New Music Friday: Krysthla

Emerging in 2012 from the ashes of Gutworm, Krysthla bring you intense heavy metal, emanating from the Wellingborough area. They released their debut full length album, A War Of Souls…

Emerging in 2012 from the ashes of Gutworm, Krysthla bring you intense heavy metal, emanating from the Wellingborough area. They released their debut full length album, A War Of Souls And Desires, in September 2015, and speedily following it up in 2017 with Peace In Our Time. Krysthla’s powerhouse delivery is brought by Adi Mayes [vocals], Neil Hudson [guitars], Carl Davis [bass], Noel Davis [guitars], and Wayne Minney [drums]. On the verge of album number three coming out New Boots shares the new video for single ‘Zero Sum Game’, and spoke to bassist Carl for more juice.

How would you describe your sound, and how has it evolved over the three album cycle?
It’s basically the groovy end of extreme metal. The sound has evolved over the albums and we’ve introduced more melody, texture and layers as we’ve progressed.

What was the reaction like to the last album from 2017, ‘Peace In Our Time’? You seem to have gotten great press and radio support.
The reaction was amazing. To be sat at number two in the Amazon rock and metal charts was pretty mind blowing. We received some great reviews, and the support from the industry and the fans has been great all along.

Tell us about this new single, ‘Zero Sum Game’. Who directed the video?
‘Zero Sum Game’ is about life, death and everything in the middle. The constant pursuit of a way of life that ultimately doesn’t fulfil yourself, either emotionally or spiritually. The video was directed by Josh Gurner from Hacktivist. He did a great job.

What can we expect from album number three, Worldwide Negative?
It’s another progression and it’s a darker album than the first two. There’s a lot of personal elements and it’s probably more relatable to the average person. It’s going to be heavy. Very heavy.

You are a strong part of the music scene in Northamptonshire. Any favourite bands/venues/people you wanna give a shout out to?
The Northampton scene is very strong at the moment and there’s loads of great bands. From Eden to Exile are one of our favourites.

Looking forward to Bloodstock 2019? Have you played before? What other festivals do you love to play?
Yes we played with Gutworm back in 2004 and Adi played with Deadeye in 2005. We played it with Krysthla in 2016. It’s an amazing festival and we can’t wait to hit up the main stage. We are also playing HRH Metal in February [in Birmingham].

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Adi and I both bought the new Wildhearts album. It’s a great straight up rock record. The latest Vola album Applause Of A Distant Crowd is awesome too.

What is your burning desire for the band to do in the future after the album is out? What plans do you have?
We’d still love to play Donnington as that’s a box we’ve not ticked as yet. The plan is to spread our wings and hit as many cities as possible. There’s plenty of countries that we are still to cover so we’ll be back on the road in support of the release that’s for sure.

Zero Sun Game’ is out now via the usual digital/streaming platforms. Worldwide Negative is out August 16th

Krysthla live this summer:

13th July – WOLVERHAMPTON, The Giffard Arms
20th July – AMPLIFIED FESTIVAL, Eastington
10th Aug – BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR (Mainstage), Catton
25th Aug – NOTTINGHAM, Ye Olde Salutation Inn
27th Sept – GLASGOW, Nice N’ Sleazy
28th Sept – DUNDEE, Hordes X
29th Sept – INVERNESS, The Market Bar

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jun 26th – Jul 2nd

THE DEAD SOUTH + NOBLE JACKS Wednesday June 26th The Roadmender, Northampton Four hatted, hairy and bearded Canadian fellas. Neo-folk/bluegrass/alternative country fulfilled with sophomore album Illusion & Doubt. Doors 7pm,…

THE DEAD SOUTH + NOBLE JACKS
Wednesday June 26th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Four hatted, hairy and bearded Canadian fellas. Neo-folk/bluegrass/alternative country fulfilled with sophomore album Illusion & Doubt. Doors 7pm, £20 tickets

MARA + STEREO SKULL + PRIMAL HOLOCAUST
Thursday June 27th
The King Billy, Northampton
Metal super group from Latvia/Germany headline, plus Death/prog metal and black metal from Northants in support. Doors 7pm, free entry

HOP FEST
Friday June 28th – Sunday June 30th
The Black Prince, Northampton
HOP Promotions return with their weekender, this time with three stages each day! Friday brings Holding Absence, Confessions Of A Traitor, From Eden To Exile, High Rise, Kill The Ideal, Faces Of Eve UK, In Fear They Follow, Ursus, Jonestown, Death Valley Knights, A Titan A Dierty, Cutting Teeth, End Of Salvation and Fractions. Saturday brings Vader, Divine Chaos, Ashborn, Crimson Tusk, The Hope Burden, Siderian, Project Noise Death Remains, Sworn Amongst, Democratus, Lady Jane’s Revenge, The Final Clause of Tacitus, Take Refuge, and Akilla. Sunday brings Glamour Of The Kill, Bigfoot, Metasoma, Mage, Repulsive Vision, The Young Hearts, On Hollow Ground, Bleed Again, Soulride, InVisions, The Guts, Dishonour The Crown, Selfworth, Broken Empire, Black Tree Vultures, A New Hope, Dorylus, and Sail. Weekend tickets are £50, day ones cheaper

