It's cold, wet and windy there's sharks on the TV but there's two new bands at
The Lamp in Hull. Sadly Ghosts cancelled last minute so that leaves us with the
shimmering Indie sounds of Manchester's Snowfight In The City Centre and
headliners Air Traffic, the piano soaked Indie band it's okay to like.
The former a six piece from Manchester catch the eye with Rake-ish riffs
and all the quiet confidence of a band that knows where it's going.
Pretty melodies paint the party culture and bring forth keys and
harmonising vocals cascading over each other.
Third song in Listen features a second tom-tom that builds with explosive energy.
Empty Bottles, a brooding slow-burner, appeals to the party animal in us all,
depicting the all too familiar Sunday morning hangover.
Starting kind of dreamy, the startling high pitched vocals and guitar
send a wake up call to the Lamp crowd.
The strong vocals keep you interested along with glinting metallic effects that
break through the underlying keys. Look out for the single Six Seconds out on
March the 5th with its heavy helpings of eerie twingling, bold inviting vocals
and sublime harmonies.
The finale, once again, showcased the harmonies to great effect.
Highly hypnotic, repetitive guitar sequences handled with the lightest of
touch, overlap the euphoric iLT keys that flirt epically like a sonic union
of Leeds band Vib Gyor and Exit Calm. All the while you anticipate the big
finish that you know is going to induce fits of rapture.
So why is it okay to like, the piano soaked Indie high fliers Air Traffic from
Bournemouth? Well they have two extra toms for a start, jazzy piano's, they've
been on Jools Holland, supported Snow Patrol, oh and there's the little matter
of signing to EMI. The bass laden opener I Like That with full melodies plays
out and the shiny faced revellers down the front shout and cheer.
Guitar shivers and melodic piano trills accompany the full vocal delivery.
For the songs without piano you could be forgiven for thinking you were
watching a different band such as on the jangling New Guitar.
Left Out In The Rain follows with driving rhythms, pulsating piano and
animated performance from Chris sat on a packing case rocking wildly.
The double toms sound shows invention and explosive drama ensues stage left and right.
Ethereal keys sway centre stage finally segueing smoothly back to the full band sound.
Eagerly awaited single Charlotte out on the 26th March comes over short and sweet
maybe too short, with clipped chords shifting voicing and abrupt finish.
I question whether it's the right single choice and whether it's enough
for the kids to pick up on.
Music Reviews - Saturday 17th February 07 - Five O'Clock Heroes at Yo-Yo, Hull By Michelle Dee Photographs by Julia Grant
It is just before midnight. Upstairs in the Welly Club on a Saturday night, the
crowd is buzzing with anticipation for the return of the Five O'Clock Heroes.
New DJ Kristian has been warming the crowd up with some Sunshine Underground and Larrikin Love.
The crowd moves forward en masse as the band takes to the stage. Lead singer
Music Reviews, Galleries -
Live Music and Poetry - Thursday 25th January - Bohemian Revolution January Sales at the Haworth Arms By Roland Standaert
Sometimes we get photos without a review but they are just too good to miss out on publishing
so checkout this photo gallery of CrackTown, Alex Snade, Derek Alsopp, Helen and
Aleatry Thursday 25th January - Bohemian Revolution January Sales at
the Haworth Arms By Roland StandaertRead more...
Music Reviews - Thursday The Sounds and Avangaard at The Welly Club By Becky Martin
Photographs by Kate Langan
It's Thursday night at Welly and that can only mean one thing ... yep that's right, cue the emo girls! The buzzing crowd's full of mascara, skinny jeans, even tighter tights, and hair with some serious curling iron action going on, with the odd floating Mohican thrown in too, and it's all for this very special night with The Sounds.
All the pain of waxing, painting and
Music Reviews, Galleries - Friday 6th January 07 - Afterglow and The Element at Barracuda
By Kate Langan
Sometimes we get photos without a review but they are just too good to miss out on publishing
so checkout this photo gallery of Afterglow and
The Element at Barracuda
Live Sessions By By Kate Langan www.katelanganphotography.co.ukRead more...
Music Reviews - Thursday December 14th 06 - The Dirty Dreamers, The Johnsons and The Blueprints at New Adelphi Club By Michelle Dee and Rachel
The unique scent and sounds of the Adelphi beckoned us for a hot date with The Dirty Dreamers and The Johnsons. When we arrived at the club openers The Blueprints had just started; hurrying in and after purchasing drinks we made our way down the front. First impressions of the out of town act from York were good.
Music Reviews - Saturday 16th December 06 - The Beautiful South and Badly Drawn Boy at The Hallam Arena,
Sheffield By Julia Grant Photographs by Kate Langan
The rumours had been circulating for a fair few weeks now that this current tour aka "The GrapplingTour" was to be the band's last ever and Saturday night in Sheffield was the last date of that tour.
It all kicked of well with fantastic support from Badly Drawn Boy.
