Monday 4th January 2010 - Antiproduct, Psychobabylon and Chris Catalyst at Fibbers, York
By Steve Rudd
Boldly deciding to stage a gig on what is purported to be the worst day of any given year to put on live music full-stop, Mister Martyn of Screaming Tarts fame thankfully managed to book cult-rockers Antiproduct for a date on their scandalously short but undeniably thrilling tour of the UK.
With Paul Miro unable to perform due to illness, the stage times of the acts were redrafted, allowing The Eureka Machines front man Chris May (AKA Chris Catalyst) to extend his solo acoustic set accordingly.
Warming up the huddled crowd with stage-stealing glee, Chris is one of the most well-known and well-respected singers and performers in Yorkshire, having been playing guitar and singing for over a decade. Ironically, it was almost ten years to the month since I booked Chris to play a gig in Driffield; at the time, in 2000, he fronted Catalyst (hence his stage-name).
In the past ten years, Chris has gone on to play guitar for the likes of The Sisters of Mercy . He also enjoyed huge success with his one-man Robochrist incarnation which took many a festival stage by storm in due course.
Currently concentrating his musical endeavours on solo performances and gigs with the almighty Eureka Machines, Chris is evidently working harder than ever.
Edging on stage beneath a cap, and with an irrepressible grin for company, he launched into a flurry of emotive numbers, his stupendously strong voice plastered with soul by default. In spite of the apparent seriousness of his songs, he played his between-song-spiel purely for fun, generating hearty laughter from the punters as a result of his high-spirited banter.
Yorkshire rockers Psychobabylon were the next guests of honour, promptly conspiring to deliver a tight and tumultuous volley of fast-paced and hard-driving rock numbers in order to liven affairs up somewhat. A tight quintet consisting of three former Phluid members, the Babylon boys plundered a cache of high-voltage numbers, all of which were delivered with fast and furious fanaticism.
Launching into Adrenaline Junkie (a coolly reworked Slash Vegas anthem that's never sounded better) with appropriately heady gusto, it wasn't long before Nothing To Give hit out before surrendering to the likes of Claustrophobia and Time Keeps Pushin .
Sleazy overtones proceeded to anchor Trash, during which guitarist Scottish - to whom the award went for 'Band Member Sporting The Sparkliest Outfit of The Evening' - laid down a stunning riff.
Time-served anthem Freak (which was co-written by Scottish, tub-thumper Ginna and guitarist Robbie G in the hallowed days of Phluid) topped the band's set in hedonistic style, with crowd participation being the order of the evening as soon as the first note fell into place.
Bearing all of the aforementioned in mind, it pays to remind oneself that Psychobabylon haven't been around for all that long, yet in a staggeringly short period of time they have managed to perfect their stage presence and to nail a bevy of truly rollicking tunes dominated by sing-a-long choruses and trailblazing riffs.
Only one band could possibly top Psychobabylon's sterling set, and that band was the mighty Antiproduct. Fronted by live-wire singer and born entertainer Alex Kane, the 'Product were kind enough to touchdown in York for one night only once Mister Martyn said he'd love to organise and promote a show for them before they left for America after playing a clutch of dates with The Wildhearts.
Hitting the stage amidst screams and shouts from the crowd, Alex knows how to bring out the best in those hold captive in his grasp. He literally takes no prisoners and absolutely will not tolerate anybody resting on their haunches whilst he's throwing every pose in the 'Book of Rock'.
Arguably the most energetic and entertaining frontman to ever have formed a band, Alex Kane is a revelation, and he wasted no time before vaulting over Fibbers' barrier in order to slide up close and personal with as many punters as possible.
Charging through a perfectly balanced mixture of old and new tunes, Alex and band wisely aired a selection of material from their latest album, Please Take Your Cash. The barnstorming I Will Not Go Quietly constituted one of the newest tunes on offer.
Meanwhile, old classics in the vein of Bungee Jumping People Die and Arms Around The World conspired to get the crowd echoing every word that Alex vitriolically spat as he roamed the stage and flung his mercilessly flexible body around the dance floor.
Playing up to his cartoon characteresque persona a treat, comparisons to The Joker wouldn't go amiss when a huge grin pays lip service to his visage (which, for once, was totally lacking in make-up) as standard.
Having persuaded a few new faces to join him on his UK dates this time around, the line-up which pummelled the York crowd into submission still came complete with 'Product pillar Clare on guitar. Without her, the band really wouldn't be the same.
In the wake of kicking a couple of colourful balloons around the venue for good measure, Alex retired to the dressing room before reappearing in a fetching, blood-red top and head-smothering hair-piece for the final song of their set - a sensational rendition of Timewarp no less. As expected, it left the adrenalised crowd baying for more.
Alas, the show was over, and it was time to once again brave the wintry elements outside, hoping and praying that Antiproduct will return to our shores later in 2010 for yet more anarchic madness.
