That Joe Payne debut single and live show

Ex-frontman of The Enid Joe Payne launches his solo career on March 2nd with a single and accompanying launch gig at Northampton’s Picturedrome. Now going under the That Joe Payne…

Ex-frontman of The Enid Joe Payne launches his solo career on March 2nd with a single and accompanying launch gig at Northampton’s Picturedrome.

Now going under the That Joe Payne moniker, ‘I Need A Change’ is the first shot across the bow in a new phase of the singer-songwriters’ life. New Boots sat down and got the skinny on how he got here.

First things first: what’s your musical background – did your love come from family, school lessons, friends…?
I grew up in the small town of Tring, Hertfordshire where they had a community theatre. I spent all my spare time there, rehearsing and performing, and it got me totally addicted to being on stage. Apart from some classical training in singing and piano, I guess I inherited some of my musicality from my dad who would like to play his guitar privately. If anything, I wonder if he followed my example in the end, as he’s now the one spending all his time at the theatre playing for the show bands!

How did you end up in The Enid?
When I was about 19 I decided to book a recording studio for the first time, sick of always recording naff demos in peoples garages. The Lodge Recording Studio was my choice, and just so happened to be home of The Enid. They invited my band to see them at a gig in Chesham, near my home. I absolutely loved it! It must’ve been the first time I’d heard any music that appealed to my taste for classical, theatre, rock and pop, all at the same time.

The band invited me to sing backing vocals for them. About a year later, both recently turned single, Max and I fell in love and started spending all our time together. I was just graduating with a degree in Business Management, so it made sense for me to start running The Enid’s independent record label. Then, having become part of the family so to speak, I was invited to sing lead.

How was your experience of being a part of their journey?
In all honesty, the whole road from joining to leaving was a frustrating one. I was forever under pressure to prove myself in some way. It’s not easy trying to re-brand something that already has so much history.

I was only 22 when I joined, and it felt like no one would take me seriously. To a lot of The Enid’s fans I threatened their idea of what the band was all about. To others I was just a singer, and despite writing a lot of the new music, no one ever gave me credit for it.

Don’t get me wrong, I proved a lot in the end. By the time I left I had made a name for myself, and raised the bar dramatically for the band’s shows. But it was tough to do, and not everyone was willing to move together on everything. Over time I started to feel less and less part of the band and more of a separate entity.

How was the support of the wider prog fraternity?
The prog community and I remain very close. Not only did I front The Enid, but I was also running the record label, booking the shows, arranging PR, etc. So by default I would always be the one to correspond with people. Fortunately for me I made a lot of friends that way.

The wider fan base definitely had my back, and it feels like they still do. Winning ‘Best Male Vocalist’ in the Prog Magazine Readers’ Poll two years running was totally unexpected. Considering who I’m up against, there are much bigger artist than me that have topped these polls. I’m lucky to have so much support. It wouldn’t be easy for me to start again without all these people behind me.

Why did you decide to go your separate ways?
I had a breakdown. Every band has internal politics, but this was a whole new level for me. As far as anyone knows publicly, I left so I could begin recovering my mental health. The point is, for me anyway, continuing working or living with The Enid wasn’t an option. If I’d stayed I’d probably be dead by now.

How was the decision to go solo?
Having a solo project was always something I’d wanted to do, but I wasn’t really allowed to do it. Anything outside the band was considered to be a wasteful use of time which could be spent on the band instead. So that was quite limiting. Once I left the band I knew I’d rather go solo than start a new one. It was my first and only chance to express myself exactly the way I wanted.

But daunting? Hell yeah! I spent the first 6 months of my illness doing nothing, literally incapable of working. The next six months I used to re-educate myself, reading all the music theory books I could and playing the piano every day. I had barely touched one in about 10 years. I only really began writing music again mid-2017. It took me so long to get started, not because I didn’t have the ideas, but because I was still fighting off all those old voices in my head that told me I needed to prove something.

Now that I’ve done it, worked out my writing process, had feedback from the press, those voices have finally been silenced. I’ve learned that those doubts had no place being there in the first place, and I’ve always had it in me to do it on my own.

Is ‘Moonlit Love’ – a widescreen choral ballad – a good signifier of what to expect in the future?
I guess you could say it is, yeah. My writing style is very classically influenced, and I grew up playing a lot of Beethoven and Mozart. It’s that kind of emotive harmony, melodic ideas and modulation that I get a kick out of. It does mean everything is a pain in the arse to play though! Haha

What’s the debut single ‘I Need A Change’ about?
‘I Need a Change’ is probably the darkest thing I’ve ever written. It’s about suicide, guilt, loneliness… At the time when I first started writing it I had nothing left to live for. I was about to lose my businesses, my home, my dog, my relationship. Everything was being taken away from me. So the song is very much about ending one life to start a new one, or dying to be reborn. I had to leave everything behind and start again with nothing.

