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Album review: Shorty ‘The Northampton Underground’

SHORTY The Northampton Underground [ShoeTown Records] Northampton singer-songwriter Shorty [aka Chris White] has quickly followed up his enticing 2017 album Abington Park with a big collaborative effort. It’s an album…

SHORTY
The Northampton Underground [ShoeTown Records]

Northampton singer-songwriter Shorty [aka Chris White] has quickly followed up his enticing 2017 album Abington Park with a big collaborative effort. It’s an album almost thirty years in the making [at least the concept – of a big group effort with strings and brass – is a long held desire of White].

The title is reference to the 2014 spoof that Northampton once had an underground train system in the early 20th century, which has the immediately impact of warmth towards the album. It surely also works as a metaphor for many of the players on the this album and what they represent. And make no mistake, this is a very Northampton album. The inlay artwork has the London Underground map with stations annotated with ShoeTown places of interest to Shorty [everything from ‘Cobblers and ‘Semilong’ to in-jokes like ‘John’s House’].

White, a former member over the years of The Clique, Happy in Heaven, and Abbey Park,  has assembled some of the town’s best talent to bring his vision to life. Some of P-Hex are here, for example. Local cheesemonger Stevie Ward serves up guitar left right and centre. And so on and forth. Musically over fourteen tracks and forty-seven minutes there’s a little something for everyone. Let’s delve in, shall we?

(I’ll Be Your) Plus One’ is a 70s style glamish romp with ELO harmonies. Roxy-style sax solo is a touch too. ‘It’s Alright’ and ‘Out In The Sun’ later on cover similar ground [aural comfort blankets for the winter months]. ‘How Can This Be Love?’ is the first of two performances featuring Californian singer Danie Hollobaugh, who shares leads vocal on this nice, if saccharine, duet. ‘I’ll Find A Place’, the other song, is sadly a flat, rather derivative outing. ‘Feeding the Duchess’ is an alt-country with rasping bluesy harmonica intro from Dom Strickland [The Clique]. It’s melodic and inviting, as it details domestic bliss [“I’ll buy you a Chinese on Friday night”]. ‘I Wish’ contains more Wilco-esque musings, and White has this style down pat. 

‘Caravan’ has Lindsay Spence and Nathan Bundy from P-Hex joining in on the baggy dystopian stomper that is a lot of fun. Stay with Me’ is pure soft-rock with Fleetwood Mac vocals. ‘There Was a Time’ has Andy Orr (drummer with The Scene and Small World) on it. It is Beatles-esque psychedelia on the production side [backwards guitar, compressed Hammond, etc], it’s very charming in its period detail. ‘Ticket by Chance’ brings on the soul-jazz flavours – plenty of flute! – a Weller meets Mayfield sort of thing. Lovely too it is.

‘Thank You’ is gorgeous stringed pop that really needs to be heard by everyone who reads this review. Go stream right now in fact. ‘As I Wait Alone for You’ and ‘I Said a Thing or Two’ finish the album in melancholic balladry style, both featuring Martin Stephenson [of The Daintees fame] on piano and guitar. They are quietly affecting; the mariachi trumpet opening the final song setting the mood just right. 

The Northampton Underground is a sprawling, often very pleasing, piece of work. Dip in and find your version of Shorty that’s suited to you, then spread the good word amongst your NN friends. 

Phil Istine

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New Music Friday: SkyFlood

Northampton rock quartet SkyFlood have been on the edges of the music scene for a bit of time now, but firmly seem set on making a name for themselves in…

Northampton rock quartet SkyFlood have been on the edges of the music scene for a bit of time now, but firmly seem set on making a name for themselves in 2019 with a revised line-up and a series of singles, starting with the marvellous 70s-style rock-pop of ‘Destiny’. New Boots spoke to the band about how they got here and where they go next.