Music Reviews - Tuesday 28 December 09 - Late Night Fiction, Turismo, The Holy Orders, Fudgey and The Acrobats at The Sesh By Katie Ashworth
Wandering towards Linnet and Lark at 10.30pm and I was impressed. I'd never been to The Sesh before, for some strange reason, so I had no idea what to expect. First impression: the place is packed; the people smoking outside are spilling from the terrace into the car park. Inside, the bar is busy, people filling the dance floor in front of the stage.
I could barely move without having to push past someone, but I finally located my friends.
Music Reviews - The Yards at York Duchess, Saturday 28th November 2009 By Steve Rudd
Appropriately dubbed The Last High by the band, this gig in York sadly constituted the final-ever gig to be performed by The Yards. However, it wasn't a sad affair in the least. To the contrary, it provided scant excuse to mourn the band's passing, instead being the perfect opportunity to celebrate all that the York-based outfit achieved in seven years of writing, recording and playing as a unit.
Music Reviews - Saturday 25th July 09 - The Talks, Counting Coins and The Bron-Yr-Aurs at The Adelphi Club, Hull By Dick Spring Photos By Cilla
This was a most eagerly anticipated show by hotly tipped Hull band, The Talks following a couple of low key impromtu local gigs including closing the Springboard festival in Cottingham, and a once more packed Sesh at the Linnet and Lark, where they tore the hot sweaty roof off the place.
They have also been playing some high profile shows opening up for two-tone ska legends, The Specials.
This was their first headline show back in Hull for some time and with the numbers that were packing into the Adelphi, it did not disappoint.
Music Reviews - Friday 29th May 09 - Moonbeams Acoustic Evening at the Bell Hotel, Driffield By Steve Rudd
In light of the fact that it was the final Moonbeams before summer, organiser Leila Slater had gone all out to arrange the greatest line-up imaginable, managing to replace Hayley Gaftarnick with Edwina Hayes at the last minute when Hayley unfortunately came down with tonsillitis.
Opening proceedings, resident barman at The Bell, Joe Pickering,
Music Reviews -Monday 19th May 09 Musicians Night featuring Disaster Radio New Zealand, By Michelle Dee
Annie, budding stand-up comic from The Willows women's centre begins a night where it seems the strange and the stranger have come to congregate in the Adelphi. Annie has an old style ghetto blaster on which she is attempting to record her homework.
Was she funny? Yes, but it wasn't easy to pin down why. A bizarre opening to a night that was to get steadily more fantastical.
Music Reviews - Tuesday 12th May 09 - Silent Revolution Magazine Presents 59 Violets, The Shadow Cops and Kill Youth Culture at New Adelphi Club, Hull By Michelle Dee
Barton's 59 Violets have been busy writing and recording new material for their forthcoming album.
The band remain a four piece with Lee Drinkall on vocals/guitar and Matt Cade
on drums alongside Digsy
vocals/guitar, and John Amos (known as Bill to his friends) on bass.
The new material sounds more considered with Lee taking on some of the vocals from Digsy; on one number
Digsy was just doing backing vocals and chorus.
Music Reviews - Wednesday March 25th 09 The New Beautiful South At Nottingham Rescue Rooms By Julia Grant Live Pictures By Dave Cowan
I wasn't planning on going to see The New Beautiful South. From the moment I heard about the band reforming without guitarist/co-songwriter Dave Rotheray, bassist Sean Welch and most importantly, without lead singer/songwriter/band leader Paul Heaton, I thought that it was an awful idea.
As much as I liked the remaining band members, I just didn't ever think they'd be able to pull it off.
I have to
Music Reviews - Saturday 21st March 09 - Jody McKenna And Friends At Adelphi Club By Michelle Dee
Jody has just headlined a fine musical programme watched by a spirited crowd numbering fifty or so. Tonight was to be reggae artist, Finley Quaye's second gig at the Adelphi club but he has
cancelled last minute and left Jody somewhat in the lurch. However, his friends and supporters
rallied to put together a varied programme, featuring some of the artists that I'm sure will benefit
Music Reviews - Thursday 26th March 09 - Daisy Riots And GST Cardinals At Kick Out The Jams Nags Head Hull
By Michelle Dee
I hear you went to Kick Out the Jams at the Nags Head on Newland Avenue how was it?
It was good; loads of people there. Saw Marv and Rachel, Alfie, Carlos and Uncle Dave, Flo, Maddy, Laura and Brum too ... Brum bought me an NBA, he is a good egg.
So who was playing, were they any good?
It was GST Cardinals with a bunch of new songs and a new band member called Ryan.
Music Reviews - Saturday 7th March 09 - The Kings Of Lyon At The New Tower Nightclub, Hull
By Michelle Dee
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
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...