New Music Friday: Tragic

Tragic are three uncompromising and worldly teenagers. Their grunge-punk self-titled debut EP is brimming with life, and everyone who has heard/seen them so far immediately joins the fan club. There’s…

Tragic are three uncompromising and worldly teenagers. Their grunge-punk self-titled debut EP is brimming with life, and everyone who has heard/seen them so far immediately joins the fan club. There’s simply no denying they’re here to shake things up. New Boots speaks to singer/guitarist Cameron Godfrey about how we got here.

How did you guys get together?
Me and Lewis were bored of all the music we were listening to and playing at the time, and then we found the culture of punk and we found it as a convenient release from all the stresses of life. A way to let out what we are thinking and feeling without words; leaving it all behind us so we could have a happier day. Then when Will joined the band and we played our first gig at the Garibaldi Hotel we realised we can use that feeling of release and share it with everyone who listens and comes to see us live. And that became what we strive to do with everything to this day.

How would you describe your sound?
Post-punk/90s grunge. We love bands such as Nirvana, Idles, Metz, Wire, Joy Division and Surf Curse, but we’re also big fans of Chicago and Portishead.

What was the reaction like to the ‘Walking’ single, and the video too? We saw quite a lot of video shares last month…
We were massively surprised by about the amount of support we were getting from it, and it made us feel like we were part of something so much bigger than three teens jamming in my garage.

Tell us about this self-titled EP.
This EP is our first EP, showing our earlier work when the band started, as we recorded it soon after. It’s a raw representation of what we think is pulling people down in their lives, such as toxic media. We our very proud of what we have accomplished with this EP, and are ready to show everyone what else we can do. It was recorded with Jay Russell at Parlour Studios, who did an amazing job and was so easy to work with and may be one of the nicest people I know.

You like to get out there and play live as often. What’s makes for a good Tragic live show?
A good show for me is when were all looking at each other at the end drenched in sweat, tired as fuck and knowing that we enjoyed ourselves, knowing we have accomplished something. It doesn’t matter to us what the audience thinks of us; the only thing that matters to me is knowing that we have played the best we can – and we just hope that they have as much fun as we do.

Any favourite bands to play with?
Blood-Visions is way up at the top of our list of favourite bands to play with, but we also fucking love playing with Nailbreaker – he’s such an easy person to work with, and is such a lovely guy.

What has been your favourite band moment of 2019?
At the last Garibaldi Hotel show in November, when everyone sang back the lyrics to ‘Walking’. It was the most surreal experience of my life.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Sessions (live) by Pond

What is your burning desire for the band to do in the future? What plans do you have?
Our plans are to spread the word, and keep releasing and making music because it’s what we love to do and it’s a beautiful thing when you have the freedom to do this. With all the technology we have we will be making music no matter how much money we have.

The Tragic EP is out now via the usual digital platforms. Tonight [Dec 13th] they play The Lab with Skirt and Ex-Pets.

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Dec 11th – Dec 17th

DEADWOOD + THE BLOODY RACKET Thursday December 12th The Lab, Northampton Electro blues duo from France have earned legendary status on the European underground festival scene with their wild shows…

DEADWOOD + THE BLOODY RACKET
Thursday December 12th
The Lab, Northampton
Electro blues duo from France have earned legendary status on the European underground festival scene with their wild shows and demonic sound. Support from new synthy-noise outfit. Doors 7pm, £4 entry

SYNLAKROSS + 1000 SCARS
Thursday December 12th
The King Billy, Northampton
Spanish female-fronted band which plays a melodic death metal base, with some nu-metal and metalcore influences
Support from Leicestershire hardcore punks. From 8.30pm, free entry

TRAGIC + SKIRT + EX-PETS
Friday December 13th
The Lab, Northampton
Tragic are a punkish trio from Northampton, giving the complacent a kick in the eye. Their first, self-titled EP is out tonight, featuring the songs ‘Walking’, ‘Sloppy Kiss’, ‘Sammy Set His Bed On Fire’ and ‘Dirty Glitter’. Support from Corby’s punk-psych trio, and ShoeTown’s blitzkreig noisecore lads. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £3.50

DEMOCRATUS + KILONOVA + EXPETYA
Friday December 13th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Melodic death metal from Cardiff, thrash metal from Newcastle, and death metal from Northampton. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

NINE BELOW ZERO + CHARLIE AUSTEN
Saturday December 14th
The Roadmender, Northampton
“Are We There Yet?” 40th Anniversary Tour. One of the UK’s finest Rhythm & Blues Bands, formed in 1979, they moving from selling out the Marquee to selling out the Hammersmith Odeon. Sussex singer-songwriter in support. Doors 7pm, £17.50 tickets

THE STRANGE + BLUE TONGUE RABBIT + DAN PIGEON
Saturday December 14th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Ramshackle rock and roll and post punk/synths [both from London], plus Northants songwriter and band providing snaking lo-fi music with groove. Doors 8pm, free entry

SLACKRR + NEXT YEAR + 1PENNYSHORT + WISHING WOLF + CRAWLSPACES
Saturday December 14th
Athletic Club, Rushden
A night of pop-punk and alt-rock, featuring bands from Southampton, Loughborough, Northampton, and Kettering. Doors 5pm, £5 entry

