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New Music Friday: Harry Mockett

Harry Mockett is a 20 year-old singer, songwriter, and producer from Northampton, who has seemingly come out of nowhere to wow us with his first two singles. ‘Circles’ was quickly…

Harry Mockett is a 20 year-old singer, songwriter, and producer from Northampton, who has seemingly come out of nowhere to wow us with his first two singles. ‘Circles’ was quickly followed by new one ‘Into Night’, and New Boots had to find out more behind his journey so far.

How did you develop your music to this point in 2019?
I started playing the guitar at quite a young age, 5 or 6 I think, and singing just went hand in hand with that as time went by. As a teenager I gigged a lot, and sang in a band for five years, but it wasn’t until college I really found my love for music production and having total control over how my music sounded. It changed the way I write music, and it became a big part of the creative process for me.

How would you describe your sound? What are your main influences?
I’ve always been a big fan of old school hip-hop and disco music, and I feel like that shows in my music in that I like using nice chords and some busy guitar parts. But at the same time I make sure not to overdo it, and keep things simple. A less-is-more kind of thing. I think that’s important, production wise; to have everything in its own pocket. More importantly, what I write needs to feel good to play.

What was the reaction like to first single ‘Circles’?
The reaction to ‘Circles’ was amazing. As my first single I was nervous about how it would be received initially, especially after having not released any music for so long. But when it made the national ‘BBC Introducing Hot List’ [on April 9th] it made it sink in how well it’s going down. It’s definitely given me some confidence that people will like my EP that comes out in May.

Tell us about this new one, ‘Into Night’.
‘Into Night’ all grew from a bass line I’d been messing with for a while, you can hear a part of it at the start. That bass originally played throughout the verse, but I decided to strip it back and have it come in more infrequently. I’d had the idea for the chorus vocal melody for a long time as well, and this just turned out to be the perfect track to use it on. After I first recorded the song, in my shed/studio where I make all my demos, I knew I wanted to make the arrangement bigger. So when I was recording this along with the rest of my EP at Numen Studios we tracked some keys [from Joe Nix], percussion [Matt Brettle], and female vocals/harmonies [Lauren Dejey], which really brought the chorus to life. It was a great place to be creatively. We were all throwing ideas into the mix, and I’m really happy with the finished product.

Are you part of a wider scene in Northamptonshire?
I’ve been out the loop recently due to getting diagnosed with a brain tumour last May, so nearly a year ago now. It was quite a hectic year, seven weeks spent in the John Radcliffe in Oxford, and then seven weeks receiving Proton Beam Therapy in Essen, Germany. At one point I was given a 50/50 chance of making it through the night, so it definitely wasn’t a smooth ride. Despite all of that going on I was still making music throughout my recovery, and it was a huge relief that I hadn’t lost my ability and drive, post neurosurgery.  Whilst it has been the biggest challenge imaginable, my music has been a driving force of positivity, and has really given me something to look forward to and focus on even when times were tough.

Whilst the tumour has left me with lifelong damage, I am now back to my old self and have a changed outlook on life. This experience has really shown me how powerful music can be in healing, and the importance of always looking forward and never giving up on what you want to do. Amazingly I got the all clear at the end of February just after I released ‘Circles’, and now that I’m putting music out again I’m excited to get gigging later this year and seeing more local artists.

What have you been digging recently? What was the last album you streamed?
I really love stuff from the likes of Vulfpeck, Anderson Paak, Jamiroquai to name a few. Anything with groove. I’m a big fan of Tom Misch; he also has a love for disco/jazz/hip-hop kind of stuff. I came across him when he was just a beat-maker on Soundcloud, so it’s crazy to have seen him get to where he is now. It’s so great seeing other songwriter-producers blow up, it really motivates me to just make the music I want to make and have faith in it. Last album streamed was Fantastic, Vol. 2 by Slum Village.

What is your burning desire to do in the future? What plans do you have?
I’m dropping a new single called ‘Windows’ in early May. It’s without a doubt the longest I’ve ever spent on a track, especially on the production front. I’ve been excited about this one for a while, so I’m very happy to finally be sharing it. I’m looking forward to releasing an EP in May, and following that I’m planning to start gigging it which I can’t wait for. It’s been way too long. That’s the goal for me really. Of course it’d be amazing if more opportunities came my way and more people hear my music, but as long as I’m recording music and playing shows I’ll be content. Anything else that comes along with it is just a bonus.

