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
The Dirty Dreamers at the Sesh I was anxious to see them again.
They have an odd mixture of styles and personalities Mez on vocals and bass is a History
student as is Nick on guitar and vocals. Where as Laurence on lead guitar is studying
Psychology, meanwhile Rich on drums is a builder by trade.
They take their name from a reference to a title by The Damned and have been
ploughing the post punk furrow for almost six months. Song writing, both lyrics
and notation, is a joint effort with each individual member contributing to the finished product.
Tonight is to be their fourth gig, having made their debut at the New Adelphi then played
the Sesh at Linnet and Lark -where they went down a storm- followed by a late show at
Zebra night club.
I wish them well and leave them to do whatever it is young musicians do before a gig.
This seems to be relax, drink the complimentary beer and play pool.
After a delayed start by almost twenty minutes The Neat take to the stage.
As before I immediately notice the two very different vocal styles of Nick and Mez.
One trashy snarling, the other more measured, defined.
The good looking band -by that I mean the overall appearance- set off apace asset
of punchy punk numbers with attitude and flair.
Each song seems to barely break the three minute barrier but they are well received
by the excited group crowded into the curtained off gig space.
The lower vocal tone and bass line on Plastic was particularly engaging as was
the eye catching green pallor of Nick's skin as he sung underneath the spotlight.
Rich on drums threw his shirt of during Control a song of angry acerbic nature.
Its fighting talk alright overlaid with a repeated bass line motif.
As I already said the songs don't last too long and don't really have a definite
finish they sort of peter out. This may change given time or maybe the boys have made it purposely so.
They finish with Broken Fingers another short spiky number with a spaced out guitar trilling from Laurence.
The double vocals on the line he's wired I'm tired is roared out by me and some of the
crowd getting into the spirit of the thing. It's catchy, it's memorable and it is loud.
This last number stood out amongst the rest for, along with other things,
the reverberating repeated guitar sound. Classy.
Nick dominated says Tom, standing at the front of the crowd.
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.
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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