Across The Border: gig guide Nov 2nd – Nov 8th

Our Across the Border round up is back for another quick look at some of the best gigs taking place at venues in neighbouring counties over the next seven days….

Our Across the Border round up is back for another quick look at some of the best gigs taking place at venues in neighbouring counties over the next seven days. Here’s a quick run down on some of the shows you should have your eye on.

DREADZONE
Friday, November 2nd
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

Electro-dub pioneers Dreadzone are back in the region. The band formed in the early 1990s and released their latest album Dread Times last year. Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets cost £17.50 in advance.

WISHBONE ASH
Friday, November 2nd
The Assembly, Leamington

Blues rockers Wishbone Ash are one of the most enduring bands in British rock and are headlining Leamington’s Assembly. They have sold millions of albums and are famed for their iconic twin guitar sound. Doors open at 6.30pm, tickets cost £22.50 in advance.

THE ESKIES
Saturday, November 3rd
Esquires, Bedford

Dublin purveyors of folk noir, gypsy jazz and sea shanties The Eskies are back in the region for another headline gig at Esquires. Their second album And Don’t Spare The Horses was released last year. Doors open at 8pm, tickets cost £14 in advance.

KATEY BROOKS
Sunday, November 4th
The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes

Singer-songwriter Katey Brooks’ sound epitomizes the culturally diverse environment in which she grew up. Born and raised between Bristol, London and Arizona to musical parents, the Indie Award nominee is best described as Joni Mitchell meets a female Hozier. Doors open at 8.45pm, ticket cost £10 in advance.

BRIX & THE EXTRICATED
Sunday, November 4th
Esquires, Bedford

Brix & The Extricated were formed in 2014 by vocalist / guitarist Brix Smith-Start and the legendary bass player Stephen Hanley. Stephen’s brother Paul joined on drums reigniting the Hanley Brother powerhouse rhythm section. The addition of Steve Trafford on guitar brought together these influential, former members of The Fall. The line-up was completed with the addition of Irish guitarist Jason Brown. Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets cost £15 in advance

ZEBRAHEAD
Monday, November 5th
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

California punk rockers Zebrahead are out on the road ahead of their latest release The Bonus Brothers which is out later this month. The record is a compilation of songs only available on Japanese editions of some of their previous LPs. Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets cost £16 in advance.

SALLY BARKER WITH CHRIS CONWAY & DAN BRITTON
Tuesday, November 6th
The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes

Whether singing as Tom Jones’ finalist on BBC TV’s The Voice, the songs of Sandy Denny in the reformed Fotheringay, revered fem-folk group The Poozies or as a solo artist supporting Bob Dylan, Robert Plant and Richard Thompson, Sally Barker has the ability to bring songs gloriously to life. At The Stables she’ll be joined by Chris Conway and Dan Britton. Doors open at 8pm, tickets cost £15 in advance.

DRONES + HAGGARD CAT + BITCH FALCON
Wednesday, November 7th
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

Described as one of the most exciting new punk bands emerging from the UK, Drones combine socio-politically charged messages with a revered live reputation. Their latest LP Exiled was released this year. They have previously supported the likes of Neck Deep, Marmozets and Gallows. Doors open at 7.30pm, ticket cost £8 in advance.

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Live review: Ctrl Alt Fest Delete

CTRL ALT FEST DELETE Various venues, Kettering Friday October 26th – The Three Cocks Tonight, Ctrl Alt Fest Delete kicks off the party with three incredible bands. This is a well-loved…

CTRL ALT FEST DELETE
Various venues, Kettering

Friday October 26th – The Three Cocks
Tonight, Ctrl Alt Fest Delete kicks off the party with three incredible bands. This is a well-loved pub, but it’s not just regulars in tonight – the place is packed with both old and new faces, all buzzing with excitement to hear Kettering’s (and Corby’s) finest.

Female-fronted My Mate Dave take to the stage with endless energy and relentless enthusiasm, starting their set with an unbelievable cover of ‘These Boots Are Made For Walkin’. The band seems to specialise in pop songs, but they perform the tracks with a rocky, razor-sharp quality, adding bouncing riffs and gravelly vocals to songs that were once smooth and clear. It’s an element of talent that a lot of bands seem to miss, but My Mate Dave hits the mark every single time. Corby instrumentalists Family Of Noise clearly have a lot of fans present tonight, as many people are waiting with anticipation for the trio. It’s not hard to see why, as they make their entire set look effortless, playing their instruments with as much ease as the most experienced of professionals. It’s easy for instrumental bands to fall into a trap of repetition, but with strong bass lines, smooth riffs and pounding drums, Family Of Noise make each and every song sound as fresh as the last.

