I went to the Sesh at Linnet and Lark just before Xmas to check out a local band that has been creating a lot of buzz lately around Hull and Myspace, the band being JoKeRz.
I hadn't seen them before, only heard snippets of their pop/rock on myspace - being impressed with the songs, I decided to check them out - I don't think I was ready for what I saw.
A 35 minute set of raw emotion, upbeat, catchy songs that make you wanna bounce off the walls and a chemistry between the 3 guys that hasn't been seen in a hull band in a long time!
At the end of the set the guys left me, and the whole crowd, knackered and I jumped
at the chance to buy their album 3 of a Kind. The album can only be described as captivating; pop songs that have a great commercial feel about them, mixed with psycho punk drumming, great lyrics and even better vocals.
The album starts off with a BANG! The band can be heard walking into the studio,
plugging in their instruments and blasting through a quick instrumental piece
then straight into 1 in 1 Out - a jovial look at going Friday night clubbing
but finding out when you are queuing that the bouncers are only letting pretty girls in and 1 person in at a time (so annoying! You know what club in Hull you are!).
We jump straight to Get That Feeling - funky bass lines a plenty and excellent
vocals - this comes across excellently on the CD, with a slight indie feel to
it - and a crowd favourite when they played it at the Sesh.
Perhaps the most catchy and definitely the most commercial song on the album,
Coincidences hits us right in the middle of the album! This song is just pure
pop and makes you want to jump up and down endlessly, it wouldn't go a miss in
many a club!
Beautiful imagery in the lyrics strange circumstances, midnight
romances, stop my life being a bore give it a very young Springsteen-esque
feeling while the music side could be lent to The New Radicals mixed with
some drumming from Green Day.
Magic Garden goes into a darker realm, but with no less enthusiasm as the
more upbeat numbers, the chorus is made for stadiums - with a crowd sing-along
'ba-ba-bada's' that were seen at the Sesh.
The boys slow it down with a beautiful song called Me and the Boys - bringing
back childhood memories, the things you got up to and the camaraderie of
friendship that never dies as you get older. This song really shows their
song writing ability and is another potential single.
Another couple of upbeat rockier songs follow,
I Hate You and Game are in the same vein, showing the boys rockier/edgier side.
Great lyrics again, especially Game which describes somebody being messed
around by a girl but not even knowing it!
The lyrics are poignant, sometimes brutal, but also honest and really grab
the listener by the throat and dragging you in.
Man With No Name is a beautiful piece, slowed down with acoustic guitars in
the background and beautiful drumming that lends even more to the gorgeousness
of this song.
A narrative about an unknown person, doing all he can for people,
never expecting anything in return, but sometimes doubting himself when in
reality that person doesn't have to as he only needs to look at what people
think of him!
Another brilliant pop song follows that we can all relate to, Money about being skint and needing more, another great commercial song that has another potential single tag on it!
The harmonies on this really add to the song, and speedy punk drumming once again makes you want to bounce off the walls and go for a run down the street.
The album closes with a beautiful piano ballad called Stupid Life - arguably
the best song on the album, with a strong Coldplay feel to it. This song can't be described, you are just going to have to listen to it yourselves to realise the pure beauty of it.
Apart from having a great set of catchy, commercial pop songs with great lyrics, the biggest thing that stands out is Kristian's voice. The lead singer has a raw, at times very subtle, booming vocal style that just blasts the listener away like a punch to the chest. This guy's voice has to be heard live to appreciate the pure power of it.
The album is fantastic work from start to finish, showing that they aren't just a one trick pony, it has something for everybody. I'd really recommend them to anybody, check out the album and their live show sooner rather than later - from the sounds of this CD, they ain't gunna be around Hull for much longer.
Album Reviews - James Blunt - All the Lost Souls By Becky Field
One of the most amazing men in music has released his new album, All the Lost Souls.
James Blunt has yet again set his goal posts at a very high standard with a completely
remarkable album to follow his first album, Back to Bedlam. His first album had a
massive hit of over 12 million sales. Like all popular albums Back to Bedlam did
feature an all time single You're Beautiful which
Album Reviews - The Pockets Silver Tray Sessions By Michelle Dee
Today I have been blessed with singular psychedelic sounds emanating from Coventry way.
The four piece band made up of Daz Ferris on lead vocals and percussion,
Andy Ferris on lead guitar Sully on bass and backing vocals and Kirk Savage on drums.
