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It’s A Shoe In: gig guide Nov 22-28 2017

Continuing the new gig guide theme, here’s a selection of shows that may interest the Northants gig goer this week. Armed for Apocalypse + Conjurer + Ba’al + Absentees Thursday…

Continuing the new gig guide theme, here’s a selection of shows that may interest the Northants gig goer this week.

Armed for Apocalypse + Conjurer + Ba’al + Absentees
Thursday November 23
The Lab, Northampton
Down-tuned metallers from California headline with suitably heavy-hitting UK supports. Doors 7.45pm, £6 in.

King Of Hearts Festival 2017
Saturday November 25
The Black Prince, Northampton

A festival in memory of Northampton gig goer Rob King, with all proceeds going to Papworth Hospital. Live sets from The Drunken Mandem, Century City, Sarpa Salpa, Future Love, Deaf Trap, The Wax Lyrical Sound, The Mobbs, Pieces, The Keepers, Corinne Lucy, and Jack Doyle. Doors midday, £5 on the door.

The Zipheads + The Witchdoktors + Spitting Feathers + The Bophins
Saturday November 25
The Kingfisher, Corby
A night of rock’n’roll madness, with a headline set from the St Albans trio who mix up 50s rock’n’roll with touches of punk, surf, swing, ska, soul, and reggae. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7.

Laurence Jones + The Aiden Pryor Band
Saturday November 25
The Raven Hall, Corby
A night of quality blues rock. Laurence was introduced into the “Hall of Fame” in the “British Blues Awards” for winning “Young Artist Of The Year 2014, 2015 & 2016”, and voted “Best European Guitarist” in the “European Music Awards” in 2015. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £13

The Keepers+ Lunaxis
Saturday November 25
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
The much-loved Retro Beat night this time round welcomes Northampton hard-working indie-mod rockers The Keepers back, ably supported by newly established folkie blues-rock sextet Lunaxis. Doors 8pm, free entry.

Grinder Records Half Dayer
Saturday November 25
The Lab, Northampton
The Corby independent record label for alternative rock throw a party: get your records stocked up, buy some clothes, watch some bands. Sets courtesy of Sharkteeth Grinder, A Werewolf, Drinsipa, Acolytes, Skirt, Wishing Wolf, and Peaches, with one or two more TBA. Doors 4.30pm, tickets £4.

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It’s A Shoe In: gig guide Nov 15-21 2017

New Boots begins It’s A Shoe In, an attempt to provide a succinct guide to the toppermost shows in the county over the coming week… THE LEN PRICE 3 +…

New Boots begins It’s A Shoe In, an attempt to provide a succinct guide to the toppermost shows in the county over the coming week…

THE LEN PRICE 3 + THE MOBBS + THE HURRICANES + BETH MUNROE
Friday November 17
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
Up from the Medway delta are garage / power-pop types The Len Price 3, playing songs from their lauded fifth album Kentish Longtails. Support is from county tearaways who ply a similarly exciting garage / mod / punk hybrid. 7.30pm, tickets £6

EASTFIELD + SPRING PARK
Friday November 17
The Lab, Northampton
Northants/Brum punksters Eastfield – 20 years and counting – make a rare live performance in Northampton. Support from newish Spring Park, who released their second LP Blow UP Your TV! last year. 8pm, £5 on the door.

ROCKED UP’S BIG MON THEN ALLDAYER
Saturday November 18
The Ex, Corby
Rocked Up put on an all-day event to raise awareness and money for SDR for Cain. Acts performing on the day include Press to MECO, ACODA, Signals, Veins, King Purple, Calling the kidd Wednesday, Flash Peasants, Drinsipa, Family of Noise, and Skirt. 2pm. Tickets £10

DEAF TRAP + KILAMOJO + PRIME
Saturday November 18
The Black Prince, Northampton
Alt-rockers Deaf Trap celebrate the release of their second EP Miscreants with a free live show. Doors 7pm.

THE LORDS OF THYME
Tuesday November 21
Upstairs at The Lamplighter, Northampton
A very infrequent opportunity to witness a Northants performance from the Midlands psych-folk quartet is not to be passed up. Playing songs from their recently re-released album Pellets [Sunstone Records]. 8.30pm, £5 on the door

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Photos: Magic Wands, Roadmender

Apologies these are a bit late being posted. Life seemed to get in the way this week. Below are some photos from last Friday’s headline gig by Magic Wands at…

Apologies these are a bit late being posted. Life seemed to get in the way this week. Below are some photos from last Friday’s headline gig by Magic Wands at the Roadmender.

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Photos: Kingdom Of Giants / Our Hollow, Our Home / Create To Inspire, Roadmender, Northampton

California’s Kingdom Of Giants headlined the Roadmender on Monday night as part of their jaunt around the UK. The band released their second major album All The Hell You’ve Got…

California’s Kingdom Of Giants headlined the Roadmender on Monday night as part of their jaunt around the UK.

