A midway break, and a chance to visit Bill (one half of TopGun) and co. at the bar and then nip outside for a ciggy and a chat.
Whilst drawing in the nicotine I bump into Uncle Boddle and get my first poem request - he wants The Final Kick (the
one about football hooligans).
I open my second set with that one, dedicating it to the Tarifa musician. Then I follow up with Mosi Oa Tunya, a poem
close to my heart that attempts to convey and express some of the atrocities going on unchecked, in what was once my
I was nervous still and lost some of the rhythm and my delivery was the best I could have been. More practice needed, I think.
That aside, the amount of positive feeling and the encouragement I felt from around the room really bowled me over.
I look forward to performing for you all again.
Now to the main event - Kill Surf City headline at ThisisUll Live.
A band that has managed to stay together, in a year when many of the big Hull bands have been falling by
the wayside and splitting up.
KSC have that something different; no-one in Hull sounds like them, no-one here looks like them, nobody has
yet managed locally to combine the theatre and rock n roll, quite like Kill Surf City have.
The band has massive appeal across a wide spectrum of music lovers.
Kill Surf City landed a prize slot on the Unsigned Stage at Leeds Carling Festival 07 and accolades and
commendations followed a stimulating performance. During the summer Kill Surf signed a distribution deal
through Square Peg Round Hole Records.
They launched the attractively packaged purple double A-side single, A Common Interest in Silence (live
version from Leeds can be heard on BBC Radio) and All I Heard at Yo-Yo Piper in September.
It's a seven
inch vinyl that sits well on any discerning vinyl collector's shelf.
MTV2 now feature the outstanding KSC video for the track All I Heard AND they blew away all the early revellers
at East Park Rocks in September. With this band there is no confusion, Kill Surf City are simply outstanding.
The NME said the following about our exceptional band.
"With their slick, incidental twinkling and brooding melodies, KSC sit dear in the black hearts of Hull's
twisted indie kids" NME
They have a raft of new songs that will soon become firm favourites like Celebrity and Speed did.
The crowd got behind the band like they always do, dancing, singing and cheering with gusto.
Danny Curtis, (timely surname) attacking and arresting as ever. Dave Hargreaves, simply the essence of the shambling dandy.
Chris Hardy who writes a lot of these beautiful songs has delivered yet again, with disarming control.
For the new songs, Hetty and I were dancing like broken puppets. KSC did us proud, professional and precise.
Check out the video (below.) I took of the final song and come down to the next show on 23rd November and
join in the fun.
Next time we've got a great line up too. GST Cardinals at the top of their game, newly polished brit rockers
The Charge and current scene shakers Awful Scenes. Start time 9pm £3.00 otd. We'll see you all there.
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.
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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.
Music Reviews - 16th May 07 Soulflame Cowfish at Goose and Granite George Street Hull By Michelle Dee Pictures By Natalie Dudding
Astounding, incredible sounds from both bands due in some part to the excellent work by
Dr. Mike Shindigg at the sound desk.
For award-winning five piece band Cowfishwww.cowfish.me.uk
tonight was a rehearsal for their headline appearance at the Great Green Concert in
Beverley the coming Saturday.
So aside from telling you that Simon (Cowfish keyboards)
Music Reviews - Thursday 10th May 07 - The Meatloaf Trilogy With Steve Steinman At Hull New Theatre Reviewed By Steve Rudd
It makes for a rare treat when a tribute act is almost as amazing as the real thing.
In many respects, when Steve Steinman 'does' Meatloaf, the net effect is sometimes even better.
A couple of years ago, Lancashire singer Steve toured with a show called
The Meatloaf Story in which he sung a whole host of classic tracks as
Music Reviews - From Sleepers To Yo-Yo In Three Bottles Of Red (dis-ably assisted by Cilla) By Michelle Dee
It was only supposed to be a quick drink down Newland.
At the most a glass or two until the sun set over the railway bridge turning
the terracotta road a fiery orange; a pleasant fiction indeed.
