Nick is a brilliant writer who's contributions to thisisUll.com
include food, theatre, books and music reviews alongside sports and articles.
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Album Reviews,Fiction,Food and Drink,Hull Truck,Music Reviews,People,Reviews
Album/CD Reviews - March - Turn (Fortunate Son Records) Reviewed By Nick Quantrill
Out of print until now, this low-profile side project from Jeff Caudill and
Michael Baines was originally released in 1995.
Conceived as a temporary respite for Caudill from the pop-punk of his band Gameface,
this record allowed him to create a roots record that signposted the way forward
for his future endeavours.
Following the eventual demise of Gameface in 2003
Album/CD Reviews - The Hussys - Tiger EP (Fat Cheerleader Records) Reviewed By Nick Quantrill
Formed less than a year ago, The Hussys is the new project from ex-Supernaturals front
man James McColl.
Too quirky to become fixtures in the charts but never quite credible enough to
be taken seriously by the music press, The Supernaturals are best remembered for
the ubiquitous Smile. McColl's pedigree sets a high standard for his new band but
Album/CD Reviews - The Prellies - Afternoon Tea With The Prellies Reviewed By Nick Quantrill
As a general rule, tribute acts are a waste of time and should be left for the
less discerning music fan. The Prellies are the exception to this rule.
The Beatles' musical cannon has been pored over and analysed to the point that
there is little left to say. However, that would be wrong as The Prellies
explore a hidden corner of The Beatles' musical legacy.
The Beatles, along with many others, fused
Album/CD Reviews - Holly Taymar - EP (Genie Cake Records) By Nick Quantrill
EP is a limited edition release from York's Holly Taymar.
Her critically acclaimed debut album, Less Than Nothing, was very much a jazz
influenced record, yet it wasn't without one eye on capturing a wider audience for her music.
This follow-up EP retains strong jazz elements but also incorporates a more commercial
approach that hints at the direction her forthcoming full-length
Album/CD Reviews - Ricky - High Speed Silence (Beat Crazy Records) By Nick Quantrill
Ricky were undoubtedly one of the music industry's success stories of 2004.
Sheer determination, effort and no little talent saw the band's self-released single
hit the national charts and the accompanying debut album receive a four-star
review in 'Q' magazine.
Now signed to Beat Crazy Records, their debut release for the label,
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Music Reviews -
Saturday 13th August 05 - Arctic Monkeys at The Silhouette by Nick Quantrill Photo Gallery by Darren Rogers
Supported by The Applewhites, Sheffield's Arctic Monkeys rolled into Hull as the current
NME-approved future of music, and for once they might just be correct.
Despite having released just one single, the band has already toured extensively to build
a formidable word of mouth fan-base, and they look equipped to explode into the musical mainstream.
Album Reviews - Steve Reed - I Have To Go By Nick Quantrill
I Have To Go is the debut full-length release from Hull based singer-songwriter,
Steve Reed. His debut release, And So On And So Forth was a promising, yet
ultimately one-dimensional record that nevertheless showcased the potential
of his considered approach to guitar pop.
This new release sees significant steps
People - An Interview with Joesolo by Nick Quantrill
Joesolo is the alter ego of Paul Thompson, formerly of Hull
guitar-pop outfit Lithium Joe.
As the band's songwriter and vocalist, Paul played in excess of 350 gigs as the
group released a string of self-funded records through their own label,
After a musical hiatus, 2004 saw Paul commence recording as a solo artist with
Album Reviews - Ipanema - Me Me Me (Boss Tuneage Records) By Nick Quantrill
Me Me Me is the debut mini-album from Hampshire based punk-rockers, Ipanema.
Without falling wholly into the punk or rock camp, Ipanema are hammering out
guitar heavy tunes that rock with the best of them, whilst still retaining an
infectiously fresh melodic approach.
The welding together of big guitar riffs with harmonies and up-lifting choruses
maybe isn't that surprising
People - An Interview with Jeff Caudill By Nick Quantrill
Album Reviews - Jeff Caudill - Here's What You Should Do (Fortunate Son Records) By Nick Quantrill
If evidence was ever needed that old punks don't die, they transform into singer-songwriters with an itch to
scratch, Jeff Caudill personifies this. Cutting his teeth fronting acclaimed US pop-punkers Gameface, his solo career sees him ease his foot off the pedal and kick-back without losing any impact or bite.