How did you guys get together?
Craig O’Donnell: SkyFlood started about two years ago and not long after we released our first single ‘Flawless’. Since that time we’ve played many shows in and around Northants, but we’ve only recently began to gain some momentum as our current line up. We had a couple of band member replacements, but now it’s the strongest as a group it’s ever been. Rob and Lewis joined in November after advertising online, and Oli and I met through our old bass player over a year ago. With Oli it was love at first sound for me; he really kicked some of the songs up the backside and got them moving.

How would you describe your sound? Who are your main influences in music?
Craig O’Donnell: I would say it’s upbeat and colourful, as well as being quite dark at the same time. One of my main influences over recent years is Hans Zimmer – there is so much feeling in his scores and sometimes it’s nice to hear music without lyrics to make your own world up in a piece of music. My other influences include Radiohead, London Grammar, and Muse.
Oliver Law: Our sound is very different to anything up-and-coming. We have a wide variety of influences and sounds which all mash together to make something unique. My main influence is Queen which hopefully shows through my style of playing a little.
Lewis Else: Some stand out drummers for me are Jon Beavis [Idles]. He has such an driving and relentless sense of energy. Of course Players like Stewart Copeland too, filled with feel without overplaying ever.
Robert Hughes: Music taste? I like to keep it varied. As much as I love spag bol, I wouldn’t want to eat it every night and I try to keep it that way with music too – a nice varied diet. As players I like John Mcvie and John Deacon because they both focus on serving the song, but both are capable of adding some of the most memorable touches. Think ‘The Chain’ or ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ – in both cases simple but trademark bass lines.

What was the reaction like to ‘Flawless’ single, from 2017?
Craig O’Donnell: ‘Flawless’ was strange just because we released the song before playing any gigs and also had it played on BBC Introducing, so for anyone who listened to it that would have been their first time hearing it before they had even seen us perform it. The initial reception was great; we managed to get a few gigs just from that song alone, and it really helped us to build a platform to progress.

Tell us about this new single, ‘Destiny’.
Oliver Law: ‘Destiny’ was the first track I jammed with Craig. It started off very Supertramp, but it gradually became more dynamic and stronger to get the live shows going with a bang. It’s probably my favourite track.

What are your live shows like?
Craig O’Donnell: I would say, energetic and emotional. Our set starts off quite energetic and we try and carry that through the whole set but with the lyrics of some of the songs it balances out quite nicely

Are you part of a wider scene in Northamptonshire, playing with like-minded bands? Any favourite bands/venues to play with?
Craig O’Donnell: Yeah, my favourite place I think is probably The White Hart in Corby. It can be quite an intimate but explosive venue and when everything is just right it can make for some amazing shows there. My favourite band is Sarpa Salpa: we played our very first gig with them, and they were so lovely and kind to us and ever since I’ve been a massive fan of them, and their music is great too. My other close favourite is definitely King Purple – we haven’t played with them but really want to, they’re again so lovely and make amazing tunes.
Oliver Law: I’m more familiar with the Northampton venues than local bands. We’ve played a few local venues. I Always love the King Billy because it’s quite well known. Hopefully we can move up to the Roadmender before the year is out.

What has been your favourite band moment of the past year?
Craig O’Donnell: My favourite moment is actually hearing ‘Destiny’ on BBC Northampton, because there was nearly a point it wasn’t going to see the light of day and to top it off Lal had very lovely words to say about it, which I was ecstatic with.
Oliver Law: Favourite moment of last year was finally getting ‘Destiny’ and a few of our other tracks recorded. We went through a couple of producers because we were very picky about the mix, and we drove them out of the country. But we eventually got there with a company called Damage Audio, who has absolutely knocked it out the park

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Craig O’Donnell: Mine was an Icelandic Artist called Olafur Arnalds, called Re:member
Oliver Law: The last album I bought…25 copies of our unreleased EP, because it’s that good.
Lewis Else: The last EP I bought was Flamingods ‘Kewali’. It’s a crazy mix of eastern folk mixed with psychedelia and electronic music

What is your burning desire for the band to do in 2019? What plans do you have?
Robert Hughes: To play some gigs, write some anthems, entertain the masses and have some excellent fun.
Craig O’Donnell: Destiny is going to be the first release of 2019 and definitely not the last from what we’ve got lined up.

