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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 14th – Feb 20th 2018

Something for everyone: trip hop, folk, metal, indie, rap-rock, psych, punk. Take your pick! BURROWING BEES + AOIFE FOLEY Thursday February 15th The Lamplighter, Northampton Post-Valentines love-in with intimate trip…

Something for everyone: trip hop, folk, metal, indie, rap-rock, psych, punk. Take your pick!

BURROWING BEES + AOIFE FOLEY
Thursday February 15th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Post-Valentines love-in with intimate trip hop/electronica. Acoustic singer-songwriter support. Doors 8pm, free entry

WARS + FROM EDEN TO EXILE + STEREO SKULL + SIDERIAN + GARSHKOTT
Friday February 16th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Rugby-based post-hardcore quintet headline, with various shades of metal support [both local and national]. Phil Walker’s last Northampton gig, so show some support! Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

DEATH TRAP + THE WAX LYRICAL SOUND + BLUE TONGUES
Friday February 16th
The Black Prince, Northampton
A trio of bangers: alt-rock kings, rap-rockers, and Brummie garage rockers. The first 50 people through the door get a free shot of Fireball Whisky. Doors 8pm, free entry

FLEISCH + REAPER + WITCH TRIPPER + VIA DOLOROSA
Friday February 16th
The Lab, Northampton
Heat two of the Mammothfest Best Band 2018 competition, with entrants from Liverpool, Nottingham, and ShoeTown itself bringing the noise. Doors 7pm, £3 tickets

SAINT AGNES + MONARCHS + DRINSIPA
Saturday February 17th
The White Hart, Corby
Stomping riffy psych rock from London headliners (and future stars in the making we reckon), with prime Northants talent bringing up the rear. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets

CANDIDATES + SKIRT + THE RELIGHTS
Saturday February 17th
The Lab, Northampton
Indie and Britpop flavours at The Lab this evening: Milton Keynes newcomers Candidates headline, ably supported by Corby indie punkers and Bedfordshire rock’n’rollers. Doors 8pm, free entry

PALM READER + CANVAS + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + DEAD KIWIS + DRINSIPA
Sunday February 18th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Rising Nottingham hardcore band headline, with the appropriate Midlands support bases covered. One to make the effort for on a Sunday, without doubt. Doors 7pm, £6 tickets

THE YOUNG & RESTLESS + RECKLESS INTENTIONS + BETWEEN THE LINES + SAFEST SPACES
Sunday February 18th
The Lab, Northampton
Northampton emo/pop-punk outfit The Young & Restless play a hometown show to end their short tour with Reckless intentions. They play with similarly inclined MK and Bedford-based acts. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

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Billy Lockett announces big show at the Royal & Derngate

It’s been a couple of years since Billy Lockett last played a Northampton show, and he’s achieved a fair amount since then. So it’s exciting to see he returns to…

It’s been a couple of years since Billy Lockett last played a Northampton show, and he’s achieved a fair amount since then. So it’s exciting to see he returns to his hometown for a headline show at the Royal and Derngate on Saturday May 19th.

The ‘Wide Eyed’ singer is currently on his first UK tour since 2015, which culminates on Friday in a sold out show at London’s Union Chapel.

Tickets for the Northampton show go on sale this Friday at 9am via Live Nation. Register with them beforehand and you can purchases presale tickets from Thursday 9am.

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Midnight Brewers ‘Midnight Melody Highway’ album review

MIDNIGHT BREWERS Midnight Melody Highway Midnight Brewers are a Northants-based duo, consisting of Hamish MacNamara and Ross Snaith, who write and record music from their bedroom studios. Last year they…

MIDNIGHT BREWERS
Midnight Melody Highway

Midnight Brewers are a Northants-based duo, consisting of Hamish MacNamara and Ross Snaith, who write and record music from their bedroom studios. Last year they released two EPs and their debut album. So far in 2018 their single ‘Midnight Melody Highway’ has been played on radio stations, including BBC Radio Northampton. They describe themselves as a mix of genres, though there is a definite alternative influence to their grooves.