What can we expect at the Picturedrome show? It’s all local musicians that are playing with you…
The set list is kind of like a greatest hits. I’ll be performing some of the songs I’m best known for doing with The Enid. I made a point of only choosing the ones I was a writer on, and those just so happened to be the most popular tracks at the time. I’ll also be airing some other collaborative work for the first time, plus new material.

I have a great band playing with me. Local boys Dan Battison (Ginger Snaps) is on bass, and Josh Judd (Burrowing Bees) is on drums. I also have Moray Macdonald on keys and Oliver Day on guitar. Both of these guys are renowned throughout the prog scene for their work with other bands such as Crimson Sky and Yes tribute, Fragile.

When can we expect an album?
This year I’m planning to drip out singles. I don’t want to rush the album, but I already know what songs are going on it. In fact I have a three album plan, and this is just the first. Once I feel that I’ve raised my profile enough as a solo artist, I’ll be ready to launch the album. I’m thinking early 2019 would be a good time.

What’s on your stereo this week?
I’ve been getting really excited about Brighton Pride this year, and as Britney Spears is performing I have been solidly listening to her entire back catalogue in consecutive order. I may be a prog artist, but there’s a pop princess in me somewhere!

Who is your favourite local artist?
Definitely Burrowing Bees! Why do you think I invited them to support me on the 2nd of March? I can’t get enough of them.

Tell us something about you the public don’t know.
When I was a kid I auditioned for S Club Juniors, and Nicki Chapman told me I had a “nice smile”. I didn’t get the job…

‘I Need A Change’ is out Friday March 2nd, and available to order on CD here. Tickets for the March 2nd Picturedrome show are available here

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Don Broco add Roadmender gig to Technology LP tour

Don Broco will headline The Roadmender in May as part of a run of new dates which the band has added to their UK tour. The Bedford quartet released their…

Don Broco will headline The Roadmender in May as part of a run of new dates which the band has added to their UK tour.

The Bedford quartet released their third album Technology in February and kicked off their UK shows with a hometown gig at the town’s Corn Exchange.

They will headline the Roadmender on Wednesday, May 2. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday, February 23, via http://myticket.co.uk/artists/don-broco

Released to widespread critical acclaim earlier this month, Technology became the band’s second Top 10 album and first to break the Top 5.

After selling out both their Alexandra Palace gig last year to more than 10,000 fans and their current tour, Don Broco will head to Northampton after their upcoming US tour as part of nine new shows which have been announced.

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 21st – Feb 27th 2018

A small but nonetheless pleasant collection of shows, featuring creamy ShoeCounty talent – and almost all of which are free entry. SARPA SALPA + GRACE + ODDITY ISLAND + MOTH…

A small but nonetheless pleasant collection of shows, featuring creamy ShoeCounty talent – and almost all of which are free entry.

SARPA SALPA + GRACE + ODDITY ISLAND + MOTH WING
Friday February 23rd
The Yards, Kettering
An indie feast in Kettering with a quartet of terrific young acts, all doing their own thing but still complementing each other. This might get messy [in the best possibly way]. Doors 9pm, free entry

VHS PIRATES + PRIMAL  + JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + TYPE 22
Friday February 23rd
The Lab, Northampton
The last Pirates gig for a while we understand. Plus the ever entertaining Uke Dealers, Royal Blood-style primal rock from Derby, and local young indie punks to open proceedings. Doors 7pm, free entry

THE KEEPERS + DEEP SEA MOUNTAINS
Saturday February 24th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Hard-working indie mod rockers The Keepers and their ‘Take Me A Trip’ single launch, with a more whimsical/atmospheric support from DSM. Please note venue change. Doors 8pm, free entry

CATALYST + THOSE SNAKES + OPENSIGHT + WINTER’S EDGE
Saturday February 24th
The Lab, Northampton
The third Mammothfest Best Band heat at the Lab; this one featuring various shades of metal and prog from Milton Keynes, Stafford, London and Chichester. Doors 7pm, £3 tickets

LUNA ROSA + THE BOPHINS
Saturday February 24th
The Horsehoe Inn, Wellingborough
Retro Beat presents indie rock from Corby – Luna Rosa – with support from punk/alt-rockers The Bophins. Doors 8pm, free entry

 

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New Music Friday: Harry Pane

Brackley-born Harry Pane releases his new – and perhaps best – single today. ‘Beautiful Life’ is a meditative folk-ballad that can’t fail to produce an emotional shiver or two. Over…

Brackley-born Harry Pane releases his new – and perhaps best – single today. ‘Beautiful Life’ is a meditative folk-ballad that can’t fail to produce an emotional shiver or two. Over the past three years Pane has wowed the wider world with his raw skills of voice and guitar.  New Boots spoke to Pane about life in 2018.

