It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Dec 6 – Dec 12 2017

FIGURE OF SIX + NEXT TIME MR. FOX Wednesday December 6th The King Billy, Northampton A night of schizophrenic metal shenanigans with touring Italians Figure Of Six and Next Time…

FIGURE OF SIX + NEXT TIME MR. FOX
Wednesday December 6th
The King Billy, Northampton
A night of schizophrenic metal shenanigans with touring Italians Figure Of Six and Next Time Mr. Fox. Doors 8pm, free entry.

BLOOD VISIONS + ACOLYTES + LA FOLIVORA + BIG BAG OF SADS WITH THE LADS
Friday December 8th
The Garibaldi, Northampton
Local punks Blood Visions launch their latest EP in their favourite ShoeTown gig venue, with support from the equally uncompromising Acolytes, La Folivora, and Big Bag of Sads With The Lads. Doors 8pm, free entry.

AMY TRUE + LOGIC + BIG CAKES
Friday December 8th
The Ex, Corby
Amy True will be performing alongside drummer Giuliano Osella fresh from the new release of her debut album #11. DJ Snuff wil be providing the music for these artists plus creating the vibes to see out the end of the night. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £9

CANDIDATES + DEEP SEA MOUNTAINS + TEMPLE LAKE
Friday December 8th
The Black Prince, Northampton
New MK outfit Candidates bring their hard hitting indie rock and roll sound to the Prince, with local support from DSM and new London rockers set to open proceedings. Doors 8pm, £2 on the door

BROADBAY + POSSUM + FUTURE LOVE
Saturday December 9th
UFO @ The Pavilion, Northampton
Headline show from the Brighton/Northampton trio with raucous energy and heavy riffs, plus Possum from Leeds and melodic alt-rock from ShoeTown’s Future Love.  Doors 7.30pm, £4 on the door

CASKET FEEDER + CONSTRUCT + GARSHKOTT + APRIL IN ASHES + STEREO SKULL
Saturday December 9th
The Lab, Northampton
Soundman Ollie’s birthday bash: a night of rock and metal with Casket Feeder, Construct, Garshkott, April In Ashes, and Stereo Skull. Doors 8pm, free entry

JAZZ COLOSSUS 
Sunday December 10th
The Picturedrome, Northampton
If you feel like an afternoon of festive cheer the 20-piece Jazz Colossus play all the Christmas standards from Bing Crosby through to Frank Sinatra in a big band style. Special guest singers are promised. Doors 2pm. All ages show. Tickets £10

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Kettering’s alternative rock venue reopens

Only a month ago it closed its doors. Now The Prince Of Wales in Kettering has reopened under new stewardship. The team that have taken over the Prince have history…

Only a month ago it closed its doors. Now The Prince Of Wales in Kettering has reopened under new stewardship.

The team that have taken over the Prince have history with the pub. Harry Kelly, of HK Taverns, ran the Prince and 52 other premises in the east Midlands until his death in 2013. His son Martin Kelly and his wife Leah Kelly, the new landlord and landlady, still hold the venue in high regard as it was one of Harry’s first venues.

New Boots spoke to the new team, who like Harry’s other family members, “have drank here, heard live bands here and know the Prince has a history of being the go to place for alternative music – and wish to restore that again”.

Nina Hammond was the outgoing publican, who ran it from 2015 until last month. “It’s not for us to disrespect Nina; she tried her way with there being a heavy helping of emo/ screamo and it hasn’t worked so well. The ‘POW’ franchise she envisioned failed for whatever reason”.

So what’s the plan for venue now, asked New Boots. “We believe the main stable diet of the Prince of Wales should be more appealing classic rock / rock/ metal, with a diverse influx with the fringe metals/ music from all genres in one place. Diversity we believe will be the key. We are willing to try our best and bring a more appealing, wider range of entertainment to the area – be it tribute bands, more mainstream rock, metal, hard rock, blues, punk, ska, D&B, with a hint of punk rock 101 with a feel good cheese sprinkling. We want to appeal to the all ages of music lovers.”

“We want customers to feel safe, welcomed and like its a home from home; not like they are an inconvenience”.

The Facebook page remains the same. The venue will this weekend host three nights of rock DJs. Keep an eye on social media for more of what’s to come, and no doubt you’ll see some of its gigs in our weekly county gig guide, out each Wednesday.