There were some familiar tracks but the crowd struggled to get into it as the majority of songs
Music Reviews - Friday 1st December 06 - Neville Staple with
The Talks at The Welly Club By Michelle Dee Photographs by Kate Langan
Over the last few months Hull band, The Talks have been making a name for themselves throughout the country. Now already in 2007 they have bookings from January to May. Tonight was my chance to see them on a big stage having previously only caught them at The Lamp and their summer debut at The Sesh, both being smaller venues.
Music Reviews - Tuesday 4th December 06 - The Sesh Featuring The Landaus, Tarifa and The Drainpipes (Manchester) By Rachel Photographs By Michelle Dee
I was pretty impressed with the sight of 15 songs on the set list although only 14 of
them were performed you felt like you were getting the most out of them.
Each song was explosive with heavy drums and thrashing guitars, they made me think of
The Clash and more recently The Paddingtons which he made reference to later on.
I couldn't always catch what
Music Reviews - Friday 8th December 06 - Bliszko at Dempseys, Cardiff By Marianne Fox
When you look at the three members of Bliszko you don't know what to expect.
Their image doesn't give anything away which adds to the charm of this ambiguous three piece.
As soon as their set is underway you realise why ... it isn't like anything else on the scene,
and you realise this pioneering band don't seem to know how special they are.
Music Reviews - 10th November 2006 - The Beautiful South at The Fillmore, San Francisco By Simon Robinson
As The Beautiful South file onto stage they are greeted with rapture.
Launching straight into catchy new album opener The Rose Of My Cologne the appreciative throng
sways to the Country guitar riff.
With the opening bars of second number Old Red Eyes is Back the audience really bursts into life.
From that moment on we're all putty in the hands of Heatonet al.,
Music Reviews - Sunday 3rd December 06 - Sounds of the City featuring Signe Tollefsen and Ade Webb at the Lamp Hull By Michelle Dee
I'd been excited, ever since I heard that the acclaimed Dutch solo artist
Signe Tollefsen was to return to play Hull.
Fighting against the wind on a very blustery Sunday evening Jane and I welcomed the
chance to sit down at one of the candlelit tables inside The Lamp.
We bought a pleasing light Ale that went by the name of Clarks and listened to
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Music, Reviews - Wednesday 29th November - Lostprophets at Hull Arena
By Pat Gleeson
Hull, it's not normally one of those cities that generally appears on the touring bill of a band with a multi
platinum status. But none the less tonight is a little different.
Its great to see a band like Lostprophets vow to visit all the cities they have never played before and liberate the whole country as it were, but the Pontypridd natives know all too well about how important
Music Reviews - The Flaming Lips at the Manchester Apollo By Joe Hakim
The guy behind the desk barely lifted his eye-lids to speak to us.
I had to reach over and point to my name in the book.
"Oh yeah," he said, as he said as he highlighted my name. "Your room's upstairs."
After I got my shit together I went downstairs to the bar.
It quickly became apparent that this half man/half tortoise was acting as barman
Music Reviews - Tuesday 24th October 06 - The Tender Box, City of Glass and The Talks at The Lamp By Michelle Dee Photographs by Kate Langan
It's hard to pin down The Talks' sound. Their music rides down different streets in a two-tone beaten up Ford Anglia.
It's back to the days of bouncy ska and white boy reggae rhythms; knees up numbers with the occasional
indie twist, that'll knock you into a pork pie hat.
Ring leaders Pat guitar vocals and Joe guitar and backing vocals formed the group in August after a
Music Reviews - Tuesday 25th September The Romance She Likes Parties and The So and So's at
the Sesh Linnet and Lark Hull By Michelle Dee Photographs by Kate Langan
After a cancellation by local band Hospital Fight Grimsby band the So and So's found
themselves down at the Sesh for their Hull debut.
After seeing them at the Bridging the Gap Lincoln Gig at Christopher's earlier this year I was
looking forward to see them live again.
They took to the sesh stage and immediately were beset with problems. First of
Music, Bands- An Interview with The Holloways at Yo-Yo - Saturday 21st October 06 By Michelle Dee
Tonight was the London based band's third appearance in Hull, the two previous gigs being at
Ringside supporting Towers Of London and a show at The Lamp during the heat wave in July.
This tour is now described as the fucking hot tour by Dave, the band's drummer.
The band recalled the crowd at the Lamp describing the mix of people as very strange.
There were those who had
Music Reviews - Zhain Down Under - Auckland, New Zealand By Tony
Well, after the knock out show in Glasgow (
read the review here
) I decided to bite the bullet and tag along with Zhain on their shows Down Under.
I have family in New Zealand so I combined the trip with visiting them.
I could only catch the show at The Dogs Bollix in Auckland, I dare not risk getting
lynched by the family if I did not visit them, and what a show it was.
Boy the flight to N.Z
Saturday 21st October 06 - Razorlight, The Like and Boy Least Likely To at Hull Ice Arena By Michelle Dee
Strangely he wasn't getting mobbed by screaming fans which I would have expected from all the
publicity and hype surrounding the band. I glanced over to him he looked back, nothing was
said, it was good.
Inside the packed out arena after what seemed like an inordinately long wait, the first of the
special guest's came on to fire everyone up.