MADNESS + LIGHTNING SEEDS
Friday June 28th
Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton
Ska-pop legends and Britpop stalwarts combine on an early summer’s evening to entertain ShoeTown at the rugby ground. Doors 4pm, tickets from £44

BITSTREAM
Friday June 28th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Launch party for Bitstream’s new Union EP on Vinyl Underground’s in house label – Live show in the basement , VU and Vintage FutureDJs upstairs. Doors 6pm, free entry

BISONS & THE DEATH ALLEY DRIVERS
Friday June 28th
The Lab, Northampton
Two new-for-2019 ShoeTown bands. Expect talented musicians playing rootsy-inspired music. Doors 8pm, £3 entry

NO MAN GO + ONE LEAF FALLS + NEEDLE IN THE HAY
Friday June 28th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
New Northampton based rock/ pop duo consisting of John and Darran [aka Slimskinny]. Support from local alternative rock quartet, plus art-rock from Leicester. Music from 9pm, free entry

DAN HUGHES
Friday June 28th
The Saxon Tavern, Earls Barton
Local singer-songwriter. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

SHARKTEETH GRINDER + GHOST OF BLU + NAILBREAKER
Saturday June 29th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Corby hardcore leaders have an adjusted line-up that will be debuted in ShoeTown. NN digital hardcore supports. Doors 6pm, free entry

THE KEEPERS + BASEMENT STRIPPERS + ROLLING THUNDER
Saturday June 29th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
A trio of NN/Bedford indie rockers collectively aim to raise the Pomfret’s garden roof. From 7.30pm, free entry

TRAGIC
Saturday June 29th
Radlands Plaza, Northampton
Skate jam with some teenage punk rock to enliven things. From 6.30pm, free entry

STEELFEST
Saturday June 29th
Corby Town FC, aka Steelpark
Annual festival over six arenas. Live music includes performances from Doctor & The Medics, Shadow On The Sun, Solarise, James Watts & The Avenues, King Purple, G & The Sound Tribe, Veins, Flash Peasants, Damon Tang, Haema, Family Of Noise, Yur Mum, and First Wave. Tickets are £10

999 + FIRST WAVE
Saturday June 29th
The Kingfisher, Corby
Punk legends return to SteelTown, with Leicester gang in support. Doors 7pm, £8 tickets

NILE RODGERS & CHIC
Sunday June 30th
Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton
The funk and disco legend brings his hits to the Saints rugby ground. Ticket prices start from £31.88

JACK IN A BARREL
Tuesday July 2nd
The Old White Hart, Northampton
A seven-piece acapella group from Turvey, Bedfordshire. They sing a range of traditional and ‘sounds traditional’ songs, from standards like John Ball to more reflective numbers like John Tams´ Devonshire Carol, taking in the odd shanty and music hall number along the way. Doors 8pm, £5 entry

 

 

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Madness and Nile Rodgers shows this weekend at Franklin’s Gardens

Northampton sees a couple of big shows happening this weekend! This year is the 40th anniversary of Madness, the north London Nutty Boys with the multiple hit singles and albums….

Northampton sees a couple of big shows happening this weekend!

This year is the 40th anniversary of Madness, the north London Nutty Boys with the multiple hit singles and albums. They celebrate this feat with a number of large shows, including an open air concert at Franklin’s Gardens, this Friday June 28th.

Speaking recently about their longevity, frontman Suggs commented: “I think the reason we endure is that we genuinely do enjoy ourselves. From the very beginning you could see the joy in the early videos we made and hear it in the records. The fact that we were friends before this band started is key. I genuinely think the whole spark or art of craft and creativity was a by-product of our friendship. I think that’s what people feel. It’s a genuine experience”.

Ticket prices start from £40 and include pitch standing, seating and accessible tickets. Paid car parking is also available at the venue.

photo credit: Getty

Also this weekend sees Chic songwriting legend Nile Rodgers at the Saints rugby ground too, on Sunday June 30th. Speaking about the live shows, Rodgers enthuses about the response they get. “We really believe in having fun” he explains. “Good times and happiness. People tell us that the happiness seems to last. Like in other words, after the show is over you’re still happy the next day! You’re still thinking about ‘man we had a blast last week’. I mean for me, at my age, having done so much music and have an audience really appreciate it, it blows me away…I don’t think there’s anywhere I can go on the planet where I can’t go ‘1,2, aaaah’ and then they go ‘freak out’’. It’s the funniest thing”.

Ticket prices start from £31.88 excluding booking fee.

New Boots has a pair of tickets for the NILE RODGERS & CHIC show this Sunday to give away. To enter, email the answer to the following question to: competitions@newboots.uk
From what city did Chic originate?

The subject field of the email must be ‘Nile Rodgers Competition’
You must include your full name and daytime contact phone number.
Entries must be received by 11.59pm on Wednesday, June 26th.

Competition Terms & Conditions:
This competition closes at 11.59pm on June 26, 2019. Entries submitted after this time will not be counted.
A winner be selected at random from all correct entries received by the closing date and notified within 24 hours of the competition deadline.
Only one entry per person is permitted.
Prizes are non–transferable and there is no cash alternative.
The competition winner is responsible for all travel and transport costs to and from the venue.
If the concert is postponed and the winner is unable to attend a rescheduled date, a new winner will be drawn.
New Boots reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if there are reasonable grounds to believe any of the rules have been breached.

