Live Review: Talk More @ Fulford Arms, York

Support: Red Yeti, Beth McCarthy, Saytr Play

Date: 22/06/19

The Fulford Arms. I haven’t been here in a little while and I’ve missed this place. But tonight, I’ve opted for a gig a little outside my comfort zone in Indie Rockers Talk More, a new band to the scene who have a lot of potential from the outlook of this gig. This was their first headlining show for York in what will certainly be a long line of upcoming shows. With a good mix of local artists, Red Yeti and Beth McCarthy were both on hand as support, while the heavier and rhythmic Satyr Play (From Manchester) also supported the newcomers.

Red Yeti were the debut performers on the night. I’ll say this about them, they were quite interesting to watch but from this interest, I think they’ll gather a little bit of criticism because they didn’t particularly stand out to everyone in the room and it’s sometimes hard to distinguish this from bands who have a little bit of shyness about them. It’s when they went a little faster in the tempo of their tracks, the atmosphere changed a little and there, it garnered more interest from the people in the room.

You can listen to their ‘Summer Life’ EP below.

Up next to grace the stage was Beth McCarthy. She’s been a little quiet on the scene as of late, mostly because she’s been busy with other ventures including with BBC Radio. However, it’s always a pleasure to see Beth perform because she is an artist that nobody ever tires of watching as she’s always reinventing herself to allow her room to grow in this ever-changing field of music. I do have to say hearing ‘Wildfire’ in a more intimate setting such as The Fulford Arms was a welcomed treat as well because with everyone joining in mixed with Beth’s signature on-stage banter with the crowd is just something that has to be experienced. ‘The old Beth is dead’ is something which the crowds have heard a few times now, but she does embody the old Beth for ‘Mr Cliché’, something if older fans of hers have heard before, is fantastic on the ear because it’s these tracks we just long to hear once again.

Check out Beth’s video for ‘Wildfire’ below.


Turning things to eleven from the start of the final support act were the infectious Manchester hailing Saytr Play. They seemed as if they were a crossbreed of genres in all honestly, from Glam rock where you might find Steel Panther and a little more Indie Rock for other tracks but honestly, that just made them all the more glorious to watch. The standout tracks for these examples would be ‘Mothers Love’ and ‘Don’t Go East’. and you can tell from their guitar sections, this is something that needs to be different in order for them to be a standout band, where in fact this isn’t the only reason they grab your attention right from the start of their set. What should be commented on is the chemistry the members of the band have between each other because for a lot of bands I go to see live, only a few actually interact with each other on stage and in this society of performers, it’s something which I’m applauding.

Check out Saytr Plays video for ‘Fragile’ below.

Now, most new bands onto the scene when they headline a show, they only just manage to stick the landing, not Talk More, they not only exceeded my expectations, they might just well be the most exciting thing to come out of York in a while now.

As the band take to the stage, from the start the band let us know that they mean business. You can forgive their lack of experience for being new but the quality of their sound and musicianship of the group shines aplenty.

There was a little bit of a disaster though their set when their guitarists strap, unfortunately, broke mid-song which resulted in him having to adjust the microphone quickly and have him hunched over as if he was Gollum from Lord Of The Rings but even through this, he did power through wherein the end. Fair to say though, this didn’t put anyone off their performance and this to me is a good sign of quality for the band not to be deterred.

From what I saw, it’s Talk More 1-0 York for this set and hopefully, we’ll hear all the material heard on the night and more in the coming months. I predict massive things for this band and in case you haven’t heard of them before, you will soon!

The gallery for the gig will be within a separate post to this which can be viewed through the following link.

Check out their tracks ‘Planned Flights’ and ‘Heart Again’ below.

