It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Oct 23rd – Oct 29th

REV REV REV + 72% Thursday October 24th The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton Named as ‘One of Europe’s finest shoegazer bands of the last decade’, the Italian quartet have just released…

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Thursday October 24th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Named as ‘One of Europe’s finest shoegazer bands of the last decade’, the Italian quartet have just released their new album Kykeon on Fuzz Club Records, produced by James Aparicio [Spiritualized, Cult Of Dom Keller, Dead Vibrations]. They have been played on BBC 6 Music [Steve Lamacq, Radcliffe and Maconie]. Support from the local noiseniks, playing tracks off their stellar new album. Just go along and have your mind blown, ok? Doors 8pm, free entry 

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Thursday October 24th – Sunday October 27th
The Shire Horse + The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
The annual alternative local music festival. You get The Abrahams, Black Carrot, Aviators, James Watt and the Avenues, Midnight Dogs, G & the Sound Tribe, Veins, Family of Noise, and Boss Caine [Fri], Brandy Thieves, My Mate Dave, Midnight Honey Club, Boss Caine, Aldous Pinch, and Rob Reeves, Karl Phillips & the Rejects, Leave Nothing, Aviators, Brace Brace, Waves, and Tu-Kay & Ryan [Sat], The Touch, Humblebee, Solarise, Multimorph, Jacob Brathwaite, Alex Gardner, Oddity Island, Howlin’Mat, Clifftop Empire, Markus Reeves Brotherhood, and Slow Burn [Sun]. Raising funds and awareness for Johnny’s Happy Place. All events free entry

JEANA + WEEPING WILLOWS + EUFLORIA
Friday October 25th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Bedford’s Jeana [pronounced Jen-Nae] and her RnB slow jams are coming to her adopted hometown. Her new single ‘Nameless’, much like the previous one, was produced by Jay Brook [Ginger Snaps], who also plays in her live band, as does ShoeTown musical movers Josh Greene and Dan Battison. Support from ethereal folk-rockers and a band described as “experimental grunge with post hardcore tones”. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

BIG COUNTRY
Friday October 25th
The Roadmender, Northampton
“Return To Steeltown” 35th Anniversary Tour. Steeltown was their second album, with production from Steve Lillywhite. Regarded by many as a classic, the multi-million selling album went straight to the #1 slot in the album charts. Big Country will be performing songs from the album, as well as the classic hits and live favourites, including ‘Fields of Fire’, ‘In A Big Country’, ‘Chance’, ‘Wonderland’, ‘Look Away’ and more. Doors 7pm, £22.50 tickets

DANSMALL
Friday October 25th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Dan Plews [Jon Boden, Saul Rose, Eliza Carthy, Ian Giles[ and Guy Fletcher [Tickled Pink, Little Johnny England, Albion Band, Ashley Hutchings] are two great singers who utilise guitar, bouzouki, mandolin and fiddle. Doors 8pm, free entry

HANNAH FAULKNER + TERRY SLADE + RAY BECK + CAMERON GRACE
Friday October 25th
The Old Swan, Earls Barton
Ni Ni Sessions acoustic singer-songwriter showcase. From 8.30pm, free entry

DEVIL’S CUT COMBO
Saturday October 26th
Vintage Retreat, Northampton
Rockin’ Kent combo playing 1950’s rock’n’roll and rhythm’n’blues. Doors 7pm, £10 tickets

LADY NADE + HANA BROOKS + JACOB BRATHWAITE
Saturday October 26th
The Lab, Northampton
Nade celebrates her new album ‘Safe Place’ with cards dealt from the decks of soul, jazz blues, roots and folk-pop, this Bristolian singer-songwriter fills your heart with words and melodies likened to a rich fusion of musical greats, bearing velvet tones of Joan Armarading and Nina Simone adding a heady, folk-jazz splash of John Martyn thrown in. Support from superlative NN singer-songwriters who are worthy of entrance fee alone. Doors 7.30pm, £6 tickets

KRÖKER + NO MUSIC + EX PETS
Saturday October 26th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Northampton punks at The Gari, providing noise that won’t annoy. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE YELLOW DOG ACOUSTIC BLUES BAND
Saturday October 26th
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
The rhythm & blues band goes acoustic for one night only. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

HANNAH FAULKNER + ANT RICHARDS + TIM JON BROPHY + CAMERON GRACE
Saturday October 26th
The Melbourne Arms, Northampton 
Ni Ni Sessions acoustic singer-songwriter showcase. From 9pm, free entry

