The Band Apart night at Durty Nelly's has - should you not already be aware - been running for some time now,
allowing bands the chance to showcase their talents (where applicable) in a slightly more intimate
setting than the frenetic, scene-driven skinny-jean-maelstrom of such events as The Sesh et al.
Generally well attended, it's a relaxed and informal scene that lets music-hungry Hullians get,
somehow, a little closer to their idols.
Sadly, on the night I attended recently, the punters didn't seem particularly overcome with the
craving for tunesmithery - be it never so dazzling: their chief concern seemed to be the dismal
spectacle of England's Finest getting tanked in some Godforsaken corner of Eastern Europe.
Clearly a tough crowd for any aspiring beat combo.
It speaks very well then of the opening act, Stickpin, that they didn't allow the punter's
apparent fixation with the match to dim their enthusiasm.
They presented their material with considerable energy and aplomb, yet without resorting to the sort
of petulant dummy-spitting I've seen from lesser bands when competing with a rival attraction.
Perhaps it was because they didn't try too hard that they managed to win at least a part of the
crowd over by the end of their set.
For my part, I thought they were sensational, which came as something of a relief, as it's very
easy to be cynical about female-fronted bands: their singers either try for a rather
self-conscious, strident "feistiness" that invariably grates and detracts from their material,
or else they have clearly been picked as a bit of eye-candy by the band; a blatant stab at the
pubescent fanboy mentality that - sadly - works too well, too often.
This is not the case with Stickpin, however: their crimson-headed frontwoman is clearly the
presiding genius and songwriter of the group, with vocals ranging from pure and soaring to a
curt sneering tone that is pure punk, to say nothing of being an exceptionally gifted and expressive guitarist.
Stickpin's songs offer a scathing view of a cold, alienating world of treachery, disappointment,
and exploitation that belie their infectious and hooky melodies, and are ultimately saved from
being too bleak and ranty by the singer's obvious empathy with human suffering, and her low-key,
Explaining a slightly ragged song ending on the part of their rhythm
section, she wryly observed: "Two rehearsals, and see what these geniuses have yielded."
Teething troubles aside, Stickpin provided us with a lot to think about and to enjoy, and as
they tighten up (which they cannot fail to do, if the evident commitment and energy of the two
singer and her permanent guitarist are anything to go by), they can only improve: catch them if
you can, and treat yourself to a copy of their 3-track demo, Schtick (reviewed elsewhere).
After all, as the singer mordantly informed us, they're "always there for the money and groupies."
Music Reviews - 26th September ThisisUll Live Presents Kill Surf City, Riley and the Mumps and Michelle Dee At The Adelphi Club By Michelle Dee
It's Friday night. It's the end of the month and despite GST Cardinals getting discombobulated over which
month they were playing, ThisisUll Live is showcasing two very fine bands and a bit of spoken word, verse and vibe down the
As is now customary at ThisisUll Live shows I got up on stage to welcome the crowd and introduce the acts.
Music Reviews - Monday 24th September 07 - Six Nation State and The Cherry Cobb Cartel At Lamp By Michelle Dee
It's Tuesday evening and a host of text messages fill my phone begging my presence at
this gig at that gig. My poor tortured synapses threaten to snap. I'm drowning under
a sea of demands when one more text alerts me. This one of the personal nature addressed
to me, and describes the feelings of utter pleasure their band would have on seeing me.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 24th October 07 - Shoot the Moon, The James Dean Syndrome & Santa's Buggerboyz at Lamp By Philip Wincolmlee Barnes
What's in a name? I do think about names a lot, not so much as a profound
philosophical inquiry, but probably because I simply have too much time on my hands.
So, what's with Shoot the Moon?
I might have been being dense (and it wouldn't be the first time), but it
wasn't a moniker that conjured up a specific sound or musical ethos -
unless it's some sort
Music Reviews - Thursday 11th October 07 - Battle Of the Bands Wild Card Semi-Final at Ringside.
Words and Photographs by ChrisWPhotography
Just looking at the line up for tonight got me excited! Five of the best bands in Hull are competing for a place in the final of
Battle of the Bands. As soon as I arrived at the venue, I could feel the electricity running through the room; every band ready
to play and I couldn't wait for it to start.
Music Reviews - Thursday 27th September 07 - Music Exchange featuring
Dave Abbott Jess Banister The Harri Watts Band and Ernest (Rare Acoustic Performance)
By Michelle Dee
The Music Exchange night organised and run by Dave Watts and Derek Harrison from
The Harri Watts Band is most certainly a civilised way to enjoy live music in the city. I remark as much, to
early arrival, Jim (Ernest bassist) as we tuck into the chicken curry and chips included ...
Music Reviews - Sunday 5th August 07 - Piney Gir, Analogue Consumption and Wendy at The Adelphi By James McGuire
The evening saw the Piney Gir Roadshow come to
The Adelphi, supported by Analogue Consumption and the Adelphi's own Wendy.
First up was Wendy, with her sweet vocals and calming acoustic sounds. Even though there were a few minor technical hiccups with the backing track, the audience loved her cat related performance.
Music Reviews - Live Music Reviews - Saturday 22nd September Metieval Festival Beverley Memorial Hall By Michelle Dee 14 Page Photo Gallery by Cilla and Michelle
A heavy metal festival in Beverley? Sounds like fun, so donning my Sworn Amongst tshirt,
Cilla and I drove down to the sleepy market town.
Cilla announced almost as soon as we were inside the darkened confines of
Beverley Memorial Hall that she was really up for it, and immediately began snapping
Face of Scars who were already on stage.
Music Reviews - Sunday 26th September 07 - Acoustic Gathering II at Peasholm Park, Scarborough By David Wright Photographs By Danielle Millea from efestivals
Peasholm Park looks beautiful tonight.
Headliner Chris Helme is singing a gentle song called Pure, his fragile voice floats above flickering
candles, up to the recently rebuilt oriental Pagoda.
Blinded By The Sun, a song he wrote for his former band The Seahorses sounds refreshing, stripped
down to just guitar and voice.
A.G. 2 began perfectly at midday, with 15 year old Alastair Schmuck; his version of
Music Reviews - Monday 17th September 07 - Open Mic Night at the Adelphi Club featuring So So Modern By Michelle Dee Our (Kiwi) Friends Electric
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
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...