New Music Friday: Harry Pane

Brackley-born Harry Pane releases his new – and perhaps best – single today. ‘Beautiful Life’ is a meditative folk-ballad that can’t fail to produce an emotional shiver or two. Over…

Brackley-born Harry Pane releases his new – and perhaps best – single today. ‘Beautiful Life’ is a meditative folk-ballad that can’t fail to produce an emotional shiver or two. Over the past three years Pane has wowed the wider world with his raw skills of voice and guitar.  New Boots spoke to Pane about life in 2018.

Tell us a little about your journey from a boy in Brackley to the person now in Walthamstow, north London.
I was playing ‘the circuit’ in that area for a while just earning some pennies & it came to a point where I realised I needed to spread my wings a little.

Who encouraged you to begin making music?
I was influenced growing up on a farm watching my Dad jamming with friends as well as going to watch live music from a young age and it was a heavy influence on me.

Was there a eureka moment, an influence that pulled you in this direction?
When I first performed live at school aged 15, in front of a small assembly, it gave me buzz and I carried on doing it.

Did the move to London come from you or were you encouraged to relocate?
I had some friends down there so it made it easy to make the move.

Who are your main influences in music? The Celtic bits presumably come from John Martyn and some Richard Thompson.
That’s dead right, I love those two artists and their style of songwriting.  It goes across the board; from Damien Rice and Glen Hansard and Christy Moore to the likes of Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman & Justin Vernon.

How do the words come to you; in fragments, a story to be told..?
Sometimes it can happen all at once and other times I have instrumental parts and no lyrics and vice versa.  I guess it’s just the artistic process.

An obvious question: what’s ‘Beautiful Life’ about?
I wrote it about the support I had around me through a difficult time, and that support helping you to make peace with it all.

We’re constantly told these days acts don’t even need a traditional label. In light of that could you tell us what Island are doing for you and your development?
Island gave me a development fund which I used for The Wild Winds EP, but now I’m an independent artist with AWAL, who I really love working with and I’m enjoying the adventure.

What is an “Official Showcasing Artist” at SXSW? Are you looking forward to the trip?
It’s the term that they use for the artists invited to play on the line up, there are hundreds of unofficial showcases going on around it which are also lots of fun, and I’m doing those too.  I played there in 2016, so it’ll be nice to be back having made more progress and learning a bit more. Austin is a great city.

What’s your favourite sort of show: intimate jazz house, pub with a fire, big festival crowd…?
I enjoy playing in all scenarios for different reasons, it’s nice to do a mix.

Do you always play solo, or do you ever have cohorts?
At the moment I have a double bassist in tow. I’m also looking out for other members as a side project.

What’s been the highlight of your music career so far?
I would say there’s been a bundle of positives that have made a difference to my career and given me the boost that I needed: successful crowdfunding, good relationships within the industry, great festival spots and more recently a publishing deal.

What is your burning desire for the future? What plans do you have?
To keep writing and co-writing and keep strengthening my material. The general goal is to grow a loyal and steady fan base whilst staying true to my love for the music.

Beautiful Life is out now to download/stream

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 14th – Feb 20th 2018

Something for everyone: trip hop, folk, metal, indie, rap-rock, psych, punk. Take your pick! BURROWING BEES + AOIFE FOLEY Thursday February 15th The Lamplighter, Northampton Post-Valentines love-in with intimate trip…

Something for everyone: trip hop, folk, metal, indie, rap-rock, psych, punk. Take your pick!

