Tag: kettering

Album review: Thee Telepaths ‘The Velvet Night’

THEE TELEPATHS The Velvet Night [Mighty Fuzz] Here ’tis! The first full length album from the Kettering space/psych/noise rock quartet follows a couple of 12” EPs in 2016 and 2017….

THEE TELEPATHS
The Velvet Night [Mighty Fuzz]

Here ’tis! The first full length album from the Kettering space/psych/noise rock quartet follows a couple of 12” EPs in 2016 and 2017. Those excellent releases has meant no little anticipation has been building amongst the psych/alt community for The Velvet Night.

The band have developed their sound to arrive here; this album came out of a lengthy jam session when an extra track was required. Once the hour-long jam had been poured back over it was abundantly clear to the four that, recorded and edited properly, there was actually an elpee of coherent material right there. So far, so Hawkwind. But what makes this album so fascinating from beginning to end is they have tightened the sonics and the songwriting into something bigger than they had previously achieved. Any prevailing ghost of Spacemen 3 or Neu! or Sabbath has been wholly exorcised; all that comes through is their own unique signal. And it’s one that should put them nearer the front of the current psych revival too.

Pulling the album apart is a very hard job. It is very difficult to separate any part from it’s whole. The band know this, and they have tried to avoid any disjunction by simply creating three acts: ‘Alpha’, ‘Epsilon’, and ‘Delta’. Within those movements you get ‘parts’. ‘Alpha Part 1’, for example, is a heavy krautrock epic, pushing the limits of what the brain can take. Dean’s ethereal vocals ride the wave of the Loop/Suicide style repetitive synth swells. Pummelled by the metronomic drums and bassline from Vincent and Tim, Tom sends stabbing notes of guitar fuzz through the mix. It’s conclusion makes way for a breather, as the calmer, floating ‘Part 2’ bring respite from the onslaught that was ‘Part 1’. The tempo is ramped up for ‘Part 3’, and a Floydian synth line takes charge. ‘Part 4’ is a timestamp, a precursor to the onslaught of ‘Part 5’, which returns to the themes of ‘Part 1’, but this time with even more emotion from everyone involved.

‘Epsilon’ is eleven minutes that sounds a tad more contemporary. The Wooden Shjips/Hookworms pulse of ‘Part 1’ is spirit-level steady, and allows Dean room for some vocal manoeuvres. You don’t ever really catch what he’s singing about, you just feel it in the gut. In ‘Part 2’ the proggy guitar lines send the listener leftfield, whilst ‘Part 3’ pulls things back, and we’re into Sonic Youth or ’90s stoner territory. It’s another peak in a song cycle full to the brim with ideas that gel better than you’d imagine from any description a writer could provide.

‘Delta’ feels like a reset button has been pressed, and a bit of intentionally aimless flow opens up. ‘Part 1’ gives you Wah Wah Land, and a vocal seemingly in freefall. Is this where the trip turns bad? ‘Part 2’ suggests not, as we realign our chakras and forge onwards with new energy and renewed belief. The sonic breakdown here is akin to a vortex of sound, a whirlpool to let oneself be lost in. The instrumental ‘Part 3’ brings us firmly out on the other side, the guitar fuzz blurring our vision somewhat as we stand on our musical shore basking in solarized warmth. The final movement, ‘Part 4’, is a brief howl of joy that we have survived the entire thing.

It’s certainly not an album you can get on one listen, but The Velvet Night is surely an early contender for album of the year. There’s no come down allowed here. Just a widescreen, ecstatic, symphonic journey backwards into tomorrow that you won’t forget in a hurry.