Harry Mockett on Spotify

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Apr 24th – Apr 30th

STEREO MC’s + KARL PHILLIPS & THE REJECTS (acoustic) Thursday April 25th  The Picturedrome, Northampton Born out of the mid 80’s hip-hop scene and the UK acid house/club scene, Stereo MC’s reputation…

STEREO MC’s + KARL PHILLIPS & THE REJECTS (acoustic)
Thursday April 25th 
The Picturedrome, Northampton
Born out of the mid 80’s hip-hop scene and the UK acid house/club scene, Stereo MC’s reputation grew slowly. After early chart success in America for their second LP Supernatural, they recorded the album Connected which became an international hit in 1992. This period culminated with a Mercury prize nomination and two Brit awards for Best Album and Best Live Act. The band these days are very busy with albums and collaborations, with a stronger and bolder electronic slant to the material. Support from the much-loved local ska-punk band. Doors 7.30pm, £18 tickets

ROZI PLAIN + AOIFE FOLEY
Friday April 26th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Off-kilter pop from London singer-songwriter, celebrating the release of her fifth album, What A Boost. The album was tweaked and refined during a year spent touring the world playing bass in This Is The Kit. Support from ShoeTown’s beguiling [and slightly reluctant] chanteuse. Doors 7.30pm, £9 tickets

KARL PHILLIPS & THE REJECTS + EASYDREAD + THE WAX LYRICAL SOUND + KING ALIAS
Friday April 26th
Fiddler’s Elbow, Northampton
The Northampton headliners mash up ska and punk with hip-hop for a full-on party. Support from reggae boys of the Luton and Chepstow persuasion, plus ShoeTown rap rockers sandwiched in between. Doors 7pm, free entry

ROMINA JOHNSON
Friday April 26th
The Picturedrome, Northampton
Live PA from Johnson, performing the Artful Dodger smash hit ‘Movin’ Too Fast’. DJs play throwback UK and speed garage from back in the day. Doors 9pm, £9 tickets

SNAKERATTLERS + THE SHAKIN’ NIGHTMARES + THE HURRICANES + GOGO LOCO
Saturday April 27th
The Lab, Northampton
Four incendiary rock’n’roll/trash bands. Married couple Dan and Naomi hail from York and bring their trash to headline The Lab. The next lot are from Redcar. Bringing up the rear is a pair of ShoeTown great, in the shape of mod garage quartet and the two piece, maraca driven – rhythm & roll reprobates. Doors 7.30pm, £4 tickets

LUNAXIS + SCOTT WALTERS
Saturday April 27th
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Lunaxis are a festival vibe indie-pop band with influences of folk and blues, fronted by Carly Loasby. Support from ShoeTown singer-songwriter. Doors 9pm, free entry

THE BOPHINS
Saturday April 27th
The Coach & Horses, Wellingborough
The ShoeTown garage/new wave punks hit their neighbouring town with force at this Retro-Beat night. Doors 8pm, free entry

FATEFUL FINALITY + SIDERIAN + POINT OF EXTINCTION
Saturday April 27th
The Red Lion, Raunds
Original thrash metal night, with bands from Germany, Northampton and Milton Keynes. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

TRADARRR
Sunday April 28th
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
An intimate concert with one of Northampton’s, and indeed Britain’s, top folk-rock bands. Expect a modern take on traditional UK folk music. Doors 7pm, £12.50 tickets

JOEL HARRIES
Sunday April 28th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
The 72%/Big Loss man plays a solo set in the cellar. Doors 8pm, free entry

AMELIA WHITE
The Three Horseshoes, Ecton
Sunday April 28th
East Nashville singer-songwriter brings her ‘How It Feels’ tour to the Shire. Scott Warman plays double bass too. Doors 2pm, free entry

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slowthai to play Milton Keynes next month

Northampton rapper slowthai heads out on his fan-chosen ’99p Tour’ next month, and he plays The Craufurd Arms in Wolverton as one of six dates. Those that pre-order the Nothing…

Northampton rapper slowthai heads out on his fan-chosen ’99p Tour’ next month, and he plays The Craufurd Arms in Wolverton as one of six dates.

Those that pre-order the Nothing Great About Britain album via slowthai.com before 9pm on April 28th will receive exclusive access to tickets for the tour [existing pre-orders are already eligible]. Tickets cost just 99p.

slowthai plays the 300 capacity Milton Keynes venue on Tuesday May 7th. Tickets go on sale Monday April 29th.