BURROWING BEES + AOIFE FOLEY
Thursday February 15th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Post-Valentines love-in with intimate trip hop/electronica. Acoustic singer-songwriter support. Doors 8pm, free entry

WARS + FROM EDEN TO EXILE + STEREO SKULL + SIDERIAN + GARSHKOTT
Friday February 16th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Rugby-based post-hardcore quintet headline, with various shades of metal support [both local and national]. Phil Walker’s last Northampton gig, so show some support! Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

DEATH TRAP + THE WAX LYRICAL SOUND + BLUE TONGUES
Friday February 16th
The Black Prince, Northampton
A trio of bangers: alt-rock kings, rap-rockers, and Brummie garage rockers. The first 50 people through the door get a free shot of Fireball Whisky. Doors 8pm, free entry

FLEISCH + REAPER + WITCH TRIPPER + VIA DOLOROSA
Friday February 16th
The Lab, Northampton
Heat two of the Mammothfest Best Band 2018 competition, with entrants from Liverpool, Nottingham, and ShoeTown itself bringing the noise. Doors 7pm, £3 tickets

SAINT AGNES + MONARCHS + DRINSIPA
Saturday February 17th
The White Hart, Corby
Stomping riffy psych rock from London headliners (and future stars in the making we reckon), with prime Northants talent bringing up the rear. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets

CANDIDATES + SKIRT + THE RELIGHTS
Saturday February 17th
The Lab, Northampton
Indie and Britpop flavours at The Lab this evening: Milton Keynes newcomers Candidates headline, ably supported by Corby indie punkers and Bedfordshire rock’n’rollers. Doors 8pm, free entry

PALM READER + CANVAS + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + DEAD KIWIS + DRINSIPA
Sunday February 18th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Rising Nottingham hardcore band headline, with the appropriate Midlands support bases covered. One to make the effort for on a Sunday, without doubt. Doors 7pm, £6 tickets

THE YOUNG & RESTLESS + RECKLESS INTENTIONS + BETWEEN THE LINES + SAFEST SPACES
Sunday February 18th
The Lab, Northampton
Northampton emo/pop-punk outfit The Young & Restless play a hometown show to end their short tour with Reckless intentions. They play with similarly inclined MK and Bedford-based acts. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

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Report: RedFaces, The Barratts, Phantom Isle, Citrus – Northampton

Sheffield’s RedFaces headlined The Black Prince on Friday night. The second night of their February UK tour, the venue was busy and ready to go at it from the beginning….

Sheffield’s RedFaces headlined The Black Prince on Friday night. The second night of their February UK tour, the venue was busy and ready to go at it from the beginning. Highlight of the RedFaces set? Probably ‘Kerosene’. Support came from a Northampton trio at different stages of their development: The Barratts are the kids that strut it like seasoned pros, Phantom Isle the London-experienced confident quarter ready to push on, whilst openers Citrus played just their second show with the vim and verve of people in love with what they do.

Here’s a few photos from the gig courtesy of David Jackson.

RedFaces

RedFaces

RedFaces

RedFaces

The Barratts

The Barratts

The Barratts

The Barratts

Phantom Isle

Phantom Isle

Phantom Isle

Phantom Isle

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Billy Lockett announces big show at the Royal & Derngate

It’s been a couple of years since Billy Lockett last played a Northampton show, and he’s achieved a fair amount since then. So it’s exciting to see he returns to…

It’s been a couple of years since Billy Lockett last played a Northampton show, and he’s achieved a fair amount since then. So it’s exciting to see he returns to his hometown for a headline show at the Royal and Derngate on Saturday May 19th.

The ‘Wide Eyed’ singer is currently on his first UK tour since 2015, which culminates on Friday in a sold out show at London’s Union Chapel.

Tickets for the Northampton show go on sale this Friday at 9am via Live Nation. Register with them beforehand and you can purchases presale tickets from Thursday 9am.

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Midnight Brewers ‘Midnight Melody Highway’ album review

MIDNIGHT BREWERS Midnight Melody Highway Midnight Brewers are a Northants-based duo, consisting of Hamish MacNamara and Ross Snaith, who write and record music from their bedroom studios. Last year they…

MIDNIGHT BREWERS
Midnight Melody Highway

Midnight Brewers are a Northants-based duo, consisting of Hamish MacNamara and Ross Snaith, who write and record music from their bedroom studios. Last year they released two EPs and their debut album. So far in 2018 their single ‘Midnight Melody Highway’ has been played on radio stations, including BBC Radio Northampton. They describe themselves as a mix of genres, though there is a definite alternative influence to their grooves.

