It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Mar 28th – Apr 3rd 2018

BARBARA BLACK + OVERSEER + RUSTY G’S The King Billy, Northampton Wednesday March 28th Classic and country rock flavours from Madrid’s BB, “post-grunge” from Coventry, and alt-rock from Milton Keynes….

BARBARA BLACK + OVERSEER + RUSTY G’S
The King Billy, Northampton
Wednesday March 28th
Classic and country rock flavours from Madrid’s BB, “post-grunge” from Coventry, and alt-rock from Milton Keynes. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

STEREO SKULL + BACKROADS + REAPERX + DEAD HANDS
Friday March 30th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Stereo Skull bring from Wellingborough some funky and trance-like grooves to their cyber/death/prog metal. Backroads are a lyrically charged melodic metalcore band from Bristol. ReaperX are Corby thrash metallers , whilst Dead Hands [from Birmingham] mix mathcore and high energy riffs. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

SKIRT + LUNA ROSA + DRINSIPA
Friday March 30th
The Everard Arms, Corby
EP launch show for local indie punks who New Boots interviewed last week . A double dose of quality ShoeCounty rabble rousers in support too, of course. Doors 8pm, free entry

BUSHPIGS + THE KEEPERS
Friday March 30th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Trio Bushpigs play a set of their original punk-meets-psych songs, whilst The Keepers continue to entertain with their excellent poppy new single ‘There’s No Going Back’. DJ Alex Novak too. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE TOUCH
Friday March 30th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
The pop-rockers, causing a bit of a storm round Ketrin, do the business on home turf. This one goes up to 11. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE WAX LYRICAL SOUND + LITTLE BITBOY
Friday March 30th
Bar So, Northampton
Energetic rap-rock from Northampton’s party starters, plus support from the 8-Bit chiptune dance master. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

YARDS BAR EASTER WEEKEND FESTIVAL
Saturday March 31st and Sunday April 1st
The Yards Bar and Kitchen, Kettering
The Free Collective take over Yards for a weekend of free entertainment! Bear witness to: Alex Gardiner, Yellow Blues, Skyflood, Birds Eye View, Earbones, Toucan, The Modern Age, King Purple, and Skirt on the Saturday, and  Kieran Smith, Erin Cobain, Wishing Wolf, Last Chance, The Young & Reckless, The Touch, and Home Wrecked on the Sunday. Bands 1pm-9pm both days, DJs afterwards.

AOIFE FOLEY
Saturday March 31st
The Lab, Northampton
‘This Is What Makes Us Girls Pt 2’ showcases art from locals, and the musical entertainment comes from singer-songwriter Foley, with Joshua Judd aiding and abetting on guitar. Doors from 7pm, your donation on the door goes to charity.

THE SULKS + SARPA SALPA + ODDITY ISLAND
Saturday March 31st
The White Hart, Corby
Strokes/Foals-esque Swindon quartet whose songs are so good producer Gordon Raphael (The Strokes, Ian Brown, The Libertines) produced the bands’ debut EP ‘Silence Is Only The Start’. Sarpa Salpa & Oddity Island in tow suggest this will be a BANGER. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets 

WALKWAY
Saturday March 31st
The King Billy, Northampton
Well-travelled and popular classic rock combo from East Anglia, playing songs from their 2017 third album WWIII. Doors 9pm, free entry

INTERROBANG? + EASTFIELD + WRECKAGE
Saturday March 31st
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
Headliners – angry motorik loop-driven post-punk from Leeds/Brighton who are touring their new album – feature ex-Chumbawamba member Dunstan. With support from fare-dodging types. Doors 8pm, £5 on entrance

JONNY & THE MENTAL BREAKDOWNS + CRASH INDUCTION + THE MILK SNATCHERS + WAH WAH CLUB
Saturday March 31st
The Red Lion, Raunds
Enjoy a punk bank holiday with a quartet of bands from MK and Wellingborough. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

FRACTURE + FUELED HATE + WAH WAH CLUB + THE CRIMSON BRIGADE + DESTINOVA
Sunday April 1st
The King Billy, Northampton
Easter Sunday alldayer of metal and hard rock [with an acoustic opening section], with acts from the county and beyond. Doors 2pm, free Entry

JONO & THE UKE DEALERS
Monday April 2nd
The Horseshoe, Wellingborough
Finally another Welly show to complete the week from Norfamtun’s favourite uke-wielding quartet. Doors 7pm, free entry

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EP preview: Ellie McCann

Ellie McCann is an acoustic folk artist from Bedfordshire, working with third year students at the University of Northampton to record and release her first EP, entitled Long Way From…

Ellie McCann is an acoustic folk artist from Bedfordshire, working with third year students at the University of Northampton to record and release her first EP, entitled Long Way From Home. Her EP is being released in April, including songs ‘Elephant In The Room’ and ‘Long Way From Home’, both with hauntingly brilliant vocals. Some of her inspirations include Kate Rusby, Show of Hands, Fleet Foxes, Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills &  Nash, and Hunter Hayes.

