Browse Magazine review – Holding Absence @ O’Rileys, 20/03/17

Up and coming post-hardcore band Holding Absence kicked up a storm with their return to Hull. Despite it being a Monday night, O’Rileys was full of people eager to hear the astonishing and beautiful sounds crafted by the group. The band who are signed to Sharptone Records were asked to come back to Hull after their debut show at the venue received a huge amount of positive feedback.holding absence

The five-piece group from Cardiff blew people away instantly with their opening track ‘Permanent‘. Their heartfelt lyrics and powerful vocals lured the crowd in and gave everyone goose bumps. Lucas Woodland’s chilling vocals sounded incredibly flawless and rose above expectations throughout his performance.

Holding Absence reached out to everyone in the venue during their show. Their whole set was captivating with hard hitting riffs and outstanding vocals. When they performed their single ‘Dream of Me’, their fans sang along and punched their fists into the air in sync and created a magical sense of unity.

Supporting Holding Absence were Return to Rome, who are currently touring with them this month. The melodic hardcore band from Peterborough burst with energy onto the stage. Their songs ‘Absence’ and ‘Alone’ shone out in their set with extremely heavy breakdowns that got everyone’s heads banging.

The other supports for the show were local bands To The Strongest, The Escape Artist and Liberate Mae. To The Strongest opened the event full of talent by requesting Kate Bush’s well-known song ‘Wuthering Heights’ to be played in the venue as they went on stage. The pop punk inspired band then burst into their performance full of enthusiasm.

Then, The Escape Artist performed with improved and stronger vocals from Ashley Mather. The band’s set was full of a variety of sound, with a mixture of riffs and vocals that changed from heavy to a light alternative rock. Their melodic sound was complimented with the stunning stage lights that kept changing. The band also had issues with an amp during their set. However, spirits still remained high thanks to a member of the crowd who told cringe worthy jokes and puns into a microphone.

Liberatae Mae were also phenomenal with their performance. The metal band gripped the crowd with their hard hitting riffs and meaningful lyrics. Vocalist Adam Mitchell ejected the sound of powerful screams and a rough rock voice into everyone’s ears. Ultimately, the night at O’Rileys was one that was not to be missed. Holding Absence are a band who are definitely worth looking out for. There is no wonder why so many people in Hull are fans of the group.

Story for Hull College newsletter

Students film documentary for NHS

Three students from Hull School of Art and Design have created a documentary film for the NHS.

Kashilembo Wabu, Chelsea Sparke and Danielle Hayes volunteered to film for the NHS after an approach to the college asking for students to help.

The documentary, A Day in The Life of the NHS, follows the story of a character called Terry, showing how health services help him throughout his life.

Chelsea Sparke, who is in her second year studying journalism and digital media, said the purpose of the film is to show secondary school pupils the wide variety of roles there are within the NHS.

Miss Sparke said: “The aim of the film is to make people aware and potentially intrigue them to think of a career path in the health sector,

“It was a good opportunity to give something back to the NHS after everything they’ve done for me over the years.”

The students filmed the documentary whilst pupils watched professionals act out real life scenarios at Hull Royal Infirmary.

Kashilembo Wabu, who is in his third year, said: “I decided to do it mainly because it was something that would boost my experience as a film student, as well as helping to pass the message on to young people and help the community.”

NHS documentary

For the NHS I created a documentary called A Day in the Life of the NHS. The aim of this documentary is to educate secondary school children in the East Riding region about the different job roles there are and encourage them to want careers within the NHS.

The documentary film follows the life of a character called Terry. This was all filmed in one day as members of staff acted out the scenarios in front of school children. 

For this, I worked with two other students. One of them was a film student and another was a journalism student. As a team, we all filmed together to make sure we had different angles. Myself and the other journalism student also interviewed those speaking to the camera. 

As well as filming we also edited everything together on Premiere Pro. This took up a huge amount of time because of how long it is and we had to change a few things after receiving feedback from the client. However, I enjoyed doing this project.