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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jul 17th – Jul 23rd

THE PHYSICS HOUSE BAND + LAPYEAR Thursday July 18th The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton Brighton quartet who create avant-garde compositions that capture everything from jazz to prog to psych to doom-metal,…

THE PHYSICS HOUSE BAND + LAPYEAR
Thursday July 18th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Brighton quartet who create avant-garde compositions that capture everything from jazz to prog to psych to doom-metal, all combined together with a furious energy  Playing some songs fro their recently completed third record. Lapyear meanwhile are an alternative/indie pop band from London. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

THE WILDE + AXIS ERAZED
Thursday July 18th
The King Billy, Northampton
Loud, raucous rock’n’roll, with a Motown groove. Support comes from ShoeTown’s “female-fronted metal-rock, industro-pop” band. Doors 8pm, free entry

LAY IT DOWN
Friday July 19th
The Lab, Northampton
Urban music night involving rappers, instrumentalists, spoken word, poetry. Plenty of spots open to the public early on, plus confirmed performances from Thunder, Reality, Smiley, Infinite Lore, and many more. Doors 8pm, free entry

BLOOD-VISIONS + BIG LOSS
Friday July 19th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
NN alt-rock heroes and no mistake are your main draw. Support from local trio, all of whom are ex-members of My First Tooth. Doors 8pm, free entry

LIVING COLOUR + CATS IN SPACE + JARED NICHOLS JAMES
Saturday July 20th
The Roadmender, Northampton
NYC jazz-rockers performing their iconic 1988 debut album Vivid, plus other hits. Stellar support too. Doors 7pm, £28 tickets

AMONGST THIEVES + RXPTRS + WHEN WE WAKE
Saturday July 20th
The Golden Horse, Northampton
Quality metal co-headline from the south-west and York, with Luton easycore quartet opening. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

FLYBYFEST
Saturday July 20th
Coronation Park Pavilion, Corby
A one day music event brought to you by Flybybars. Alt-funk from Supergiant, loungey indie from Baby Lung, plus ExP and Versatile, Seniorem & Dukebox, DJ O.P.1, and R U INDIE all on the decks. Doors midday, £5 tickets

TU-KAY & RYAN
Saturday July 20th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Harmonious duo bring the good vibes for the afternoon. 3-6pm, free entry

EMPYRE [acoustic]
Sunday July 21st
The Black Prince, Northampton
Sunday Afternoon Acoustic Session, with local Self Aware rockers doing their thing in an acoustic fashion. Plus open mic spots beforehand. 3pm-6pm, free entry

DAMN TEETH + ROLLING THUNDER
Sunday July 21st
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Glasgow group featuring current and ex-members of Thin Privilege, Black International and Joanna Gruesome, Damn Teeth produce a synth-heavy sound that touches on the dance-noise of Six Finger Satellite, the melodic hysteria of Xiu Xiu and the pop sensibilities of LCD Soundsystem gone sour. Support from new Towcester indie rockers. Doors 7pm, free entry

DEAD FREQUENCY + CRASH INDUCTION
Sunday July 21st
The King Billy, Northampton
Daventry pop-punk trio and MK punk-party starters to enliven your Sunday arfternoon. Doors 4pm, £5 entry

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jul 10th – Jul 16th

DON GALLARDO Thursday July 11th Little Country Smokehouse & General Store, Cransley Nashville-based singer-songwriter playing Americana/country/folk, with four albums to his name. Doors 8pm, £10 tickets NO WORTH OF MAN…

DON GALLARDO
Thursday July 11th
Little Country Smokehouse & General Store, Cransley
Nashville-based singer-songwriter playing Americana/country/folk, with four albums to his name. Doors 8pm, £10 tickets

NO WORTH OF MAN + aAnd? + DEVASTATOR + PRIMAL HOLOCAUST + ORKA
Friday July 12th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Funk-infused metal hailing from Farnborough, deathcore from Bournemouth, speed metal from Derby, plus NN stalwarts. Doors 6pm, £6 tickets

KETTFEST
Friday July 12th – Saturday July 13th
Various locations, Kettering
Annual creative arts celebration over two evenings in various venues. The Shire Horse has JD Blues, Stuart O’Connor, and The FeversThe Three Cocks has Midnight Honey Club and The Abrahams. There’s probably more too, we just can’t find it right now. http://www.kettfest.org

DAXTONBURY FESTIVAL
Friday July 12th – Sunday July 14th
Airfield Road, Podington [nr Rushden]
Located on farmland just beyond Santa Pod Raceway, 30 acts plays, including Electric Black, Naked Next Door, Saving Amy, The Boston Shakers, The Expletives, and many more. Day tickets are £15, weekend £40

ECTON INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Friday July 12th – Sunday July 14th
The Three Horseshoes, Ecton
Live sets from Fargo Railroad Co., The Vincent Vega Band, Stone Mountain Sinners, and Massy Ferguson. There’s food too. Free entry

