Another open mic review from Adelphi - that must mean Paul Jackson is booking some great bands
for the very popular Monday nights.
Yes it may be free but it's still hugely popular with the growing hip hop and rap fans.
They take to the stage after practicing their rhymes in the cold and wet giving the smokers
something to listen to whilst they indulge in their shameful pastime (I'm a smoker and
I feel very aggrieved by the fact I'm being forced outside) email
if you agree or even if you don't.
I arrive in time to hear the last two songs by Stickpin. This is particularly poignant because
singer/songwriter Katie Horrocks, now leaving Hull, has been a regular contributor to the
poetry pages on this site (check out her one about Tony Blair chopping vegetables - it's a real gem).
She has a powerful voice that cuts across the noise in the club and the songs move along
thanks to strumming from Rucko (Afterglow) and a third member on bass whose name I didn't catch.
Stickpin has some way to go, more control and subtlety is needed in the vocal delivery but
Katie and co. have the seeds of something good and should not be written off without a second
or third listen.
We wish Katie all the best with her move to Liverpool Uni and hope she continues
to contribute to thisisUll.com. Look out for the odd return gig by Stickpin in the coming months.
I remember a rousing song lamenting the standard of our railways being played but aside from that
nothing else remains in the mind except tonight's main band attraction; SosoModern.
During the night a local buzz has grown up among the musicians from local bands commenting
on the presence of instruments at the side of the stage. They got two synths, says Bill,
they gotta be worth a look. And boy, was he right.
SosoModern, a four piece from Wellington take to the stage in white hooded jumpsuits and
looking like a cross between Kraftwerk and the guys in space suits from Wonka TV.
They play a heady mix of genre crossing electronica.
They hoik up the excitement with electro key sequences then build body with broken up
guitar sequences grounded with split second drumbeats ... Now one of them is playing an
eighties style keyboard swung around like an axe.
Heavy, frenzied keys spliced with staccato strings, rapid fire lyrics and SosoModern have got the
attention of everyone in the club. The guy next to me is transfixed by every note (he tells me so
afterwards) as the eye-catching energized band, enthral and entertain.
A trio of voices ring out during a track that could be described as indie synth pop with intense
hand claps from behind the hood. Synchrony and symmetry as the middle two guys mirror each others
movements on guitars. Falling highly pitched sounds with varying tempo changes during a section
I dubbed superhero instrumental that falls away into buggy (insect like) synth sounds buzzing
humming broken up tunes.
Then follows yet more swirling masses of synth and keyboard trickery. "A little more Juno in the fall back,"
a white hooded musician cries from the stage.
Having been underexposed to this genre I compared them to
The Warm, Japanese electro-punk industrialists; although there was also something prog rock in the long
instrumentals that was bordering into Yes territory, particularly noticeable when listening to SosoModern's CD.
One track opens similar to the nineties house track Ultimate Guide to Housework by Tasha Killer Pussies
with a slow built up engine sound that grows until you can imagine the whole band taking off.
This deep reverberation morphs into guitars and some recognisable song structure then flits of
once more into electro. Squeaks, whirrs, whistles and bangs.
Music Reviews - Thursday 13th September - Hull Explosion - The Talks and The Favours At The Welly Club By Michelle Dee
Much anticipated by local media, laudable attempts by BBC Look North to promote
The Favours and The Talks recently, via coverage of Grassroots, and Favours
interview plus live performance of their new single, Islands the night before
the Hull leg, should have made this one of the hottest tickets for months.
As it was, the Hull date
Music Reviews - Saturday 21st July 07 - Over The Wall at Gallery 49, Bridlington By Katie Ashworth
A poetry and music night in an art gallery in Bridlington? Sounded fun - so off we
went to Gallery 49, which although small, managed to fit in a lot of people!
Performers that night included a French accordion player named Jon Pierre,
Fudgey playing some acoustic songs, Phill Wilson/MyOneManBand with a more
stripped-down pedal arrangement and a band called Over The Wall.
