Quite simply the best band I've ever booked. The Bad Apples, just a hard working rockabilly
group from Grimsby. Tonight is to be our last thisisull live show.
After sixteen gigs down the Adelphi with different bands every month we are calling it a day with the live nights.
Thanks to everyone who has played for us, who has paid their three quid at the door,
who has mentioned our nights on a website or forum.
Tonight's farewell began with a
solo set from Matt Thompson from The Holy Orders.
Sadly due to injury the full band couldn't play but Matt gave us Hovercraft, Scissors paper stone, Gallows and an old one about a soldier. There's not a month goes by I don't thank the world for giving Matt a stage to craft his intensely beautiful, powerful songs and long may he go on doing so.
The latter he dedicated to his mum who was in the audience, she particularly liked this one for the
drum part; the irony wasn't lost on the excitable crowd.
The crowd was made up of rockabilly fans dressed splendidly in fifties fashions, old school punks
and a handful or more of Adelphi regulars.
As I said before in the preamble The Bad Apples are reaching out across the water
with their highly original rockabilly vibe.
Big strings attack from G-Man on double bass, slick
licks from Rockin Rob on guitar, Bam Bam Coppz on drums and the plain-speaking Keeley Deville out front on vocals.
Additional vocals, screams, howls and more came from members of the band throughout a hugely
entertaining and polished set. Tales about girls with scores to settle, the working man,
pointed songs about law and order, sit alongside rocking out party numbers such as Wolfman
that get the punks in the Adelphi hot steppin' like good 'uns.
The Bad Apples have taken the fifties rockabilly sound and added a contemporary
punk twist, giving them wide appeal. The re-imagined cover of the Merle Travis classic
Sixteen Tons sung by Keeley had everyone singing and dancing along. The energy, fun
camaraderie shines through their live performance inviting and encouraging the listener
to feel part of the show.
The co-ordinated outfits of black and red, the characterization within the vocals all
lend a splendid theatrical feel to the show. Some of the music on their debut album
Zombie Island Massacre lends itself to the B-movie horror genre of monsters and maidens,
as does the title, while other numbers you can imagine being sung in saloons with gun
slingers, card sharps and dice players looking on.
The Bad Apples are indicative of the growing popularity of bands who
are all about playing instruments and the pursuing the song-writers craft.
More and more you see bands moving away from the drowned out guitar sound and
introducing strings and brass to their music, thus broadening their horizons and outlook.
After the finale and an encore I heard the band being showered with well deserved
praise from all corners of the room.
A definite contender for the larger festivals next year and I don't see why they wouldn't
work well in the re-launched Sullivan's Showbar at the Dorchester on Beverley Road too.
If you're looking for an accomplished rockabilly band with glamour and game then book
The Bad Apples by contacting Rob on 01472 593510.
Music Reviews - Thursday 4th September 08 - So So Modern, Santa's Buggerboyz and Mountain Goat Frenzy at The Adelphi By Michelle Dee
It's Thursday. It's Adelphi and the return of New Zealanders So So Modern. To start with,
Mountain Goat Frenzy are tasked with getting the night off to a good start.
The prop driven four piece are made up of Joseph 'Danger' Avery on synth, keys and percussion,
Richie 'Rich' Bettridge vocals and keys, Math 'Mattics' Molson, guitar, vocals and A!A!A!ex Gower
on drums and cowbell.
Music Reviews - Thursday 24th July 08 ... Edwina Hayes at The London Bar, Driffield By Steve Rudd
The third night of its kind to feature live music in
The London Bar (local lads Chaser along with Blues prodigy
have both played there on previous occasions), Driffield's very own
Edwina Hayes performed two hour-long sets on what was a truly unique evening.
While the staff served exquisite four-course meals
Music Reviews - Friday 25th July 08 - Chris Helme and Andy Gaines at Helmsley Arts Centre By Steve Rudd
York singer-songwriter Andy Gaines is something of a revelation.
Confidently swaggering onto the stage in skintight jeans with a killer grin slapped upon his face,
his batch of acoustic gems sounded sublime in what is a truly beautiful venue.
Formerly a member of acclaimed York outfit Cardboard Radio, Andy also plays in a band called
The Runaway Sons when he isn't playing solo acoustic sets.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 20th August 08 - Tegleg Records Sponic Mesh Two CD Launch By Michelle Dee
The flyer described tonight as electro/ acid/ dubstep/ legnbass/ mashup/ techno/ breakcore/ dogstep/ glitchtronica/ mentalism and spasmodic stimulation. Not having a clue what to expect I wandered down. Diving straight in the sounds are reeling around the ceiling, a barrage balloon shake down with a hard and fast tempo.
Wired and weird images
Music Reviews - Saturday 19th July 08 - Party in the Park at North End Park, Driffield By Steve Rudd
Fast-rising sextet Divine Sinn have already managed to amass a loyal fanbase in the past
six months since their debut gig at The Winston Churchill. They are now on the verge of
releasing their second highly-anticipated album, The Seven Deadly Sinns, proving just how
determined they are as an outfit to make a name for themselves.
Kicking up a storm in the wake of ParkmoorRead more...
Music Reviews - The Who 'Live at Hull'- Monday 16th February 1970 By Malcolm Holt
I know that it has taken a long time to write a gig review from over 38 years ago,
but rest assured that the memories are just as vivid now as they were back then.
I was a young 17 year old and I spent 15s (that's 75p in real money) to see
The Who perform Tommy live at Hull City Hall on 15 February 1970.
The Who had released the double album in May 1969.
