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.

No Comments on It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jan 17th – Jan 23rd 2018

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.

No Comments on Rocked Up to take Hootenanny Festival to Rockingham Motor Speedway

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?]

No Comments on It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jan 10th – Jan 16th 2018

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.

 

No Comments on New Music Friday: Acolytes debut EP

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

No Comments on It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Dec 27 2017 – Jan 2 2018

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

No Comments on It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Dec 20 – Dec 26 2017

Charles to bring Funk & Soul show back to town

The Roadmender has announced Craig Charles will bring his funk and soul show back to the venue next year. The legendary actor, host, poet and broadcaster is familiar to millions…

The Roadmender has announced Craig Charles will bring his funk and soul show back to the venue next year.

The legendary actor, host, poet and broadcaster is familiar to millions for his roles in Red Dwarf, Robot Wars and Coronation Street.

He is also one of the UK’s best loved funk and soul DJs. with a popular primetime Saturday night BBC 6 Music radio show,

Having been broadcasting live every Saturday Night for more than 10 years, Charles has garnered global support and recognition as one of the UK’s foremost funk and soul commentators, DJs and promoters of new music while still championing the golden age funk artists of the 60s and 70s.

Support will be by Northampton’s The RePro Jam Squad and DJs from Inspiration FM.

Tickets are on sale now and cost £15 before fees.

Doors open at 9pm and the event runs until 9pm.

No Comments on Charles to bring Funk & Soul show back to town

Levellers to headline opening night of Cropredy Convention

Folk aficionados will already have heard the news, but the Levellers have been revealed as the first headliners of next year’s Cropredy Convention which takes place next August on the Northants…

Folk aficionados will already have heard the news, but the Levellers have been revealed as the first headliners of next year’s Cropredy Convention which takes place next August on the Northants border.

As usual, the three day festival will feature two sets by hosts Fairport Convention who will open the festival on Thursday with a short acoustic set then take the stage again on Saturday to close the event with their traditional two-hour headline set.

Organisers are expected to announce the Friday night headliners next month.

Levellers recently announced their new acoustic album, We The Collective, is due out in March.

New single, The Shame, from the record is out now.

The Saturday will feature Scottish singer-songwriter Al Stewart, while Fish will be making his second appearance at Cropredy.

Other acts announced by organisers include award-winning band Le Vent du Nord, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Sam Kelly and BAFTA nominee Richard Digance who will return for his traditional Saturday slot.

As always, Cropredy will present a set by the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winner.

Tickets are on sale now and three-day tickets cost £135. Camping tickets cost £45 for three nights.

The first 1,000 orders will receive a Christmas card signed by all five members of Fairport Convention and the first 2,000 will get a souvenir Cropredy car window sticker.

Cropredy runs from Thursday, August 9 to Saturday, August 11.

More acts will be announced in January. Tickets are available from www.fairportconvention.com

No Comments on Levellers to headline opening night of Cropredy Convention

New Music Friday: The Keepers, Charlotte Carpenter, Drinsipa

So you survived the snow and ice? Great, your reward is more new quality tuneage. Northampton indie/mod/psych rockers have been working hard all of 2017 and this is the final…

So you survived the snow and ice? Great, your reward is more new quality tuneage.

Northampton indie/mod/psych rockers have been working hard all of 2017 and this is the final present to you, a new single – with a proper A-side and B-side!

Charlotte Carpenter just gets better and better, as the recent Shelter EP ably demonstrated. And she’s generous enough to drop a final song for 2017, ‘Cheer’, for our festive listening pleasure. Sublimely haunting stuff.

And heavy hitters Drinsipa have quietly dropped a six-track mini-album/EP Poppy Fields on Bandcamp. And they’ve only gone and made it free as well to download, you lucky dawgs [technically it’s name your price, so be generous and give them a few shekels] . The stoner/grunge/metal duo wrote, recorded, mixed and mastered the thing in Poppy Fields estate in Kettering, hence the title.

