Whenever I write about the music scene in Hull or any of the vast array of supremely talented bands that hail from the city I do so with a smile on my face, and more often than not a slight ringing in my ears as some of the finest local music blasts out from my headphones.
We are, to be frank, a little spoilt in Hull by the likes of Life, Three Day Millionaires, Emily Moulton, Jodie McKenna, Fonda 500, Mighty and the Moon, Audio Subscene, Ming City Rockers… the list goes on, and on. The talent it seems is quite literally endless.
Few live bands have the sheer energy to match that of another fantastic Hull group, Counting Coins. The punchy tracks generated by the five piece switch effortlessly between punk, ska and hip-hop, creating a unique sound that is perfectly suited for live shows. Bass thumps, trumpets blast and feet, heads, bodies and hands are compelled to move as the band physically and metaphysically own every stage they happen to grace. Its little wonder that the band has generated such a loyal following in recent years, both in Hull and further afield.
I caught up with vocalist Harry Burnby, bass player Rob Green, drummer Sam Burnham, guitarist Matty Dennison and trumpet player Will Chalk as they prepare to launch their self titled debut album proceeded by what promises to be a huge launch party in collaboration with Rock n Roll Freakshow. As they prepare for a night of live music and burlesque performers I asked Will, what he would like to see from 2017 “I’d love to see more bands of a certain level coming through Hull when they go on tour. Getting the chance to support acts like this is a great experience and potentially opens a lot of doors.”
Operation Ivy, Random Hand and Gogol Bordello as well as a varied mix of musicians all play a part in influencing the unique blend of music the band themselves describe as ‘Ska Punk Gypsy Hiphop’. A description that fans will no doubt agree is pretty accurate and suitably compelling. Counting Coins are a band who should be seen live. If you’re a fan of live music and within touching distance of one of their gigs you owe it to yourself to go.
You can get hold of the bands new album ‘Counting Coins’ from December 7th, or get a preview at the official launch party at Welly on the 4th where they will be performing live with the support of Young Jack, Pearls Cab Ride and Unknown Era from Nottingham.
Find out more at facebook.com/CountingCoins