SILVERSTONE WOODLANDS
Friday July 12th – Sunday July 14th
Silverstone Racing Circuit
The British Grand Prix has plenty of entertainment on offer outside the racing, including music. Ska Face and Candidates play the main stage, among others. The Under The Apple Tree area is curated by Northampton’s very own Whisperer, Bob Harris. Foreign Affairs, Howard Rose, Blue Highways, Curse Of Lono, Clara Bond, Harry Pane, Robert J Hunter Band, Izzie Walsh, and Loud Mountains all play there. Entry to the whole thing is £75

NN LOCALS MARKET
Saturday July 13th
NN Contemporary Art Courtyard, Northampton
Level Records & Hometown Projects present a day of local businesses, artists and music to celebrate all things NN. 12 hours of music, including DJ sets and live electronic performances from Soul Groove and Makobi. The day will include food, art/craft stalls and live art. From 11am, free entry

ACOLYTES + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + BERMUDA
Saturday July 13th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
The first New Music Friday feature we did was in January 2018 with this Rushden lot. The honour must have weighed so heavy, as they pretty much did nothing since then, and are now doing a farewell show. Balls. Support from Corby hardcore sexiness, plus long-presumed-dead experimental funkers from ShoeTown. Attendance is compulsory. Doors 8pm, free entry

PAT FISH
Saturday July 13th
The Black Prince, Northampton
He’s not dead yet! The man they call the Jazz Butcher has been enlivening these parts for many a year, and it’s never nothing short of wholly engaging. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE BLACKHEART ORCHESTRA
Saturday July 13th
The Sargeant Memorial Hall, Brafield-On-The-Green
Proggy Mancunian duo with lots of press praise. The band “blend musical styles in a non-conformist way seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create their unique classically driven, emotion-drenched music”. Doors 7pm, £10 tickets

BISONS + CANYONS
Saturday July 13th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Double feature of gritty and woozy alt/country/folk/rock from NN types who have a bit of experience at this sort of thing. Doors 8pm, free entry

WELLINGBOROUGH DIGGERS FESTIVAL
Saturday July 13th
Old Grammarians Sports Field, Wellingborough
A celebration of “the Poor Inhabitants of the Town of Wellinborrow”. Appearing: Renaissancecore and Baroque ‘n’ Roll with Barnstormer 1649 [feat Attila The Stockbroker], The Blue Foundation, rockin blues and Americana with Dawson Smith & The Dissenters, and local young ‘uns A Time Of Day. Doors 5.30pm, £10 tickets

HAZEYJANE
Saturday July 13th
Kettering Library
The local folkies will be playing two 45 minute sets. The band will be in quartet format with Chris, Kev, Steve and Anna. Doors 7.30pm

SOAP GIRLS + DIVERSION
Sunday July 14th
The King Billy, Northampton
Real, raw and revealing rock’n’roll from the popular sister duo. Support from Bedford punks. Doors 4pm, £5 entry

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jul 3rd – Jul 9th

SUNSINGER & THE HIGH SEAS + PHIL DOLEMAN + KENNETH J NASH Wednesday July 3rd The Rooftrop Arts Centre, Corby Bedford Americana headliner, plus ukulele virtuoso, playing roots/jazz, and opened…

SUNSINGER & THE HIGH SEAS + PHIL DOLEMAN + KENNETH J NASH
Wednesday July 3rd
The Rooftrop Arts Centre, Corby
Bedford Americana headliner, plus ukulele virtuoso, playing roots/jazz, and opened by one of Northants’ most distinguished singer-songwriters. Open mic slots available between acts. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

THE HERRON BROTHERS
Thursday July 4th
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
To promote the release of their new EP ‘The Next Ones’, The Herron Brothers will be touring an intimate, “two voices, two acoustic guitars” show. From 8.30pm, free entry

MUNDAYS + KIAN RUSSELL + TRAGIC
Friday July 5th
The Lab, Northampton
The local stoner rockers Mundays are relocating to Leeds [boo!], so one last chance to wish them well. Bluesmen Russell wowed everyone at the Northampton Music Festival, and here’s another chance to see him in ShoeTown. Teenage punky types open proceedings. Doors 8pm, £5 entry

REPRO JAM SQUAD + P-HEX + LITTLE BITBOY
Friday July 5th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Get ready to be funked up! Funk fusion, baggy funk, and a lil’ bit of Chiptune at the start. Mega! Doors 7pm, free entry

TANNERFEST
Friday July 5th – Saturday July 6th
Loddington Grange, Cransley
The long-running “best party ever”. Main stage acts on Friday are Family of Noise, Unorfadox, Thee Telepaths, Yur Mum, and Electric Cake Salad. Wildfire Sessions stage is Stevie Jones, Wildflower Rogue, Doz, Ideal Forgery, and The Brandy Thieves. On the Saturday Main Stage you get The Abrahams, Jouska, Leisure Tank, Orange Clocks, Sacred Geometry, Spirits of the Earth, Paradise 9, Flutatious, and The Ukrainians; Wildfire Sessions stage involves Steve Birks, Markus Reeves Brotherhood, John Gibbs, Monica and The Explosion, Rob Matheson, JD Blues, Kenneth J Nash Band, Jess Orestano, Paul Henshaw, Modern Age, and Jono and the Uke Dealers.  Tickets are £31 for the weekend.