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New Music Friday: Kenneth J. Nash

East Northamptonshire musician Kenneth J Nash has been a crucial cog on the scene this past decade, consistently putting out top notch albums, running festivals and recording bands. His New…

East Northamptonshire musician Kenneth J Nash has been a crucial cog on the scene this past decade, consistently putting out top notch albums, running festivals and recording bands. His New Boots interview time has been long overdue, so the release of his new EP ‘The Explorer’ gave us the excuse to get more solid nuggets on his journey so far.

You’ve been making music for a while now; solo since 2010 but before that too. For anyone uninitiated in the way of the Nash, is there a potted history you can give?
My first band was in 1984-6 where I played rhythm guitar. We were still at school and our first proper gig was at the end of term in front of the whole school. We had around a ten minute set of originals penned by our frontman Dominic and the rest were Bob Dylan covers. We didn’t really have a band name as I recall. From there I joined numerous bands, all with little success, but found success as a DJ. I’d grown up with the emergence of early hip-hop and loved cutting and scratching on my hand-me-down 1970s double disco decks (no speed control – just slipmats). My DJ sets were mainly hip-hop, with a bit of soul and reggae thrown in. Spending most weekends DJing and working daytimes meant that I had no spare time for bands. However I kept playing guitar and began to become interested in singer-songwriters. Over the next two decades during periods where I was taking a break from DJing I joined various rock, punk and metal bands as a guitarist or bassist, but it wasn’t till 2010 that I started writing songs for myself to sing. I wrote a song called ‘Tattoos Over Scars’ and added a YouTube video of a picture I’d drawn accompanied by a badly recorded version of the song. It got quite a few views and some great comments so it drove me to become a singer-songwriter.

I’d always used poetry as a means of expressing my feelings but had kept the poems to myself. I realised that poetry and songs are kind of the same thing, and began writing a series of songs that proved cathartic and helped me deal with the issues that spending a life ‘on the road’ had given me. Around this time I was asked to join a band as the lead singer and second guitarist; this was called The Ghost Chorus and featured Rob Reeves, Scott Warner and Cliff Lambert. We fashioned our sound on Nick Cave meets The National, and our first gig was supporting Blacklight Pioneer to a large audience. Unfortunately as these things go we only got to record a couple of tracks before we disbanded. I then made the decision to pursue a solo career.

Who are your main influences in 2019? Musically/non-musically…
I listen to a lot of music. My current favourites include Gregory Alan Isokov and Glen Hansard. Outside of music I would say that I’m influenced by nature and love.

What was the reaction like to your last full-release album Luna? Were you satisfied with the finished work?
It got a good reaction, with some lovely reviews, and the stream numbers now mark it out as my most listened to work. It was a long time in the making though: including being signed to a label, recording it twice for them and then them folding. Meaning the version I released was self recorded and produced. I listen back now and I feel happy with it, as it was a snapshot of the band and I at that time. It was recorded live, so has the feel I wanted. It is the soundtrack to an as yet unmade movie. I had plans to shoot a movie, but they’re still plans at this time. I am satisfied with it as an album, there is some excellent musicianship by my band which includes J M Jones on guitar, Max Mclean (of Miyagi Car Wash) on drums, Jamie Gilbert on bass, Alan Tang on keys and of course Fran Taylor providing beautiful backing vocals.

Tell us everything about this new EP, ‘The Explorer’.
Over the last few years I’ve been working with Musicians Against Homelessness [MAH], having being through some pretty bleak periods of my life. I have been homeless and suffered mental health issues. I wrote the song ‘The Explorer’ about this period, and hope that it can convey the message for those that suffer in silence. I approached MAH who are helping me to promote the release of the EP. There’s been two remixes of the title track so far: Max Mclean has put his Miyagi Car Wash touches on one, and Rob G Nichols has produced an electronica version. I’ve also included an acoustic version, and ‘Around Again’ with just myself and Veronika Rauchfussova, who is a Czech Republic classical violinist. She’s staying with a friend of mine and he introduced us. She is an incredible musician, and unusually for a classically trained musician she enjoys the free flow of playing without sheet music. Which is a bonus as I’m not very good at theory! I’ve also included a live recording of a song of mine, which is called ‘She’s The One That Saved Me’. This was recorded in a log cabin in Wales and is a song about my wife, who saved me from being homeless.

What can we expect from the next album?
I’ve got a couple of album projects on the go. I’m putting together an album of my most listened to tracks from the last ten years, but redone with my band as we are now. This will have the feel of the Miyagi Car Wash remix of ‘The Explorer’, as it’ll be produced by Max Mclean. Then the second album is all new[ish] songs, which will include the songs on ‘The Explorer’ EP, plus some other new ones – and two or three songs from the limited issue album ‘Room 7’ that I released to my core fans last year. This album will be very sparse, whilst hopefully being intimate and totally acoustic and live. I love Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska and this has been an influence, as well as Damien Rice’s back catalogue.

