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.
The Welly Ballroom was filling up nicely with a different sort of mixed crowd; young and old with a dose of drum n bass kids down the front. Reggae classics played out over the in house system until The Talks took to the stage. I imagine many of the people there would never have seen or heard The Talks play so I was interested to see how they would react to Hull's Ska based sensations.
They open with Boys Toys - a track from their first demo, a rousing tune that has found its way onto the new Sesh 4 Compilation. I look around and note that some people are moving forward to get a closer look. And why not? The Talks look good on the big stage, and benefit hugely from the full-on sound system. Pat looks every bit the front-man and commands the attention with his warm, energetic and fun-loving style.
The Talks kick their heels up as Pat has a party down the mic, the glint in his eye, the broad grin - he's a joy to watch and listen to. Dancing starts down the front as the crowd begin to get involved. It's the slower grooves of Kids In Town that gets them moving en masse; king-stepping to the lazy reggae chorus. Jody guitar and keys and E on bass bounce stage left and right with Titch creating the all important beat from the back.
"Its great when the kids do it" scrawls Jizwaz all over my notebook.
My favourite track, Faces comes next and the place really starts jumping. Severe cases of skanking break out all around me. This song combines the Indie styled licks with the ska rhythms to great effect. You can hear the lyrics, you want to dance and sing along, the mood is rapturous and everyone seems to be up for it.
The Talks play through a set filled with potential hits and finish with a cover of Hands Off She's Mine from The Beat. There's much more of an atmosphere, to be expected with a bigger crowd, and you really can begin to see this group performing on one of the bigger stages at Leeds, Reading or Glastonbury.
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.
Music Reviews 13th October 06 The Automatic at Asylum Hull University By Alison and Hannah
Friday 13th October, unlucky for some, but not for The Automatic fans who were
treated to a flamboyant 50 minute set from the Cardiff born quartet.
Support was from two bands, one of which was so crap we can't even remember the name.
The other of which was amazing - Mumm-ra
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Music Reviews -
9th 0ctober Monday Nex Above It All and The Clauberg Opera at Ringside Hull
By Michelle Dee
Photographs by Kate Langan
Having only seen The Clauberg Opera previously in the darkened confines of the Adelphi I found
tonight's setting rather strange.
The absence of light was replaced with dancing coloured spots and a disco ball.
One of the reasons Clauberg took this gig apart from their desire to pick up as
many gigs as possible was to try out a shortened version of their set.
Music Reviews - Thursday 7th September 06 - Dirty Rotten White Boys at Staks, Beverley Road
By Michelle Dee Photographs by Andrew Lord and Dennis Low
An air of something between curiosity and anticipation fills the Staks Café Bar.
Tonight is the last of these popular Thursday nights of acoustic artists and bands
and AlexHariboHunter's new band Dirty Rotten White Boys second ever gig.
They reflect the ethos that everybody wants to be in a band these days and
embrace the rock n roll lifestyle.
Music Reviews - Thursday 31st August 06 - Zhain at Vox at The Vale, Glasgow By Tony
What is it about a band that makes you want to see them again and again and
even buy their CD? If a stock answer existed every band would subscribe to
the formula and be a success.
Luckily, different answers exist making rock'n'roll so diverse and exciting.
It is an amalgam of so many things, music, image, personality, projection and
Music Reviews - Sunday 1st October 06 - Shindigg - Soup at Certificate 18, York By Lyle Tuttle Photographs By Kate Langan
By the time the portentous quip, If I keep myself low I'll never drop is delivered,
David Tomlinson is half naked. Fluorescent lighting is unable to penetrate the shadow
the brim of an army surplus hat has cast over his eyes, and assuming that those eyes
have again glassed over as they had done by this time last week at The Adelphi,
we notice that there exists a new
Music Reviews - 2nd October 06 - Soho Dolls Paparazzi Whore and Dance Bastards (debut) at Asylum Hull University
By Michelle Dee
Photographs by Kate Langan
After hearing on the grapevine about new girls, Dance Bastards and also watching the
cutting edge video created on a shoe string I was looking forward to their debut gig.
I had checked them out for a few weeks on myspace -watched that stark video a good few
times- and had the song Suckerrr firmly implanted in my head.
As the girls take