Title track ‘Midnight Melody Highway’ is an instrumental song you could certainly relax to, starting with a steady drum beat then kicking into action. Halfway through the song takes a major turn to reveal something quite action-filled; the instrumentation changes to a heavier feel, ending the song with a fade out of an arpeggio riff.

Elsewhere ‘Doctor’ starts off gradually with an upbeat tone, slowly adding more instruments as the song progresses. The tone changes part way through the song, giving it more of a pop influence. The song cleverly uses sound effects to transition into the second part of the song. The lyrics have a clear meaning, which revolves around the idea of a patient relying on a doctor. This could be related to the suggested doctor theme, or could relate to love/matters of the heart, or even drug use. After the lyrics drop out the song seems to take influence from rock using a guitar solo, before ending abruptly. Overall this album has a feel-good, relaxing vibe. Check it out if you like pop-rock with progressive ideas.

Katie Montford

Midnight Melody Highway is out now to download/stream

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Ginger Snaps announces first UK tour

Northampton writing/production duo Jay Brook and Lee Irons – aka Ginger Snaps – head out on their debut tour this April and May. The former Oh Boy! bandmates have turned…

Northampton writing/production duo Jay Brook and Lee Irons – aka Ginger Snaps – head out on their debut tour this April and May.

The former Oh Boy! bandmates have turned their attention to pop-rap since 2015, and have already knocked out four fantastic singles in ‘Paranoid’, ‘Phat Kids’, ‘Number Crunching’ and the most recent one, ‘Anorak’. 11 dates have been announced for the full band treatment, including a “secret show” in Northampton. Stay tuned for more details on that one.

Tickets are on sale now for the following dates:
Tuesday April 24th – Stereo, Glasgow
Wednesday April 25th – Oporto, Leeds
Thursday April 26th – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
Friday April 27th – The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich
Sunday April 29th – Northampton, secret venue
Tuesday May 1st – Gullivers, Manchester
Wednesday May 2nd – The Waiting Room, London
Thursday May 3rd – Bau Wow, Brighton
Friday May 4th – The Cookie, Leicester
Saturday May 5th – The Baltic Triangle, Liverpool [Sound City Festival]
Sunday May 6th – Hit The North Festival, Newcastle

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 7 – Feb 13th 2018

Northampton and Corby are on a roll at the moment it seems. New Boots presents more guidance for gigs below… REDFACES + THE BARRATTS + PHANTOM ISLE + CITRUS Friday…

Northampton and Corby are on a roll at the moment it seems. New Boots presents more guidance for gigs below…

REDFACES + THE BARRATTS + PHANTOM ISLE + CITRUS
Friday February 9th
The Black Prince, Northampton
The rising Sheffield indie rockers and [new RCA Records signings] with a touch of youthful joie de vivre headline a quality rock’n’roll bill featuring local starlets The Barratts, London/ShoeTown new psychedelic popsters Phantom Isle, and mysterious newcomers Citrus. The buzz is strong on this one. Doors 7.30pm, £6 tickets

G & THE SOUND TRIBE + LUNA ROSA + KIWI JAM
Friday February 9th
Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Corby
The Market Harborough headliners combine elements of hip hop, reggae, dub and pop. Luna Rosa play a special acousitc set, whilst the opener is the side project of Shaun Flynn of The Good Apples. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets

SAIL BAND + MERCURY RISING + PROGNOSIS + ACOLYTES
Saturday February 10th
The Lab, Northampton
HOP Events presents Mammothfest Best Band, Northamptonshire leg. This competition pits the best unsigned talent against each other for the winner to perform at the highly regarded Mammothfest 2018. Expect metal, hard rock,  noise, and colossal riffs. Doors 7pm, £3 tickets