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New Music Friday: Garden, Izzie Gibbs, Howlin’ Owls, The Abrahams

The year may be drawing to a close, but the music doesn’t. Here’s four Northants corkers to, erm, uncork. Young alt-rock four-piece Garden release their much anticipated debut EP City…

The year may be drawing to a close, but the music doesn’t. Here’s four Northants corkers to, erm, uncork.

Young alt-rock four-piece Garden release their much anticipated debut EP City People are Weird today. Available on iTunes, Spotify, etc. There will be CD copies to buy at shows too. The tracks – recorded at local studio The Lodge – are ‘Such A Shame’, ‘White Wolf’, ‘I Love You And I Want You To Stay’,  and ‘We Need Guns’.

Rising grime star Izzie Gibbs always gives it both barrels, as displayed on ‘Obviously’. The mercurial and prolific 21 year-old Northamptonian won ‘Best Newcomer’ at the UK Urban Music Awards in 2016. Check the video below.

Rootsy rockers Howlin’ Owls have dropped the first single ‘Lucy’s Lagoon’, from the forthcoming self-recorded debut album Until The Moon Goes Blind – all while gigging across the region on a regular basis. Howlin Owls comprise of drummer Dave Webb, bassist Graham Park, lead singer and guitarist Morad Samaloussi, guitarist Stuart Paterson, percussionist Jamie O’Neill and keyboard and banjo player Chris Startup. You can download the song for free here, but only for a limited time. Credit to Wobblylobster for making the accompanying video.

And last but not least come Kettering’s The Abrahams, with their woozy, Flaming Lips-channelling song ‘Darling’. The four-piece “progressive folk rock skiffle beat combo” release their debut album very soon, and on this evidence that’s an exciting prospect.

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Gary Numan to headline the Roadmender – tickets on sale this Friday

Tickets for Gary Numan’s gig at the Roadmender next year go on sale this Friday at 10am. The electronic music icon is bringing his UK tour to Northampton on Sunday,…

Tickets for Gary Numan’s gig at the Roadmender next year go on sale this Friday at 10am.

The electronic music icon is bringing his UK tour to Northampton on Sunday, March 25.

This one is going to sell out quickly – so we’d advise you to get your tickets as soon as possible.

Numan’s latest album, Savage: Songs From A Broken World, was released this year through BMG and earned some of the best reviews of his career.

The record entered the UK charts at number two and Numan was also awarded the Inspiration Award for songwriting and composition at the Ivor Novellos this year.

Savage is an album with a narrative that’s set in an apocalyptic, post-global warming Earth in the not-too-distant future. It’s available now on CD, deluxe CD, double vinyl, cassette, digital and MFiT formats.

Tickets will be available via www.gigsandtours.com, www.ticketmaster.co.uk, www.theroadmender.com and www.garynuman.com

We’re not of the price of the tickets yet, but will keep you posted.

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Nov 29 – Dec 5 2017

Party season time. The gigs just keep on coming… Monarchs + The Barratts + Hussy Friday December 1st The Roadmender, Northampton Off the back of their latest single ‘Darker Shade…

Party season time. The gigs just keep on coming…

Monarchs + The Barratts + Hussy
Friday December 1st
The Roadmender, Northampton
Off the back of their latest single ‘Darker Shade Of Black’ Kettering alt-rock trio Monarchs headline a show at the Roadmender, with stellar support from locals The Barratts and south London grungers Hussy. This is sure to be busy, advance tickets recommended. Doors 7.30pm, £4 tickets

Drones + Loose Tooth + Calling The Kidd Wednesday + Wishing Wolf
Friday December 1st
The Ex, Corby
Exhilarating London punk/hardcore group Drones and Northampton grungey riffers Loose Tooth are hitting the road together in December for a handful of shows, including this one. Local support comes from Calling the Kidd Wednesday and Wishing Wolf. Doors 8pm, tickets £3

Unqualified Nurse Band + Moon Face
Saturday Dec 2nd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
On the back of the release of their critically acclaimed new album Trashland, Unqualified Nurse Band return to Northampton. Trashland serves up energetic, rampant, exciting rock’n’roll, as the band fuses 60s girl groups, late 70s punk, 80s new wave and 90s grunge. Plus support from psychedelic pop/minimal/drone soloist Moon Face. Doors 8pm, free entry.

The Blue Foundation + Hannah Faulkner + Corinne Lucy + MyJaike
Saturday Dec 2nd
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Acoustic/folk night from a selection of local delights. Starts at 8.30pm, free entry.