Caudill's trump-card is his ability to craft instantly memorable songs that swing with
Single Reviews - The Jim Muir Slideshow - Tomorrow's World, Today (Bowmans Capsule Records) By Nick Quantrill
Tomorrow's Word, Today is the final part of a trilogy of releases from The Jim Muir Slideshow.
Conceived as a refuge from the stresses of working in the medical profession, the trilogy started with the
initial aim of ensuring the sanity of its participants. A single of the week award from The GuardianRead more...
Reviews, Books - Swan Song by Robert Edric Reviewed By Nick Quantrill
Swan Song is the third and final part of Robert Edric's cycle trilogy. Although Edric does not describe himself as crime-fiction writer per-se, he skilfully demonstrates the strength of the genre. Although crime-fiction is generally criticised for not being literary enough, Edric uses it as a vehicle with which to explore contemporary society.
Album/CD Reviews New CD's available from Joesolo By Nick Quantrill
Following the acclaimed release of his debut solo CD An Exile in Suburbia in 2004,
ex Lithium Joe front-man Paul Thompson returns with ten new brand recordings.
The Man Who Dreamed Of Fairyland tackles some of the major issues that touch on all our lives.
Lyrically it considers the paradoxes
Fiction - Second Chances by Nick Quantrill
Available now, Second Chances is a crime fiction novella set in Hull that is
already attracting praise from readers.
Influenced by crime fiction heavyweights Ian Rankin and Hull's Robert Edric,
Second Chances is set to be a great success.
For a taster, see the extract reproduced below, only available
Album Reviews - The Raindogs - The Adventures of The Raindogs By Nick Quantrill
Photos of Raindogs and A Certain Type of Person at The Sesh 5th April 05 by Michelle Dee
Formed in October 2004 The Raindogs comprise of vocalist and guitarist Martin Clappison
(ex King Rupert), bass guitarist Phil Ives (ex Circa 75) and drummer Dan Lydon (ex Mr Ed).
The Adventures of The Raindogs is the band's first release and having played
Album Reviews - Sixty 6 - Crash and Burn By Nick Quantrill
Sixty6 are an exciting power-pop three-piece from York who are
starting to make waves across the country and attract the interest of major label record companies.
The band confirms this potential with the release of the CD, Crash and Burn.
Food Reviews - Pier Luigi's, Princes Avenue - 19th June 2004 By Nick Quantrill
Birthdays are special. They are even more special as you hurtle rapidly towards the door marked
30. It's becoming increasingly rare, for one reason or another, that my friends
and I all gather in one place. All it takes is one
Album Reviews - Holly Taymar - Less Than Nothing (GenieCake Records) By Nick Quantrill
Less Than Nothing is the debut release from York based record label GenieCake Records.
GenieCake Records is an ambitious new project created by sisters, Catherine Cowan
and Lisa-Marie Baker, with the intention of nurturing the talent
Album Reviews - Sidewinder CD By Nick Quantrill
With their high quality and energetic live shows, Sidewinder are regarded as one of the finer Hull bands.
Looking as comfortable playing to a packed house at the Kingston Communications Stadium as they do
playing in the local pub, Sidewinder have demonstrated their ability to capture the
Album Reviews - Silver Sun - Disappear Here (Invisible Hands Records) By Nick Quantrill
Back in the days of Brit Pop, when guitar bands desperately aped Oasis, one band was bucking
this trend by trying to assert some individuality and kick back against the corporate sea of mediocrity.
Despite several chart-hits and an ever growing live following, Silver Sun were
Music Reviews - Josh Rouse and Tim Keegan at Pocklington Arts Centre - November 22nd 2004 By Nick Quantrill
Pocklington Arts Centre is a beautifully intimate all seated venue.
It's the perfect venue for tonight's gig. With high sound quality and acoustics, it's no
wonder so many acts speak well of this little known venue. Tonight saw one of America's finest
singer-songwriters, Josh Rouse, take to its stage
Reviews, Theatre - Gaffer! at York Theatre Royal By Nick Quantrill
Gaffer! is a one-man black-comedy which sees Deka Walmsley deliver a convincing
portrayal of a variety of comedy football characters and caricatures.