Title track ‘Midnight Melody Highway’ is an instrumental song you could certainly relax to, starting with a steady drum beat then kicking into action. Halfway through the song takes a major turn to reveal something quite action-filled; the instrumentation changes to a heavier feel, ending the song with a fade out of an arpeggio riff.

Elsewhere ‘Doctor’ starts off gradually with an upbeat tone, slowly adding more instruments as the song progresses. The tone changes part way through the song, giving it more of a pop influence. The song cleverly uses sound effects to transition into the second part of the song. The lyrics have a clear meaning, which revolves around the idea of a patient relying on a doctor. This could be related to the suggested doctor theme, or could relate to love/matters of the heart, or even drug use. After the lyrics drop out the song seems to take influence from rock using a guitar solo, before ending abruptly. Overall this album has a feel-good, relaxing vibe. Check it out if you like pop-rock with progressive ideas.

Katie Montford

Midnight Melody Highway is out now to download/stream

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Ginger Snaps announces first UK tour

Northampton writing/production duo Jay Brook and Lee Irons – aka Ginger Snaps – head out on their debut tour this April and May. The former Oh Boy! bandmates have turned…

Northampton writing/production duo Jay Brook and Lee Irons – aka Ginger Snaps – head out on their debut tour this April and May.

The former Oh Boy! bandmates have turned their attention to pop-rap since 2015, and have already knocked out four fantastic singles in ‘Paranoid’, ‘Phat Kids’, ‘Number Crunching’ and the most recent one, ‘Anorak’. 11 dates have been announced for the full band treatment, including a “secret show” in Northampton. Stay tuned for more details on that one.

Tickets are on sale now for the following dates:
Tuesday April 24th – Stereo, Glasgow
Wednesday April 25th – Oporto, Leeds
Thursday April 26th – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
Friday April 27th – The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich
Sunday April 29th – Northampton, secret venue
Tuesday May 1st – Gullivers, Manchester
Wednesday May 2nd – The Waiting Room, London
Thursday May 3rd – Bau Wow, Brighton
Friday May 4th – The Cookie, Leicester
Saturday May 5th – The Baltic Triangle, Liverpool [Sound City Festival]
Sunday May 6th – Hit The North Festival, Newcastle

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 7 – Feb 13th 2018

Northampton and Corby are on a roll at the moment it seems. New Boots presents more guidance for gigs below… REDFACES + THE BARRATTS + PHANTOM ISLE + CITRUS Friday…

Northampton and Corby are on a roll at the moment it seems. New Boots presents more guidance for gigs below…

REDFACES + THE BARRATTS + PHANTOM ISLE + CITRUS
Friday February 9th
The Black Prince, Northampton
The rising Sheffield indie rockers and [new RCA Records signings] with a touch of youthful joie de vivre headline a quality rock’n’roll bill featuring local starlets The Barratts, London/ShoeTown new psychedelic popsters Phantom Isle, and mysterious newcomers Citrus. The buzz is strong on this one. Doors 7.30pm, £6 tickets

G & THE SOUND TRIBE + LUNA ROSA + KIWI JAM
Friday February 9th
Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Corby
The Market Harborough headliners combine elements of hip hop, reggae, dub and pop. Luna Rosa play a special acousitc set, whilst the opener is the side project of Shaun Flynn of The Good Apples. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets

SAIL BAND + MERCURY RISING + PROGNOSIS + ACOLYTES
Saturday February 10th
The Lab, Northampton
HOP Events presents Mammothfest Best Band, Northamptonshire leg. This competition pits the best unsigned talent against each other for the winner to perform at the highly regarded Mammothfest 2018. Expect metal, hard rock,  noise, and colossal riffs. Doors 7pm, £3 tickets