SKIRT + BENNY P
Friday July 5th
The KK Club, Corby
Birthday special from the spiky indie kings and queens of the Corby underground. Rapper in support. Doors 8pm, £5 tickets

NORTHAMPTON TOWN FESTIVAL
Saturday July 6th – Sunday July 7th
The Racecourse, Northampton
The annual town festival always has a music stage. This year catch Repro Jam Squad, Future Love, GoGo Loco, [sane], Bushpigs, Pure Genius, Ash Tu-Kay, Dee-Ja Vu, and Deep Sea Mountains on the Saturday. Then it’s The 2 Tones, Lunaxis, James Watts & The Avenues, The Very Lazy Sundays, Canyons, and Similar Jones on Sunday. Doors 11am, music from 1pm. Free entry

BOSS CAINE + ODDITY ISLAND
Saturday July 6th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Americana in the evening, indie psych/folk in the daytime session. The latter is 3-6pm, the evening session begins at 9pm. Free entry

LUNAXIS + JESS ORESTRANO
Saturday July 6th
Coach And Horses, Wellingborough
ShoeTown dwelling, folk and blues-influenced, festival-vibed indie pop from Carly and her gang. Support from NN singer-songwriter at this Retro-Beat night. Doors 8pm, free entry

ARNOCORPS
Monday July 8th
The Lab, Northampton
Heroic Proportion Tour Launch Party. The San Fran Bay Area band take ancient Austrian myths such as “Predator,” “Commando,” “Terminator” and “Total Recall” and set them to a sonic onslaught known as action-adventure hardcore rock ‘n’ roll. For nearly 20 years the anti-Austroploitation combatants continue to garner international critical acclaim for their inclusive and empowering live performances. Doors 7pm, tickets £10

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jun 26th – Jul 2nd

THE DEAD SOUTH + NOBLE JACKS Wednesday June 26th The Roadmender, Northampton Four hatted, hairy and bearded Canadian fellas. Neo-folk/bluegrass/alternative country fulfilled with sophomore album Illusion & Doubt. Doors 7pm,…

THE DEAD SOUTH + NOBLE JACKS
Wednesday June 26th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Four hatted, hairy and bearded Canadian fellas. Neo-folk/bluegrass/alternative country fulfilled with sophomore album Illusion & Doubt. Doors 7pm, £20 tickets

MARA + STEREO SKULL + PRIMAL HOLOCAUST
Thursday June 27th
The King Billy, Northampton
Metal super group from Latvia/Germany headline, plus Death/prog metal and black metal from Northants in support. Doors 7pm, free entry

HOP FEST
Friday June 28th – Sunday June 30th
The Black Prince, Northampton
HOP Promotions return with their weekender, this time with three stages each day! Friday brings Holding Absence, Confessions Of A Traitor, From Eden To Exile, High Rise, Kill The Ideal, Faces Of Eve UK, In Fear They Follow, Ursus, Jonestown, Death Valley Knights, A Titan A Dierty, Cutting Teeth, End Of Salvation and Fractions. Saturday brings Vader, Divine Chaos, Ashborn, Crimson Tusk, The Hope Burden, Siderian, Project Noise Death Remains, Sworn Amongst, Democratus, Lady Jane’s Revenge, The Final Clause of Tacitus, Take Refuge, and Akilla. Sunday brings Glamour Of The Kill, Bigfoot, Metasoma, Mage, Repulsive Vision, The Young Hearts, On Hollow Ground, Bleed Again, Soulride, InVisions, The Guts, Dishonour The Crown, Selfworth, Broken Empire, Black Tree Vultures, A New Hope, Dorylus, and Sail. Weekend tickets are £50, day ones cheaper

MADNESS + LIGHTNING SEEDS
Friday June 28th
Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton
Ska-pop legends and Britpop stalwarts combine on an early summer’s evening to entertain ShoeTown at the rugby ground. Doors 4pm, tickets from £44

BITSTREAM
Friday June 28th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Launch party for Bitstream’s new Union EP on Vinyl Underground’s in house label – Live show in the basement , VU and Vintage FutureDJs upstairs. Doors 6pm, free entry

BISONS & THE DEATH ALLEY DRIVERS
Friday June 28th
The Lab, Northampton
Two new-for-2019 ShoeTown bands. Expect talented musicians playing rootsy-inspired music. Doors 8pm, £3 entry

NO MAN GO + ONE LEAF FALLS + NEEDLE IN THE HAY
Friday June 28th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
New Northampton based rock/ pop duo consisting of John and Darran [aka Slimskinny]. Support from local alternative rock quartet, plus art-rock from Leicester. Music from 9pm, free entry