The first track on the EP, ‘Elephant In The Room’, has superb vocals, beautifully played guitar, and peaceful calming tones throughout. The lyrics are truly remarkable. ‘Ghost Train’ has a certain twang to her vocals bringing a real folk vibe to the song, with some breathtaking backing vocals [also performed by McCann]. ‘Long Way From Home’ includes palm-muting, giving it a real ‘get your lighters out and sway’ vibe. This track also includes powerful, relatable lyrics. The last track is ‘Pickup Truck’, a catchy love song, is sung in such a passionate way you almost feel as if it were you.

She is now in the finals of a competition called New Roots, showcasing young folk artists, and then will go on to perform at folk venues around the UK. She is also participating in Royston Folk clubs showcase.

The Long Way From Home EP is out on Spotify next month; in the meantime you can find her music on her Facebook page.

Report: Katie Montford

 

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Miles Kane to play The Roadmender

Wirral-born singer-songwriter Miles Kane has announced a return date at Northampton’s Roadmender. Kane the solo artist has been quiet recently as he shifted his attention to The Last Shadow Puppets,…

Wirral-born singer-songwriter Miles Kane has announced a return date at Northampton’s Roadmender.

Kane the solo artist has been quiet recently as he shifted his attention to The Last Shadow Puppets, his band with Alex Turner of Arctic Monkeys, for their 2016 album release Everything You’ve Come to Expect. His last album was 2013’s Don’t Forget Who You Are, the tour for which also saw him play The Roadmender.

“It’s been too long since I’ve been on stage”, Kane says. “I cannot wait to get up and perform a high energy set with a couple of new bangers thrown in! Bring it on!” Kane is currently in the studio working on a new record.

This time he appears on Friday June 1st. Tickets are £20, and will go on sale from this Thursday March 29th at 9am. Visit The Roadmender site then to purchase.

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New Music Friday: Skirt

Corby rock trio Skirt – Liam Finan, Alex Huxtable, and Leia Cameron – have an EP ‘Is It?’ out in a few days time, and today they share the video for one of…

Corby rock trio Skirt – Liam Finan, Alex Huxtable, and Leia Cameron – have an EP ‘Is It?’ out in a few days time, and today they share the video for one of the tracks, ‘Easy Tiger’. New Boots quizzed them, and here are the [cryptic] answers.

Who are Skirt?
3 best buds from Corby tryna do some special things

How did you get together?
Mad story actually

Tell us about the ‘Is It?’ EP, and the launch shows to accompany it.
It’s our baby. We love it. A fusion of all our preferences, no two tracks the same. Fast and loud when deemed appropriate. EP release weekend begins the 30th March with a hometown show followed by date in Kettering then finished with our biggest headline to date at The Cookie in Leicester. We’re bringing along Luna Rosa, King Purple, Fatmate, and Drinsipa plus others to support our release and we can’t wait because they’re obviously the best bands about, and it only seemed necessary to get the best. That and because we love ’em all.

You seem to work hard, playing plenty of live shows. Is that where the band come alive, the stage?
As much as we enjoy playing live, wouldn’t necessarily say it’s where we come alive. Would like to say we share that quality when it comes to writing and recording

How ‘Sarcastic’ exactly are Skirt?
It’s just a song we have x

How does Corby inspire you?
Inspires us to get the fuck out

What’s the last album you bought/streamed?
The Garden’s new records are wicked

What’s the plan now for the rest of the year?
Wear skirts and write songs

Skirt on Facebook

 

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Photos: Krysthla, Ascaris and Ashen Crown at the Roadmender

Krysthla are busy touring across Europe at the moment, playing shows with Obituary and Vadar. Ahead of these, they played a warm up gig at The Roadmender last week with Ascaris…

Krysthla are busy touring across Europe at the moment, playing shows with Obituary and Vadar.