The band released their second major album All The Hell You’ve Got To Spare in May and were joined in Northampton by Our Hollow, Our Home, Create To Inspire, Caliburn and From Once We Came.

It was a great turn out for a Monday night with the back room of the Roadmender pretty packed. Below are a few photos of KOG, OHOH and CTI. (Apologies to Caliburn and From Once We Came, we couldn’t get to the venue early enough to see you guys).

Photos by David Jackson

Kingdom of Giants

 

Kingdom of Giants

Our Hollow, Our Home

 

Our Hollow, Our Home

Create To Inspire

 

Create To Inspire

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Photos: Scarlet., Sarpa Salpa & Presley Johnson

Scarlet. brought their UK tour to a close at The Lab in Northampton on Saturday night. They were joined by Northampton’s Sarpa Salpa and Presley Johnson.

Scarlet. brought their UK tour to a close at The Lab in Northampton on Saturday night.

They were joined by Northampton’s Sarpa Salpa and Presley Johnson.

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Photos: The Jesus and Mary Chain headline the Roadmender

The Jesus and Mary Chain recently headlined the Roadmender as part of the band’s tour of their latest album Damage & Joy. The new LP is the first they have released…

The Jesus and Mary Chain recently headlined the Roadmender as part of the band’s tour of their latest album Damage & Joy.

The new LP is the first they have released in more than 19 years.

Deafeningly loud throughout, the band opened with ‘Amputation’ and played a set largely comprising of material from their Damage & Joy, Automatic and Darklands LPs.

Below are a few photos taken by photographer David Jackson.

Support was by Brix and the Extricated [below]

 

 

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Flyte, The Black Prince, Northampton

After more than two years, from humble support act with flare to headlining a new local festival, the alt-pop four-piece Flyte return to Northampton with an exclusive run through of…

After more than two years, from humble support act with flare to headlining a new local festival, the alt-pop four-piece Flyte return to Northampton with an exclusive run through of their upcoming debut album. Back in early 2015 Flyte supported folk artist Lucy Rose at a sold-out Roadmender gig, leaving their first impression on the town…and it was a good one.

Since then they have only become tighter as a band and more thought-provoking with their lyrics, and it shows in their set here at Garden Open Mike 2017.

Opening their set with the sharp oscillating guitar rhythm from lead vocalist Will Taylor on track ‘Echoes’ they instantly command the swinging shoulders of the crowd.

Like the track suggests the distorted guitar reverb and sublime four-part harmonies bounce off the stone walls that surround the BP garden, allowing the music to envelop the audience.

Track after track, Flyte’s faultless set pulls the crowd closer to the stage. The most popular tracks of the night appear to be their new single ‘Cathy Come Home’ with its ever-so-catchy chorus drop, as well as their final two tracks ‘Faithless’ and a stripped-back acoustic version of one of their older tracks ‘Light Me Up’.

On the final song sky lanterns are fittingly let off into the night. Well some of them were: a comical “fuck” comes from Taylor’s microphone as one lantern floats just above the stage and briefly nests in a tree behind whilst the band kicked off their final song.

A bit of final commotion to a unique experience – and New Boots can’t think of anyone we would like more to round off a great day and night of music.

Tonight Flyte are a truly mesmerising headline, and great things must follow their debut albumThe Loved Ones, released later this week.

Maxwell Edwards

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The Red Triangle + Houses In Motion, The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough

It is just over a year since The Red Triangle’s previous incarnation, the fantastically-monikered Red Triangle Circus Gang, played at Wellingborough’s Retro-Beat night. On that occasion, their festival-perfect gypsy folk soul had…

It is just over a year since The Red Triangle’s previous incarnation, the fantastically-monikered Red Triangle Circus Gang, played at Wellingborough’s Retro-Beat night. On that occasion, their festival-perfect gypsy folk soul had the audience up and dancing with abandon as then-vocalist Anya and guitarist Marcus revved up their hometown crowd. A name abbreviation and a line-up change later, vocalist Anya has been replaced by Elle Delaney and with her comes a significant shift in sound. With The Horseshoe rapidly filling up and the crowd for this Retro-Beat looking even more eclectic than usual, the late stage times meant anticipation to see what TRT would show us was simmering away nicely. And tonight patience is a virtue.

The wait is extended by a surprisingly lengthy support set from Houses In Motion, who have had to restructure themselves for the evening to accommodate the absence of their drummer. Their set of blues and soul-tinged original songs and covers (Tom Tom Club, Deee-Lite, Stevie Wonder) suffers from the lack of beats or bass, although there is some standout guitar moments and vocalist Jackie has some real power to her voice, especially on the bluesier songs. A scaled-down performance may have been better suited to their situation, as there are moments when the energy of Jackie’s performance jars against the lack of a rhythm section, leaving you with the feeling that she can hear what is meant to be there, but the rest of us can’t. Like watching people at a silent disco.

