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.
First up was Me and My Monarchy, or as they introduced themselves as Peter, Chris and Brian, part of the cast from Family
Kicking off the night with a positive attitude can never go wrong (unless you’re at a wake) and for these guys it proved to be
a good idea.
Following up with Teenage Turbine after the request of some of the crowd, they kept the upbeat feeling throughout
the set and appeared to enjoy every last second of it.
Next up, was Halcyon. Now I’ve been to see this band a lot but tonight they were on top form. Starting off with their newest track which
is currently untitled, they embraced the crowd with their alternate style of music.
Carrying on with Abrasive, they continued to please
the crowd until the last song. Finally, movement erupted in the crowd in the form of Reign of Chaos, starting the first pit of the night
to Halcyon’s Angels.
After starting the first pit, it was only right that they carried it on as Reign of Chaos took to the stage. At the front, it was just
one lonely lad moshing, until he opened the pit up and putting down my camera I felt it was only right to join him.
After being joined by Halcyon’s vocalist, the pit carried on growing and after snapping a string, Reign of Chaos bassist joined in.
Suddenly the pit changed, what could only be described as a ‘gymnastic display’ came about with cartwheels, flips and kicks being exchanged!
Probably the strangest pit I’ve ever seen but I felt compelled to carry on. Reign of Chaos brought it down with the song
Xavier - a song respectfully dedicated to a passed on friend.
Bringing things to a climatic end, they demanded a wall of
death, even though it was only made up of 5 people it still brought the house down. After this display, they proved why they are held
in such regard amongst other bands.
This would prove a hard act to follow and Sun Circus took up the challenge. For a band as rare as this it was a pretty tall order and
they tried their best to hit the pretty high benchmark but just didn’t get there.
Their confidence was borderline cocky and they couldn’t back it up with their music.
However, their bassist was amazing, I have never seen anyone like it! His fingers moved so fast that it left most of the audience
mesmerised and wondering how he did it. Finishing on a ‘cover’ of Ghostbusters was not a wise idea. Don’t change what’s already good.
Final band of the night was Panacear. Fresh from their performance at the recent Metieval Festival, they proved to be a hit. Their
dark-alternative style sent waves through out the crowd.
Unfortunately, they were cut short in their set due to time restrictions. They still performed a great, but short, set. If they had
more time then they would have proven they’re worthy of going through.
In my opinion, all bands tonight have a good chance of going through to the final. However, there can only be one. The rightful
winners are Reign of Chaos. They delivered the best set of the night and of the competition so far in my opinion. Good luck to them in the
final and to all bands in the future.
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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...
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