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New Music Friday: EGO

Milton Keynes/Northampton trio EGO is the new brainchild of Sean Grant, the man behind growly rockers S.G. Wolfgang. Joined by Phill Andreas on guitar and Darren Stephens on drums, the…

Milton Keynes/Northampton trio EGO is the new brainchild of Sean Grant, the man behind growly rockers S.G. Wolfgang. Joined by Phill Andreas on guitar and Darren Stephens on drums, the band are on a mission to get down and dirty with your rock’n’roll desires. Their new eponymously-titled EP, featuring lead single ‘Gurl Is Gunna Kill U’, is a real treat, and New Boots went and got all the background titbits from Mr Grant.

How did you guys get together?
EGO was born from a love of heavier music and boredom. It was an inbetweeny moment of having some free time and throwing together some music which I really enjoyed. Originally it was me and Mark, but it had no future unfortunately, so I recruited some mates that just so happened to play the required instruments. Three mates playing in a band having a laugh, just like when we all aspire to start our first band with starry eyes.

How would you describe your sound? Who are your main influences?
Angry sexy shouty punky rock. Definitely if Jamie Lenman had a gangbang with Idles and Frank Carter.

What was the reaction like to your ‘Social Media SUX’ single last year? It seems the social media backlash is in full effect these days…
Yeah it was good; I think people were digging it as it was a bit different. BBC Introducing gave it some love, which we’re always appreciative of. Ah social media, we all love and hate you. It’s still a great platform to reach a fan base, although now you mainly have to pay for advertising to reach that fan base. Although I can’t see it going anywhere.

Tell us everything about this new EP
It is mind blergh from my brain. Whatever’s in there comes out in my writing. It’s heavy, but it’s melodic and screamy – but hopefully in the right places. It’s angry and it’s cheeky, but it has its sombre moments. It’s the whole flipping spectrum in five tracks. It’s fundamentally EGO. It’s not taking itself too seriously, it’s having fun. It’s remembering why you want to make music, and loving it again. I fundamentally write all the tracks with embellishment from the lads, and in the same way I record and produce all of it too. It’s something that I’ve played at before, and with this project wanting to to have complete control it just made sense to to do it myself. That’s why we’ve birthed Alt:Disco Records too; it’s all our vehicle and we’re looking forward to being at the steering wheel. ‘Gurl Is Gunna Kill U’ was from Friday nights DJing the club night Alt:Disco [at The Craufurd Arms]. Seeing the endless pursuit by men of the women on the dancefloor, and thinking “man that girl is going to kill you”…or “that girl is literally going to kill you”. I love a play on words, a double-edged sword… And a song was born.

What are your live shows been like so far?
Amazing noisily horribly fun. It definitely has a more interesting stage dynamic with myself just screaming / singing, a guitarist guitaring and a drummer drumming. We have our own little bubble, and I’ve certainly enjoyed the freedom of just being a frontman.

What has been your favourite EGO moment of the past year?
Mark and I did a northern tour which was pretty cool and 100% laughs, and I’m just looking forward to this new release and unleashing the new live setup for the world to see!

Are you part of a wider scene in Northants/Bucks, playing with like-minded bands? Any favourite bands/venues you wanna give a shout out to?
Definitely; I’m always open to collaboration and helping each other out. Definitely The Craufurd Arms in Wolverton, and the most recent band who’ve jumped on the bill at our EP show Loose Tooth – SICK BAND.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
I’m a big fan of local music, so it was actually the new release from Big Loss! Bloody lovely stuff by three lovely people. Apart from that then the new Crows album Silver Tongues is colossus.

What is your burning desire for the band to do in the future? What plans do you have?
All we aspire to is to be bigger than Ginger Snaps.

The EGO EP is out now on Alt:Disco Records via the usual download and streaming platforms

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slowthai to play Milton Keynes next month

Northampton rapper slowthai heads out on his fan-chosen ’99p Tour’ next month, and he plays The Craufurd Arms in Wolverton as one of six dates. Those that pre-order the Nothing…

Northampton rapper slowthai heads out on his fan-chosen ’99p Tour’ next month, and he plays The Craufurd Arms in Wolverton as one of six dates.

Those that pre-order the Nothing Great About Britain album via slowthai.com before 9pm on April 28th will receive exclusive access to tickets for the tour [existing pre-orders are already eligible]. Tickets cost just 99p.

slowthai plays the 300 capacity Milton Keynes venue on Tuesday May 7th. Tickets go on sale Monday April 29th.