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New Music Friday: The Very Lazy Sundays

The Very Lazy Sundays is a misnomer, New Boots imagines, as there is nothing slack  concerning the logistics of having band members spread out between Northampton, Hertfordshire and Kent. Duncan…

The Very Lazy Sundays is a misnomer, New Boots imagines, as there is nothing slack  concerning the logistics of having band members spread out between Northampton, Hertfordshire and Kent. Duncan McLaughlan aka Tramp D’Addy is a busy ShoeTown man, and he gets a moment to shine here with their new EP ‘Love…a Lot’. New Boots keeps the work rate up by asking them to tell us all about it.

Who is in the band?
We are:
Diyar Abdullah – guitar and lead vocals
George Harvey – guitars 
Pete White – Cajon and backing vocals
Duncan McLaughlan – bass and backing vocals

How did you guys get together?
Diyar and George founded The Lazy Sundays in 2010. The band went through a couple of incarnations before Pete and Dunk joined in 2017. George and Diyar have been the crux of the band since inception, turning Diyar’s poems and ideas into songs. Meanwhile, Pete and Dunk had been gigging together since 2013, and met George through mutual friends. He asked them to do some backing vocals on a few songs they were recording, which evolved into George and Diyar asking them to join them.

How would you describe your sound? Who are your main influences?
We’re often compared to having a similar sound to Paul Simon, Eels, Jack Johnson, and The Streets. Our songs cover a lot of different styles and influences, but the common thread is storytelling with groove, hooks, melody and harmonies

Tell us everything about this new EP.
The first EP, ‘Live…a Little’, from January 2018, was recorded and mixed in a day, and we’d recorded it exactly as we’d play it at gigs. Essentially a well-produced demo. We knew these new songs needed a little more panache in the production if we wanted to get them played on the radio, so we booked two days to record and another two days to mix. We were really lucky to have Mark McCann at The Lodge Studios in Northampton producing us. He spent a lot of time – even before we got into the studio – listening to our influences and sussing out how they got their sound. It was a real education watching him listen to Simon & Garfunkel and discovering how their sound on ‘The Boxer ‘was achieved – what mics they used, how the instruments and voices were blended. He was really excited about recreating classic analogue recording processes in the Lodge’s studio, and the results are fantastic.

We played everything live as a group – the guitars, cajon, bass and Diyar’s vocals, which gives the overall organic feel. No click tracks, no autotune, all mics and no DI – your standard recording setup for 1969! Mark had mic’d us up so perfectly we barely needed any post production to the core performance. We recorded the core tracks in a day at the Lodge, and spent the following day adding extra instrumentation – the piano and mandolin on ‘Sometimes A Broken Heart’, the B52’s-ish electric guitar lick at the end of ‘Higher Love’, and the eerie backward-backing-vocals on ‘Café de Paris’. We wanted to keep the vibe of a live performance, so were really careful not to overstretch or go too Pet Sounds with the overdubs. Essentially the sound of the EP is us playing live – if we had a budget for a mandolinist, pianist and a couple of extra backing singers.

As for the songs on ‘Love…a Lot’, we’d written nearly a dozen songs since the first EP, many of which had become part of our live set. However we’d opted for four songs we knew were good but hadn’t yet road-tested. ‘Blow Wind Blow’ is a lullaby we put together in an AirBnB we stayed in when we toured around the East Coast last Spring. ‘Higher Love’ reflects our love of soul and gospel, like a Stax rhythm section without the horns, documenting the beginnings of a love affair, whilst simultaneously lambasting London’s property prices (”Rare find/Circle Line/Two stops/Paid bucks/Bought yourself a bloody shoebox!”). But the track we really wanted to take our time with during the recording was ‘Sometimes a Broken Heart’, about the healing process after a relationship ends. It’s probably our best group performance so far, and we’ll release it as a single once we’ve made a video for it.

What are your live shows like?
We absolutely love playing live. We’ve played to hundreds at festivals, we’ve played to tens at kebab houses, and there’s no difference to us; it’s the challenge of connecting with the audience. Though we probably gig a lot less than most bands, we try and make each show unique and special. We played a show last week with Space; our first big gig since we’d hit the studio. We played to hundreds of people, and it was just as raw and intimate as if we were playing in a tiny club. Diyar is a great frontman, and though he’s perched on a stool most of the time he actually stood up during the rap section of ‘Higher Love’, which was hilarious for us, and totally galvanised the crowd. We usually open our shows with an acapella song from the first EP: three-part harmony singing without a safety net is always daunting, but it’s a great attention-grabber.