DAN HUGHES
Friday June 28th
The Saxon Tavern, Earls Barton
Local singer-songwriter. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

SHARKTEETH GRINDER + GHOST OF BLU + NAILBREAKER
Saturday June 29th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Corby hardcore leaders have an adjusted line-up that will be debuted in ShoeTown. NN digital hardcore supports. Doors 6pm, free entry

THE KEEPERS + BASEMENT STRIPPERS + ROLLING THUNDER
Saturday June 29th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
A trio of NN/Bedford indie rockers collectively aim to raise the Pomfret’s garden roof. From 7.30pm, free entry

TRAGIC
Saturday June 29th
Radlands Plaza, Northampton
Skate jam with some teenage punk rock to enliven things. From 6.30pm, free entry

STEELFEST
Saturday June 29th
Corby Town FC, aka Steelpark
Annual festival over six arenas. Live music includes performances from Doctor & The Medics, Shadow On The Sun, Solarise, James Watts & The Avenues, King Purple, G & The Sound Tribe, Veins, Flash Peasants, Damon Tang, Haema, Family Of Noise, Yur Mum, and First Wave. Tickets are £10

999 + FIRST WAVE
Saturday June 29th
The Kingfisher, Corby
Punk legends return to SteelTown, with Leicester gang in support. Doors 7pm, £8 tickets

NILE RODGERS & CHIC
Sunday June 30th
Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton
The funk and disco legend brings his hits to the Saints rugby ground. Ticket prices start from £31.88

JACK IN A BARREL
Tuesday July 2nd
The Old White Hart, Northampton
A seven-piece acapella group from Turvey, Bedfordshire. They sing a range of traditional and ‘sounds traditional’ songs, from standards like John Ball to more reflective numbers like John Tams´ Devonshire Carol, taking in the odd shanty and music hall number along the way. Doors 8pm, £5 entry

 

 

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New Music Friday: Kenneth J. Nash

East Northamptonshire musician Kenneth J Nash has been a crucial cog on the scene this past decade, consistently putting out top notch albums, running festivals and recording bands. His New…

East Northamptonshire musician Kenneth J Nash has been a crucial cog on the scene this past decade, consistently putting out top notch albums, running festivals and recording bands. His New Boots interview time has been long overdue, so the release of his new EP ‘The Explorer’ gave us the excuse to get more solid nuggets on his journey so far.

You’ve been making music for a while now; solo since 2010 but before that too. For anyone uninitiated in the way of the Nash, is there a potted history you can give?
My first band was in 1984-6 where I played rhythm guitar. We were still at school and our first proper gig was at the end of term in front of the whole school. We had around a ten minute set of originals penned by our frontman Dominic and the rest were Bob Dylan covers. We didn’t really have a band name as I recall. From there I joined numerous bands, all with little success, but found success as a DJ. I’d grown up with the emergence of early hip-hop and loved cutting and scratching on my hand-me-down 1970s double disco decks (no speed control – just slipmats). My DJ sets were mainly hip-hop, with a bit of soul and reggae thrown in. Spending most weekends DJing and working daytimes meant that I had no spare time for bands. However I kept playing guitar and began to become interested in singer-songwriters. Over the next two decades during periods where I was taking a break from DJing I joined various rock, punk and metal bands as a guitarist or bassist, but it wasn’t till 2010 that I started writing songs for myself to sing. I wrote a song called ‘Tattoos Over Scars’ and added a YouTube video of a picture I’d drawn accompanied by a badly recorded version of the song. It got quite a few views and some great comments so it drove me to become a singer-songwriter.

I’d always used poetry as a means of expressing my feelings but had kept the poems to myself. I realised that poetry and songs are kind of the same thing, and began writing a series of songs that proved cathartic and helped me deal with the issues that spending a life ‘on the road’ had given me. Around this time I was asked to join a band as the lead singer and second guitarist; this was called The Ghost Chorus and featured Rob Reeves, Scott Warner and Cliff Lambert. We fashioned our sound on Nick Cave meets The National, and our first gig was supporting Blacklight Pioneer to a large audience. Unfortunately as these things go we only got to record a couple of tracks before we disbanded. I then made the decision to pursue a solo career.

Who are your main influences in 2019? Musically/non-musically…
I listen to a lot of music. My current favourites include Gregory Alan Isokov and Glen Hansard. Outside of music I would say that I’m influenced by nature and love.

What was the reaction like to your last full-release album Luna? Were you satisfied with the finished work?
It got a good reaction, with some lovely reviews, and the stream numbers now mark it out as my most listened to work. It was a long time in the making though: including being signed to a label, recording it twice for them and then them folding. Meaning the version I released was self recorded and produced. I listen back now and I feel happy with it, as it was a snapshot of the band and I at that time. It was recorded live, so has the feel I wanted. It is the soundtrack to an as yet unmade movie. I had plans to shoot a movie, but they’re still plans at this time. I am satisfied with it as an album, there is some excellent musicianship by my band which includes J M Jones on guitar, Max Mclean (of Miyagi Car Wash) on drums, Jamie Gilbert on bass, Alan Tang on keys and of course Fran Taylor providing beautiful backing vocals.

