After hearing on the grapevine about new girls, Dance Bastards and also watching the
cutting edge video created on a shoe string I was looking forward to their debut gig.
I had checked them out for a few weeks on myspace -watched that stark video a good few
times- and had the song Suckerrr firmly implanted in my head.
As the girls take to the stage the first thing that strikes me is their looks.
Amy looks quite shy and timid with glasses and jumper. Where as Kate looks more bolshie.
Carrying with her a certain don't mess attitude and Mediterranean style; the type of
girl that had a coterie of girls at her beck and call, propping up her status at high school.
This school girl analogy works well with the overall ethos behind both the band and their music.
The beats come thick and fast but too start with Kate's voice is lost in this sound
system again...Industrial beats with rap lyrics over the top.
The second song Buka has a repeated eighties motif that morphs well with techno breaks.
The guitar lines come over more like bass deep and resonant.
Child like repetitions, hark back to school girl chanting, nursery rhymes and secret codes.
Kate's voice gets stronger and I long to dance.
Double Dutch comes over slinky and fun with robotic dance moves to boot.
Dance Bastards make good use of samples, beat loops, and voicing all combining to make
the cool electro hip and slick vibe.
Favourite songs were the one about the bitch who wore Mary Janes that smacks of girl gangs.
This song could become an anthem for a generation of pissed of girls seeking revenge for
never quite making somebody else's grade.
Dance Bastards are like dysfunctional cheerleaders bitchy and sharp tongued boy
she's cheating on you they sing. The songs beg to be learnt so you can join in.
After speaking with Amy and Kate I found them to be far from the bitchy tyrants
their music suggests, but real women with more than something to say about societal injustice.
Tonight I'm proud to be a Bastard.
This will probably be another nail in my coffin but someone said it's my responsibility
to be honest so here goes.
I first received the Paparazzi Whore album last year after hearing I'll Be Your Boyfriend
on the Raw Talent show.
I liked the tune at the time, it said something to me, what I'm not sure, perhaps
it was a long time since I'd heard punk/electro girl fronted pop. It pleased me.
Since that time the publicity material the band was using became increasingly disturbing.
Pictures I'd seen from the Bestfrontseat launch had unnerved me.
The use of sex and nudity to attract our attention increased three fold and the net
result became glossy flyers almost like advertising a Soho sex show.
Music Reviews - 25th September 06 Sleepers Acoustic Night With AfterGlow By Michelle Dee
I just spent a very enjoyable evening in the pub Sleepers
on Newland Avenue; just the other side of the railway bridge.
First of all I drank a pint of Caffreys Cold.
Now any connoisseur will know how good it is to start a night with a Caffreys.
The cold just makes it that little bit better.
Next I believe was the wheat based beer similar to Hoegaarden.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 27th September 06 - Kill Surf City The Holy Orders and The Neat at The Lamp By Michelle Dee Photos By Mo
After a hop, skip and a jump I arrive at the Lamp with Dave lead singer of Kill Surf City.
Sound checks are under way in the newly refurbished performance space and I leave him and
the band to deal with the technical issues. I take this opportunity to do a brief
interview with new band The Neat. Having seen the post punk outfit supporting
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Music Reviews - Sunday 10th September 06 - Fonda 500 at The Mela Festival at Pearson Park By Becky Martin Photographs by Kate Langan
As we slowly made our way to Pearson Park dragging our tired limbs behind us from a
drunken night at Spiders, we emerge in the middle of the Hull Mela 06,
a celebration of Hull's cultural diversity and acceptance of an alternative
lifestyle, with its catchphrase of bring nothing but an open mind.
The grassroots-style venue is a huge mixing pot of different cultures, foods,
Music Reviews - Stop It You're Killing Me, Monkey Boy and Freaks Union at The Adelphi By Becky Martin Photographs by Kate Langan
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
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