WAITING FOR WORDS + PEOPLE THEATRE + MYSELFSON
Sunday October 27th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Three live acts + a DJ from France, synthpop and industrial electro rock being the sounds to expect. Doors 5pm, £5 tickets

KEV MINNEY + STEPH BROWN + JACOB BRATHWAITE
Tuesday October 29th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Minney and Brown return to Northampton to perform songs from their new albums; this time they’ll be bringing along a string quartet! Make the effort, it will be special. Doors 8pm, free entry

 

 

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New Music Friday: The Bighead

Northampton-based The Bighead ply a fine line in smooth old-school reggae with soulful vocals. Frontman Da Costa talks us through the band and their sparkling new single package, featuring lead…

Northampton-based The Bighead ply a fine line in smooth old-school reggae with soulful vocals. Frontman Da Costa talks us through the band and their sparkling new single package, featuring lead single ‘Hangover Cure’.
 
How did the band begin?
The band formed in 2010 with its original lineup. A line-up change in 2015 completely changed the band, whilst retaining a fusion of ska and roots reggae, first wave ska and 2 Tone influences. I originally worked with the Mad Professor in south London as a teenager playing bass.
 
You have a reggae sound with soulful vocals. Who do you feel are your main influences in music?
The main influences, I would say, are Delroy Wilson , The Clash, Black Uhuru, and The Beatles.
 
You released the Outlaw Verses album in 2013, is that your sole album, or is there a whole discography I’m missing?
There’s a second album, from 2016 and on ITunes, called This Is The Bighead.
 
Tell us about this single release, ‘Hangover Cure’.
‘Hangover cure’ is a stand alone single, in a traditional vinyl jukebox hit, influenced by 1965 ska and doo wop simplicity: think Smokey Robinson recording for 2 Tone in 1965. We are the missing gap between The Specials and the best beat. It’s about “boy meets girl and cheats on girl”.
 
What are your live shows like? Any fave towns/venues to play?
Favourite shows are probably Tommyhaus in Berlin, and the Northampton festivals around the county.
 
Do you identity with the Northamptonshire music scene at all?
We stand as unique to the Northampton scene, with most bands playing covers, though we love Kenneth Nash, Johnny Pike & The Red Stars, and Phantom Isle.
 
What has been your favourite band moment of the past year?
Well the favourite show was the Leicester Barefoot festival…
 
What was the last album you bought/streamed?
The Four Tops ‘greatest hits’, 1967, on vinyl
 
What is your burning desire for the band to do in the future? What plans do you have?
We are already living the dream after supporting Madness at The County Ground in 2013. Playing a big show in London would be cool and back to the 100 club is our target. Then more vinyl and acoustic dates are our next concern doing the record store tour.
 
‘Hangover Cure’ is out now digitally. A vinyl/cd pack is £10 through Black Circle Records, and at the bands shows. They also play record shop in-stores: Sat 2nd Nov at Black Circle [Leighton Buzzard] and Sat 23rd Nov at Soul Trader [Brixton, London]. More of those to follow too.
 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Oct 16th – Oct 22nd

CLEM BURKE & BOOTLEG BLONDIE Wednesday October 16th The Roadmender, Northampton A living legend in the house. Blondie drummer joins the band to play the whole of Parallel Lines and…

CLEM BURKE & BOOTLEG BLONDIE
Wednesday October 16th
The Roadmender, Northampton
A living legend in the house. Blondie drummer joins the band to play the whole of Parallel Lines and more. Doors 7.30pm, £18 tickets

INGLORIOUS + LOKI
Thursday October 17th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Hard rock London fivesome: big guitar riffs and soulful vocals a go-go, on the campaign trail promoting their latest album Road To Nowhere, with local rockers in support. Doors 7pm, £15 tickets

THE DEATH ALLEY DRIVERS + JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + CASSINI CIRCLES + KENNETH J NASH + KATIE PATON
Friday October 18th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
A quintet of ShoeTown musical favourites on offer; rock, folk and electronic sounds all served up, and there’s no doubt you need to there for it. Doors 7pm, free entry

LAY IT DOWN
Friday October 18th
The Lab, Northampton
The urban music / spoken word open mic night this month features Smiley, Reality, and loads more. Doors 8pm, free entry

LIFT TOWER PRESENTS
Saturday October 19th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
The second instalment of Lift Tower Presents – seven bands over two stages, plus DJs. Upstairs you have Lift Tower, Big Loss, and Sad Drone. In the basement you can experience Sharkteeth Grinder, Nailbreaker, Brazen Foxes, and Dan Church.