‘Destiny’ is out now across the usual digital platforms. Photo credit: Hana Smith

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Album review: Ecco Pine

ECCO PINE ECCO PINE [self-released] Hailing from our very own ShoeTown are brand new alternative/electro-rock trio Ecco Pine – aka Adam [guitar and vocals], Ali [guitar] and Louis [bass and…

ECCO PINE
ECCO PINE [self-released]

Hailing from our very own ShoeTown are brand new alternative/electro-rock trio Ecco Pine – aka Adam [guitar and vocals], Ali [guitar] and Louis [bass and synth]. Though the band only formed last year they have certainly made a grand entrance to the music scene; their unique ambient sound means they are by no means late to the party. In a recent success for the band their track ‘More Than This’ was featured on the ‘Best Up and Coming Acts of the East Midlands’ Spotify playlist, alongside other favourites The Keepers and Sarpa Salpa.

The album’s seamless blending of rock and electronic tones creates a unique ambience that gives the band its distinct sound. Imagine the lovechild of Massive Attack, Vampire Weekend and Talking Heads – if you can! Nature is a constant element running through the album, from the panoramic artwork of an open road, stretching far into the distance, sandwiched between the sea and alpine woodland, to the carefully constructed tracks.

The floaty, atmospheric style immediately transports you to another place: a tranquil forest glade or mountain top of your choosing, somewhere entirely removed from the reality of everyday life. It offers an outer body experience for your mind. Such features beautifully combine in ‘The River’, with its crystal-clear, flowing serenity, and ‘Pines’, with its movement and moments of darkness, mirroring a night-time woodland trek.

The bands indie influence shows through, in tracks ‘More Than This’ and ‘Stranger Things’, the latter tipping its hat to the popular series of the same name. ‘Aliens’, of a sci-fi influence, and ‘White Wall’ further the album’s themes of escaping the here and now, echoing some melancholic lament for the current state of things.

Here’s hoping it’s the start of things to come for the band. Be sure to show some local support and stream or download your copy.

Rachel Thomas

Ecco Pine is now available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and Amazon Music

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New Music Friday: Type 22

New Northampton indie-punks Type 22 have released their first audio recordings, a double A-side single ‘ROT’/’Haunt Me’, and there’s no denying they’re a couple of lo-fi bangers. New Boots got the…

New Northampton indie-punks Type 22 have released their first audio recordings, a double A-side single ‘ROT’/’Haunt Me’, and there’s no denying they’re a couple of lo-fi bangers. New Boots got the lowdown from singer/guitarist Cameron Godfrey.

How did you guys get together?
I joined the band about three years ago through Tommy [guitarist] and Lewis [bassist]. We had two different members who have left, as they moved further away. After that we played as just me, Harry [keyboards], Lewis and Tommy for a year or so, and then just last year we found a drummer, Luke, who suited the band perfectly.

How would you describe your sound? Who are your main influences?
I would say it’s in some elements British punk, indie and rock. A mix of Granddaddy and various other artists in the indie and punk genre, like Parquet Courts.

Tell us everything about this double A-side single, ‘Rot’/’Haunt Me’.
‘ROT’ is a tune that I wrote in my bedroom: at first trying to make a song that sounded a little bit like Highly Suspect, but absolutely failed and made something else instead. Then I brought it to the band and then we completely changed it again . The song is lyrically based off the poem ‘Ozymandias’, showing that people in power will eventually ROT away. ‘Haunt Me’, written by Harry, is about trying to justify being selfish and ignoring the plights of the outside world.

What are your live shows like?
Our live shows are very energetic and loud! We like to present our music in our movements and interaction with each other.

Are you part of a wider scene in Northamptonshire, playing with like-minded bands? Any favourite bands/venues to play with?
Most of the time we play locally, but recently we’ve been starting to play elsewhere. We recently played at the Craufurd Arms which was great, but our most enjoyable gig was at the Roade Football Club. One band we played with was called Bilk [Essex punks] and we became really big fans of them to this day.
 