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

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

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

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

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

WISHBONE ASH
Friday, November 2nd
The Assembly, Leamington

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

THE ESKIES
Saturday, November 3rd
Esquires, Bedford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Across The Border: gig guide Oct 11th – Oct 18th

Following our inaugural ‘Across the Border’ article last week, here’s a quick run down of some of the gigs taking place at venues in the surrounding counties in the coming…

Following our inaugural ‘Across the Border’ article last week, here’s a quick run down of some of the gigs taking place at venues in the surrounding counties in the coming week. Know of something decent coming up in the coming weeks in the surrounding area? Let us know via the ‘contact us’ page and we’ll consider featuring it in our weekly round up.

FEROCIOUS DOG
Friday October 12th
Esquires, Bedford
It’s been a busy few years for Ferocious dog. Their latest LP, The Red Album, was released last year and in 2016 they played Billy Bragg’s Left Field stage at Glastonbury and toured with The Levellers on their sold out European and UK tour. The band bring their mix of rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations back to the region on Friday night. Support is by The Dirty Tales. Tickets cost £16.50 in advance.

OKILLY DOKILLY
Friday October 12th
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

Ned Flanders-themed metallers Okilly Dokilly are in the UK for the first time and headlining the Craufurd Arms. The band from Phoenix have previously described their sound as ‘Nedal’. Their debut Howdilly Doodilly was released in 2016 and they’re currently working on its follow-up, Howdilly Twodilly. Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets cost £15 in advance.

THE JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET
Saturday October 13th
Esquires, Bedford

The James Taylor Quartet are gearing up for the release of their latest album Soundtrack from Electric Black. Taylor has taken his trademark howling Hammond sound to the masses for more than 25 years, playing a mixture of groove jazz-funk. Support is by DJ Crip. Doors 8pm, tickets £17 in advance.

DIAMOND HEAD
Tuesday October 16th
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes

Influential British heavy metallers Diamond Head are back in the region to headline the Craufurd Arms next week. Despite numerous line up changes over the years, they’re still led by original member – lead guitarist Brian Tatler. The band has been working on the follow up to their 2016 self-titled LP. Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets cost £12 in advance.

THE SARABETH TRIO
Wednesday October 16th
The Stables, Wavendon

SaraBeth, Glen Mitchell, and Vickie Vaughn have teamed up for form the harmony powerhouse SaraBeth Trio. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, the Texas, London and Kentucky natives are have been working with renowned producer Paul Worley. Doors 8pm, tickets £15.

SCOTT MATTHEWS
Thursday October 18th
The Assembly, Leamington

Novello Award winning singer songwriter Scott Matthews​ is playing the Zepher Lounge in Leamington Spa in support of his new album, The Great Untold. Doors open at 7pm, tickets cost £16.50 before fees.

 

 

 

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Across The Border: gig guide Oct 4 – Oct 10

Here at New Boots, our priority is always going to be championing the Northamptonshire music scene, the acts and venues based in the county, and those heading here to play….

Here at New Boots, our priority is always going to be championing the Northamptonshire music scene, the acts and venues based in the county, and those heading here to play.

However, there’s fantastic venues and promoters ‘across the border’ who are doing equally great things. 

With that in mind, today marks the first of what is (hopefully) going to be a quick weekly rundown of what some of the gigs venues nearby have coming up in the coming seven days which may be worthy of your attention.

DUB PISTOLS
Saturday, October 6th
Esquires, Bedford
After a cracking headline set at Bedford’s River Festival this year, The Pad Presents are bringing Dub Pistols back to the region. Mixing equal parts rock, big beat, dub and electronica, the band released their latest album Crazy Diamonds in 2017. Doors open at 8pm, tickets cost £15 in advance before fees.

ENSLAVED
Saturday, October 6th
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
Enslaved are out on a short UK tour and headline the Craufurd Arms on Saturday. The Extreme metal five piece from Norway blend their sound with progressive, melodic rock and in 2017 picked up the Norwegian Album of The Year Grammy award for their LP E. Support is by Svalbard and KRAKOW. Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets cost £16 in advance before fees.

DR FEELGOOD
Saturday, October 6th
The Assembly, Leamington Spa  
‘Pub rockers’ Dr Feelgood may not have released an album for some time, but they’re still live favourites on the gig circuit. Ahead of joining The Stranglers on tour next year, they’re playing across the UK – including a gig in Northampton in November. Before then, you can catch them this weekend in Leamington. Doors open at 7pm, tickets cost £17.68.

THE MOMS
Sunday, October 7th
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
New Jersey DIY power rock trio The Moms are in the UK touring in support of last year’s LP Doing Asbestos We Can. Support at the Craufurd Arms is by The Run Up, The Dead Melody and Safest Spaces. Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets cost £6 before fees.

BARB JUNGR & JOHN McDANIEL
Sunday, October 7th
The Stables, Wavendon
Singer songwriter Barb Junger is teaming up with John McDaniel at The Stables for a night which will be exploring the music of Sting. Doors open at 8.45pm, tickets cost £20 in advance before fees.

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