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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Photos: Kingdom Of Giants / Our Hollow, Our Home / Create To Inspire, Roadmender, Northampton

California’s Kingdom Of Giants headlined the Roadmender on Monday night as part of their jaunt around the UK. The band released their second major album All The Hell You’ve Got…

California’s Kingdom Of Giants headlined the Roadmender on Monday night as part of their jaunt around the UK.

The band released their second major album All The Hell You’ve Got To Spare in May and were joined in Northampton by Our Hollow, Our Home, Create To Inspire, Caliburn and From Once We Came.

It was a great turn out for a Monday night with the back room of the Roadmender pretty packed. Below are a few photos of KOG, OHOH and CTI. (Apologies to Caliburn and From Once We Came, we couldn’t get to the venue early enough to see you guys).

Photos by David Jackson

Kingdom of Giants

 

Kingdom of Giants

Our Hollow, Our Home

 

Our Hollow, Our Home

Create To Inspire

 

Create To Inspire

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Charlotte Carpenter offers us ‘Shelter’

[Excuse that groan-worthy title, but no one has used it yet and that is a grave oversight] Kettering singer-songwriter Charlotte Carpenter has had a pretty good opening scene so far,…

[Excuse that groan-worthy title, but no one has used it yet and that is a grave oversight]

Kettering singer-songwriter Charlotte Carpenter has had a pretty good opening scene so far, releasing EPs and singles digitally since 2014, to much acclaim. And now she releases her best song yet, ‘Shelter’, as the lead track from her first vinyl release, the 10″ Shelter EP.

New Boots had a quick chat whilst she is on her whirlwind promotional trail

New Boots: This new song is something special. What’s is about?
Charlotte Carpenter: ‘Shelter’ is about the push and pull of the early stages of a new relationship, the moment you know you’re about to go into this big life changing event but part of you is still holding back. It’s ultimately about letting go, and just embracing new change. The video embodies that along with my growing confidence – as a musician and a woman.

NB: You have referred to ‘Shelter’ as your “unofficial James Bond theme”.
CC: Awkwardly, I’ve never watched a Bond film! They don’t tickle my fancy, but the songs always have. I love those big Bond numbers, with uneasy strings and chords to make you feel on the edge. My favourite Bond songs are ‘Skyfall’, ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ and ‘Diamonds Are Forever’.

NB: ‘Hey Mr. Cowboy’ feels so intimate. Do you find this intimacy plays to your strengths?
CC: The funny thing with ‘Hey Mr. Cowboy’ is that its quite different to what I’ve done before. Firstly, It isn’t about me, and my songs usually are. The feel/tone of the song is a slightly different style to previous releases too. I think the intimacy in this song shows that I can bring both light and shade to the table, and that’s a strength on its own. So I guess, to answer the question: yes.

NB: Who’s in your band?
CC: Lee and Matt! When I’m playing headline or festival shows I’ll have the guys with me; they’re wonderful people and completely respect my songs. Lee plays slide, baritone and Moog (he’s also my producer) and Matt is my drummer who literally takes on anything I throw his way.

NB: How do you find touring? Must be finally nice to have some vinyl to sell at the upcoming shows
CC: I love touring, it’s the best part about it all. You get meet those who you talk to online and thank them in person; visit cool venues, cities and countries and eat some great food. I am over the moon to have some vinyl, it’s a complete dream to hear these songs on my record player at home.

NB. Best and worst things about the Northants music scene.
CC: Best – There is some serious talent. Worst – Not enough variety of good size, good sounding music venues.

NB: What do you have planned for 2018?
CC: I’m planning on recording every week, touring my ass off and making my way across Europe!

CC live dates:
Oct 23 The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
Oct 24 Open, Norwich
Oct 25 The Star Inn, Guildford
Oct 26 Record Junkee, Sheffield
Oct 27 The Cookie, Leicester
Oct 29 Surf Cafe, Tynemouth
Nov 01 St Pancras Old Church, London
Nov 10 The Roadmender, Northampton (with Hana Brooks)

The Shelter EP is out now. Watch the videos for ‘Shelter’ and ‘Hey Mr. Cowboy’ below. Order the Shelter EP here, and stream/download it from the usual outlets.

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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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