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New Music Friday: Garden, Izzie Gibbs, Howlin’ Owls, The Abrahams

The year may be drawing to a close, but the music doesn’t. Here’s four Northants corkers to, erm, uncork. Young alt-rock four-piece Garden release their much anticipated debut EP City…

The year may be drawing to a close, but the music doesn’t. Here’s four Northants corkers to, erm, uncork.

Young alt-rock four-piece Garden release their much anticipated debut EP City People are Weird today. Available on iTunes, Spotify, etc. There will be CD copies to buy at shows too. The tracks – recorded at local studio The Lodge – are ‘Such A Shame’, ‘White Wolf’, ‘I Love You And I Want You To Stay’,  and ‘We Need Guns’.

Rising grime star Izzie Gibbs always gives it both barrels, as displayed on ‘Obviously’. The mercurial and prolific 21 year-old Northamptonian won ‘Best Newcomer’ at the UK Urban Music Awards in 2016. Check the video below.

Rootsy rockers Howlin’ Owls have dropped the first single ‘Lucy’s Lagoon’, from the forthcoming self-recorded debut album Until The Moon Goes Blind – all while gigging across the region on a regular basis. Howlin Owls comprise of drummer Dave Webb, bassist Graham Park, lead singer and guitarist Morad Samaloussi, guitarist Stuart Paterson, percussionist Jamie O’Neill and keyboard and banjo player Chris Startup. You can download the song for free here, but only for a limited time. Credit to Wobblylobster for making the accompanying video.

And last but not least come Kettering’s The Abrahams, with their woozy, Flaming Lips-channelling song ‘Darling’. The four-piece “progressive folk rock skiffle beat combo” release their debut album very soon, and on this evidence that’s an exciting prospect.

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Gary Numan to headline the Roadmender – tickets on sale this Friday

Tickets for Gary Numan’s gig at the Roadmender next year go on sale this Friday at 10am. The electronic music icon is bringing his UK tour to Northampton on Sunday,…

Tickets for Gary Numan’s gig at the Roadmender next year go on sale this Friday at 10am.

The electronic music icon is bringing his UK tour to Northampton on Sunday, March 25.

This one is going to sell out quickly – so we’d advise you to get your tickets as soon as possible.

Numan’s latest album, Savage: Songs From A Broken World, was released this year through BMG and earned some of the best reviews of his career.

The record entered the UK charts at number two and Numan was also awarded the Inspiration Award for songwriting and composition at the Ivor Novellos this year.

Savage is an album with a narrative that’s set in an apocalyptic, post-global warming Earth in the not-too-distant future. It’s available now on CD, deluxe CD, double vinyl, cassette, digital and MFiT formats.

Tickets will be available via www.gigsandtours.com, www.ticketmaster.co.uk, www.theroadmender.com and www.garynuman.com

We’re not of the price of the tickets yet, but will keep you posted.

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Nov 29 – Dec 5 2017

Party season time. The gigs just keep on coming… Monarchs + The Barratts + Hussy Friday December 1st The Roadmender, Northampton Off the back of their latest single ‘Darker Shade…

Party season time. The gigs just keep on coming…

Monarchs + The Barratts + Hussy
Friday December 1st
The Roadmender, Northampton
Off the back of their latest single ‘Darker Shade Of Black’ Kettering alt-rock trio Monarchs headline a show at the Roadmender, with stellar support from locals The Barratts and south London grungers Hussy. This is sure to be busy, advance tickets recommended. Doors 7.30pm, £4 tickets

Drones + Loose Tooth + Calling The Kidd Wednesday + Wishing Wolf
Friday December 1st
The Ex, Corby
Exhilarating London punk/hardcore group Drones and Northampton grungey riffers Loose Tooth are hitting the road together in December for a handful of shows, including this one. Local support comes from Calling the Kidd Wednesday and Wishing Wolf. Doors 8pm, tickets £3

Unqualified Nurse Band + Moon Face
Saturday Dec 2nd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
On the back of the release of their critically acclaimed new album Trashland, Unqualified Nurse Band return to Northampton. Trashland serves up energetic, rampant, exciting rock’n’roll, as the band fuses 60s girl groups, late 70s punk, 80s new wave and 90s grunge. Plus support from psychedelic pop/minimal/drone soloist Moon Face. Doors 8pm, free entry.

The Blue Foundation + Hannah Faulkner + Corinne Lucy + MyJaike
Saturday Dec 2nd
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Acoustic/folk night from a selection of local delights. Starts at 8.30pm, free entry.

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New Music Friday: Hana Brooks, Deaf Trap, Jordan Mackampa

More new sounds for a Friday. Hana Brooks has released her debut single, ‘Leave It’. Watch the video below (shot in the US, no less). The anthemic synth-pop number has…

More new sounds for a Friday. Hana Brooks has released her debut single, ‘Leave It’. Watch the video below (shot in the US, no less). The anthemic synth-pop number has plenty of spark and personality, and will no doubt win her many plaudits as the Northampton singer/songwriter travels far and wide to work with the hottest producers and play more of her already-renowned live shows.

Brooks told the Urban Hustle site: “’Leave it’ is about being with someone who doesn’t know what they want. The feeling of being played hot and cold and when you try to walk away they try and stop you. I wrote the song coming to the point where I was ready to walk away and that’s what leave it’s about, walking away from something that isn’t good for you”.