Ending the night with a bang, The Fevers play with finesse and style. Covering well-loved tracks from bands like The Ramones and Buzzcocks, there’s not a single person in the crowd that isn’t bopping along. Although The Fevers are a covers band, they each possess intense amounts of talent, with a clear cut, professional sound. They are the perfect band for this festival, and truly define what it’s all about: a love of music, for all ages.

Saturday October 27th – The Prince of Wales
Here in one of Kettering’s oldest pubs the music is loud and the drinks are flowing. People of all ages have turned out to see the two bands playing tonight – one with a unique, original sound, and the other an Iron Maiden tribute band. It knits together the two sides of the town’s music scene, and The Prince of Wales is the perfect setting.

Unitra, a heavy metal three-piece, embody the energy of Steel Panther but the talent of musicians that have been around for decades. Taking to the stage with a dramatic intro track, Unitra’s smashing drums and polished riffs make for excellent listening. Inciting mosh pits and dancers alike, the space in front of the band is packed with all kinds of people, from old to young, and those celebrating Halloween to those that have just turned up for this gig. The banter between songs may be balancing on the wrong edge of cringy, but when the music is this good, you can’t quite bring yourself to care. Besides, they slot into place at The Prince of Wales with perfect ease, and the punters are loving it.

Judging by the amount of Iron Maiden t-shirts in the crowd, Iron 2 Maiden are going to go down a treat, and the highly anticipated set does not disappoint. Kicking off Saturday’s closing set with ‘Can I Play With Madness’, they storm this tiny pub with all the enthusiasm of the real thing. The guitar and drums are a perfect match, coming together to create the tunes we all know and love, and while the vocals aren’t quite true to the original band, it’s an admirable effort from Iron 2 Maiden. If you’re a fan of Bruce Dickinson and co, this tribute is definitely worth a watch.

Sunday October 28th – The Shire Horse
The Shire Horse is the perfect place for a Sunday afternoon gig. With comfortable wooden chairs and a roaring fireplace in the corner, it’s a nice reprieve from the bitterly cold weather outside, and with several acoustic sets taking place across the room, it’s the right setting for winding down Ctrl Alt Fest Delete and bringing it to close.

Jacob Brathwaite fits this evening’s mood perfectly. Armed with an acoustic guitar and a gentle voice, he mixes his own songs with covers from the likes of The Kooks. Death Cab For Cutie’s ‘I Will Follow You Into The Dark’ is a highlight of the set, and the singer makes every track he performs his own. He is undeniably talented; featuring professional riffs and a clear voice that wraps around you like a comfort blanket, his set is unforgettable. Kettering’s own hazeyjane are up next, with a set that promises ‘ambient acoustic material’. The description fits the band to perfection, as they play well right from the very first song. The music is ethereal, almost otherworldly, with a strong acoustic sound that fills The Shire Horse, but it stands out against the rest. Underneath the surface, you find strong percussion and haunting vocals, creating a calming atmosphere that blends well with the open fire and warm wood decorating the pub.

From the outside, it seems as though Aldous Pinch does not quite fit this line-up. He is neither calming nor gentle, instead bringing to the stage a vaudeville performance that has the whole crowd on their feet. His music is somewhere between sea shanties and poetry, and every song is a complete story. Featuring tails of boozy nights and prostitutes, it would be very easy for the performer to get lost in repetition, but instead, it’s enthusiastic, exciting, and something entirely fresh. Aldous Pinch is definitely one to watch out for in the future. To close the festival Kettering duo Dem Urban Foxes take to the stage with a captivating sound. The music is polished and practiced, and the band clearly knows what they’re doing with their catchy hooks and intense vocals. The music is neither boring nor depressing: instead it is energetic, and most of all, sincere. It’s a great headlining set, and the perfect send-off to such an exciting festival.

Lucy Wenham

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Oct 31st – Nov 6th

DISEASE ILLUSION Wednesday October 31st The King Billy, Northampton Melodic death metal via Italy, on their first UK tour. For fans of Arch Enemy, The Haunted and At The Gates….