Tell us a little about your journey from a boy in Brackley to the person now in Walthamstow, north London.
I was playing ‘the circuit’ in that area for a while just earning some pennies & it came to a point where I realised I needed to spread my wings a little.

Who encouraged you to begin making music?
I was influenced growing up on a farm watching my Dad jamming with friends as well as going to watch live music from a young age and it was a heavy influence on me.

Was there a eureka moment, an influence that pulled you in this direction?
When I first performed live at school aged 15, in front of a small assembly, it gave me buzz and I carried on doing it.

Did the move to London come from you or were you encouraged to relocate?
I had some friends down there so it made it easy to make the move.

Who are your main influences in music? The Celtic bits presumably come from John Martyn and some Richard Thompson.
That’s dead right, I love those two artists and their style of songwriting.  It goes across the board; from Damien Rice and Glen Hansard and Christy Moore to the likes of Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman & Justin Vernon.

How do the words come to you; in fragments, a story to be told..?
Sometimes it can happen all at once and other times I have instrumental parts and no lyrics and vice versa.  I guess it’s just the artistic process.

An obvious question: what’s ‘Beautiful Life’ about?
I wrote it about the support I had around me through a difficult time, and that support helping you to make peace with it all.

We’re constantly told these days acts don’t even need a traditional label. In light of that could you tell us what Island are doing for you and your development?
Island gave me a development fund which I used for The Wild Winds EP, but now I’m an independent artist with AWAL, who I really love working with and I’m enjoying the adventure.

What is an “Official Showcasing Artist” at SXSW? Are you looking forward to the trip?
It’s the term that they use for the artists invited to play on the line up, there are hundreds of unofficial showcases going on around it which are also lots of fun, and I’m doing those too.  I played there in 2016, so it’ll be nice to be back having made more progress and learning a bit more. Austin is a great city.

What’s your favourite sort of show: intimate jazz house, pub with a fire, big festival crowd…?
I enjoy playing in all scenarios for different reasons, it’s nice to do a mix.

Do you always play solo, or do you ever have cohorts?
At the moment I have a double bassist in tow. I’m also looking out for other members as a side project.

What’s been the highlight of your music career so far?
I would say there’s been a bundle of positives that have made a difference to my career and given me the boost that I needed: successful crowdfunding, good relationships within the industry, great festival spots and more recently a publishing deal.

What is your burning desire for the future? What plans do you have?
To keep writing and co-writing and keep strengthening my material. The general goal is to grow a loyal and steady fan base whilst staying true to my love for the music.

Beautiful Life is out now to download/stream

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 14th – Feb 20th 2018

Something for everyone: trip hop, folk, metal, indie, rap-rock, psych, punk. Take your pick! BURROWING BEES + AOIFE FOLEY Thursday February 15th The Lamplighter, Northampton Post-Valentines love-in with intimate trip…

Something for everyone: trip hop, folk, metal, indie, rap-rock, psych, punk. Take your pick!

BURROWING BEES + AOIFE FOLEY
Thursday February 15th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Post-Valentines love-in with intimate trip hop/electronica. Acoustic singer-songwriter support. Doors 8pm, free entry

WARS + FROM EDEN TO EXILE + STEREO SKULL + SIDERIAN + GARSHKOTT
Friday February 16th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Rugby-based post-hardcore quintet headline, with various shades of metal support [both local and national]. Phil Walker’s last Northampton gig, so show some support! Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

DEATH TRAP + THE WAX LYRICAL SOUND + BLUE TONGUES
Friday February 16th
The Black Prince, Northampton
A trio of bangers: alt-rock kings, rap-rockers, and Brummie garage rockers. The first 50 people through the door get a free shot of Fireball Whisky. Doors 8pm, free entry

FLEISCH + REAPER + WITCH TRIPPER + VIA DOLOROSA
Friday February 16th
The Lab, Northampton
Heat two of the Mammothfest Best Band 2018 competition, with entrants from Liverpool, Nottingham, and ShoeTown itself bringing the noise. Doors 7pm, £3 tickets

