Jesse James / Fraction of the Cost / The Trailers - The Adelphi, Hull Thursday 15th April 2004.

Review #1 By Mike Rofone

Entering the Adelphi Club and hearing a band completing their sound check is never an unusual thing. To be quite honest it's welcoming, like an appetiser it gets your taste buds going making you anxious to try the first course. As usual, the Adelphi is always welcoming, its timeless décor and stale smells of spilt booze and stubbed out cigarettes only adds more character and feeling to this small venue as opposed to acting as a deterrent. If three young men with an average age of twenty got up on stage and declared they were from Bridlington, you would imagine everyone would cringe! I mean who could blame them? The only alternative band that has come out of Bridlington and have managed to scrape a name together for themselves are Torso Horse! However this is not the case. The feeling of positive energy in the room tonight would be enough to cure a group of alcoholics and send them home with cartons of orange juice as a gift. Everyone can't wait to hear The Trailers; the encouragement given by friends, fans and the crowd is extremely overwhelming. The band keep crowd interaction at a low level and let their music speak for them. Trying to figure out what genre to place this group into is enough to keep the audience busy. There's definitely punk influence there and this is made clear with their Green Day and Atari's style chorus's. You can't help tapping your knees and singing along with infectious lyrics but then you have to stop! The band have crossed over into an emotional metal sound that reminds me of something Taproot or Deftones would play and again The Trailers have no trouble pulling this off. The band is a collection of great musicians, the drummer Zack Longley gives Blink 182's Travis Barker a run for his money, whilst the interaction between bass lines and guitar chords are disjointed but also complement each other and show influence of the Alkaline Trio. With a great set including a cover of My Generation I recommend that everyone should try and see these guys play; they are living proof that original music can come out of Bridlington. 

Next up tonight Fraction of The Cost make a welcome return to the Hull stage. This Hornsea three piece have had a well-deserved break and have come back for more! Before a word has even been spoken the band burst into song letting the crowd know that they mean business. With FOTC it's easy to place these guys into a genre. Playing fast melodic hardcore punk that reeks of Pennywise and NOFX influence, it is clear that this band are passionate about playing music. Although it is obvious that the group play punk you can also hear the tightness and speed that you would imagine to find on a Pantera album. Fraction of The Cost are great for getting the crowd going for the headliners. They tell jokes and interact amongst themselves but always make the audience feel welcome and the crowd appreciates this. They may appear to act clowns in between songs but the social political and international politics themes found within their songs lets you know that these three young men have been through a lot together and through their music they have found enjoyment and therapy. With a quick break giving Jesse James the chance to get up on stage and sort out their gear, the audience have time to take a breather. The relaxed and positive atmosphere that was once found in the room has now become an excitable and bustling space and yet again beers are spilled and cigarettes are stubbed out.     

                With a massive round of applause and cheering from all age groups it is evident that tonight's headliners have made their way to the stage. From the music videos the band have had played on Kerrang! And P-Rock you would imagine it would be easy to shun this group and class them as just another Ska revival act. But tonight they prove the critics amongst us wrong. Their set proves to be more than just cheesy punk fun and shows that they are great songwriters as well as musicians. Every song has speed and passion that the audience loves and not once is the dance floor found bare. They plough through their set playing as many songs possible backing up the fact that they are not just another Ska act and the devoted fans are left feeling proud. Of course their set would not be complete without their catchy tune Shoes and in this small venue a little more grittiness comes through. The brass section is just as tight and leaves you with parts of songs stuck in your head that just can’t help repeating over and over again. It’s great to see Jesse James in a small sized venue, as it allows you to remind yourself that these guys haven't just cashed in on five minutes of fame and are truly sincere. It was definitely a memorable night at the Adelphi club and just proves that local talent as well as national can show there is more to Hull than meets the eye.

Review #2 By Dick Spring

Smash it Up teamed up with the Adelphi to bring the self styled Punk Soul Brothers Jesse James back to the Adelphi. Yet another busy night, as always when Jesse James swing into town. First up were three piece pop punk band THE TRAILERS from Bridlington, and contrary to reports about them being dreadfully bad, I can report that they were far from it, they pleasantly impressed, on their first ever visit to the Adelphi, for this, their first major support slot. They acquitted themselves very well, with a sound reminiscent of an early Green Day, and they got a warm reception from an audience that was new to them, let's hope we se them back again. 

