The Human Value - Give Me (Big Deal)
Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Armed with band members from as far-flung places as Cuba, Greece, Spain and North America, this fresh quartet is making some exceptionally exciting sounds courtesy of this debut single.
Here is an Alt.-rock band with commanding attitude, fronted as it is by the feisty Turu - who used to be in the band The Send Effect. Turu, in The Human Value's initial stages, hooked up with ace bassist Hiram, and from there they recruited the remaining two members.
The Human Value's music heaves with Dressy Bessy-esque vibes and
Siouxsie and The Banshees' brand of nu-wave originality, as the chorus-dominated
title track in Give Me gives way to Nashville #5, which is a simply mesmerising
piece of music blessed with Turu's extraordinary vocals.
The distinctive guitar chug also sees through Somebody and She in style,
with the dark vibes and classy melody-lines ensuring that this band is truly
one to watch, especially since they've been working closely with Grammy
award-winning producer Bruce Bouillet.
Given the strength of both this single and the band's eponymous album,
The Human Value is clearly priceless.
Album Review - In the Head of a Dreamer by Mary (Copenhagen) By Sean
Picture yourself lying in a field of long grass, it's 1969. You've kicked off your battered boots and your large flowery shirt lies open, as the sun beats down on you from a cloudless sky. You've just been to Woodstock festival, you're a little bit stoned, and lethargy has kicked in. you're ears are ringing a bit, and you're clutching a guitar that you're too exhausted to play.
Single Reviews - Hey Negrita - Can't Walk Away (Fat Fox) Release Date : 24th April 2006 Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Hey guys! Hey gals! Guess who it is? It's Hey Negrita!!!
This band might be based in London, but their sweeping Country-cradled rock sound has
come via Nashville, Tennessee to a large degree.
Indeed, Hey Negrita's brand of Americana revolves around some beautiful melodies and soulfully
melancholic vocals from frontman Felix.
Can't Walk Away is a chilled-out
Single Reviews - Tajinere - Ours Tonight / Welcome (Heart of the Nation) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
It's all about the music. Nothing else is important, beams Tajinere,
an exciting Hip-Hop artist
who has recently returned to live in Hull.
He used to live in Hull, but in 2004 he took off travelling and spent some time in Australia and Guatemala.
Now he's back, and he's focusing all his energy on music, with this double-A side single being his debut release.
Ours Tonight is a chilled-out
Album Review - Demo Review - The Johnsons By Chu Nin
The Johnsons from Hull, are not to be confused with New York piano warbler
Anthony and the... Having recruited ex Fraction of The Cost drummer and the old drummer moving forward to play guitar -apparently nobody realised he was actually a fine axe man- they are now revitalised and hitting us with a revamped quad of songs.
Carnivore starts conspiratorial and hushed with stripped
Music News - Pitiful Reign Update
In their first year, Pitiful Reign have played over fifty gigs,
including their first one overseas in Bari, on the north east coast of Italy.
Among the sixty live dates booked already this year the band are looking to
include more European appearances, this time in Germany.
They have already secured a return trip to Italy.
For such a young band - average age in the group 18
Album/EP Reviews - The Vibrants (4-track EP) Release Date: March 14th 2006 Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Quite why this band remains unsigned is one heck of a mystery.
Truth is, this London-lounging quintet is more than living up to its
name with the blazing-hot brand of garage-trashing rock 'n' roll that
is being produced by The Vibrants.
This eponymous EP was recorded at Pete Townsend's Oceanic Studios no less,
and The Who is just one band that has inspired
Music News - Killer of Saints Update
Local men of metal Killer of Saints have been recording at the
Chapel Studios and working alongside renowned studio men Ewan Davies
and Will Bartle - past artists include, Machine Head, Sikth, Cradle of Filth -
Their latest offering comes to you by way of a new EP due end of May.
Look out for details of launch night coming soon.
In the meantime you can see the band
Single Reviews - The Answer - Into The Gutter (Albert) Release Date: 24th April 2006 Reviewed By Steve Rudd
On the back of an appetite-whetting EP release, and in front of their eagerly awaited
12-track debut album that is set to land in Summer '06, this single is surely
destined to help in making this young quartet something of a household name.