With time rapidly becoming an issue, the six members of The Red Triangle are ushered onstage, introductions are quickly dispensed with, and they launch into their opener ‘Cosmic’. Immediately, the contrast with their previous incarnation is clear: with much more of an acid jazz/neo-soul sound that instantly harks back to bands like Brand New Heavies and a unleashes a real 90s R&B nostalgia, with Elle’s light and sweet vocals trilling over the solid, polished sound of the guitar, bass, drums, keys and violin behind her. This is boosted further when Marcus’ backing comes in, their voices working perfectly together to bulk out her delicate sound. TRT’s relaxed, natural vibe runs through their set, with lyrics touching on the metaphysical and spiritual just this side of the full patchouli. Trippy ‘Eden’ feels like the perfect festival soundtrack, leading you down an urban Alice’s rabbit hole. The intricate but strong ‘Had About Enough’ evokes memories of Massive Attack and Madonna’s version of ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’. There are even hints of the old Circus Gang in the violin-led ‘Wooden Heart’. Tribute to mothers, ‘Momma’, is the only number that feels unworthy of the set, conforming to my long-held rule that you should always skip the cheesy album tracks where any band start getting saccharine about their parents or their religion. As Retro-Beat overruns its allotted time slot, no one is complaining as the final songs treat us to a variety of chilled-out soul, touches of drum & bass beats, and seemingly effortless flights of musical fancy that are definitely best experienced live.

With the name and line-up so similar, comparisons were always inevitable, but in this incarnation The Red Triangle are very different but no less impressive. They are a collective of musicians who are going to constantly evolve their sound with the ebb and flow of their varied influences, so I don’t think they do permanence. Whilst their current direction may lack the immediate impact of the warm, high-energy originality of the Circus Gang era, it is sincere, crafted, and well worth a little patience.

Kat Fiction

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Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles, The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton

Former Catfish and The Bottlemen guitarist/song-writer Billy Bibby brought his new band to Northampton’s Charles Bradlaugh last weekend, and he didn’t disappoint. Playing recent singles including ‘Are You Ready?’, ‘Substitute’, ‘Always Something’,…

Former Catfish and The Bottlemen guitarist/song-writer Billy Bibby brought his new band to Northampton’s Charles Bradlaugh last weekend, and he didn’t disappoint.

Playing recent singles including ‘Are You Ready?’, ‘Substitute’, ‘Always Something’, and new one ‘Hamburg’ his band are a tour de force of good time guitar rock’n’roll.

The support wasn’t too shabby neither, with locals The Barratts and Kettering’s Monarchs up to their usual high standard.

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DTF#5, The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton

If you are going to go out midweek in Northampton and get a good gig in you then chances are it’s going to be hosted by either The Roadmender [expensive…

Served up are a twin serving of Brighton, sandwiched between a more immediate ensemble in the shape of Blood-Visions. New Boots had been led to believe the locals were one of Northampton’s finest. That report, it unfolds, is pretty bang on the money. The quintet [4x guy, 1x gal] oscillate between hardcore punk and pop-punk/emo, and it is not immediately clear whether they are a “message band” [in the time-honoured tradition of Black Flag, Fugazi, etc.], or simply in it for shits and giggles [as they’re named after a Jay Reatard album let us assume the latter]. Regardless of intent the performance is carried to another level by the ferocious-yet-witty presence of frontman Joss. The songs lock into a simple riff-based groove and batter you into submission. If you like your music literally in your face you’ll find plenty to love with these visions.

Before that though the evening opens with The New Tusk, the Brighton trio that look quite like Husker Du and Soundgarden. Their sound is lot more indie though, with Cribs-style jittery guitar patterns sprinkled liberally throughout. Doomy bass lines propel the whole thing forward, and you can appreciate the live arena is their natural domain. It’s imperative to nod your head on this journey their on. It’s a solid rather than world beating start to the evening, and do definitely keep an eye on the name for future releases as they have all the classic makings there.

Headliners Birdskulls – Jack [guitar and vocals], James [normally/formerly Rory, bass] and Sam [drums] – are our second Brighton band tonight. With one solid album under their belts tonight they share their Lemonheads/Nirvana-indebted grunge pop with the uninitiated, and the audience and New Boots are ever so pleased they did, for they got it going on, as ably demonstrated on new song ‘Over It‘. There’s a self-titled EP released this autumn via Art Is Hard Records [and recorded with Theo Verney, no less]. Do check it out when it drops.

Phil Istine

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