Music Reviews - Monday 10th September 07 - The Skies At Open Mic Night at Adelphi Club By Michelle Dee
You never know what you're going to get at Adelphi on a Monday, the flyer states
featuring the best and sometimes worst that Hull has to offer, but ever so often
there's a full band on, after the individual slots.
I've seen a great band Alfa 9 on one of these nights as well as artists like,
Paolo Nutini, Paul The Girl, and others, so if you pick the right
Music Reviews - Saturday 1st September 07 - East Park Rocks Hull By Michelle Dee
I arrive at East Park and make my way straight to the main stage.
I'm late due to having been to see Tonik and new singer/songwriter Tom Dorridge.
Both were in fine fettle at Alderman Kneeshaw Park open day on Amethyst Rd.
A good sound being provided by the Springboard chaps from Cottingham and a bright sunny
day to listen to
Music Reviews - Sunday 26th August U2OPIA King Billy Pub Hull By Michelle Dee (Joshua Twigg)
Sunday night I hailed a cab to the King Billy in Hull, to see a U2 cover band.
They had an impressive set up with big speakers and spotlight racks all linked to
a modest mixing desk in the capable hands of itsl (In The Spotlight) Sound and Lighting company.
It was just £3.00 on the door. Some people didn't want to pay
Music Reviews - Friday 24th August 07 - Thisisull Live - Soulflame, Nato and Sworn Amongst at the Adelphi By Metal Mickey Photos by Mo, Michelle and Cilla
ThisisUll.com doing a metal night? That's a first. Not all metal because the first band were
more rock, a bit loud but not really heavy metal.
I'd seen them before at Goose and Granite pub in town.
The singer/guitarist Nic was screaming the lyrics a bit more tonight on certain songs.
Music Reviews - Tuesday 14th August 07 - Open Mic Night at Durty Nellies with David Elf, Cox Brothers and The Peasants Revolt Words and Pictures by Lady Of Leather
It was most certainly a damp grey night, but cobbles glistened reflecting the streetlights,
spirits were cheery and bright on entering the old town Irish pub Durty Nellies.
I sashayed to the bar in tight leather to order a pint of Masham's finest ale Black Sheep.
Drinking in the atmosphere were customers from Queens Pub and more than a handful
Music Reviews - 19th July 07 - Stripped 2nd Birthday At Wellington Inn By Perry Farrell Photographs By Michelle Dee
I made notes at the gig, then got a bit too drunk and dropped them into the bar room spittoon at The Queens Hotel just before last orders. Thankfully, I can still remember enough to provide this brief but highly accurate and concise review of proceedings.
By the way - for those of you who can't be arsed to stray off Prinny Ave these days -
The Wellington InnRead more...
Music Reviews - Tuesday 3rd July 07 - Classic Rock Music Night At The Wellington Pub, Russell Street By Michelle Dee
After a hard day at the office, I sallied forth to Wellington Pub , home to the
ever-successful Stripped nights run by Pat Gradwell on Thursdays, and to
a little known Classic Rock Night on Tuesday evenings.
We were in the special pub last Tuesday about eight o' clock when a group of
chaps came up to us and said, "Hey you'll have to move, it's our music night."
Music Reviews - Wednesday 11th July 07 - Lecorum, The Riffs and Riley and The Mumps at Lamp By Katie Ashworth Photos by Michelle Dee
Despite the recent smoking ban that was predicted to cause a blow to bar and pub custom,
it is safe to say that this is one of the fullest Lamp nights we have seen - the stage
front becomes packed towards the end of the night, and you can still see people in the
seating area and outdoor area, all providing ample support for these all-Hull bands.
First support is Riley and the Mumps. Hard to guess
Music Reviews - Wednesday 27th June 07 - Maul and Reign Of Chaos and Mechanical Breeding at Ringside By Ian Johansson Reign of Chaos Photos by JWA Photography
This was one night that shouldn't have been missed.
It was one of the biggest nights I had seen at Ringside in my two years of living in
Hull and attending a lot of local gigs.
The night kicked off a bit late but the atmosphere strong and tense, the first band up
was a band named Mechanical Breeding.
