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Founder member of Brian Jonestown Massacre plays Northampton

A founder member of The Brian Jonestown Massacre is set to play Northampton this September. Matt Hollywood spent 16 years over two stints in BJM, being one of the guitarists…

A founder member of The Brian Jonestown Massacre is set to play Northampton this September.

Matt Hollywood spent 16 years over two stints in BJM, being one of the guitarists when the band formed in 1990. His latest project is Matt Hollywood & The Bad Feelings, which blends blues, country and psychedelia into a Lee Hazlewood/Serge Gainsbourg-style mould. Hear ‘Ghost Ghost’ below.

Matt Hollywood & The Bad Feelings play The Lab on Sunday September 2nd. Tickets are now on sale.

https://www.matthollywoodandthebadfeelings.com

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New Music Friday: Loose Tooth

Northampton three-piece grunge/hardcore outfit Loose Tooth – Adam Cator [bass], Oli Knight [guitar/vocals] and Josh Miller [drums] have followed up last year’s mini LP with a new single, ‘Castles’. Watch the Joshua…

Northampton three-piece grunge/hardcore outfit Loose Tooth – Adam Cator [bass], Oli Knight [guitar/vocals] and
Josh Miller [drums] have followed up last year’s mini LP with a new single, ‘Castles’. Watch the Joshua Goff-directed video below, after reading this here interview about all the Loose things.

How/why/what/when did the project begin?
Adam: Loose Tooth began two and a half years ago. We’d all just come from bands that had drained us emotionally and needed something a little more honest and cathartic. We had started with no clear intentions, just hung out and wrote some music together. At first we were considering getting a singer but we were too tight-knit to add another member. We hope that desire for honesty comes through in the music.

How would you describe your sound?
Oli: We’re a rock band, there’s certain connotations that come with that we try to avoid when writing. We’re not trying to take the path of least resistance when writing, we push our abilities to come up with something that is hopefully interesting and different, whether that be off-kilter time signatures, chord progressions or scales. There’s a certain amount of depth invested with our writing style that we hope translates into music that interests and excites.

Who are your main influences? Musical and non-musical
Josh: I’ve got a bunch, musical influences include: And So I Watch You from Afar, Reuben, 65daysofstatic, Every Time I Die, Toe, The Cure, Father John Misty, Dillinger Escape Plan, Alkaline Trio, Interpol, Crowded House, Nine Inch Nails. Non-musical thinkers that inspire me are Henry Rollins and David Attenborough.
Oli: As a lyricist I always tried to follow the Martin Gore [Depeche Mode] school of thought, but found it to be disingenuous to myself. Since then I’ve taken to a more ‘kitchen sink’ lyrical style in the vein of Jamie Lenman, who is also a big musical influence.
Adam: My musical influences would be Story Of The Year, From First To Last, Underoath, Reuben and Every Time I Die. My non-musical inspiration would be my dad.

What’s the reaction been like to last year’s self-titled mini-album?
Josh: Really great; people are still discovering it and enjoying it. From the reactions we’ve had people seemed to enjoy the honesty. We left a lot of mistakes in and recorded it having not long written and learned the songs, so it came out quite raw I think. Nowadays with a lot of rock music having a serious level of sheen some listeners enjoyed something a bit grittier than usual.

Tell us about ‘Castles’.
Oli: ‘Castles’ is a really simple song: the chord progression churned around in my brain for a while, and that’s why most of the song is those four chords. I felt the lyrics should speak for themselves, so we took a stripped back approach and left all of the craziness for another day. It’s about the frustrations of modern working life, with external pressures to live a middle class existence, despite the fact the middle class has eroded. The ‘castles held up in the sky’ are just a mortgage, or they’re a yearly holiday, something the average low income worker may feel is out of their grasp. Not everyone wants to climb the corporate ladder – why should they be denied a more comfortable life? We recorded the track with Jay Russell again at Parlour Studios. It’s super comfortable with Jay; he understands our weirdness and he’s a complete pro. The video we shot with Joshua Goff and it was done at at our Josh’s work yard where we rehearse weekly. We built the set and Joshua lit it wonderfully.

Is your record label – Undead Collective – and its roster a tight-knit community?
Adam: Undead Collective is a great group of people, we’re in contact most days and their support and advice beyond the remit of label responsibilities has been amazing. Currently there’s only three bands on the roster. We’re yet to meet the newest additions Seasonal, but we’ve chatted online and they’re great guys.

Would you consider your local scene something to be proud of? On the flipside, what’s your biggest frustration with it all?
Oli: Northampton is rich with talented musicians, the scene is definitely one to be proud of. Northampton can be grey and that can be oppressive, but go to The Lab, The Garibaldi or The Black Prince on a Friday night and you’ve got a few hours away from the desolation. I think our frustrations are more with ourselves rather than the scene, this goes for anywhere. Inclusion to scenes is always reliant on being charismatic and outgoing. It’s something that doesn’t come naturally to us, so we try to be as personable as possible when networking but we’re quiet by nature. That doesn’t always endear yourself to people and ultimately that’s as important as putting on a killer show.