HUMBLEBEE + THE ABRAHAMS
Saturday December 14th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
In the afternoon get beautiful harmonies from the duo, and proggy folk in the evening from the local heroes. 3-6pm for Humblebee, 9pm for Abrahams. Free entry

HANNAH FAULKNER + CELINE ELLIS + TIM JON BROPHY
Saturday December 14th
The Duke of Wellington, Stanwick
Ni Ni Sessions acoustic showcase. From 9pm, free entry

 

 

 

 

 

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New Music Friday: Primal Holocaust

Northants death metallers Primal Holocaust have put together a powerhouse debut EP to be mighty proud of. New Boots spoke to singer Sonny King about the nascent band. Where are…

Northants death metallers Primal Holocaust have put together a powerhouse debut EP to be mighty proud of. New Boots spoke to singer Sonny King about the nascent band.

Where are you all based? All over the county?
We are based mostly out of Northampton, but James [guitar] comes from Daventry and Olegs [bass] is from Kettering.

How did you guys get together?
Dave and Jack were friends already, and both had experience playing music and would jam together fairly regularly was the start of Primal. On a night out at The Lab in Northampton they met Olegs for the first time and became friends. It wasn’t long before Olegs then joined the band, and some of the really early material started to take shape. When it became clear a second guitarist was needed Jack got in touch with James as they had both studied music together at college. James was [and still is] in another band at the time [Woadraider] and after a few jam sessions was welcomed into Primal. Once things had started to really take shape the search began for a vocalist. I got in touch via an ad I saw on a local musicians page, and eventually joined the group. This was my first time being in a band, and after a few sessions was formally welcomed into the group. So we officially became a five piece band in July of 2018!

How would you describe your sound?
It’s like blackened death but with a thrash metal attitude. We play fast and fun music for people to enjoy and bang their heads to. It’s heavy, it’s aggressive, and it’s honest. Our main influences are bands like Immortal, Behemoth, Anaal Nathrakh, Gojira, Skyforger, Carcass, Foetal Juice, Hate Eternal, Iron Maiden, Marduk, and King Diamond.

Tell us everything about this new EP, ‘Triple Headed Goat Machine’.
The EP marks the end of a year’s hard work for us. It’s a collection of the earliest songs that we created together. When we’d been together about a month we recorded two demos that we handed out at shows and put up online, so it’s been cool to finally rerecord those tracks, plus a bunch more, and show how far we’ve come. Conceptually the EP is a mixed bag! Goats with three heads and twelve tits, 40ft frost priestesses, planet-swallowing ocean demons, and of course, love. No one song is the same and we cover a good breadth in terms of style.
The artwork is a full-on indicator to the track listing, and those who’ve been following us know the origins well. The cover features the birth of the Triple Headed Goat Machine. The scourge of the earth, plague to the universe, multi-galaxy engulfing beast! The person birthing it is the 40ft frost priestess we mentioned earlier.
We’d been debating the art for a good few weeks and then one day at practice James said ‘we should have the Frost Priestess giving birth to the Triple Headed Goat Machine’. We all stopped and looked at each other, knowing this was always destined to be true, and James had just made it so. Within a week we’d had the initial designs created by Elliot [EwT Creations] which we tweaked as we went on [ i.e. told Elliot to add more boobs].
Recording was interesting as we did it all ourselves with the help of our metal Sherpa, Arthur Sambars[ of Stereoskull]. He has been a continued supporter of Primal and has produced some excellent music of his own, so we were thrilled when he said he’d help us record and produce this release through his own organisation Salamander Productions. Guiding us through the processes with ease, he captured the raw energy we were trying to give the EP, and has done a great job mastering it. We’re really happy with it and feel lucky to have such supportive team mates.
This really added another dimension to the songs as a whole, there’s adjustments to all of them so they’re not quite as you’ve heard them before, which is really exciting for us.

What are your live shows like?
Sweaty! We love a good floor show where we can be right up in people’s faces screaming and banging heads and causing chaos. We’ve had many rowdy gigs now, and we can’t get enough. Guaranteed if you come to our show to mosh, we’ll be in the pit right there with you. Live music is one of the greatest things any place can offer, and we try and make the most of that by giving people the opportunity to let their hair down and have a good time with us.

Whats your take on the Northants scene?
Northampton has a great scene and we’re proud to be part of it. We’ve played with a number of excellent ‘local’ bands like Stereoskull, The Darkhorse, Caliburn, and loads more, all of whom have shown us nothing but kindness. As someone that’s never been in a band before, I’ve been blown away by the level of talent that our town has to offer, and it’s really encouraging for us to try and push Primal as hard and far as we can. Similarly the venues too, we love playing The Black Prince [and will be there again on December 28th], as well as The Lab, and Raff’s in Wellingborough.

