Due to some late cancellations the Dazed Dakotas were left without supporting acts tonight.
However, rather than worrying about it they turned the situation very much to their
advantage deciding to play not one but two very different sets.
The first was a selection of the songs played at the Sesh the previous night, including the
confessional Drugs with its moving intensity.
The second set gave the chance for them to try out some previously unperformed material.
It is the second set I would like to focus on for a variety of reasons.
Dazed Dakotas as I mentioned in the
Valentines Sesh Dazed Dakotas review are an emerging
Grimsby band comprising of Lee lead vocals, Dan lead guitar, Gibbo on bass, rhythm guitarist
Ian and drummer Paul.
The five men took to the stage once more and introduced the set by saying that this was
the perfect opportunity to experiment with some new material.
From the word go I was once again drawn into the melting sea of sound.
The band treated us to a first play of a number called Soldier On that impressed immediately.
Elements of Rolling Stones funk and The Who were in evidence, amongst other later nineties influences.
Dazed Dakotas have a way of taking, not the songs themselves, but the mood or textures
from various genres then piecing them seamlessly together.
In this manner they create startlingly original compositions.
If this is indicative of the Grimsby sound, if there is such a thing, then I am all for it.
Rather than throw four or five fast Indie might-be anthems at you, they take the time to
explore the layers and spaces within, allowing each member of the group to realise greater potential.
As I sat and watched I couldn't help smile, imagining what it must be like to be part of a band
with such a sound family ideology at its core.
As the rhythms shifted and changed, I was drawn to the outstanding guitar work from Dan.
Cool as you like, he finds startling chord sequences and sliding progressions that you can't fail to notice.
Whilst I am still marvelling at his musicianship, the band begins Jam Your Mind.
Now, I can't wait to hear this recorded properly it was by far and away one of the most
exciting dynamic songs I have heard in a long time.
At the moment the band only have a live recording from Leeds Cockpit to represent their sound and give to promoters.
The five track recording is of somewhat poor quality and I know that this demo has almost stopped them
being booked in the past.
Fear not promoters here is a band that if you give them a chance they will repay you by the
bucket load with top quality music and a professional attitude.
Talking of demos and recording I was in conversation with the bands manager last week and
I heard tell of a booking at Chappel Studios; the very place those NME award stealers
Arctic Monkeys recorded their album.
The Dakotas recently supported Louie at Lincoln Uni and by the headliners own admission they
got blown of the stage by the Lincolnshire lads. Louie remarked after the gig that the
five-piece from Grimsby ought to be a signed act and kindly offered them some more
support slots in the future.
So Jam Your Mind, aptly titled in that it starts of without much pomp then grows as the bass line breaks it in two.
As the driving rhythm and urgent beats continue the song takes on new life, not that the old
one wasn't good, but this song has an appetite that needs to be satisfied.
Gobbling up Led Zep, and Floyd it seems unstoppable, briefly pausing for The Clash then devouring that too.
Once again, the tempo changes leaving Dan's guitar spacey and sublime, hanging for an aeon.
Some group of kids who look like their dressed for a goth night out leave but I notice that as they
leave they are still moving to the music.
This kind of night makes you feel like picking up a guitar and rocking out with visions of your
heroes spinning infinitely in your head.
The Dazed Dakotas make what they do seem so inviting you can't help but be drawn in to
the golden moments of pure passion.
Music Reviews - Tuesday 21st February 06 - The Last Stand Feat The Future Elements and Franks Right Hand Trouser at The Sesh By Jon Durham Review Photos by Jon Durham and Cilla
Who is Frank and what does his right hand trouser have to do with anything?
It wouldn't surprise me if I wasn't the only member amongst The Sesh's audience
left feeling a little mystified by the name of tonight's support act, FRHT.
Perhaps this explains the reason why the band is currently in the process of
rethinking their name.
Having never seen or even heard of FRHT before
Music Reviews - 14th February 06 - Valentines Sesh Dazed Dakotas By Michelle Dee
Tuesday night after running around like a blue-arsed fly I finally got to the Sesh.
As ever, it was packed from the doors to the bar and getting from one to the other
was going to prove problematic.
Drink in hand I steered my way over to the right-hand side of the tiny stage
and caught up with tonight's headliners SideWinder.
Also on the bill were Tonik and new
Music Reviews - Saturday 12th February - The Modern at Sweet N Sour and gallery from Hull University 18th September 2005 by Michelle Dee
Tonight saw two very different bands playing Hull.
First was the hard fast rock n roll chant fest of The Strokes at the city hall,
second was the electro disco sounds of Mercury signed London band The Modern.
I never got to the former but I heard mixed reports about the gig.
Many said it was amazing and commented on an incredible light show, whilst others
Music Reviews - Wednesday 1st February 06 - Silver Star at Piper featuring City Ghosts, Kill Surf City, The Morphines, Thief and Black Dog Sunday By Michelle Dee
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
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