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New Music Friday: Hana Brooks, Deaf Trap, Jordan Mackampa

More new sounds for a Friday. Hana Brooks has released her debut single, ‘Leave It’. Watch the video below (shot in the US, no less). The anthemic synth-pop number has…

More new sounds for a Friday. Hana Brooks has released her debut single, ‘Leave It’. Watch the video below (shot in the US, no less). The anthemic synth-pop number has plenty of spark and personality, and will no doubt win her many plaudits as the Northampton singer/songwriter travels far and wide to work with the hottest producers and play more of her already-renowned live shows.

Brooks told the Urban Hustle site: “’Leave it’ is about being with someone who doesn’t know what they want. The feeling of being played hot and cold and when you try to walk away they try and stop you. I wrote the song coming to the point where I was ready to walk away and that’s what leave it’s about, walking away from something that isn’t good for you”.

Also out now is the second EP from Deaf Trap. The Northampton alt-rockers have put out a three-tracker entitled ‘Miscreants‘, featuring ‘From The Floor’, ‘Real Nice Night’ and ‘Guillotine’. The EP, recorded by Jon Martin at Stalkers Studios, contains more top notch emotional rock’n’roll with distorted guitars, rumbling rhythms and anthemic choruses. It’s available to download and stream from iTunes, Spotify, etc., plus there are CDs to be purchased from their upcoming shows (such as The King of Hearts Festival at The Black Prince tomorrow).

And finally another song has appeared on Spotify from Jordan Mackampa, ‘Battlecry’. It’s taken from the Live From The Grand Cru EP, out early 2018.

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It’s A Shoe In: gig guide Nov 22-28 2017

Continuing the new gig guide theme, here’s a selection of shows that may interest the Northants gig goer this week. Armed for Apocalypse + Conjurer + Ba’al + Absentees Thursday…

Continuing the new gig guide theme, here’s a selection of shows that may interest the Northants gig goer this week.

Armed for Apocalypse + Conjurer + Ba’al + Absentees
Thursday November 23
The Lab, Northampton
Down-tuned metallers from California headline with suitably heavy-hitting UK supports. Doors 7.45pm, £6 in.

King Of Hearts Festival 2017
Saturday November 25
The Black Prince, Northampton

A festival in memory of Northampton gig goer Rob King, with all proceeds going to Papworth Hospital. Live sets from The Drunken Mandem, Century City, Sarpa Salpa, Future Love, Deaf Trap, The Wax Lyrical Sound, The Mobbs, Pieces, The Keepers, Corinne Lucy, and Jack Doyle. Doors midday, £5 on the door.

The Zipheads + The Witchdoktors + Spitting Feathers + The Bophins
Saturday November 25
The Kingfisher, Corby
A night of rock’n’roll madness, with a headline set from the St Albans trio who mix up 50s rock’n’roll with touches of punk, surf, swing, ska, soul, and reggae. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7.

Laurence Jones + The Aiden Pryor Band
Saturday November 25
The Raven Hall, Corby
A night of quality blues rock. Laurence was introduced into the “Hall of Fame” in the “British Blues Awards” for winning “Young Artist Of The Year 2014, 2015 & 2016”, and voted “Best European Guitarist” in the “European Music Awards” in 2015. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £13

The Keepers+ Lunaxis
Saturday November 25
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
The much-loved Retro Beat night this time round welcomes Northampton hard-working indie-mod rockers The Keepers back, ably supported by newly established folkie blues-rock sextet Lunaxis. Doors 8pm, free entry.

Grinder Records Half Dayer
Saturday November 25
The Lab, Northampton
The Corby independent record label for alternative rock throw a party: get your records stocked up, buy some clothes, watch some bands. Sets courtesy of Sharkteeth Grinder, A Werewolf, Drinsipa, Acolytes, Skirt, Wishing Wolf, and Peaches, with one or two more TBA. Doors 4.30pm, tickets £4.

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Record Review: The Lords Of Thyme

THE LORDS OF THYME Pellets [Sunstone Records] Midlands quartet ‘da Lords’, as no one probably calls them, are the quintessential folk-psych, West Coast-harmonising band who play like the calendar got…

THE LORDS OF THYME
Pellets [Sunstone Records]

Midlands quartet ‘da Lords’, as no one probably calls them, are the quintessential folk-psych, West Coast-harmonising band who play like the calendar got stuck on 1972. On this evidence, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that mindset. The group first came together as musicians in Circulus, and the nucleus/driving force of the band is Northants-based husband and wife team Joe and Michelle Woolley. Joe wrote five of the eight songs here, and arranged two of the traditional numbers.