You run the “Old Hotel” record label and studio. Tell us how you operate and why you do it.
When I started releasing my own material I had some label interest, but after reading the small print I was shocked about what I was going to have to give away in order to be signed. I declined this, and further record label interest, as I felt I could do a reasonable job myself. I saw some of my contemporaries caught out by these labels and decided that there was a gap for an honest decent label. Old Hotel Records was born to take care of the artists and bands I knew. I would offer a low cost recording service specialising in live recordings, and coaching on performance and songwriting, then use my network in order to gain the artist recognition. It still operates in the same way to this day. I don’t pretend that I can give artists the rock star lifestyle, but I will help them release their songs and keep all the rights and royalties for themselves. I offer my artists festival slots, radio airplay and contacts to take them further than I can. We have a pretty eclectic roster, but all of them are excellent.

You are very much part of a music scene here in Northamptonshire. Any favourite acts, venues, or festivals you want to give a shout out to?
As a supporter of original music I would like to give a shout out to all original music creators, promoters, bloggers, journalists, radio DJs, venues and festivals. The live scene has been taken over in the towns by covers bands and tribute acts. It’s tough to keep going if you feel your work isn’t valued. But keep on keepin’ on. Art is art whether the public pay to see it or not.

What has been your favourite KJN musical moment of the past 12 months?
My favourite musical moment has been hearing the audiences singing along with my songs. It always gives me a buzz, and I’ve been noticing it happening more and more, especially during the last year.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Gregory Alan Isokov – This Empty Northern Hemisphere. I’m a fairly recent fan, but love this 2009 album.

What is your burning desire to do in the future? What plans do you have in the next few months?
My burning desire is to get both planned albums recorded and released within the next twelve months… I’m not sure if this is achievable! In the next few months I’m on the road playing festivals all over the country. I’d like to also get some demo’s recorded of some new songs that I’ve recently written. Plus I’m exploring some collaborations with other artists and producers.

The Explorer is out now

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jun 19th – Jun 25th

ROCK FEST The King Billy, Northampton Thursday June 20th – Sunday June 23rd No Sixfields festival this year from Blackbush, the replacement is two festivals at the Billy this weekend…

ROCK FEST
The King Billy, Northampton
Thursday June 20th – Sunday June 23rd
No Sixfields festival this year from Blackbush, the replacement is two festivals at the Billy this weekend and one in August. Thursday sees STEVIE JONES & THE WILDFIRES, FAMILY OF NOISE, and 100,000 HOURS playing. Friday means V8. Saturday welcomes JOHNNY THE FOX, 9 CARAT PURPLE , EMPYRE, MOJO CITY REBELS, RED HAWK RISING, FUELED HATE, CATALYST, LOKI, and GRAMMA VEDETTA. Finally Sunday brings out DIRTY JACK DC, MOTORPACE, PORCELAIN HILL and BLUESTONES. Times vary. Thursday and Friday are free entry, Saturday and Sunday are £5 per day [or a weekend ticket for £8]

SAM MORROW + MOUNTAINTOP JUNKSHOP
Thursday June 20th
Little Country Smokehouse & General Store, Cransley
Southern stomp and old-school funky-tonk from Los Angeles. Minimal country/Americana in support, from the slightly closer locale of Leicester. Doors 8pm, £10 tickets

THE NORSEHAMPTON VIKING FESTIVAL
Friday June 21st to Saturday June 22nd
The Black Prince, Northampton
A “celebration of Viking life” in Northampton, amazing. Musical delights from ATORC [folk meets metal from Bury St. Edmunds], GREENMAN RISING [Midlands folkies] SELLSWORD [Yorkshire metal], THE DIRTY TALES [celtic folk/punk band from Bedford], SCOTT SWAIN & THE SINNERS [acoustic alt-rock from Herts], BORN TO DESTRUCT [rock’n’roll from Cambridge], RALPH BEEBY & THE ELEPHANT COLLECTIVE [blues rock from London], THE WHISKY REBELLION [gypsy-punk from Leicester]. Tickets £8/£12

LAY IT DOWN
Friday June 21st
The Lab, Northampton
New Breed of open mic for the urban music scene. Impact, Hagglar, L30 Robinson, Paxx, RG The Baron, and many more perform. Doors 8pm, free entry

BRIAN STONE
Friday June 21st
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Stone [from Hampshire] is a lively, original singer songwriter known for engaging, entertaining performances. Doors 9pm, free entry

THE DRONES CLUB + CORINNE LUCY
Friday June 21st
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Solstice night, with a headliner mixing of ancestral and improvised music with eastern and dub rhythms. Supported by the hypnotising singer-songwriter. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE MISPELT
Saturday June 22nd 
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Solid punk rock of 21 years vintage [think Ramones, Rancid, Clash]. Plus solo support from Lee of Lhasa Calling fame. From 8pm, free entry

CANYONS + support
Saturday June 22nd 
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Re-branded from Real Live Owls, Canyons is a collective of seven musicians. Call it Anglicana, country and eastern, call it folky rock and roll. This is the stripped down four-piece version of the band, airing new tunes from a forthcoming ep. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE MUSIC BARN FESTIVAL
Saturday June 22nd 
A barn in Cranford 
Returning for its 6th year, they continue to donate most of proceeds of the event to a local charity, in particular a local palliative care hospice, the Cransley Hospice in Kettering. The festival showcases artists from across a broad range of genres including folk, rock, dance and electronic music. Artists include KOYOSWEET CRISIS, KING PURPLE, THE BRANDY THIEVES, JJ JECZALIK, and HAUSWERKS. Doors 2pm, £25 tickets

JOEL HARRIES
Sunday June 23rd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Solo set. 8pm, free entry

📸 of Sam Morrow by @lesliecampbellphoto

 

 

 

 

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Album review: Siderian

SIDERIAN Origins [self-released] After a lengthy hiatus [time spent writing this album], Northampton’s premier thrashers Siderian return with their eponymous debut album, and it was certainly worth the wait. Recorded…

SIDERIAN
Origins [self-released]

After a lengthy hiatus [time spent writing this album], Northampton’s premier thrashers Siderian return with their eponymous debut album, and it was certainly worth the wait. Recorded at Initiate Audio and Media Studios with renowned producer Neil Hudson at the helm Siderian have created a ferocious album that seems certain to catapult them into the consciousness of every self-respecting metalhead.