Phil Istine

The Velvet Night is out now on vinyl and download

 

No Comments on Album review: Thee Telepaths ‘The Velvet Night’

It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Mar 6th – Mar 12th

ACOUSTIC-US + WARD & PARKER + RUBY MUSE Wednesday March 6th Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby Kontra Roots night: with Northants country act led by Tammy Levy, a new duo who play alternative…

ACOUSTIC-US + WARD & PARKER + RUBY MUSE
Wednesday March 6th

Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
Kontra Roots night: with Northants country act led by Tammy Levy, a new duo who play alternative jazz-pop, and a Huntingdon duo who play a rootsy blend of blues, jazz, folk, rock, and alt-country. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

HAZEYJANE
Wednesday March 6th
Kettering Library
The folk-pop quartet will be playing two 45 minute sets. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

ROCKIN’ DAVE
Thursday March 7th
The King Billy, Northampton
Hard rock solo artist. Doors 9pm, free entry

LOIS AMY + HER SONIC FRUIT + GINHOUSE GYPSIES + FOSSILHEADS
Friday March 8th
The Lab, Northampton
An inspiring clutch of excellent musicians, together to celebrate International Women’s Day. All door money will be donated to Northampton Domestic Abuse Services. Doors 8pm, £3 entry

DEAF TRAP + THE SNAKEMEN 3
Friday March 8th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Alt-rock and garage punk ahoy from this pair of reprobates. Doors 8pm, free entry

HUBCAP
Friday March 8th
The King Billy, Northampton
Local blues-rock duo shred hard and get you dancing. Music from 9pm, free entry

LEW BEAR + RAY BECK
Friday March 8th
Olde England, Northampton
The local singer-songwriters perform a night full of originals, classics, singalongs and comedy at the Olde England’s Real Ale Festival. Doors 8pm, free entry

MERRY HELL + CRYBB
Friday March 8th
Silverstone Recreational Association [Church St]
Joyous folk-rock explosion from the North West of England, plus folk-rock duo from ShoeTown. Doors 7.30pm, £12 tickets in advance only [available from the SRA or email/call Jenny on 07738826618/JenJayneMusic@gmail.com]

THE ABRAHAMS + ANTOINE & OWENA + DAN HARTLAND + SHELLY CARE
Friday March 8th
Earls Barton Working Men’s Club
Kettering’s cleverly off-kilter headliners make a rare [and acoustic] live appearance; support from multi-instrumental folk duo, an Americana singer-songwriter, and a local songstress. 8pm start, £3 on the door 

EASTFIELD
Friday March 8th
Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Birmingham/Northants three-chord punk rock with catchy tunes. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE KEEPERS + MUNDAYS
Saturday March 9th
Club 43, Northampton
Northampton indie-psych quartet, plus three-piece psychedelic garage rock band from Northants. Doors 8pm, free before 9pm then £4

LIFEWRECKER + ATROCITY EXHIBIT + 72% + FERAL STATE + KITTIE SHITTER + NAILBREAKER
Saturday March 9th
The Lab, Northampton
London grind/d-beat/noise, Northampton grind/crust, ShoeTown noise-rock riffs, Leicester d-beat, fast hardcore from Leicester, and digital hardcore noise. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

STEVE HARLEY ACOUSTIC TRIO
Saturday March 9th
Corby Cube
Steve Harley, the original Cockney Rebel, tours frequently with his Acoustic Trio, playing an intimate, unique and atmospheric show. The performance promises subtle lyricism, mingled with great improvisation and rocky rhythms. Steve will be accompanied by his Cockney Rebel band-mates of long- standing, Barry Wickens [violin & guitar] and James Lascelles [piano and percussion]. The set will be built around tracks from any or all 13 of Steve’s original albums. Doors 7pm, tickets £28.50

THE HURRICANES
Saturday March 9th
Coach & Horses, Wellingborough
Long-running indie night Retro-Beat has found a new home, and kick off this run with Northants mod power-poppers who say “Let’s Go!” Doors 9pm, free entry

KOMODO QUARTET
Sunday March 10th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Original swing/Latin/jazz music, as well as some arrangements of good old jazz standards.  Doors 7pm, free entry

KT TUNSTALL
Tuesday March 12th
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
Brit and Ivor Novello Award winning singer and songwriter returns to her regular haunt, in order to play songs that inlcude material from sixth studio album Wax. Doors 7pm, tickets from £17.50

No Comments on It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Mar 6th – Mar 12th