What has been your favourite band moment so far?
Oli: Probably just how many gigs we played last year. We just hired vans and shot off. It was a dream come true for me to finally feel like I was in a touring, hard-working band.
Josh: Everything about being in this band, but mainly writing and recording.
Adam: Playing a show in a rehearsal room in Wales.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Oli: Arc by Everything Everything
Josh: Braille by Palm Reader
Adam: Logic by Bobby Tarantino

What is your burning desire for the band to do in the future? What solid plans do you have?
Oli: Our burning desire is to one day be able to turn up anywhere in the UK and play to a guaranteed 50 or so people. That’s enough for us. Now ‘Castles’ is out we’ll be thinking about the next single, we’ve got a lot to do until then but we’re excited about the future. For now though it’s all coming up Loose Tooth.

Castles is out now via the usual platforms

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New Music Friday: Thrift Street

This week Northampton pop-punkers Thrift Street release their latest EP ‘These Kids’ on all major platforms. The EP contains ‘Nocturnal Behaviour’, ‘Quite Frankly (You’re A Prick)’, ‘Wayne’s Hurled’, ‘Classic Grayley’…

This week Northampton pop-punkers Thrift Street release their latest EP ‘These Kids’ on all major platforms. The EP contains ‘Nocturnal Behaviour’, ‘Quite Frankly (You’re A Prick)’, ‘Wayne’s Hurled’, ‘Classic Grayley’ and ‘Stay’.  New Boots spoke to guitarist/vocalist Callan for the lowdown.

How did you guys get together?
Jack and I went to school together and played in bands since we were young. On the way back from a show in Birmingham in March 2017 we were talking about how we missed playing in bands together. We joked about starting a pop-punk band because we both love it, and Jack said ‘only if we have a song called ‘Wayne’s Hurled'”. I got back that night and wrote ‘Coming Home Heroes’.

I was playing bass in another band at the time, and Harvey was the drummer. He was always wearing a Neck Deep top, so I low-key asked if he wanted to join. The three of us clicked together naturally and it feels like Thrift Street was supposed to happen. We have become the cliché we dreamed of becoming.

How would you describe your sound?
This is the hardest question to answer – we really just try to write songs that we’d want to listen to, but we listen to a lot of different music. I guess we’d say we’re edgy but relevant, emotional, and ambitious – just ya classic pop punk bois. We’re still trapped in 2003!

Who are your main influences?
We have a lot of different influences which I really hope comes across in our music. We listen to a fair amount between us, but to name a few:
Callan – Boston Manor, Gnarwolves, Seaway, Microwave, Basement
Jack – Sorority Noise, Creeper, A Day To Remember, Seaway, Modern Baseball
Harvey – Green Day, Neck Deep, The Story So Far

It sounds like the words reflect everyday battles/moments, would that be fair?
I write music about things that I feel at the time that I write them. Generally I try and write as accurately and true to what’s going on in my head as possible, which I guess means that a lot of what I write is based on everyday struggles like meeting people, relationships, drinking. Things that I hope will relate to a lot of people, and the things they go through and feel on a day-to-day basis. Just trying to connect, yo!

Tell us everything about the EP.
The EP is kind of a parody of ourselves. We know we’re a cliché, and we can’t help but embrace it. We decided to call the EP ‘These Kids’ because it’s something we said a lot to ourselves, when we saw someone doing something funny or silly (including us), we’d just kind of look at each other and say ‘These Kids’. It kinda made sense that we kept it as something personal to us! Our band is named after a street we’ve spent a lot of amazing times on, and we’re just trying to carry the sentimentality over!

The EP opens on ‘Nocturnal Behaviours’, which is about too many bad nights in a club in Northampton. The chorus in the song is basically about getting your hopes up, it’s nothing specific – just a catchy tune that’s fun to play.

‘Quite Frankly (You’re a Prick)’ is a bit more anthemic. The song is a bit heavier than ‘Nocturnal Behaviours’, and to me is a bit more meaningful. I think that it’s about wanting to spend time with someone but only for their validation, like you need them to you that everything is ok, all the time. When we wrote the song it didn’t have a name, but then someone got a message from their ex, about two months after they split, that opened with “Quite Frankly, You’re a Prick”. We found it funny. It stuck.

So earlier on we mentioned ‘Wayne’s Hurled’ was always going to be a Thrift Street song, even before we were a band. It was the second song we ever wrote – we did actually record it already but thought we could do with making it sound like the other recordings we’d done with Jon at Stalkers Studio. In all fairness, we just really love Wayne’s World – the song itself is just an emo anthem for being indecisive.

‘Classic Graley’ is our favourite of the EP – it’s a stereotypical song about being forgotten after a breakup. It features our close friend Will (Unlit Bones, Iridescence). He and Jack used to play in a band called Persona together, which we referenced just before his verse: “A different Persona today/I lost my Will to carry on, anyway”.

