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 name Dazed Dakotas and not Foot Loose as
I had previously thought.
With some new material from Dirty Dreamers ringing in my ear, half of who were
present, among the usual Tuesday night Sesh fare being played by Mak in
the opposite corner, I waited with interest for tonight's bands to get up.
The south side of the river seems to be having something of a renaissance in Hull
at the moment; Barton's Fifty Nine Violets have made Hull their musical home.
Unless came over and played Ringside in October, Sonic Purveyors were finalists
in the last Springhead BoB.
Tonight Dazed Dakotas from Grimsby have returned to Hull after gigging alongside
The Johnsons at Xmas.
The Grimsby five-piece have had recent airplay from
Clint Boon and played some high profile venues in the North, including
Leeds Cockpit, Manchester Academy and Liverpool Barfly.
My first impressions are that they are a very stimulating band with engaging
songs, something for fans and the musician alike.
Lead vocalist Lee Rose demands your attention; his measured cool antics
somewhere between Ian Brown and a bleach blonde surf dude are highly entertaining.
The music itself is exciting, not just because the songs all last over five minutes each.
But during those glorious minutes the band cross genres and boundaries
effortlessly whilst staying within their own definitive style.
Guitar effects, and tempo changes all feature heavily in their material, Lee
says he feels that the band are progressive without being prog.
With more of that confident style he introduces each song like a shell in a mortar.
Fast intricate guitar parts combine with bass and rhythm sections creating a
tight groove that impresses many of tonight's crowd.
They have the type of sound that grows from one place, evolves over time then
materialises later overlooking fresh sonic vistas. Rocks like a rocky thing, indeed.
Tonik have been around since last year but haven't really been on the gig circuit for some time.
They supported tonight's headliners SideWinder before at a memorable night at the
Cavern Club in Liverpool.
That gig last April was their first after a break for studies and the like,
and they stood up to the test well.
Tonight after a nervous start Tonik showed what they had been working on in the interim.
Their sound is noticeably heavier than most of the current crop of bands playing
the Sesh. Funky bass lines bounce apace amidst barrages of drums as the set continues.
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
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