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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jan 24th – Jan 30th 2018

It seems normal service resumes this week as there’s now plenty of excellent ShoeCounty events to get stuck into, including these tasty morsels… KING’S GAMBIT + AMII DAWES + DONNYBROOK…

It seems normal service resumes this week as there’s now plenty of excellent ShoeCounty events to get stuck into, including these tasty morsels…

KING’S GAMBIT + AMII DAWES + DONNYBROOK FAIR + THE MOBBS + DANIEL KNIGHT + JOSH WYLIE + more
Fri January 26th to Sun 28th
The Picturedrome, Northampton
New Boots cannot quite work out what the point of “Mayor-Fest” is [except maybe electioneering], but there’s no denying there’s some quality talent signed up for it (some mentioned above, and there is some covers bands too). Also the profits go to Alfie Bear’s Journey Fund, so postpone the cynicism and get down if you can. Doors are 7pm on Fri and Sat, 2pm on Sun. Tickets are £45 for the three days or £19 for each day.

ROCKED UP HOOTENANNY LAUNCH NIGHT
Friday January 26th
The White Hart, Corby
Live music is TBC, but it’s a chance to learn more about the Rocked Up Hootenanny Festival taking place at Rockingham Motor Speedway on September 8th, and there’s a number of super cheap advance tickets on sale just at this event. Doors 8pm, free entry

FUTURE LOVE + LUCKY SHIVERS
Friday January 26th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Alt-rock heaven at The Lamp as these two talents collide. Last Future Love show for a while we’re told, and a rare show [full stop] for Lucky Shivers. So no excuses really. Doors 9pm, free entry.

THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES + THE REPRO JAM SQUAD
Saturday January 27th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Acid jazz, baby! They have had a lot of hits and still deliver a great show; the soul fire still burns strong after 25+ years. ‘Never stop’ indeed. Doors 9pm, £23 tickets

DEITUS + FUNERAL THRONE + TRIVAX + OPUS MORTIS
Saturday January 27th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Acta Non Verba LP release show for the London-based black metal headliners. More extreme metal sounds courtesy of supports that hail from the Black Country, Birmingham, and Coventry. Doors 6pm, £6 tickets

BLACK COAST + COVE + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + XYHON
Saturday January 27th
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
Melodic metal from Stoke to headline, hardcore from Kent, plus the Midlands finest thrashers bringing up the rear. Doors 6pm, £5 on the door.

ROZISM + VELVET ENGINE + JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + THE GINHOUSE GYPSIES
Saturday January 27th
The Lab, Northampton
This is a charity clothes swap event in aid of Epilepsy Society, followed by live music in the evening from some of Northampton’s nicest folk. Doors: clothes swap is 3-6pm, music is 7pm onwards, £2 entry

FEROCIOUS DOG + PATCH BLACK + EMMA McGRATH
Saturday January 27th
The White Hart, Corby
The Celtic folk-rockers will be playing a special set as a four-piece acoustic line-up, with singer-songwriter supports. It’s supposed to be sold out, so maybe check with the venue/promoter if there’s any way in. Doors 7.30pm

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In Review: Jonah Matranga, The Black Prince, Northampton

US singer songwriter Johnah Matranga headlined The Black Prince on Friday night as part of his short jaunt across the UK. Matranga is the voice behind the hugely influential post-hardcore band…

US singer songwriter Johnah Matranga headlined The Black Prince on Friday night as part of his short jaunt across the UK.

Matranga is the voice behind the hugely influential post-hardcore band Far and has also played in New End Original, onelinedrawing and Gratitude as well as releasing several solo albums.

He was joined by support act Barry Dolan, aka Non Canon.

Jonah Matranga

Jonah Matranga

Matranga played a set of acoustic songs, partly part picked by fans, from across his career as well as reading short passages from this new book Alone Rewinding, which tells the last 20 years of the singer’s life raising his daughter and making music.