SAINT AGNES + MONARCHS + DRINSIPA
Saturday February 17th
The White Hart, Corby
Stomping riffy psych rock from London headliners (and future stars in the making we reckon), with prime Northants talent bringing up the rear. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets

CANDIDATES + SKIRT + THE RELIGHTS
Saturday February 17th
The Lab, Northampton
Indie and Britpop flavours at The Lab this evening: Milton Keynes newcomers Candidates headline, ably supported by Corby indie punkers and Bedfordshire rock’n’rollers. Doors 8pm, free entry

PALM READER + CANVAS + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + DEAD KIWIS + DRINSIPA
Sunday February 18th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Rising Nottingham hardcore band headline, with the appropriate Midlands support bases covered. One to make the effort for on a Sunday, without doubt. Doors 7pm, £6 tickets

THE YOUNG & RESTLESS + RECKLESS INTENTIONS + BETWEEN THE LINES + SAFEST SPACES
Sunday February 18th
The Lab, Northampton
Northampton emo/pop-punk outfit The Young & Restless play a hometown show to end their short tour with Reckless intentions. They play with similarly inclined MK and Bedford-based acts. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

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Report: RedFaces, The Barratts, Phantom Isle, Citrus – Northampton

Sheffield’s RedFaces headlined The Black Prince on Friday night. The second night of their February UK tour, the venue was busy and ready to go at it from the beginning….

Sheffield’s RedFaces headlined The Black Prince on Friday night. The second night of their February UK tour, the venue was busy and ready to go at it from the beginning. Highlight of the RedFaces set? Probably ‘Kerosene’. Support came from a Northampton trio at different stages of their development: The Barratts are the kids that strut it like seasoned pros, Phantom Isle the London-experienced confident quarter ready to push on, whilst openers Citrus played just their second show with the vim and verve of people in love with what they do.

Here’s a few photos from the gig courtesy of David Jackson.

RedFaces

RedFaces

RedFaces

RedFaces

The Barratts

The Barratts

The Barratts

The Barratts

Phantom Isle

Phantom Isle

Phantom Isle

Phantom Isle

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Billy Lockett announces big show at the Royal & Derngate

It’s been a couple of years since Billy Lockett last played a Northampton show, and he’s achieved a fair amount since then. So it’s exciting to see he returns to…

It’s been a couple of years since Billy Lockett last played a Northampton show, and he’s achieved a fair amount since then. So it’s exciting to see he returns to his hometown for a headline show at the Royal and Derngate on Saturday May 19th.

The ‘Wide Eyed’ singer is currently on his first UK tour since 2015, which culminates on Friday in a sold out show at London’s Union Chapel.

Tickets for the Northampton show go on sale this Friday at 9am via Live Nation. Register with them beforehand and you can purchases presale tickets from Thursday 9am.

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Album review: Midnight Brewers

MIDNIGHT BREWERS Midnight Melody Highway Midnight Brewers are a Northants-based duo, consisting of Hamish MacNamara and Ross Snaith, who write and record music from their bedroom studios. Last year they…

MIDNIGHT BREWERS
Midnight Melody Highway

Midnight Brewers are a Northants-based duo, consisting of Hamish MacNamara and Ross Snaith, who write and record music from their bedroom studios. Last year they released two EPs and their debut album. So far in 2018 their single ‘Midnight Melody Highway’ has been played on radio stations, including BBC Radio Northampton. They describe themselves as a mix of genres, though there is a definite alternative influence to their grooves.

Title track ‘Midnight Melody Highway’ is an instrumental song you could certainly relax to, starting with a steady drum beat then kicking into action. Halfway through the song takes a major turn to reveal something quite action-filled; the instrumentation changes to a heavier feel, ending the song with a fade out of an arpeggio riff.

Elsewhere ‘Doctor’ starts off gradually with an upbeat tone, slowly adding more instruments as the song progresses. The tone changes part way through the song, giving it more of a pop influence. The song cleverly uses sound effects to transition into the second part of the song. The lyrics have a clear meaning, which revolves around the idea of a patient relying on a doctor. This could be related to the suggested doctor theme, or could relate to love/matters of the heart, or even drug use. After the lyrics drop out the song seems to take influence from rock using a guitar solo, before ending abruptly. Overall this album has a feel-good, relaxing vibe. Check it out if you like pop-rock with progressive ideas.