Pellets originally was released on CD in 2016, but recently the group were approached by Sunstone to produce a vinyl version. This run is limited to just 200 copies; it also gave the band a chance to re-order the tracks into a more satisfying sequence. Now the album begins with ‘Burton Town’, possibly their most Pentangle-y song, which isn’t surprising as it’s on the first Pentangle album. Also tried out by Sandy Denny, you immediately get where they’re coming from. Michelle’s siren-song folk delivery is mesmerising from the first note, laid over tasteful organ and intertwining, earthy hand-picked guitar lines. Following a lovely solemn rendition of another traditional, ‘George Collins’, the listener is treated to the talents of J. Woolley and Tali Trow. ‘The Bird It Sang’ is more in tune with a Byrdsian worldview, riding a confident wave of up-tempo jangle, topped off with a wonderful dramatic chorus.  Side one finishes with ‘Morning Came’, a plaintive rumination from Joe that recalls a solo Bert Jansch in all its honest, down-home singing. It’s a real stunning number, truth be told.

Side two begins with the epic melancholy of ‘Coming Down’, and introducing some mellifluous pedal steel guitar lines weaving in and out of some equally impressive Hammond playing. Is that jazz drumming too? It’s an ambitious, weighty and beautifully stoned number the band should be justly proud of (as they can of the whole album). ‘Freight Train to Rainham’ comes out of the leftfield a bit, very much a John Mayall workout that’s bluesy and probably a lot of fun to jam on. Pellets finishes with ‘Keep On Travelling’, a West Coast psych-rocker that patiently builds and builds, swirling through the fog of tyme to bring us one step closer to the beatnik-hippy dreamworld.

The album is a luxurious sounding thing, and perfectly suited to the vinyl format. If we’re allowed a little critique it perhaps would benefit from being a bit more dog-eared at times, to give greater range and depth to the overall vision. The songwriting and musicianship are beyond reproach, though – this is an album we will be talking about in twenty years time. No matter what format you hear it in, just make sure it comes into your life, and soon.

Phil Moore

Pellets is out now on LP via Sunstone

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It’s A Shoe In: gig guide Nov 15-21 2017

New Boots begins It’s A Shoe In, an attempt to provide a succinct guide to the toppermost shows in the county over the coming week… THE LEN PRICE 3 +…

New Boots begins It’s A Shoe In, an attempt to provide a succinct guide to the toppermost shows in the county over the coming week…

THE LEN PRICE 3 + THE MOBBS + THE HURRICANES + BETH MUNROE
Friday November 17
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
Up from the Medway delta are garage / power-pop types The Len Price 3, playing songs from their lauded fifth album Kentish Longtails. Support is from county tearaways who ply a similarly exciting garage / mod / punk hybrid. 7.30pm, tickets £6

EASTFIELD + SPRING PARK
Friday November 17
The Lab, Northampton
Northants/Brum punksters Eastfield – 20 years and counting – make a rare live performance in Northampton. Support from newish Spring Park, who released their second LP Blow UP Your TV! last year. 8pm, £5 on the door.

ROCKED UP’S BIG MON THEN ALLDAYER
Saturday November 18
The Ex, Corby
Rocked Up put on an all-day event to raise awareness and money for SDR for Cain. Acts performing on the day include Press to MECO, ACODA, Signals, Veins, King Purple, Calling the kidd Wednesday, Flash Peasants, Drinsipa, Family of Noise, and Skirt. 2pm. Tickets £10

DEAF TRAP + KILAMOJO + PRIME
Saturday November 18
The Black Prince, Northampton
Alt-rockers Deaf Trap celebrate the release of their second EP Miscreants with a free live show. Doors 7pm.

THE LORDS OF THYME
Tuesday November 21
Upstairs at The Lamplighter, Northampton
A very infrequent opportunity to witness a Northants performance from the Midlands psych-folk quartet is not to be passed up. Playing songs from their recently re-released album Pellets [Sunstone Records]. 8.30pm, £5 on the door

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Photos: Magic Wands, Roadmender

Apologies these are a bit late being posted. Life seemed to get in the way this week. Below are some photos from last Friday’s headline gig by Magic Wands at…

Apologies these are a bit late being posted. Life seemed to get in the way this week. Below are some photos from last Friday’s headline gig by Magic Wands at the Roadmender.

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