Tell us everything about this new EP, ‘The Explorer’.
Over the last few years I’ve been working with Musicians Against Homelessness [MAH], having being through some pretty bleak periods of my life. I have been homeless and suffered mental health issues. I wrote the song ‘The Explorer’ about this period, and hope that it can convey the message for those that suffer in silence. I approached MAH who are helping me to promote the release of the EP. There’s been two remixes of the title track so far: Max Mclean has put his Miyagi Car Wash touches on one, and Rob G Nichols has produced an electronica version. I’ve also included an acoustic version, and ‘Around Again’ with just myself and Veronika Rauchfussova, who is a Czech Republic classical violinist. She’s staying with a friend of mine and he introduced us. She is an incredible musician, and unusually for a classically trained musician she enjoys the free flow of playing without sheet music. Which is a bonus as I’m not very good at theory! I’ve also included a live recording of a song of mine, which is called ‘She’s The One That Saved Me’. This was recorded in a log cabin in Wales and is a song about my wife, who saved me from being homeless.

What can we expect from the next album?
I’ve got a couple of album projects on the go. I’m putting together an album of my most listened to tracks from the last ten years, but redone with my band as we are now. This will have the feel of the Miyagi Car Wash remix of ‘The Explorer’, as it’ll be produced by Max Mclean. Then the second album is all new[ish] songs, which will include the songs on ‘The Explorer’ EP, plus some other new ones – and two or three songs from the limited issue album ‘Room 7’ that I released to my core fans last year. This album will be very sparse, whilst hopefully being intimate and totally acoustic and live. I love Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska and this has been an influence, as well as Damien Rice’s back catalogue.

You run the “Old Hotel” record label and studio. Tell us how you operate and why you do it.
When I started releasing my own material I had some label interest, but after reading the small print I was shocked about what I was going to have to give away in order to be signed. I declined this, and further record label interest, as I felt I could do a reasonable job myself. I saw some of my contemporaries caught out by these labels and decided that there was a gap for an honest decent label. Old Hotel Records was born to take care of the artists and bands I knew. I would offer a low cost recording service specialising in live recordings, and coaching on performance and songwriting, then use my network in order to gain the artist recognition. It still operates in the same way to this day. I don’t pretend that I can give artists the rock star lifestyle, but I will help them release their songs and keep all the rights and royalties for themselves. I offer my artists festival slots, radio airplay and contacts to take them further than I can. We have a pretty eclectic roster, but all of them are excellent.

You are very much part of a music scene here in Northamptonshire. Any favourite acts, venues, or festivals you want to give a shout out to?
As a supporter of original music I would like to give a shout out to all original music creators, promoters, bloggers, journalists, radio DJs, venues and festivals. The live scene has been taken over in the towns by covers bands and tribute acts. It’s tough to keep going if you feel your work isn’t valued. But keep on keepin’ on. Art is art whether the public pay to see it or not.

What has been your favourite KJN musical moment of the past 12 months?
My favourite musical moment has been hearing the audiences singing along with my songs. It always gives me a buzz, and I’ve been noticing it happening more and more, especially during the last year.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Gregory Alan Isokov – This Empty Northern Hemisphere. I’m a fairly recent fan, but love this 2009 album.

What is your burning desire to do in the future? What plans do you have in the next few months?
My burning desire is to get both planned albums recorded and released within the next twelve months… I’m not sure if this is achievable! In the next few months I’m on the road playing festivals all over the country. I’d like to also get some demo’s recorded of some new songs that I’ve recently written. Plus I’m exploring some collaborations with other artists and producers.

The Explorer is out now

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jun 19th – Jun 25th

ROCK FEST The King Billy, Northampton Thursday June 20th – Sunday June 23rd No Sixfields festival this year from Blackbush, the replacement is two festivals at the Billy this weekend…

ROCK FEST
The King Billy, Northampton
Thursday June 20th – Sunday June 23rd
No Sixfields festival this year from Blackbush, the replacement is two festivals at the Billy this weekend and one in August. Thursday sees STEVIE JONES & THE WILDFIRES, FAMILY OF NOISE, and 100,000 HOURS playing. Friday means V8. Saturday welcomes JOHNNY THE FOX, 9 CARAT PURPLE , EMPYRE, MOJO CITY REBELS, RED HAWK RISING, FUELED HATE, CATALYST, LOKI, and GRAMMA VEDETTA. Finally Sunday brings out DIRTY JACK DC, MOTORPACE, PORCELAIN HILL and BLUESTONES. Times vary. Thursday and Friday are free entry, Saturday and Sunday are £5 per day [or a weekend ticket for £8]