It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 13th – Feb 19th

JASON ACHILLES + CRASH FOX Thursday February 14th The King Billy, Northampton From Hollywood, Los Angeles Achilles returns to the Billy, playing as his eponymous instrumental & experimental rock duo. Support from…

JASON ACHILLES + CRASH FOX
Thursday February 14th
The King Billy, Northampton
From Hollywood, Los Angeles Achilles returns to the Billy, playing as his eponymous instrumental & experimental rock duo. Support from Northampton’s own garage blues duo. Music from 9pm, free entry

RONI SIZE
Friday February 15th
The Roadmender, Northampton
20 years ago The Mercury Prize win for the Roni Size & Reprazent album New Forms brought drum’n’bass to the forefront of dance-music news. It’s anniversary re-release garnered huge support, cementing Size’s position at the top of the game. Selections of local DnB DJs such as AON are in support. Doors 10pm, £18 tickets

ALEX TRACEY
Friday February 15th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Yorkshire-based Tracey melds funk and indie-pop to create fresh, infectious rhythms. Doors 8pm, free entry

TOPLOADER
Friday February 15th
The Picturedrome, Northampton
Since forming in 1997 Toploader have over two million album sales to their name and a string of top 20 hits both home and abroad. In 2000 their cover of ‘ Dancing in the Moonlight’ became a global hit and transformed them into a household name. Doors 8pm, £12 tickets

JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + VELVET ENGINE
Friday February 15th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Ukulele fronted, outspoken quartet who are the flag-bearers for socially-conscious Northamptonians. Singer-songwriter Velvet Engine plays her first Pomfret show. Music in the barn from 9pm, free entry

WARS + I CRIED WOLF + WOVENLUNG + MUTINY
Saturday February 16th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Five-piece post-hardcore band from Rugby, with support from Banbury hardcore metallers, ShoeTown metalcore quintet, and new groove metallers from Northants. Doors 7.30pm, £7 tickets

INCOGNITO + REPRO JAM SQUAD
Saturday February 16th
The Roadmender, Northampton
’80s jazz funkers who made it big in the early ’90s via Gilles Peterson [‘Always There’, ‘Don’t You Worry ’Bout a Thing’, ‘Still a Friend of Mine’ etc]. Doors 9pm, £27.50 tickets

P-HEX
Saturday February 16th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Local 18-legged sweary funk machine play live, promoting their album Quantum Funkanics. Doors 9pm, free entry

LEVI WASHINGTON
Saturday February 16th
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Singer-songwriter, rapper, beat maker, multi-instrumentalist and former member of Grassroutes. Music from 9pm, free entry

MYSTIC CREW
Saturday February 16th
The Golden Horse, Northampton
Local reggae legends get on it down Far Cotton way. Doors 8pm, free entry

NEIL TAYLOR + CHRIS FOX + ZOE WREN + PAUL RICHARDS
Saturday February 16th
The Sargeant Memorial Hall, Brafield-On-The-Green
Former Tears For Fears band member and guitarist for Robbie Williams playing live, with local support. Doors 6.30 pm, £13.50 tickets

STORMBRINGER + FUELED HATE + STONEPIT DRIVE
Saturday February 16th
The Prince Of Wales, Kettering
Northants hardest rockers, Corby metallers, and local grungey rockers make up a formidable bill. Doors 8pm, free entry

ATTAN + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + THE DARKHORSE + CALIBURN
Saturday February 16th
The White Hart, Corby
Rocked Up presents the viciously filthy hardcore Norwegians, with mathcore and hard rock supports. Doors 7.30pm, £4 tickets

SPRING PARK + KID KLUMSY + 5 GO MAD + LEFTOVERS + MR BADAXE
Sunday February 17th
The King Billy, Northampton
The ‘Abuse Your Confusion’ tour hits ShoeTown, the home of the punk headliners. Also on the tour are Coalville rockers, south-coast punks, and ska-punks from somewhere. Doors 5.30pm, probably free entry