Wasting little time on pleasantries opening salvo ‘Geneva’ arrives like an irradiated warhead and proceeds to pummel the listener for four frenetic minutes. As a calling card it’s the perfect introduction to Siderian, and contains all the bands essential ingredients: from the neat time changes to the blistering guitar solos to the groove metal bludgeon, which are all wrapped up in a musical maelstrom that threatens to sweep the listener away. That groove feel is most evident on next cut ‘With the Tide’. Taking their foot off the pedal ever so slightly, it finds guitarists James Upton and James Evans firing off each other atop some amazing drumming and it’s a track that’s sure to ignite mosh pits.

With scything guitars ‘The Supplicant’ pushes thrash to the extremities and while some of that genre can be a bit goofy (think Anthrax or Gama Bomb) Siderian are operating at the darker end of the spectrum. In ‘The Supplicant’ they’ve created the soundtrack to a global apocalypse which evokes blood red and flame yellow hues. The centrepiece of the album, ‘Voices’ contains an ambient mid-section, and it’s an impressive employment of light and shade. The acoustic flourishes act as a foil meaning when the riff comes crashing in it crashes in hard and it’s further evidence of the band maturing. It’s taken almost three years since the bands inception to arrive at this album, but the timing is perfect as I doubt they would have made such a brave decision earlier in their career.

One of two tracks re-recorded for Origins, ‘Lizard Method Madness’ was the bands first single and the brutal new bridge developed on this version shows the band honing their writing skills. It’s here that the rhythm section [bassist Chris Cox and drummer John Booth] come into their own in providing a solid foundation for Dave Pope’s vocals. Ranging from guttural growls to black metal shrieks Dave weaves his vocal lines around the instrumentation which gives a nice rich texture to proceedings. Album closer ‘Oleum’ doesn’t let up the intensity, with each drum beat delivered like a well aimed punch and ensures things end as frantically as they began.

Although you can dip in and out of Origins it’s also the kind of record that’ll reward a complete listen. The intensity and aggression displayed throughout ensure it hangs together as a cohesive whole while the clear production, by putting all the instruments on an even keel, provides a unified listening experience. Armed with this excellent debut and some big gigs penned in [including dates with thrash heavyweights Vader] 2019 could prove to be Siderian’s year.

Peter Dennis

Origins is out this Friday, order here

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New Music Friday: Ellision

Rushden chillwave man Henry Dymott aka Ellision has been building a name of himself over the past year, including roping in fellow NN stars Nailbreaker and Mio Flux to remix…

Rushden chillwave man Henry Dymott aka Ellision has been building a name of himself over the past year, including roping in fellow NN stars Nailbreaker and Mio Flux to remix recent single ‘No Smoking’. New Boots loves a fresh sound, so had to dig a little deeper. Cue this interview…

How did you start this project?
I would say that Ellision has had two different beginnings. Near the end of 2016 I had just started to get into more production, when I started collaborating with experimental guitarist and producer Curtis Jeffs on a track. Couple tracks later we released The Etherial EP under the name Ellision. When I moved away to uni in Guildford and started getting DJ slots at clubs and venues I started using Ellision as a stage name, and it just kind of stuck. Ellision became a solo project just after that first initial release, and since then I think I’ve found my sound and image. I’m a finger-drumming singer and producer. When I press buttons and it’s all live triggered in the moment – no playback – I like the reaction it gets. A lot could go wrong but that’s part of the fun of it.
I’ve released three singles so far: ‘No Smoking’, ‘The Hard Way’ and ‘Wreck Me’, with a lot of stuff crammed in-between. A beat tape, a few collaborations, live shows and a visual project. I’m planning on focusing solely on releasing music this year, and hopefully bringing out a project by the end of the year.

How would you describe your sound? Who are your main influences do you feel?
Genre flippant? A mix of chillwave, hip-hop, pop and lo-fi elements. My sound changes depending on who or what I’m working with , but it always has a particular vibe to it. My main influences at the moment are probably FKJ, Justin Vernon, Flume and Jeremy Zucker.

Tel us about new single ‘No Smoking’?
The name of the track comes from the “Coffee” sample at the start of the track. I sampled it from the 1980 movie Airplane! There’s a scene in the film where Ted Striker asks for a ticket, “Smoking or Non-Smoking”, “Smoking”. The track is about two people just starting to connect on an intimate level. It’s a “not quite in love yet” song, but who knows we might end up there.
I met AyiTe at a show where he was performing as part of Soul Purpose with O J. Hodding, and I ended up DJing for their set. I thought he was sick, so we met up for a session and worked on a track called ‘The Hard Way’ [my previous release], and I played him this track that I had recorded with Molly Nicholson and he said something along the lines of “Let me write something on this”. That’s how ‘No Smoking’ was made.