In the last few years, Matranga has previously played in Kettering and at The Lab in Northampton and has always been on cracking form, and Friday night no different. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Far’s iconic album Water & Solutions and Matranga hinted during the set he’s hoping to return to the UK later this year to celebrate the record.

If you’re looking to brush up on Matranga, check out the two tracks below. For more details visit http://jonahmatranga.com

Report and photos by David Jackson

 

 

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New Music Friday: Oddity Island

Kettering’s woozy indie rockers Oddity Island formed in early 2017 and a year on have readied their debut single, ‘Finger Puppets’. New Boots spoke to Alex Gardner (vocals/ukulele) for the lowdown…

Kettering’s woozy indie rockers Oddity Island formed in early 2017 and a year on have readied their debut single, ‘Finger Puppets’. New Boots spoke to Alex Gardner (vocals/ukulele) for the lowdown on this song and more.

New Boots: How did you guys get together?
Alex Gardner: Well Will Bates [guitar] and I went to college and uni together and were apathetically pondering the idea of trying to make something at least resembling a band for years but never got anything really going. Then we started seeing Sam Draper [guitar] everywhere we went. He had a little bit more drive then me and will to get something started so we met up for a jam and that was that. Finding Paul Parry [drums] and Simon Game [bass] after that was just pretty organic. Paul being Sam’s brother and all and we just got our mate Simon and told him to learn bass… he did.

How would you describe your sound?
We are all in to psychy/shoegazey kinda stuff. I think that’s pretty evident in the music. But there is a massive folk influence on it too. Especially melodically. Then Paul pretends he is in a much heavier band and music comes out. I guess that question is hard to answer definitely; that’s probably a good thing.

What do you think are your main influences musically?
I kinda feel like I don’t know. Like I never really directly think of anyone in particular. It’s just a mess of stuff that’s been crammed in ours heads, right? I would say Neutral Milk Hotel or Beirut or something personally but the rest of the band would say something completely different

What are your main influences outside the world of music?
Nicolas Cage in Wicker Man.

This song seems very anti-religion. Is God deader than ever?
If we count it by his cultural relevance then probably yeah. Not exactly current is Our Kid God. I don’t think of the song as anti-religious though. But more anti Faith. Blind faith anyway. It’s more about being confused about why people need religion rather than hating religion. I mean religions in terms of history and culture is actually incredibly interesting. It’s just the whole ‘I believe in this because I do and that is all the proof I need’ kinda attitude that doesn’t sit well with me. But then again live and let live and I really do understand the comfort in it. I guess that would be nice.

What are your live shows like? Are you part of a music scene in Kettering, playing with like-minded bands?
Live we just try and put as much energy and possible in to it and try to have fun. We have a few slower songs that build up to burst of energy then back down….then back up. We don’t like to stay in the same place very long.

In terms of the scene we play with a lot of cool people round here. It’s a very talented town really, it just has a hard time showing it off nowadays. The scenes there but there’s little to rally around. Speaking of like-minded bands The Abrahams have helped us out a lot with gigs and stuff which we appreciate a lot. Check out there new album it wonderful.

What was the last album you bought?
Derevaun Seraun by Kiran Leonard

What has been your favourite band moment in the past year?
Going to Bournemouth to record. Me, Sam and Paul all slept in a car in the middle of November after going out. It was one of the coldest but one of the funniest nights I’ve ever had.

What plans do you have for 2018?
To gig as much and as far afield as we can. We are also gonna record a kinda live EP in the very near future.

You can find Oddity Island on Facebook and Twitter

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Record Review: The Abrahams ‘The Abrahams’

THE ABRAHAMS The Abrahams (self-released) The band is made up of Ross Alexander II, Max Mclean, Neil Bennet and Jamie Gilbert. The bands’ hometown is Kettering and they describe themselves…

THE ABRAHAMS
The Abrahams (self-released)

The band is made up of Ross Alexander II, Max Mclean, Neil Bennet and Jamie Gilbert. The bands’ hometown is Kettering and they describe themselves as a “four-piece progressive folk rock skiffle beat combo band”, with music and lyrics written by Ross Alexander II. This self-titled album is a real Sunday morning album; relaxing and peaceful with soft and calming vocals. In this album the band address many issues in society with the song ‘Plastic Society’ and the song ‘Holes In My Shoes’, which talks about the ignorance of people; “Just monkeys that learnt to stand tall”.