SAM MORROW + MOUNTAINTOP JUNKSHOP
Thursday June 20th
Little Country Smokehouse & General Store, Cransley
Southern stomp and old-school funky-tonk from Los Angeles. Minimal country/Americana in support, from the slightly closer locale of Leicester. Doors 8pm, £10 tickets

THE NORSEHAMPTON VIKING FESTIVAL
Friday June 21st to Saturday June 22nd
The Black Prince, Northampton
A “celebration of Viking life” in Northampton, amazing. Musical delights from ATORC [folk meets metal from Bury St. Edmunds], GREENMAN RISING [Midlands folkies] SELLSWORD [Yorkshire metal], THE DIRTY TALES [celtic folk/punk band from Bedford], SCOTT SWAIN & THE SINNERS [acoustic alt-rock from Herts], BORN TO DESTRUCT [rock’n’roll from Cambridge], RALPH BEEBY & THE ELEPHANT COLLECTIVE [blues rock from London], THE WHISKY REBELLION [gypsy-punk from Leicester]. Tickets £8/£12

LAY IT DOWN
Friday June 21st
The Lab, Northampton
New Breed of open mic for the urban music scene. Impact, Hagglar, L30 Robinson, Paxx, RG The Baron, and many more perform. Doors 8pm, free entry

BRIAN STONE
Friday June 21st
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Stone [from Hampshire] is a lively, original singer songwriter known for engaging, entertaining performances. Doors 9pm, free entry

THE DRONES CLUB + CORINNE LUCY
Friday June 21st
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Solstice night, with a headliner mixing of ancestral and improvised music with eastern and dub rhythms. Supported by the hypnotising singer-songwriter. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE MISPELT
Saturday June 22nd 
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Solid punk rock of 21 years vintage [think Ramones, Rancid, Clash]. Plus solo support from Lee of Lhasa Calling fame. From 8pm, free entry

CANYONS + support
Saturday June 22nd 
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Re-branded from Real Live Owls, Canyons is a collective of seven musicians. Call it Anglicana, country and eastern, call it folky rock and roll. This is the stripped down four-piece version of the band, airing new tunes from a forthcoming ep. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE MUSIC BARN FESTIVAL
Saturday June 22nd 
A barn in Cranford 
Returning for its 6th year, they continue to donate most of proceeds of the event to a local charity, in particular a local palliative care hospice, the Cransley Hospice in Kettering. The festival showcases artists from across a broad range of genres including folk, rock, dance and electronic music. Artists include KOYOSWEET CRISIS, KING PURPLE, THE BRANDY THIEVES, JJ JECZALIK, and HAUSWERKS. Doors 2pm, £25 tickets

JOEL HARRIES
Sunday June 23rd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Solo set. 8pm, free entry

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New Music Friday: Mutiny UK

Mutiny UK are a five-piece groove metal band from Northamptonshire, featuring former members of Torch, The Witness and Full Contact. New Boots spoke to guitarist Kieran Murphy about their brutal…

Mutiny UK are a five-piece groove metal band from Northamptonshire, featuring former members of Torch, The Witness and Full Contact. New Boots spoke to guitarist Kieran Murphy about their brutal new single ‘Warfare’ and much more besides.

Who is in the band, where are you based?
We’ve got Niall Billingsley on vocals, he’s based in Daventry, Jamie Hitchcock on bass, Joe Linnell on drums [both from Moulton], then myself Kieran Murphy and Ben Swingler on guitars, and we’re based in Kettering! 

How did you guys get together?
Ben, Jamie and Joe used to be in a band together a couple of years ago, they started jamming around this time last year for this project, which turned into Mutiny. Soon after they got in touch with Niall to do vocals, and I joined on guitar last August. 
 
How would you describe your sound? Who are your main influences?
We try to combine as many influences as possible within our music, both to keep ourselves invigorated and listeners likewise. Predominantly we provide a groove metal sound, with elements of old school death metal and new wave metalcore. Influences range from bands such as Meshuggah, Architects, After The Burial, Sylosis, Carcass, At The Gates…I could sit here all day giving you bands, haha! 
 
Tell us everything about this single, ‘Warfare’.
‘Warfare’ was the first full song that I wrote for the band; it started with the intro riff at a practice. We played it live for a few shows and eventually changed certain sections, until we were finally happy with the finished product. At this point we headed up to Dundee, Scotland in February to record with Kieran Smith [drummer of To Kill Achilles]. He did a smashing job producing us, and we’re chuffed with the final outcome.
 
What are your live shows like?
Without sounding like your generic metal band, we just try to keep it as energetic as possible and keep the crowd entertained and involved, whilst having a laugh at the same time. That’s what it’s all about really. We aren’t some super elitist band that’s angry at the world and everyone in it; we’re all pretty chilled out/laid back. 
 
