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
been cancelled and the Linnet was full of bank holiday crowds but Mak kept the
standard of music up playing a variety of local demos including some of the Sesh 3 CD
The best bit was singing excitedly over the mic to The Strokes, thanks Mark.
So to tonight, first up was all girl group Ivy Sins playing a mix of
pop Indie with an electro retro twist.
Really encouraging to see the fairer sex being represented down the Sesh.
I've said it before and I'll say it again very often the local band scene is over run with men.
Tonight was the Ivy Sins debut at the Sesh so they can
be forgiven for a few nerves and tension. The lead singer carries each song well
and has quite a strong vocal. She moves well on stage creating an impact and stage presence.
The highlight of the set was the fuzzy guitar lines on Marcey A these flourishes
reminded me of bands like Editors and The Rakes.
At times the backing vocals were not strong enough and the keys section didn't come
across but as I said I think this was due to first time nerves.
The girls dropped a cover in to the set which resulted in more of the crowd getting behind them.
A band I wouldn't mind seeing again in the near future to see how they have progressed.
Next up Cherry Cob Cartel formerly The Applewhites, but now with a new member on bass.
Their set seemed to be harangued by sound issues so tonight didn't give a fair impression.
They had brought there now infamous sheet banner bearing their name and a fancy set of stage
lights that were draped Ernest style across the back line and the newly shorn James's drum kit.
I can tell you that every time I walked past the speakers during Ryan's vocal my ears
actually hurt. None of the vocal power has gone from the group.
The new sound appears to concentrate more on sound vistas with long drawn out sections
incorporating shifting guitar and bass and percussive elements that rise and fall with the mood.
Cherry Cob Cartel seem happy to let the music stand for itself
and not be pressured into filling all the spaces with unnecessary sounds.
I kicked my heels up to I Hate You the visceral delivery sounding as good as ever.
The song has been reworked with some new guitar sections and vocal twists but is still unmistakable.
I found myself singing this song on more than one occasion as I wandered
around the Sesh.
The song Disco was my favourite and I look
forward to the band getting some recording done and getting this and some of
their other new material out there.
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
Music Reviews - Sunday Sesh 2nd April By Michelle Dee
To kick things off we had a few numbers from Mr. Baggott.
He started with a new one I didn't catch the title then his usual Blur cover.
The popular Turismo tune Skegness came next which went down well with the knowledgeable crowd.
One person I think it was Rich Turismo was even heard to exclaim Amazing.
He finished off with In BedRead more...
Music Reviews - Wednesday 22nd March 06 - Heat 8, Best Original Band at The Springhead By Anita Blakeston
Heat Eight - Sheriff Check, scenes from the exorcist and can't wait to be famous so
I can get a guitar tech Callum Blackout!
First on stage was Dressed for Stealing with lead singer
Check Kilpatrick (great name!) on bass, sporting a smart full-western-jacket and tie.
Looking like the sheriff who meant business he charmed his
Music Reviews - Wednesday 15th March 06 - Heat 7, Best Original Band at The Springhead By Anita Blakeston
Heat Seven - Girls will be girls ...
The night where Mr. Blake has, thankfully, recovered from his 'flu and is back on sarcasm and shirts.
Good to see and hear, but beware the faint hearted.
He never did tell us the Everly Brothers tale, by the way.
Also a night for mysterious goings-on with the bands....two girls from Quick!
went out shopping and never
Music Reviews - Mak's Birthday Sunday Sesh 2006 By Chu Nin
Just come home from a top night at Sunday Sesh at Linnet and Lark pub.
Unbeknownst to me DJ Mak decided to have a birthday (another one?).
There were at least eighty to a hundred people in, maybe more.
I walked in and caught the last of Matt Edible's set.
I have experienced the intensity of his music before, songs that combine beautiful
Music Reviews - Wednesday 1st March - Larrikin Love at UTI at The Adelphi By Emily Photographs by Mo
Larrikin Love playing at Adelphi was a very interesting idea for
everyone that turned up to the gig: they're known to be a very fresh and promising new
band, yet although they have a wide internet audience, they still have quite a lot to prove.
Me, I'm not so sure that they won everyone over.
Park and Ride did their best to rouse the crowd, and put in a lot of effort with
Music Gig Gallery - Republished with unseen pictures - The Ordinary Boys at Sweet N Sour at The Welly Monday 4th October 04 by Darren Rogers
Checkout this incredible 7 page Photo Gallery of The Ordinary Boys at the The Welly
Monday 4th October 2004 by Darren Rogers. Darrens photographs are brilliant, almost as good as being there and
too good to miss so I'm republishing it with unseen pictures for all the music fans to enjoy... and thanks Darren.
Music Reviews - Monday 3rd April 06 - Abrasive Wheels, Slander and Certified at The Ringside, Hull By Dick Spring Photo Gallery By Mo
Tonight had all the promise of being a giant of a gig, and was eagerly awaited by the punks of
Hull young and old.
But, sadly due to a family emergency, one of the billed headline acts, Discharge, had to
fly back home to the States where he now lives.
Understandably there was massive disappointment at this bad news, though front man Rat
turned up at the show (he was
Music Reviews - Monday 27th March 06 - Raw-UK Launch at The Welly By Joe Hakim Photos by Darren Rogers
So the night starts with me getting my wires crossed and spending twenty minutes standing
outside the wrong venue.
It's freezing cold and it takes two cigarettes to make the correct synapses in my brain fire
up, and then I realise my mistake.
Somewhat sheepishly I make my way to The Welly, my face half paralysed by the wind.
Once I get there I have the task of actually