The song comes from Thrift Street’s most important member, Jordie Graley. She does our artwork, takes our photos, comes to all our shows and is an all round angel. Again, we started calling the song ‘Classic Graley’ as a joke – Jordie used to get annoyed whenever we’d say it to her. But we thought we’d immortalise it by naming our song ‘Classic Graley’.

The final song on the EP, ‘Stay’, is probably the most emotional. It’s about a family friend who passed a way about a year and a half ago. It was painful to experience, let alone for her to live through it, and the only way I knew how to deal with it was write a song. It’s one of my favourites to perform live.

What are your live shows like? Who are your favourite bands to play with?
Our live shows tend to be really energetic. We’re only a three-piece, but we don’t let that stop us. I like to have a laugh, joke about a bit with Harvey, and Jack just runs around and starts mosh pits. We really get into it – we love performing and I think it shows. The live community is amazing in Northampton. We are part of a larger network and everyone is amazing. We’ve played with so many amazing bands it’s unfair to pick just a few! Some honourable mentions are Tigerstyle, Safest Spaces, Iridescence, Wishing Wolf, and (though not quite Northampton) Sharkbait and Last Hounds. We’d really love to play a show with Young and Reckless and Wax Lyrical Sound at some point too!

What has been your favourite band moments in the past year?
There have been a couple moments over the last year that make us proud of what we do. We’re all super close, which I guess you can expect after a year of playing shows and writing music together. What stands out to us is our first EP launch – we filled the back room of the Black Prince, which really showed us that people actually like our music. It’s surreal watching a room full of people sing the words to songs we’ve made. We also won the battle of the bands there a couple of months ago, which was an amazing experience, and it just makes us proud to do what we do.

Another moment that will stick with us is after a Doncaster show, we had a three hour drive home. We were all tired and started singing along to ‘Sex in the City’ by Hobo Johnson in a really growly troll voice, it’s something that still makes us laugh and just sums Thrift Street up really.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Callan – Either Deadweight by Wage War, or Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
Jack – x (Mwah) by Hellions is my banger at the minute. Just really enjoy it. Might have also been Hobo Johnson’s Peach Scones, or the Devil Wears Prada Space
Harvey – Don Broco Technology (still on a high from seeing these at The Roadmender), or What You Don’t See by The Story So Far

What is your burning desire for the band to do in the future? What plans do you have?
We want exactly what you’d expect; we want to be the next big thing! Our passion is music – we try our best to put everything we have into it. Ultimately we just want to help and inspire people to be their best self. We want people to relate with us, to sing with us and to just have a laugh with us. We want people to get in on our inside jokes and just for everyone to feel part of Thrift Street. We’d be nothing without the people who listen to us!

We haven’t got any major plans yet – we have a few gigs lined up dotted around the country. I guess the next step for us to really focus on direction and song writing, and maybe throw a little tour together. Just waiting for our big break!

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New Music Friday: Monarchs

Kettering alt-rock trio Monarchs have a new single out today, entitled ‘You Got Me’. New Boots spoke to Sam Amos [guitar/vocals] about the new song and their current adventures. Listen…

Kettering alt-rock trio Monarchs have a new single out today, entitled ‘You Got Me’. New Boots spoke to Sam Amos [guitar/vocals] about the new song and their current adventures. Listen below, and watch the Marc Collins directed video too!

How/why/when/where did you guys get together?
We came together through a mutual love of writing and performing. About two years ago was the first time we all got together in a rehearsal room in Kettering, and it bloomed from there.

How would you describe your sound?
Lyrically-focused dark sex funk n roll….think that about covers it all.

How do you write as band: together, separate? What usually comes first: words, melody, a riff?
Sometimes together, sometimes separate. Depends on the weather…Most of the time it comes from a riff first, but there’s no set equation so to speak.

Tell us about this third single, ‘You Got Me’.
Probably the song at the moment we’re proudest of, it started as riff and naturally developed from that point on. It almost feels like we’ve arrived at our sound with this one.

You are prolific giggers. Do you live for the live shows ?
Absolutely! We feel when we play the songs live they take on a new character. However we are really enjoying writing together at the moment as well. We’ve got the best of both worlds.

What’s your take on the Kettering/wider Northants music scene?
There’s a variety of bands all playing really different and unique stuff which is always positive. Most importantly everyone is very supportive of each other.

What has been your favourite band moment so far?
I think we all agree it was our headline gig at Roadmender, it felt really good putting on your own gig, picking the supports and selling it out!

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Arctic Monkeys Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino. I better not say anymore, we all love it but not everyone likes Marmite I suppose.

What plans do you have for the rest of the year?
We’re getting geared up to hit the road with our Corby brothers King Purple. Playing eight dates together around the county and surrounding areas, hoping to play to some new faces and make new friends along the way. Followed by more writing and relentless gigging to help promote the new single!