Are you part of a wider scene in Northamptonshire? Any favourite bands/venues to play with?
We recently played at The Roadmender in Northampton. In terms of local venues that’s a place we’ve all been going to since we were kids, so it was cool to finally play a show there. In terms of local metal bands Krysthla are smashing it, likewise with From Eden To Exile. Would definitely recommend checking them both out! 
 
What has been your favourite band moment of the past year?
Collectively, it was probably recording ‘Warfare’ up in Dundee. It was great listening back to the final product after we’d spent months working away at it. 
 
What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Kieran: I’ve recently pre-ordered Ride’s This Is Not A Safe Place on vinyl.
Ben: The Maccabees Colour It In
Niall: JID The Never Story
Jamie and Joe: Architects Holy Hell
 
What are your burning desires for the band to do? What plans do you have?
We’re about two or three songs away from finishing writing for our debut album. The plan up until then is to continue playing shows. We’re hoping for a release early-mid 2020, but we’ll have more information to come on that soon.
 
Warfare is out now via the usual digital platforms
 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide May 29th – Jun 4th

THE EVIL USSES + JEANA Thursday May 30th The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton The headliners are a Bristol-based four piece playing “rocky not-jazz, jazzy not-rock, and post-op pop”. Support from MK feel-good…

THE EVIL USSES + JEANA
Thursday May 30th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
The headliners are a Bristol-based four piece playing “rocky not-jazz, jazzy not-rock, and post-op pop”. Support from MK feel-good alt-pop [and produced in ShoeTown by Ginger Snaps]. Doors 8pm, free entry

BISONS + VELVET ENGINE
Friday May 31st
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
A new gritty and groovy ShoeTown band consisting of Gregg Cave, Wes Manning, Duncan Coverdale, Kev Cox and Brendan O’Neil. Support from talented local singer-songwriter. Doors 8pm, free entry

KELLY JANE
Friday May 31st
The Hopmaster General, Rushden
Upbeat powerful soul-pop sounds, delivered with summer vibes. Music at 8.30pm, free entry

KRANKHEAD + L30 ROBINSON + POETIC HORROR + KIAO + XOV
Saturday June 1st
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
A big party with a soundtrack provided by the loosely-defined ‘NN808 Collective’, made up of upcoming artists within the NN hip-hop/electronic music scene. Doors 8pm, free entry

WISHING WOLF + DEAD RESTLESS + GET YOUR HEAD STRAIGHT
Saturday June 1st
The Prince Of Wales, Kettering
Violet Fire album release show from the KTown pop-punkers. Support from similarly-inclined acts from ShoeTown and MK. Doors 7pm, free

REAPER X + FETUS DESTRUCTION + THE KANZ + FUELED HATE
Saturday June 1st
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Bloodstock Festival’s Metal 2 The Masses gives unsigned acts the chance to play the New Blood Stage at the Festival. This is heat 5. Doors 6pm, £5 tickets

NINA HARRIES
Sunday June 2nd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Inventive grooves and experimental sounds accompany Nina’s revelatory songwriting, which utilises her unique voice and double bass playing. Fact: Nina studied classical double bass at the Royal College of Music. 9pm, free entry

 

 

 

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Album review: Wishing Wolf

WISHING WOLF Violet Fire [self-released] I really enjoyed Wishing Wolf’s self-titled debut album [from 2016], so I was a little worried when their new effort landed in my hands. As…

WISHING WOLF
Violet Fire
[self-released]

I really enjoyed Wishing Wolf’s self-titled debut album [from 2016], so I was a little worried when their new effort landed in my hands. As in such cases I wondered if their new effort would live up to the expectations raised by its predecessor. No fear, because their sophomore long player Violet Fire hasn’t tinkered with the bands formula too much, but it’s immediately obvious Wishing Wolf have matured as both musicians and songwriters. The riffs and lyrics that echo throughout ensures their latest opus hangs together as a cohesive whole.

Cascading guitars are a motif that recur throughout Violet Fire and here, on the quiet storm that is album opener ‘Endless’, they frame an apologetic, beseeching telephone message. The vulnerability of the words spoken create a rather ominous tone and provides a nice foil for next track ‘Stardust’. In complete juxtaposition it fairly races out of the blocks with pedal firmly to the floor. However Wishing Wolf are a band who employ a lot of light and shade, even on a track like ‘Stardust’ there are brief, almost ambient, interludes which only serve to make the faster passages more frenetic.

Drawing influence from artists like My Chemical Romance and The Used there’s, perhaps understandably, a definite American flavour to Violet Fire, but it’s more in homage than any nefarious copycatting. ‘White Rose’ is permeated with intricate guitar lines which intertwine with six stringers Ben and Kyle firing off each other. Evidently the band have spent a lot of time on achieving just the right tone for their instruments and this is complemented by vocalist Danny who, with a nod to his Stateside influences, uses his larynx like an instrument, rising in octaves at will to complement the dissonant melodies of the guitarists. This is most notable on next cut ‘Closer’, as ethereal guitars swirl, with the vocals delivered somewhere between the defiant and self-effacing. But the dynamics are again evident in the conflict of soft and loud passages.