What has been your favourite band moment of the past 12 months?
Probably at Roade FC, just because we had the opportunity to play a two hour set and the crowd were amazing and so into the music.
 
What was the last album you bought/streamed?
I streamed Songs For The Deaf by Queens Of The Stone Age, and the last album I bought, on vinyl, was Joy As An Act Of Resistance by Idles.
 
What is your burning desire for the band to do in the future? What plans do you have?
We are all hoping to become a bigger band and play at bigger gigs. I think we all want to be able to fill a big room, such as the Roadmender, with total strangers that came to listen to us . That’s our goal.
 
‘ROT’/’Haunt Me’ is out via the usual download/streaming sites
 

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Audio exclusive: Baby Lung ‘Casualty’

Baby Lung are a fresh new Northampton quartet, mixing minimalist emotional indie with a hint of jazzy vibes. Their debut single from back in November, ‘She’, laid out the agenda:…

Baby Lung are a fresh new Northampton quartet, mixing minimalist emotional indie with a hint of jazzy vibes. Their debut single from back in November, ‘She’, laid out the agenda: an atmospheric ’80s sound [like your man Ryan Adams might do], with a steady hypnotic rhythm backing dreamy guitars and synths to create a sum greater than its parts. New Boots spoke to singer/bassist Maxx Riley about these early days of the band, and we can exclusively reveal the audio to follow-up single, the harder-hitting ‘Casualty’, below.

How  did you guys get together?
Back in November 2017 I was pretty much done with music. My previous band [We Animals] was playing a few good shows and putting out some good music, but we couldn’t get to that next level. I had just come out of a relationship so I wasn’t focused on making music and at the time I was also working in the music industry, so music had become a chore more than a passion. Me and Mat [Day], who plays lead guitar in Baby Lung, were setting up some acoustic guitars for work, and I remember watching him play these jazz chords that I hadn’t heard before – I was very much ‘the same four chords with a capo on’ type of songwriter. I asked him to teach me a few chords and I managed to write a song with them. One song became a couple and then a few and so on. I managed to get the buzz of writing back and I straight away knew that Mat had to play guitar in the band. I had worked with Harry [Dinnage], who plays drums for Baby Lung, in my previous band so I was aware of how talented he was. I asked if he wanted to come and jam with us and we instantly clicked and had three songs complete in our first practise. For the next year we decided that we weren’t going to rush into gigging and instead we spent six months being unknown, with no social medias, just perfecting the songs and finding our sound. After recording our first two singles we were introduced to Matt [Willett], our saxophonist/rhythm guitarist, who has added so much to our songs already. It has only been a couple months with Matt but instantly we’re all on the same page with writing, and we’re all equally as committed to pushing ourselves and making music that we want to hear.

Who are the main influences that make up this project, do you think?
We all bring something completely different to the table, so I think this would need to be answered individually. For me personally it was Paul Weller, Jamie T, Mike Skinner (as well as others) that turned me from a drummer to a songwriter. I learnt that you could have fun with the lyrics whilst also keeping them relatable for everyone. I was very late in discovering the greats of music, and only in the last two years I’ve discovered geniuses such as Nat King Cole, Vera Lynn, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis Jnr., as well as many others which has really opened my eyes to a new way of writing. Luckily we’re all quite open minded people so we could be listening to Charlie Parker one day and then The Beatles the next. There’s currently a rise of current artists putting their twists on genres such as Yellow Days, Puma Blue, King Krule etc. I think they’ve influenced us to write what we want to write and to not be afraid to flirt between genres. I think as a band we unintentionally take different musical characteristics from different genres, such as the change of dynamics used in grunge to the catchy choruses used in indie or the real bluesy guitar solos mixed with jazz chords etc. We see no point in restricting ourselves and at the same time manage to keep ‘our sound’.

