As I sit here four weeks into my three month ban from Hull's premier live music venue, I can't help wondering why I am about to write yet another of my reviews. Is it to justify the wavering of the usual door charge? Is it because I told the bands in good faith that I would? Is it the fact that one day I hope someone of significance will finally recognise my genuine passion for Hull music.
Then, perhaps, offer me a salary, to instil that self same passion and unwavering belief in others. Or is it because, when you have done something for so long, it becomes integral to who you are, and that without it, rewarded or not, you cease to exist; your raison d'etre becomes meaningless.
Tonight we had five separate musical acts all hoping for a good gig and a strong positive reaction from
Relative new comers to the gig circuit Black Dog Sunday opened the night in definitive theatrical style. On the stage, as well as the usual band katunda, of amps, monitors, drum kit and musicians was a wind up air raid siren.
Black Dog Sunday began amidst the smoke, dancing orange, green, and white spotlights, and the wailing siren; wound up fast then allowed to free wheel to a slow penetrating drone. As the guitar and drum picked up pace we were introduced in an overblown but effective fun way to each member of the band.
On drums we have Phil all the way from Alabama, from New York, Nick on
the geetar, Bass player Ben coming from Kuala Lumpur and Al also from Alabama on lead vocals.
Al explained to me after that seeing as he and Phil are brothers it would seem
pretty farfetched if they hadn't originated from the same place.
I was rather taken by the histrionic beginning to their set and eagerly anticipated what was to come.
They joked about being the warm up act after the first ballsy rock number, hard-edged heavier punk
songs followed with Ben providing a growling vocal.
It appeared that percussionist Phil was struggling and I noticed the others coaching him from time to time. It turned out that the drum kit was slipping all over the stage and he was having a hard job, keeping tempo.
More good-natured banter about funny haircuts and tight trousers followed the catchy
Super Star then more local observation in a number about the prevalence of cycle theft in our city.
This one reminded me of a heavier Green Day but sadly I found it hard to pick out the lyrics.
The tempo quickened towards the end and finished with a satisfying screech.
Looking at no one in particular Al came out with a great one liner about weekend rock stars practicing lines in the toilets...you had to be there. The last song was thrown away as the band grew bored of trying to inject some life into the apathetic crowd. Shame the four just stalked of stage instead of finishing on another knowingly barbed remark.
Music Reviews - Foot Loose at The Adelphi By Michelle Dee
As the lights go down in and the club fills up, relatively new band Foot Loose take to the hallowed stage.
The four-piece play a pleasing blend of U.S. styled popular rock.
They have that unmistakable jangly guitar sound which is put to good use on song Rise and Fall.
Front man has command over his voice displaying a good range and a good set of lungs.
Music Reviews - Tuesday 31st January 06 - The Sesh By DJ Mak, Kill Surf City Photos By Claire Adamson
Wow, what a night. First up, thanks to the hundreds that made it down to The Sesh last night at The Linnet. It really was a case of digging the new breed. Three fantastic bands and an amazing soloist.
First up were The Chase, who despite losing their drummer earlier in the day
due to injuries sustained in a car crash, were determined not to let anyone down.
They put together a
Music Reviews - Wed 1st February 06 - Heat 1, Best Original Band at The Springhead By Mo and Cilla Photographs By Mo
It was far too cold to go out at all. You'd have to be mad.
After a long day, all we could see was the front door closing for the last time,
kids in bed, listening to some sounds (59 Violets, usually) and sipping our way
through a bottle or two of vin rouge.
Little did we know that the effort would not be without its reward.
Sitting here at home, much later on
Music Reviews - Friday 14th October 05 - The Subways at The Asylum By Andy Tullock
Whoever said the quote best laid plans... and all that, must not only have
had a better memory then myself but also must've been under the thumb of The Man, like me.
The plans had been set in stone for The Subways gig at Asylum for well over two days,
and were looking pretty water-tight. However, when I stupidly agreed to do a job which
I fancied I could finish by
Music Reviews - Wednesday 1st February 06 - Heat 1, Best Original Band at The Springhead By Anita Blakeston
Heat 1, glad the first one's over. My nerves were ready for a rest.
What a great night. Sartorial elegance prize has to go to Nic Hales from local band
Soulflame for his delightful ethnic top, fantastic hairdo (said one fan) and his
underpants which Mr Blako described in graphic detail to the whole audience.
We love the sarcasm, keep it coming!
The evening started with a well and truly kick ass set from Immingham lads, Just:.