What has been your favourite band moment of the past year?
We’ve had some really memorable gigs this year [Metal 2 The Masses, London, Oakfest in Derby) but getting the EP complete is one of our favourite moments, as it feels like it’s taken us forever to get this together, but now it’s here! Getting to play The King Billy for the first time was awesome too. I’d always gone there as a youngster and it was great to finally be on the other side causing chaos. We were supporting German/Latvian metal band Mara with Stereoskull on a mini tour right before the Metal 2 The Masses final and it was a blast.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
The last album I bought was Apotheosis by Necronautical, a fantastic black metal band from up North. Their last album The Endurance at Night is one of my favourites and I wasn’t let down by Apotheosis either. Proper atmospheric and melodic black metal that’s incredibly miserable – its great. The last album I streamed was actually the ‘Scalps’ EP by Casket-Feeder. Another great local talent.

What is your burning desire to do in the future? What plans do you have?
We’re about to start planning for next year, but it’s our goal to do some festivals that we’ve had our eye on as well as creating new material. We’ve just completed about three new songs so we’re going to keep pushing with that to add more ammunition to the Primal live arsenal. We’re also considering what other elements we can add to our stage show. As much as we like enjoy just thrashing out with the crowd, we have some big ideas that would be really cool to bring to life on stage that would add a whole other element to our shows.

Triple Headed Goat Machine EP is out now via the usual online spaces. 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Dec 4th – Dec 10th

TC & THE BOBCATS + SLACKSTRING BAND + MATT CARTER Wednesday December 4th The Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby Final Rooftop Acoustic show of the year, a Christmas Special which sees…

TC & THE BOBCATS + SLACKSTRING BAND + MATT CARTER
Wednesday December 4th
The Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
Final Rooftop Acoustic show of the year, a Christmas Special which sees the return of great local blues band,  with support from the Brigstock proggers and the Northants troubadour. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

HOMETOWN PROJECTS x SUEDE COLLAB LAUNCH
Friday December 6th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Clothing brand launch – with DJs and secret live acts. We know who’s playing – and trust us, you need to be there. Doors 7pm, free entry

MONARCHS + TRAGIC
Friday December 6th
The Roadmender, Northampton
‘The Bookmark Show’, as this will be last gig from the Kettering rockers for “quite a while”. Support from the teenage punk trio. Doors 7.30pm, £5 tickets

HIMURA + NOTHING CLEAN + CASKET FEEDER + HOT COPS
Friday December 6th
The Lab, Northampton
Spanish headliners do death metal grind; before them its intense hardcore from Leicester, metal/hardcore from MK, and Northampton’s thrashpunk powerviolence men. Doors 7.30pm, £5 entry

LIANNE CARROLL
Friday December 6th
Old Five Bells, Northampton
The award-winning soulful singer Liane Carroll provides some pre Christmas rush therapy, along with Tim Harries (Bass) and Alan Savage (Drums). Doors 8pm, £10 tickets

NI NI SESSIONS
Friday December 6th
The Sun Inn, Hardingstone
Acoustic singer-songwriters – Leo Shirley, Celine Ellis, George Holmes, Jacksboro Highway, Chris Kent, Steve Birks, and Hannah Faulkner – perform. Starts 8.30pm, free entry

IN DEPTHS + DEPRAVITY + CALIBURN
Saturday December 7th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Chester metal quartet and Essex hardcore fivesome do the co-headline tour thing, with support from the hotly-tipped Northants metalcore gang. Doors 7.30pm, £7 tickets

NEXT
Saturday December 7th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The Minnesota trio were one of the biggest RNB boy bands in the 1990s. Doors 9pm, £12.50 tickets 

MANGO + LIFT TOWER
Saturday December 7th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
London psych quartet come to town – their next single ‘Demons’ will help you unload. Fronted by vocalist and guitarist Chloe Spence, “her soaring vocals intertwine with a heavy dose of spontaneous musical carnage”. New jazz fusion quartet in support. Doors 8pm, free entry

HEALTHY JUNKIES + YUR MUM + TOKYO TABOO + POLLYPIKPOCKETZ
Saturday December 7th
The Kingfisher, Corby
The “Lips Can Kill” tour of edgy and vibrant London bands. Punk, rock and grunge sounds ahoy! Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

TU-KAY & RYAN
Saturday December 7th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Acoustic harmonising duo back at a favourite haunt. 3pm-6pm, free entry

DIRTY SOUND MAGNET + THE ANTELOIDS + YOSHE
Sunday December 8th
The Lab, Northampton
Psychedelic rock from Switzerland, as part of their Transgenic album release tour. Rugby’s awesome psychedelic Hillbilly junk music act in support, along with ShoeTown singer-songwriter. Doors 7pm, £4 members and £5 everyone else.

EDUCATING DAN + JIMMY CASH + ZAHRA LUCY/MEG SULLIVAN
Sunday December 8th
UFO Pavilion, Northampton
Christmas fair, with live acoustic acts. 2pm-6pm, free entry

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Best NN single 2019 – Cast Your Vote Now

We’re almost at the end of the year which means it’s almost time for the New Boots Review of 2019. If you missed last year’s review, you can read it…

We’re almost at the end of the year which means it’s almost time for the New Boots Review of 2019.

If you missed last year’s review, you can read it here. We’ll be doing the same again in December, but this time we want your help to choose the winner of the Best Single category.

You can cast your vote via the poll below. Voting runs until Midnight on Sunday, December 8.

We’ll let the poll run for about a week and then reveal the winner, along with the rest of our round up of the last 12 months, so keep an eye on our website and socials.

