Solid Ten: British Sea Power

            Ahead of their appearance this Sunday [October 22] at The Roadmender in Northampton, here’s ten of British Sea Power‘s best singles, 2001-2017. Tickets  …

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ahead of their appearance this Sunday [October 22] at The Roadmender in Northampton, here’s ten of British Sea Power‘s best singles, 2001-2017. Tickets

 

 

 

 

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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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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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Rock in crisis? The Prince of Wales and The Hut both to close

Today it was announced that Kettering rock venue the Prince of Wales is to close at the end of the year. Publican Nina Hammond, who took over in 2015 following…

Today it was announced that Kettering rock venue the Prince of Wales is to close at the end of the year.

Publican Nina Hammond, who took over in 2015 following a £40,000 makeover, made the following statement: 

“It is with a heavy heart that I let you all know my time at The Prince is coming to an end. This is not a decision I wanted to make, or have made lightly, but unfortunately there is no alternative. Being brutally honest, there is simple not enough money coming in to pay what is going out. I’ve been trying to keep live music going at the venue but without continuous support from the public it is just not possible. I have tried charging on the door to cover costs, iv looked for investors, and iv tried putting on bands/events that people have asked for, but still we don’t see the bodies through the door. I’m sure you have all heard the term ‘use it or lose it’, and unfortunately this may now be another venue that closes its doors for good. It saddens me that I am unable to continue and make this venue work, but as mentioned before, the lack of bodies through the door coupled with rising beer costs, rising business rates and other general expenses, it is just no longer financially viable”.

The final day of trading day will be New Years Eve. This comes hot on the heels of the news that The Hut in Corby is set to finish in its current form at the end of November. The Rockingham Road venue only opened on weekends following the closure of The Zombie Hut at the end of 2015. The future of the venue remains unclear.

So, is rock and alternative music in the county under threat? What can be done to turn things around? Leave comments below if you feel so inclined.

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‘Shoetown Sounds’ events to mark the relaunch of NNBC Radio

This Saturday will witness the first ‘Shoetown Sounds’ live event in Northampton, which is to be a regular event that will pop up all over Northampton to promote community radio…

This Saturday will witness the first ‘Shoetown Sounds’ live event in Northampton, which is to be a regular event that will pop up all over Northampton to promote community radio and support local music by broadcasting the events live.

Celebrating NNBC Radio‘s “upgrade” on the September 30th and it’s renaming as ‘NLive‘ the event has a formidable line-up of five Northants bands/musicians who will be playing & broadcast live from The Lab [97 Charles St]. The line up is Charlotte Carpenter, O’Mahon, Burrowing Bees, Deep Sea Mountains and Hana Brooks.

It’s a mere £3 on the door, or you can pick up a wristband for free entry from the NLive team who will be on the Market Square in Northampton town centre, broadcasting live all day on Saturday.

The next planned event is also taking shape: its to be on November 4th, with Corinna Jane as the headline act, supported by Dan Hughes (and again at The Lab).

Visit NNBC Radio/NLive here.

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Religious Overdose ‘Glass Hymnbook (1980-1982)’

RELIGIOUS OVERDOSE Glass Hymnbook (1980-1982) (Glass Redux) This retrospective compilation is very early post-punk, the Northampton band having formed in 1979, the year in which the very notion of post-punk…

RELIGIOUS OVERDOSE
Glass Hymnbook (1980-1982) (Glass Redux)

This retrospective compilation is very early post-punk, the Northampton band having formed in 1979, the year in which the very notion of post-punk (or “new musick” as it was first coined) was first being talked about, and its ideas being explored. Guitarist Richard Formby would move onto work on In Embrace, Spectrum, The Jazz Butcher and more, before becoming a studio producer. Vocalist Alex Novak would move onto The Tempest, Attrition and his long-term project Venus Fly Trap. But there and then they were experimenters in noise and emotion, taking on board the contemporaneous sounds of PIL, Joy Division, fellow midlanders Bauhaus et. al – alongside the psychedelic kraut bands (primarily Can and Neu one can presume).

The heady mix saw strange, often bleak, gothic lo-fi abstraction poured forth from the studio. Over three singles and a compilation track they briefly burned strong before the individuals moved onto other, equally-interesting projects. John Peel supported the trailblazing Relgious Overdose debut 45: the drum machine-heavy, hypnotic dirge of ‘25 Minutes’, which came backed with the industrial fuzz of ‘Control Addicts’. The second single ‘I Said Go’ bought the kraut influence to the fore in the unsettling 5/4 rhythms and complex vocal arrangements. It could have been a hit, in a certain light. ‘Alien To You’ continued the serious ambience of the earlier single, with some avant-garde, Vini Reilly-esque spiky guitar lines alongside Novak’s vocal in-and-out flights of fancy. Also from 1981 came the synth-led new wave of ‘Blow The Back Off It’, which appeared on a Glass Records compilation – and was good enough/should have been a single itself. ‘The Girl With The Disappearing Head (I’ve Got To Adjust To It)’ was the final A-side from 1982, the band now confident enough to be putting out 7-minute songs of jittery punk-funk that holds it’s head up well against their competition of the time. New drummer Pete Brownjohn does some striking patterns throughout.