THE BRANDY THIEVES + JO CARLEY AND THE OLD DRY SKULLS
Saturday February 10th
The White Hart, Corby
Mars Promotions and Grievous Angel Promotions present an evening of gypsy and punktry music, from Leicester/Northampton and London. Doors 7.30pm, £6 entry

KATHIKA RABBIT [SLAMBOREE]
Saturday February 10th
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
The breakbeat singer/MC from Manchester is special guest at this “house party” hosted by Madame Electrifie. Doors 8pm, £5 entry

JOE CORKRAM + WOOLFORD SCOTT + NOTHING SCIENTIFIC
Saturday February 10th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Corkham celebrates the release of his debut EP, On Ice, with a live show. Support from local blues/pop rock quartet and the openers play covers. Doors 8pm, free entry

OVER THE INFLUENCE + HELL’S GAZELLES + WE ARE GIANTS + SWITCHBLADE CITY
Sunday February 11th
The King Billy, Northampton
ShoeTown hard rockers will perform their new EP [and more] to celebrate it’s release, and to celebrate the end of their first tour. Signed EPs and T-shirts will be available. Support from Oxford ballers Hell’s Gazelles, Northampton’s heavy hitting We Are Giants and Kettering’s hard working classic rockers Switchblade City. Doors 4pm, free entry

YELLOW BLUES
Sunday February 11th
The Lab, Northampton
A fundraiser for Northamptonshire Rights & Equality Council and Q-Space, to support LGBTQ+ community and other equality activists, with acoustic duo Yellow Blues playing a live set. Doors 7pm, £3 on the door

CARA DILLON
Tuesday February 13th
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
The acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter plays the Royal, performing material from her new album Wanderer. Doors 7.30pm, £22 tickets

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Libertines drummer Gary Powell completes Changing Futures Week at UoN

Gary Powell, drummer with The Libertines completes the line up of the Changing Futures Week at the University of Northampton. “The inside story” of one of the UK’s best-loved bands of…

Gary Powell, drummer with The Libertines completes the line up of the Changing Futures Week at the University of Northampton.

“The inside story” of one of the UK’s best-loved bands of the past two decades is promised when he appears on Wednesday February 7th [plus other tales – he has at various times played with The Specials, Dirty Pretty Things and New York Dolls too] . His appearance has been organised by the Popular Music department to provide insights into the music industry.

Dr Jasmine Shadrack, Senior Lecturer in Popular Music, said: “We can’t wait to welcome Gary to the University. He has a particularly brilliant story to tell about headlining festivals and breaking into the mainstream, to the dynamics of The Libertines and their reunion in 2014″.

Powell’s appearance is one of a series of special events lined up by the Popular Music department during their Changing Futures Week, a five day University-wide showcase of industry speakers. The event is open to current University of Northampton students, plus local school and college students. Guests can register their attendance by emailing schools.liaison@northampton.ac.uk

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New Music Friday: Hana Brooks

Northampton singer-songwriter Hana Brooks is back with her impressive new single ‘Used To Be’. Having toured the Sofar Sounds circuit in London during the summer Brooks released  ‘Leave It’ last…

Northampton singer-songwriter Hana Brooks is back with her impressive new single ‘Used To Be’. Having toured the Sofar Sounds circuit in London during the summer Brooks released  ‘Leave It’ last November, gaining her much radio and streaming plays. It has lead to a tasty residency at West London’s The Troubadour venue [where ‘Used To be’ will have it’s launch party on February 28th]. Mixed by Nick Bennett [London Grammar, etc.] ‘Used To Be’ comes with a blend of subtle beats & bass anchored to that Californian blend of synths and guitars – and of course her distinctive vocal talents. This special song should propel her into the heart of the industry – if it knows what’s good for it.