Already they have enjoyed fabled support slots with titans of hard rock Deep Purple,
and the sound of The Answer owes a
Album Reviews - Ellenby - All You Need To Know (Level Sound) Release Date: 10th April 2006 Reviewed By Steve Rudd
And all you need to know is that this album is a sheer pleasure to listen to, as this duo
delivers stunning song after song.
There are ten tracks in all that all mix and mash together beguiling Folk, Pop and Rock
elements to intoxicating effect, with Liz Young the singer of the duo, leaving
multi-instrumentalist Ben Goddard to create the wondrous and consistently
Album Reviews - Hi Flyer - Here Comes The Sunshine (Reiker) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Having been masterfully engineered by Portishead bassist Jim Barr, this melodic
Pop-Rock album comes from a young band from Bristol, with two of the members
being brother and sister Henry and Elle Williams, who are backed up by
Mike Edwards and Tom Raiff.
All of the songs are easy listening mid-paced anthems, and any one of them
could quite easily get
Single Reviews - Rob McCulloch - Planet Of My Own (Gladrag) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Following-up his fantastic Thoughts Alone album, this fresh-faced and hugely
talented singer-songwriter from Bolton releases his debut single,
Planet Of My Own - an awesomely catchy slab of chart-hungry indie-rock for the masses.
I can't sleep, confides Rob - This world won't turn with me.
His gruffly soulful voice is a Godsend, and is perhaps heard best on b-side
Single Reviews - Archie Bronson Outfit - Dart For My Sweetheart (Domino) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
This single from the somewhat mysterious ABO entity is deliciously dark and
menacing and will surely appeal to any fans of Nick Cave's musings.
The guitar melodies are charged with intriguing malice, and yet the b-side in
Fire Horse is still exhilarating in its own unique right, buoyed by a
striking intensity in the face of such compelling darkness.
This Outfit has been
Album Reviews - Japan - The Very Best of ... (Virgin) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
As the old saying goes, you can never have too many compilation albums to chart a band's career.
So, with this in mind, here's yet another JapanBest of to add to the long list of previous compilations that highlight all the classic tunes that the Brit group pumped out.
Fronted by David Sylvian (who went on to have a successful solo career following
the band's break-up),
Music News - Monday 27th March 06 - Bestfrontseat.com and Raw-UK - One small step in a Welly, one giant leap... 'Give It Some Welly' By Isabelle Tracy
Putting aside tribal and territorial differences, most of the local promoters,
musicians and media people in Hull came to The Welly to support this event -
or just to have a nosey - or maybe even to see if it was going to fall on its arse.
Well, it didn't. After 3 songs from the first band to test the signals,
there was a delay of 10 minutes to the gig going live over the internet -
due to one of
Single Reviews - Engerica - The Smell (Sanctuary) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
This madcap trio has to be witnessed, whether via record or in a live situation.
Truth is, they are awesome, if a tad eccentric and zany in their frantic rock 'n' roll ways.
Fronted by David Gardner, these three guys were going great guns a couple of years ago, but
then they seemed to disappear without a trace for a while before re-launching
themselves back into the
Album Reviews - The Bonnitts - Soldier (Demo) By Joe Hakim Photos by Darren Rogers - The Bonnitts at The Sesh 13th December 2005
Well, thank fuck for The Bonnitts.
Just when I was starting to think that the Hull music scene was in danger of disappearing
up its own arse, along comes this blinder of an EP to totally change my mind.
I'm going to rattle on about Soldier for a while, because it is, quite simply,
the best thing I've heard in a long time.
It kicks off with a sublime guitar-line, coupled with singer Mike WrightRead more...
Single Reviews - Lovemat - Between The Lines (Disturbia) Release date: April 3rd 2006. Reviewed By Steve Rudd
A racy anthem to get your rocks off to, the heady music of Lovemat is
primarily propelled by mesmerising guitar riffage that thunders into the mix beside
delectable harmonies and strong vocals from Paul Kell.
They are an old-skool hard rock band and hail from Newcastle, with this being their debut single.
If I were you, I'd buy up a few copies of this release,
Single Reviews - The Voom Blooms - Politics And Cigarettes (Fiction) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Here we have some truly beautiful music, from a band that only got together early in
2005, and that is based in Loughborough.
This, their debut single, is a classic and builds on the star-gazing sounds that
were unleashed via their much-sought-after London Heads demo.
A quartet fronted by George Guildford, The Voom Blooms are masters of melody