Also out now is the second EP from Deaf Trap. The Northampton alt-rockers have put out a three-tracker entitled ‘Miscreants‘, featuring ‘From The Floor’, ‘Real Nice Night’ and ‘Guillotine’. The EP, recorded by Jon Martin at Stalkers Studios, contains more top notch emotional rock’n’roll with distorted guitars, rumbling rhythms and anthemic choruses. It’s available to download and stream from iTunes, Spotify, etc., plus there are CDs to be purchased from their upcoming shows (such as The King of Hearts Festival at The Black Prince tomorrow).

And finally another song has appeared on Spotify from Jordan Mackampa, ‘Battlecry’. It’s taken from the Live From The Grand Cru EP, out early 2018.

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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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New Music Friday: Sarpa Salpa and Monarchs

Another Friday, let’s share some more new Northants tunes. Sarpa Salpa are quickly turning into something to shout very loudly about. Their second single ‘She Never Lies’ is as infectious…

Another Friday, let’s share some more new Northants tunes.

Sarpa Salpa are quickly turning into something to shout very loudly about. Their second single ‘She Never Lies’ is as infectious as you might expect from the Northampton foursome. There’s a very nice home video you can watch below. They launch the single with a show on November 11th at The Roadmender.

And not to be outdone Monarchs throw some amusing dance shapes in the clip for their new one, ‘Darker Shade Of Black’. The Kettering trio are also doing a single launch at The Roadmender, their one coming along on December 1st.

 

 

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Magic Wands share new single ahead of Roadmender appearance

LA synth-pop duo Magic Wands share their new single, ahead of their UK tour. The duo turn into a five-piece live band on their European ‘Abracadabra Tour’ in anticipation of…

LA synth-pop duo Magic Wands share their new single, ahead of their UK tour.

The duo turn into a five-piece live band on their European ‘Abracadabra Tour’ in anticipation of their third album, ‘Realms’, which is released February 2018. The first song from that album, ‘Loveline’, is available to listen to online now.

The tour begins on November 1st in Newcastle, and takes in Northampton on Friday November 3rd at The Roadmender. Support in Northampton is from local acts Fox Chapel, Garden, and Thee Telepaths.

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New Music Friday: Ginger Snaps, Jordan Mackampa

Sadly, not together (imagine that for a moment though). New tunes for a Friday from a couple of Northampton-based artists. First up Ginger Snaps, aka Jay Brook and chums. The…

Sadly, not together (imagine that for a moment though).

New tunes for a Friday from a couple of Northampton-based artists.

First up Ginger Snaps, aka Jay Brook and chums. The fourth single, following ‘Paranoid’, ‘Phat Kids’, and ‘Number Crunching’, is more kooky rap-pop, this time with guest vocals from Vo Williams. Speaking to Dork, Brook says that “Ginger Snaps is a thing that allows me so much scope. I’ve done a pop single, a funk single and this new ones a bit baggier. I’m enjoying just working with different musicians so it stays fresh!”

Jordan Mackampa, meanwhile, previews his next EP (‘Live From the Grand Cru’, due 2018) by dropping ‘Give Into The Dark’. The singer-songwriter is continuing to co-write material with Olly and Gayle from Turin Brakes, from which this song and the rest of the EP is made up. ‘Give Into The Dark’ is a typical confessional Mackampa gospel-folk tune that tingles the spine and burrows into the synapses on repeated listening.

Mackampa told Clash magazine: “I’m saying that the ‘real world’ feels less like a dream come true and more of a nightmare. So by giving into the dark, I escape to a place where I’m at peace, giving me the chance to runaway from the war I’m fighting; even if it’s only for a moment or two”.

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Ctrl Alt Fest Delete in Kettering this weekend

This weekend the annual Ctrl Alt Fest Delete returns to Kettering for it’s fourth outing. The event takes places across three venues over three nights [Oct 20/21/22] at the [soon…

This weekend the annual Ctrl Alt Fest Delete returns to Kettering for it’s fourth outing.

The event takes places across three venues over three nights [Oct 20/21/22] at the [soon to close] Prince of Wales, the Three Cocks Inn, and The Shire Horse.  The free event raises money for charitable causes, and this year the fest is in aid of Johnny’s Happy Place, the community hub/cafe on Rockingham Road [Kettering] that seeks to help those with mental health problems in and around Northamptonshire.

This years band line-up is vast. It includes…*deep breath*
KARL PHILLIPS AND THE REJECTS
THE FEVERS
Jacob and Phoebe
Kenneth J Nash Band
MIDNIGHT HONEY CLUB
ORANGE CLOCKS
Mary Bendy Toy
What Lies Within
Spiral Dive
Stereo Skull
Unitra 
OUTRIGHT RESISTANCE
Oddity Island
Miyagi Car Wash
Ginhouse Gypsies
The Abrahams
THE BRANDY THIEVES
James Watt and the Avenues
Hippolyta’s Moon
Alex Gardner
Acoustic metal with Unitra
Solarise
Family of Noise
Multimorph
THEE TELEPATHS
Skirt
Sharkteeth Grinder
Hanzo
The Final Clause of Tacitus
Bearfist
CHARGER
DJ Bobby Nightmoves
Aldous Pinch
Matt Adams
David Turner
Robert Reeves
hazeyjane 
JACOB BRATHWAITE
AIDEN PRYOR BAND
The Touch
Tom Rose and The Heathen Orchestra

You can visit the Ctrl Alt Fest Delete Facebook page here for up to date info.

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