Wonderland in HU5 at Union Mash Up - Saturday 23rd November 2013
By Michelle Dee
Thank you for the invite to Wonderland in HU5 at Union Mash Up, and I'm sorry if I didn't appear to be on best form. I know now that I was coming down with something - today I feel woozy and have a sore throat.
I was also sorry to miss Marie Rickard's vocal performance - I was told repeatedly how good she was. Alas, I will have to wait a little longer for that pleasure.
I did however see The Evil Litter for the first time. The newly formed girl/boy duo was something of a revelation.
Leon Welburn (formerly of Mammal Hum) and Claire Scott; a singer with marked talent, who I believe is new to the local stage.
Songs about monkeys in trouble, balloons, death and something filthy keep an attentive crowd entertained throughout. There are moments during the set where voice
and rolling guitar crescendo threaten to reverberate the many pictures from the wall.
Sparse guitar riffs and strong vocals bring to mind the sounds of Polly Jean. And I can hear you all:
Ahh, female singer with non-pop waif sound, alternative approach, power and tone, always gets compared to PJ Harvey or Kate Bush...
With Evil Litter it's not so much the voice that brings the easy comparison - dynamic and textured as it is - but the unusual harmonising between the two; the odd voicing; the minimalism, and the apparent refusal to stick to conventional song constructs.
This, I think, is borne of their refreshing twenty-minutes-or-it's-out rule that the two cousins apply to each song during Evil Litter writing sessions. I look forward to catching them again soon and the promise of a debut EP with a planned Christmas release.
Wonderland in HU5 wasn't just a chance to hear some quality sounds in the living room atmosphere of Union Mash Up, it was also an opportunity for some
local creatives, artists and printmakers to showcase some new work and perhaps sell a print or two.
There was also an alternative grotto with an ape in Santa's place filled with more artwork for sale from the wyrd world of Anna Bean.
There were new prints in various sizes, good value packs of Christmas cards (with bizarre imagery that will stand out over the endless robins and nativity scenes)
on the mantle this Yuletide.
I recall one particular print, a striking silvery figure in the familiar human/animal anthropomorphic form that Anna Bean is known for. I like shiny things,
like a jackdaw to jewellery, and if that one didn't get sold, I'd love for it to find a permanent home on my mantelpiece; an absolute steal at four pounds.
Music Reviews - Friday October 4th - Alan Clayson and Friends at Adelphi By Michelle Dee
Intricate finger picking, complicated patterns, coupled with a deceptively powerful and mature singing voice this is Holly Blackshaw's first real gig, as she makes her debut at The Adelphi Club.
Opening for the Sounds of the City show, her voice ebbs and flows with a distinctive and engaging style, refrains that rise and fall, in the now becalmed club. Holly's vocal
the notes languid,
Music Reviews - Tuesday 8th October 2013 - RM Hubbert and Friends at the Adelphi By Michelle Dee
'Start with 'A' minor and then anything after that,' he says with a wry smile. What to expect? Expect the unexpected. A cliché maybe, but of course it is all improvised, so he really doesn't know himself.
The old Adelphi speakers awaken with a dull crash and a series of oddball digitized sounds meld and merge.
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Music Reviews - The Alarm at The New Adelphi - Thursday 5th May 2011 By Melanie Fullard
We arrived at the Adelphi and we were most upset - we couldn't get in the
car park. A huge black tour bus had taken up the back spaces. Were Motley Crew
here, or summat? Well, it is the new Adelphi; the beer mats have been changed
and there's a new door on the bog, so I suppose...
The support were a band called The Last Republic. They were a Welsh band, a bit
Music Reviews - Riff Raff Enthrall Audience at Legendary Adelphi - Friday 27th May 2011 By Michelle Dee
After Hurray for the Riff Raff signed to Loose Music at the beginning of 2011, it was only going to be a matter of time before the American Folk band played their first U.K. tour.
It has been a busy schedule with nine U.K. dates in all and numerous press engagements, interviews and radio air play. It seems Alynda and Huey, fellow New Yorkers,
built up quite a rapport when he interviewed the band on his BBC 6Music show.
Music Reviews - Friday 12th February 2011 - The Talks, Jokerz and Hold Your Own at Lamp By Jonathan Cain
On 12th February 2011 I once again embarked upon the noble quest to the Lamp in Hull. This journey was to once again witness the awe striking performance of one of Hull's greatest bands.