DISEASE ILLUSION
Wednesday October 31st
The King Billy, Northampton
Melodic death metal via Italy, on their first UK tour. For fans of Arch Enemy, The Haunted and At The Gates. Doors 8pm, free entry

DAMO SUZUKI’S NETWORK
Thursday November 1st
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Krautrock legend and lead vocalist of pioneering German band Can brings his evolving ‘Damo Suzuki’s Network’ project to Northampton. Damo’s network will be made up of local musicians, otherwise known as sound carriers, with the aim of creating a completely improvised set. NN sound carriers are Josh Ryan, Joel Harries, Sophie Williams, Dave Crawford, and Adam Gammage. Doors 7pm, £10 tickets

KILL THE IDEAL + UNTIL THEN
Thursday November 1st
Club 43, Northampton
Massive pop rock with hooks and riffs and support from the four-piece alt-rockers. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

THE DRONES CLUB + KATIE PATON
Friday November 2nd
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
A rare chance to see The Drones Club with their brand of wild ancestral and improvised music played to a backing of eastern and dub rhythms. With support from the P-Hex singer. Doors 8pm, free entry

TIM MUDDIMAN
Friday November 2nd
The Lamplighter [upstairs], Northampton
The Domino Blitz singer-songwriter returns to his favourite haunt The Lamplighter to play tracks from his new collection, Train Tracks. Doors 8pm, £15 tickets

THE TOUCH + WISHING WOLF + A TIME OF DAY
Friday November 2nd
Kettering General Hospital Social Club
The classic rockers celebrate the release of their second EP Runaway, with rad local support. Doors 7pm, £5 on the door

SECRET FIX
Saturday November 3rd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Kettering dude Samuel Toms [ex-Temples] and cohorts bring their art-rock stylings to ShoeTown. Doors 8pm, free entry

S.G. WOLFGANG + FUTURE LOVE + PIECES + MORAD [HOWLIN’ OWLS]
Saturday November 3rd
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Four fiercely keen characters from MK/Northampton bring their enthusiastic neo-gothic beardyman angst in promotion of their The Shadows Are Lengthening LP. Support from a pair of quality ShoeTown alt-rock outfits, and  a solo Morad from blues rockers Howlin’ Owls. Doors 7pm, free entry

MARABAR CAVES + DUNCAN BISATT
Saturday November 3rd
The Black Prince, Northampton [front bar]
Marabar Caves have reformed since the release of the Have Guitars Will Travel volumes 3 and 4 [they currently trade as Bush Pigs]. Expect Paisley Underground style pop-rock. Doors 8pm, free entry

ASHBORN + DEAD MAN’S CHEST + POINT OF EXTINCTION + FAR FROM REFUGE + EXPETYA
Saturday November 3rd
The Black Prince, Northampton [back room]
MK Metal 2 The Masses winners in 2018 headline, with thrash groove metal from London and from MK, prog metal from Cambridge, and death metal from Northampton. Doors 6pm, £5 tickets

KOMODO QUARTET + BRAZEN FOXES
Saturday November 3rd
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Relatively new Northampton act who bring the funk and mix up swing , Latin, and groove into their melting pot. Support from brand new ShoeCounty band playing their first show! Doors 8pm, free entry

FRED’S HOUSE + CORINNA JANE
Saturday November 3rd
The Sargeant Memorial Hall, Brafield-on-the-Green
West Coast inspired folk-rock from Cambridge, with support from the Northampton-based British-German singer-songwriter. Doors 6.30pm, £10 tickets

DRAGSTER + PIZZA TRAMP + KID KLUMSY
Saturday November 3rd
The White Hart, Corby
Five piece sci-fi punk rock from Coventry, three-chord skate punk straight outta South Wales, and monkey punk from Leicester. Doors 7.30pm, £7 tickets

WILL WHISSON
Sunday November 4th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Having spent the best part of two years living out the back of a van and gigging across Europe, Will Whisson has returned to his Kentish roots to concentrate on writing new material while also gigging around the county. With two EPs under his belt, numerous festival appearances and a no-rest-for-the-wicked touring schedule, Will’s profile has grown considerably in a relatively short amount of time and he can be heard on all major digital platforms.
His recent solo live sets feature a brand new electric sound which sees him triggering samples and beats from his loop pedal to provide a rich foundation for his custom Fender Stratocaster and vocal to sit on top of. This, combined with his acoustic guitar playing offers an unpredictable and dynamic element to his gigs. Expect new tricks, sounds, and songs before Will heads into the studio to begin recording his much-anticipated debut album. Doors 4pm, free entry

