Sunday 16th November 08 - Guillemots at The Plug, Sheffield
By James Marsters
The venue was small, the crowd was quiet and the songs were surprisingly new but that didn't
stop The Guillemots from rocking out Plug in Sheffield on a freezing cold Sunday night.
Opening with a new song may seem like a daring thing to do to a rather sedate crowd but it
definitely set the tone for the rest of the night.
Playing many fresh tracks interspersed
amongst several from their first album, Through The Windowpane, The Guillemots seemed
to have brushed off their second effort, Red as a mere footnote in their career.
Not that that's a bad thing really, as they certainly picked out the best tracks on the night.
Flitting wildly between keyboard and guitar, front man Fyfe Dangerfield looked ever
the professional with his warm, witty banter and enthusiastic delivery.
On the big numbers such as Trains To Brazil and Get Over It, the band cranked up
the urgency, delivering them as taught, indie-rock anthems as opposed to the bijou,
avant-garde pop avid listeners are used to.
But with Dangerfield's manic, passionate presence onstage, the reinterpretations worked.
Or rather, they would have done had the tinny sound system been able to keep up. In fact,
it was the only criticism of an otherwise exemplary performance.
Whether it was the venue, or the band's fault, the speakers and amps just didn't seem
to do The Guillemots' grandeur justice, rendering their usually expansive sound more
akin to a local indie band fresh out of sixth form.
It wasn't all bad though. On the quieter, more acoustic numbers, such as
If The World Ends and Made Up Love Song #43, the sound system kept pace and allowed
Dangerfield to show off his extraordinary vocal range.
The highlight of the set though came with a stripped-back version of
Standing On The Last Star from Red, a dreamy and slightly twee album track but
transformed into an delicately moving acoustic number for the live show.
And it definitely had an effect on the audience, who remained largely silent
throughout the whole gig. In fact, at one point, Dangerfield commented on the
crowd's lack of noise, but then quickly added 'it's nice, really'.
They did, however, laugh at his jokes and clap enthusiastically when it was required
of them, which suggested that it wasn't a lack of interest that was keeping them so
hushed, but quite the opposite.
And even messing up the lyrics to Made Up Love Song #43
couldn't dampen the audience's respect for the evening's host, although they did teasingly
clap when he found the right words.
In fact, the whole gig seemed more like a group of friends bouncing off each other rather
than an established band playing to the masses and this was backed up by Dangerfield
giving a shout-out to someone in the audience who had served him his Sunday pub lunch,
earlier on that day!
In all though, this was a competent, professional band headed up by a brilliant
and passionate lead singer, playing to a hugely respectful audience, and whilst
The Guillemots may never play to the masses, solid performances like this should
ensure that the fans they do have, will stick around for a long time to come.
Music Reviews - Tuesday 11th November 2008 ... HYRMC01 at The Sesh. By Michelle Dee
The live music in the evening of HYRMC 01 came from a high spirited GST Cardinals
and possibly the hardest working band in the city right now namely The Cliques.
Also on the swollen bill down at the Sesh hosted by DJ Mak were singer songwriter
Jody McKenna, Jesus Stole My Girlfriend and The Gang.
Jody opened proceedings with some highly listenable
Music Reviews - Thursday 23rd October 08 - Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip With Supports Kid Carpet And Mr. Beasley By Michelle Dee Scroobius Pip Photographs by James Rogers Others by Michelle Dee
An hour after interviewing Mr Scroobius Pip (coming soon on thisisUll.com) I was
ready for the live stuff, Mr. Beasley with Bob doing some wicked things with beats and Sarah snaking
and shimmering on the stage, her sonorous voice so entrancing. Some people say that the childlike
quality or tone defers from the enjoyment, but I'm a fan for sure.
Shame they opened the set with Right as Rain the new single released digitally
Music Reviews - Friday July 25th 08 - Thisisull Live with Alison Angus The Clauberg Opera Santa's Buggerboyz. By Michelle Dee
In July we had a thisisull live gig but as yet no report on what happened. So here it is...
Alison Angus were first up promoting new tracks from their Satis E.P.
Unusually the two
piece band set their kit up on the floor of the Adelphi in front of the stage, this was
due to the fact the headliners had all but filled the stage with their equipment.
They played their unconventional style of hard edged sculpted metal escapism, with drums,
Music Reviews - Thursday 7th August 08 - Glen Williams and the Ullbillies at The Square Spring Bank Hull By Michelle Dee
The Square although still much in its infancy, has been a venue for Spoken Word,
lounge style Alt Piano and other assorted DJ and Alt music nights including the
upcoming Tegleg Records Night 9th October. Tonight however The Square played host
to an altogether different sound, the critically acclaimed Country and Bluegrass
artist Glenn WilliamsRead more...
Music Reviews - Friday 29th August ThisisUll Live Featuring The Last People On Earth,
The Bad Apples and Matt Thompson by Michelle Dee Bad Apples Photos by Dean Wilkinson, others by Michelle and Cilla
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.
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
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