I am of course talking about The Talks, just like on the 30th October 2010 I entered the Lamp with curious eyes still astounded that such a small pub had a pool table never mind a stage.
Music Reviews - Justin Currie at The Picturedrome, Holmfirth - Saturday 22nd January 2011 By Melanie Fullard
Holmfirth, Last of the Summer Wine country. 1.51 mins with traffic. One of the most unlikely places for a gig.
The Picturedrome has a small intimate feel with good stage views and approximately 500 capacity, some seated.
It's now 9.pm. Justin has decided to go it alone these days and enters the stage with an acoustic guitar and a keyboard in situ. It's good to see him again. He opens with Always The Last To KnowRead more...
Music Reviews - Beneath The Eyes Of Eternity at Pozition - Wednesday 24th November 2010 By Jonathan Cain Photographs by Jim Hawking
As I've said before I'm a ska fan. I do like to dip my fingers in the metaphorical music pie, who doesn't? But if I'm being honest, I've never been a fan of hardcore music or what is commonly known as 'Screamo'. However there are those few bands in this scene that make me think, 'wow'.
It happened the other day at a venue called Pozition which held their fabled 'rock night', playing host
Music Reviews - Signe Tollefsen, The Woodwards and Adam Donen at The Adelphi - Tuesday 2nd November 2010 By Michael Overfield
On Tuesday 2nd November 2010 at the Adelphi Club, a gig was organised which celebrated the launch of three new albums created by three very different music artists. The nights line up was as follows; Adam Donen, The Woodwards and Signe Tollefsen.
Adam Donen's performance was bewitching. The tracks sung from his soon to be released album Immortality were remarkable. As his lyrics melted into the notes of his he spoke personally to the crowd
Music Reviews - The Talks at Lamp - Saturday 30th October 2010 By Jonathan Cain Photos by Mandy Whittles
I pride myself on being a ska fan, from the original 1950's, to Two Tone, to Third Wave I am ska fan through and through. When I was sixteen I saw my first ever gig Reel Big Fishand swore to myself, that I will never again see a gig that will be in the same league as that performance. Well today, 30th October, that vow was broken.
I enter a small venue by the name of Lamp, a small tight looking pub covered from wall to wall in Halloween decorations,
Music Reviews - I Like Trains Album Launch at The Deep support from Sam Airey - Thursday 14th October 2010 By Jonathan Cain
In my opinion the best thing we do as humans is create music. It has the power to make you laugh, make you dance and even stir emotions that no one can describe.
Each person's interpretation of music is different: it can make you happy, it can make you sad, it can make you remember a time that you long forgot and make you want to burst with feelings.
Music Reviews - The Manic Street Preachers at Hull City Hall - Tuesday October 5th 2010 By Melanie Fullard
It always amazes me what a great venue, Hull City hall actually is. It stands up to the likes of Shepherd's Bush Empire, any day.
There's a full house and the band enter to Echo and the Bunnymen-nice choice.
In comes the band. James Dean Bradfield looks older, more weathered somehow? The same feeling you get after not seeing your brother for a year. He looks different but when he opens his mouth,
Music Reviews - Late Night Fiction, Windum Earl, Blacklight Pioneer and The Belle Collective at The Adelphi - Thursday 14th October 2010 By Dick Spring
You know when you see a billing that gets you hopelessly excited with anticipation, yet can often end up being an anti climax, or worse still, a disappointment? Well, scratch that thought. There was no such feeling tonight as a healthily busy Adelphi was testament to.
Opening up the show was a shortened set by The Belle Collective, who have been quietly and steadily building a reputation locally with gypsy folk inspired pop,
Music Reviews - Jesse Malin at Fibbers, York Thursday 24th June 2010 By Steve Rudd
Two years since he last visited the grand old city of York, New Yorker Jesse launched into his set with reckless abandon, hitting out with a volley of brand new material, before harking back to the olden days with tunes such as Queen of The Underworld (lifted from his debut release, The Fine Art of Self-Destruction) and Black Haired Girl (one of the finest cuts on his sensational Glitter in The Gutter LP).
Backed by The St. Mark's Social,