THE ROYAL TOUR [with King Purple] DATES:
MAY
26 Swan Revived Hotel | Newport Pagnell
27 The Marrs Bar | Worcester
JUNE
2 Phoenix Bar | High Wycombe
8 The Craufurd Arms | Milton Keynes
15 Bedford Esquires | Bedford
22 The Roadmender | Northampton
23 The Cookie | Leicester
29 The White Hart | Corby

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New Music Friday: King Purple

Corby trio King Purple have just released their new single, ‘Stuck In The Rough’ b/w ‘I Know You Know’, recorded at RML Studios in Wolverhampton. Progressive indie-rock is the name of…

Corby trio King Purple have just released their new single, ‘Stuck In The Rough’ b/w ‘I Know You Know’, recorded at RML Studios in Wolverhampton. Progressive indie-rock is the name of the game here, from Callum Connachie [lead guitar and vocals], Luke Carscadden [bass], and Frazer Beattie [drums] . New Boots spoke to the band about their patch of Purple, and listen to ‘Stuck In The Rough’ below.

How/why/where/when did you guys get together?
Callum: So Frazer and I met in college back in the autumn of 2015 where we started playing Drenge covers.
Frazer: Yeah that‟s right, started as a Drenge cover band didn’t we.
Luke: I didn’t even know that up until right now.
Callum: Then at the start of 2016 we “recruited” my long-time friend Luke.
Frazer: And why are we together?
Callum: I think King Purple started on the basis of being bored.
Luke: Yeah, I agree with that.
Callum: Which led to us really gelling as musicians as we started to practice more often.
Luke: When I joined I didn’t really expect it to be taken anywhere, just thought of it as something to do, like a hobby almost.
Frazer: We all set a high ceiling for how we played individually and things just began to click.

How would you describe your sound?
Luke: It’s hard to say actually, I think it has some sort attention-grabbing quality about it. When we write I don’t think we write with any particular sound in mind.
Frazer: There’s never really an aim behind what we’re trying to write.
Callum: We all draw from our own influences which brings so many aspects of different music together since our own music tastes can be so different from one another.
Luke: It’s hard to say where it would sit on the scale for me.
Callum: People that have heard us or seen us live have compared it to things from 90s grunge or said there were influences of 70s funk and/or psychedelia.

Tell us about ‘Stuck In The Rough’/’I Know, You Know’. It’s a progressive indie sound. Early Verve, Soundgarden, The Music, King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard all come to mind.
Frazer: I think with ‘Stuck In The Rough’ we went for a more ‘serious’ approach, so to speak.
Callum: It’s definitely a song we consider progressive in terms of where we are with the band. It does carry elements of indie, definitely.
Frazer: Yeah, we wanted to record it to show the development of us as a band.
Luke: You said immediately after we finished the basis of the song that it was the one. I didn’t want to record it to start with.
Callum: We’d only finished it maybe a week before we recorded.
Frazer: It was a risk to be honest, the song wasn’t as finished as we would normally like.
Luke: That’s why I was against recording it initially.
Frazer: Then with ‘I Know, You Know’ it’s a song that’s done the rounds, an old classic if you’re a King Purple fan.
Luke: It was the first song we’d written after recording our first set of songs, kind of like a bridging track for development with our sound I guess.
Frazer: There’s a bit of ‘old’ and a bit of the ‘new’ in there.
Callum: Definitely fits a B-side title, I think it needs to be paired with something at least with a release.
Frazer: Sound-wise it switches between quite dark sections with more major sections in between with a euphoric ending to close it out.

What are your live shows like? Do you stretch things out on stage, or go where the mood takes you?
Luke: I think it’s a bit of both honestly.
Callum: Yeah we definitely plan our sets with an outline of what we want to play but on the other side of things you get so into it that you kind of adapt to the gig and “go where the mood takes us”. And we always try to make it as enjoyable as possible.
Frazer: Recently we have been throwing songs in that we might not have practised in a while or intended to play at any particular gig, but if it fits the mood then yeah we always try to adjust to the situation. We try to show every aspect of our sound through playing different songs and arrange them in a way that makes sense musically with what genres we’d place each song under.

What’s your take on the Corby music scene?
Luke: I think ever since we’ve been more and more involved with it I’ve started to realise how dedicated the people within it are to what they do.
Frazer: There is a lot more live music in Corby right now, with people at the gigs actively going out to see bands they might not have heard of before.
Luke: There’s always people in the White Hart regardless of who is playing.
Frazer: People are beginning to see local bands as well and take something away from gigs that makes them want to start something themselves.
Luke: It’s like hometown bands provide some sort encouragement towards those that are interested in starting something.
Frazer: I think the Corby scene is the best it’s been for a while.
Callum: It’s always been there but had a bigger focus on different types of metal music, whereas now I think there‟s more variety.
Luke: It’s just down to the context of the period of time.