Music Reviews - Thursday 19th January 06 - Stripped at The Wellington Inn By David Smith
Thursday 19th January 2006 meant only one thing - the return for the highly
popular acoustic night, Stripped.
The event takes place at The Wellington Inn, just outside of the city centre,
and always attracts the attention of local music lovers.
As a relative newcomer to the area, a bit of research did no harm, and from
what popped up in the archives, the line-up did not seem to be
Music Reviews - Live Forever at The Springhead, Friday 13th January 06 By DJ Chris Plant
Live Forever are a local Oasis tribute band, playing hits from 1994 to the current album
Don't Believe The Truth.
The band have been playing in Yorkshire's top venues for the last three years, including
The Springhead, Stone Roses Bar and The KC Stadium to name but a few.
The band has a great five-man line up: -
Vocals: - Tony
Music Reviews - Christmas Eve at The Ringside - 24th December 05 By Anthony Baine Photo Gallery By Mo
Hang your heads, Hull music lovers. Christmas Eve, the only place open for live music is Ringside.
And there's nobody here. Well, perhaps I exaggerate but the turn out is shoddy.
I cannot believe that at the end of a year when so much has been printed and spoken about
this town's potential to be the next big thing in British music, on a night arranged
by Hull's leading independent
Music Reviews - The Chase, GST Cardinals and The Blackouts at the Under The Influence Xmas Show at The Adelphi - Sat 17th Dec 05 By Michelle Dee The Chase gallery by Michelle Honess
Under The Influence celebrated its Christmas bash down at the Adelphi with a
line up of rather new Hull bands them being, GST Cardinals, The Blackouts and
The Chase. The billed act, !Forward Russia! sadly cancelled so promoter
Dean Shakespeare had to make a few fast decisions to insure the show went on.
He called upon good friends GST Cardinals to open with a very welcome
Music Reviews -
Neville Staples, Quartermain and The Bonnitts at The Ringside, Monday 19th December 05 By Dick Spring Photos By Mo
Monday December 19th 2005 is a date that could go down in the musical history of the city, for
that was the day Neville Staples, original rudeboy singer of the legendary Two Tone
band The Specials, and co founder of Fun Boy Three, made a triumphant return to Hull.
Opening up were Hull favourites The Bonnitts who, though beset by a few technical
problems, marched on through
Music Reviews -
The Shine at The Top House Pub - 6th November 05 By DJ Chris Plant (www.djchrisplant.co.uk)
Firstly, let me tell you a little about the band...
The Shine are a top local cover band playing hits from the 60s to
material from the present day. The band have been playing in Hull's top venues
for the last three years, including The Springhead, Hull University and
The Mainbrace to name but a few.
The band have an amazing five-man line up :
Vocals - Adam Norrie
Music Gig Gallery - Tuesday 15th November 05 - She Likes Parties, Red Line To Exit and The Shine at The Sesh at The Linnet and Lark by Michelle Dee
Sometimes we get photographs of a past Gig in without a review.
This 4 page Photo Gallery of She Likes Parties, Red Line To Exit and The Shine at The Sesh at
The Linnet and Lark
Hull Tuesday 15th November 05 is by Michelle Dee .
Music Reviews - Tuesday 15th November - She Likes Parties at The Sesh By Becky
Over the last few weeks I have watched She Likes Parties come forward in leaps and bounds.
Having gained a reputation from Sally Likes Parties (vocals) performing a capella at
Staks cafe bar, acoustic sets at Linnet, Staks and Adelphi and drunken spur of the moment
sets in the back room of Saturday night Silhouettes, the band had a lot to live up to at
their debut gig as a full
Music Reviews - Thursday 15th December 05 - Band Wars at The Polar Bear By Martin Parnell
The I was actualy there, and was actually listening to all the bands, whilst not
being drunk, band wars review!
Martin here, soundman, musician, songwriter, artist, and independent judge throughout the competition!
Well here I will be giving my overview of this competition which saw lots of great bands
and lots of great gigs, which I had the privilege of doing
Music Reviews - Thursday 15th December 05 - Band Wars at The Polar Bear By Michelle Dee
Band Wars 2005 Result is an Insult to Hull Music.
You know there's something amiss when you have to explain the presence of your bar staff in
one of the bands to reach the final four.
The competition was held at Polar Bear, the prize was a £1000.
The four bands in the final were Jilly hates WillyKonscience,
The Cyclones and The Landaus.
There really was no contest or shouldn't have been...