New Boots spoke to Brooks about the song and the path that led her to here. You can watch the video below too

When and why did you decide to start performing?
I have always wanted to perform, it’s something I have always felt is right and feels like what I am meant to be doing! I love it. I feel more comfortable on a stage in front of 500 people than I would in a living room with two people.

Did you ever play covers? What were your favourites?
Yes, with friends in local bars. My favourites would be Moloko ‘Sing it Back’, The Specials ‘Monkey Man’. Always so much fun. Basically just jamming through any 90’s dance banger was always a laugh.

Who is on your playlist right now?
The Neighbourhood; also loving Pale Waves at the moment and a bit of Portugal .The Man

Has your musical taste changed much from when you were growing up?
It has always been diverse. As a kid my older cousin gave me Nirvana Nevermind and the Spice Girls album on the same cassette! I grew up listening to a lot of Motown, hip-hop and Frank Sinatra. I would say my music taste hasn’t changed a bit, as I’ve always just listened to just about EVERYTHING.

Do you remember the first gig you performed?
At 11 years old I formed a band with a couple of lad’s in my class, playing songs that I wrote! They were very Oasis/BritPop kind of tracks. I actually don’t remember feeling nervous, just super excited to be playing on a big stage. I seem to remember having the most horrendous haircut and was going through a very grungy stage at the time.

Can you talk about what inspired ‘Used To Be’? It’s a very emotional track.
I wrote the track whilst in California, its about a “friend” that I had. At the time we had been on and off. It’s basically about wanting things to be like how they were; that it could be more simple – and how distance from somebody makes you want them more.

What was the musical process like?
This track started like many of my songs do. I had a riff that I had been noodling around with on the guitar and then I built the rest of production around that in Logic with a really pumping drum beat – almost a bit like Drake. I got the demo down at home and then brought it into the studio where everyone instantly got it. From there we built up the synths and added new sections here and there. It was a really natural process with free flowing ideas. The way I like to work is: no limitations and splicing genres.

Did you have much say in how the song was produced?
100%!! As a multi-instrumentalist I like to get as much of the original idea of what is in my head down to a demo at home before I work with other producers to take it to the next level and bring in new ideas.

How was it working with Nick Bennett?
Fantastic! Nick is a very good friend of mine so working together is always sound.

Did you have fun filming the video and visiting the States?
I have a lot of love for California and the States. Getting to film a video in my favourite place on earth with my amazing team…we had a ridiculous amount of fun!

What are you working on next? What can we expect next?
I’ve started work with another amazing producer, alongside releasing more new material over the next couple of months and will be heading across the pond again. Watch this space!

Used To Be is out to download/stream on Monday February 12th

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jan 31st – Feb 6th 2018

This selection looks a little bit special, plus it’s Independent Venue Week. Get out and enjoy the music somewhere; your local music venue needs you! THE WHOLLS + THE KEEPERS…

This selection looks a little bit special, plus it’s Independent Venue Week. Get out and enjoy the music somewhere; your local music venue needs you!

THE WHOLLS + THE KEEPERS + GARDEN + KING PURPLE
Thursday February 1st
The Lab, Northampton
The Lab is the only Northants venue hosting Independent Venue Week shows. So we of course plug their three events! Opening night sees Bedford anthemic rockers, and new Sony Records signing, The Wholls storm into ShoeTown wearing their hearts and riffs on their sleeves. A trio of excellent county supports too means this will go off big time. Doors 7.30pm, £4.50 tickets

SURGE
Friday February 2nd
Club 43, Northampton
Noughties-style angular garage/indie rock from Clacton-On-Sea, who feature a couple of UoN graduates. An intriguing show, as this gig is also a video shoot, and presented by local shoemakers Jeffrey-West. Doors 8pm, free entry (arrive early as there is limited capacity)

DEAF TRAP + 72% MORRISSEY + LOOSE TOOTH + WE ARE GIANTS + DRINSIPA
Friday February 2nd
The Lab, Northampton
The second IVW show at The Lab sees Sound Munkey get the tribes together for a night of pleasurable noise from some of the county’s standard bearers of alt-rock and hardcore. Doors 7pm, tickets are £2 members / £3 standard

