Friday 28th March 08 - Thisisull Live featuring CrackTown, Black and White Tango and Mermaids in the Basement at the Adelphi
By Michelle Dee (1/3)
Photos by Lucinda Livingstone Photography and Michelle Dee www.myspace.com/lucindalphotography
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.
CrackTown, well known for their acerbic wit and jangly bluesy folk
observations have waited nigh on eleven months to play our unique
and varied thisisUll Live music nights.
As the first shrill blast emanated from the stage, an excited voice
exclaimed 'Oh, its that harmonica guy' and promptly ran in to the
darkened room as quick as a rabbit down a hole.
and cheers greeted each dry quip each expletive both on and off stage
and CrackTown shoved two fingers up at conformity and entertained a
new crowd and they loved every minute.
Even King Rat's guitar that sounded like a cat being kicked down a dark
alley, did nothing to disrupt the fun we were having. Songs about
scenesters line up side by side with upbeat numbers about despots
and dictators. They finished off amidst cheers for more on Best Of
British - an old stalwart.
It's like the old adage says: the cream rises to the top and tonight,
despite the guitar, the beer festival and an untested crowd,
CrackTown rose to the occasion and surpassed themselves.
Charlton Heston's just died so a strong chance of that one
making an appearance when the band play alongside Brighton
folk Pog and Wob later this April, along with, I hope, the
much talked about Nazi Girl.
I've had a bee in my bonnet about Black and White Tango for months now
and have shared said bee with anyone who'd listen. Since then the
relatively new band have played a string of gigs including some
timely support slots and headlining at the ever popular Sesh night.
They caught my ear with the contrasting sounds of jazz rhythms,
plaintive piano and sweeping vocal refrains. First to the keyboard
- a place where I imagine many of Black and White Tango's songs originate.
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
Music Reviews - Friday 29th February 08 - ThisisUll Live Featuring Spoken Word, The Rocky Nest and Hayokee Words and Pictures by Michelle Dee
The second thisisUll gig of 08 promised a more organic kind of live music night.
I am informed by the poets that they rarely have a fixed idea as to which pieces they will do in a set.
The choices are made for them by the audience's reaction and response.
Gauging the crowd and then responding there of is an important skill for every performer.
Music Reviews - Friday 7th March - Hull Punk Mini-Fest Featuring The Vibrators support from The Cliques Go-Go Kings Mike Watts Words and Pictures by Michelle Dee
In a back street club in Hull, a dark dingy place that smells of piss and vomit, crazed punk
fans drunk on riot and revolution, hurl themselves this way and that to raw guitar sounds
and anti-establishment rhetoric. If only that were the truth.
The reality however is somewhat different. Two local bands and a spoken word artist support
the now aged punk
Music Reviews - Saturday 1st March 08 - Edwina Hayes at Driffield Folk Club By Steve Rudd
It's not every day you get to see a world-class singer-songwriter perform in Driffield.
Similarly, it's rare for the singer-songwriter in question to actually live in town.
But then Edwina Hayes, despite her profile and enviable acquaintances in the music
industry, is thoroughly modest and down-to-earth. She doesn't seem the type of
Music Reviews - Thursday 14th February 08 - Divine Sinn at Winston Churchills, Driffield By Steve Rudd Photos by Matt Rudd
It's been a long time since Metal fans in Driffield have had a band to call their own.
Too long, in fact. So, thank the devil for new quartet Divine Sinn.
Not to be confused with Swedish rockers Divine Sin, Driffield's
Divine Sinn have been practicing hard for the past seven months
in anticipation of performing live, with this being their first
Music Reviews - Tuesday 29th January 08 - Alison Moyet at York Grand Opera House By Steve Rudd
Striding on in front of an eye-catching stage backdrop, Alison and her backing band
immediately made themselves temporarily at home on the stage. And even sat up in the
rafters of the fabulously preserved venue as I was, the sight down below was one to behold.
It's not very often that Alison hits the road, making this date in York one to be
savoured all the more.
Music Reviews - Friday 25th January 2008 - ThisisUll Live at The New Adelphi, Hull
By Benny Jenner, Life Burns Records Photographs by ChrisW Photography
Half past eight on a Friday night, I'm stuck in Hull and I'm here at the new Adelphi club,
a place I haven't been to in over eight months. Not due to my own fault I just haven't had
the urge to check out many bands who play there, but tonight is different. I've been asked
by thisisUll.com to come down and review three bands who played tonight.