What has been your favourite band moment so far?
Callum: Personally for me it was recording ‘Stuck In The Rough’ and ‘I Know, You Know’ because it was just such a constant buzz the whole time we were in the studio. Certain gigs are always going to hold their weight but there are specific things that take it over a favourite gig.
Frazer: One of my favourite moments was supporting Dream Wife at Bedford Esquires. The place was full of people we didn’t know, almost completely full, and almost every person in there enjoyed themselves. Some gigs just feel so rewarding. Not only that but the band members from the other bands were all sound people, which makes it that much better as well.
Luke: I think mines is probably the same as Frazer’s. It’s crazy to see the enjoyment in everyone’s faces, front to back.

What was the last album/artist you streamed or bought?
Callum: Natty Dread by Bob Marley, released 1974.
Frazer: Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt by Moby.
Luke: Gil Scott Heron Pieces Of A Man.

What plans do you have for the next year?
Callum: Keep playing gigs and keep writing songs.
Luke: We try to keep what momentum you have and run with, carry it throughout everything we do to make sure everything is done to the best of our ability. I think that can be just as useful as having a long term goal because it keeps you focused and encourages a focus on what ‘the next move is’.
Frazer: Meeting new bands as well, getting to know the people you meet along the way.
Luke: Not just for the sole purpose of using the contact to get on another bill with them, but just to meeting new people itself and talking to them about their own progress with their band.
Callum: One plan for next year is to definitely try and continue touring where we can.
Luke: They don’t necessarily have to have loads of dates, but just enough to where we can play a string of shows in quick succession so people start paying attention really and turning some heads along the way.
Callum: We have a tour starting the 26th of May until the 29th of June with a total of eight dates in various towns and cities.

THE ROYAL TOUR [with Monarchs] DATES:
MAY
26 Swan Revived Hotel | Newport Pagnell
27 The Marrs Bar | Worcester
JUNE
2 Phoenix Bar | High Wycombe
8 The Craufurd Arms | Milton Keynes
15 Bedford Esquires | Bedford
22 The Roadmender | Northampton
23 The Cookie | Leicester
29 The White Hart| Corby

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide May 9th – May 15th 2018

MARMOZETS + BLACK PEAKS Wednesday May 9th The Roadmender, Northampton On tour to promote their sophomore album, the Gil Norton-produced Knowing What You Know Now, this is a great chance…

MARMOZETS + BLACK PEAKS
Wednesday May 9th
The Roadmender, Northampton
On tour to promote their sophomore album, the Gil Norton-produced Knowing What You Know Now, this is a great chance to see the fast-rising alt-rock/post-hardcore quintet up close and personal. Stellar support too. Doors 7pm, £14 tickets

ROCKIN’ DAVE + THE BLUES FOUNDATION
Wednesday May 9th
The King Billy Rock Bar, Northampton
Hard/classic rock original songs courtesy of Dave. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

MARK GEARY + KENNETH J NASH
Thursday May 10th
The Old Forge Tea Room, Cranford [Kettering]
Legendary Irish singer-songwriter Geary returns to Northamptonshire to play an intimate gig, with support from respected Northampton singer-songwriter Nash. Presented by Old Hotel Records. Doors 7.30pm, £10 tickets available from the venue

CITADEL FEAT. JAZZ COLOSSUS
Friday May 11th
The Picturedrome, Northampton
Seven-piece jazz/funk/latin/hip-hop collective celebrate the release of their highly anticipated debut album Last Tango In Paradise. The band will be accompanied by the horn section of Jazz Colossus. Doors 8.30pm, £8 tickets

HAGGARD CAT + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + DRINSIPA
Friday May 11th
The White Hart, Corby
Haggard Cat features Tom Marsh on drums and Matt Reynolds on vocals/guitar; names you may recognise from the infamously destructive hardcore band ‘HECK’. Haggard Cat aim to convey the exact passion they are now known for in an entirely new way. Originally intended as a sideline it has now evolved into its own beast that the pair have decided to finally unleash into the world. Their new album Challenger is available now. Support bands are the best around, so just go and have it large. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets

ACTS OF VENGEANCE
Friday May 11th
The Prince of Wales, Kettering
Four-piece metal band based in London, who play  in the style of Metallica, Alter Bridge, Iced Earth, Pantera and Slayer. The band released their debut album Slaves to Sin in 2016. Doors 8pm, free entry

LUNAXIS + BLOOD MOON
Friday May 11th
The Lab, Northampton
Newish, festival-vibe indie pop with influences from folk and blues, fronted by Carly Loasby. Support from Peter Hudon’s alt-folk persona. Doors 8pm, free entry

TWISTED WHEEL + THE JANGLES + SKIRT
Saturday May 12th
The White Hart, Corby
Jagged Oldham indie rockers and former Columbia records employees Twisted Wheel are on the comeback trail, selling out smallish venues up and down country. A live show to behold beckons. Support from Leicester indie quartet and Corby’s quirky indie-punkers. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

THE LORDS OF THYME, WITH JACK SHARP [WOLF PEOPLE]
Tuesday May 15th
The Lamplighter [upstairs], Northampton
Local psych-folk troupe with the big experience return to the Lamp, and this time invite former Bedfordshire native Jack Sharp of them Wolf People to join in. Musical alchemy a real possibility. Doors 8.30pm, £6 on the door

 

 

 

 

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New Music Friday: Kilamojo

Northampton trio Kilamojo have a new single out, their first official release, entitled ‘Tock Tick’. New Boots spoke to frontman Alex Lillyman about the development to this point. How long…

Northampton trio Kilamojo have a new single out, their first official release, entitled ‘Tock Tick’. New Boots spoke to frontman Alex Lillyman about the development to this point.