GARDEN CENTRE + LUNA ROSA + PORRIDGE RADIO
Friday February 2nd
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Two great acts on tour from Brighton sandwiched between Kettering’s kaleidoscopic pop noiseniks. Garden Centre  is fronted by ex-King Of Cats Max Levy; expect guitars, ultra vocals, and fun. Porridge Radio is a solo venture featuring “shouting, guitar, and swaying”. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

BLACK COAST + WARS + REAPER
Friday February 2nd
The White Hart, Corby
Stoke’s melodic metallers return to play for Rocked Up, as do Rugby’s hardcore punks Wars. Local thrash metallers Reaper open proceedings. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets

FOREST OF FOOLS + THE GINHOUSE GYPSIES + HIB WORD
Saturday February 3rd
The Lab, Northampton
The third and final IVW at The Lab sees Forest Of Fools headline; they fuse traditional instruments with funked-up, high tempo beats to create “acoustic dance music”. The Ginhouse Gypsies are a gypsy/jazz/blues collective from Northampton, whilst HibWord is a solo female beatboxer of much repute. Doors 7pm, £4.50 tickets

GROOVY UNDERWEAR + PAUL COX
Saturday February 3rd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Folks against facism, doing their mixed-up thing since the early ’80s. Ex-Motherlode/The Earthmovers singer Cox makes Nick Drake/John Martyn acoustic solo moves in support. Doors 8pm, free entry

BAD GIRLFRIEND + 40 SHILLINGS ON THE DRUM + BLUE TONGUES
Saturday February 3rd
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Brighton folk-rock troupe 40 Shillings On The Drum bring their Early Days tour to ShoeTown. Brummies Bad Girlfriend bring the grungey confrontation, whilst fellow Second City dwellers Blue Tongues kick us off with some alt-rock/garage flavourings. They’re all raising money for The Music Therapy charity. Doors 8pm, £5 entry

STEVIE JONES & MARK GILL + KENNETH J NASH + THE WAY OUT
Saturday February 3rd
The Old Forge Team Room, Kettering
Jones and Gill reunite for an acoustic show to play tracks from their 2007 album Weather The Storm. Only 45 tickets available. Doors 8pm, tickets £7

 

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Paloma Faith to play Towcester Racecourse this summer

Paloma Faith will headline Towcester Racecourse this summer as part of her 20-date tour across the UK. The London singer-songwriter, who released her latest album The Architect last November, comes…

Paloma Faith will headline Towcester Racecourse this summer as part of her 20-date tour across the UK. The London singer-songwriter, who released her latest album The Architect last November, comes to our county on Saturday July 28. Tickets go on sale on this Friday, February 2, at 9am.

Faith said: “I am so excited to be touring and to bringing the music I love to fans all over the country. “It has been wonderful to see how popular The Architect is, so I cannot wait to get on the stage and perform. We are going to have a terrific evening in Towcester”.

The Architect has sold almost a quarter of a million copies and spent eight weeks in the Top 10. It will soon be her fourth double platinum album in a row – a first for a British female artist.

Bronze tickets cost £37.50 [plus booking fees]. Silver and Golden Circle tickets are available for £45 and £55 respectively. For more details visit www.palomafaith.com, www.ticketmaster.co.uk, www.lhgtickets.com or www.towcester-racecourse.co.uk

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New Music Friday: Sharkteeth Grinder

The hardcore game is strong across our county, and it doesn’t come any less intense than Corby quartet Sharkteeth Grinder. They – Bobbo Haldane on vocals, Jonny Lewis on guitar, Ross…

The hardcore game is strong across our county, and it doesn’t come any less intense than Corby quartet Sharkteeth Grinder. They – Bobbo Haldane on vocals, Jonny Lewis on guitar, Ross Davison on bass, and David Hoile on drums – begin the year by releasing the feral and furious Volume II EP. Mixed and mastered by Jay Russell at Parlour Studios, it contains four songs of righteous rage to split your speakers apart. New Boots spoke to Haldane for the lowdown on the daily Grind.