Are you part of a wider scene in Northamptonshire, playing with like-minded bands?
Not yet! Dunk runs the monthly Open Mic’s at The Black Prince, and also the Sunday Acoustic sessions that run throughout the summer in the Black Prince garden. He always gets a mixture of poets, singer/songwriters, story-tellers and instrumentalists to play with us, and we’re looking forward to playing there over the summer on August 17th. We’re also really stoked to be involved with Kontra Roots, who put on some great live music events around Northamptonshire featuring local, national and international artists.

What has been your favourite band moment of the past year?
Recording at The Lodge the second time around was a real game changer for us. It was when we realised we’d come a long way as a band since our last visit. The first playback of ‘Sometimes a Broken Heart’ was a proper “Eureka!” moment!

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
George: The Macabees – Marks to Prove It
Dunk: The Soft Boys – The John Peel Sessions
Diyar: Roxette – Don’t Bore Us, Get to the Chorus
Pete: The Goo Goo Dolls – Dizzy Up the Girl

What is your burning desire for the band to do in the future? What plans do you have?
You mean aside from having Blue Plaques erected to each of us in Northampton, Tring, Reading and Ashford? Firstly we want to spread the word about our EP as widely as possible, make a video for ‘Sometimes a Broken Heart’ and release it as a single in the spring. We’ve got loads more songs in the pipeline, and can’t wait to get back to The Lodge again. We can’t wait to play to a ShoeTown crowd again, either!

Love…a Lot is out via BandCamp, or on CD from the band directly

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New Boots to curate stage at the Northampton Music Festival 2019

New Boots is pleased to be able to finally share the news – we are hosting a stage at this year’s Northampton Music Festival. The six stage event attracts tens…

New Boots is pleased to be able to finally share the news – we are hosting a stage at this year’s Northampton Music Festival.

The six stage event attracts tens of thousands of people to Northampton town centre each summer and has been going since 2007.

New Boots has it’s own space for the 2019 event, in the courtyard of the NN Contemporary Art Gallery, on Guildhall Road. It’s all set to happen on Sunday June 16th. Doors open at midday, then at half past the hour every hour they’ll be some NN-related music for you. Covering all the musical bases of this diverse musical town, our stage sees live performances from:

GINGER SNAPS
THE BIG DIRTY
L30 ROBINSON, WITH ANONYMOUS & XOV
PHANTOM ISLE
GOGO LOCO
KINSHIPS
KIAN RUSSELL

Jay Brook of Ginger Snaps, the man behind BBC Radio playlisted smashes like ‘The Modern Man’ and ‘Number Crunching’, has spoken of how rarely they play live, so this is something to be especially pleased about. “It’s a one-off special show” he explained, “where I’ll be playing mainly stuff off the forthcoming album.”

They’ll also be an outside bar serving alcohol, plus street food for sale. It’s going to be the best thing you can experience in an NN postcode this summer. FACT.

The Facebook Event is the place to keep an eye on all the latest developments, so please go and click ‘attending’ over on that if you can.

The objective of the Northampton Music Festival is to raise the profile of Northampton through music. It provides a showcase for the broad range of musicians and artists that are based in the town and as a community-focused gathering, invites all to join in a festive celebration of our music scene. The official site is here.

A big thank you to Natasha Booluck [Fuel + Fire Films] for the poster design.

SEE YOU THERE.

Phil & Dave

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Apr 17th – Apr 23rd

SLEAFORD MODS Thursday April 18th The Roadmender/Spun Out, Northampton The Notts duo show at the Roadmender has sold out, but at 5pm they are doing a record signing event at…

SLEAFORD MODS
Thursday April 18th
The Roadmender/Spun Out, Northampton
The Notts duo show at the Roadmender has sold out, but at 5pm they are doing a record signing event at Spun Out Records on Gold Street. A great opportunity to get your Eton Alive on vinyl and get it signed!

THE ANTELOIDS + LOVE CANS
Thursday April 18th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Hailing from Rugby, headliners give you space rock with a killer groove. Their back-porch blues hillbilly psych gumbo has been showcased on six albums, including 2016’s Let Your Mind Grow Long. Love Cans  is a psych garage blues trio from Switzerland. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE BIGHEAD [ACOUSTIC]
Thursday April 18th
The Artizan, Northampton
The open mic night will have a core trio of the ska/reggae outfit playing an acoustic set. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

LAY IT DOWN
Friday April 19th
The Lab, Northampton
New Breed of open mic showcasing the urban music world: grime, hip-hop, spoken word, singers. Featured artists this month include Severe and Theo Chanetsa. Doors 8pm, free entry