The Abrahams have taken influences from multiple bands and artists such as Nick Drake, Bob Dylan, CSNY, Cider, Louden Wainwright III, Jeff Buckley, Cat Stevens, Bert Jansch, and Ralph McTell. This is their first album; their songs are calming and peaceful with a real folk feel in the first couple of songs, before they really introduce a heavier aspect by third song ‘1486’.

A few of my favourites from this album are ‘Darling’, ‘Holes In My Shoes’ and ‘Twins and Needles’. The songs enjoyable tranquil feeling means the album would be perfect with a cup of coffee, by the window on a winters morning. It’s definitely worth a listen.

Katie Montford

The Abrahams is available from Bandcamp now for download / order on CD

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jan 17th – Jan 23rd 2018

Still looking like January, isn’t it? It’s all about quality not quantity anyway… OSIAH + NO WITNESSES + EXILES OF ELYSIUM + THE DARKHORSE Wednesday January 17th The Roadmender, Northampton Sunderland’s…

Still looking like January, isn’t it? It’s all about quality not quantity anyway…

OSIAH + NO WITNESSES + EXILES OF ELYSIUM + THE DARKHORSE
Wednesday January 17th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Sunderland’s mighty Osiah are bringing their deathcore on a short UK tour, tonight is the third of four dates; support from the Midlands finest upcoming talent. Doors 7pm, £6 tickets or £9 on the door

JONAH MATRANGA + NON CANON
Friday January 19th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Matranga is the revered US alt-rock singer-songwriter who fronted the band Far and recorded solo under the onelinedrawing monikor.  Non Canon is the folkie solo project of Oxygen Thief’s Barry Dolan. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

SKYFLOOD + MIYAGI CAR WASH + KENNETH J NASH + CRYBB
Friday January 19th
Ex-Servicemens Club, Corby
The Harmonics Collective do their thing again. Kettering alt-rockers headline, plus folk rockers MCW play a rare show, singer-songwriter Nash, and an acoustic folk duo to open proceedings. Should be a winner. Doors 8pm, £2 on entry.

JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + VHS PIRATES + KING’S GAMBIT
Saturday January 20th
The Lab, Northampton
Katie Paton’s birthday bash, innit. A trio of tasty Northampton morsels to entertain the troops. It might get messy in the best possible way. Doors 8pm, free entry.

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Rocked Up to take Hootenanny Festival to Rockingham Motor Speedway

The team behind Corby’s Rocked Up have revealed plans to take their summer Hootenanny Festival to Rockingham Motor Speedway this summer. While the promoters haven’t announced the line up yet, it’s…

The team behind Corby’s Rocked Up have revealed plans to take their summer Hootenanny Festival to Rockingham Motor Speedway this summer.

While the promoters haven’t announced the line up yet, it’s expected to be a mixture of local acts and national names. The Hootenanny has previously taken place at The Shire Horse’s garden and on the playing fields next to The Hut venue.

Aiming to put Corby firmly on the music map, the team of Marc Collins, Stephen Crook and James Hanson are hoping to attract between 1,500 and 2,000 people to the all-day event which is taking place on September 8.

The festival will feature three stages of rock, indie and hip-hop and later this month on the 26th there will be a formal launch event at The White Hart in Corby, where the first 100 tickets will be going on sale.

Super early bird tickets for Rocked Up’s Hootenanny will cost £15, early bird tickets £20 and general sale tickets £25. There will also be after party tickets will be available for an additional £10.