HUE & CRY
Saturday October 19th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Stripped Bitter Suite 30th anniversary show. Brothers Patrick and Gregory Kane formed Hue and Cry in 1983 and the duo made a huge impact in the late 80’s with the albums ‘Seduced and Abandoned’ and ‘Remote’, as well as massive hit singles such as ‘Labour of Love’ – and now have sold in excess of two million records worldwide. Doors 7.30pm, £18 tickets

THE VINCENT VEGA BAND
Saturday October 19th
The Black Prince, Northampton
A night of original music with one of the country’s oldest boy bands. Expect lo-fi widescreen loveliness [think Richard Hawley, XTC, The Wedding Present]. Doors 8pm, free entry

DAN WYLLIE QUARTET, feat. NICO WIDDOWSON
Sunday October 20th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Contemporary jazz from Shoe Town’s finest. Doors 7pm, free entry
 
THE SELECTER + DJ RHODA DAKAR
Tuesday October 22nd
The Roadmender, Northampton
The one-time Two-Tone troupe head on tour in 2019 to celebrate their 40-year career. Support from DJ Rhoda Dakar. Doors 7pm, £25 tickets
 
JONAH MATRANGA + DAMN CARGO +ROB REEVES
Tuesday October 22nd
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
The former Far and new End Original frontman kicks of the UK leg of his ‘Halfway to a Hundred’ tour in K-Town. “50 Songs For 50 Years” is the theme. Derbyshire alt-rock band and local singer-songwriter in support. Doors 7.30pm, £9 tickets

 

 

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Across The Border: Oct 16 – Oct 23

After a two-week absence (sorry – life etc…), Across The Border is back with a brief run down of some of the best gigs going on in our surrounding counties…

After a two-week absence (sorry – life etc…), Across The Border is back with a brief run down of some of the best gigs going on in our surrounding counties in the next seven days. Our personal -picks, go to either Henge or HMLTD. Or both, or more. 

THYLA
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Thursday, October 17
Brighton dream-pop outfit Thyla’s EP What’s On Your Mind was released to critical acclaim, drawing comparisons To Wolf Alice and Cocteau Twins. They have recently shared stages with the likes of Rolling Blackout CF and Dream Wife. Their latest track Only Ever is out now. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7.

LADY NADE
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Friday, October 18
Lady Nade is touring in support of her new album Safe Place which combines soul, jazz blues, roots and folk-pop. This Bristolian singer-songwriter has been likened to a fusion of musical greats, bearing the velvet tones of Joan Armarading and Nina Simone and adding a heady, folk-jazz splash of John Martyn for good measure. Support is by Chloe Wilson. Doors 8.45pm, tickets £10.

HMLTD
Esquires, Bedford
Friday, October 18
London based five-piece HMLTD recently released their new single Loaded. They meld glam punk and electro with 80’s influences. Loaded is a story of self-deprecation, self-aggrandisement and self-commodification. They have been described as one of the most exciting and visceral live acts to have broken out of the UK scene in recent years. Support is by Drug Store Romeos. Doors 8pm, tickets £10.

JAWBONE
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Saturday, October 19
Beginning as a collaboration between Paddy Milner and Marcus Bonfanti, Jawbone quickly become a band with a unique sound. Band members have previously played with the likes of Tom Jones, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Van Morrison and Robert Plant. They release their self-titled LP last year. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £15.

FEET
Esquires, Bedford
Monday, October 21
Feet released their debut LP What’s Inside Is More Than Just Ham this month and are out on their biggest UK tour to date. Recently see playing live on Soccer AM, the indie five-piece from Coventry’s new single Petty Thieving is out now. Support is by The Courts. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7.50.

LOGAN MIZE
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Tuesday, October 22
Playing polished but muscular contemporary country music with an extra portion of rock n’ roll guitar, Logan Mize is a singer, guitarist and songwriter who was born in Clearwater, Kansas. Mize came from a family with roots in country music. In 2009 he released a self-titled LP. His latest record Come Back Road was released in 2017. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £15.

SOFT MACHINE
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Tuesday, October 22
Soft Machine are one of the greatest UK avant-garde / jazz-rock bands and their work continues to be name-checked by today’s experimentalists. The band comprises of John Etheridge, Roy Babbington, John Marshall and Theo Travis. Doors 8pm, tickets £18.