What was the reaction like to your first release, ‘She’?
I was real nervous about releasing ‘She’, and we actually waited around five months to release the single. We were unknown, so it was important to us to have a good single to release accompanied with an equally as good music video, which our close friend Ryan Johnson shot for us, in order to get people’s attention – which I believe we have done. Off the back of this we’ve received compliments from friends, family, members of the public, some high up people in the music industry and we’ve received numerous gig offers which we’re thrilled with. I think ‘She’ was the first song we ever worked on as a band, so I’m happy it’s gone down so well.

Tell us about this new song, ‘Casualty’.
The one piece of criticism we’ve received from a review was that ‘She’ was basic in terms of song structure, i.e verse chorus verse chorus etc. Although it was intentionally written like that I can’t wait for people to check out ‘Casualty’. Structurally this song is miles apart from ‘She’, and really shows our songwriting skills. I don’t like to go into too much details about what the song means as I hope they are subjective to whoever is listening. However the main premise is falling in love, and having that fear that at any minute it could end.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Maxx – Julie Is Her Name by Julie London
Mat – Carolina Confessions by Marcus King
Harry – Con Todo El Mundo by Khruangbin
Matt – Skylight by Pinegrove

What is your burning desire for the band to do in the future? What plans do you have?
Our burning desire is the same as any other band; play big shows, record albums, etc. At the minute we’re happy with staying low and writing more and continuing to be perfectionists. We’re heading into the studio in early 2019 to record an EP, with a number of music videos to follow. We’re at the stage now where we can start to look for gigs and we plan to gig all across the UK.

Casualty hits the streaming/download services on January 4th

 

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Video premiere: The Keepers ‘You’re All I Need’

Northampton quartet The Keepers release their fifth single ‘You’re All I Need’ tomorrow, Friday October 26th. New Boots is the place to exclusively see the accompanying video first. Shot by Alex…

Northampton quartet The Keepers release their fifth single ‘You’re All I Need’ tomorrow, Friday October 26th. New Boots is the place to exclusively see the accompanying video first.

Shot by Alex Bass [and with single artwork by Nallie Simpson], there is a limited edition 7” version of the single available by contacting the band themselves on social media [£7 plus postage and packaging].

We asked singer/guitarist Jordan Jones about the song. “‘You’re All I Need’ was written back in February and we added it into the setlist that same month. We really knuckled down with releasing music this year. We recorded it in June and decided to do it properly and release it on vinyl.” 

He continues: “2018 has been a fantastic year for us so far. We’ve still got a few more months to go until we can crack open a bottle of wine and put our feet up for a few weeks. We always make a list each year of things we want to achieve and so far they’ve all been ticked off – I’m really quite exciting for what we’re planning for next year!”

You can catch the band play a hometown show at The Roadmender on Friday December 7th.

The Keepers on Facebook. Cover photo by Neil McCarty

 

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Ten Of The Best: The Lovely Eggs

Ten Of The Best, with The Lovely Eggs, who play the Northampton Roadmender on Sunday October 21st. Don’t Look at Me (I Don’t Like It) [2011] Have You Ever Heard…

Ten Of The Best, with The Lovely Eggs, who play the Northampton Roadmender on Sunday October 21st.

Don’t Look at Me (I Don’t Like It) [2011]

Have You Ever Heard A Digital Accordion? [2008]

Fuck It [2011]

Wiggy Giggy [2018]

I Just Want Someone To Fall In Love With [2012]

Magic Onion [2015]

People Are Twats [2011]

Allergies [2011]

I Like Birds But I Like Other Animals Too [2008]

Big Sea [2018]

 

 

 

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New Music Friday: Grace

Kettering quartet Grace have been making a name for themselves away from the spotlight these past two years, and now with the latest single ‘Lately’ it is time for New…

Kettering quartet Grace have been making a name for themselves away from the spotlight these past two years, and now with the latest single ‘Lately’ it is time for New Boots to have a word in their ear and discover what they’re all about.