CHUGGABOOM
Monday November 5th
Club 43, Northampton
Monstrous UK metalcore, with supports TBA. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

SARAH MCQUAID
Tuesday November 6th
The Old White Hart, Northampton
Cornwall-based folkie singer-songwriter, promoting fifth solo album If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous. Doors 8pm, free entry

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New Music Friday: Born Stranger

The dark electronic pop made by Northampton man David Maddox Jones is better known as Born Stranger. The former frontman of noughties post-punkers The Departure has been busy refining the Born…

The dark electronic pop made by Northampton man David Maddox Jones is better known as Born Stranger. The former frontman of noughties post-punkers The Departure has been busy refining the Born Stranger sound over a series of singles, the latest of which is the undeniably catchy ‘Last Night On Earth’. New Boots asked a few questions about the project and single.

After the dissolution of The Departure you started NewIslands in London, before settling into Born Stranger. How did the final transition to Born Stranger come about?
Hi there! Well, when Newislands disbanded it was clear that me and Raife, the drummer in Newislands didn’t want to stop making music together. It was around the time that Hurts were coming out as a two piece and I think it inspired us to go it as a duo rather than having a conventional band set-up. Me and Raife worked together for 10 years [including his time in Newislands], and it was only the start of this year when Born Stranger became my solo project. Raife is pursuing more of a DJ/producer path with his partner Kelda.

Obviously the music stylings shifted, to this more Bastille-meets-Depeche Mode synth-pop thing. Was it an easy, natural shift?
I’ve always loved dark pop, particularly 1980s pop: stuff like Duran Duran, Chic, to more darker bands such as The Cure, Echo & The Bunnymen, etc. So I guess the sound became more streamlined and focused when there were less people involved in the music.

Who are the main influences on Born Stranger, do you think?
A big influence is music I’ve never heard before. I love hearing a new song or band or artist, that’s what excites me. I remember hearing The Weeknd ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ and then writing a Born Stranger song straight after. I like spontaneity in creativity and also to constantly be moving forward.

The last three years has been a continuous release of singles. Do you beaver away in the studio and simply release another when it’s ready? Has the positive reaction of each driven you onto the next one?
Yes. Although we did have a batch of songs ready with Yoad Nevo before we released our first single – maybe 20 songs – but in between singles we actually ended up writing new ones that would become the next single. We have had some cool collaborations – Caitlyn Scarlett, Vivienne Chi, Louise Setara – that have all added their own vibe onto some of our singles.

Tell us everything about this newest one, ‘Last Night On Earth’.
‘Last Night on Earth’ was written around a friend of mines house who sadly isn’t with us anymore. The world has lost a few amazing people recently that were seemingly happy on the surface but battled with depression on the inside. ‘Last Night on Earth’ is about living in the moment, being there for each other and celebrating humanity. We used to work with this French producer who was Yoad Nevos’ assistant called Anthony Chivers. He came up with the original beat and guitars and we wrote the melody over it. It has evolved over time and I am buzzing with how its turned out.

Do you keep one eye on the Northamptonshire scene?
I still live in Northampton, though I’ve just finished a season in Cyprus [but I am moving back, at least for a few months]. I don’t really know whats going on in the scene, is there a healthy local scene? I know Billy Lockett is doing well and Danny Connors and Adam Gammage with Tom Grennan are smashing it. I would be interested to see some of the new local bands for sure.

What has been your favourite Born Stranger moment so far?
Hearing a new tune finished for the first time is the best feeling.

What was the last album and single you bought/streamed?
Probably something by Drake or Khalid. I’ve been going pure pop lately: I like to keep my vocal melodies on point. I love the phrasing of some of the new pop that’s going around.

What is your burning desire to do in the future?
Have a bonafide hit – that’s what I want.

‘Last Night On Earth’ is out now on the usual digital platforms

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New Slowthai tour announced

Northampton rapper Slowthai‘s exponential rise continues with the announcement of his biggest headline shows to date next March. The ‘Brexit Bandit’ tour begins in mainland Europe, then heads to: March…

Northampton rapper Slowthai‘s exponential rise continues with the announcement of his biggest headline shows to date next March.