THE BRANDY THIEVES + JO CARLEY AND THE OLD DRY SKULLS
Saturday February 10th
The White Hart, Corby
Mars Promotions and Grievous Angel Promotions present an evening of gypsy and punktry music, from Leicester/Northampton and London. Doors 7.30pm, £6 entry

KATHIKA RABBIT [SLAMBOREE]
Saturday February 10th
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
The breakbeat singer/MC from Manchester is special guest at this “house party” hosted by Madame Electrifie. Doors 8pm, £5 entry

JOE CORKRAM + WOOLFORD SCOTT + NOTHING SCIENTIFIC
Saturday February 10th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Corkham celebrates the release of his debut EP, On Ice, with a live show. Support from local blues/pop rock quartet and the openers play covers. Doors 8pm, free entry

OVER THE INFLUENCE + HELL’S GAZELLES + WE ARE GIANTS + SWITCHBLADE CITY
Sunday February 11th
The King Billy, Northampton
ShoeTown hard rockers will perform their new EP [and more] to celebrate it’s release, and to celebrate the end of their first tour. Signed EPs and T-shirts will be available. Support from Oxford ballers Hell’s Gazelles, Northampton’s heavy hitting We Are Giants and Kettering’s hard working classic rockers Switchblade City. Doors 4pm, free entry

YELLOW BLUES
Sunday February 11th
The Lab, Northampton
A fundraiser for Northamptonshire Rights & Equality Council and Q-Space, to support LGBTQ+ community and other equality activists, with acoustic duo Yellow Blues playing a live set. Doors 7pm, £3 on the door

CARA DILLON
Tuesday February 13th
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
The acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter plays the Royal, performing material from her new album Wanderer. Doors 7.30pm, £22 tickets

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Libertines drummer Gary Powell completes Changing Futures Week at UoN

Gary Powell, drummer with The Libertines completes the line up of the Changing Futures Week at the University of Northampton. “The inside story” of one of the UK’s best-loved bands of…

Gary Powell, drummer with The Libertines completes the line up of the Changing Futures Week at the University of Northampton.

“The inside story” of one of the UK’s best-loved bands of the past two decades is promised when he appears on Wednesday February 7th [plus other tales – he has at various times played with The Specials, Dirty Pretty Things and New York Dolls too] . His appearance has been organised by the Popular Music department to provide insights into the music industry.

Dr Jasmine Shadrack, Senior Lecturer in Popular Music, said: “We can’t wait to welcome Gary to the University. He has a particularly brilliant story to tell about headlining festivals and breaking into the mainstream, to the dynamics of The Libertines and their reunion in 2014″.

Powell’s appearance is one of a series of special events lined up by the Popular Music department during their Changing Futures Week, a five day University-wide showcase of industry speakers. The event is open to current University of Northampton students, plus local school and college students. Guests can register their attendance by emailing schools.liaison@northampton.ac.uk

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New Music Friday: Hana Brooks

Northampton singer-songwriter Hana Brooks is back with her impressive new single ‘Used To Be’. Having toured the Sofar Sounds circuit in London during the summer Brooks released  ‘Leave It’ last…

Northampton singer-songwriter Hana Brooks is back with her impressive new single ‘Used To Be’. Having toured the Sofar Sounds circuit in London during the summer Brooks released  ‘Leave It’ last November, gaining her much radio and streaming plays. It has lead to a tasty residency at West London’s The Troubadour venue [where ‘Used To be’ will have it’s launch party on February 28th]. Mixed by Nick Bennett [London Grammar, etc.] ‘Used To Be’ comes with a blend of subtle beats & bass anchored to that Californian blend of synths and guitars – and of course her distinctive vocal talents. This special song should propel her into the heart of the industry – if it knows what’s good for it.

New Boots spoke to Brooks about the song and the path that led her to here. You can watch the video below too

When and why did you decide to start performing?
I have always wanted to perform, it’s something I have always felt is right and feels like what I am meant to be doing! I love it. I feel more comfortable on a stage in front of 500 people than I would in a living room with two people.