It’s their final B-side, ‘In This Century’, which cements their legacy though. After almost two minutes of abstract noise (drum machine, triangle, violin, real world sounds) the songs kicks in with their most affecting song; a hypnotic, funereal off-beat jangle that would not have sounded out of place on Closer. There are four bonus tracks to round up this release, of which the ten minute demo version of ‘In This Century’ is the most exciting revelation. ‘Hazaal’ and ‘Talk Talk’ are unreleased recordings that stand up in comparison to the released songs, and only suffer a little for the demo quality of the recordings.

It all builds up to an impressive work of a band who freely admit they were making it all up as they went along. Bold, experimental sounds from a Northants past that can be treasured by all in this excellent compilation. Make sure you pore over the visuals in the CD case too – they create another world of their own.

Phil Istine

Glass Hymnbook (1980-1982) is out now

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Interview: Scarlet.

Hotly-tipped north-west quartet Scarlet are currently on a UK tour and finish their run at The Lab Northampton on Saturday October 14th. New Boots speaks to them about alt-rock, feminism and getting to America. New…

Hotly-tipped north-west quartet Scarlet are currently on a UK tour and finish their run at The Lab Northampton on Saturday October 14th. New Boots speaks to them about alt-rock, feminism and getting to America.

New Boots: For the uninitiated could you let us know a bit of background about who are you as people and how you formed?

Jessie: We are SCARLET, an unsigned DIY band that sounds like if Nirvana, Blondie and The Pixies had a band baby. I’m Jessie, the singer and guitarist, Adam is guitar man, Jake is our drummer and we have a bassist called G.
Adam – We’re a bunch of northerners dotted around Manchester Liverpool and St Helens who are all obsessed with writing and performing live music. Me and Jessie got things going through out our time at Chester uni and eventually we got a band together who could all meet up and rehearse in Liverpool and we’ve kept our rehearsal space there ever since!

NB: How would you describe your sound? It’s pretty anthemic to our ears. 
Jake: To me our sound is pretty unique. I feel like we’ve taken the late grunge, alt rock sound from the 90’s (think the Pixies) and really modernised it. We have that same energy and riff driven sound, but with an intelligence and level of sophistication that feels fresh and modern, not just a throwback.

NB: Jessie, you recently spoke out on the difficult experiences of being a female in the music business. Can you elaborate some more for those that didn’t see the article.
Yeah, I wrote a piece for Alternative Press magazine along with some other brilliant girls, about our experience in the music industry surrounding sexism. We literally spoke about the facts, things that have actually happened to us at shows and how we are treated in comparison to how men are treated. The comments on the article pretty much backed up what we were all talking about. Angry men calling us all kinds of names and pigeon-holing us into a criteria that they think fits a woman that has the nerve to talk about her experiences. I was shocked at the response to be fair. The reaction to the word ‘Feminist’ is often a defensive/aggressive one. “Feminist: the person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes” (Nicole Kidman said that). I never think of myself as different to the boys. I forget I have boobs most of the time. It would be great if
everyone could forget that I have bobs.

NB: What was the last album you bought on vinyl? What was the last thing you downloaded?
Adam: Last album I bought was DAMN by Kendrick Lamar (the GOD)
Jessie: The last album I bought…If were telling the truth on this one, it was Little Mix – haha – them girls can sing! I love how fun they are. But I’m into all kinds of music, the last vinyl album I bought was Enter Shikari’s new one on pre order
Jake: I’ve gotten quite into my vinyl purchases recently. The last albums I bought were Currents by Tame Impala and Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave. Last album I downloaded was More Life by Drake. I love hip hop.

NB: What are your main influences/interests outside the world of music?
Jessie – I’m an animal nerd. I think animals are amazing. I love watching films, I got so into Kick Ass 2 that I literally forgot to breathe and almost passed out, haha. Films draw me in massively, I throw all my emotions into films. I am also really into science… like, specifically the anatomy of the voice… I’ve only recently got into it and its the best thing to geek out over.

Jake – I love reading: I’m a big ol’ nerd when it comes to fantasy books and stuff. I think I’ve read Lord of the Rings about three times, so that gives you an idea! I also love quirky independent films and tend to like the low-budget, coming-of-age type stuff. My biggest soft spot is American comedy shows though, I can’t get enough. Shows like Rick and Morty, Archer, Brooklyn Nine Nine and Bojack Horseman are just brilliant.

NB: What can folk expect from your live show?

Jessie: Sweat… and uncontrollable mashing, haha!
Jake: Expect loads and loads of energy! Our live performances go down really well as we put our blood, sweat and tears into every song.