How long has Kilamojo been together now? You’re long-term mates, right?
Kilamojo has been going for around 3 to 4 years. We spent a long time just playing together and making music. We didn’t bother with social media or even telling anyone what we were doing for the first couple of years. We were all just buzzing off of the ideas and tunes that, for whatever reason, seemed to be coming together really easily. We’ve all known each other since we were kids. Drummer Phil and I played in our very first band together as teenagers with the exact same lineup! We were 13/14. Funnily enough the main riff in our tune ‘The Reinvention Of The Wolf’ came into existence then and hasn’t changed one bit since. My first meeting with Dio (Dom), our bassist, was when we were probably even younger; 11 or 12 maybe. I used to knock about with his older brother and went round to his house one afternoon and ended up mistakenly shooting Dio in the face with a BB gun!

And what bought you together, musically?
Our shared love of the same bands really; Zeppelin, The Stones, The Police, The Who, James Brown, The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Motorhead, Flying Lotus, The Mars Volta, The Clash & Amanda Houston! The first incarnation of the band died when me and Phil left school and went our separate ways, and we didn’t end up getting back together again until around ten years later. I went off and did god knows how many jobs and got heavily into techno music, and Phil went to uni. About a decade passed since I saw them both again properly. Dio was sat around a mutual friend of ours noodling around playing Black Sabbath riffs on the bass. At that time I’d written some riffs and had a lot of song ideas, however no one to play them with. So I thought I’d ask Dio if he fancied getting together to see if we could make something of them. Shortly after that we needed a drummer and I thought I’d give Phil a buzz. He didn’t even ask for demos to listen to – he was immediately in. The next time I saw Phil was back in the exact same place I’d seen him last when we were 15 or so, in my Mum & Dads loft, where for some reason they allowed us to do our first few rehearsals. From there on in we became Kilamojo.

Tell us about ‘Tock Tick’.
We recorded it all in one day and all live. There are very few overdubs etc in there; in fact from memory I think there are two guitar ones which is laughable when you consider its pushing nine minutes. Its an incredibly simple song at its core: intro, verse, pre-chorus and chorus. We just chose to put a fucking ridiculous psychedelic section in the middle because it feels great and why not. We would describe ‘Tock Tick’ as an eight-minute odyssey that has no real intention, other than to take you somewhere. Think Sly & The Family Stone grooves, Sabbath-esque darkness, Sgt Pepper psychedelia – with a healthy dose of melody thrown in for good measure. The video is basically just us in our favourite place (our rehearsal space) playing the arse off of the thing.

You have quite an elaborate stage set-up, what ‘s the deal with that?
We get this a lot whenever we gig. It always seems to blow peoples minds how much shit we have when we turn up to gigs. We have a stage set-up for four people; however there’s only three of us. I cover the keys as well as guitar and vocals so I essentially cover two peoples worth of kit when we play live. I was lucky enough to get my hands on an old 1968 Vox Jaguar organ a few years back and had it shipped all the way from Detroit. The thing was an absolute wreck when I first received it. So much so that the first time I turned it on it blew the electrics in my house, and I had to get my brother, who luckily is a sparky, round to fix my house. My girlfriend was not pleased. Even though most people would be terrified for it to leave the house I thought it’d be great to write a tune especially for it so I could use it live and incorporate it into the live set up. So I did and creatively called it ‘Organ Song’….I’m sure it’ll have a proper name one day!

We’re very old fashioned in how we approach things. With regards to actual kit all of us use minimal pedals etc. and try to get the most out of our gear for each song. We do this by EQing with amps and tone-switches on guitars. Every song we seem to play is very different to the next, so constant tinkering is required live. Also, for us, the lack of effects forces us to write riffs/songs based on their melody and groove as apposed to the actual tone etc. If a riff sounds shit on an acoustic then chances are its a shit riff, however, if it sounds great on an acoustic then its gonna sound great on any guitar. The same applies to the bass in that sense. Me and Dio try to write counter melodies/riffs to one another as apposed to just bass lines that help push the rhythm. That way because there’s only three of us it adds so much more to the overall sound of Kilamojo.