Did you ever play covers? What were your favourites?
Yes, with friends in local bars. My favourites would be Moloko ‘Sing it Back’, The Specials ‘Monkey Man’. Always so much fun. Basically just jamming through any 90’s dance banger was always a laugh.

Who is on your playlist right now?
The Neighbourhood; also loving Pale Waves at the moment and a bit of Portugal .The Man

Has your musical taste changed much from when you were growing up?
It has always been diverse. As a kid my older cousin gave me Nirvana Nevermind and the Spice Girls album on the same cassette! I grew up listening to a lot of Motown, hip-hop and Frank Sinatra. I would say my music taste hasn’t changed a bit, as I’ve always just listened to just about EVERYTHING.

Do you remember the first gig you performed?
At 11 years old I formed a band with a couple of lad’s in my class, playing songs that I wrote! They were very Oasis/BritPop kind of tracks. I actually don’t remember feeling nervous, just super excited to be playing on a big stage. I seem to remember having the most horrendous haircut and was going through a very grungy stage at the time.

Can you talk about what inspired ‘Used To Be’? It’s a very emotional track.
I wrote the track whilst in California, its about a “friend” that I had. At the time we had been on and off. It’s basically about wanting things to be like how they were; that it could be more simple – and how distance from somebody makes you want them more.

What was the musical process like?
This track started like many of my songs do. I had a riff that I had been noodling around with on the guitar and then I built the rest of production around that in Logic with a really pumping drum beat – almost a bit like Drake. I got the demo down at home and then brought it into the studio where everyone instantly got it. From there we built up the synths and added new sections here and there. It was a really natural process with free flowing ideas. The way I like to work is: no limitations and splicing genres.

Did you have much say in how the song was produced?
100%!! As a multi-instrumentalist I like to get as much of the original idea of what is in my head down to a demo at home before I work with other producers to take it to the next level and bring in new ideas.

How was it working with Nick Bennett?
Fantastic! Nick is a very good friend of mine so working together is always sound.

Did you have fun filming the video and visiting the States?
I have a lot of love for California and the States. Getting to film a video in my favourite place on earth with my amazing team…we had a ridiculous amount of fun!

What are you working on next? What can we expect next?
I’ve started work with another amazing producer, alongside releasing more new material over the next couple of months and will be heading across the pond again. Watch this space!

Used To Be is out to download/stream on Monday February 12th

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Lionel Richie to headline Franklin’s Gardens

Musical legend Lionel Richie has revealed plans to kick off his summer tour in Northampton this summer. News of this gig broke yesterday and alongside Paloma Faith announcing a gig…

Musical legend Lionel Richie has revealed plans to kick off his summer tour in Northampton this summer.

News of this gig broke yesterday and alongside Paloma Faith announcing a gig at Towcester Racecourse, it’s the second huge announcement for the county this week.

Lionel will headline Franklin’s Gardens on Friday, June 1. Tickets go on general sale on Friday, February 2, at 10am and we don’t expect they’ll be around for long.

Tickets went on sale to Saints season ticket holders today and email subscribers can get early access tomorrow ahead of general sale.

You can sign up for early access via the club’s website.

Lionel Richie has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and won for Grammy Awards

This will be the first time Richie has appeared in the UK since his 2016 All The Hits tour, which followed a phenomenal Glastonbury performance in 2015 – with more than 200,000 people flocking to the Pyramid Stage to make up the biggest crowd of the weekend.

Richie is known for hits including Lady, Truly, Hello and All Night Long.

A range of hospitality packages will also be available in the Franklin’s Gardens Boxes, Sturtridge Suite and Director’s Lounge. For more information about those, call 01604 751543.

General admission tickets will be available via ticketmaster.com, AXS.com, gigantic.com and alttickets.com

Not that you’ll need a reminder, but here’s some classic Lionel and a track which has notched up a staggering 61 million views!

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