Katie Montford

Midnight Melody Highway is out now to download/stream

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Ginger Snaps announces first UK tour

Northampton writing/production duo Jay Brook and Lee Irons – aka Ginger Snaps – head out on their debut tour this April and May. The former Oh Boy! bandmates have turned…

Northampton writing/production duo Jay Brook and Lee Irons – aka Ginger Snaps – head out on their debut tour this April and May.

The former Oh Boy! bandmates have turned their attention to pop-rap since 2015, and have already knocked out four fantastic singles in ‘Paranoid’, ‘Phat Kids’, ‘Number Crunching’ and the most recent one, ‘Anorak’. 11 dates have been announced for the full band treatment, including a “secret show” in Northampton. Stay tuned for more details on that one.

Tickets are on sale now for the following dates:
Tuesday April 24th – Stereo, Glasgow
Wednesday April 25th – Oporto, Leeds
Thursday April 26th – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
Friday April 27th – The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich
Sunday April 29th – Northampton, secret venue
Tuesday May 1st – Gullivers, Manchester
Wednesday May 2nd – The Waiting Room, London
Thursday May 3rd – Bau Wow, Brighton
Friday May 4th – The Cookie, Leicester
Saturday May 5th – The Baltic Triangle, Liverpool [Sound City Festival]
Sunday May 6th – Hit The North Festival, Newcastle

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 7 – Feb 13th 2018

Northampton and Corby are on a roll at the moment it seems. New Boots presents more guidance for gigs below… REDFACES + THE BARRATTS + PHANTOM ISLE + CITRUS Friday…

Northampton and Corby are on a roll at the moment it seems. New Boots presents more guidance for gigs below…

REDFACES + THE BARRATTS + PHANTOM ISLE + CITRUS
Friday February 9th
The Black Prince, Northampton
The rising Sheffield indie rockers and [new RCA Records signings] with a touch of youthful joie de vivre headline a quality rock’n’roll bill featuring local starlets The Barratts, London/ShoeTown new psychedelic popsters Phantom Isle, and mysterious newcomers Citrus. The buzz is strong on this one. Doors 7.30pm, £6 tickets

G & THE SOUND TRIBE + LUNA ROSA + KIWI JAM
Friday February 9th
Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Corby
The Market Harborough headliners combine elements of hip hop, reggae, dub and pop. Luna Rosa play a special acousitc set, whilst the opener is the side project of Shaun Flynn of The Good Apples. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets

SAIL BAND + MERCURY RISING + PROGNOSIS + ACOLYTES
Saturday February 10th
The Lab, Northampton
HOP Events presents Mammothfest Best Band, Northamptonshire leg. This competition pits the best unsigned talent against each other for the winner to perform at the highly regarded Mammothfest 2018. Expect metal, hard rock,  noise, and colossal riffs. Doors 7pm, £3 tickets

THE BRANDY THIEVES + JO CARLEY AND THE OLD DRY SKULLS
Saturday February 10th
The White Hart, Corby
Mars Promotions and Grievous Angel Promotions present an evening of gypsy and punktry music, from Leicester/Northampton and London. Doors 7.30pm, £6 entry

KATHIKA RABBIT [SLAMBOREE]
Saturday February 10th
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
The breakbeat singer/MC from Manchester is special guest at this “house party” hosted by Madame Electrifie. Doors 8pm, £5 entry

JOE CORKRAM + WOOLFORD SCOTT + NOTHING SCIENTIFIC
Saturday February 10th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Corkham celebrates the release of his debut EP, On Ice, with a live show. Support from local blues/pop rock quartet and the openers play covers. Doors 8pm, free entry

OVER THE INFLUENCE + HELL’S GAZELLES + WE ARE GIANTS + SWITCHBLADE CITY
Sunday February 11th
The King Billy, Northampton
ShoeTown hard rockers will perform their new EP [and more] to celebrate it’s release, and to celebrate the end of their first tour. Signed EPs and T-shirts will be available. Support from Oxford ballers Hell’s Gazelles, Northampton’s heavy hitting We Are Giants and Kettering’s hard working classic rockers Switchblade City. Doors 4pm, free entry

YELLOW BLUES
Sunday February 11th
The Lab, Northampton
A fundraiser for Northamptonshire Rights & Equality Council and Q-Space, to support LGBTQ+ community and other equality activists, with acoustic duo Yellow Blues playing a live set. Doors 7pm, £3 on the door

CARA DILLON
Tuesday February 13th
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
The acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter plays the Royal, performing material from her new album Wanderer. Doors 7.30pm, £22 tickets

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