You played with Band Of Skulls last year, how was that?
That was a pretty amazing experience, purely because of the fact that they personally chose us to play with them based on a self (and shoddily) produced demo EP that they heard. The actual gig itself was amazing and the guys in the band were lovely folks. The drummer they had with them at the time (Julian Dorio) has played with Josh Homme, The Whigs and Eagles Of Death Metal so that was an extra cherry on the cake. He was coincidentally the drummer with The Eagles Of Death Metal at The Bataclan when the terrorist attacks occurred. The gig overall was an amazing experience.

Last album you bought/streamed?
Alex: Hiatus Kaiyote Choose Your Weapon. Its got a song called ‘Shaolin Monk Mother Funk’ on it: whats not to like.
Dio: Beck, Bogert and Appice Beck, Bogert and Appice
Phil: Vulfpeck Mr Finish Line

What’s next for the band?
Hopefully more gigs, we just want to play live. Once ‘Tock Tick’ is out there we want to get back in the studio asap to record a follow-up, and just keep making the music we love. Our next hometown show is supporting Mellor at The Black Prince on Saturday June 16th.

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide May 2nd – May 8th 2018

DON BROCO Wednesday May 2nd The Roadmender, Northampton Bedford’s versatile rockers continue to plug second album Technology. Doors 7pm, SOLD OUT [check for returns] ICE CREAM HEADACHE + BLACKMAIL BOX…

DON BROCO
Wednesday May 2nd
The Roadmender, Northampton
Bedford’s versatile rockers continue to plug second album Technology. Doors 7pm, SOLD OUT [check for returns]

ICE CREAM HEADACHE + BLACKMAIL BOX
Wednesday May 2nd
The King Billy, Northampton
Captain Beefheart/Zappa-style rock from Peterborough, plus grimy post-punk hailing from Nottingham. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

SURGE + GARDEN + SKIRT
Friday May 4th
Club 43, Northampton
‘Green Carnation’ clubnight, hosted by The Barratts. Headliners are Clacton angular garage-rockers Surge, featuring a couple of ex-Northampton Uni students, with able support from the exciting alt-rockers from Northampton [promoting new single ‘Hate Me’] and Corby [promoting their debut EP] respectively. Doors 9pm, £4 on the door.

HARMFOOL + TYPE 22 + BROKEN EMPIRE
Friday May 4th
The Lab, Northampton
NN stands for New Noise, right? Hardcore, indie and hard rock sounds from Northampton and Towcester. Doors 7pm, £5 on the door

SKULL ABOVE THE CANNON + ZOIC + LOOSE TOOTH + BLACK GABANZA + KYNGS
Friday May 4th
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
Metal to the Masses heat one, courtesy of HOP. Sicilian power trio headline, Leicester hardcore just before them, NN grungers one spot below, with South-East and Manchester bands opening proceedings. Doors 7pm, £5 on the door

MOTH + LJ, YOU & GRENE + ROCAKFELLA + SANE
Saturday May 5th
UFO Pavilion, Northampton
‘Club Eclectica’ is a brand new night from Andy Skank at the Racecourse Pavilion. Expect diverse and varied sounds, featuring top DJs and live electronic performances. Doors 10pm, £5 on the door

A-HEADS + SURGERY WITHOUT RESEARCH
Saturday May 5th
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
Wessex`s A-Heads formed in 1980 from Wiltshire`s punk scene, with support from Kent’s noughties-formed agit-punks. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE BIG DIRTY + MANAKING + WAKE IN THE WATERS + GOODNIGHT VENICE + DARK SKY PARK + SALTLAKE + CHARLIE INDESTRUCTIBLE
Sunday May 6th
The King Billy Rock Bar, Northampton
Alldayer with various shades of rock and pop represented from all over the UK, headlined by recent New Boots interviewees The Big Dirty, playing their first show of 2018. Doors 2pm, free entry

SKIRT + SHADOW OF THE SUN + LUNA ROSA + FLASH PEASANTS +  SKYFLOOD + THE MODERN AGE + FAMILY OF NOISE
Sunday May 6th
Corby Town Bar [Steel Park], Corby
The Corby scene bands together this bank holiday weekend in aid of the NightLight homeless charity. NightLight seeks to relieve poverty among rough sleepers and other homeless adults in Corby and surrounding areas by providing a night shelter and other support services. Doors 1pm, £5 from the venue/on the door

WISHING WOLF + SPRING.FALL.SEA + LAST CHANCE + HILLWOOD + ACOUSTIC ACTS
Sunday May 6th
The Olde England 2, Wellingborough
HOPS bank holiday bash, with a nice bunch of alternative, post-hardcore and pop punk bands playing, and numerous local acoustic acts earlier in the afternoon. Doors 1pm, free entry

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New Music Friday: Garden

Northampton alt-rock quartet Garden follow up their 2017 debut EP with new single ‘Hate Me’, which you can hear below. Here’s some background on the band and song, courtesy of a…

Northampton alt-rock quartet Garden follow up their 2017 debut EP with new single ‘Hate Me’, which you can hear below. Here’s some background on the band and song, courtesy of a quick chat with singer/guitarist Cam Pike.