We will bring you all of the news and updates when the line-up is revealed, but in the meantime check out the festival on Twitter and Facebook.

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jan 10th – Jan 16th 2018

Excuse Shoe-In’s absence last week, it was like a wasteland out there. Never fear there’s some quality out there this week, especially if you like your sounds weighty. HALFLIVES +…

Excuse Shoe-In’s absence last week, it was like a wasteland out there. Never fear there’s some quality out there this week, especially if you like your sounds weighty.

HALFLIVES + WE ARE GIANTS + VIA DOLOROSA + THRIFT STREET
Friday January 12th
The Lab, Northampton
Alt-rock female-fronted quintet from Modena, Italy released their debut album Empty Rooms in 2017, and continue to tour in promotion of it. Doors 7.30pm, £6 tickets or £8 OTD. Alternatively £5 with a Lab Membership card.

SHARKTEETH GRINDER + GOLDEN DEATHMASK + EARLY BLACK + FRANTIC STATE
Friday January 12th
The Ex, Corby
Corby metal / punk / hardcore quartet celebrate the release of their second EP Volume II. Equally frantic / chaotic supports too, natch. Doors 8pm, tickets £2 or a fiver on the door.

POWDERHEAD
Saturday January 13th
The Prince of Wales, Kettering
Cambridge classic rock powerhouse quartet return to the scene of their 2017 triumph. Headbanging obligatory we understand. Doors 8pm, free entry.

AUSTIN GOLD + EMPYRE + MESMA
Sunday January 14th
The King Billy, Northampton
Sunday afternoon session at the Billy. Peterborough’s anthemic Austin Gold headline, with Northants’ intense and ever reliable Empyre in the middle; local newcomers Mesma play their debut gig [and bring more of a hard/stoner rock vibe to proceedings]. Doors 4pm, free entry.

COAST TO COAST + THE YOUNG HEARTS + WISHING WOLF 
Sunday January 14th
The Lab, Northampton
Rising Brummie emo/pop punk rockers bring the shakedown to ShoeTown, alongside fellow alt-rockers The Young Hearts. Opening is newish Kettering quintet [them with the tasty riffs]. Doors 8pm, no info on cost online anywhere as far as New Boots could see [free entry then?]

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New Music Friday: Acolytes debut EP

Rushden. Army boots, rough-cut Diamond footballers, and some lakes with soul-destroying shops surrounding them. But now some small salvation comes in the shape of Acolytes and their debut EP Pounding…

Rushden. Army boots, rough-cut Diamond footballers, and some lakes with soul-destroying shops surrounding them. But now some small salvation comes in the shape of Acolytes and their debut EP Pounding Dance Music, via Five Wound Records.

The “NN10 noise brigade” comprise singer/guitarist Hamm, guitarist Tom Bird, bassist Bewlay Stanton and drummer Marcus Lever. The five track EP is not for the faint-hearted, as they fray the senses with the Black Flaggy screamcore of ‘Lord Of The Land’ and ‘Worst Case Scenario’, but also give it some with the good old hard rock/metal sounds (think Kyuss, Nirvana, Motorhead, Mudhoney) on opener ‘Coup de Grace’ and ‘Wanting A War’. The politically-charged DIY band have been building themselves a name through 2017 and so this is a masterly way to begin the year.

Listen below on Spotify or purchase (as a ‘name your price’ deal) from Bandcamp. It’s supposed to be available on CD and cassette from the live shows too, so do get along and see them when you can.

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Dec 27 2017 – Jan 2 2018

Last guide of the year – see it out in style with this handy round-up of county charms. LUNA ROSA + MONARCHS + SKIRT Saturday December 30th The White Hart, Corby…

Last guide of the year – see it out in style with this handy round-up of county charms.

