It was with anticipation and trepidation that I prepared to interview the Leeds trailblazers.
I had seen them play live at Scarborough last year and had been mightily impressed with both
their sound and stage presence.
My trepidation came from their rather imposing
British Rail jackets I'd seen them wearing then. Something about the black
colour and red insignia made me think of them as elitist.
This was their second visit to Hull having previously played at the
New Adelphi Club at a Meet The Neighbours gig organised by Sandman Magazine.
Thankfully when I caught up with them there was no sign of the B.R. uniforms and
the band were relaxing after being given food and drink.
I started by asking them what had happened to the band since that balmy July day on the beach.
The big news was that iLiKETRAiNS had been signed to well-known label Fierce Panda.
This had come about after the band having been attached to a number of smaller
labels including Dance To The Radio.
This is a Leeds based label connected to a live music venue/night, which releases
a limited number of singles each year for local bands. Last year the band released
Before the Curtains Close to great acclaim, then followed this up with
A Rook House For Bobby on similar label KIDS, which sold out in two days.
These two releases are now available on DVD format with stop motion animated videos
and exclusive insights into the bands psyche and much more.
Due to a clever marketing ploy the reduced number of singles available on either
CD or special vinyl format, means that the likelihood of having a sell out record is far
higher, than if thousands were produced and then left to languish in record stores countrywide.
Fierce Panda have opted for a similar strategy for the bands latest single release
Terra Nova, due for release end of May.
(See News coverage here)
We discussed the sense of first being signed to a small label first and having a
number of smaller successes in order for the big hitters to start to notice.
I would hope someone here takes notice of this growth in minor labels and sets one
up in Hull to promote our own bands the same way other Northern towns seem to be doing.
The band was very aware of the need to pay their dues on the gig circuit creating
a loyal dedicated fan base and the need for a slow and gradual build up to create
a sustained buzz around a particular group.
Although being featured in NME, it wouldn't surprise me to find broadsheets like
the Guardian or the Sunday Times picking up on their esoteric nature, or even
having their music dissected by Mark Kermode on BBC2's Newsnight Review.
Music News, Interviews - An Interview with Magnet Man By Joe Hakim Photos by Mo
Magnet Man's debut album entitled Magnificent now includes his brand new
single, Wanna Flex, with a launch in the UK slated for May 2006.
The following interview took at the Hull City Hall on May 27th 2006.
I read that you were brought up in the Silver Hill area of Barbados...could you tell
me a little about your upbringing?
Silver Hill is a project area...government houses,
Music Band News - Ricky World Cup Single Release Date: 12th June 06
A charity-fundraising World Cup single featuring the voices of thousands of teenagers
from Hull and the surrounding area is currently outselling the official FA anthem by Embrace.
Ricky's We Are England single is released on June 12th with profits being donated to the NSPCC.
The single features a sampled recording of the Soccer AM-inspired
Music Band News - iLiKETRAiNS Terra Nova Single (Fierce Panda Records) Release Date: 29th May 06
Sandman described their last single nothing short of phenomenal and
A Rook House For Bobby sold out in two days.
Room Thirteen.com proclaimed the song, released through the KiDS label, an
unequivocal masterpiece. thisisUll.com described the band as epic and
malevolent after the Leeds five piece stole the show at
Music Band News - Ernest Double A Side Puppies /Preggie Single Released through Sonic Vista Recordings Release Date: June 19th 2006
They have been called the most under rated band in Hull.
They find new life long fans whenever, wherever they play.
They do spectacular things with lights, sounds and bubbles.
They play jaw droppingly good music.
They are Ernest, the one, the only Ernest.
They have signed to Sonic Vista Recordings and are preparing to release a very
special Double Aside
Music Band News - The Blackouts Split By Bassist Ian Waller
would like to announce the split of the band, as of 18th may 2006.
It was decided that it would be impossible for all band members to continue playing
and creating music and remain happy both in social lives and work/college.
While the split wasn't amicable, the remaining 3 band members are still in touch.
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
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,
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
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
Music News - Monday 27th March 06 - Bestfrontseat.com and Raw-UK - One small step in a Welly, one giant leap... 'Give It Some Welly' By Isabelle Tracy
Putting aside tribal and territorial differences, most of the local promoters,
musicians and media people in Hull came to The Welly to support this event -
or just to have a nosey - or maybe even to see if it was going to fall on its arse.
Well, it didn't. After 3 songs from the first band to test the signals,
there was a delay of 10 minutes to the gig going live over the internet -
due to one of
Music News - Shine On at Hull City Hall By Alex Firth
I'm currently studying at Northumbria University in Newcastle though I
shall be back home in Beverley on the 29th April. Why, you ask?
I have a concert to go to at Hull City Hall ...
Last year, I couldn't believe all the fuss that was being made about a local
(to Newcastle) band doing their first show at the most famous venue in town -
the City Hall.
The band was called Shine On, and was a tribute