How/why/when did you guys get together?
We first got together in sixth form as we were all friends and discovered we all liked similar music and so we naturally started writing together.

For those who don’t know Garden, how would you describe your sound? Any major influences you want to share?
We find it difficult to pin ourselves down in a single genre as we are influenced by such a wide range of music and styles such as Wolf Alice, Alex Ebert and Band of Skulls. Although we would describe ourselves as fairly undefinable the genre we often get referred to as would be alternative rock.

What has the reaction to the ‘City People Are Weird’ EP been like?
The reaction has been really humbling. We’ve seen a lot of support in our home town especially, with every song being played on BBC Introducing Northampton and ‘We Need Guns’ receiving Track of the Week. For us it’s been a great experience to actually release our music, as the writing and recording process is so important to us.

Tell us about ‘Hate Me’.
‘Hate Me’ was recorded at The Lodge in Northampton, the same place that we recorded our EP. It was something we realised we wanted to be our next release whilst recording City People Are Weird. We all believe in it and felt it was the right next step.

‘Hate Me’ has some strong words. Is writing a song like that a cathartic process for you?
Yes it really is, the lyrics are very important to us as the issues and feelings in the lyrics are all real and something personal to me, and so it is important to express that. The process of writing a song as a band has become very therapeutic for us, it’s a distinct part of who we are and it’s amazing to be able to share that with your best friends.

You have a great live following. What do you think makes people keep coming back to see you?
We can’t say for sure what keeps people coming back but we hope it’s because people see the human in us, but we guess our live following comes down to our indescribable sound and the fact that it’s probably better to watch four friends doing what they love together. Also, it must be funny to watch something different go wrong every time we play.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Cam – Lil Peep ‘Come Over When You’re Sober’
Jake – Whitney ‘Light Upon The Lake’
Tom – Of Monsters and Men ‘Beneath The Skin’
Will – Wolf Alice ‘Visions Of A Life’

What plans do you have for the rest of the year?
Another single, another EP, and lots of touring.

 

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New Music Friday: The Big Dirty

Northampton’s hard rocking quartet The Big Dirty are on the comeback trail, and celebrate this with new tracks ‘Safeword’ and ‘Queen Of Hearts’. New Boots catches up with bassist James…

Northampton’s hard rocking quartet The Big Dirty are on the comeback trail, and celebrate this with new tracks ‘Safeword’ and ‘Queen Of Hearts’. New Boots catches up with bassist James Cutler.

How/when/why did you guys get together?
We have been in bands together in some form for the past 15 years! Dave and Chris were played together at school/college and myself and James have been in a few bands since the age of 15. We gave it a rest for a few years until we started to get the itch for the rock n roll lifestyle again. So we started up The Big Dirty! We called on Dave to play the drums as our previous guitarist had played with him before and couched for his abilities. It was only this year that Chris joined as our new guitarist. Chris composed the score for the Rhythm Of My Drum music video and we have been working with him on an up and coming collaboration project with local rapper Tony Ceasar. We instantly clicked and haven’t looked back.

How would you describe your sound?
We like to say it’s Sex Rock! we all have massively different influences which we like to think gives us a fresh sound! We like to sing about all things sex, drugs and rock’n’roll.

Who are your main influences?
We all have a wide range of influences such as He is Legend, Underoath, Pink Floyd, Matt Corby, Emery, Breathe Caroline, Buck Cherry, Pendulum, Led Zep, Dead Sara, Alter Bridge, Ozzy, Dream Theatre, The Beatles, Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi, Bloc Party & The Libertines.

Tell us about the new songs
‘Safeword’ is the first track we have written with new guitarist Chris. In our first practice he showed us the riff and two hours later we had the track! Everything we’ve written has just felt natural and fun which we think shows in the music. ‘Safeword’ is a good example of how our sound has changed and what to expect.

We are releasing ‘Queen of Hearts’ this Monday so make sure you pop in and check it out.

What are your live shows like? They look pretty wild from some of the footage we’ve seen…
For us music is about the live show! It’s no good having a great energetic track then standing there like lemons while playing it live. Nothing is planned, we just get up on stage and whatever happens happens! Things do get pretty wild!

What has been your favourite band moment?
This is a tough one! Being on tour with Synergy Protocol from Denmark was an amazing experience, it showed us that being in a band can be hard work and we loved it! All our live shows are our favourite moments, it’s why we do it! We have amazing loyal fans and watching them go nuts is the best!

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
JC…Underoath ‘Erase Me’
Chris…Deadmau5 ‘Wheres The Drop?’
James…Marshmellow’
Dave…Justin Bieber ‘Baby’

What plans do you have for the rest of 2018?
We have a lot of great shit going on already this year! We are working on a colab track with Northampton rapper Tony Ceasar and Giant Dwarf, who directed and filmed our Rhythm Of My Drum music video for us. Keep an eye out for this cause its different than anything else you’ve heard! We have a new booking agent so loads of shows to come and we’re currently working on a new EP which will hopefully be released end of summer/autumn time!

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