Music Reviews - Saturday 12th July 08 - Moonbeams Summer Gathering at Little Kelk By Steve Rudd
Who would have thought that a star-studded music festival in a tiny Wolds village could
rival the exhilarating splendour of festivals of Glastonbury's ilk? Very few, I'm sure.
But then how many people would really believe that an annual music festival of any sort has
taken place in Little Kelk for the past four years? Even fewer, I'm positive.
Music Reviews - Tuesday 15th July 08 - Chris Helme at Hull Lamp By Steve Rudd
Alighting in Hull as part of a glorious string of intimate UK tour dates in support of his
recently released solo offering Ashes, York troubadour Chris Helme had
the sizeable Hull
crowd in fits of ecstasy due to the strength of his voice and the intensity of the
emotions conveyed both through his music and lyrics.
Only a few days previously he had wowed the gathered masses at a private mini-festival
Music Reviews - Thursday 26th June 08 - Divine Sinn at Winston Churchills, Driffield By Steve Rudd Photographs by Matt Rudd
Back playing in their hometown just a few days after their first gig in Leeds,
Divine Sinn managed to attract the Metal-loving masses in their droves,
despite the biblical deluge pounding the streets outside.
Mixing and matching material from both their debut album, Redemption, and their forthcoming follow-up,
The Seven Deadly Sinns, they energetically roared through
Music Reviews - Friday 20th June 08 - Oli Brown Band at The London Bar, Driffield By Steve Rudd
Whoever came up with the idea of putting a band on at The London Bar deserves a pat on the back.
It was certainly inspired. Moreover, whoever decided to allow Oli Brown and his band to play
deserves to be bought free drinks for an entire evening. Indeed, Oli Brown & Band put on an
incredible show in what has to be Driffield's narrowest pub.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 26th March 08 - Awash With AntleR At Adelphi By Michelle Dee
Photographs by Ian Rook Photography
My first impressions of Awash With AntleR as my slightly beer-stained notes allow from Wednesday 26th March at Adelphi.
Do with them what you will...
These girls have a mad penchant for taffeta, nylon clad feet and vintage headgear.
There's something rather inviting about them. Reminds me of a Miss Marple novel with debutantes frippery
Music Reviews - Friday 16th May 08 - Moonbeams Acoustic Evening at The Old Town Hall, Driffield By Steve Rudd
A lot of people might not realize as much, but Driffield is fast becoming THE place to play host to a
hotbed of musical talent from near and far, and it's all thanks to the impassioned enthusiasm and
organizational capabilities of Kelk's Leila Slater.
Leila adores live music so much that she's been putting on Acoustic nights at The Bell HotelRead more...
Music Reviews - Thursday 17th April Rebel Music Presents Pog Wob Joseph Porter CrackTown with DJ Eddy And Dan Van By Michelle Dee (you'd better believe it)
Billed as Another Class Night. The Rebel Music Presents night featured alt
acoustic folk from Brighton, Pog, Wob ex Blyth Power, Joseph Porter also ex
Blyth Power and Hull's own CrackTown (the love affair continues).
Whether class described the classroom feel that some of Joseph Porters' delves
into Greek history brought
Music Reviews - Wednesday 9th April 08 - The Blueskins (Last Ever Hull Show), Kal El's Cape and Kill Surf City At The Adelphi By Michelle Dee Photos By Winston Sanders (Blueskins) and Michelle Dee (others)
After being approached by CRS Events to help promote The Blueskins visit to Hull it was with a
sense of dismay that I learned that the band had taken the decision to split up the week before.
They were playing their existing dates then calling it a day. It would seem that having
EMI and Domino in your corner is not enough to guarantee successful tour attendances.
Music Reviews - Friday 11th April - Scouting For Girls at Hull University By Gemma Durham
Scouting for girls delivered a belting performance last Friday, it is safe to say
their a 2008 success story and continue to deliver top class performances to fans.
I have been lucky enough to know the band from 2005 as an original wolfcub.
The band started in 2005 with lifelong friends Roy Stride, Pete Ellard, and
The success of the band is largely down to the fans, wolfcubs, and airplay by Radio One.
Music Reviews - Friday 28th March 08 - Thisisull Live featuring CrackTown, Black and White Tango and Mermaids in the Basement at the Adelphi By Michelle Dee Photos by Lucinda Livingstone Photography
A poorly fish was I on this dank Friday night, and after a series of
delays I wasn't expecting the best of nights. How wrong was I?
Just after eight there were queues outside and they kept coming in
until well into the second band.
An odd billing perhaps, putting CrackTown on with a couple of guitar
and keys exponents but one which worked surprisingly well.
Music Reviews - Live Review and Interview with Alain from Isabel At Sunset (Tea Kettle Records) By Michelle Dee
I caught up with the Italian front man Alain on Bank Holiday Sunday evening just
before his band Isabel at Sunset were due to sound check.
Isabel at Sunset the critically acclaimed Parma band made quite an impact with
their debut album Meet The Gang last year.
Rave reviews followed from amongst others, Treblezine who awarded the five piece
indie rock band Album Of The Week.
Music Reviews - 14th March 07 Moonbeams Acoustic Night At The Old Town Hall By Steve Rudd
Consistently featuring a wealth of talent, Leila Slater's acoustic Moonbeams events
at The Bell are becoming bigger and better affairs every time. So much so that this,
the third night of its kind, was relocated from The Maple Room into The Old Town Hall
in order to accommodate the crowd.
First act of the evening was Jasper & Smirt, a couple of local lads