The ‘Brexit Bandit’ tour begins in mainland Europe, then heads to:
March 26th: Glasgow SWG3
March 27th: Birmingham 02 Institute
March 28th: Manchester 02 Ritz
March 29th: Bristol SWX
March 31st: Brighton Concorde 2
April 1st: London York Hall

Dice pre-sale is open now here, and general sale happens from tomorrow [Friday October 26th] at 10am.

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Video premiere: The Keepers ‘You’re All I Need’

Northampton quartet The Keepers release their fifth single ‘You’re All I Need’ tomorrow, Friday October 26th. New Boots is the place to exclusively see the accompanying video first. Shot by Alex…

Northampton quartet The Keepers release their fifth single ‘You’re All I Need’ tomorrow, Friday October 26th. New Boots is the place to exclusively see the accompanying video first.

Shot by Alex Bass [and with single artwork by Nallie Simpson], there is a limited edition 7” version of the single available by contacting the band themselves on social media [£7 plus postage and packaging].

We asked singer/guitarist Jordan Jones about the song. “‘You’re All I Need’ was written back in February and we added it into the setlist that same month. We really knuckled down with releasing music this year. We recorded it in June and decided to do it properly and release it on vinyl.” 

He continues: “2018 has been a fantastic year for us so far. We’ve still got a few more months to go until we can crack open a bottle of wine and put our feet up for a few weeks. We always make a list each year of things we want to achieve and so far they’ve all been ticked off – I’m really quite exciting for what we’re planning for next year!”

You can catch the band play a hometown show at The Roadmender on Friday December 7th.

The Keepers on Facebook. Cover photo by Neil McCarty

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Oct 24th – Oct 30th

MADAMAN’S LULLABY + FLESH TUXEDO Wednesday October 24th The King Billy, Northampton Old school metal band on tour from the USA, plus newish ShoeTown power trio in support. Doors 8.30pm,…

MADAMAN’S LULLABY + FLESH TUXEDO
Wednesday October 24th
The King Billy, Northampton
Old school metal band on tour from the USA, plus newish ShoeTown power trio in support. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

A TITAN, A DEITY
Wednesday October 24th
Club 43, Northampton
Progressive metal five-piece from Birmingham play the new midweek alternative night down at the Gold St venue. Doors 10pm, £3 entry

GREEN LEAVES DOWN + THE BARRATTS + WILL SEY
Thursday October 24th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
The acoustic folk pop duo of Bee and Kenny return from France, The Barratts go acoustic for a night, and Sey from Deep Sea Mountains will play a unique solo set. Doors 8pm, free entry

ALEX GARDNER + KEZZABELLE AMBLER
Thursday October 24th
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
It’s the annual return of the Ctrl Alt Fest Delete in Kettering! All profits go to Johnny’s Happy Place. The weekend kicks off in a laid-back style with sensitive indie-folk from Gardner and renowned poet Ambler performing, with an open mike situ beforehand. Doors 8pm, free entry

CRESS + BONES PARK RIDER + SPRING PARK + TOUCAN
Friday October 26th
The Prince of Wales, Kettering
Anarcho punk legends headline, high octane rock’n’roll from Sheffield, punk fury from Northampton [in acoustic mode, no less!] plus the mysterious psychonauts bring up the rear. Music from 9pm, free entry

MY MATE DAVE + FAMILY OF NOISE + THE FEVERS
Friday October 26th
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Long-running local ska/new wave troupe headline, instrumental post-punk workouts in the middle, and punk-funk quartet open. Doors 7pm, free entry

BOYFROMTHECROWD + MARKUS REEVES BROTHERHOOD
Friday October 26th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Alternative blues-rock trio from London, and intelligent indie types from Leicester. Doors 7pm, free entry

HER BURDEN + WISHING WOLF + LAST CHANCE + THRIFT STREET + PT-33
Friday October 26th
The Yards, Kettering
Pop-punk Halloween party, fancy dress encouraged. Doors 7pm, free entry

SARPA SALPA + PHANTOM ISLE + BASEMENT STRIPPERS
Friday October 26th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The Northampton indie-popsters aim for a third sell-out show in the Underground room, with help from the super ShoeTown/London psych-pop quartet and alt-rockers from Bedford. Doors 7.30pm, £6 tickets