Best NN single 2019

Amii Dawes ‘Filthy’
Baby Lung ‘Casualty’
The Barratts ‘Lights Out in London’
Billy Lockett ‘Every Time You’re High’
Blood-Visions ‘01604ever’
Born Stranger ‘Moment’
Charlotte Carpenter ‘Follow You Down’
Empyre ‘New Republic’
Izzie Gibbs ‘I’m Not Sorry’
Katie Malco ‘Creatures’
Kenneth J Nash ‘The Explorer’
Krysthla – ‘Zero Sum Game’
King Purple ‘Warning Signs’
L30 Robinson ‘Paige’
Luna Rosa ‘I In The Centre Of Pride’
Robyn Wilson ‘Hotel Room’
Sarpa Salpa ‘Before It Goes Dark’
SkyFlood ‘Destiny’
slowthai ‘Inglorious’
Temples ‘Hot Motion’
Wishing Wolf ‘Closer’
 
 
 
 
 
 

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New Music Friday: Blood-Visions

Blood-Visions are the Northampton hardcore quintet who once seen are never forgotten. One of NN’s truly great live acts, the band are more visible than ever, helped by the signing…

Blood-Visions are the Northampton hardcore quintet who once seen are never forgotten. One of NN’s truly great live acts, the band are more visible than ever, helped by the signing to True Friend Tapes label and today releasing their new, self-titled EP. New Boots can’t get enough of them, so here’s us talking to singer Joss Kieran about it all.

How/why did the band get together?
I’ll try to keep this brief, as the band has undergone several line-up changes over our time together and I’ll miss something important if I attempt to go into things in full. Harry, Lewis, Becca and I all attended a youth group ran by Mel and Magnus of the Northampton band Tarantism, where kids were given the task of forming bands and playing a show once a school term. It was a great initiative that really helped us, along with a few other Northampton musicians, find our footing in terms of performing. The band initially consisted of myself, Lewis, Harry and Kirsty McEwan, who left around 2013 to focus on photography/studying. Becca had already joined at that point and we were playing with two drummers, so it wasn’t the band-rupturing problem that sort of thing can be, though.

Rufus joined a few years later after having recorded a couple of EPs with us. After the first EP we did with him we kind of already knew he was the perfect guy for the job and the band has been massively improved by having him on board. Having Rufus, and super-sub Daniel Church, allows us to stay versatile as everyone with some form of guitar knows each other’s parts, so if at least four of us are available we’re good to play where-ever.

Who were the sort of acts the nascent band bonded over?
I’m not certain, to be honest. This was nine years ago, so our tastes have all changed quite significantly. Personally, I remember having conversations about Cap’n Jazz, Dananananaykroyd, Desaparecidos and Deftones. But at that point we were between 13 and 15 years of age – when you’re that age you’re just aggressively hoovering up all the music you can possibly hear. This would have only been exacerbated by the internet and unlimited access to music, so it’s hard to say if there were any specific jumping-off points.
We mostly bonded over a shared interest in playing loud and upbeat punk songs, it didn’t really matter what we were drawing from. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Jay Reatard, though, who we took the BV name from.

Fast-forwarding to more recent times, what was the reaction like to the ‘Make Good Choices’ EP of 2017?
I think it reached the people it needed to reach in Northamptonshire. We’ve had a few shows outside of Northampton off the back of that record that were a lot of fun – Drug Church, Single Mothers, and a couple of others I’m forgetting – but those songs inevitably always go down best in this neck of the woods. That’s why I’m really grateful for True Friend Tapes [their label] getting behind us and pushing us to people further afield. We’re honestly always just happy to have the songs out, and to have the chance to move on to the next project. I don’t think any of us really took stock of what people were saying about those songs. There were some songs on that record I’ve noticed becoming sing-alongs in Northampton, though, so I think people must have responded pretty well to it.

How did you approach this new EP?
I think the plan with this was to make something a little more cohesive than what we’ve put out in the past. What tends to happen with us is that songs pile up, we record what we can and then get together a great, but often jumbled, set of songs. This time there was a real attempt to make something that felt like it was coming from a streamlined, precise place. There’s a specific tone and energy to the record that I think actually has a lot more in common with the first demo Rufus recorded with us that I really like. It’s not the latest stuff as we’re writing for the next project, and we’ve demoed one of the tunes before. We move fairly slowly, so this is a collection of the best songs we’ve written since the last record, not just the freshest.
I initially thought that lyrically this was quite scattershot, but listening back all the songs revolve around discomfort, where we choose to call home and the relationships you build when somewhere like Northampton is your hometown. I’ve been quite surprised I was able to reign in my brain enough to focus on a fairly limited pool of themes. Then again, it could just be evidence that I need to broaden my horizons a bit.

Where did you record it?
We recorded it in our friend Ant’s basement. We had a lovely time: we hung out, played a lot of Mario Kart, drank and messed around with amps for three days straight. Dan dropped by to record vocals on one of the tunes, which was nice. I think we averaged four falafel-based meals a day between us if I remember correctly. I’d thoroughly recommend recording with him.

