After the success of The Beards (2nd HDM Talent Trail 07) and multiple successes with The Riffs (Global Icon TV Winners!, Channel 4's 4unsigned, Radio 1's One Music, Tune Tribe, UK Undiscovered Radio and Live and Unsigned UK) Newly formed Kings Of Lyon KOL tribute band were ready to rock the Saturday night Hull crowd.
Described as..."the most astounding, vibrant tribute to the Kings Of Leon, playing the best music of the last four albums from KOL with an energy and quality"...Did the Kings Of Lyon live up to this bold claim?
I arrived at the New Tower Club just after half nine on Saturday evening and there was a sizeable queue going halfway down the street. Previously, I'd been in Queens and a certain Jimmy Dean had informed me that everyone was going to Tower.
Once inside I could see that he was right - downstairs was full and noisy too with Brit pop faves from Blur and Pulp blaring out through the newly installed concert rig.
Upstairs in the mezzanine VIP bar three luscious ladies were celebrating their birthday; shiny purple helium filled balloons rose from the floor depicting their combined age of 103.
Champagne flowed as friends came together to celebrate the re-launch of the New Tower and the excitement built as we waited for the Kings Of Lyon to come on stage.
Downstairs once more, I took my place among the swollen crown in order to get the
best shots of the four musicians. The lights dimmed, smoke filled the stage and
they launched into a full set of KOL floor fillers.
The crowd responded, jumping
up and down, dancing and generally going a bit crazy particularly for,
Molly's Chambers, On Call and California Waiting.
Lasers and lights bounced off the walls and everyone was having a fine time.
There was a couple who had come all the way from Harrogate to join the party
which just goes to show the appeal of the U.S. rockers sound.
My 'lighter in the air' moment, was the opening of minimalist track Milk. Dawson's voice filled with deeply felt anguish. I could have listened to that one on repeat all night. Stirring stuff.
Vocally, Dawson had enough of the Followill drawl as to help create the illusion. Baz turned the crowd on, with rock n roll swagger and eye catching guitar moves. Knocker on bass (not so hirsute) stage right, hands in the air egged the crowd on, not that they needed it. Moggy on drums, in front of the indoor waterfall at the back, clearly loved every minute; he couldn't stop grinning at fiancÚ and birthday girl Marie.
Talking about nuptials, Dawson finally proposed to his long term girlfriend Sarah a few weeks ago. Luckily for him she accepted his proposal, so more wedding bells are in the air for these much loved musicians.
The crowd demanded an encore and Kings Of Lyon duly responded with the
KOL chart topper Use Somebody.
Having not had the chance to see KOL live before,
I don't know how they compared to the real KOL, but for faithful reproductions of
the songs, sheer energy and excitement, Kings Of Lyon delivered -
and then some.
Music Reviews - Tuesday 24th February Silent Revolution Magazine Presents New York Alcoholic Anxiety Attack Plus Special Guest Joolz Denby With Support from 5-7-5 At Adelphi Club By Michelle Dee
Tonight's event by dissident fanzine Silent Revolution run by local artist and
is another example of a
artistic venture that remains unsupported, unfunded and ignored by the established
creative sector in the city.
Adelphi Club on De Grey Street provides the perfect setting to host this auspicious convergence of
spoken word and live music, seeing that the club and Proprietor Paul JacksonRead more...
Music Reviews - Saturday 6th December 08 - Love Music Hate Racism at Hull City Hall By Michelle Dee
Saturday was going to be a busy day. I had offered my services to Arts Development Worker Stewart Baxter the driving force and helmsman behind the
Hull LMHR event at the City Hall. Through hard work he had gathered support from many different groups including the local City Council to stage the LMHR event in the town centre.
Music Reviews - Friday 28th November 08 - Flossie Malavialle and Dave Dave & Zoe Bottomley at Moonbeams, The Bell Hotel, Driffield By Steve Rudd
For the final Moonbeams of 2008, Leila Slater - the organizer and promoter of the
Acoustic nights - had pulled out all the stops to ensure it was an unforgettable
night of superb music.
First up, a local lad called Jeremy wowed the crowd with two delicately finger-picked
numbers which were both rapturously received. Having previously performed at this
summer's Kelk-FestRead more...
Music Reviews - Saturday 29th November 08 - Scouting for Girls at Bridlington Spa By Caitlin Middleton
There's a cinematic countdown and blinding strobe lights as Roy and co. take to the stage assuming god-like
status to the sea of screaming teenyboppers. After two long hours, a somewhat confused Sam Beeton and
relatively generic The Days and Scouting for Girls are finally on stage warbling on about
being James Bond.
Music Reviews - Tuesday 25th November 08 - DVA Studios Showcase featuring Timmy D, Frank Johnson, Alex Stork, Jamie Gray, Telenovela, Great Northern Hotel, Day In The City At Sharkeys George Street By Michelle Dee
Last night Dave Abbot of DVA Studios held his second showcase of artists
he has been working with supporting and recording in his home studio.
Dave set up DVA in order to support new musicians give them access to a studio do
early demo recordings in order to give them something solid to market themselves with.
Look out for a DVA Sampler CD from DVA Studios featuring some of the
musicians from tonight's showcase event.
Music Reviews - 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,
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