The guitarist was possibly the only decent member in the band,
Music Reviews - Grace Potter & The Nocturnals By Chris Warne
I'm always amazed by the amount of musical talent on MySpace that goes
unnoticed, often hidden behind endless streams of lesser artists
trying to promote their "songs" by friend requesting the world and
But sometimes - just sometimes - you make a rare discovery that blows your mind!
Last week I logged on to the profile of Grace Potter and The NocturnalsRead more...
Music Reviews - Sunday 24th June 07 - The Sonic Hearts at Lamp Words and Pictures By Michelle Dee
Just lately I've found myself down at the Lamp checking out the very different range of artists
performing there. Tonight was a pleasant surprise; one new band The Sonic Hearts.
Another reformed, with a new name in Kalels Cape and one with two new members and new songs,
Red Night Strip.
I'll start with Red Night StripRead more...
Music Reviews - Monday 2nd July Amy Macdonald at The Lamp Hull By Michelle Dee
Monday night I went to see Amy Macdonaldwww.myspace.com/amymacdonald
at the lamp in Hull.
She came recommended to me by a good friend but I hadn't actually heard anything by the
Glaswegian singer/songwriter signed to Melodramatic Records.
Now I can't stop singing the gloriously catchy Mr. Rock & Roll her new single out
Music Reviews - 28th June 07 Jelly V Club NME South Central (DJ Set) Welly Hull
By Michelle Dee Pictures
by Kate Langan
Thursday arriving early before all the prom kids arrived we slid into the lounge downstairs at the Welly.
Drinks in hand we grooved to the Latino sounds of the Spanish Hustle and kudos to the DJ downstairs
for spinning the Junior Jack track featuring The Cure's Robert Smith. As more prom kids came in,
ready to party, the sounds
Music Reviews - Friday 22nd June 07 - ThisisUll Live at New Adelphi Club By Guest Reviewer Kane Fulton Photos by Michelle Dee
I'm sweating like a bitch was a common utterance echoing around the Adelphi - the nightmarish
toilet sauna that is the most, like, punk venue Hull has to offer. Does this detract from the enjoyment? Well, not as
much for the punters, but most of the bands look practically in agony on stage.
At £2.40 for a pint of Labatts (albeit deliciously chilled Labatts)
Music Reviews - Saturday 19th May Great Green Concert Featuring cowfisH, Talamasca and Shindigg At Beverley Green Fair By Michelle Dee
In the evening after the majority of stalls and stands had been taken down at the Green Fair in
Beverley, the Great Green Concert took place. It was held in the darkened confines of the auditorium
in Longcroft School between 8pm and 10.30.
The audience who'd travelled from York/Hull and the
surrounding area were treated to some top class
Music Reviews - Friday 11th May 07 - Jesse Malin at Fibbers, York By Steve Rudd
It might have been raining outside, the weather comprehensively showering a sense of
profound doom and gloom upon the grand old city of York.
Fortunately, inside the cosy confines of Fibbers, Jesse Malin fired out
a ninety minute set of sheer joy, as the New York singer-songwriter extraordinaire
returned to the venue for the third time in his career
Music Reviews - Saturday 27th May 07 - The Who, The Ordinary Boys and Jackson Analogue at KC Stadium By Julian Thorley Photographs By Roland Standaert
The 'classic' British summer and the 'curse' of the KC Stadium looked to have struck again
on the evening of the 26th May, when The Who played in Hull.
It rained yet again. Not the torrential downpours of past gigs there, but it was
chilly and damp enough to make it uncomfortable for those out in the open.
It just goes to show though that a bit of lousy weather
Music Reviews - Saturday Night at Jack Rabbit Slims By Cilla It's Showtime!
Jack Rabbit Slims bar on the corner of Holderness Road and Wincolmlee seems an unlikely
place for a night out - during the day you'd barely notice it as you pass by.
Saturday night is where that all changes; the neon lights burst into life and it's
time to get ready for a rock n roll extravaganza!
The first thing I noticed as I walked in was a bunny girls serving drinks.