You’ve got four people remixing it, how did you choose them?
I had to get my partner in crime LUPUS on it. We’ve been doing music bits together for a while, playing festivals and shows together all around the place. We even made it out to Barcelona playing music. His ‘Autopilot Disengaged Remix’ is H U G E. Nailbreaker and Mio Flux, another two Northamptonshire-related artists, came up with two completely different remixes for the release. Nailbreaker’s remix is a heavy, glitchy track which fits the “plane crash” concept I decided on for this release. Mio’s track is a darker sounding remix; we’ve been looking for an excuse to collaborate for a while now. Dan J. Wilcox decided to just flip the script and make a spacey future bass track, having fun with AyiTe’s flow and Molly’s vocal. It was sick to have these guys work on this release, and I’m looking forward to seeing people’s reactions!

Have you played live with the current sound? Any plans to?
Yeah, I’ve had quite a lot of shows, especially last year. My Live setup is always changing but always centres around my MIDI Fighter 64 or 3D and Ableton Live. I like to have a lot of guests come up during my live sets, feature rappers, singers and even producers sometimes. I try to have a continuous stream of music throughout a set, I think that’s the DJ in me, I don’t like talking while I play I just want to play music and have a blend from track to track.
I recently played at an underground show in London at an event called Tasteneon where they live stream the whole thing in VHS somehow? Was definitely my favourite show I’ve played in a while cause the vibe was so high and the place was packed out!

Are you part of a wider scene in Northamptonshire? Any acts you wanna give a shout out to?
I’m fresh back to the Northampton scene after being away for a bit, but I’m ready to get some live sets booked and work with more artists around here. Shout outs to Krankhead [Mio Flux and Patchy The Rockstar] and Nailbreaker.

What has been your favourite Ellision moment of the past year?
Probably shooting the series of videos leading up to ‘The Hard Way’ release, particularly the shoot I had to sort at a butchers. Was a good time and the result looked sick and finished the story off as intended. Also the fact ‘No Smoking’ got a spin on BBC Radio 1xtra was a highlight for me!

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Last album I streamed was Hi This Is Flume by Flume. But the last album I actually bought was a copy of Uh-Oh! by Tennyson, from their show in Hoxton.

What is your burning desire to do in the future? What plans do you have?
I’m planning my next single release for this year. Hoping to get some more shows in and try get a video made for ‘No Smoking’. If anyone has a plane, hit me up!

No Smoking [The Remixes] is out now on the usual digital and streaming platforms. Watch the original version on YouTube below

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jun 12th – Jun 18th

JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + TOM ROSE & THE HEATHEN ORCHESTRA + ONE LEAF FALLS Friday June 14th Club 43, Northampton The four-piece headliners combine the sweet sound of…

JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + TOM ROSE & THE HEATHEN ORCHESTRA + ONE LEAF FALLS
Friday June 14th
Club 43, Northampton
The four-piece headliners combine the sweet sound of the ukulele with gritty, british vocals, quirky melodies and contemporary lyrics. Tom Rose is a celebrated musician, singer, songwriter and naturalist from Northamptonshire. Openers are an original four-piece band with an alternative rock style. [think Biffy Clyro,  The Strokes]. Doors 8pm, free before 9pm, £4 after

MARABAR CAVES + THE VENUS FLY TRAP + PAT FISH
Friday June 14th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
HAVE GUITARS…WILL TRAVEL festival. The books come to life in the live environment, with the reformed 80’s psychedelic indie band, our darkwave/post-punk pioneers, and the Jazz Butcher himself. Read more about the event with an Alex Novak interview here. Doors 8pm, free entry

DEEP SEA MOUNTAINS + JACOB BRAITHWAITE + AMII DAWES
Friday June 14th
The Lab, Northampton
More NMF fringe festivalling. Art-rock headlienrs and singer-songwriter support is on the menu. Doors 7pm, £3 Lab members or £4 for guests

THE KEEPERS
Friday June 14th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
New look ShoeTown rockers continue settling in their new line-up. Doors 8pm, free entry

OFF THE RAILS FESTIVAL
Friday June 14th – Saturday June 15th
Brook Farm Animal Sanctuary, Raunds
Fundraiser for the animal sanctuary. Vegan food and vegan bar. Music under cover in a barn. Any Minute No, InErrant, Zounds, Cretin, Contempt, Captain Hotknives, Catkin, Jammie Sammie, Ed Ache, Denada, Borrowed Time, Headstone Horrors, The Mispelt, Active Slaughter, Almighty Uprisers, and Eastfield all perform. Costs for weekend including camping: Adults – £25. Big kids (17 & under) – £15. Family – £60. Little kids (under 8) – free. Campsite open 3pm Friday to 1pm Sunday. Paypal address is: trinabreedon@yahoo.co.uk (please add £2 to cover paypal fees/postage)

K3 ROCK + SLEEPWALKERS + HOMELANDERS + PHOENIX + THE TRAVELLING WILBYS + JUMPWORLD
Saturday June 15th
The Picturedrome, Northampton
“Have Guitars…Will Travel”, part 2. The books that cover the 1960s and 70s scene come alive, with many original bands reforming to celebrate our rich NN musical history. Doors 3.30pm, free entry