Ahead of these, they played a warm up gig at The Roadmender last week with Ascaris and Ashen Crown.

Here’s a few photos from the Northampton gig.

Krysthla

Krysthla

Krysthla

 

Ascaris

Ascaris

Ascaris

 

Ashen Crown

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Mar 21st – Mar 27th 2018

HUBCAP + BROKEN STRANGERS + EARBONES Friday March 23rd The Lab, Northampton Dirty blues rock extravaganza: local hard-rocking two-piece Hubcap are joined by Colchester’s alt-rockers who travel into ShoeTown for…

HUBCAP + BROKEN STRANGERS + EARBONES
Friday March 23rd
The Lab, Northampton
Dirty blues rock extravaganza: local hard-rocking two-piece Hubcap are joined by Colchester’s alt-rockers who travel into ShoeTown for the first time. The bill is finished off with new local two-piece gritty garage punkers Earbones. Doors 7pm, £2 pay on entry

CANDIDATES + THE KEEPERS
Friday March 23rd
The Romany, Northampton
Double dose of indie rock in the renovated Kingsley pub, at the venue that hosted the first ever Northampton Bauhaus gig, fact fans. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE SEX PISSED DOLLS
Saturday March 24th
The Roadmender, Northampton
All-female, all-action rockers who since 2014 have been wowing audiences with their edgy, high octane performance of classic rock and punk mixed in with their own original material. New single ‘Maniac’ was recorded at Peter Gabriel‘s famous Real World Studios and was produced by Steve Brown [Manic Street Preachers, The Cult]. Doors 7.30pm, £13 tickets

SIMPLE HARMONIC MOTION
Saturday March 24th
St. Peter’s Church, Northampton
The Spring Boroughs church will pay witness to SHM performing their Keats-inspired proggy electronica, as heard on their debut album Tone Poems and their new album Interludes, released last October. Doors 8pm, £5 tickets

PETER & THE TEST TUBE BABIES + THE MACGREGORS + TRY SUBVERSION
Saturday March 24th
The White Hart, Corby
80s punk leg ends come to Corby, ably supported by Essex rockers and Leicester original punks. Doors 7.30pm, £9 tickets

CENTURY CITY + PIECES
Saturday March 24th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Feel good rock’n’roll from the ShoeTown supergroup on top, with support from new alt-rockers Pieces [formerly known as An Army Of Lights]. Music from 9pm, free entry

THE TOUCH + MONARCHS + THRIFT STREET + BIRD’S EYE VIEW
Saturday March 24th
The Black Prince, Northamton
The Prince celebrates it’s second birthday with a quarter of Northants good time rock’n’roll  bands. Cake to make an appearance too. Be silly not to. Doors 8pm, free entry

PROGNOSIS + THOSE SNAKES + STEREO SKULL + FLEISCH
Saturday March 24th
The Lab, Northampton
It’s the final! Mammothfest Heats come to a close with the best of the bunch from those past few weeks. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

 

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Brian Wilson to play Pet Sounds at Cropredy

Brian Wilson will be headlining the opening night of Cropredy Convention this summer and playing the iconic Pet Sounds album in full. Cropredy, which takes place on the Northamptonshire border,…

Brian Wilson will be headlining the opening night of Cropredy Convention this summer and playing the iconic Pet Sounds album in full.

Cropredy, which takes place on the Northamptonshire border, returns from Thursday, August 9 to Saturday, August 11.

Acclaimed for its ambition and sophistication, Pet Sounds is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential albums of all time.

Released in 1966, Wilson’s masterpiece is number 2 in the Rolling Stone ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’ list, only beaten to the top spot by The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper.

 

Brian Wilson

Joining Wilson on the opening night will be hosts Fairport Convention, Smith & Brewer, Police Dog Hogan and Oysterband.

On Friday, headliners the Levelellers will be joined by the BBC Young Folk Award winner, Midnight Skyracer, The Travelling Band, Cregan & Co, Le Vent du Nord, Marillion and Kate Rusby.

The final day will be opened by Richard Digance with sets by Eric Sedge and The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican, Will Varley, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys, Afro Celt Sound System and headliners Fairport Convention.

Three day festival tickets cost £135 until June 1.Camping tickets cost £45 for three nights.

