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 was more a tremor than an explosion.
Once more the complacency of Hull music fans flies in the face of both bands' efforts
and unquestionable talent.
The Talks have been on an almost non-stop tour since they emerged last year.
Amongst an impressive venue list that includes Shepherds Bush Empire and
Leeds Festival Topman stage.
The Talks had a fender bender just before Beached 07 in Scarborough which prompted
an onstage appearance of the mangled metal front of their tour bus, The Dog.
The Dog has since retired and been replaced by The Mule (so-called because it stinks of horse sh*t).
However, The Lion (Favours moniker for their tour vehicle) goes from strength to strength,
Martin assures me.
The Favours new single. Islands was written by Martin during a miserable
bank holiday weekend in 06.
There he is alone in the big smoke, the city that never stops.
Lost in our nation's capital, he writes the song that will later be picked up for the
Electric Proms show and the BBC, and then used as a trailer to be shown day and night
for months to come.
Islands (released on 17th September available in HMV and iTunes) was produced by
David Lowe and mixed at Hatch Farm with the shit-hot Barefoot Ben.
The video showing a deliciously slattern Sara sprawled on the floor, must have
been seen by millions nationwide, but in her hometown only a few hundred can turn out to see her.
By my reckoning, in the press department, only me, Hannah Sandman (now Hannah NME),
and Jamie a.k.a. Dr Gonzo are here to document the homecoming show.
I hear every week somebody knocking Hull referring to it as a musical black hole.
Well if you other organisations don't get out there and support them - Hullvibe,
(Hull Daily Mail - supposedly our rivals), Ten Foot City (walking advert with bully
boy tactics) Gogetwise (name changing non-entity with questionable forum figures)
long will we remain scrabbling around in the dark with only the lowly thisisUll.com
to shed any light on our much maligned music scene. No wonder, with this type of
apathy at home, The Favours' new single describes a plea to get off this lump of rock we call great.
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)