BIG LAD + JE DOUBLE F + SLEEP BEGGAR + MORI LUCRUM
Friday October 26th
The Lab, Northampton
Electronics and drum duo from London bring the party bangers, there’s New Jersey genre-bending punk rap, experimental beats and noise from Holyhead in North Wales, and non-binary ambient drone from Kettering. Heady stuff all round. Doors £5 entry

NUMB
Friday October 26th
The King Billy, Northampton
The hard-working rock quarter play their hometown with a unique set combining their own material with covers of some tunes that have helped them become who they are today. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

ALL THESE YEARS + LOOSE TOOTH + CALIBURN + THE HERO DIES FIRST + PRIMAL HOLOCAUST
Friday October 26th
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
HOP Events present a Halloween weekend of music over two nights. This first one offers pop punk from Hertfordshire, heavy’n’sad grunge from ShoeTown, localish post-hardcore/metalcorers, melodic metal from Bedford, and five-piece black metallers from the “sluggish pit of Northamptonshire”. Doors 7pm, £5 entry or £10 weekend ticket

DRONGOS FOR EUROPE + EASTFIELD + LOST CHERREES + HACKSAW 
Friday October 26th
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
After nearly eight years at the Horseshoe, No Rest Promotions will be taking break from gigs. They finish with punk served up four ways: from Birmingham, Northants, London, and Bristol. First band 7.45pm, £5 on the door

GOLDWATER + SOLARISE + P-HEX + CAMERON GRACE + JAMES WATT & THE AVENUES
Saturday 27th October
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Day two at Ctrl Alt Fest Delete begins with the psychedelic preachers from Leicester headlining, former Dem Urban Foxes, Northampton’s sweary baggy-funk conglomerate, acoustic rock from ShoeTown, and also Northants’ only surf band [you’d imagine]. Doors 7pm, free entry

THE ABRAHAMS + BOSS CAINE + LUNA ROSA+ MIYAGI CAR WASH + ODDITY ISLAND
Saturday 27th October
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Local progressive folk quartet headline, alongside Americana from York, Corby alt-rockers, local new wavers, and more locals playing indie/psych. Doors 7pm, free entry

IRON2MAIDEN + UNITRA
Saturday 27th October
The Prince of Wales, Kettering
Iron Maiden covers band and New-Wave-Of-British-Heavy-Metal style support. Doors 8pm, free entry

SLAMBOREE + DUTTY MOONSHINE BIG BAND
Saturday 27th October
The Roadmender, Northampton
Big Halloween party time. Slamboree are the anarchic pack of revolutionary performers and musicians based in Bristol helmed by Mike Freear, Kathika Rabbit and Lizzie West. Passion and pure insanity every time. Dutty meanwhile are a 14-piece jazz-trained big band fronted by hip-hop/grime MC’s and backed by a DJ and a producer with a taste for the bass. Fancy dress requested! Doors 10pm, £18 tickets

SCREAM BLUE MURDER + VALUES + DARKEST DAYS + INFIRM OF PURPOSE + WOVENLUNG
Saturday 27th October
The Lab, Northampton
Metalcore band from Coventry, melodic hardcore from Leeds, metalcore from the East Midlands, more metalcore-meets-electronica from the Midlands, and ShoeTown metal to open. Doors 7pm, £6 entry

VEINS + SARPA SALPA + G & THE SOUND TRIBE + LOOSE TOOTH
Saturday 27th October

The White Hart, Corby
Rocked Up and YUK team up for a Halloween Party. Doors 8pm, free entry

KRYSTHLA + CASKET FEEDER + REAPER-X
Saturday 27th October
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Day two of the Halloween weekend. Very intense heavy metal from Northampton, hardcore from Milton Keynes, and a five-piece metal group from Corby. Doors 7pm, £7 entry or £10 weekend ticket

OKTOBERFEST 2018
Saturday 27th October
Finedon Lodge, Finedon
Artists include The Hanging Bandits, Rogue State Circus, Hazeyjane, Jeff McCall, Jonathon Reynolds, Diego Dew, and Seth Oraeki, Whale, Riley Doran, and Rebecca Ryan. Profits from this year’s ticket sales will be going to the Poppy Appeal. Doors 6pm, £8 entry