To book visit www.fairportconvention.com

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Twinfest dates announced, submissions requested

The dates for Twinfest 2018 has been announced. Twinfest is a non-profit organisation that celebrates the friendship between the twin towns of Northampton and Marburg [Germany] and Poitiers [France] through…

The dates for Twinfest 2018 has been announced.

Twinfest is a non-profit organisation that celebrates the friendship between the twin towns of Northampton and Marburg [Germany] and Poitiers [France] through a universal love of music, with a festival each year in each location. 2017 was a cracker – read our review at the old site here. The 2018 festivities will take place Thursday July 26th through Sunday the 29th. Venue announcements coming shortly.

The organisers say: “If you’re a musician in a band or solo artist and would like to play then please get in touch and message us with links to your music. If you’d like to be involved in other ways, such as hosting our German and French visitors, helping with stage set ups and pa’s, helping on the doors or in any other way you can help, then please get in touch.

For musicians, please can you contact the team via the Twinfest Facebook page….and for anything else you can contact Bee Precious, Paul Brown and Kenton Precious individually”

 

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New Music Friday: Over The Influence

Northampton hard rock band Over The Influence today share their debut video to recent EP track ‘Can’t We Love’, filmed by Joshua Goff. Katie Montford marked the occasion for New…

Northampton hard rock band Over The Influence today share their debut video to recent EP track ‘Can’t We Love’, filmed by Joshua Goff. Katie Montford marked the occasion for New Boots by speaking to the band.

When and why did you form?
James: I went about looking to form the band in 2015; my last band split up from members moving away so I wanted to start a new venture.

What music inspired the band?
James: Too much to put into one list but to name a few: Guns n’ Roses, Motley Crue, Black Stone Cherry, Stone Temple Pilots, Halestorm, Led Zeppelin, Buckcherry, Monster Truck, The Dead Daisies, etc.

Growing up who did you listen to? Has your musical tastes changed?
James: The first band I ever really got into was The Rolling Stones. Their track ‘Brown Sugar’ is the song that turned me on to music, and then, when I discovered Guns n’ Roses my life changed, haha! Been listening to the same kind of bands ever since.

Do you remember your first band gig?
James: The first ever OTI show was held in my back garden – we decided to set the band up under a marquee and invite like 80-odd people over, BYOB. Safe to say we had a few angry people from the neighbourhood interrupt. If it’s too loud, you’re too old!

Who is on your playlist right now?
Bex – My choices change on a daily basis, but I’d say: Santa Cruz, Alter Bridge, Stone Sour, The Cruel Knives, Massive, and even some heavier bands like Feed the Rhino! To be honest as long as it’s got some killer riffs, a sweet groove and some awesome vocals it’ll usually find its way onto my playlist.
James: At the minute i’m playing a lot of Alice in Chains, Alter Bridge, The Dead Daisies, Lynch Mob, Skid Row and Ratt.

What inspired ‘Can’t We Love’?
Bex – ‘Can’t We Love’ is probably our most pissed-off song, because it’s all about being fed up with the way the world is ran and how it needs to change! There’s hints to the government and their decisions to prioritise money over human life, the media and the web of lies they spin around their viewers and audience and just the general lack of empathy we have for one another. We’d just hear about yet another terrorist attack from ISIS and were just so angry and ‘Can’t We Love?’ was born from that anger.

Do you change persona when you perform?
Bex: I wouldn’t say I change ‘persona’ per-say, but I would say that my general attitude and personality is just more exaggerated. There’s always got to be an element of performing, so I think you can’t ever truly be the person you are at work/home etc. But I also think it’s so important to be yourself on stage as that’s who your audience connects with and builds a relationship with.

Do you feel the band has changed with time?
Bex: Absolutely! I think as we’ve matured as musicians, so have our songs both musically and lyrically. If you listen to songs like ‘Take Control’, which is one of our older songs, you get that more classic rock and bluesy feel, whereas ‘Can’t We Love’ is far heavier and meatier and shows influences from modern rock and even some of the softer sides of metal, which is more in the direction of the next EP’s sound.
James: I agree with Bex, we’ve definitely naturally developed a heavier, more ‘modern’ edge to the sound which I think will shine properly on EP #2.

What was the musical process like? Did you have the idea of the whole song? Lyrical content, instrumentation?
Bex: If I’m honest we don’t really have a set ‘process’ for writing. For ‘Can’t We Love?’ James wrote the riffs and set the structure of the song. All that was left were the lyrics, and this was actually the first song I’d had any lyrically input on. The lyrics were written when me and James were sat in his dining room after hearing the news about the most recent ISIS attack and just needed to write this song.