WAYNE HUSSEY
Esquires, Bedford
Wednesday, October 23
Perhaps best known as frontman of goth-rock originals The Mission, Wayne Hussey has also played in The Sisters Of Mercy and Dead Or Alive and toured the world with everyone from The Cure to Gary Numan and Iggy Pop and more. At this gig he’s going to be chatting about his life and playing songs that have soundtracked it, marking the release of his new autobiography Salad Daze.
Support is by Evi Vine. Doors 8pm, tickets £22.

HENGE
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Wednesday, October 23
Intergalactic ravers Henge are embarking on their latest adventure, The Cosmic Dross Experiment Tour. The aim of these experimental gatherings is to explore the potential of Cosmic Dross to alter psychological and physiological states in human beings. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £13.

THE PITMEN POETS
The Stables, Milton Keynes
Wednesday, October 23
Following a sold-out UK tour in 2017, the four Pitmen Poets are back for their final tour. Ex-Lindisfarne singer and songwriter Billy Mitchell, Warhorse Songman Bob Fox, leading exponent of Tyneside song Benny Graham and Durham songwriter Jez Lowe individually and collectively celebrate the triumphs, tragedy, humour and hard times of North-East England’s coal mining tradition in an evening of music, song and spoken word. Doors 8pm, tickets £20.

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New Music Friday: ghostofblu

Northampton-born ghostofblu is making everyone sit up and take notice with his digital hardcore. With the SPECTRE EP now out New Boots had to go find out more behind the…

Northampton-born ghostofblu is making everyone sit up and take notice with his digital hardcore. With the SPECTRE EP now out New Boots had to go find out more behind the enigma.

Can you tell us how/when/why this project started?
I’d played guitar in local bands for about 4/5 years prior to all this and always enjoyed performing live shows. I’m sure it was some time in late 2016 where my best friend Ronan showed me this sick music video he found scrolling through his Facebook one night, which was actually Paris by $uicideboy$. After that we slowly started becoming obsessed with them and were soon to discover the likes of Ghostemane, Pouya, Keith Ape and so so many more artists which was kind of weird for me as I’d never really been that interested in a whole lot of rap music prior to all this.
Admittedly I probably thought it looked cooler than I thought it sounded at the time but that was soon to quickly change. I then started delving into the lyrical content of a lot of these rappers and realised it was more my kind of thing; It wasn’t all about the drugs, money, gangs and whatever else you would stereotype rap to be, which was the point where I felt most inspired. So I started trying to make crappy trap beats on a cracked copy of FL, just experimented with sounds and getting used to hearing my own voice a lot more attempting to rap about anything that was on my mind. Very shortly after I decided to make it into the what became the first phase of this project called “blu boy”.

Was there a “eureka” moment that opened up a door inside of you to be able to do this?
Not exactly. Shortly after doing the rap thing and releasing a few (dead) songs I had the idea of maybe trying to add some screaming on a track or something which happened to be around the time I started talking to a new friend from Las Vegas called “goth” who I believe I met through Soundcloud. We ended up releasing a pretty angry song together called ‘Not That Easy’, which is still on the original blu boy Soundcloud page now. That song got me a little bit of traction thanks to goth, and I think that’s where I ended up getting my first 20 or so followers on Soundcloud. Shortly after that when I renamed to ghostofblu, goth and I went even harder on another collaborative track, I went full throttle with higher pitched screaming and people seemed to love it! I think that was the moment where I thought “I like where this is going and I’m enjoying it. Let’s see what happens.”

You’ve been prolific since 2017. Are the ideas just tumbling out of you?
Thanks to the producers and other artists I’ve made friends with and have been fortunate enough to work with over the past couple of years, I feel inspired more often than not nowadays which was something I struggled with in bands and projects in the past. I don’t release new music as often as I’d like to but there are often plenty of ideas floating around. I’ve recently started learning to plan ahead a lot more which is helping me remain consistent, and maintain a clearer vision of where I want to go next with things.

What’s the general reaction like to your releases? You have a lot of people listening in, I can imagine your social media is lit up all the time, especially as the music feels so personal.
I’m both very lucky and thankful to be such a tiny artist but have such an awesome, dedicated fanbase. As of late I only seem to be releasing one new track each month whereas a lot of friends and other artists are putting out a good few songs a month, sometimes even a week. But the people that listen to me are always patient and appreciate new music when it does happen. I like to spend a lot of my social media time on Instagram because I feel it’s a lot more personal than other platforms, and it’s easier to stay in contact with friends and fans I feel.