No Comments on New Music Friday: The Keepers, Charlotte Carpenter, Drinsipa

Record Review: Alex Novak: META 1977-2017

Alex Novak META 1977-2017 (VUZ Records) To celebrate a 40-year career in art and music and tied in with his recent gallery exhibition, VUZ Records release a strictly limited edition…

Alex Novak
META 1977-2017 (VUZ Records)

To celebrate a 40-year career in art and music and tied in with his recent gallery exhibition, VUZ Records release a strictly limited edition commemorative compilation cassette/download to showcase the work of Northampton artist and musician Alex Novak. To sustain a 40 year career in any field is difficult and even more so in the alternative arts. Alex’s secret of longevity is to be something of a musical chameleon. Constantly evolving and shape-shifting he is one of those rare, eclectic musicians (like Killing Joke or PiL) who produce markedly different work yet it has a certain ingredient that makes it easily identifiable.

Assembled by the guys at VUZ Records this compilation features a host of rare, remixed and unreleased tracks that make the collection a veritable treasure trove. Thus this offering has that ‘mix tape’ feel, like the kind of tape a friend would dub for you back in the day. Kicking things off we have two tracks from one of Northampton’s first punk bands, Isaws. On a subconscious level the original punks knew their tenure was going to burn brightly but briefly so there was a real urgency to make their mark with haste. ‘No Admittance’ and the rarity ‘Nightlife’ are typically fast, furious and powered by a youthful enthusiasm. Imagine The Ramones meeting The Clash.

With Religious Overdose Alex moved onto post-punk, perhaps the most, for awhile, unshackled of musical genres. Post-punk was often angular and brittle mirroring the fragile state of society, and Religious Overdose captured something of that zeitgeist. Like much of their work ‘Control Addicts’ has a hypnotic feel, reeling in the listener before landing a surprise punch. In that respect the band foreshadowed electronic trance (albeit played organically) and like much of the music contained in this collection Alex and his cohorts seem to be ahead of the musical curve uncannily anticipating the direction of alternative music.

Alex’s tenure with UK dark wave pioneers Attrition proved very fruitful and it could be argued that they’re the missing link between Killing Joke and Godflesh. Here ‘Feel The Backlash’ shows the band influenced by their surroundings: it’s cold and monolithic like brutalist architecture, crushing the listener beneath its enormity. Both Spore and The Den took the raw energy of punk and fused it with electronica, two musical genres that at one time were diametrically opposed. It took a mad scientist to fuse them and the effect was literally electric. The Den in particular are like PiL filtered through The Covenant, The Sword…-era Cabaret Voltaire, offering a disturbing glimpse of a dystopian Orwellian future.

In an age when popular culture was accelerated The Tempest perfectly captured that shift from post-punk to gothic and like all the bands on this compilation they stand apart in their originality yet are still connected by thin gossamer threads: the hypnosis that was pioneered with Religious Overdose is evident here in ‘Low Ebb’ and was later transferred to Alex’s Nova State Conspiracy. The two tracks here from the Conspiracy, ‘Definitive Item’ and ‘Life in the Basement’, feature electronics with surgical precision overlaid with organic vocals and the effect is quite disarming. Like all good art it is the tension of opposites that makes it so intriguing.

Like PIL before them Venus Fly Trap had a constantly revolving line-up, more through necessity than design, but unlike PiL the VFT was a democracy and this flux resulted in an ever-changing sound as evidenced by the three tracks presented here. From the bruising rock of ‘Moscow Menagerie’ (again with that hypnotic riff) to the electronic enthusiasm of ‘Achilles Heel’ what did remain constant was the cinematic nature of the music: the combination of music and lyrics combine to imprint a powerful image on your mind. Each track plays out like a ’60s French film noir or Tarantino flick in your imagination. Of course if I assembled this tape I’d have included ‘Pulp Sister’ but maybe you’d pick ‘Morphine’ and that’s the whole point – and fun – of mix tapes.

With a new Venus Fly Trap album tentatively scheduled for a Spring 2018 release there is still more to come from Alex Novak, but ‘META 1977-2017’ is the perfect way to celebrate the closure of one volume just as another begins.

Sargent

META 1977-2017 is available here.

No Comments on Record Review: Alex Novak: META 1977-2017

Type on the field below and hit Enter/Return to search