SUB CLOWNS
Saturday June 15th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Whilst the Level Records DJs perform in the garden, there’s a Sub Clowns live performance in the barn at 9pm. £4 entry

PRIMAL HOLOCAUST + CALIBURN + JACK & SALLY + THE DARKHORSE + FUELED HATE + RESIN
Saturday June 15th
The Black Prince, Northampton [back room]
Bloodstock Festival’s Metal 2 The Masses returns to give unsigned acts the chance to play the New Blood Stage at the Festival. This is semi final #2. Doors 6pm, £7 tickets

YELLOW DOG & RHYTHM & BLUES BAND + JD BLUES + KING BISCUIT BOYS
Saturday June 15th
The Black Prince, Northampton [outside area]
An afternoon of roots music from NN’s finest. BBQ available too. Kicks off at 1pm and finishes by 8pm, free entry

DEAD RESTLESS + ASHLEY FALLS + INSOMNIACS
Saturday June 15th
The Lab, Northampton
Pop-punk night, courtesy of bands from ShoeTown, Bedfordshire and Redditch. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

KING’S GAMBIT
Saturday June 15th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
From the back-street pubs of Northampton to festivals and folk clubs across the UK, King’s Gambit have been delivering their unrivalled folk-rock-dance since 2010. Music from 9pm, free entry

FRETTLYST
Saturday June 15th
The Stirrup Cup, Barton Seagrove
Debut EP release show. Expect a few new, never played singles from the local indie-rockers. Music from 9pm, free entry

NORTHAMPTON MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sunday June 16th
Various stage around the Town Centre, Northampton
ShoeTown becomes ShowTown, as the music festival returns. There’s six stages focusing on different elements. The Main Stage is headlined by new wave legends The Blockheads. We have a New Boots stage at the NN Contemporary Art Gallery, in the courtyard. Live performances from Ginger Snaps, The Big Dirty, L30 Robinson/Anonynous/XOV, Phantom Isle, GoGo Loco, Kinships, and Kian Russell, with a pop-up bar from Maule Collective and Jamaican-style street food from BoxFood. Most stages begin at midday, and the event finishes in the market square at 9pm. Free entry everywhere. After party at The Garibaldi Hotel from 9pm, with live sets from Jono & The Uke Dealers and Jimmy Pike & The Red Stars. https://www.northamptonmusicfestival.co.uk

PETE MORTON + GERALD CLARIDGE
Tuesday June 18th
The Old White Hart, Northampton
Leicester-born folk singer-songwriter with a wealth of great songs that have been described as an unruly mix of humour, politics, love and social comment wrapping their way around the folk tradition. “A revelation” says The Guardian. Doors 8pm, free entry

 

 

 

 

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New Music Friday: Mutiny UK

Mutiny UK are a five-piece groove metal band from Northamptonshire, featuring former members of Torch, The Witness and Full Contact. New Boots spoke to guitarist Kieran Murphy about their brutal…

Mutiny UK are a five-piece groove metal band from Northamptonshire, featuring former members of Torch, The Witness and Full Contact. New Boots spoke to guitarist Kieran Murphy about their brutal new single ‘Warfare’ and much more besides.

Who is in the band, where are you based?
We’ve got Niall Billingsley on vocals, he’s based in Daventry, Jamie Hitchcock on bass, Joe Linnell on drums [both from Moulton], then myself Kieran Murphy and Ben Swingler on guitars, and we’re based in Kettering! 

How did you guys get together?
Ben, Jamie and Joe used to be in a band together a couple of years ago, they started jamming around this time last year for this project, which turned into Mutiny. Soon after they got in touch with Niall to do vocals, and I joined on guitar last August. 
 
How would you describe your sound? Who are your main influences?
We try to combine as many influences as possible within our music, both to keep ourselves invigorated and listeners likewise. Predominantly we provide a groove metal sound, with elements of old school death metal and new wave metalcore. Influences range from bands such as Meshuggah, Architects, After The Burial, Sylosis, Carcass, At The Gates…I could sit here all day giving you bands, haha! 
 
Tell us everything about this single, ‘Warfare’.
‘Warfare’ was the first full song that I wrote for the band; it started with the intro riff at a practice. We played it live for a few shows and eventually changed certain sections, until we were finally happy with the finished product. At this point we headed up to Dundee, Scotland in February to record with Kieran Smith [drummer of To Kill Achilles]. He did a smashing job producing us, and we’re chuffed with the final outcome.
 
What are your live shows like?
Without sounding like your generic metal band, we just try to keep it as energetic as possible and keep the crowd entertained and involved, whilst having a laugh at the same time. That’s what it’s all about really. We aren’t some super elitist band that’s angry at the world and everyone in it; we’re all pretty chilled out/laid back. 
 
Are you part of a wider scene in Northamptonshire? Any favourite bands/venues to play with?
We recently played at The Roadmender in Northampton. In terms of local venues that’s a place we’ve all been going to since we were kids, so it was cool to finally play a show there. In terms of local metal bands Krysthla are smashing it, likewise with From Eden To Exile. Would definitely recommend checking them both out! 
 
What has been your favourite band moment of the past year?
Collectively, it was probably recording ‘Warfare’ up in Dundee. It was great listening back to the final product after we’d spent months working away at it. 
 
