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Streaming Lights Headline The Sesh 30.06.2015

Last time I was at the Sesh, we were interviewing Streaming Lights. On the stunning evening of the 30th, I met up with the lads again for their headline slot and launch of their new single ‘Box Room Boy’.

Imogen Hart
Imogen Hart

A small crowd had gathered quickly, there near the front of the room to support 16-year old Imogen Hart. This was her debut at Sesh, though she has performed at other events. Imogen has a voice which you can easily lose yourself in; her songs laced with emotions. There are many young singers surfacing – from Freedom Road Creative Arts, as Imogen has, as well as other institutes – and she is one of the brilliant performers who will be taking to the In Training Youth Stage at Humber Street Sesh.

It was a powerful warm-up which got you moving to the beat. Mak compared her to Emily Moulton, stating that he was “in awe” of her talents. I have to say that I am rather enjoying these Sesh nights which start with an acoustic act: after a long day at work, you often find the need to be gently eased into the mood.

Jon Calvert - Coaves
Jon Calvert – Coaves

Next up were Coaves, who don’t do anything in moderation. They started their set in high energy with ‘Waves’, a summery upbeat number which you’d struggle not to dance to. The crowd were clapping along, singing the chorus and moving with the boys on stage. Even with their slower tracks, all four bandmembers are bouncing with energy – it’s really quite intoxicating – Jonny climbing on the furniture and Liam spinning in circles.

The only downside to their set was that it lacked their usual outro: missing their heavy attack on the drumkit.

Fronteers
Fronteers

The Polar Bear was quite busy by the time Fronteers stepped up to the stage. This band is the one I have not seen for the longest time, having seen all three others on the bill in the last couple of months, and I was glad to see that they had grown in confidence. They’re developing their sound: less cover tracks and more conversation with the audience. But I still found it was lacking something. They had regular followers dancing in front of the stage, but their set didn’t work for me with that placement: sandwiched between two physically energetic bands, I felt there was a dip in on-stage charisma. Which is a shame, because I did enjoy their set – it just wasn’t the one I remembered upon waking up the following day.

And I was there mostly for Streaming Lights, headlining Sesh for the second time this year. Mak had warned the crowd that their set would be “eventful”, stating that they were “everyone’s favourite” as he welcomed them to the stage.

Steve Minns - Streaming Lights
Steve Minns – Streaming Lights

Opening track ‘Shake It Up’ seemed to act as an instruction; the crowd quickly regaining their energy. In between songs – those from album KICK, a few older ones and newer ones – Ryan handed out CDs of their latest single. People quickly moved forward to claim this prize, though sadly the music video had not been completed on time (it is now available on Youtube) for us to take home this piece of joy.

Their funky tunes had people moving in full swing, their entire body reacting the sound. Considering the heat we’ve had, it was impressive that people had this energy left. It was certainly a rather sweaty affair; bassist Ryan Gibbins declared “I need a Solaro” before they introduced ‘Box Room Boy’, intended this to be their penultimate song. However, ending with a long instrumental, and Steve Minns telling the crowd “I love you”, we called for more. Much more: this was the first time I had experienced a double encore at the Sesh, with Steve admitting that he wasn’t sure he could remember how to play any other songs. Mak was ready to lead them into more tunes, perhaps keeping them there all night, but it was not only us on the floor who had work in the morning.

A warm night of fantastic music from four extremely talented acts: The Polar Bear was well and truly struck by a wave of scorching energy this Sesh night.

Photos by Paul Newbon

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New Music: Assembling Languages

Assembling Languages are a synth pop duo, brining you electronic beats and catchy lyrics. Influenced by a wide range of music genres, they bring a crisp pop sound with a little something for everyone.

Attempting to keep their identify a secret, their Facebook page lists no bandmembers. However, after an initial spin on BBC Introducing Humberside, Alan Raw was quick to recognise the vocals of Steve Minns, lead vocalist of the already popular Streaming Lights. His falsetto voice, teamed with the mixing brilliance of Kev La Kat, brings two very well-known faces around the city into one place.