Rating: 6.5 / 10

Mondo Monthly Gigs: August 2019

Hello everyone, and welcome to a brand new monthly post here on Almost Anything Media. I’ve wanted to make a new post for a while. A monthly post that’s inclusive of the local area of York as well as its outlying and other areas of the country and showcases the talent I know there is around here. One way was to write a post about the latest singles you need to listen to, but I thought I might need to reach out to more people before that does happen. In truth, there’s nothing I enjoy more than getting right out there to meet some new people and to listen to some great music and discover bands along the way, so without further ado, I welcome the monthly post of the Mondo Monthly Gigs. This is all the recommended gigs I’m looking forward to in a particular month. Now, of course, there will be one’s I won’t always have the chance to get to but they’ll always be a few local to me around the Yorkshire and outlying areas.

Similar to the weekly Music Video countdown list, this list will compromise of ten gigs I’m sure will be a fun treat for all those involved so let’s dive straight into a local show that’s happening within the Yorkshire area.

1.Foxhaunt. The Crescent, York, 09/08/19

Support: inFade, Avenoir, Pray For Hayden

It’s a showcase of some of the best talents within York for the Alternative scene as the celebration for Foxhaunt’s latest single is being released down at one of the best venues in The Crescent. Armed with inFade, Avenoir and Pray For Hayden as their supports the Alternative outfit are sure to put on a unique night for fans of the genre.

Link To Facebook event.

Tickets cost £6.60 in advance.


Other Tour Dates:

August 11th 2019 – O’Riley’s, Kingston Upon Hull

Tickets for the gig at The Crescent on the 9th August are on sale now for £6 in advance.


2. This House Is Haunted. The Crescent, York. 16/08/19

Support: Amongst Thieves.

This House Is Haunted are a three-piece from York. Zak, Dom and Jenn blend influences from post-hardcore and metal with influences from Alexisonfire and Deftones alongside narratively styled instrumental bands such as Mew, Mogwai and Explosions In The Sky.

This House Is Haunted have the sensibilities of melodic, hooky vocals and guitar lines, with post-rock bass and drums. Often This House go in tangential directions to reveal rich sonic landscapes to crushingly heavy riffs.

With Amongst Thieves as their main support for the evening, everything is set to go off as one of the best nights for the local scene in recent memory.

Link to Facebook event.

Tickets are £6 in advance.



3. Better Days – Eiger Studios, Leeds. 23/08/19

Support: WRTHLESS, Pray For Hayden, Without Andrew.

Embarking on their first steps in their new lineup, Better Days are set to kick off a new era for the band as they embark on a mini-tour of the UK.

The band have been described as a fresh new take on pop-punk which combines all the elements of the early 2000’s era and the upcoming new breed, all eyes will be on them as they look forward to the future with brand new music in mind.

Link to Facebook event.

Tickets cost £6 in advance.


Other Tour Dates:

August 2019

21st – Glasgow Broadcast

22nd – Sheffield Mulberry Bar

24th – Newcastle Think Tank


4. Stand Atlantic. The Deaf Institute, Manchester. 28/08/19 (SOLD OUT)

Support: Royls, Superlove

The Aussie up and comers absolutely ripped through their debut UK headlining tour with their fresh and energetic ‘Skinny Dipping’ just a short insight to what goes into their shows. With a few dates set around their Reading and Leeds festival appearances, the band are set to storm across some larger stages than when they came across earlier in 2019.

Adding to this, with their now full-time bassist Miki, the Australian Pop-Pinks will come forth with a clear vision so fans will get a glimpse of just what to expect the second time around.

I was at their last UK tour for the Leeds date, their output was a little sub-par but from what I’ve heard since then, there’s going to be absolutely no stopping this band coming forward in the future.

Link to Facebook event.



Other Tour Dates:

August 2019

23rd – Leeds Festival

25th – Reading Festival

26th – Brighton The Haunt

27th – Birmingham Mama Roux’s

29th – Liverpool Zanzibar

30th – Swansea Sin City



5. Frank Iero, Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers. Manchester Academy 2, 28/08/19

Support: Moving Galore

I think the only way to truly describe this lineup is Punktastic! That’s the only true adjective that does come to mind as two of the heads of the scene come together for a joint UK tour.

