Tonight was the first night of the latest live music night to hit Hull.
Organised by a team of dedicated music fanatics and not shadowy, uncaring corporate
faces Hullucinations promised a top night of quality musical entertainment.
Paul and Dave the men behind the project had used all tools at their disposal to start
advertising the night well in advance.
Along with the usual flyers and posters, they had a half page press release the week before in the
local free paper, including a tasty picture of the Dirty Dreamers.
Raw Talent plugged the night at least twice mentioning the gifted guitarist from the
aforementioned band and playing a track by Leeds band Your Vegas.
The dynamic duo also created and made good use of myspace.com to garner as many friends as possible,
sending out daily bulletins and posting flyers in every comment list.
Through this action they managed to catch up and overtake the existing club nights' friend totals.
They must have been glued to their screen day and night.
When I arrived the crowd must have numbered well over a hundred noisy gig goers with more
people turning up every minute.
Hullucinations had asked people days before what music they wanted from DJ Jumble.
This enquiry resulted in an interesting and varied soundtrack featuring past and present
tracks across different genre.
The play list included my favourite Oasis track Cast No Shadow, Jolene by the Pixies,
Nancy Boy from Placebo, Stone Roses and many more. Who ever asked for Art Brut can you...not.
The Johnsons, now in their second year have coped with numerous line up changes but hopefully now have
found the missing element. Matt is still lead vocal with Danny on guitar and secondary vocal.
Matty remains on bass, John Paul ex-drummer now alternates between lead and rhythm guitar and
Dan Laney ex Fraction of the Cost, drums for The Johnsons. Everybody with me?
These changes have certainly benefited the bands overall sound, indeed it seems to have revitalised the
group and the rekindling of old alliances should steady the future.
The band explodes into life with a thunderous drum roll intro on She's So Easy clearly announcing their intentions.
There seems to be a darker, slightly angrier tone to the opening song the fast chorus sounds seasoned with
bitterness and venom.
I was pleased to see the Danny Tacey penned number about a tramp called Herbert has found its way on to the set-list.
It's faster and livelier, when given the full band treatment, but the strong melody shines through.
Originally an acoustic solo track, Ballad of Herbert and Margaret is a welcome reminder of past origins.
Old news comes with a fuller more rounded feel, meatier far more adventurous percussion from Mr. Laney.
Strong vocals at the front from Matt ably supported by Danny.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 1st March 06 - Heat Five, Best Original Band at The Springhead By Anita Blakeston
Heat Five - A test for The Bonnitts
This proved to be an interesting evening's entertainment between The Bonnitts,
who were strong contenders in the final of BOB 2004, and two bands that are
pretty new to the Hull scene. Secretly Soulmates, who traveled from Scunthorpe -
yes there is a thriving music scene there and it isn't very far by car and
Music Reviews - Tuesday 31st January 06 - The Sesh featuring Kill Surf City, Rednite Strip, The Chase and John Copley By Michelle Dee Photographs by Darren Rogers
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
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
confessional DrugsRead more...
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