Their debut track ‘Boundaries Of Us’ has received very positive feedback from bloggers who are willing to shout about is new transition in music. Admittedly, I am one of those eager bloggers, who included them on a list of new tunes to hit Soundcloud in March. And I’ve been trying to get it out of my head ever since. It’s a tune which crawls into your brain and leaves you stepping through your day to that beat alone.

No doubt there is much more to come from Assembling Languages. But for now, there’s just the one tune for you to add to your playlist. Keep your eyes peeled and ears open.

Funeral For A Friend @ Welly 16.05.2015

People wouldn’t usually associate me with metal or screamo bands. But I was a huge fan of Funeral For a Friend when they released their debut album back in 2003, and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see them in a local venue.

The ticket had been pinned to my noticeboard for weeks prior to the gig, my favoured tracks playing on loop so that I’d be able to sing along with confidence. I was excited. More excited than I’ve been for an out-of-town band in a long time. Fact is, Funeral For a Friend take me back to my teenage years, spent hanging around either side of the Welsh border in the time before I knew there was anything above the River Humber (it does hurt a little to admit that I was once part of this southern stereotype). And as the gig was on the eve of my birthday, this was a glorious feeling of recaptured youth.

Less Deceived
Less Deceived

The night started with punk-rock band Less Deceived. My first encounter with these guys; I was quickly swept up by their sound. Lead singer Adam Harraway stormed the stage, smiles a-plenty as they performed songs which create a lot of sound and contain catchy bridges even new fans can sing along to. It was good to see a band who so evidently love performing – a theme which flowed throughout the evening – and I quickly made the decision to get my hands on their music and merchandise.

Singer Adam Harraway
Singer Adam Harraway

I’ve had their track ‘20.04.13’ playing repeatedly since, now able to sing along to every word.

Liberatae Mae were up next. It was proposed, via social media, that the public select the support band, and this band’s name came up in droves. It is a name I’d heard of, one which is often mentioned when discussing the local metal scene. They’ve got a sizable following, and one which helped fill Welly that evening.

With six members, they fill a stage, even a decent sized one as they had, in body and in sound. Vocalist Luke Slade and bassist Glenn Allison stepped to the front where they could easily engage with the audience, gripping the crowd with their ferocious performance and heavy vocals. The guitarists seemed to move in

Luke Slade & Glenn Allison of Liberatae Mae
Luke Slade & Glenn Allison of Liberatae Mae

circles, each taking their moment alongside these two clear frontmen: an act I felt deserving of these talented musicians, but also solidifying my compassion for the drummers who don’t benefit from this privilege. Eddie Newsome was barely visible even to those like myself stood at the very edge of the stage, and his personal performance was one worth seeing.

I didn’t, at the end of the gig, rush to their merchandise table. They were fantastic at performing for their fans in their chosen genre, but this is not a sound which excites me. I wouldn’t choose to attend a gig just simply because their name was listed.

It was headliners Funeral For a Friend whose performance I was most enthusiastic about. Theirs was the only name listed when I’d purchased my ticket, and the name which had me in anticipation right up until the point they were on stage.

Funeral For A Friend
Funeral For A Friend

Playing popular tracks from across their albums, the room was in constant movement. Rather frustratingly for those of us on the front row, a few members of the audience chose later in their set to start crowd surfing. Don’t get me wrong, I have no issue with people crowd surfing, but the same guy doing it four or five times and having to move in order to let him out got repetitive and dull. Having worked as a security officer at music venues and festivals, I know how difficult it can be to keep your cool with drunken guys trying to get their 15 seconds of fame. The staff working that night were fantastic, manoeuvring them out of the way of photographers.

Gavin Burrough & Richard Boucher
Gavin Burrough & Richard Boucher

Matt Davies-Kreye did, even with these distractions, take on a central role in the show. Not just as frontman of the band, but as a conductor of the night. He informed us that he was suffering with a chest infection – something which was clearly causing him pain, as he crouched down for gulps of water, banging his fist on his chest, between songs – but that this would not stop him from giving us his all. With a grin, he gave the hand gesture to start a circle pit, twisting with those of the audience who chose to join in. Within the final song, he was leaping across the stage.