What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Kieran: I’ve recently pre-ordered Ride’s This Is Not A Safe Place on vinyl.
Ben: The Maccabees Colour It In
Niall: JID The Never Story
Jamie and Joe: Architects Holy Hell
 
What are your burning desires for the band to do? What plans do you have?
We’re about two or three songs away from finishing writing for our debut album. The plan up until then is to continue playing shows. We’re hoping for a release early-mid 2020, but we’ll have more information to come on that soon.
 
Warfare is out now via the usual digital platforms
 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jun 5th – Jun 11th

NICK CORNEY & THE BUZZ RATS + ODETTE MICHELL + GLOVE COMPARTMENT Wednesday, June 5th The Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby Peterborough group playing intelligent, catchy, hook-laden songs, a new English…

NICK CORNEY & THE BUZZ RATS + ODETTE MICHELL + GLOVE COMPARTMENT
Wednesday, June 5th
The Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
Peterborough group playing intelligent, catchy, hook-laden songs, a new English folk singer with a remarkable voice, and a new solo project from the Candle Thieves keyboard wizard. Certified pop music for grown-ups. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

TWISTED WHEEL + THE KEEPERS + NAKED NEXT DOOR
Friday June 7th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Twisted Wheel are back on the road with the ‘Nomad Hat Tour’. Twisted Wheel has grown into its name more than any other band. The real rock ‘n’ roll outfit had hit the kerb, was discarded by the one-size-fits-all industry and then self-sabotaged before bouncing back on a groove last year. Following on from a 90% sold-out ‘Snakes and Ladders’ tour, a Number 1 in the UK physical charts, Liam Gallagher support slots, Leeds Reading festivals and many more, the band hammered the year off with the phenomenal ‘Jonny Guitar’ tour. Without losing momentum, an album was recorded in Manchester in January and festival dates already confirmed for 2019: Leeds / Reading, The Highest Point, Kendal Calling, Y Not, Mosfest, and many more. The Nomad Hat Tour kicks off nationally on the 3rd May and finishes on the 15th Nov at the 1500 Capacity Manchester Ritz. Plus support from ShoeTown indie-psych quartet and indie rockers from Milton Keynes. Doors 7.30pm, £10 tickets

DIRTY SOUND MAGNET + THE DRONES CLUB + KATIE PATON + J KELLS
Friday June 7th
The Lab, Northampton
Psychedelic Rock power trio return to the Lab, “Medieval Drum & Bass” from Pat Fish and friends, sensual ShoeTown singer and songwriter, and Jason Kells to kick things off. Doors 7pm, £3 members/£4 guests

BIG LAD + 72%
Friday June 7th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Big Lad are a “crushing electronics & drum duo” from London playing “high octane party bangers to the max”. 72% are “mostly horrible”. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE MARKUS REEVES BROTHERHOOD + THE ABRAHAMS
Friday June 7th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
The brotherhood deliver a combination of outstanding vocals, homemade guitar-esque inventions and driving, pounding rhythms backed by a seasoned vet of the drums. Supported the Kettering four-piece progressive folk rock skiffle beat combo. Music from 9pm, free entry

THE KING BISCUIT BOYS
Friday June 7th
The Olde England, Northampton
Acoustic guitar and blues harmonica from this MK duo. Music from 9pm, free entry

ROLLING THUNDER
Friday June 7th
Peggottys Lounge, Fosters Booth
Original up and coming rock band from Northants playing a pub near Towcester. Go support them. Doors 8pm, free entry

WHSACC Summer Music Festival 2019
Friday June 7th – Sunday June 9th
Woodford Halse Sports & Community Club, Byfield
Multiple bands and acoustic performers appearing over the weekend, check out the Facebook event here

ORKA + WOVENLUNG + FACES OF EVE + EXPETYA
Saturday June 8th 
The Black Prince. Northampton [back room]
Bloodstock Festival’s Metal 2 The Masses gives unsigned acts the chance to play the New Blood Stage at the Festival. This is semi final part one. Doors 6pm , £7 tickets

TRY SUBVERSION
Saturday June 8th 
The Black Prince. Northampton [front bar]
Alternative punk rock from Leicester. Door 8pm, free entry

GOGO LOCO + DEM URBAN FOXES
Saturday June 8th 
The Coach & Horses, Wellingborough
ShoeTown rock’n’roll maraca’d trash goes eastwards for the Retro Beat night. Support from energetic Kettering acoustic duo. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE WITCHDOKTORS + PUSSYCAT & THE DIRTY JOHNSONS + THE SNAKERATTLERS
Saturday June 8th 
The Kingfisher, Corby
Formed in 1992, the headliners have long established themselves as one of the UK’s leading rock’n’roll punk bands. Pussycat prowls both stage and audience to spread her infectious rock’n’roll. The ‘rattlers is a band comprising married couple Dan Oliver Gott and Naomi Gott, who bring deathpunk, rockabilly, country, and traditional greaser rock and roll. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

ROZISM + NIGEL LEWIS + LEW BEAR + CAMERON GRACE + ZAHRA LUCY MEG SULLIVAN
Sunday June 9th
The Racecourse Pavillion, Northampton
Acoustic performances as part of the art and craft holistic fair. 2pm-6pm, free entry

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