IMMERSE + WOVENLUNG + ONE LAST DAYBREAK + TAKE REFUGE + THRIFT STREET 
Friday April 19th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Post-hardcore quartet from Bristol headline. Metalcore and pop-punk from ShoeTown, London and MK in support. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

DAN PIGEON + POLAR* + SPACETOAST + LAURA COX
Friday April 19th
The Garibaldi Hotel [basement], Northampton
Lo-fi indie man and his art-rock band headline, alternative rap from Northants, and indie-punk from Leicster. Doors 8pm, suggested donation of £3

STEVIE JONES & THE WILDFIRES + SABOTEURS + WOODS & GILL
Friday April 19th
The Romany, Northampton
Modern alternative rock from Northants, centred around powerful acoustic-based songwriting. Lincoln-based support who bring darkness with alt-rock, post-punk and folk. Opening with Phil Woods and Mark Gill playing a few covers. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

BOWYANG + MAKOBI + KINSHIPS + SOUL GROOVE + SUB CLOWNS + ZIZANY
Friday April 19th
Club 43, Northampton
BowYang are a new local deep bass, house and techno duo, and here they launch their ‘Goes To 11’ EP. Electronica supports from across the NN spectrum, plus a few house DJ sets thrown in too. Doors 9pm, £5 entry [£3 with NN Card]

MUSICIAN’S AGAINST HOMELESSNESS ALLDAYER
Saturday April 20th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
The ‘Pomfret Versus Poverty’ event asks that, instead of charging an entrance fee, patrons bring items they can give to the homeless of Northampton. Many acts play the outside stage and the barn. Expect sets from Grande Quattro, The Blue Foundation, The Maybz, Ciaran Redmond, Jono and the Uke Dealers, Cameron Grace, One Leaf Falls, Wildflower Rogue, Jam Basket, Corinne Lucy, Thrift Street, Miller and Walker, Axis Erazed, and Rogue RubyGarden opens at 1pm for the music

SPRING PARK
Saturday April 20th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Local punk rockers, who formed in June 2014 and play all over this fair isle. Doors 8pm, free entry

ROLLING THUNDER
Saturday April 20th
The Drunken Duck Bar, Kislingbury
Up and coming indie rock band from Northants. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

KRYSTHLA + FROM EDEN TO EXILE + ASHBORN + REAPER-X + POINT OF EXTINCTION
Saturday April 20th
Athletic Club, Rushden
The first event of ‘Metal Mania’, featuring intense heavy metal from Northampton [times three], and similar from Corby [from a band have just released their new album, Rise]. Openers bring their thrash from MK. Doors 5pm, £8 tickets

THE UNDERGROUND YOUTH + THE VENUS FLY TRAP + BABY LUNG
Sunday April 21st
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Back in ShoeTown by popular demand, the Berlin band’s primitive gothic psychedelia can be heard on new, ninth album Montage Images of Lust & Fear. Darkwave icons, who are about to reissue their debut album Mars, are the special guests in support, plus best of the new breed to open. Doors 7.30pm, 

SARPA SALPA + ALFIE TEMPLEMAN + AMONG THE CITIZENS + JEANA
Sunday April 21st
The Roadmender, Northampton
SS return to their second home for a victory lap, after getting Radio 1 ‘BBC Introducing Tune Of The Week’ last month for new single ‘Casanova’. Talented Bedford teenager Templeman had a surprise breakthrough hit with 2018 EP ‘Like An Animal’. Plus you get Peterborough indie, and the Ginger Snaps-produced singer who recently released her debut single ‘The Feelin’. Doors 7pm, £6 tickets

THE TOUCH + ROOM10
Sunday April 21st
The Stitching Pony, Kettering
The rockers return to the Stitch for bank holiday madness, bringing their mates in to support. Music from 9pm, free entry

JACK SHARP + MRS PILGRIMM + JOE WOOLLEY
Monday April 22nd
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Time for some folk holiday sounds. The singer and guitarist with successful British psych folk-rock band Wolf People has developed a keen side interest in interpreting folk songs from his home county of Bedfordshire. Mrs P – aka Sophie Williams – is a ShoeTown artist best known for her solo sets that combine cello, voice and looping. Opening up is a singer-songwriter from the Graham/Jansch school. Having recently worked with Bonnie Dobson and Miranda Lee Richards in his band the Lords of Thyme, Woolley returns to the Lamp to air some of his solo repertoire. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

 

 

 

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New Music Friday: Josh Wylie

Northants singer-songwriter Josh Wylie creates catchy melodies that mix folk with indie-pop. His latest single ‘Rockets In Your Mind’ is his best yet, so New Boots took the time to…

Northants singer-songwriter Josh Wylie creates catchy melodies that mix folk with indie-pop. His latest single ‘Rockets In Your Mind’ is his best yet, so New Boots took the time to get some background from him.