ATTAN + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + CASKET FEEDER + CALIBURN + NAILBREAKER
Monday February 18th
The Black Prince, Northampton
The joint headline tour that hit Corby on Saturday rocks up to Northampton. All the cores taken care of here: support from metalcore from MK, hardcore from Northants, digitalcore from Rushden. Doors 7pm, £4 tickets

DUNN WIV WHISKEY + SHELLY CARE
Tuesday February 19th
The White Hart, Northampton
Another Great Knight Folk Club event, celebrating local original folk talent. Headliner play songs from albums Not Till Yesterday and Jonquille. Doors 7.45pm, £5 entry

No Comments on It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 13th – Feb 19th

It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jan 30th – Feb 5th

LAY IT DOWN IVW SPECIAL Wednesday January 30th The Lab, Northampton The urban night moves from its usual Thursday slot for one week to be a part of IVW. Featured…

LAY IT DOWN IVW SPECIAL
Wednesday January 30th
The Lab, Northampton
The urban night moves from its usual Thursday slot for one week to be a part of IVW. Featured acts: Leo Robinson, Har-Q, Reality, Anonymous Impact, and RG The Baron. Doors 8pm, £2 entry

FOREST OF FOOLS + HOMELESS SHAKESPEARE + ALDOUS PINCH
Thursday January 31st
The Lab, Northampton
The second IVW show at The Lab. Jump-up folkadelic, gypsy jazz, theatrical musical madness from Leicestershire and ShoeCounty. Festival royalty headline, plus experimental gyp-hop outfit in the middle, and the story telling gin-reaper himself to open. Doors 7pm, members £5 on the door, non-members £6.

THE KUMARI [pictured] + GREASY DIABLOS + TYPE 22
Friday February 1st
The Lab, Northampton
London grungedelica trio headline this IVW event, with five critically acclaimed singles/45s under their belts [released on international indie record labels] and a self-titled debut album all available. Rushden-based garage/punk/filthy indie lads in the middle, and new indie punks from ShoeTown will open. Doors 7.30pm, £4.50 tickets/£5.50 on the door, Facebook event

BAD GIRLFRIEND + MUNDAYS + ODDITY ISLAND
Friday February 1st
The White Hart, Corby
First of two White Hart IVW shows. Authentic DIY/ punk Birmingham trio headline, with localish three-piece west coast stoner psych give off that shoegaze buzz, with the intriguing Kettering psych-folk quartet to kick things off. Doors 8pm, £2.50 tickets

SKIRT + THE KEEPERS + GAZELLE + ANOA
Friday February 1st
Steel Park, Corby
A night of indie, punk and rock’n’roll from Corby, Northampton and Leicester favourites. Doors 8pm, £5 tickets 

WISHING WOLF + WHO SAVES THE HERO? + DOWNCAST + PT-33
Friday February 1st
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
A night of emo/pop-punk to blow the cobwebs away and kick 2019 off properly. Doors 7pm, £3 tickets/£5 on door

THE TOUCH
Friday February 1st
The Talbot, Kettering
The ’80s-style rockers kick off their 2019 campaign with a hometown show. Music from 9pm, free entry

THE KEEPERS + DEAF TRAP + BRAZEN FOXES
Saturday February 2nd
The Lab, Northampton
More IVW joy, from a trio of indie and alt-rock guys from Northampton and Daventry. Doors 8pm, £4 entry [£3 members]

GESTALT
Saturday February 2nd
The Black Prince, Northampton [front bar]
Electro art-punk from Leicester. From 8pm, free entry

KING PURPLE + THE BARRATTS + MIO FLUX & PATCHY THE ROCKSTAR + THETRAGICBAND
Saturday February 2nd
The Black Prince, Northampton [back room]
The grungey Corby trio were our ‘ones to watch’ for 2019. Support from ShoeTown’s finest in the indie and hip-hop worlds. £3 tickets/£5 on the door

ALISON LIMERICK
Saturday February 2nd
The Picturedrome, Northampton
Limerick will be performing ‘Where Love Lives’ [voted #1 dance anthem of all time by Radio 1 and Mix Mag]. Then club classics til 1am. Doors 9pm, £8 tickets

YELLOW DOG RHYTHM & BLUES BAND
Saturday February 2nd
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Northampton’s number one rhythm & blues band are back at The Albion for their first gig of the year following some studio time. Tonight will include the launch of their new five-track, all original, EP. Doors 8.30pm, free admission.