With festival season up and running, it seemed cruel not to mention two of the best bands, Frank Iero and the Future Violents and Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers as they’re on a mission to reclaim Manchester for their true punk heritage. Both projects have new music out and fans to devour them at the ready so everyone better be primed just for what’s going to go down on the tour.

Link to Facebook event.

Tickets cost £22.50


Other Tour Dates:

August 2019

26th – Glasgow St Luke’s

27th – Edingburgh Liquid Room

29th – London Scala

30th – Bristol O2 Academy

31st – Birmingham O2 Institute 2


6. Black Tongue. Leeds Key Club. 30/08/19

Support: Loathe, Clawhammer, Malign

I think when independent bands come down to the Key Club, it just goes off and is a little more special. I say this because when I went to see Sumo Cyco and Blood Youth, the atmosphere just transforms and elevates the show to new heights. With the metalcore troupe in Black Tongue coming across to Leeds and their EU shows in full swing, things are just going to be sweaty and rough if things are to be believed.

Link to Facebook event.

Tickets cost £12.10 (£11 Face Value).



7. The Faim. Sheffield Corporation. 31/08/19

Support: Woes, Charming Liars

Another Aussie group straight onto this list, the up and coming rockers are embarking on a lengthy UK stint in celebration of their upcoming release, ‘State Of Mind’ and it’s interesting to see what will occur on these shows coming up as you have the varying bands supporting them on their UK tour. For example with Woes, they’ve modified themselves into an experimental rock outfit but that makes them all the more enjoyable to watch and with The Faim, their transference to more Poppier sounds but with all the meaning int their lyrics shows just how much they’ll be rooted into their ways. Obviously, it’s a departure from the ‘Summer Is A Curse’ EP, but with their rhythmic sections on current singles, it shows that the crowd is going to love them all the same.

Tickets cost £13.20.


Other Tour Dates:

August 2019

27th – Dublin Academy 2

28th – Belfast Oh Yeah

29th – Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s

30th – Liverpool Arts Club

31st – Sheffield Corporation

September 2019

1st – Norwich Epic Studios


8. Skunk Anaise. O2 Academy Leeds. 30/08/19

Support: Queen Zee

Skunk Anaise are a once in a generation band but unlike some older and well-respected bands, they’re one of the most consistent groups who are still in the scene and that’s just the only reason people still enjoy them. But it’s more than that here, as they’re continuing the experience and going further with their latest headline tour as they visit more cities following the release of their 25th anniversary live album, 25LIVE@25. As they’re hailed as one of the most exciting and greatest live acts across the globe, these shows will see the band hit a huge milestone in their career, so don’t miss out.

Link to Facebook event.

Tickets cost: £31.70


Other Tour Dates:

August 2019

16th – Beautiful Days Festival, Devon, UK (Headline)

17th – O2 Academy Brixton, London (SOLD OUT)

18th – Academy, Manchester (SOLD OUT)

19th – O2 Academy, Bristol (sold out)

25th – Camper Calling Festival, Warwickshire (Headline)

26th – Brighton Centre, Brighton

27th – O2 Academy, Bournemouth

28th – Corn Exchange, Cambridge

30th – O2 Academy, Leeds

31st – O2 Academy, Glasgow


1st – O2 Academy, Newcastle

3rd – Rock City, Nottingham

4th – Cardiff University, Cardiff


9. Talk More. The Fulford Arms, York. 09/08/19

Support: Saytr Play, Beth McCarthy, Red Yeti

For fans of Local Natives and The Japanese House, the new outfit Talk More are heading over to The Fulford Arms in York for the release of their two brand new singles, ‘Planned Fights’ and ‘Heart Again’. With the three-piece band all collectively being involved in the scene for a while, this will be a true test to see what the band are capable of.


Link to Facebook event.

Tickets cost £5.