How did you start writing and performing?
I began performing from an early age treading the boards at my local theatre in Finedon, Northamptonshire. When I was in my teenage years I began to write down lyrics that came to me and I’d record the melody on my phone and experiment with that. After pursuing a career in theatre and performing on the West End Stage I decided to follow my singer-songwriter roots. I picked up the guitar late, when I was twenty-one, at university, following a handful of lessons with a mate and a few beers – and self-taught myself from there. I’m by no means a Jimi Hendrix, but the acoustic guitar has helped me to forge my melodies and fuse them with my vocals; providing a new way of expressing myself.

How would you describe your sound?
Indie acoustic pop with a folky edge. I don’t really think about what genre I’m creating when I do it, it just sort of falls into that category I guess. Having an open mind to what you’re about to create is the secret I’d say. I never set out to ‘create a folk song’. I think I’d be limiting myself. Influence wise the main artist that I would go as far to say is my ‘idol’ [and I don’t use that term very often] is Frank Sinatra. The man had it all. The voice. The charisma. The stage presence. [I’ve released a swing covers album too, I like to be versatile].

What have you put out so far? What has been the reaction like?
I released my first major music video ‘Waiting Game’ in 2015 whilst at uni. I never expected the reaction it got. It’s hit over 30 thousand views to date. I don’t really know how it happened, but I’ll take it! University was a big social hub at the time. It was a massive creative community at the London College of Music and I think all the students really took note of each other’s work and there was a massive respect for ‘new music’.

Tell us everything about this new single, ‘Rockets In Your Mind’.
‘Rockets In Your Mind’ has been in my back catalogue for years! I think I actually wrote it way back in 2012 when I split with my ex-girlfriend. Breakups always make successful songs. It sounds cliche, but it’s true! It tells the story of a relationship that has reached breaking point. “Seems I’ve woke the rocket’s in your mind” is used metaphorically speaking to describe rocket-propelled missiles. These missiles are representative of the sheer destructive power of one’s mind, and the deadly damage it can cause. I’ve written a lot of songs but there’s just something about this song that makes it my favourite. It’s everything I’m about when it comes to music. It’s catchy, relatable and it make you want to grab the nearest chair, table or box and use it as a drum.

What are your live shows like?
My live shows vary. Acoustically speaking I often play small and intimate gigs. This year I’m focusing more on the studio and developing my songwriting. I want to have enough fresh music for the next decade! Last year was a really cool breakthrough year for me. Having performed my first so called ‘mini tour’ across Northamptonshire it was great to hit the scene sharing my music, but also to listen to the diverse talent that’s out there. Certain festivals that stood out for me were the likes of ‘Bardic Picnic’ in Northampton and ‘The Music Barn’ in Cranford. I’d definitely recommend either to any festival goer!

A proud moment was when I did a show at the Old Nag’s Head in Wollaston, now the Wollaston Inn. During the 60s and 70s it was famous for showcasing progressive bands of that era. Performing at any venue like that with such rich music history is an absolute blessing.

What has been your favourite Wylie musical moment of the past year?
Can I be cheeky and say two? I think having the opportunity to be a support act to Musical Youth has to be up there! Secondly, working with ‘Live in The Woods’ to film the music video to ‘Girl from Rosario’ was so much fun! Nature and music is just the best combination. I dare anyone to name a better one…

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
‘Hounds of Love’ by Kate Bush. One of the first artists I remember listening to, as my dad used to play all the concert and music videos. I think ‘Cloudbusting’ has to be my favourite from her. Anytime I play her music there’s a big feeling of nostalgia.

What is your burning desire to do in the future? What plans do you have?
To just bring a smile to many people’s faces. Wherever I play and wherever I go. Playing abroad in Argentina was pretty cool. I have family in Australia and South Africa. They’re itching for me to play a show in their parts. Maybe it’ll happen one day!

‘Rockets In Your Mind’ is out now on the usual digital platforms

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The White Hart in Corby closes

Sad news for the Corby music scene: The White Hart has ceased trading. These days the main venue for music in the town, proprietors Chris and Tina Glackin have today [Thursday]…

Sad news for the Corby music scene: The White Hart has ceased trading.

These days the main venue for music in the town, proprietors Chris and Tina Glackin have today [Thursday] put out this statement.

“It’s with the deepest regret that we have to inform you that The White Hart has closed with immediate effect and apologies to anyone with bookings for the near future but unfortunately these will not be going ahead!