Tell us everything about this new EP, SPECTRE. Where do you hook up with all these different producers – do you fileshare back and forth?
So I’d been toying with the idea of an album for about a year at this point, but every time I finished up a song I had a habit of releasing it a soon as possible which to be fair hasn’t gone against me in any way. But I was working on my debut album [which to some of my fans is common knowledge] called Phantom Season, but because I kept releasing tracks I ended up with a few remaining songs that I just couldn’t work out how to perfect. So rather than trickling them out as singles all the time I thought I should at least release a few at the same time as an EP or something, so here we are. SPECTRE is comprised of 5 tracks all with strong meanings to them. From kids with no manners to my Father having Alzheimer’s Disease and how it frustrates me at times. Like I have already mentioned I’m very fortunate to have the people around me that I do. People that want to work with me and reach out to me, often first, which is incredible. I’ve got to know a lot of great people and will continue to work with these producers. How it generally works for me is I’ll end up chatting with somebody on Twitter or Instagram or something and they’ll send me over a .wav file beat to see what I think to a beat, or collection of beats. I’ll then stick that in the production software that I use an record some vocals on top and mix them in and it’s as simple as that really. I will never take full credit for the tracks I’ve released, and I will always preach that producers do in most cases more work than the performer. So I like to share whatever success comes from anything that is released by ghostofblu.

You’ve started on some live shows. What are they like?
Live shows are interesting really, I’ve had great local support and people turn up to my sets who know my songs, know the words, jump about and have a good time which is all I could really ask for. But I’ve noticed and appreciate it’s still a bit alien to some, as I always find myself on rock/metal shows which suits me fine. But as the scene grows I can see more people like myself on these kind of shows. Whatever the weather I just enjoy playing and moving like I think I can dance, and having the freedom to do as I please. I’ve already got some many songs to choose from when it comes to live shows. I’m in the process of branching out, playing a bit further away from Northampton and will be pushing to play overseas come 2020.

Are you part of a scene in Northamptonshire? Any favourite acts your wanna give a shout out to?
Sadly not as much as I’d like to be. I’m Northampton born and bred, however I live up in Yorkshire now. I’ll take any opportunity that arises to come down, see my friends and play some music but I suppose I’m not as affiliated as I could be in the N-Town music scene in general. I will always support my friends and bands coming out of our town, but I can’t always show the physical support as much as I’d like to.
I would like to shout out a couple of people actually. I owe a lot to Sharkteeth Grinder, who have put me on most of the shows I’ve played up until now and they are CONSTANTLY on the grind, making some mad music. Tragic are good friends of mine, who again are constantly pushing themselves. Though relatively new, they’ve made a name for themselves around town already. Nailbreaker is pretty much a one band band as well like myself, I’m inspired by his confidence and “no fucks given” attitude – especially when he’s up on stage on his own. Finally my old band/best friends band CROW, who are making moves towards releasing their debut EP and set to play some sick shows this year.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
I’ve been obsessed with Loathe’s latest release(s) “Gored / New Faces in the Dark” – truly incredible metal songs. Loathe are constantly pushing the boat out with their new music and their imagery/vibe is unmatched by any other band I know. So check those guys out if you haven’t already.

What is your burning desire to do in the future? What plans do you have?
The dream is fairly simple for me. I want to keep pushing everything I’m doing now to a point where I can just make enough to not have to work a full-time job. I know that’s what everybody might want, but I’m confident I can make it work. Like I said I’ll be playing more shows overseas next year, and want to be able to reach more and more people, make more great music and have a fucking blast on the way. For now, I’ll continue to release new songs, work on my album and see what happens. The whole money thing doesn’t bother me if it doesn’t end up working out like that because I understand what a difficult industry music is nowadays. Especially given the fact it’s absolutely monolithic and it’s so easy to fall off at any given moment. The sole purpose of all this is my enjoyment, if I stop enjoying it then that’s where it stops.

SPECTRE is out now via the usual digital platforms

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Live review: Music Of Cream

Music of Cream The Stables, Milton Keynes October 8th 2019 It’s true of any music, be it rock or classical, that if it’s not performed live it will die and,…

Music of Cream
The Stables, Milton Keynes
October 8th 2019

It’s true of any music, be it rock or classical, that if it’s not performed live it will die and, with the sad passing of Ginger Baker, that makes the Music of Cream even more vital.