Kris Coombs-Roberts
Kris Coombs-Roberts

Indeed all members of the band performed in the most joyful manner, expressing their pleasure throughout. Smiling, chatting with the crowd and each other, they moved around the stage. There were clear concerns about Matt’s health, with looks into the wings of the stage. For one song they were joined by a friend touring with them (possibly their stage manager; certainly someone who knew all the lyrics), joining in the frivolity and adding his own sound to the stage. In conclusion to their set, the guitarists circled Matt, demonstrating the tight-knit unit that they are.

"Circle Pit"
“Circle Pit”

It was a gig I wouldn’t have missed. It brought a bit of home to Hull; nostalgic moments captured as I enjoyed their older, classic tracks.

In addition to rooting in me a passion for another fantastic Hull band – I can’t love them all, but there’s always room for a couple more.


Feature image by Paul Newbon. 

All other images are my own. 

Humber Street Sesh 2015 – a preview

A very important announcement has been made this week. Humber Street Sesh wristbands went on sale Tuesday 21sy April.

At an advance price of £5, you’re getting a huge collection of music, art and local culture packed into the one day festival.

LIFE
LIFE

On Saturday 1st August, over 180 bands will play across ten stages. There will be over 50 DJ’s in the new Original Brew’s Art and Soul Warehouse as well as at the Resident Association Disco tent. So, musically, there is something for every taste.

Humber Street Sesh is a 12-hour showcase of the huge wealth of talent Hull has to offer. For those who engage with the weekly Sesh at The Polar Bear, you get to see your favourite local bands up on the bigger stages, mingling with even more like-minded people. For those who can’t always get down on a Tuesday night, this is your chance to support those acts. And yet there is so much more besides this.

A new addition last year, returning to the Skate Park this year.
A new addition last year, returning to the Skate Park this year.

There will also be the usual markets, street food, live street art, children’s activities, comedy and cult cinema, in addition to breakdance and rap battles, a skate park, street theatre and much more. After last year’s brief downpour, there is the aim to have more sheltered bar areas this year. Not that the rain stopped many of us from finishing our drink or heading down to see  our favourite bands who happened to perform at that point.

Under 12s go free (collect your wristband as you enter the gates), and so this truly is a festival for the people; regardless of age or taste, you’ll have a fantastic day.

Streaming Lights
Streaming Lights

 

With 40’000 attending last year, we know we can get more through those gates this time.

Tickets are available from Hull Box Office or by phoning 01482 221113, and will be sold in various locations across the city at later dates. Note, a booking fee will apply.

Humber Street Sesh info poster

All photographs are by Paul Newbon, taken at last year’s HSS. 

La Bête Blooms

La Bête Blooms have a sound which is propelled by the raw energy the band expel on stage. A review in NME compared their single ‘Stay Away’ to the “feral ferocity of Nirvana’s ‘Territorial Pissings’”.

Off stage, you find a very different group of individuals. They are lead singer and guitarist Daniel Mawer, Jack Gallagher on bass, John Copley on lead guitar, Louisa Robinson on keys and James Coggin behind the drumkit. With the exception of spritely James, who breaks all stereotypes associated with drummers, they all appear to be serene, even timid, souls. They admit to being rather camera-shy, having one of their most iconic music videos using animation by Jake Machen to express their personality in a potent and colourful manner.

Browse Magazine issue 27
Browse Magazine
issue 27

But this is the power of their music, which brings forth the beast within and offers a way to express that sense of freedom and enthusiasm.

A La Bête Blooms set is difficult to describe without sounding a little over-dramatic. Mawer’s lyrics are laced with heart-felt emotion, drawing the audience into their grasp. Once there, the thrashing guitar-fuelled sound captures you and refuses to let you loose again. I’ve never seen Mawer remain on stage for an entire set, needing to sit, or even lie down in the crowd, as a means of cooling off during one of their more heavy songs. They perform with a natural ease, taking it in their way, and leading the audience down the path in which they build.

Photographs by Luke Hallett. 


This is the interview I conducted with La Bête Blooms back in October, when they released their EP: 

And here is the interview I conducted more recently for their cover feature in Browse Magazine

Nix: Last time we interviewed you guys, you’d just released your debut EP. What’s been going on since then?

Daniel Mawer: We’ve recorded two singles. We did that… like a month ago.

