I'm not going to review this collection compiled by DJ Mak -host of the Sesh
night at Linnet and Lark
in Hull- track by individual track. Reasons being, for the most part I have talked previously on the
bands that appear on here previously on this site.
I listen to these bands most Tuesdays, and Sundays either live or through the demos played by Mak.
I also listen to them throughout the week; either at home, work or seeing them playing live at
the many venues in the city. Rather I'd like to discuss the compilation as a whole and pick out
just some of the highlights.
This collection of unsigned bands and solo artists is as exciting, as it is diverse.
The twenty-three tracks by twenty-one different artists/bands highlight and echo what many are
beginning to realise and that is the incredible depth of talent within the city.
Not only the talent but also the special bonds and relationship the bands have with each other.
Talking to Loz Landau the other week he explained that when his band played out of town the very
idea of taking a support band from the same city is unheard of, and would be seen as foolhardy by
the bands in those towns.
There is a family ideology between our bands and a feeling that seems to run through them
all that working together, helping, supporting, advising and sharing will mean that everyone
can shares the successes.
Apparently in other cities this is not the case and the rivalry between bands is fierce.
Before we all start having a mass love in with group hugs and back slapping, let's just make a few observations.
This compilation has a few glaring omissions. First being a lack of representation from
Shindigg, Mr. Mojo, CrackTown The Vultures, Andy Sneaks, She Likes Parties (in fact there
appears to be a distinct lack of female talent represented on here).
Withernsea's finest Blue Sand don't appear on the track list neither do Park and Ride
although this may be due to them both being signed to dormant label Influential Recordings.
All this would suggest that if enough copies of this selection could be sold then there is
more than enough for a Sesh 4 compilation.
First highpoint for me comes early on; in fact it's the second track Soldier by The Bonnitts.
This track is perfect guitar pop, the sing along tune with hit written all over it.
The startling video to the song with Mike towering over Hessle foreshore is fun, thought
provoking and inspirational.
The next special moment comes with the next track on Sesh 3 from new band The Holy Orders
fronted by Matt Thompson of the Edible 5ft Smiths and a host of other multi-dimensional musical creations.
Matt has, for the last few months, been showcasing some of the material from The Holy Orders
on a Sunday night at Sunday Sesh.
Usually on towards the latter end of the night, if you haven't seen or heard him I urge you to do so.
Put down your pint come to the front and witness his awesome displays of musicality and emotion.
The track Hey you has a reflective feel and a searching line in
a year is such a long time what have you done since then....
Lyrically it stands body and soul above many other putrid pop offerings that roam up
and down the charts looking for a home. It has a touch of the trademark high-pitched stuff from
Matt, which is evident in some of his other numbers and reminds me a sojourn to see
The Holy Orders is a definite must and soon.
Music, Columns - Andy Tullock's Music Column February to March 06
Okay, so I'm kinda expecting a dressing down of Parent Magnitude for coming home late from Block (Hide & Seek in macho speak) 2 hours after your tea was put out. So maybe I should explain have I got time before I wash my hands & sit down to eat Meat Pie & Chips? Thanks.
Basically after the launch of my monthly ramblings I had Februarys all prepared and in the bag
Single Reviews - Morning Runner - Burning Benches (Parlophone) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Slowly but surely these four lads are breaking into the big time with their anthemic Emo-edged Indie-Rock music.
Their sets in support of Coldplay's last tour naturally thrust them into the limelight, and now that
their stunning debut album - Wilderness Is Paradise Now - has stormed the charts, this band is fast
becoming one of the most famous and respected groups in the country.
Album Reviews - Meg Williams Band - Fragments Of Love (3 Track Demo) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Meg and her band here present three rousing rock numbers that have been recorded at
Hull's legendary Fairview Studios. Singer and lyricist Meg and her musician friends
have fashioned some truly entrancing numbers, with Stole A Kiss being the first song
on the CD, which oozes moody atmospherics in a Mostly Autumn kind of way,
Album Reviews - Breaks Co-op - The Sound Inside (Parlophone) Reviewed 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 SoundRead more...
Music Band News - Want to play Leeds Festival?
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