The Music of Cream are more than just a tribute band, featuring Kofi Baker [Ginger’s son], Malcolm Bruce [Jack’s son] and Eric Clapton’s nephew Will Johns, this trio have a pedigree in their own right. And that’s immediately evidenced when they take to the stage and launch into ‘Politician’. Garnered a heroes’ welcome the band forsake costumes and other novelties preferring to rely on their musical chops to recreate the Cream experience and undoubtedly each member has inherited some musical talent. ‘Badge’ follows and what really makes this show special for the aficionado is the inside stories that pepper the set (Ringo Starr’s contribution to ‘Badge’ a prime example) and they’re told with comedic flair. It’s a set tailor-made for the fan with less obvious album cuts like ‘Sleepy Time Time’ and ‘SWLABR’ nestling next to ‘White Room’ which is extended into a free form blues jam and takes us up to the interval.

Returning after a short break with a trio of blues cuts including ‘I’m So Glad’ and ‘Crossroads’ finds each band member vying for the audiences attention [in a friendly way] so much so that they take on the cloak of a power trio and it certainly sounds like there’s more than three people on stage. Just days after the death of his father Kofi plays stoically and ‘Toad’ is the perfect vehicle for his drum solo. Against footage of Ginger beating the skins Kofi delivers a 15 minute masterclass which is rewarded with a standing ovation. Set closer ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ positions Cream as proto-metal, the missing link between the British R&B boom and Led Zeppelin, and if further proof is needed about the validity of Music of Cream, this is it. In the live environment they expose what a multi-faceted creature Cream was, from the neo-psych of ‘Pressed Rat and Warthog’ to the blues of ‘Born Under a Bad Sign’ to the glorious pop rock of ‘Sweet Wine’; Music of Cream bring these nuances, often buried on the studio recordings, to the surface. Will Johns plays with some of his uncles prowess on the well deserved encore ‘Spoonful’, and ensures all present leave sated.

Peter Dennis

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Oct 9nd – Oct 15th

ALESSI’S ARK + KATIE MALCO + HANA BROOKS + MALI MAE Friday October 11th The Black Prince, Northampton A night of strong female musicians, headlined by the London avant-folk queen….

ALESSI’S ARK + KATIE MALCO + HANA BROOKS + MALI MAE
Friday October 11th

The Black Prince, Northampton
A night of strong female musicians, headlined by the London avant-folk queen. Support from a Northamptonshire trio of singer-songwriters who regularly take the breath away with their latest output. If you want tingles you go to this. Doors 7.30pm, £6 tickets

CODENAME COLIN + ASKARI + EASYDREAD
Friday October 11th
The Lab, Northampton
Ska pop-punk from Hemel Hempstead, plus an electronic/nu-metal/grime collective, and opening with Luton’s reggae groove machine. Doors 7pm, ?

THE BARRATTS + BABY LUNG + ROLLING THUNDER + LEFT HAND LANE
Friday October 11th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
A night of Northampton indie rock’n’roll – headlined by a band everyone should know by now, plus 2019’s new stars in the making. Doors 8pm, free entry

WISHING WOLF + LAST CHANCE + SLOW BURN
Friday October 11th
The Fiddlers Elbow, Wellingborough
Pop-punk fun from a couple KTown’s best live bands. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

THE ABRAHAMS + HUMBLEBEE
Friday October 11th
The Red Lion, Broughton
Doors 8pm, free entry

PHOBOPHOBES + EGO + NAKED NEXT DOOR + AULD
Saturday October 12th
The Black Prince, Northampton
South London psychedelic punk’n’roll outlaws roll into town, ably abetted by Milton Keynes noiseniks and indie rockers, plus the debut ShoeTown show of a NN band who previously resided in London. Doors 7.30pm, £6 tickets

TU-KAY & RYAN
Saturday October 12th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
The duo are back at The Shire Horse for an afternoon session of acoustic harmonies. From 3pm, free entry

CASCADE + BASEMENT CLUB + GARDEN + THE MAYBEZ
Sunday October 13th
The Lab, Northampton
Indie rock bands from Guildford, Swindon, ShoeTown and MK supporting their new releases. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Oct 2nd – Oct 8th

LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER + LITTLE BITBOY Wednesday October 2nd The Black Prince, Northampton Live electronic artist who takes his home-made machines on the road to play loud analogue synths…

LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER + LITTLE BITBOY
Wednesday October 2nd
The Black Prince, Northampton
Live electronic artist who takes his home-made machines on the road to play loud analogue synths to opened-mouthed audiences. Has made his name with adventures on YouTube with Star Wars Lego, Gameboys, and Furbies. One of those “you need to see it to believe it” type acts. Support from Joshua the Nintendo-abusing ShoeTowner. Doors 7.30pm, £8.50 tickets

RED RUM CLUB + WEIRD MILK + CUSP
Friday October 4th
The Black Prince, Northampton
An indie sextet from Liverpool on their breakthrough year, channelling Tarntino-esque wild western vibes with the help of a solitary trumpet. Their 2019 debut album Matador is a word-of-mouth hit. Support from two MK bands; one that focuses on vocal harmonies, another that’s classic songwriting with crunching guitars. All worthy of your attention. Doors 7.30pm, £8.50 tickets

ED DOWIE + THE NATURE CENTRE + LITTLE BITBOY
Friday October 4th
The Lab, Northampton 
London headliner’s beguiling songs have regularly appeared on BBC6 Music and BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction. Brummie’s The Nature Centre plays three-minute pop songs [think Cardiacs, XTC and other pop- psych]. OpeNNer Joshua Ryan creates recognisable tunes using all kinds of blips, blops, samples and gadgets. Doors 7.30pm, £6 tickets

HATTIE HATSTAR + THE LAB COLAB
Saturday October 5th
The Lab, Northampton
Comedy-folk-punk-cabaret star Hattie covers many subjects: sex, drugs, murder, underwear, drink, Armageddon and much more. Support from a collaborative band of Lab’s own DubSka Murphys and Ginhouse Gypsies! Doors 5.30pm, £3.50 entry

IRENE RAE
Saturday October 5th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Following the conker classic event, here comes the Stamford singer-songwriter who combines jazz with country [playing as a duo tonight]. From 8pm, free entry

HANNAH FAULKNER + CRYBB + OAKLEAS RISE
Saturday October 5th
The Hopmaster General, Rushden
Ni Ni Sessions acoustic goodness from the above selection. From 8.30pm, free entry

THE KING BISCUIT BOYS
Sunday October 6th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Craig [harmonica] and Jonathan [guitar]  are both influenced by the same blues and roots music of the 40’s 50’s and 60’s, and this comes together to influence their sound of country-blues music. From 3pm, free entry

LOKI + BERLYN TRILOGY
Sunday October 6th
The King Billy, Northampton
Northamptonshire hard rock /grunge quartet, plus Wakefield synth-pop/darkwave trio. Doors 4pm, £5 entry

LAY IT DOWN UNI-TY
Monday October 7th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
A university-focused night for freshers, musicians, lyricists, spoken word and vocalists. Confirmed so far: Har-Q and L30 Robinson. Doors 7pm, free entry

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New Music Friday: Red Rum Club

Liverpool sextet Red Rum Club have had a grassroots-led breakthrough year in 2019. Beginning in January with the release of the widescreen debut album Matador, the band are now on…

Liverpool sextet Red Rum Club have had a grassroots-led breakthrough year in 2019. Beginning in January with the release of the widescreen debut album Matador, the band are now on their biggest UK tour to date, and celebrate with a brand new single, ‘Kids Addicted’. Before their Northampton appearance on October 4th New Boots took tea and biscuits with them.

A busy time for you 2019. Can you summarise how your [presumably crazy] year has been? And any particular highlight you can pinpoint?
This year has been very special to us, from our debut Album ‘Matador’ coming out in January and getting to number 1 in the alternative iTunes charts, and charting in the official UK album, and vinyl charts, to selling out shows around the country, having people sing our songs back to us, and playing on stages in festivals all over the county, plus our first European festival in Romania with the likes of The 1975, and Jungle. 
Glastonbury was definitely a highlight; it was the first time going for most of us, never mind playing. A few of the lads hit it a little too hard there so we can’t remember as much as we’d like. We recently got the luxury of going to the Maida Vale studio and doing a live session there, that was a surreal moment, I know some of us were just as excited for that than for Glastonbury.