John Copley: It was a bit more than that. Was it February? The start of February.

Daniel: Yeah, so we recorded two singles with the same guy who did the EP – Matt Peel, in Leeds. He’s moved places, into in like a converted church. And then we’ve just finished a run of four days [of their April tour] with London, Nottingham, Coventry and Liverpool.

Nix: How have you found this tour?

Daniel: The last time we spoke to you, we’d just done the October one with six dates over the course of a month. This was… we have seven dates, but four of them were like Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. That was different, coz we stayed over for a couple of them – we’ve not done that before, have we?

James Coggin: No. It was good.

Daniel: It felt better doing that as well. It felt good doing like a little batch all together.

Nix: Did it feel more like a proper tour?

Daniel: Yeah, exactly, yeah. Rather than coming home and having a few days, we straight to a hotel and then back to it the next day. It was more like a holiday really though, wasn’t it?

James: Yeah.

John: We forgot we had gigs sometimes.

Daniel: Spent too much money as well. Went to a Monkey Forest. John’s idea, wasn’t it John?

John: It was.

James: I enjoyed that!

John: It wasn’t that good.

Louisa Robinson: Everyone enjoyed that.

Daniel: It was kind of like East Park but worse… there’s more to see at East Park.

Louisa: Yeah, different varieties.

Daniel: Once you’ve seen one monkey, you’ve…

James: Don’t say you’ve seen them all. Coz you haven’t. There were 140 monkeys there, and you didn’t see them all.

John: Anyway, enough about monkeys…

Nix: Were there any venues which you particularly enjoyed?

Daniel: Well, we’ve played Nottingham before, so we knew what we were expecting with that. It was a Friday night; it does really well on a Friday.

James: I think every venue seemed to have its own…

John: It was all very different, wasn’t it?

James: Yeah, everything was so distinct. It was really nice, actually.

John: Yeah. Some were really big, and one was literally a tiny, little…

(Here, John was asked why he was wearing his sunglasses indoors by a member of staff. James pointed out that this is because John is “cool”.)

Daniel: Coventry was nice: the Tin. It was next to a canal, and it felt the middle of nowhere to be honest.  It kinda was. Maybe ten minutes before we played, a lot… like twenty, thirty people were stood up, ready to watch us play. So that felt like a gig, a proper gig. Not like a night where we’d just jumped in…

John: Yeah, and people had paid for that one.

Daniel: Yeah, people had paid to come and see us. They looked after us as well.

James: Yeah, yeah, very hospitable.

John: Good food.

Nix: So, where else features on this tour?

Daniel: Wakefield, Leeds and the Sesh. We’re playing The Hop in Wakefield, Wharf Chambers in Leeds, and then we’ve got the Sesh. But they’re like the other tour; it’s really over the next month.

Nix: And, then, what’s next for La Bête Blooms?

Daniel: I suppose when we’ve done these dates, we’ve got the first single coming out in July, which we’ve recorded.

James: Got to do a video.

Daniel: Yeah, video and a few dates will go with that as well. It all kicks into summer after we release the single. The usual… same kind of summer we always have.

James: Wembley!

John: Yeah, Wembley Festival…

Daniel: Yeah, no. Obviously, we’ve been doing them [Hull festivals] for three or four years. Everybody looks after you, everybody knows each other. So, yeah…

Tunes to Check Out

Gracing Soundcloud this month…

My Pleasure, aka Lewis Young, writes some of the most comical lyrics in Hull. Honest and thought-provoking, his songs portray the average trials of an average man. Performing with a guitar and his IPad, he shares his observational comedy through song. Latest track to appear on Soundcloud, ‘Haircuts’ features a mixture of spoken and sung lyrics over a pulsing bass beat. Lyrics which cover the topic of haircuts – those of The Beatles and One Direction – and hair colourings, and their influence on the world.