Who writes the music/lyrics?
Bex: Generally speaking, James writes the main riffs, but each instrument takes ownership of their parts. We like to all sit in a room and bounce ideas off one another, as that tends to create the most ‘OTI sounding’ songs. Previously, James wrote all the lyrics too, but pushed me to take over that role from him once I joined the band on a permanent basis.

What made you make ‘Memories’ so different to the rest of your EP? Both vocally and musically.
Bex: This is actually quite a funny story. So I went to Reading festival with James and of course he found himself in a mosh pit at Five Finger Death Punch’s set, and he broke his finger! This meant he lost all real movement and strength in his bottom two fingers, so really struggled to play guitar for a good couple of months. Whilst he was in a cast he was playing around with an acoustic guitar and wrote the chorus for ‘Memories’. Me previously being an acoustic singer songwriter I fell in love with the song, and myself and James wrote the lyrics and finished the song together. We played it to a few of our friends and family and they loved it too, so we ended up gigging it at a few acoustic shows we played and it got such great feedback we knew it had to go on the EP. We love that it shows our softer side, and I love that I’ve been able to bring my ‘lighter’ vocals to the band, and we feel it just shows a different and more vulnerable side of us to our audience.
James: I’m a big fan of bands that can write both a killer, heavy rock song and also tame it to acoustic when needed. Alice in Chains are a great example of this. Like Becky said I’d broken my finger so the chorus was accidentally written, I went to play a power chord and realised i didn’t have enough fingers, this strange inverted sorta sound came out and i played with it for a bit and got ‘Memories’. In terms of the song itself: I’ve made a lot of stupid decisions in my life so I wrote the song about regret, Bex came in and helped write a lot of the lyrics too.

Did you always want perform rock?
Bex: Not at all! Previously I performed as a solo artist playing self-written acoustic pieces. Although rock music was always a huge passion of mine I never thought I had a ‘rock voice’. I never intended to join OTI but I was asked to fill in some shows on a last-minute basis as James knew I was a singer, and I’ve never looked back!
James: Always have and always will!

Do you have any upcoming shows?
Bex: We’re honoured to be supporting Stormbringer for the second time, playing at our local and legendary venue The Roadmender at the end of April. We love playing with those guys, they’re tight as hell and they’ve got some wicked tunes! In terms of other shows, we’ve got some exciting things booked including some festival slots, but at the moment we’re really focusing on getting some new material written in preparation for our newest EP.

What can we expect next?
Bex: We’re currently in the process of writing the next EP, which we’re hoping will continue to demonstrate that slightly more heavier side that we feel ‘Can’t We Love?’ has begun to show. Think fatter, riffier and more groovy beats that’ll get your head nodding and your heart racing. We might even throw in another acoustic number 😉
James: The majority of the 2nd EP is written and sounding massive now, so it’s just a case of writing the last couple of tracks and then recording it, mixing, mastering and the usual bullshit that goes with releasing an EP.

 

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Tickets for Craig David and Rita Ora’s County Ground gig on sale tomorrow

Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning for Craig David and Rita Ora’s gig at the The Country Ground in Northampton in September. This week’s announcement was the latest in a…

Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning for Craig David and Rita Ora’s gig at the The Country Ground in Northampton in September.

This week’s announcement was the latest in a line of outdoor shows taking place across the county this summer which is already set to include gigs by Little Mix, Lionel Richie and Paloma Faith.

Performing tracks such as 7 Days, Walking Away, When the Bassline Drops, Nothing Like This, Heartline and I Know You, Craig David and his full live band will be performing hit after hit on Saturday, September 1.

He said, “I’m really looking forward to bringing my show and band to Northampton in September. This will be one of only a handful of shows I am doing in the UK this summer so let’s make it big night and a time to party.

“Having Rita Ora as my special guest makes this even more special as we worked together back in the day and I’ve always been a big fan of her and her music.”

Craig David has sold 15 million albums worldwide, has had multi Brit Award and Grammy nominations and is an Ivor Novello Award Winner.

Rita Ora has recently equalled the Official Chart record for the most top 10 singles by a British female artist.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, March 16, and cost £39.50 for Bronze tickets, £45 for Silver tickets and £60 for Golden Circle tickets. All prices exclude fees. All tickets are standing.

Tickets will be available via www.ticketmaster.co.uk and 0800 988 4440.

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