HELGRIND + FUELED HATE + THE CRIMSON BRIGADE + EARTHBOUND
Saturday 27th October
The Red Lion, Raunds
A night that crosses all genres of heavy metal. Kicking off the night is death metallers Earthbound from London, fresh from their conquering of the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock, followed by the vampiric death tones of the Crimson Brigade who march in from Chesterfield and set up camp before destroying the stage. Corby’s Fueled Hate add to the metal craziness with their full on energy jump around show, and the event finishes with thrash metal band Helgrind from London. Doors 7pm, free entry

THEE TELEPATHS + BLACK CARROT  + MULTIMORPH
Sunday October 28th
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
The final day of Ctrl Alt Fest Delete. Heavyness from the local psychedelic cosmonauts, “new-wave krautrock jazz madness” from Market Harborough, and space rock poetry from Leicester. Doors 7pm, free entry

CTRL ALT FEST DELETE ALLDAYER
Sunday October 28th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Hosted by Chuck the Poet and Rob Reeves on an outdoor stage, expect performances from Humblebee, Jacob Brathwaite, Courtney Askey Band, Will Bates-Harrison, Sam Draper, Daniel Wardrop, hazeyjane, Dem’ Urban Foxes, Alex Gardner, Matt Adams, Aldous Pinch, Hippolyta’s Moon, and Helen Verrill. Doors 2pm, free entry

CORINNE LUCY
Sunday October 28th
Northampton Golf Club
“The lovechild of Joni Mitchell and Karen Carpenter” plays a lunchtime set at the Kingsley venue. 1-3pm, free entry

 

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New Music Friday: Mio Flux

Mio Flux (aka Jacob Bartoli) is a Northampton electronic producer, who is working alongside Patchy, The Rockstar on many of his collaborations. ‘SNL’ is the latest single to drop, and…

Mio Flux (aka Jacob Bartoli) is a Northampton electronic producer, who is working alongside Patchy, The Rockstar on many of his collaborations. ‘SNL’ is the latest single to drop, and it’s such a great tune [and Northampton love-in] that New Boots had to have a few moments with him.

How/why did you start the Mio Flux project?
I started the Mio Flux project when I was about 17. Before then I was a frontman for indie bands and indie solo projects. My laptop and software changed everything for me musically, I started to appreciate the electronic side of music and ended up totally indulged and obsessed with it. The reasoning behind Mio Flux was to be able to collaborate with as many artists as possible from all genres and mix my two musical loves together. I always wanted to do something different and original.

How would you describe your sound?
Atmospheric. I like to add multiple layers and create my own sounds that are unexpected. I think the intro for ‘Catch My Hook’ describes my sound the best; catchy melodies with bells and airy synths as an under layer. Hopefully interesting for the listener.

Who are your main influences in music? It seems to be everything from Diplo to David Bowie…
I have a wide range. I am very influenced by producers like Murda Beatz, Mike Will Made it, Diplo, Pharrel, Mark Ronson and George Martin. They are all game changing producers in their own right. However one of my strongest influences is definitely Scritti Politti from the 70/80’s. In my eyes they have a perfect combination of outstanding songwriting, production, catchy guitar/synth/bass riffs, and memorable choruses.

What was it about Patchy that attracted you to working with him?
We met working at Toys’R’Us, and he was my manager. He first did a verse on a track I was cooking up with Marcus and George from Sarpa Salpa, and from then we just clicked and began working on ‘Balmain’, and others. Our collaboration has been going on for well over a year now, and I feel we get stronger and better with every track. His hooks are unreal; every single one of them is as catchy as the last.

What was the reaction like to [previous single] ‘Sabo’?
Fantastic, every show without fail people know the chorus [it’s not too complex], so it seems to be a really uplifting song in our set that injects energy into the crowd. It’s a song I always compare our new tracks too, to see if they have the same energy on stage.

Tell us about this new release, ‘SNL’.
The single started by Patchy and I wanting to sample guitars and really demonstrate there’s more to rap than just the beats and repetitive melodies. So we went through a few bands we know in Northampton and ‘She Never Lies’ by Sarpa Salpa stood out. SNL consists of Sarpa’s guitar recordings over the top of a trap beat. Even Marcus’ vocals make an appearance at the end of the streaming versions of the song. We wanted to really break through new ground and collaborate with an interesting mix of genres. The video is also directed by ourselves, and edited by our regular collaborator in the States, Lil Adlib. The video carries on our theme of retro gaming. There are even scenes of me and Patchy fighting in Street Fighter 2.