The last of the tracks from La Bête Blooms’ self-titled EP, and the one which has concluded many of their sets. My favourite of their tracks, ‘All For You’ is one of their slower songs – though just as beastly and loud in parts. The introductory music sweeps over you like a tranquil lake, before Dan Mawer’s vocals speak soothingly to you. And just as you feel completely absorbed by the sound, the drums cut in and bring everything up a step. I can’t listen to this song without seeing Mawer storm the crowd and stage, tipping over mic stands just as he did when I first saw the band perform during their EP launch tour. I can’t promise that listening to the track will have the same effect on you, unless you were in the back room of Fruit on that same night, but I am sure that you will hear the same beauty as I do in these lyrics.


They’ve also released the track ‘Patsy Cline’ recently on Soundcloud, but this is probably my favourite of The Evil Litter’s tunes. I have no idea what the lyrics are on about, but it’s a tune which gets you moving even if you’ve absolutely no energy at all. It starts with a catchy drum beat, layered with guitar and then Claire Scott’s hypnotic vocals. Catchy and kinaesthetic, this is a top tune by a fantastic local band.


Stephen Fry tweet - Toy Horses

I love a Welsh band. Often just their being Welsh is enough to turn my attention their way, but I was alerted to Toy Horses via a tweet typed by the fingers of Stephen Fry. Shortly after becoming his “new favourite indie band”, they became mine. Their first single ‘Interrupt’ is
one of my favourite indie tracks to date, and this month they have released the track ‘Lovesong’ on Soundcloud, stating that it’s “not even a demo!”

13 Years of BBC Introducing Humberside

Browse Mag - BBC Intro feature Previously, I have described an evening spent at BBC Humberside radio. This was all in aid of research for a feature celebrating the radio station’s thirteenth anniversary.

So, in case you didn’t read the feature in Browse Magazine, here it is:

The Hull music scene is a vibrant one, with an effervescent assortment of talented individuals. And thirteen years ago, two organisations established themselves as a means of reflecting exactly this.

One was the Sesh, the other “Raw Talent” on BBC Radio Humberside, now known as BBC Introducing Humberside.

Back in 2002, there was an eruption of guitar bands in Hull, mirroring exactly what was happening in the rest of the UK. But there weren’t as many options for these bands wanting to spread their music as there is now. If you were unsigned and under the radar, then getting your music out on local or national radio could be difficult. People simply wanted to trust that you were good enough for the masses to listen to. And so, in our very city, it was decided that this was a platform our local artists needed.

Streaming Lights in the studio (photo by Chris Pepper)
Streaming Lights in the studio (photo by Chris Pepper)

Alan Raw, known by the BBC as a session drummer in various bands as well as having taught camera skills previously in the building, was selected as the ideal face for the show. Speaking to him about this time, he told me that he was “in the right place at the right time, doing the right thing”. Performing with a recognised band who John Peel had introducing onto London stages, he knew what it was like to both be under the radar and well and truly in sight. So, needing “someone who knew all the bands and didn’t mind telling people how much they loved them”, Alan was a natural fit for the bill.

Alan Raw, host of Raw Talent & BBC Introducing Humberside (photo by Chris Pepper)
Alan Raw, host of Raw Talent & BBC Introducing Humberside (photo by Chris Pepper)

Stepping out from behind the curtain that hangs before most drummers, he joined producer Katy Noone and John Anguish (who, in addition to Martha Mangan, still manages BBC Introducing Humberside) and “Raw Talent” was launched. He turned up on his first night with a suitcase, rescued from a skip outside, filled with vinyl and CDs and was faced with somebody on the desk who he was told to watch, copy and then take over.

And since then, he’s become a recognisable name not only in the Hull Music Scene, but further afield, as he hosts both the East and West Yorkshire shows.

In the past, there has been a stigma around Hull, which has led to bands not getting the recognition they deserve. Alan Raw described the music industry in contrast to that of football, where you have talent scouts constantly out looking for the next big thing. “In music, we’ve not had that structure… BBC Introducing is that structure.” And it started right here in Hull, and has established itself as something significant in the last 13 years. New talent can more readily make it on to bigger and better things, with the help and support of their local radio station.

In 2007 the BBC acknowledged a national need for the huge amount of new music being produced across the UK to be recognised. From Guernsey to Merseyside, from Ulster to Leicester, from Sheffield to Somerset, there is now somewhere for local bands to share their music and engage with a wider audience. Just as the Sesh in Hull provides a weekly live gig where local bands can play, BBC Radio was now providing a way in which anyone could tap in and see what was on offer.