The central character is George, manager of struggling Northbridge Town.
George and Northbridge Town are old school. George has strong socialist values
Reviews, Theatre - Fields of Gold at Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough By Nick Quantrill
For some time now thisisUll.com has been bringing news
and reviews of events that are happening in Hull.
It is quite noticeable that what is going unreported is what's happening in the near-by towns
surrounding the city of Hull.
Album Reviews - Joesolo - An Exile In Suburbia By Nick Quantrill
History lesson - Lithium Joe were much more than graffiti on the Hull train
station wall. Whilst the majority of Hull bands are happy to settle for receiving meaningless
platitudes from their mates and being great in the local clubs,
Lithium Joe was different.
Reviews, Theatre - Confessions Of A Hull City Supporter at Hull Truck By Nick Quantrill
Written by Hull City fanatic, Alan Plater, and with male characters played by actors from Hull,
it would be easy to write this play off as being a parochial Fever Pitch.
Whilst it's definitely a home banker, the structure of the play holds enough laughs
to get a result away from home.
Single Reviews - Ricky - That Extra Mile/Beat The Best Out Of Me By Nick Quantrill
Release date - 6th September, 2004.
Following hot on the heels of acclaimed debut album, The Summer Sun Still Echoes, Portsmouth's finest,
Ricky return with a double A-side that will (hopefully) accompany some long awaited summer sun.
The single picks up
Music Reviews -
Jesse Malin - York Fibbers 10/07/04 By Nick Quantrill
I have to admit it, I'm biased. Jesse Malin rules and I won't have a
word said against him.
Like most people I discovered Jesse's music through his association with
After numerous years plodding along with quite frankly,
bad to mediocre punk bands, best mate Ryan produced and provided
Reviews, Theatre - Up n Under Hull Truck Theatre 17th July By Nick Quantrill
This special production of Up N Under is being staged to celebrate twenty years of
John Godber productions at Hull Truck.
As Godber's Olivier Award winner it's only right this should be the chosen play as well
as it being an opportunity to reclaim its reputation back after the sheer awfulness of the film it spawned.
Album Reviews - Salako - The Story Of Our Life So Far By Nick Quantrill
Oh, the frustration of being a music fan. After whining long and hard about how recent years have been a
lean period for good music and searching high and low for things for something to excite my ears,
it came as somewhat of a surprise to find it lurking under my nose in Hull.
Music Reviews -
Mark Joseph, The 59 Violets, Blue Sand, Pave - Hull Adelphi, May 28th 2004 By Nick Quantrill
It's undeniable that the Under The Influence nights have been a massive success at drawing new acts to the city. Dean really deserves credit for getting the bands of the moment into The Adelphi. Hull needs these kinds of gigs.
I also suspect Dean is a canny promoter. Having the support bills filled by the better bands in the city means
Music Reviews - Pave - Linnet and Lark 05 February 2004 by Nick Quantrill
2004 hasn't been the greatest years so far. It kicked off more than adequately in the Old Town Square of Prague but went rapidly down hill from there.
Returning home I battled unsuccessfully against tonsillitis for a couple of weeks before slipping on the ice and breaking two fingers! Almost recovered, I decided to unleash myself upon Hull once again.
The return of 'The Sesh' at Linnet and Lark seemed as good any place...
Music Reviews - Pave - Promotional CD by Nick Quantrill
It's often said that bands use the opportunity of recording as a means of 'capturing the live sound.' What a load of cack! It's an opportunity to sound better than you do live!
Due to the pressures of working far faster than a signed band would be expected to, and in lower quality studios, the recording process must be incredibly difficult for your average Hull band.
Review of 2003 - By Nick Quantrill
In the festive tradition of polls, surveys and what have you that all the best magazines and websites carry at this time of the year, you'll have to settle for some things I liked in 2003 and some things I didn't..
1 Gigolo Aunts - Pacific Ocean Blues 2 Jesse Malin - The Fine Art Of Self Destruction Read more...