It’s definitely an album of two halves; perceptive listeners will note a change from ‘The Last Time I walked You Home’ onwards, as the high octane fuel that powered the early cuts is supplemented by something more emotive. Sure the majestic title track contains a chugging riff but it’s tempered by a reflective tone that dominates the second half of the album. Not only is there a shift musically but also in the confessional lyrics of ‘Only Nightmares’, a truly epic track that finds the band flexing their musical chops over seven minutes. Bringing things full circle is final cut ‘Black Beauty’, which connects with the phone message of opener ‘Endless’ but lyrically ‘Black Beauty’ counterpoints the “white ghost” mentioned in ‘Only Nightmares’. It’s these dots that join throughout which makes Violet Fire such a rewarding listen on each subsequent spin.

Wishing Wolf are the kind of band with a mélange of influences as nu metal and punk elements rub shoulders with indie rock intention that owes much to the current mid-90s-emo revival. While these disparate prepossessions could leave Wishing Wolf in a kind of musical limbo what holds Violet Fire together is a strong song (and dare I say pop) sensibility that underpins the album. Even at their most sombre the songs contained herein are real earworms that’ll haunt you for days. In the genre of alternative rock that’s a rarity, and something worth celebrating.

Peter Dennis

Violet Fire is out May 29th; order below via Bandcamp

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide May 22nd – May 28th

RUFUS GOODLOVE + BLACK SURF + ANDREW VAN GARRETT Thursday May 23rd The King Billy, Northampton Original trio of acts: anthemic rock from the Banbury man, rising London trio with…

RUFUS GOODLOVE + BLACK SURF + ANDREW VAN GARRETT
Thursday May 23rd
The King Billy, Northampton
Original trio of acts: anthemic rock from the Banbury man, rising London trio with hooks dangling everywhere, and alt-rock from Leicester. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

DEJA VEGA + CANDIDATES
Friday May 24th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Manchester-based trio playing gritty, guitar led psychedelia that it first-rate. Support from MK indie rockers with a reputation for great songs and charisma. Doors 8pm, free entry

CAST
Friday May 24th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The Britpop veterans didn’t head off for long in 2001, reuniting to tour in 2010 and releasing album Troubled Times in 2012. Expect All Change classics and more. Doors 7.30pm  £25 tickets

ALL BETTER + BOXING DAY + TRAVERSE
Friday May 24th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Real Ghost Records special. Headliners from Brighton are a dirty pop trio with infectious melodies. Boxing Day are a five-piece pop punk band from Belgium. Openers are an indie punk band from Paris. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE DARKHORSE + BRING THE ONSLAUGHT + A TITAN, A DEITY + FACES OF EVE
Friday 24th May
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Bloodstock Festival’s Metal 2 The Masses gives unsigned acts the chance to play the New Blood Stage. Heat 4 brings bands from Aylesbury, Birmingham and Hertfordshire, as well as ShoeCounty. Doors 6pm, £5 tickets

PAPER STREET SOAP COMPANY
Friday May 24th
The Malt Shovel, Northampton
“The Pogues of the Midlands with a paddy punk twist”. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

DUFF PADDY
Friday May 24th
Bradden Village Hall, nr Towcester
An acoustic duo consisting of Paul Tuthill on accordion, bodhrán and vocals, and Paul Mitchell on guitar and vocals. They play a blend of modern and traditional acoustic music combining instrumentals with ballads, both covers and original material covering Celtic and Alt.Country/Americana styles. Doors 8pm, £12 tickets from 01327860800.

HUMAN LEATHER + CHESTBURSTER + HACK JOB + VOIDLURKER + MORI LUCRUM
Saturday May 25th
The Lab, Northampton
Raw bass punk noise from Brighton, thrash grind from Braintree, hardcore from Portsmouth, sludge doom from Birmingham, and noise drone from Kettering. Doors 6pm, £5 entry

HANNAH FAULKNER + CORINNE LUCY + TIM JON BROPHY + CAMERON GRACE
Saturday May 25th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
NI NI Sessions in Kettering, showcasing great NN singer-songwriters. 3pm til 6pm, free entry

JAYKAE
Sunday May 26th
The Loft Club, Kettering
One of the hottest names in the grime scene, from Birmingham, will play ‘Toothache’, ‘Moscow’, ‘Heartache’ and more. V.I.P packages/tables available. Doors 10pm, £7 tickets

DAN DAVIES + JOE WOOLLEY
Monday May 27th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
An evening of folk blues. Dan Davies is bassist for Wolf People, and He has recently finished recording his debut solo album. Guitarist and singer Joe Woolley has worked some seriously talented people, Bonnie Dobson, Tim Harries and Davy Graham, among others. He will mostly be performing material reminiscent of Mississippi John Hurt and JS Bach. Music from 9pm, free entry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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