How did you get together?
Back in 2014 our singer Jamie got tired of playing guitar in the mirror and decided to recruit three other guys to form a band. This new band consisted of James Virtue on bass, Nathan Robinson on drums and Josh Menon on second guitar (along with Jamie on vocals and lead guitar). Although we had aspirations to do bigger things we basically just got together every week on a Tuesday lunch in school and played ‘Voodoo Child’ until we’d pissed off enough people within 100 yards! From then on things pretty much stayed the same until we realised we couldn’t move forwards playing stale Presley songs and half assing a few Chilli numbers, so Jamie wrote a few songs and we put our heads to something new. Ever since 2016 we’ve been writing, playing and, when we have the funds, recording our own material. In short, we got together because we all thought, and still think, that we have something to offer musically that is worth listening to. We wanted to recreate that feeling you get when you first hear a new band that sparks something you forgot you could feel.

How would you describe your sound?
Our sound largely derives from a combination of minimalism, typically in the verses, and then more complex, powerful passages. Sort of like if you took Kurt Cobain’s approach to writing a pop song, then added the rhythm of the Chilli Peppers! Often we’ll write our songs with sections to highlight the drums, paired nicely with a bass line that complements them, giving the music a driving energy. This energy is something we’ve really worked at these last few months in our live performances, as this was the best thing about the gigs we went to – and separated the memorable bands from the alright ones. We found that the best way to tap into this energy was a blend of tight playing and wild moments that were unique to each performance.

We think a lot about texture when it comes to our sound, making sure that a song has the right mixture of loud and soft, full and empty passages. It was through this that we started to include drastic changes in texture to encourage a reaction from the listener/crowd, for example including sudden stops and switches from everybody in to just the vocals or even the drums. We’re expecting our sound to change and develop in the coming months, as our guitarist Josh has decided to leave and do his own thing in London, which will mean a different approach to our songs and maybe more stripped-back arrangements.

What are your main influences?
In terms of our sound we take a lot of inspiration from ’90s bands like Nirvana and Radiohead, and Britpop, along with the noughties indie bands we grew up on, like the Arctics, Kooks and Strokes. We reckon if you were to take Nirvana’s erratic sound and apply it to carefully written songs and a more Radiohead-like focus on guitar effects, then you’d be pretty spot on with the sort of songs we’re producing at the moment. In the grander scheme of things, we listen to A LOT of music. Other big influences are artists like The Beatles, The Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan (1964-66), Jeff Buckley, The Smiths and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Tell us about the single, ‘Lately’ b/w ‘I’ve Been Thinking’
These two songs came about last autumn, soon after our second EP, Make Your Assumptions (‘Lately’ was actually written by Jamie on the evening of recording sessions). The two songs both show a progression from our older songs and, at least to our ears, show us finding more of our sound. Both songs came from a simple acoustic version, written by Jamie, and were developed by the band in rehearsals (‘I’ve Been Thinking’ sped up considerably and made the transition from a lonely ballad into a tortured rock song). The two songs both deal with the subject of a girl, although neither is about a relationship. ‘Lately’ is set post-breakup and describes the guilt in not giving a person enough attention, and instead “[lying there] alone and think[ing] about all the times [he] should have called [her]”. ‘I’ve Been Thinking’, on the other hand, paints a picture of obsession and directly addresses the subject of this obsession. It is a song that is meant to capture the experience of trying to get someone out your head, but all that happens is you remember snatches of things they’ve said or images of “lifts in [her] car”.

Both songs were chiselled away at in gigs from winter to summer and recorded and mixed in two days, at Parlour Studios on the outskirts of Kettering, with help from our great producer and engineer Neil. The songs were our last project with our guitarist Josh, and we couldn’t have asked for a better way to part ways! We hope you enjoy the tracks as much as we do.