What’s first EP single ‘01604ever’ about? Have you written your long-awaited love letter to ShoeTown?
It’s my ‘Northampton, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down’. It’s about minimum wage jobs, alcoholism and trying to forget your dumb relationship mistakes. Obviously, Northampton isn’t anywhere near as damaging to me as the song makes it out to be, but there’s definitely a mood of “I’m drinking through it” to the lyrics. There are definitely love letters to Northampton littered throughout the recordings we’ve made, but I think I’m done writing them. I’ve found that I’m a lot more influenced by narrative these days, so ‘01604ever’ and the songs on the new EP are probably the last time I’m going to write about the general feeling of Northamptonshire.
I’ll obviously still go to bat for Northampton forever; it’s a wonderful place that doesn’t deserve the shit it’s been handed by Conservative rule, but I don’t think I have any more “this is about Northampton” songs in me. The name itself was my twitter name for a little while – we just tend to name songs after shite that makes us laugh. There’s another song on the record called Norfo, which is named after this awful Cosmo article.

What are your live shows like? Give us your best adjectives and superlatives.
I know that in the past our live shows have been described as chaotic, although I think we’ve become a fairly well-oiled machine in the past two years or so. Our shows are direct, aggressive and, hopefully, joyful. You should come out and watch us, readers.

What has been your favourite band moment of 2019?
I think it has to be closing out the first ‘Lift Tower Presents’. That show was ridiculously well attended, and a bunch of our favourite Northampton bands played [Lift Tower, La Folivora, 72%, Tragic, Nailbreaker, Big Loss AND Ivory Yardsale]. Our best bud Chris did an excellent job on the sound that night, and there was a really energetic crowd at The Garibaldi that night, which always helps. Joel from 72% came up and did vocals on ‘NVR-BCK-DWN’ with us as well, and was ace at that.
Other than that, the Jeffery Lewis show we opened up at The Black Prince was great. Lewis and I have been fans of his music since we were in school, so it was fun to get to play with him. Those two weekends were back to back and were definitely the tightest shows we’ve played to date. The idea is to replicate that level of energy and execution going forward, and we’re working towards that goal.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
I’m currently listening to Rain on Lens by Smog. Bill Callahan is a genius, and I’m very glad his songs exist.

You’ve been going almost a decade now – what advise would you give to any new band starting out?
Just try to make friends with the bands you play with and like. Keeping going is so much easier if there’s a whole community around you. No one is going to like you more for coming across as aloof, so just try to be friendly to the people you’re playing with. You should also watch Inside Llewyn Davis because 80% of music is something that most people just don’t see a lot of money in, and that’s okay.
I’m kidding, of course, all young musicians should be demanding significant sums of money. Equipment isn’t acquired through bartering, and the haircut that Later… With Jools Holland necessitates, well, it doesn’t come cheap. Secure the bag, kids…

The Blood-Visions EP is out now via True Friend Tapes from all the usual places. Tonight [Fri Nov 29th] the band launch the EP at The Black Prince, with support from Tragic and Lift Tower.

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Across The Border: Nov 28 – Nov 6

It’s back, our (mostly) weekly look at what’s going on outside of Northampton in our surrounding counties. Lots and lots of gigs to choose from over the next week or…

It’s back, our (mostly) weekly look at what’s going on outside of Northampton in our surrounding counties. Lots and lots of gigs to choose from over the next week or so, hence we’re only going with basic listings this week to keep things relatively simple.

Some gigs to consider include Squeeze man Chris Difford who is heading to Esquires for a rare solo gig, folk stalwarts Steeleye Span who are playing two nights at The Stables in MK, garage give piece Avalanche Party and if pop punk’s your thing – get to MK11 for WSTR.

HEALTHY JUNKIES, TOKYO TABOO, YER MUM, POLLY P
Thursday, November 28
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £8

PETTY CRIMINALS
Thursday, November 28
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £10

EDGAR BROUGHTON
Thursday, November 28
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £12

SUMO CYCO
Friday, November 29
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £13

KIKI DEE & CARMELO LUGGERI
Friday, November 29
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8pm, tickets £20

CHRIS DIFFORD (SQUEEZE) & BOO HEWERDINE (THE BIBLE)
Friday, November 29
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 8pm, tickets £22.50

HENRY AND THE BLEEDERS
Saturday, November 30
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 8pm, tickets £8

THE BARRON KNIGHTS
Saturday, November 30
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8pm, tickets £21.50

FOREST OF FOOLS
Saturday, November 30
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8:45pm, tickets £10

SKINNYMAN
Saturday, November 30
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £10

LES MCKEOWN’S BAY CITY ROLLERS
Sunday, December 1
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8pm, tickets £25

LUCY WARD
Sunday, December 1
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8.45pm, tickets £10

AVALANCHE PARTY
Sunday, December 1
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7

MAXWELL STRING QUARTET
Monday, December 2
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 8pm, tickets £17.50

STEELEYE SPAN: 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
Tuesday, December 3 & Wednesday December 3
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £30

BLEED SOMEONE DRY
Wednesday, December 4
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £5

GOD COMPLEX, CREAK, DARKEST DAYS
Wednesday, December 4
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7

THE PETE WYLIE SHOW
Friday, December 6
Esquires, Bedford
Doors 8pm, tickets £16.50