DIRT BOX DISCO + YEAR ZERO + HAZARD
Saturday February 2nd
The White Hart, Corby
The second IVW show in Corby. Flamboyantly-dressed punks return in promotions of sixth album Immortals. West Midlands punks in support, with Luton punks to open. Doors 7.30pm, £10 tickets

ANNA BASSETT + PAUL GREGORY & MICK FARMER + JACK DONOVAN + SIAN & GINA + DANIEL BUTTERWORTH
Saturday February 2nd
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
HOP Events presents a night of local singer-songwriter talent. Doors 7pm, price TBC

KING’S GAMBIT + BEFORE BREAKFAST + JACOB BRATHWAITE
Sunday February 3rd
The Lab, Northampton
Folk superheroes of Northampton, all female indie-popsters from Sheffield, and the velvet-voiced singer-songwrtier from Wellingborough all make up the final 2019 IVW show at the Lab. Doors 7pm, £4 entry members, £5 non-members

 

 

 

No Comments on It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jan 30th – Feb 5th

It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Dec 26th – Jan 1st

THE TOUCH Wednesday December 26th The Britannia, Burton Latimer Cementing their reputation as the hardest working band in the Kettering area, The Touch won’t be sleeping off the Christmas indulgence….

THE TOUCH
Wednesday December 26th
The Britannia, Burton Latimer
Cementing their reputation as the hardest working band in the Kettering area, The Touch won’t be sleeping off the Christmas indulgence. Instead they’ll bring their classic rock to the Brit for a matinee performance. Music 4-6pm, free entry

SARPA SALPA + BABY LUNG
Friday December 28th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
After such a triumphant [and no doubt exhausting] year for the Fab Funk Four they celebrate with a hometown end of year show. Support from brand new indie-jazz quartet to keep an eye on. Doors 8pm, free entry

GRYNN + BLOOD VISIONS + NAILBREAKER + LA FOLIVORA
Friday December 28th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
It’s the “Blood Visions office Christmas party”. Local Math-Rock-Pop-Jazz-Funk-Junk legends come out of retirement to headline, then it’s fierce punks who basically live at the Gari, plus digital hardcore from George, and the punk duo to open. Doors 7pm, free entry [£3 donation to Northampton Mind requested]

ALDOUS PINCH + TRICKEY MICKEY + KAREN ANGELA
Friday December 28th
The Lab, Northampton
Theatrical musical performances as part of the ‘Cringle Cabaret’ night. Also featuring burlesque, comedy, spoken word from Sami The bard of Northampton, and belly dancers. Doors 7pm, £6 tickets

SOUL GROOVE
Friday December 28th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
The clues in the name; soulful melodies and grooving rhythms. His live set will include “his Roland TR-8, his Korg minilogue and more”. Doors 8pm, free entry

EL-CAMINO
Friday December 28th
The Prince Of Wales, Kettering
Back by popular demand for some psychobilly festive fun. Music from 9.30pm, free entry

JOE CORKRAM
Saturday December 29th
The Three Horseshoes, Ecton
Acoustic singer-songwriter from Northampton. Music from 9pm, free entry

 

 

 

 

No Comments on It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Dec 26th – Jan 1st

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

LAY IT DOWN VOLUME 7 Thursday December 20th The Lab, Northampton The grime/hip-hop/spoken word open mic night is now a fixture on the calendar. Featured artists this time round are…

LAY IT DOWN VOLUME 7
Thursday December 20th
The Lab, Northampton
The grime/hip-hop/spoken word open mic night is now a fixture on the calendar. Featured artists this time round are Napps and Jay Mac. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE BIG DIRTY + THE WAX LYRICAL SOUND
Thursday December 20th
The King Billy, Northampton
Bringing some seriously big rock, red and black check shirts, and their ‘Whiskey Solo’s’ (can you finish the bottle before C-diddy finishes the solo?), they also are promoting brand new mini-album Sex Rock City. Doors 8.30pm, free entry
 