  Second up tonight, it was a return to the Hull stage for Hornsea's favourite sons FRACTION OF THE COST, who could have been forgiven for being rusty, following an enforced hiatus, but boy this was not the case, they stormed through a set of solid tradition angry punk rock, and played one of their best sets in a very long while, there was obviously a number of people there to see them as they had some friendly good natured banter with the audience, and indeed primed everyone for the headline band.     

Jesse James, the veterans of the UK circuit with their unique brand of pop punk, in the mould of The Descendents, with Brass. I have to say that on several other occasions Jesse James have never really done it for me, yet tonight, it was like a cloud lifting, and I really enjoyed them, as did the kids down the front skanking away to their hearts content. The one song that seems to be their trademark is the single Shoes which immediately had more people rushing down the front to partake of the joyfulness that there appeared to be. All in all another splendid night brought to us by the Adelphi, and Smash it Up.

Both reviews taken from

Steve Rudd 25/04/04 -


The DIY punk ethic is still alive and kicking, even down the East Coast of England in the semi-sunny seaside town of Bridlington. While there aren't many great bands kicking-out of Bridlington at the moment (save for the mighty Goth-Rock spectacular that is Torso Horse), especially seen as though anthemic indie-rock band The Sonnet have split, the only other rioting old skool punk band that were any cop that I can recall were Kanch - but their spirit, too, has fallen by the wayside and they are no more as a band.

 The Trailers who live and play in the town are three young lads who have taken it upon themselves to self-record and produce their own tunes, as their fans in the town have demanded. Remarkably, the sound quality is really good, with the 7-track, 25-minute EP digging its heels in with the go-getting punk fuzz of 'Imaginary Girl,' that's raucously reminiscent of Greenday in style, complete with a short-but-sweet rock guitar solo from frontman singer/ axe-wielder Ben Parcell.

 With Daz Anthony on bass and Zack Longley on drums, all songs belt along at a cracking pace. Ben's overwhelmingly vibrant guitar sound tends to dominate affairs, ensuring that the bold riffage of 'Close Your Eyes,' the heavyweight buzz of 'Things Will Never Change' and the breakneck pace of 'Breakdown' make for a set of strong songs with which to start a career in the old skool punk-rock fold.

 Having played numerous well-received shows in Bridlington, they're hardly trailing in any sense of the word. In truth, they're leading the way and setting a classy example to all those people in the town whom want to be in a band - but who aren't. The Trailers have to be admired for helping themselves.

 If only some other like-minded people would now invest some cash-flow into a proper rock venue in Bridlington…

Paul Fox - Suspect device # 41, July 2003 Demo Cd Review

These new school Bridlington pups are causing quite a stir on the East Coast. What with their short existence and good and steady stream of local gigs, of which I have witnessed and are always packed with the local punker kids and becoming further a field now, they are creating a high profile in this near dry and desolate area for half decent bands. The Trailers play melodic punk rock with catches and hooks a plenty, they sight The Ataris, MXPX, NOFX, early Green Day as their main influences, and will appeal to those of you who like your Fat/Epitaph gear. Guitarist and lead vocalist, Ben, pens all the songs, which mainly consist of failed relationships or that girl who is always out of reach, you know the deal, we’ve all been there. The Trailers are musically and lyrically advanced on many bands of this age, they play their instruments extremely competently and it’s plain to see just how much work has been channelled into this band. Live, Ben can quite happily play and sing acoustically. With time, more experience and a good producer, The Trailers could well be riding the crest of the pop punk wave in the UK, one of the brighter things I’ve heard from this department. Their drummer, Zack is also one kick ass flatland BMXer! You can get this 5 track CD for a couple of quid from Ben, or check out their website at

Dave Crackle – Reason to Believe #10, Painted by Numbers Demo CD

To quote the blurb sent with the CD... "We recorded the CD without any outside help so it can be raw in places..." The Trailers state their influences as The Ataris, No Use for a Name, MxPx, Elvis Costello and the Beatles. I don't know whether they're aiming for the US-driven radio friendly market (and they don't sound anything like the last two even though they're cool influences), but their real strength is that they have a bit of bite in these songs. "Imaginary Girl" and "Forget the Pain" are both mid-paced, guitar driven songs almost in the style of a British early Green Day and all the better for it. Early days yet, but let's hope they up the rawness and keep their Britishness. 


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