WSTR
Friday, December 6
MK11, Milton Keynes
Doors 7.30pm, tickets £10

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Nov 27th – Dec 3rd

DANNI VIRGO + DAISY & THE WORKFORCE + SUNSHINE ALLIANCE Thursday November 28th The Lab, Northampton Highly acclaimed pop-rock vocalist from Birmingham headlines, new four-piece with gravelly vocals in the…

DANNI VIRGO + DAISY & THE WORKFORCE + SUNSHINE ALLIANCE
Thursday November 28th
The Lab, Northampton
Highly acclaimed pop-rock vocalist from Birmingham headlines, new four-piece with gravelly vocals in the middle, and debut show for ShoeTown trio led by Aisha Daisy [Ginhouse Gypsies]. Doors 8pm, free entry
 
BLOOD-VISIONS + TRAGIC + LIFT TOWER
Friday November 29th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Northampton art-punks bring their new self-titled EP out via True Friend Tapes, a record label set up by Katie Malco. Support from really-rather-good teenage punks, and new enigmatic group that is quite hard to describe right now, but trust us they’re something to get excited about. Doors 7pm, £5 entry
 
FIRST WAVE
Friday November 29th
The Black Prince, Northampton [front bar]
Established Leicester punk band with four successful/critically-acclaimed albums under their wings. Doors 8pm, free entry
 
MIK ARTISTIK’S EGO TRIP + ALDOUS PINCH
Friday November 29th
The Lab, Northampton
Back for a fourth time., the three piece from Leeds have a growing national reputation and are proving to be one of the most interesting, unpredictable, and exciting acts on the circuit. BBC 6Music’s Gideon Coe regularly plays their tunes, Tom Robinson also. A mix between John Shuttleworth, John Cooper Clarke and Jake Thackray. The band say they are influenced by people like Reeves & Mortimer, Half Man Half Biscuit and The Fall but their mix of rock ’n’ roll & dry West Yorkshire wit is unique. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets
 
ODDITY ISLAND
Friday November 29th
The Red Lion, Broughton
Kettering-based psychedelic folk-rock band fronted by Alex Gardner. Doors 8pm, free entry
 
FUELED HATE
Friday November 29th
The Red Lion, Raunds
Corby metallers back on the scene. Doors 8.30pm, free entry
 
OUSE VALLEY SINGLES CLUB
Friday November 29th
Podington United Services Club, Podington
Bedford’s popular punk-skiffle troupe, with a Music Hall twist. 9pm start, free entry
 
KING OF HEARTS FESTIVAL
Saturday November 30th
The Black Prince, Northampton
The annual charity event [this year its supporting Mind Northampton], featuring “Northampton’s greatest ever band” The Jackal Nine, plus German warriors Hyll, plus The Comms debut gig, Deaf Trap, Pieces, EGO, Duncan Bisatt, Keiron Farrow, and Jack Vs Hotdog. Doors 3pm, £5 entry
 
GARDEN + SARA
Saturday November 30th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Atmospheric alt-rock from the headlining quartet, new Hertfordshire singer releases her debut single ‘Little Nerves’. Doors 8pm, free entry
 
THE MACC LADDS
Saturday November 30th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Macclesfield punk stalwarts are reborn. Doors 7pm, £21.50 tickets
 
JIMMY PIKE & THE RED STARS + ROOTS LAB BAND
Saturday November 30th
The Lab, Northampton
Hosted by the United African Association Northamptonshire, a fun event of African and Caribbean culture and heritage – featuring live bands, African and Caribbean food, stalls, and fashion. Doors from 1pm [music in the evening], free entry
 
YELLOW DOG BLUES BAND
Saturday November 30th
The Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Blues, rock and Americana from the local six-piece band. Doors 8pm, free entry
 
POLAR + LASTELLE + LAY SIEGE + CALIBURN
Saturday November 30th
Steel Park, Corby
Rocked Up return after a brief hiatus with a line up of heavy riffs and solid bands – and its the first live music event in Corby’s newest live venue at Steel Park. You get London hardcore, atmospheric post-hardcore from Oxford, veteran sludge-metal Northampton quartet, and the rather good new Northants metalcore band. Doors 7.30pm, £5 tickets
 
THE KING BISCUIT BOYS
Saturday November 30th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Foot-stompin’ front porch music from the “boys”. From 3pm-6pm, free entry
 
SYTERIA + POWDERHEAD + DERADE
Sunday December 1st
The King Billy, Northampton
Headliners are Yorkshire rockers who feature Jax Chambers from Girlschool, Cambridger hard rockers in the middle, and “baroque metal” from the Suffolk area. Doors 4pm, £5 entry
 
BAD MANNERS + MAX SPLODGE
Sunday December 1st
The Roadmender, Northampton
Featuring Buster Bloodvessel, the band scraped into the Top 40 with their debut single ‘Ne-ne-na-na-na-na-nu-nu’. The follow up single ‘Special Brew’ went top 10 at the height of the 2-Tone movement, and was the first of many anthemic songs for which the band are known. In 1980 alone the band released two more chart-topping singles ‘Lip Up Fatty’ and ‘Lorraine’, along with their debut album Ska‘n’B and it’s follow up Loonee Tunes. Support from Splodgenessabounds frontman. Doors 7pm, £20 tickets
 