How/why did you guys get together to do Sharkteeth Grinder?
Sharkteeth Grinder started out of pure boredom and a passion for touring. Myself, David, and Ross decided we wanted to start a band, so we got a couple of riffs together, found Jonny and Sharkteeth was born. We aren’t in this to try and make it big or to fake our way through the industry, we like to do things real and our way. We enjoy playing shows and we enjoy touring, that’s why we do it really and we won’t stop.

How would you describe your sound for the hard of attention?
Aggressive and mental.

How has the ride been so far: smooth and mercurial, chaotic and hellish…?
It’s never been hellish. That’s one thing with us, we’re all pretty close mates. Don’t get me wrong there has been ups and downs, but only when we’re skint and starving, sat somewhere waiting for load in. It’s been smooth and chaotic.

Why this EP? Do they represent where you’re at right now in any way?
Yes they do represent where we are at right now and we believe we’re a hard working touring band who do literally live on the breadline. Money has been a struggle, meaning we weren’t able to release Volume II last year. The hunger for touring cost us quite a bit of money so it’s been tough, but we have achieved a lot in the past year and have played a lot of shows. We believe releasing Volume II sets us up perfectly for a busy year a head.

What influences what you sing about? Is ‘Scandal’ really about the BBC and the Tories?
Society is fucked up and we like to highlight that through our music. ‘Scandal’ is a prime example of how fucked up this world is. The song is pretty much based on the BBC’s cover ups with Jimmy Saville and other sex scandals that have came out of that hell. The only good thing about the BBC is music, everything else is just bullshit. All of our tracks are based on how shit the Tories have made our lives, because they really don’t care about the common people like you and me. Any establishment/government that puts rich people ahead of the poor and in need should be slung out.

The Great Dictator: black comedy genius from Chaplin with a big message. Why has it particularly struck a chord with you?
Charlie Chaplin was a genius and the message he gives in that speech is pretty much everything we stand for. Also we’re massive fans of a band called The Chariot they’re pretty much our idols and it’s a thank you to their art. They released a track called ‘Cheek’ from the album One Wing which features the whole speech so we just thought stuff it and asked our good friend Jay Russell to make the intro for us.

Give us a quick synopsis of this Corby scene that makes you tick.
For our style of music there isn’t really a scene for it and it has been a struggle getting locals who aren’t friends on our side. But Corby is a thriving scene for other genres and is leading the way compared to some city’s and town’s across the country. Everything Marc Collins has done for Corby’s music scene has been from the heart and he’s got it to where it is today.

What is the best thing about being in this band?
I speak for the whole band when I say this, but touring is the best thing about being in a band. Honestly it’s the best days of your life no matter what anyone says, waking up with your best mates everyday travelling from place to place getting stoned and steaming then playing a gig. My advice to all the local bands that haven’t gone and done it yet is, get off your arse and get out there! You will not regret it, trust me.

Can we have an album please?
Yes, over the next 3/4 months we will be writing our debut 10 track LP.

What’s coming up on the horizon?
We will be touring pretty much every month other than February and October by the looks of things. Also we will be crossing over to Europe for two tours this year in April and then November, so please keep an eye out on all our social media’s to see when we’re close to you and if we are, get to a show.

Volume II is out Monday through the band’s own label/distro Grinder Records on all streaming platforms, 7” vinyl and CD [Haldane: “also if anyone wants to start their own record label, we encourage that idea and will give you the masters of Volume I and Volume II to help get you on your feet”].

[Headline photo by JazzaJewelz, EP artwork by Jordan Cameron]

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