NB: There’s a lot of great new guitar music around. Who is your ‘tip for the top’?
Jake: There’s a great band who we played with in Blackpool called Seegulls, they’re really great and we loved playing with them.
Adam:- I tip Purple Merlin from Stockport to have a great year.
Jessie: Seegulls all the way, their live energy is something else. I have no idea how they aren’t massive yet. There’s a few incredible bands about right now: Occoeur, Witch Fever, and Seegulls are my faves.

NB: What is your burning desire for the band to do next? What plans do you have for 2018?
Jessie: I want to keep building a team around us. And I want to go to America and get on all the festivals next year. A handful isn’t enough, I want to do them ALL.
Jake: for me I want to get an EP or a single recorded. Promote that. The next year or so will be huge for this band. I can feel it. Something big is coming, I can feel it in my bones!

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New Midland Sounds’ compilation released

A new compilation album featuring acts from Northamptonshire and the wider Midlands has been released to help raise money for charity. The Shoe Town Collective is a collection of independent artists and…

A new compilation album featuring acts from Northamptonshire and the wider Midlands has been released to help raise money for charity.

The Shoe Town Collective is a collection of independent artists and bands collaborating for charitable causes.

All downloadable profits of this album New Midland Sounds are in aid of the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

All 23 original artists are from all corners of the Midlands. “Known for its heritage in shoe-making”, so the collective state, “Northamptonshire has now become a vibrant centre for music-making – the artists here likewise gravitate around this Central Midlands Shoe town. We’ve got together and put together this collection of our works in the hope of spreading our net a little further. We’re representatives for what our humble shoe towns can provide but there’s lots more talent to discover”.

Artists on the compilation are Stevie Jones & The Wildfires, Freebooters, hazeyjane, Will Rogers, Kenneth J Nash, Fatbwoi, Ash Tu-kay, Steve Young, Aldous Pinch, Tim Jon Brophy, Averse Prospect, Autumn Dawn Leader, Mark A. Harrison, Lilith’s Army, Woolford Scott, Duncan Bisatt, Lew Bear, Rogue State Circus, DJ Jeffeak, Dan Hughes, Star Shaped Halos, Andy Griffiths, and Paul Strummer.

Songs are available to download from Bandcamp for 75p per track, or all twenty three songs for £12.99.

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Loose Tooth – Loose Tooth (Undead Collective Records)

This Northampton band have a biography that states ‘millennial malaise at it’s most morbid’. As sales pitches go it’s unlikely to have people queuing up for tickets. It’s obviously a…

This Northampton band have a biography that states ‘millennial malaise at it’s most morbid’. As sales pitches go it’s unlikely to have people queuing up for tickets. It’s obviously a little bit tongue in cheek. But then again, as the guttural scream of ‘Split In The Hair’ kicks in and lasts an uncomfortable nine seconds, maybe not so. Anyway up, the hardcore punk/grunge/metal trio have turned in a debut [mini] album that’s as confident and fresh sounding as anyone has any right to be.

The pummeling action of Oli Knight (formerly of Of Blue Skies And Youth) on vocals and guitar is capably aided and abetted by Adam Cator on bass and Josh Miller on drums throughout (both formerly of Death Kindly Waits For Me). Eighteen months work has gone on in the background leading up this release, and it’s been time well spent, as the songs give the hardcore/alt-rock scene a sure-shot in the arm.

‘Moodhoover’ has immediate impact, with the juxtaposition between anthemic chorus and the tense light/dark shades on the verses. It loses its shit towards the climax and will leave you rather stunned when it’s suddenly over. The aforementioned ‘Split In The Hair’ plays it relatively straight – the hardcore centre sounding familiar to millions. It moves into screamo territory in the breakdown though: we’re talking less scare-the-horses and more Stephen King shit-the-bed. ‘Roman Nose’ showcases their trademark tempo changes again, shifting effortlessly from frenetic passages to a more grunge-style chorus.

‘Raincoats’ has one foot in the indie/alt-rock world: all well-shaped guitar lines through just the right pedals and a keening, angry melody about love gone wrong. If you want to dip your toe into this album it’s perhaps a good starting point. ‘Snakebites’ repeats the trick, though with a little too much reliance on the pure grunge sound when evidently the strength of the band is the blend of their myriad influences. ‘The Everfall’ is the softest sounding tune here: an effecting minor-chord bruised body that jolts back into life on slash’n’burn punk choruses. They finish with their debut single ‘Pearls’, a powerful song about a dying relative and the anguish that causes. It’s beautiful, haunting, sad, angry, and more besides. Well worth waiting around for, in an album that continually rewards.

If you enjoy Refused, Deftones, Soundgarden, At The Drive-In, or Million Dead then there’s something here for you. And really you should be all over this, as Loose Tooth offers some serious dark fun to those bleak Midlands nights.

Phil Istine

Loose Tooth is available to buy on ITunes, to stream on the major platforms, and to buy on CD directly at the band’s shows

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