24th November 2017 // Whats On // Live Music // Cultural // Music // Local
December sees the return to Hull of Leeds post-hardcore outfit, Pulled Apart By Horses, who play The Welly on 12th December, in support of their latest album, The Haze, which has been described by the band as a ‘return the the spontaneity of the first album.’ It’s heavy on riffs as you’d expect from this band who, in places, teeter very close to glam-metal if it was chucked through a paper shredder. Their sound is huge; thankfully they stay the right side of the grungey, year-zero type of heavy rock that rendered the likes of Motley Crüe obsolete.
Formed in Leeds in 2008, the band garnered a rabid following up until their eponymous debut album landed in 2010, to universal critical acclaim, and their frantic shows led them to prestigious support slots for Muse, Biffy Clyro and Foals, where they commanded the big stage with ease. A further two albums, Tough Love and Blood, in 2012 and 2014 respectively, before The Haze dropped in March this year, again to positive reviews.
They’re a band whose star is firmly in the ascendant; each studio album has charted higher than the last, their latest, The Haze, reaching a very respectable #12 this year. It’s a relentless, raucous rock record that doesn’t mess about, hailed as their best yet. Think Sabbath. Think Jane’s Addiction. Think Foo Fighters. But ultimately think Pulled Apart by Horses, as you will forget all the above when confronted by the assault on the senses that is their live show.
Described by The Observer as ‘the best live band in Britain,’ this is one show fans of loud, pounding indie-rock music simply can’t afford to miss. They attack the audience with a feral brutality and savage intensity that leave audiences gasping for breath, as pop melodies are melded with visceral playing to lay rooms to waste in vacuums of turbulent energy. I think it’s fair to say the mosh-pit will be quite lively for this one. Bring ear plugs.
Christmas Humber Street Market with Made In Hull Markets – 10th December
At the other end of the spectrum, if you fancy a leisurely Sunday afternoon getting lost amid a treasure trove of enchanting curiosities, and soaking up boho vibes, why not take a stroll up the increasingly fashionable Humber Street to what’s become a local institution since Früit opened its doors in 2010. The venue paved the way towards the regeneration of the whole area, which started around three years ago and has come to fruition as the street we see today.
This pioneering spirit courses through the market’s veins, as it has established itself as the heart and soul of the whole area; Made In Hull Markets has created a place where all the family can spend a few hours in a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere, browsing through the multitude of stalls, feasting on locally-sourced street food, or kicking back with a craft beer from the venue’s vast selection.
The market takes place inside Früit and stretches out onto the Wellington Street Smokehouse area out the back. The area is filled with up to 60 stalls each month, and you
could pick up a rare item of vintage clothing, a long-deleted vinyl record, a quirky sculpture, or some locally-produced cheese whilst casually strolling through; the variety is astounding, and the majority of the goods on offer are locally-produced or created by local traders, artists and other inspired types, although some traders travel from around Yorkshire and Lincolnshire to contribute to this wonderfully eclectic atmosphere, which achieves the tricky prospect of balancing the bustling and the relaxing excellently with good vibes all around.
When you want a break from the shopping, you can sample the finest local street foods from the area; such gastric delights as wood-fried pizza, Yorkshire Pudding wraps, falafel wraps, Hull’s very own delicacy from the Pattie Shack and an array of vegan cuisine. While you’re busy destroying that soul food, you can grab a craft beer and chill to a selection of artists playing laid-back acoustic numbers inside the venue, specially curated by local lads, Dan Mawer and John Copley. The perfect antidote to a boisterous Saturday night out on the lash.
The Humber Street Market usually takes place on the third Sunday of every month, but the Christmas market will be on 10th December.
The Wytches – 30th November – The Polar Bear
The Wytches bring their dark take on psychedelic rock back to Hull for an intimate gig at The Polar Bear on 30th November, in what will be a surefire sell-out and a cracking night, as no doubt all the leading players in the local music scene will be out and about.
They cook up a deliciously twisted noise, as garage-rock, surf-rock and psych-rock get chucked in the stew, and get mangled beyond belief to give us a dark, droning, but often melodic cacophony that catches you unawares, gives you a few slaps round the head and pins you to the back wall. They’re a blistering live band, too, singer Kristian Bell’s feral howl will pierce your skull, and they’re loud. The Polar Bear will again struggle to contain the racket as it did back in February when they last played here.
The Polar Bear’s a tough old cookie though, it’s handled them before, and will so again as they bring their nationwide tour to Hull, in support of single Double World. Expect it loud, expect a lairy moshpit and expect to be blown away by one of the UK’s most singular and talented young bands. They’re often labelled ‘spooky,’ which they are, but this lazy label does the band a disservice, they’re up there with the very best UK psych/garage bands, and they’re going places; for a band with such a wilfully abrasive sound, they managed to reach #50 in the album charts with their second album, last year’s Annabel Dream Reader, which is nothing short of astonishing.
Support comes from local heroes Cannibal Animal, who have already conquered and charmed Hull with their fierce post-punk sound, and have spent much of 2017 taking a bit of frenetic Hull-ness around the country, showcasing our current healthy scene. On 30th, it will be a homecoming of sorts, home being The Polar Bear, as they’re rarely out of the place; it’ll be a celebratory victory lap and perfect end to an incredible year for the (now) four-piece noiseniks.