LUNA ROSA + MONARCHS + SKIRT
Saturday December 30th
The White Hart, Corby
The latest Yuk clubnight, with a trio of excellent Northants alt-rock bands playing to a packed room. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets

END OF YEAR HARDCORE PARTY
Saturday December 30th
The Lab, Northampton
House Of Pain finish their year with a big bang: sets from Splintered, Sickones, Sharkteeth Grinder, Fatal Swing, Balance, and Frantic State. Doors 7pm, £4 tickets 

CANDIDATES + SOLARISE
Saturday December 30th
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
Indie/rock night from the ever reliable Retro-Beat team. MK headliners, former Dem Urban Foxes openers. Doors 8pm, free entry

DANSMALL
Saturday December 30th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Singer-songwriter duo Dan Plews and Guy Fletcher. Expect guitar, bouzouki, mandolin and fiddle to rear their heads. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE BARRATTS
Sunday December 31st
Club 43, Northampton
A midnight show from the local indie gunslingers to see in the new year. Theres an indie disco too. Doors 8pm, £5 on the door

SWITCHBLADE CITY + GUNS OF ANARCHY
Sunday December 31st
The Prince of Wales, Kettering
New Years Eve party with original hard rock’n’roll, at the revamped venue. DJ Kane on the decks too. Doors 7pm, free entry

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Dec 20 – Dec 26 2017

So much to shake a stick at this Christmas week. Get battered with these bosshoss sounds… WE ARE GIANTS + LAST CHANCE + PUBLIC GALLERY Wednesday December 20 The King…

So much to shake a stick at this Christmas week. Get battered with these bosshoss sounds…

WE ARE GIANTS + LAST CHANCE + PUBLIC GALLERY
Wednesday December 20
The King Billy, Northampton

Drummer Rob’s final show with the local power-trio metallers, it’s sure to be special. Support from Kettering pop punkers and Newark’s hard rockers. Doors 7pm, free entry

COUSIN AVI
Friday December 22nd
The Black Prince, Northampton
Northampton’s funk soul tunesmiths celebrate ten years in the game with a rare live outing/special Christmas show. Tickets thin on the ground we hear. Doors 8pm, tickets £7

HOPS END OF YEAR SHOW
Saturday December 23rd
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
All day mayhem from House of Pain Promotions, with sets from SwitchBlade City, GarshKott, Pioneers, Wishing Wolf, and Guilty as Charged. Doors 5:30pm, free entry

KARL PHILLIPS & THE REJECTS + VHS PIRATES + PROJECT NOISE
Saturday December 23rd
The Lab, Northampton
Warm-up in time for Christmas with the steaming hot / bouncin’ skankin’ local legends, plus Milton Keynes rude boys Project Noise to open. This is bound to go off. Doors 7pm, £4/£5 on the door

MARS CRIMBO CRACKER
Saturday December 23rd
The White Hart, Corby
MARS Promotions end of year party: Bloodshake Chorus, Roughneck Riot, Dragster, Yur Mum, and Mystery Action all bring the noise. Doors 6pm, tickets £11

ROCKED UP’S CHRISTMOSH
Saturday December 23rd
The Ex, Corby
Promoter Rocked Up’s Christmas party is, of course, very rocked: Sharkteeth Grinder, Loose Tooth, and ReaperX all take to the stage. Also there’s a food bank and Corby Nightlight Centre collection going on, so please give generously. Doors 8pm, tickets £2

THE ABRAHAMS + ODDITY ISLAND
Saturday December 23rd
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Ahead of the official album launch early in 2018 this is the soft double launch of the limited Live at Not Just Words CD and advance promo CDs of Album Proper. Support from ‘fluff girls’ Oddity Island. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

MARCUS MAROOTH
Sunday December 24th
The Artizan, Northampton
A solo set from the Sarpa Salpa frontman. Doors 7pm, free entry

USURP, RISE + SANE
Sunday December 24th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
A tandem of four-piece experimentalists to ease you into Christmas. Instrumental trip-hop/funk ensemble Usurp Rise are back in town for a rare show. Expect electronica-with-riffs from openers Sane. Doors 9pm, free entry

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