Tonight was the night that Leeds came to Hull problem was not many turned up for the welcoming party.
Sure enough Piper Club on Newland Avenue was peopled with a number of discerning music fans ready
to witness the fine selection of bands chosen by the Silver Star/Raw Talent partnership.
It also played host to a bunch of students who sounded like they were on a stag do.
I dare say they alone brought the bar takings up to a respectable level but their loud outbursts
encroached on appreciating both the live music and the selection of tunes played by DJ Alan Raw.
The Minor Fall are a four piece with past of members from Send The Paramedics and
As they began the first number I was immediately drawn to the drummer and his free style of playing.
His drum patterns pounded past the girl singing the lead in contrast to her Indie pop vocal quality.
For the next number the guitarist takes the lead and kicks of an up beat lively Indie rock song.
His and her vocals combine well producing a layered vocal vibe as they come together for the choruses.
At times the sound strays into a harder edged rock arena.
As The Minor Fall continue through their set I begin to appreciate the long drawn out soaring female vocal more and more.
The next few numbers come a cross easy and with spaces of effortless guitar and more on stage energy and excitement.
Their final song Walk Away really caught the imagination with some cool guitar flourishes and overlapping
lyrical construct filled with passion. Just before the next band I met photographer David Robinson,
who is building up a portfolio of live music performances on
He agreed to team up
with me so the review would have pictorial representation as well as the written word.
There is movement on stage or the performance platform as Alan called it; an explosion of guitar
followed by thick staccato lyrics heavy on enunciation. The drummer is stripped to the waist already,
emphasizing the illuminated rave band wristlets each band member is wearing.
These are Shut Your Eyes And You'll Burst Into Flames. They are an incendiary five piece from
Leeds who appear to have thrown the rule book on the fire.
They continue to throw down licks and lines during a riotous opener.
They don't let up for a second as more insistent bass beats penetrate your mind.
After the onslaught of the opening two numbers the band began to have something of a free for all on stage.
The vocal style doesn't allow itself to be pinned down for a second with hip hop delivery merging with a brutal thrash tone.
The full on assault continues interspersed with echoic choral sounds that allow you to come up for air momentarily.
Music Reviews, Galleries - 27th May 06 Star Attraction Photo Gallery at City Hall by Mo
Checkout this 10 page photo gallery of Magnet Man, Georgia Taylor, Da Maniacs, D-Koy, Hollywood, Dari, Kill Surf City, Ronson Kiplin,
Sidewinder, The Maker, Claudette Tiller, Thief, R.D. Terry, Afterglow, Andy Whitehouse and
Elf 27th May 06 at Hull City Hall. Read more...
Music Reviews - Thursday 1st June 06 - The Johnsons, Unless, The Everydays and special guests from Japan The Warm at The Adelphi By Michelle Dee Photographs By Mo
Thursday night saw four different live music acts playing the De Grey Street venue.
The night was organised by Matt from The Johnsons and new management team
Silver Star Media fronted by Gareth Jones.
Their night was once again up against some fairly stiff competition in the
form of The Paddingtons who were playing Staks Café Bar fifty
Music Reviews, Galleries - 22nd April 06 - The Dirty Dreamers do it for thisisUll.com at The Adelphi
You missed it? You were there? Well, whichever - here are some photos from the gig back in April,
organised by local boys with the eye lashes, Dirty Dreamers for thisisUll.com.
A brilliant gig - thanks to all of you who filled the Adelphi and showed us all your
appreciation for local brilliant bands and a local brilliant website!
We're here for you, by you. Don't forget,
Music Reviews - Thursday 25th May 06 - The Beautiful South at The City Hall with support from Aberfeldy By Michelle Dee Photographs by Matt Rudd
Yesterday was a very special day. Around five o'clock on Thursday evening, I was listening to
The Beautiful South sound check.
The hall was a hive of activity with technicians climbing rope ladders to the gantries,
erecting barriers at the front of the hall, and making ready for the first TBS gig
at the city centre venue for over 16 years.
I listened to the band running
Music Reviews, Galleries - Saturday 22nd April 06 - Dirty Pretty Things in Bristol By Julia Grant
Music Reviews - 21st April 06 - Chaser at The Bluebell Riverside Restaurant, Driffield By Steve Rudd
Chaser are a well-known band in Driffield, largely due to having been around for
a few years now, and because they are mean purveyors of some truly awesome cover songs.
Driffield, unfortunately, is pretty thin on the ground when it comes to great bands worth
shouting about. Since the main venue in town,
Mavericks nightclub, didn't renew its entertainments license,
Music Reviews - Tuesday 2nd May 06 - The Sesh With Ivy Sins, Cherry Cob Cartel and The Blueslide Circle By Michelle Dee
This weeks Sesh night down the Linnet and Lark fell just after yet another bank holiday weekend. This meant that many regulars were spent up or still feeling the effects of partying till the wee small hours. I know my own weekend was full of drunken forays into various different pubs in the Avenues area.
The highlight of my weekend was on Sunday night; yes the Sunday Sesh had
Music Reviews - Wednesday 5th April 06 - John Copley, Afterglow and Sidewinder at Quayside By Emily
This relatively new night has been running at the Quayside for just over a month now- named
Quintessential Sessions- with live bands and fine Indie tunes every week.
However, this gig showed the best turn-out so far.
Regardless of whether this was due to the bands individual followings or simply word of mouth,
it still proved that this night
Music Reviews - Wednesday 19th April 06 - The Peasants, The Blackouts and The Landaus at Quayside Quintessential Sessions By Michelle Dee
It was only a week ago when I met The Peasants for the first time but I had heard them
being played by Alan on Raw Talent a month or two back.
Also Steve Rudd had reviewed their CD on this site and as
often happens round these parts I had been bumping into Jody, singer for
The Peasants, regularly on the Avenues.
Tonight, I was determined to see them.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 5th April 06 - Heat 10, Best Original Band at The Springhead By Anita Blakeston
Heat Ten - The one with Violets and Right Handed Trousers ...
Intriguing band names was the order of the night. I have met the 59 Violets many times and always wanted to know where the name came from.
I don't know Franks Right Hand Trouser but in their case I dare not ask ... something to do with trying to get dressed when drunk?
Tonik have been
Music Reviews - Wednesday 29nd March 06 - Heat 9, Best Original Band at The Springhead By Anita Blakeston
Heat Nine - Turn left at Spaghetti Junction for Hollywood town ...
Tinsel Town it ain't in Hull but I reckon our entertainment is just as glam and glossy as theirs.
We had our very own A listers performing - our very own Brad Pitt alias David Elf, our very
own Danii Minogue on bass and Meg Ryan on keyboards....not to mention Magnum PI as MC.
Music Reviews - Tuesday 25th April - Swellbellys, Assert, C-Squat and Undefeated at The Ringside By Dick Spring Photo Gallery By Mo
When it rains it pours, as the saying goes, and this was very much true of Hull this
evening, with big shows on at pretty much every proper Hull venue.
Ringside weighed in with a heavyweight punk show, literally, with the monster that
is a Swellbellys and Assert tour, their first together in over three years.
Kicking off tonight's proceedings rather early, it has to be said, were
Music Reviews - Wednesday 12th April 06 - Tarifa at Quayside Quintessential Sessions By Michelle Dee
I have known of Tarifa since they opened the
Renegade Writers Live Event at Ringside last year.
Since then they have been hard at work practicing, writing and strengthening
the ties within the band.
Tarifa recently played at Music Man but tonight was the first
time I'd seen them since last year.
After a delayed start (they didn't take