Music Reviews - Sunday 16th December 07 - Lucy Kaplansky and Miles Cain at York NCEM By Steve Rudd
York native Miles Cain opened proceedings with aplomb, drawing the humbly assembled crowd
into his Folk-infused music with affable charm.
His strong, superbly soulful voice perfectly complimented his lush acoustic guitar
melodies, with the fantastic acoustics of the venue - a church, no less -
Music Reviews - Friday 28th December 07 - The Sorry Loves, Fact is Fiction and Kick Riot at ThisisUll Live at The Adelphi By Michelle Dee
Every one of you did us proud. We thank you from the bottom of our memory cart.
Fact is Fiction delivered despite their nerves and cowbell issues, they pulled it
off with their forward thinking, sparkly indie sounds.
A new looking band that given time, will become a regular on the local circuit.
Think Pigeon Detectives but from Ull.
So Kick Riot turned
Music Reviews - Thursday 13th December 07 - It's A Happening at The New Adelphi By Martin Wellbourne
When an event is promoted as a 60s-style melange of music, spoken word, and visuals - a tribute to the
sort of binge that kept hundreds of Deadheads from stinking the Frisco streets out with patchouli oil
and savage body odour for hours at a stretch - the experienced reviewer grits his teeth; it will be,
he knows, a mixed bag.
This sort of thing, back 'in the day'
Music Reviews - Friday 23rd November 07 - ThisisUll Live at The Adelphi Featuring Awful Scenes The Cliques And The Charge By Michelle Dee
New Brit rock band The Charge opened the night with self assured style,
amidst much shouting from a whole bunch of unruly fans. It's back to the
mid nineties for these lads so if you are in the mood for a window back
to those mad for it days, and some rowdy optimistic sing along tunes such
as Voodoo and She Goes On then these are the ones for you.
Music Reviews - Saturday 15th December ThisisUll.com Christmas Bash At New Adelphi Club With Dirty Dreamers (featuring Dave Meilhan original Dreamers drummer) The Favours, Fifty Nine Violets with special acoustic sounds from Martin Clappison By Michelle Dee
Hey everybody huge thanks and Merry Christmas to everyone who came to our gig last
night and a bigger one if you happened to buy a teeshirt, CD or car-sticker.
The turnout was good with a healthy mixed crowd of young fans and older heads,
each one getting into the groove in their own way.
Everyone seemed to have a great time.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 21st November 07 - Plugged Press Night by Phil James
Production Values have organised two exciting showcase events in aid of the Viking FM For the Kids
charity. Plugged boasts a diverse range of electric and acoustic acts in an 'East meets West' Yorkshire
celebration of new music and live music talent. At the press event, held at the Riverside Theatre, Hull,
I was welcomed by an enthusiastic ...
Music Reviews - Wednesday 21st November 07 - Circus Envy and Stickpin at Durty Nelly's By Nicki Stylianou
Having read Martin Wellbourne's review of
the Circus Envy/Stickpin gig at Durty Nelly's I feel inclined to write one of my own.
Stickpin played well and showed potential with their songs. They played against the England v Croatia background which was on the telly, not easy, but most people paid attention to the band and gave them support.
Music Reviews - Wednesday 17th October 07 - TopGun At The Adelphi Club By Michelle Dee
It was a strange night in Adelphi, when I saw these two crazy ass mofos do their DJ thang, it was another crazy night when I saw TopGun the band. They took to the stage in giant sumo suits and proceeded to play electro fuzz stoner pop. They kicked the proverbial posterior.
The crowd lapped up their hapless madcap routines and shambolic stage show.
Music Reviews - Friday 9th November 07 - Mostly Autumn at York Grand Opera House By Steve Rudd
Back playing in York for what lead guitarist Bryan presumed must have been the first
time in some ten years, the eight-member-strong Prog-Rockers in Mostly Autumn ceremoniously brought the house down.
One of the finest live bands in the land, Mostly Autumn are an incredible band that belts out truly epic songs, incorporating all manner