MATTY G & LI’L WINTER + BARNEY + SLAVA B + JESS ORESTANO + ZEN LUNATIC
Sunday December 1st
The Lab, Northampton
Norfolk duo headliners mix poetry, politics, and comedy within their music. King’s Lynn rock songwriter also in the mix. Doors 6pm, free entry
 
THE WEDDING PRESENT
Tuesday December 3rd
The Roadmender, Northampton
Indie legends back again, for the 30th Anniversary of Bizarro. Doors 7.30pm, £18 tickets
 
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New Music Friday: Joel Harries

Northampton music man Joel Harries is hard to sum up in a pithy sentence or two. Central to so many bands over the past decade or so, he’s also a…

Northampton music man Joel Harries is hard to sum up in a pithy sentence or two. Central to so many bands over the past decade or so, he’s also a prolific solo artist, and has just released his latest EP, the intriguingly-titled I Am Not What I Seem. Let’s talk!

How did you first start writing your own music?
I borrowed a few Dinosaur Jr records from my Dad’s collection in my early teens and that was the beginning really. From then on I was always searching for new music and formed a number of bands. My Luna Vacation was the first serious one, where I actually wrote some songs. We played an odd mash-up from hardcore/metal/emo with the odd trumpet part, funky sections and a lot of screaming. I have very fond memories of that band, as daft as it was. From then on I joined and formed LOTS of other bands. I started writing solo material when I was maybe 18-19. Being surrounded by music as a child was definitely a huge part of how I ended up where I am!

There’s some busy musical people in ShoeTown, but I think you might be top of the pile – you have solo work, plus No Music, Big Loss, Sad Drone, and 72%, and your sister Nina’s extraordinary album. What drives you? Do you find time to sleep?!?
I just love recording music. Everything about it. Playing live is great but I think my main passion is being in the studio. I have a reasonably diverse taste in music, and have always felt I needed multiple avenues to express myself through. I couldn’t really go from singing sweetly to screaming blue murder in the space of one solo song, so having each of the these projects with the wonderful people in them allows me to indulge myself! My work revolves around recording music, so I am very lucky to be able to have such a creative life. Sleep on the other hand is a luxury I often miss out on!

Let’s talk about the latest solo release, ‘I Am Not What I Seem’. How would you describe this iteration of what you do?
I Am Not What I Seem is a collection of songs I wrote for a band I started called Low Acre. Initially I was recording with a wonderful producer in London called Emre Ramazanoglu. I then started working with a manager and he suggested that the project became a band. We worked on it for a year or two, and then life became quite complicated, or me, and the pressure of the band kind of overwhelmed me a little. I had to step away from it at that point. After a while I did a few solo gigs playing the later material I had written, and decided I wanted to record some proper versions. So I spent a week recording them in Ireland with Quincey Brown singing backing vocals, and then got Dave Crawford, who had played in Low Acre, to add some of his synth parts. Iʼm really pleased with how they turned out. It is great that the songs didn’t vanish into the void, as some of my old solo stuff has done. I hope to release the music from the sessions with Emre in the future, as there was some really special music in there. We shall see!

You’ve been putting out solo bits and bobs for a decade, is that right? How’s things changed for you over that time?
When I first started there was a kind of folky edge to what I was doing, this disappeared immediately once I made my second album. Each subsequent release has kind of had its own style/identity, just with the only constant being my voice. This material is always the most candid and honest version of my music, I think.

You posted something about Cineworld. Your music featured in something…
That was from a Cast & Crew screening of a locally made feature film called Nene made by Screen Northants. I composed and recorded the score. Hopefully it will see a public release of some kind in 2020. It was a wonderful experience and something I really want to do more of.

Any live shows coming up?
Big Loss will be playing at the Lamplighter on the 20th December, and then No Music will be playing a Christmas Eve show at the Garibaldi. In the new year 72% will be doing a few short tours before thinking about making another record. I will be playing guitar in my sisters band for a few festivals also. Iʼm sure there will be a few solo gigs here and there too!

What has been your favourite personal musical moment of the past year?
Recording the new 72% album How Is This Going To Make It Any Better? with Wayne Adams at Bear Bites Horse studios is probably the one. We spent four days in June holed up in there, and I am so proud of what we accomplished.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
I have been listening to the most recent Coilguns album Watchwinders a lot. Great band!

What are your burning desires for 2020? What plans do you have?
In 2019 I put out 9 releases from my various projects. In 2020 I want to try and beat that number. Hopefully including a new 72% full length, a steady stream of solo EPs, new Big Loss EP, more Sad Drones and a No Music full-length would be nice too!