Emma Fee in the Studio (photo by Chris Pepper)
Emma Fee in the Studio (photo by Chris Pepper)

In addition to the local scene, this also opens up the opportunity for Radio DJs to discuss the music in their area and promote them further afield. If a Hull band is touring and has a gig in Oxford (for example), then the sister show can also showcase them, expanding their profile and introducing them to an even wider audience. And the aspect of live music continues to flow through the veins of the organisation, with weekly live sessions and opportunities such as performing on the BBC Introducing stages as such events as Bestival and Glastonbury.

It all starts with the Uploader, an award-winning tool which means any band can create a profile, upload their music and direct it to their local BBC Introducing show. From this too, it can be shared with national shows at the click of a button by Katy, Alan or Martha. This is precisely how MOTHER gained airplay on Radio 1 and secured a slot at Leeds and Reading Festival. To be considered for any of these opportunities, you must start with the Uploader, which can be found on the webpage www.bbc.co.uk/introducing. There are currently over 5000 tracks in the local Uploader, with varied playlists being shared weekly.

I shall conclude with the words of Alan Raw, summarising exactly what our local BBC Introducing believes: “Hull bands are brilliant. And they need to get out and find out for themselves that they can go anywhere and easily be the best band on the bill.” One stepping stone to achieving this is getting that feature on their local BBC Introducing Humberside.


A massive thanks to Katy, Alan, Martha and John at BBC Introducing for welcoming Chris and myself into the studio, and to Streaming Lights and Emma Fee for agreeing to being photographed. As well as huge thanks to Chris (Jemstar Images) for taking fantastic images to accompany my feature. 

First Avenue – ‘Dark Days’ EP review

The competition, advertised on Facebook
The competition, advertised on Facebook

I was fortunate enough to win a copy of First Avenue’s EP ‘Dark Days’ in a Facebook competition. I rarely involve myself in such things, but after seeing the band perform at Hull’s weekly Sesh, I couldn’t say no to giving it a try. I’d already decided that I would probably purchase it, and having not got round to doing so figured I might as well give a freebie a shot.

And I did win a copy. So I felt it only fair to review, using a different style to my usual EP/album reviews, by going through it track by track.

First Avenue started out as a guitar duo made up of Chris Key and Rob McIlwrath. Now with the addition of Louie Scott on bass and John Dye on percussion, they are taking the city by storm. I don’t think I know a band performing as often as these guys. They have several gigs this month alone, so do check them out.

Track 1: Intro starts off with an introduction of each instrument, building up to a regular, rather hypnotic, rhythm. You’d expect that, right? But then the music loses volume and is replaced with the sound of chatter. Like the first song performed to a crowded room, there is interjection, conversation overshadowing the tune.

Luckily, the music picks up again; the same rhythm but in faster tempo, with the addition of Chris Keys’ equally hypnotic vocals. I’m completely absorbed in the music before even track one has ended, drawn in by his husky voice and the gentle harmonies in the background. A wonderful start, perfectly named as it sets the scene for the rest of the EP.

First Avenue, Sesh 18.02.15
First Avenue, Sesh 18.02.15

Track 2: You begins with a focus on the vocals. I like that more people are keeping the focus on the lead, with the lyrics taking a more prominent role. But again, there’s that rhythmic heartbeat from the drums which keeps you hooked on the sound. It’s a mellow tune, with emphasis on key phrases.

Track 3: Survive is led by the guitar. The initial vocals are less catchy, making it more difficult to hang on them as with other tracks. However, the Latin influence of the guitars makes you move to this track in a way you don’t so much with the others.

Track 4: Broken is my favourite track on the EP. Introduced by the same chatter as in the opening track, the guitars slice through and welcome the vocals again. The chorus is catchy enough that I remembered this song from their live set, singing along to the words “I’m not broken yet; I’m may train to forget.”

This tune summarises the tracklist for me: a solemn set of lyrics with an upbeat guitar which gets your feet moving to the rhythm.