I would like to thank everyone for there support over the last few years! From all the music promoters. Mars . Yuk . Foncey foncey . Rocked up . Grievous promotions and many more. Also all the sporting associated clubs! The golf section . Corby locos . Corby town youth and Darts and pool teams. Also like to take the time to thank all the staff past and present for there efforts and support during our time And lastly thank you to each and every customer, be it old or new for the for there custom and friendship over the years”.

The fate of The White Hart is at this point unknown.

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Apr 10th – Apr 16th

FUELED HATE + CATALYST Thursday April 11th The King Billy, Northampton Metal duel, featuring contenders from Corby and Milton Keynes. Doors 8.30pm, free entry GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS + BLOOD-VISIONS +…

FUELED HATE + CATALYST
Thursday April 11th
The King Billy, Northampton
Metal duel, featuring contenders from Corby and Milton Keynes. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS + BLOOD-VISIONS + SKIRT
Friday April 12th
The Lab, Northampton
London headliners have a fearsome reputation as a most exciting and volatile live act, the group take their cues from the early DIY punk and post-punk pioneers to keep everything in-house. They take influences from  Crass, Flipper, Wire and The Fall. Support from fellow noise travellers from ShoeTown, plus indie punk from Corby. Doors 7.30pm, £5 tickets

FROM NOWHERE TO NOW HERE
Friday April 12th
The UFO, Northampton
An exhibition of work by Nathan Mark Jones. Opening event with music and verse from Nathan Jones, Sami Stuart E Tite, Justin Porter, Anthony, Duncan Craven, Kenneth J Nash, Jay Kells, The Antipoet and Hubcap. A blend of music and spoken word, intertwined with some DJing. Doors 6pm, free entry

FALLEN MAFIA + LESTWEFORGET + NURSE HOOCH
Friday April 12th
The Black Prince, Northampton
With a debut album due this spring, heavy punk/metal North-East headliners will be showcasing tracks in ShoeTown. Support from progressive metallers from Oxford and melodic punks from MK. Doors 7.30pm, £5 tickets

FUN FUN FUNERAL + THE REMI MARTINI QUARTET
Friday April 12th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
French headliners make dense lo-fi pop. New Bletchley band in support, featuring ex-members of Action Beat and The Crease, play heavy synth pop; they sound somewhere between Buddy Holly and Lightning Bolt. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE BARRATTS + THE COVASETTES + FOX CHAPEL + KRANKHEAD
Saturday April 13th
The Roadmender, Northampton
‘Lights Out In London’ single release show for the local indie upstarts. Support from indie Manchester quartet, the exhumed local leg ends Fox Chapel, and the hip-hop duo formerly known as Mio Flux and Patchy The Rockstar. Doors 7.30pm, £5 tickets

THE KEEPERS + THE SEROTONES + ROLLING THUNDER
Saturday April 13th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
The popular local indie-mod group head to the Gari, bringing with them the York-based alt-rockers and a brand new Northants indie-rock outfit to open. Doors 8pm, free entry

LUNAXIS
Saturday April 13th
Spunout, Northampton
Record Store Day 2019 celebrations, with a live set from the local folk-rockers. Shop opens at 8am,  expect them to play around about 2.30pm, and it is free entry

GEORGE BOROWSKI & MORA + KEVIN HEWICK + STEVIE JONES + THE FED SISTERS
Saturday April 13th
The Old Forge Tea Room, Cranford
Wildfire Sessions present a special seated show. Manchester singer-songwriter Borowski has had four albums released in his own right, and has been produced by the legendary Martin Hannett. Hewick is an English singer-songwriter who was an early member of the Factory Records roster. Today he is known for his recordings on Pink Box Records, an independent label based in Leicester, and his work with Venetian collective Unfolk. Hard-working Jones has been playing live music and entertaining audiences for over 25 years. He set up the live music service Wildfire Sessions in 2011, putting on gigs and open mics across the East Midlands. The Feds are a local guitar/piano duo with great harmonies. There are only 45 seats available. Doors 7pm, £8 tickets

CRYBB
Saturday April 13th
Althorp Coaching Inn
Official launch party for Gary and Kate’s new Northamptonshire inspired folk album Fortune & Folly, taking place at the historic 16th Century pub. Music starts at 6pm, free entry

 

 

 

 

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Record Store Day 2019

Record Store Day returns this Saturday April 13th, and Peter Dennis looks at what Northampton has to offer. In comparison to say Milton Keynes and Leicester, here in ShoeTown we are…

Record Store Day returns this Saturday April 13th, and Peter Dennis looks at what Northampton has to offer.