I Am Not What I Seem is out now via BandCamp and the usual digital platforms

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Nov 20th – Nov 26th

DOOZER McDOOZE & KARL PHILLIPS Wednesday November 20th The Lab, Northampton Last Orders At Bar acoustic tour, featuring Essex’s cheeky troubadour and the ShoeTown man for whom “a night off”…

DOOZER McDOOZE & KARL PHILLIPS
Wednesday November 20th
The Lab, Northampton
Last Orders At Bar acoustic tour, featuring Essex’s cheeky troubadour and the ShoeTown man for whom “a night off” does not register. Doors 7pm, free entry

THORIUM + SYRENCE + WE DON’T KNOW ANYONE CALLED RUFUS
Thursday November 21st
The King Billy, Northampton
Belgium’s quintet who incorporate elements of all the classic styles of Metal from the past four decades to deliver music that is heavy, melodic, virtuosic, catchy and conceptual. Also: German metallers promoting debut album Freedom In Fire. Plus opener is new band from Tim O’Neill and friends. Doors 8pm, free entry

CANYONS + THE DRONES CLUB + KATIE PATON
Friday November 22nd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton [upstairs]
Double header at the Gari tonight, up and downstairs. In the bar you get country rockers [fka Real Live Owls], the Pat Fish-led world music quartet, and ShoeTown ledge, singer-songwriter Miss Paton. Doors 8pm, free entry

LAY IT DOWN
Friday November 22nd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton [basement]
Urban music night/open mic. Featured artistes this time around: Napps and Dreadz, plus many more. Doors , free entry

JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + SKYFLOOD + TAMMERLANE + RAY BECK
Friday November 22nd
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
A rare night of original music at the Brad, to celebrate International Men’s Day – plus comedy, in aid of The Grey Dog Trust. Local acoustic acts Tammerlane and Ray Beck open, The Comedy Crate’s Edd Hedges and Ross Smith will then take over, before the local full-band pairing do their thing. Doors 7pm, £7 advance tickets

RAMBLIN’ PREACHERS + KIAN RUSSELL BAND + BLUESTONES
Friday November 22nd
The Lab, Northampton
A trio of blues bands, from ShoeTown and MK. Doors 7pm, free entry [donations requested]

UNCLE ERIC’S RED HOT REMNANTS TINY TEYN TOUR
Friday November 22nd to Sunday November 24th
The Headlands, The Garibaldi Hotel, The Dukes Arms [Northampton and Kettering]
‘Uncle Eric’, The White Rabbit’, ‘The Singing Gnome’, The Staggering Bavarian’, ‘The Backstairs Creeper’, The Red ‘Otter’, The Beer Parlour Jiver’, ‘The Grosvenor Player’, ‘Echo’…the list goes on…all are Mr Eric Whitehouse; a man whose contribution to the musical life of of ShoeTown is inestimable. Three consecutive gigs in honour of Eric and musicians, past and present, that have shared his rootsy philosophy. Free entry gigs, but donations to ‘Hospice at Home’ accepted.

LUNAXIS
Friday November 22nd
The Hopmaster General, Rushden
Folk-rock joy from the ShoeTown group. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES
Saturday November 23rd
The Roadmender, Northampton
“The Funk is Back” Tour. They release their brand new album “TBNH” this autumn on Acid Jazz, which features guest appearances from Beverley Knight, NDea Davenport, AngieStone, Siedah Garrett, Laville, Angela Ricci and more. The lead single from the album is a cover of Kendrick Lamar song ‘These Walls’, lovingly produced by Mark Ronson. Doors 7pm, £25 tickets

SATHAMEL + STEREO SKULL + MASTER’S CALL + PRIMAL HOLOCAUST
Saturday November 23rd
The Lab, Northampton
DARKNESS OVER NORTHAMPTON! Blasphemy Sound presents four bands of the death metal persuasion, from Leeds, Birmingham, and of course Northampton. Primal Holocaust are celebrating the release of their EP too. Doors 7pm, £6.50 tickets

SARAH McQUAID + ANNIE DRESSNER
Saturday November 23rd
The Sargeants Memorial Hall, Brafield-On-The-Green
Madrid-born, Chicago-raised, Cornwall-based singer/songwriter has expanded her battery of instruments to include piano, electric guitar and drum on fifth solo album If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous, and it’s drawn critical raves internationally. Doors 6:30pm, £10 tickets 

MYSTIC CREW
Saturday November 23rd
The Romany, Northampton
Northampton originals with a few reggae classics thrown in for good measure. Plus DJ Dekka [Set It Off Sound]. From 9pm, free entry

HUNG LIKE HANRATTY + I GOT SPIDERS
Saturday November 23rd
The Talisman, Corby
Hung Like Hanratty are the most talked about band on the punk circuit. Last year saw the Hanrattys pull the biggest ever crowd for an opening band at the Great British Alternative Music Festival. Spalding garage punks in support. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

NI NI SESSIONS
Saturday November 23rd
The Shire Horse, Kettering
An acoustic showcase hosted by Ni Ni Sessions. Featuring Celine Ellis, Ray Beck, Andy Clarke, and Hannah Faulkner. From 3pm to 6pm, free entry

ADAM ANT
Monday November 25th
The Derngate, Northampton
Pop icon Ant performs his landmark solo album Friend Or Foe for the first time live in its entirety, as well as classic chart-topping singles and personal favourites. The Friend or Foe album was Adam’s first release as a solo artist and included three hit singles. ‘Goody Two Shoes’ reached #1 in the UK, ‘Friend or Foe’ was another top ten hit, while ‘Desperate But Not Serious’ was the album’s third smash. Doors 7.30pm, £45.50 tickets

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