This is just a demo right now taken from the Silver Tray sessions so look out
Album Reviews - CD Reviews - Turkey in the Straw by Glenn Williams and the Ullbillies (Lazyswede Productions) By Jim Soars
A pleasant collection of both original and traditional country/folk songs,
brought to us from the wilds of downtown HullGlenn Williams is one of the few British artistes that can revive classic
country and folk songs and give them a facelift without compromising the
music's heritage, and this is shown perfectly on his interpretation of
classic songs such as Turkey In The StrawRead more...
Album Reviews - The Jim Muir Slideshow - ...And With the Fading of the Light' (A Tomorrows World Industry) By Nick Quantrill
Some things are worth waiting for, and for those paying attention it has
been a lengthy wait for this album. Having quietly released a string of
critically acclaimed EPs, the Jim Muir Slideshow disappeared from public view.
Compiling these releases, and aided by some freshening up, the EPs are
transformed into a debut full-length release
Album Reviews - Turkey In The Straw By Glenn Williams And The Ullbillies Reviewed By Pete Smith (The Advertiser UK)
Maintaining the theme of real country and innovation we move back across the
Atlantic to the port of Hull where resides one Glenn Williams the captain of
a motley crew called the Ullbillies. Glenn, it appears, is a performer
after my own heart. His passion is to revive classic country and to give
it a facelift without compromising the
Album Reviews - White Chalk by PJ Harvey Reviewed By Perry Farrell
Let's be honest - there are certain kinds of music and certain artists that the happy-clappy
masses are never really going to get and, apart from her odd forays into the charts with
one or two of her more accessible songs over the years, Polly Jean Harvey falls into this category.
Moreover, it's probably fair to say that many of her fans have a greater-than-average
Album Reviews - Screaming Tarts 4 (17 track compilation) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
The Screaming Tarts website has gone from strength to strength over the past few years.
There's little wonder either, especially when a whole host of exclusive interviews,
reviews and blogs are forever being published on there.
To be fair, a once-a-week whirlwind tour around the site often makes for far more
entertaining reading than the NME.
Album Reviews - Hodmeister - The Total Fabrication Of The Personification In The Nuance Of the Art Form (4 Track EP) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Now here's a Yorkshire-based talent to get genuinely excited about. Chris Hoddinott has been involved in the fine art of music-making for some years now, having shown off his guitar-playing prowess as a member of Beverley band
Since the band dissolved, Chris has moved up to Scarborough, where he's now producing a totally different style of music
Album Reviews 3-D - Future Primitive Reviewed By Steve Rudd
This extraordinary album release has been a profound family affair from start to finish, with former Spiders From Mars drummer
Woody Woodmansey working with his two sons Nick and Danny to produce this amazing
album that's full of exhilarating instrumentals, with a multitude of killer drum beats at their heart.
It's a bold premise that has been executed
Album Reviews - Manic Street Preachers - Send Away The Tigers Reviewed By Richard Stephenson
There comes a time in the career of many bands when a dilemma occurs ... how to build on past glories.
There may have been a genre defining album, or a style of music and clothing that set the stratosphere ablaze.
But once a reputation has been established and career defined, where next?
In their 17 year career, the Manics have been the kings of such reinventions.
Album Reviews - The Me Band Debut Album By Gavin Hopper
Do you remember a time before high school?
Before getting drunk at college and getting off with the ugly one?
A time before a mortgage and 2.4 children and a very angry bank manager whose
minions would phone you everyday making those debt free adverts on television
seem more and more appealing? Perhaps a time before trouble?
Album Reviews - CD Reviews - Painted Sambas 3 Track Demo By Michael Smith Age 15
The Painted Sambas are fairly new band who have only just recorded this 3 track demo.
Track 1 appears to lack that presence a band should have, in my eyes.
This band provides a Pop Indie sound with Folkish vocals which sadly don't work in my eyes.
Track 2 however has a better vibe
Album Reviews - CD Reviews - Unless - Drowning 2 Track Demo By Michael Smith Age 15
Unless are a good band and time-served in the music scene of Grimsby with an Indie, Alternative feel.
This new demo seems to be dominated by a Techno and dance vibe.
This Drowning Demo is a good attempt on going in a new direction with the
Indie and Techno - a combination that people obviously like, otherwise they would not
have such high myspace stats!