What are your live shows like?
For the past year we have been gigging more and more, making the transition from playing rarely at home functions, to now playing at least two gigs a month. Taking inspiration from other bands we have seen on YouTube and live in person (e.g. the Chillis, Nirvana, Father John Misty, Catfish And The Bottlemen, and Dead Pretties), we have worked at our live performance, focusing on connection to the crowd and the energy generated from this. In the past year our favourite gig, and one that would be an example of us live, was one that we set up ourselves with two local bands (Street Asylum – Uppingham band and Naked Molerats – Kettering band). We invited 200 or so friends and in the end over 270 showed up, bought a ticket, and danced themselves crazy. We never drink before playing as we think it slows us down and stops us from accessing the moment, and we’ve found we don’t need to as, when a gig is going well, the adrenaline and electricity in the air pushes you to do and try things that you can’t conceive in a rehearsal, and it’s this spontaneity that drives our performance.

Are you part of a wider scene in Northamptonshire, playing with like-minded bands? Any favourite bands/venues to play with?
Recently we’ve really enjoyed playing with local bands from all over the county, in Kettering, Corby, Rushden, Northampton and the surrounding villages, with bands like The Scruff, Citrus, Oddity Island, Street Asylum and Sarpa Salpa. These bands have helped us get a feel for the local scene and we have really appreciated the leg up and advice they’ve given us. We’ve played in some cracking venues, our favourites being Kino Lounge [Kettering] and The Charles Bradlaugh [Northampton].

What has been your favourite band moment of the past year?
It has to be from the gig we organised ourselves at the Barton Seagrave Village Hall, with Street Asylum and Naked Molerats. The week leading up to the event, our drummer broke his thumb playing football and, after being casted up, realised that he couldn’t even hold a drum stick in his right hand, let alone play the kit. After considering all our options and mentally preparing ourselves for a last-minute cancellation, Nathan decided to play one handed. We were pretty shocked, and our first reaction was to laugh, but, on hearing his playing at the rehearsal the day before the gig, we realised he was still capable of carrying the set and, more to the point, still playing incredibly. So, although he was shattered by the end, and needed a hand setting up, Nathan played the 80 minute set with complete confidence and maintained the power needed to drive our sound.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
An album we’ve all recently been listening to is Silver Revolver, by [Australian folkie] Angus Stone, under his alias Lady Of The Sunshine. It’s a great mixture of well-crafted ballads and raw ’70s-inspired blues rock.

You’re all relocating to Brighton, is that correct?
Basically Jamie, James and Nathan are moving to Brighton as of this week, and all studying different courses at the British and Irish Institute of Modern Music. Josh has decided to relocate to London instead and focus on his solo career, which we’re really hoping goes well. We’ll miss him a lot! The plan in Brighton is exactly what you’d think: play as often as possible, keep writing and recording new music, and hopefully build a fanbase and see where it goes.

What is your burning desire for the band to do in the future?
As a group we’re very ambitious. We will continue to set challenges for us to meet until we’re selling out gigs not only across the UK but hopefully the US. Bear with us on that one! If we had to pick one thing that as our ‘burning desire’, it would be to write and record a debut album that turns heads and joins the ranks of such great first albums as Oasis ‘Definitely Maybe’, the Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say About I Am… and Jeff Buckley Grace (yes the name was definitely partially inspired by this!). If it means waiting a couple of years until we’re ready to drop it, the ‘perfect debut album’ is something that is definitely on our minds.

‘Lately’/’I’ve Been Thinking’ is available now via the usual steaming/download platforms

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Aug 29th – Sep 4th

MARTYR DEFILED + BORDERS + FROM EDEN TO EXILE + CASKET FEEDER + URSUS Friday August 31st The Roadmender, Northampton Lincoln death metallers begin their final tour in ShoeTown, bringing…

MARTYR DEFILED + BORDERS + FROM EDEN TO EXILE + CASKET FEEDER + URSUS
Friday August 31st
The Roadmender, Northampton
Lincoln death metallers begin their final tour in ShoeTown, bringing fellow Lincoln metallers Borders along for the ride. Northampton/MK/Swindon supports. Doors 6.45pm, £9 tickets

POPES OF CHILLITOWN + EASYDREAD + DOOZER McDOOZE 
Friday August 31st
The Lab, Northampton
A night of skanking from some of the best party bands from around the country: ska-punk from London, reggae from Bedfordshire, and Southend folkpunk. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

