Last night I made my way down Princes Ave towards Linnet and Lark and a night of live music
that promised to be rather good.
By the time I arrived the newly refurbished hostelry was filling up quicker than the
5.30 tube from Fenchurch Street.
After a few local demos, including a noteworthy new one from GST Cardinals called
Dirty little, The Chase took to the stage.
They had had to cancel in January at short notice due to illness and tonight bad
fortune had befallen them once more.
A few hours previous their drummer Rich was involved in a car accident which
resulted in him having to pull out of the gig due to whiplash injuries.
All of us here would like to wish him a speedy recovery. (I am happy to announce
that Rich is now fighting fit and ready to gig once more)
Undeterred The Chase decided to go on sans percussion.
They played a shortened acoustic set including tracks from their EP and a couple of new ones also.
The band coped well and proved that when the odds are against so to speak they can
still pull it out of the bag.
Highlights for me were the lively Simple Girl and the insightful Lack of Empathy.
Next, an unbilled Tuesday night debut for the ultra-talented John Copley, having seen
him a number of times at the Adelphi on a Monday I was curious to see how the
Sesh crowd would react to him.
At the moment John does ear-catching cover versions but he plans to start writing
some more original material.
He generates a lot of vocal power and certainly knows which way is up when it comes to guitar-ing.
Look out for this guy, quiet unassuming off stage, a joy to watch on it.
You can also find him quietly going about his business at the acoustic Sesh on Sundays from 8pm.
So to the first full band of the night Rednite Strip, a band I hadn't yet heard but
had heard good things about.
I had managed to get myself in a spot beside Lee the sound engineer, and without
too much trouble could see a sideways on view of each band member.
First thing I noticed was Michael the drummer; he could beat the stripes off a zebras hide.
BillFifty-Nine Violets pointed out that he hadn't been nearly so ferocious
during sound check.
He began and sustained a ferocious assault on the skins, and kept the rest of the band tight.
Rednite Strip state their influences as, The Stones, Velvet Underground and
The Who, their fairly heavy sound reflects this.
The front man Louie has a growling vocal to be proud of and some cool, self assured
moves that suggest he's done this many times before.
The band sport a rather lush bass player in Pandora, wearing a shorter
hairstyle and a simple cream outfit, she adds a touch of Indie chic to the four piece.
I would like to hear her softer vocal harmonies a little more to vary the overall tone.
The high point of the set was one of these vocal harmonies, when Lyle rhythm
guitarist took the mic and introduced a totally different quality.
When he and Louie came together partway through the result was memorable and
I look forward to hearing Straight out of Soho again.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 8th March 06 - Jethro Tull at Hull City Hall By Dave Fox
In 1968 Jethro Tull's first album titled This Was first hit Britain,
and nearly 40 years later I'm buzzing my tits off at the prospect of seeing them live.
So what is it about this band that has kept them going for all this time?
Jethro Tull were the first real experimental/prog rock band to
really make their mark, but what really makes them stand out is the incredible
Music Reviews - Thursday 2nd March 06 - Mr. Mojo, Arcade and Mr Big at The Mainbrace By David Smith
Gigs were aplenty in Hull last night. With bands performing at both The Piper and The Adelphi,
I felt obliged to check out the alternative choice.
Following their highly enjoyable acoustic set at The Wellington Inn in early January,
I attended the Mainbrace pub on Beverley Road last night, hoping to be equally
impressed with Arcade's full band showing.
Unfortunately I missed
Music Reviews - Wednesday 22nd February 06 -Heat Four, Best Original Band at The Springhead By Anita Blakeston Photos By Jane Foster
Everyone anticipated a busy night. Both Steve Fulsham and Meg Williams are very
popular bands in these heats.
The Gig Shop team flew in hot from a sound engineering course in Liverpool run by
none other than 'Big Mick' Hughes who has done a massive 1340 gigs for Metallica.
('Glutton' and 'punishment' spring to mind).
Also engineers from Scissor Sisters,
Music Reviews - Saturday 25th February 06 - Dirty Dreamers, Viper 88s, They Died Too Young, When Saturn Returns and Cat - Islington Lark In The Park By Michelle Dee
A small crowd gathered outside Debenhams, the usual meeting point for these band
jaunts, on a chill Saturday morning.
Some were carrying an array of provisions for the long journey to the capital.
Our group was made up of Danny, Matt, and John Paul from The Johnsons, Me, Jo and
Rachel, Uncle Dave and Paul from the Hullucinations team, Begbie, Ash Dreamer, Darren and David.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 8th February 06 - Heat 2, Best Original Band at The Springhead By Anita Blakeston
Heat 2 - What can one say? As one partakes of post-gig port and a cigar - pphh f***'s sake what were
The Shine all about?
Whichever band you came to watch - and be fair - you couldn't miss the we're going to blow
'em out of the stadium attitude of The Shine!
Watch out the Arctic Monkeys if you've offered them a tour support!
But, back to Earth.
We do have three excellent bands to talk about and,
Music Reviews - Thursday 23rd February 06 - Fado Rock at Adelphi By Michelle Dee
On a strange winter's night I decided to drop in to Adelphi on De Grey Street in
the hope of finding some good live music.
What I found was an eclectic mix of musicians and bands.
As I walked in I found, much to my disappointment, that I'd missed Ade Webb.
He is a rather talented singer song writer whose soothing album has calmed
my nerves from time to time after a long day.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 15th February 06 - Dazed Dakotas Double Up at Ringside By Michelle Dee
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
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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