russel Street,
Hull on the 1st June.
The full band will be playing in the area soon,
Album Reviews - Evon Brennan - Small Mercies (Red Cliff) Release Date : June 2006 Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Evon is surely destined to become a huge star in her own right when her
Small Mercies album is released in June 2006.
Born to an Irish mother and African father, Evon spent some of her
childhood in a children's home where she learned to play the piano.
Brought up in Ireland, once she moved to Dublin she realised that a
career in music was the only thing for her
Single Reviews - Dirty Pretty Things - Bang Bang You're Dead (Vertigo) Release date : April 24th 2006 Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Whenever 'legendary' bands split, fans of such bands tend to fear the worst, and
that life will never the same again.
When Pete stumbled out of The Libertines fray for good, a great many people
mourned such a fact - yet it wasn't long before he returned with his
Babyshambles project of greatness that has in due course made
Pete something of a household name... although
Album/EP Reviews - Hey Negrita - The Buzz Above (Fat Fox) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Blessed with stunning single release Can't Walk Away, that opens this twelve-track album,
Hey Negrita return with their eagerly-awaited second album. And, thankfully, the London
quintet is sounding better than ever.
Fronted by Felix Bachtolsheimer, the band fuses an emotionally mature brand of
Americana with rousing Indie-Rock influences. There aren't
Album/EP Reviews - Sandi Thom - Smile ... It Confuses
People (Viking Legacy) Release Date: June 5th 2006 Reviewed By Steve Rudd
If you think that KT Tunstall is an outstanding talent, it's high-time you became better
acquainted with Sandi Thom.
Whilst KT is a truly incredible singer-songwriter, the Tooting-based Sandi somehow
seems to be an even more extraordinary songwriter in a league of her own,
armed with a cauldron of top melodies and a voice literally to die for.
Album/EP Reviews - The Fondas - Dirty Kicks (Level Sound) Release Date: April 8th 2006 Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Fans of vibrantly anthemic rock 'n' roll music could do worse than seek out this 12-track album from this quartet, a four-piece that hails from the South Wales/ Bristol area where they're a well-known outfit on the back of having played plenty of gigs in the region.
Fronted by Andy Ward, D'ya Feel Lucky? hears the band hit their stride right from the opening
Music, Band Biog- Introducing InI Oneness and the UK Players
In a country where digital dub has ruled the roost for the past decade,
InI Oneness & the UK Players are a breath of fresh air.
Very much a live band; InI Oneness & the UK Players have been working together
since the summer of '97, and have clocked up over 200 gigs to date.
They have released a 7" single called Further and more recently the acclaimed debut
Single Reviews - The Human Value - Give Me (Big Deal) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Armed with band members from as far-flung places as Cuba, Greece, Spain and North America, this fresh quartet is making some exceptionally exciting sounds courtesy of this debut single.
Here is an Alt.-rock band with commanding attitude, fronted as it is by the feisty Turu - who used to be in the band The Send Effect. Turu, in The Human Value's initial
Album Review - In the Head of a Dreamer by Mary (Copenhagen) By Sean
Picture yourself lying in a field of long grass, it's 1969. You've kicked off your battered boots and your large flowery shirt lies open, as the sun beats down on you from a cloudless sky. You've just been to Woodstock festival, you're a little bit stoned, and lethargy has kicked in. you're ears are ringing a bit, and you're clutching a guitar that you're too exhausted to play.
Single Reviews - Hey Negrita - Can't Walk Away (Fat Fox) Release Date : 24th April 2006 Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Hey guys! Hey gals! Guess who it is? It's Hey Negrita!!!
This band might be based in London, but their sweeping Country-cradled rock sound has
come via Nashville, Tennessee to a large degree.
Indeed, Hey Negrita's brand of Americana revolves around some beautiful melodies and soulfully
melancholic vocals from frontman Felix.
Can't Walk Away is a chilled-out
Single Reviews - Tajinere - Ours Tonight / Welcome (Heart of the Nation) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
It's all about the music. Nothing else is important, beams Tajinere,
an exciting Hip-Hop artist
who has recently returned to live in Hull.
He used to live in Hull, but in 2004 he took off travelling and spent some time in Australia and Guatemala.
Now he's back, and he's focusing all his energy on music, with this double-A side single being his debut release.
Ours Tonight is a chilled-out
Album Review - Demo Review - The Johnsons By Chu Nin
The Johnsons from Hull, are not to be confused with New York piano warbler
Anthony and the... Having recruited ex Fraction of The Cost drummer and the old drummer moving forward to play guitar -apparently nobody realised he was actually a fine axe man- they are now revitalised and hitting us with a revamped quad of songs.
Carnivore starts conspiratorial and hushed with stripped
Music News - Pitiful Reign Update
In their first year, Pitiful Reign have played over fifty gigs,
including their first one overseas in Bari, on the north east coast of Italy.
Among the sixty live dates booked already this year the band are looking to
include more European appearances, this time in Germany.
They have already secured a return trip to Italy.
For such a young band - average age in the group 18
Album/EP Reviews - The Vibrants (4-track EP) Release Date: March 14th 2006 Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Quite why this band remains unsigned is one heck of a mystery.
Truth is, this London-lounging quintet is more than living up to its
name with the blazing-hot brand of garage-trashing rock 'n' roll that
is being produced by The Vibrants.
This eponymous EP was recorded at Pete Townsend's Oceanic Studios no less,
and The Who is just one band that has inspired
Music News - Killer of Saints Update
Local men of metal Killer of Saints have been recording at the
Chapel Studios and working alongside renowned studio men Ewan Davies
and Will Bartle - past artists include, Machine Head, Sikth, Cradle of Filth -
Their latest offering comes to you by way of a new EP due end of May.
Look out for details of launch night coming soon.
In the meantime you can see the band