LAST CHANCE + WISHING WOLF + THE 182s
Friday August 31st
The White Hart, Corby
Pop-punk/emo shenanigans, three ways. Doors 8pm, free entry

DON LETTS DJ SET
Saturday September 1st
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
The former Big Audio Dynamite member and DJ extraordinaire plays upstairs at the Brad. In the late ’70s he was the DJ that singlehandedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae. Doors 9pm, £10 tickets

THE KEEPERS + SKIRT + GOGO LOCO + CANDIDATES + CHRIS WATSON (THE MOONS) + DUNCAN CRAVEN + MAD MODS AND ENGLISHMEN
Saturday September 1st
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Charity all-dayer raising money for The Harry Matthew’s Small Bowel Transplant Trust. A day of live bands and DJ’s and hoping to raise as much money as possible. Doors 1pm, free entry [donations requested]

P-HEX + LITTLE BITBOY
Saturday September 1st
The Lab, Northampton
Baggy-funksters P-Hex have “reluctantly” decided to allow the release of their debut album Quantum Funkanics [insert review quote]. To celebrate this “brave but ultimately foolhardy act” they play live at The Lab, with the fearless chiptune-tastic Little Bitboy in support. The album will be on sale this evening “for anybody brave enough to purchase”. Doors 8pm, £3 entry

CRAIG DAVID + RITA ORA
Saturday September 1st
The County Ground, Northampton
Pop-tastic fun with the original bo selecta, with the R&B princess in support. Doors 4pm, tickets from £20

JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND + THE DUKES OF BORDELLO + GESTALT
Saturday September 1st
The White Hart, Corby
“Seductive, slow burn narco rock…” or “channelling the moody atmospherics of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds”. Singer and guitarist Jim Jones’ distinctive musical history has spanned several incarnations including The Jim Jones Revue, Black Moses and Thee Hypnotics. Support from trashcan rock’n’roll troubadours from the wrong side of town, and electro art punk from Leicester. Doors 7.30pm, £12 tickets

LUNA ROSA + MUNDAYS + ODDITY ISLAND
Saturday September 1st
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Brash guitars and a touch of nihilism from Corby’s Luna Rosa, who continue their ‘Fear, Filth, Dirt & Death’ tour, bringing it to Kettering with some friends on board. D.I.Y lo-fi psych sounds for the soul from Mundays, whilst Oddity Island bear the gift of oft-kilter folk rock. 8pm doors, free entry

THE ALMIGHTY UPRISERS + SPIRIT BOMB + CRASH INDUCTION
Saturday September 1st
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
This will be No Rest Promotions penultimate gig at the Horseshoe. Headliners come from the north-east, a five-piece Anti-Fascist edgy ska/punk/reggae band. Support from Brum’s energetic punks and MK party punkers. Doors 8pm, free entry

MATT HOLLYWOOD & THE BAD FEELINGS + KING PURPLE
Sunday September 2nd
The Lab, Northampton
Beginning in 1991 with infamous psych-rock provocateurs The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Matt Hollywood has trodden many musical paths over the last two and a half decades. From deceptively accessible BJM standouts like ‘Not If You Were The Last Dandy On Earth’ and ‘Maybe Tomorrow’, to the tripped-out folk pop of The Out Crowd, and the hazy elegance of Rebel Drones, Hollywood’s songwriting has wandered through multiple genres, the playful experimentation always grounded in a core of earnest emotion. Support from Corby grungedelica trio who are making waves. Doors 7.30pm, £11 tickets

ROSS ALEXANDER II + VELVET ENGINE + THE STRAW HORSES
Sunday September 2nd
The Drunken Duck, Kislingbury
A new venue for The Songwriter Sessions, but still three feature-length sets by some of Northamptonshire’s most talented songwriters in a quiet place where music takes centre stage. This time its the singer and songwriter of The Abrahams, San-D Godoy’s yearning alt-folk, and darkly delicious expertly crafted folk from Rob Bray and Corinne Lucy. Doors 7.30pm, £3 entry

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