The album sounds huge. Parr Street Studios and Chris Taylor; have you struck gold there?
Massively, Chris Taylor has been brilliant with us, we’ve done everything with him; in the early days we released singles through his label ‘Rooftop Records’, so when Modern Sky signed us for an album we all knew it made sense to continue with him, and thankfully working with him means we get Parr Street, so we’re very happy with that.

Selling out the 02 Academy is no mean feat. Can you still walk the streets of Liverpool freely, or has the fame bit hard there now?
Selling out five months in advance was amazing, we were over the moon with and a little surprised with that. The good looking members get recognised now and again, but I’ll let you decide who they are! 

What you looking forward to most about this autumn tour?
We’re playing some bigger venues than we have in the past outside of Liverpool, particularly in Sheffield, and playing in cities we haven’t been to be before like Northampton, Norwich and Hull which is exciting! It helps that we love being on tour seeing old fans, meeting new fans, and we’re always up for a drink afterwards, so if you fancy one after one of our shows let us know.

What can you tell us about your 2020 plans?
2020 will be interesting to say the least. There will be more music, more tours and some very exciting news coming your way soon. We can’t give too much away, but have just released a new single ‘Kids Addicted’, so hopefully that’ll keep you interested for the time being!

Kids Addicted is out now. Red Rum Club are on tour now, and play The Black Prince in Northampton on Friday October 4th, with support from Weird Milk and Cusp.

 

 

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Across The Border: Sept 23 – Oct 2

We were doing so well – but it’s only a day late. Here’s this week’s gig round up of what’s going on at some of our favourite venues across our…

We were doing so well – but it’s only a day late. Here’s this week’s gig round up of what’s going on at some of our favourite venues across our border which we think you should have your eyes on.

MARTIN SIMPSON
Thursday, September 26
The Stables, Milton Keynes
More than 40 years after he recorded his first album Golden Vanity, Martin Simpson is renowned as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world. Doors 8pm, tickets £17.50.

THE PALE WHITE
Friday, September 27
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Following support slots with the likes of Sam Fender, Foals and The Amazons, a run of sold out Northern dates, huge festival slots across the country and acclaimed releases, Newcastle indie-rock outfit The Pale White are headlining The Craufurd Arms. Their latest single Unnatural is out now. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £8.

TRASH KIT
Friday, September 27
Esquires, Bedford
Trashkit released their new album Horizon earlier this year and have previously shared stages with the likes of Deerhoof and The Ex as well as playing at Stewart Lee’s ATP Festival and at Thurston Moore’s 60th birthday party. For fans of The Raincoats, The Slits, Marnie Stern and rhythmic guitar music. Doors 8pm, tickets £7.

COLLAPSED LUNG
Friday, September 27
MK11, Milton Keynes
Collapsed Lung gained prominence with their hit football anthem Eat My Goal. Support at MK11 is by Wah Wah Club and Candidates. Doors 8pm, tickets £6.

SMITH & BREWER
Friday, September 27
The Stables, Milton Milton Keynes
Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer met at an event organised by Joan Armatrading for the acts she had chosen to support her on her 2015 tour. Since then, they have performed across the UK, notably as the support act to 10cc and Ralph McTell. They recently finished work on their debut album, Another Shade Of. Doors 8.45pm, tickets £10.

PULLED APART BY HORSES
Sunday, September 29
Esquires, Bedford
Leeds’ alt rock four piece Pulled Apart By Horses will be road testing material expected to feature on their fifth album on this short UK run of dates. The band’s latest LP The Haze was released in 2017. Support by Baba Naga and Faces Of Eve. Doors 8pm, tickets £11.

MUSICIANS AGAINST HOMELESSNESS
Sunday, September 29
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Ian Guillermo and Dudes, Jacobi Maro, NOVA, LestWeForget, Longbottom Leaf and Cerberus will all be playing at this charity gig which is raising money for Musicians Against Homelessness. There will also be food stalls including AVegetativeState. Doors 2pm, tickets £5.

MAN
Monday, September 30
The Stables, Milton Keynes
With roots firmly planted in the fertile ground of the South Wales rock scene, Man were formed in 1968 and, pausing for a brief intake of breath in the late 1970s, have continued as a recording and gigging to this day. 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the band. Expect some old classics and new songs with a new studio album also scheduled for release. Support is by Edgar Broughton. Doors 8pm, tickets £17.50.

TIDES FROM NEBULA
Wednesday, October 2
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Warsaw trio Tides From Nebula kick off their UK tour in support of their new album From Voodoo To Zen which is out this month. Support is by Tides Of Man. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £8.

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