Album Reviews - Sworn Amongst - Audio Aggression 2007
This young British band execute strongly on their new three-track EP, which is indeed neck-breaking from start to finish.
It's is a much heavier effort this time around, and the new line-up show that they can really pack a wallop, with added ferocity!
Fans of Slayer/Machine Head/Pantera will surely be worshipping this band in time to come.
Album Reviews - CD Reviews - The North Pole - The Grip b/w How Can I Explain By Nicholas Boldock
Let me relate to you a few irrefutable facts. You, like 99% of the population of the world, have never heard of The North Pole. You don't own any of their CDs. You have never seen them live. You don't know what they sound like. You don't know their names. You've never met them - or rather, if you have, you didn't realise who they were.
You don't know whether you like
Album Reviews - CD Reviews - Make It Better Later - Music By Numbers By Kelpy D Pictures by Anna Drake
I was thoroughly unprepared for this. For what just issued forth from my CD player. So much so I grabbed my laptop and began to write, shocked into action by a band with a sense of humour to rival their creative vision.
My stereo had been turned up to a volume appropriate for a single man in his front room dancing
by Spandau Ballet in the vain hope of
Album Reviews - The Sesh 4 Compilation CD By Joe Hakim
I'm going to start off by mentioning just how good the overall quality of The Sesh 4 CD is. In the past, the production has varied in quality from track to track, but each and every track on this CD sounds as though it has come fresh from a big studio.
This, combined with Darren Rogers' simple yet slick cover-design, has resulted in a product
Album Reviews - Delta - The Life and Times of Jim Vallie and Sweet Rosalyn By Michelle Dee
Naomi and Grainger, have known each other since they were seven years old and now
they are both twenty five, are busy promoting their first album.
They play their own take on the soul pop sound with heart and feeling.
Naomi's voice on opener Ten years in Harlem is powerful, soulful at times warm and
invites the listener in. The song has strong lines with a standout
Album Reviews - Liv Kristine Enter My Religion on (Road Runner Records) By Michelle Dee
Since receiving this disc from
it has lain on my desk at home on top of
the ever growing pile of demos and promos.
I have played it on a number of times in order to absorb what she and her music are about.
I came up with synth led moody pop intermittently good.
The first track Over the Moon was catchy enough for
Album Reviews - CrackTown - There Must And Shall Be Midgets (an appraisal) By Michelle Dee
A consumer of CrackTown am I,
with songs irrepressible and wry.
You would be mistaken,
for the thought they'd forsaken,
here's the second album we cry.
Music to bring you out of your gloom,
an antidote by the shovel not a spoon.
They might well be misfits,
there must and shall be midgets,
hark the piper, calls a different tune.
When CrackTown recorded their first
Album Reviews - Last Gang - Beat of Blue (48 Crash Records - Limited edition 7" vinyl and download) - Reviewed By Nick Quantrill Release Date : 30th October 06
If you like your guitar-pop with a bit of kick and bite, then you could do a
lot worse than to check out one of Yorkshire's best kept secrets.
It's taken a while for this debut release to materialize, but the slow and
steady approach looks set to pay dividends, especially now that influential
figures in the music industry such as Steve Lamacq are beginning to
Album Reviews - Delta (A.KA.) Naomi and Grainger E.P. By Michelle Dee
I received this EP early summer just as the days were getting hotter. I played it through and wrote some notes on the back of an envelope and then what happens, I put the envelope down in a pile and promptly lose it. It turns up, well half of it some weeks later and I spend the next few days staring at half of the words trying to remember what else was there.
Album Reviews - Screaming Tarts Volume 3 (20-track compilation album) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
Already it's the third album in the series, and Screaming Tarts: Volume 3 is
both sounding better and looking sleeker than ever. Once again the creator
and webmaster of the hugely popular www.screamingtarts.com
music e-zine (that
long-haired, good-looking fellow called Mr Martyn from Driffield, East Yorkshire)
Album Reviews - Mogwai - Mr Beast (PIAS) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
While this ten-track affair might not be as exhilarating as Mogwai's 'Come On Die Young'
masterpiece of an album, this new long-player - which is the band's fifth -
is still an epic and emotional joy to behold.
With a running time of almost three quarters of an hour, their Auto Rock tune
kicks affairs off, being a subtly enthralling piano melody, before