In comparison to say Milton Keynes and Leicester, here in ShoeTown we are lucky to have three independent record shops who will all be participating in Record Store Day. I took a stroll around town to visit the stores.

At the bottom of Gold Street you’ll find Spun Out records. In a nice piece of symmetry Spun Out occupies 57 Gold Street, the premises that previously housed the much loved John Levers record shop. Owner Chris Kent gives a brief history: “We’ve been here over 19 years, and over the years we’ve always sold vinyl. Obviously to some degree we’ll be selling the vinyl what’s in favour. At the moment we’re selling lots of rock, reggae, soul and indie. In the past we sold a lot more dance music, which we still sell plenty of, but at one point that was a massive boom industry. The shop has always been predominantly vinyl with us. There’s plenty of other places that do alright with CDs, but for us it’s always been about the vinyl”.

Chris explains the importance of Record Store Day: “Having seen a slump in the vinyl market from 2007 I’d say it’s been THE godsend, because it’s pointed out to people who have an interest that you still have this resource out there. These independent shops where you can go and get immersed in music rather than pick at it from a distance, this is all about being involved in it. Once that awareness was raised by Record Store Day it gathered momentum and it’s down to the fact that there’s this really exciting day that would give you access to your local record shop; it should be yours. We run it, but in essence we should be proving a service to people who are into music”.

Walk through the Market Square and at 80 Abington Street you’ll find A. Watts & Sons Ltd. Enter the furniture shop and climb two flights of stairs and you’ll find Vinyl Underground. Founded by Aidy Harland primarily as an outlet to sell his beloved Detroit and Chicago imports the business is now 26 years old. Despite the specialised nature of his interests he fully grasps the concept. “Record Store Day, that’s crazy because there’s such a demand for it, we extend the shop and we blitz the shop every year and we have 3 to 400 people coming through here on a Saturday, it’s quite a lot to cope with so we change it up. We have a big sale and we have a lot the Record Store day things, we are an official Record Store Day outlet. We pick and choose, but we have a lot of the releases. There’s a big queue outside at 4am, all that kind of stuff, which is quite strange because a lot of them aren’t our regular customers. But we have a few who do come in all the time and everybody gets quite keen. For me it’s more about filling the demand, because we have Spun Out who are big on Record Store Day. But there are still so many people who come from Milton Keynes – they just don’t have any shops, so Northampton is quite good for representing Record Store Day”.

How does Aidy value Record Store Day? “I’d say for an independent shop selling more rock and indie I would say it’s been a lifeline. For us I’d say it’s been something we have to do. If we didn’t do it wouldn’t be the worst thing, but I love the fact that it supports independent and local businesses. So because of that I really want to get behind it and join in with it. From what I see Record Store Day runs really well. A lot of people come in here who aren’t regular customers just to enjoy the day. That’s what it’s all about for me: people coming in and enjoying it and talking about music, and then obviously the business is great”.

Adjacent to St. John’s Car Park you’ll find Spiral Archive at 4 St. Michael’s Road. Housed in an old print workshop Spiral Archive has an estimated 40,000 items in stock, so you’re sure to find something of interest. The shop is owned by local artist and musician Alex Novak, who opened his shop in 1999 when sales of vinyl was at a low ebb and CD sales were in the ascent. Was it a risky venture? “It’s always been a bit of a niche thing anyway” Novak explains. “I think if you can survive the lowest point you can survive any period. I think if you look at it as a niche thing those people don’t go away. The people who are interested in records will always be there, while other people kind of dip in and out of it. People keep saying vinyl is on the way back, or it’s come back, but the number of new releases. There’s more of them, but they’re more limited: they are runs of 500 or 1,000 and that’s it. The market is not going to be huge anyway”.

More than just a record shop Spiral Archive serves as a local information point. “I take flyers and posters and promote my own and other people’s events, so I’m an information source. It’s connected to local music. I do take in local bands stuff, it doesn’t sell loads but I do take it in. I do advise bands the best way to sell stuff is to play live, that’s your best outlet. I’m not going to sell huge numbers, but I do sell some stuff online as well and if I see a band live I tend to buy a record and get it signed and get some posters to get something slightly different in opposition to what’s already available.”

Spiral Archive will be open from 11am to 4pm and there will be a half price sale on everything. Then, after a hard days recording shopping head on down to The Lamplighter pub where there’ll be a record fair with DJs spinning vinyl ’til 1am.

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