What are your live shows like?
Energetic and fast paced. We like to keep a continuous flow of music so Patchy and I will talk in intros or filtered outs. This ensures the crowd are kept on their toes. It’s made for every music lover.

What has been your favourite Mio Flux moment of 2018?
Without a doubt it was mine and Patchy’s headline show at the Garibaldi. The atmosphere was unreal, everyone chanting our lyrics, I won’t forget that night for a long time. The line up was so strong too; Leo Robinson, Charlie Borthwick and Kiao opening the show and Ginger Snaps providing the after party. I can’t thank everyone enough for that night, a night I really wasn’t expecting.

What was the last thing you bought/streamed?
Anderson .Paak ‘Tints’ [featuring Kendrick Lemar]. The single has got me really excited for his new album to drop. He’s definitely someone I would love to work with.

What is your burning desire to do in the future? What plans do you have?
Patchy and I are building up enough quality music to be able to release a joint mixtape, and hopefully go on tour with it. I want to keep our momentum flowing with singles and videos beforehand. Also I have nearly finished a collaboration with The Barratts: if you love ‘The Garrison’, I hope you love the remix too.

SNL is out now on the usual digital platforms

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Oct 17th – Oct 23rd

TURIN BRAKES + ELIZA SHADDAD Thursday October 18th The Roadmender, Northampton After 19 years together and over a million records sold worldwide, the London quartet released their eighth studio album…

TURIN BRAKES + ELIZA SHADDAD
Thursday October 18th
The Roadmender, Northampton
After 19 years together and over a million records sold worldwide, the London quartet released their eighth studio album Invisible Storm in January. One of the finest songwriter bands of the last decade or so, they have seven top 40 hits to their name. Support from acoustic/electronica singer. Doors 7pm, £20 tickets

LAY IT DOWN
Thursday October 18th
The Lab, Northampton
Firmly established and doing the business for the urban music scene in NN, this edition sees featured artists Har-Q, Melody Man, and Kalma & RG The Baron, plus plenty more rappers and poets. Doors 8pm, free entry

KILLATRIX + SKYFLOOD
Thursday October 18th
The King Billy, Northampton
Think Enter Shikari mixed with Avril Lavigne and you have Killatrix. Support from alternative post-rock band from Corby. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN + JONATHAN JACKSON
Saturday October 20th
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
The long-standing post-punk/art-rock stars play the Derngate in support of the release of new album The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon. Enation singer in support. Doors 7pm, tickets are £29.50 to £39.50

LAY IT DOWN 
Saturday October 20th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
The hip-hop/grime night adds something else on top of it’s regular Thursday session and heads down Cotton End for a Saturday night party, starring Har-Q, Leo Robinson, Reality, Napps, and more. Doors 4pm, free entry

THE VINCENT VEGA BAND + MEZIAH + SUNCHYMES
Saturday, 20 October
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Lloyd Cole/Richard Hawley/XTC-esque indie from the headliners. Meziah is Chris Pettifer, experimenting with dub, techno, electronica, and psychedelia. Opening with some excellent summery pop from Aaron. Doors 7pm, free entry

THE FEELING
Saturday October 20th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Performing their celebrated million-selling 2006 album Twelve Stops And Home. This show has sold out, check venue for returns. 

FURY + THE DARKHORSE + EX-PETS + TAKE REFUGE
Saturday October 20th
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
Worcester metallers, doom/sludge from Rushden, noisy punks from Northampton, and old-school sounding metal to open. Doors 7pm, £6 entry

THE LOVELY EGGS + THE LEN PRICE 3 + ILL
Sunday October 21st
The Roadmender, Northampton
Much-loved surreal psych-punk rock duo from Lancashire return to ShoeTown with their biggest headline show yet. Mod punks from Medway also return to the town, ensuring much glorious noise. Riveting post-punk early doors too. Doors 7pm, £10 tickets

CRYBB
Sunday October 21st
Delapre Abbey, Northampton
The folk duo play live at Delapre Abbey’s Autumn Festival. Autumnal food, crafts and activities promised. From 1pm, free entry

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