In reality it was turning a trifle cold and clouding over, there might even
have been a few drops of spring rain dotting the pavement as we turned the
corner of Ella Street.
Music Reviews - Thursday 4th May 07 - Ray Davies at the Grand Opera House, York By Joe Malarky
A familiar gap toothed grin greeted the assembled audience of the bijou
Grand Opera House in York.
Ray Davies, founder member of The Kinks, original mod and songwriter par
excellence, stood and smiled as the rest of his band took their places alongside him.
The familiar punchy chords of 'I'm not like everybody else' rang out and the
tone of the
Music Reviews - Friday 30th March 07 - Pure Techno 3rd Birthday at The Welly Club By Tom Lewis Photographs by Tom Lewis, Michelle Dee and Cilla
March saw Pure Techno, one of Hull's leading innovators and
celebrators of new electronic music celebrate its 3rd birthday at the Welly Club.
After the (really rather sad) demise of the Rhythm Room earlier in the year,
Pure Techno was forced to relocate its base of operations to the
Welly Club, the birthday celebrations on the
Music Reviews, Galleries -
Live Music - March 07 - The Paddingtons Studio Demo Session By Darren Rogers
Sometimes we get photos without a review but they are just too good to miss out on publishing
so checkout this photo gallery of The Paddingtons March 07 - at
Studio Demo Session By Darren Rogers.
Checkout Darrens Featured Writers page here.
/writers/darrenrogers.html Read more...
Music Reviews - Lecorum at Dublin Castle, London By Rachel Sanderson
One band who really caught my eye when browsing myspace was Lecorum.
Having closely watched their progress over the last 6 months since they formed,
I thought it was about time to get down to a gig.
Seeing that they were playing just 5 minutes down the road from me, I figured this
would be the perfect opportunity.
Arriving at Dublin CastleRead more...
Music Reviews - Wednesday 18th April 07 - The American Four Tops Motown Show At The Crown, Holderness Road, Hull By Jane Foster Photographs By Mo
Get Ready , cos here they come...The American Four Tops Motown Show at The Crown pub, Holderness Road. A perfect night for my first visit to The Crown
(Witham being as far as I'd previously ventured East for a night out).
I soon found that it exceeded my expectations.
The Crown is a large capacity venue built in the 1920s,
Music Reviews - Monday 26th March 07 Karl and The Gimps Musicians Night Adelphi Hull By Michelle Dee Photos By The Gimps
Readers with a reasonably good memory will know that Karl Whiting received something close
to local cult status last year with his art work.
By the medium of pen and paper he produced on the spot drawings of live bands.
See some of his work here
His creative style is akin to the Scottish Colourists Movement, in that rather
than showing clear
Music Reviews, Galleries - Friday 26th February 07 - We
Are Scientists at Asylum at Hull University By Kate Langan
Sometimes we get photos without a review but they are just too good to miss out on publishing
so checkout this brilliant photo gallery of We Are Scientists at Asylum
at Hull University By Kate Langanwww.katelanganphotography.co.uk Read more...
Music Reviews - Thursday 29th March 07 - Barenaked Ladies at Leeds University Union Words and photographs by Julia Grant
It only took us just over an hour of queuing in the cold to secure our place in the front row.
Tonight's show wasn't sold out, whilst back in the States the band can sell out stadiums no problem.
In a selfish sort of way, I kind of like that though.
Their talent and ability to put on one of the best shows you may ever see is somewhat of a secret
here in the UK,
Music Reviews - Sunday 25th March 07 - The Horrors Plus Kreeps Club NME
At The Welly Hull By Michelle Dee Photographs by Kate Langan
Eerie spaced out keyboard intros, skull shaped guitar heads, electric skeleton double
bass, flutes saxophones and a Theremin?
These are just some of the elements that make up the demented sound of Kreeps.
The five piece stateside act, create stylized theatrical rock with multi
instrumentation that leaves you open mouthed in admiration.