Chris Key
Chris Key

Track 5: Cry Out has a different sound. Still solemn, but more haunting than the other tracks. Keys vocals underpin the guitar, echoing through the sounds of the instruments. It ends rather too soon for my liking, as I just get into when the harmonies fade and the track moves on.

Track 6: Fire of Light opens with the sound of crickets, making me picture a quiet night around a firepit. The music is gentle and relaxing, fitting this image comfortably. About a minute in, the pitch and tempo increases, introducing the chorus alongside a similar rhythmic beat the others. The sound comes in waves, picking up and lulling.

Track 7: Burning Up (Bonus Track) mixes the Latin vibes in with the relaxed vocals which bring all of these tracks together.

Overall, an easy listening collection which will get you moving if you are in such the mood for this.

You can see First Avenue performing in Hull throughout April
You can see First Avenue performing in Hull throughout April

Tunes to Check Out

Check out these new tracks from Hull bands, featured now on Soundcloud:

Superfast and super-loud, ‘Go Go Go’ is the one LIFE song I’ve so far failed to learn the lyrics to at their live gigs. It opens with a heavy set of drums and guitars, before the lyrics cut in. You’ll be glad to know that there are some slower parts, and you will be able to join in with the line “Oh no, I gotta go” from which we can only assume the title was developed.

This is the ideal tune for mid-set in a LIFE show, energetic and aggressive with moments in which you can catch your breath. And, if you are going to try and sing along, you’ll need those moments!


BABIES are holding their EP launch this Thursday at the Adelphi, performing a hometown gig towards the end of their tour. ‘Beach Date (When Yr Dead)’ is the first track on the EP; a slow and seductive tune which summarises their sound for me. Indie-rock meets surf-punk, they tease you with their sombre tune, before hurling catchy lyrics at you.

Alongside ‘Sink’ and ‘Teeth’, this tune is the less catchy and does not kick you with quite the colourful language as the title track.


And last in my list is something completely new. The only track featured on the Soundcloud page for this mysterious ensemble.

Boundaries of Us’ is the first track released by Assembling Languages. A thoroughly electric tune with guitars looping over guitars. An upbeat tune with sombre lyrics, this is one which gets you moving subconsciously. I dare you not to sing along as the backing vocals repeat the word “Pull” behind the final verses.

Previously, I would have been ignorant and obnoxious enough to cast this tune aside, simply stating that it wasn’t to my taste. But there’s something captivating about it; after just one listen, I found myself singing it aloud down the street.

Young Jack

They may be young, but they’ve got some old-school funk in their sound.

Formed in 2012, Young Jack have taken the local music scene in their grasp, performing at a range of venues across the city, including both shopping centres, as well as further afield. Though they’d like you to think they are a band of lads named Jack, this is not quite the case – though, a band of jack the lads wouldn’t be far from the truth – they consist of lead singer Luke Bowe, lead guitarist Daniel Higgins, bassist Jack Rowland, drummer Jack Allbones and on percussion ‘Tommy Bongo’.

Influenced by the music they listened to with their parents, these young lads bring to the stage a more aged and classic sound: a soul and motown vibe mixed into the indie rock tunes. “Cliff Richard in his prime,” they tell me.

Young Jack cat

I last saw them perform as part of the West Park Party launch, in Princes Quay. With an audience predominantly of young girls eager to see Union J, their sound was something different to the others in the line-up. They brought a bit of classic rock to the stage, proving that your age does not define the way in which you should sound. And there wasn’t a person in the crowded shopping centre who didn’t turn their head. I was pleased to hear teenage girls saying they would check the lads out on their Facebook page.

Young Jack singles

Their previously released singles were all made possible with thanks to Warren Records, who the lads speak very highly of, thanking Stew Baxter and the team for all their effort and belief which kept the band motivated.

Now looking to take the next step, the band are breaking out of the UK with a gig overseas. Performing the top support slot for The Happy Mondays, Young Jack will be performing at the Rugby Spy Tens gig in Ibiza this June, a three-day event which involves forty teams from across the globe playing knockout tens rugby mixed with DJ sets and live music.


Young Jack featured on the cover of Browse Magazine Hull for issue 25.

Browse issue 25 cover

For up-to-date information, check the band out on Facebook and Twitter (@YoungJackHull), Soundcloud, or their website.