AOIFE FOLEY, WITH JOSHUA RYAN
Friday December 21st
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
After playing with Northampton band Lucky, Foley decided to channel the inspirations from that group project into a personal one. She is joined by Joshua Ryan on guitar. This is part of The ‘This Is What Makes Us Girls’ Christmas special, which also features DJs Gutta Versayce and morechapatti, and poets Katie Higgins and Chloe Minnie Mayo. Doors 8pm, free entry
 
HUBCAP + THE MARKUS REEVES BROTHERHOOD + MOJO MULES
Friday December 21st
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
A night of rip roaring bluesy rock. The night kicks off with John and Craig: local multi-instrumentalist musicians who perform as a two-piece upbeat blues duo. If Wilco Johnson, Neil Young and Billy Bragg had a Leicester baby they’d call it The MRB. Headlined by ShoeTown psychedelic blue rockers Dave and Dan. Doors 9pm, free entry
 
STORMBRINGER + REAPER-X + WE ARE GIANTS + PROTEUS
Saturday December 22nd
The Black Prince, Northampton
Northants hard rockers who just get better and better top the bill. Plus metallers from Corby, riff giants from ShoeTown, and opening with more metal – from Gloucestershire. Doors 6pm, £6 tickets
 
THE VINCENT VEGA BAND + SKYFLOOD
Saturday December 22nd
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Skewed alternative low-fi indie flavourings in a Lloyd Cole style, with support from Craig O’Donnell’s band of alternative pop-rock brothers. Doors 9pm, free entry
 
BLUE CARPET BAND + WRECK-AGE + DIABLOFURS + REBEL STATION
Saturday December 22nd
The White Hart, Corby
Have a punkin’ Chrimbo with this lot. Doors 6.30pm, £7 tickets
 
THE BIG DIRTY + ANNIE’S CHAPTER + IN LIMBO
Saturday December 22nd
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
A night of different shades of rock, from ShoeTown and Kettering. Doors 8pm, free entry
 
SEX PISSED DOLLS
Sunday December 23rd
The Roadmender, Northampton
All-female, all-action rockers who since 2014 have been wowing audiences with their edgy, high octane performance of classic rock and punk mixed in with their own original material. New single ‘Maniac’ was recorded at Peter Gabriel‘s famous Real World Studios and was produced by Steve Brown [Manic Street Preachers, The Cult]. Doors 7.30pm, £13 tickets
 
SACRILEGE + METAL MESSIAH + SATAN’S EMPIRE
Sunday December 23rd
The King Billy, Northampton
A night of three NWOBHM bands from the 1980s who have reformed in recent years. Doors 4pm, £4 tickets
 
DESOLATION ANGELS
Sunday December 23rd
The King Billy, Northampton
A second King Billy show today: this time it’s a melodic, classic, chorus-driven metal band from London. Doors 7pm, free entry
 
USURP, RISE + SANE (solo)
Monday December 24th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton 
Usurp, Rise are a 4 piece experimental, trip-hop ensemble from Brighton/Northampton, UK. Sane are not too far away from that description either: soothing electronic sonic landscapes…Doors 8pm, free entry
 
No Comments on It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Dec 19th – Dec 25th

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

KARL PHILLIPS & THE REJECTS Thursday November 22nd The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering Acoustic show from the ‘Plastic Gangsta’ singer. A completely original mashup of ska, punk & grime with a hip-hop…

KARL PHILLIPS & THE REJECTS
Thursday November 22nd
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Acoustic show from the ‘Plastic Gangsta’ singer. A completely original mashup of ska, punk & grime with a hip-hop nod at luminaries like The Clash, The Specials & Mike Skinner. Karl’s refreshingly honest lyrics test the boundaries of the human mind and the English etiquette, coming from a place most people can relate to but never dare to mention. Doors 8pm, pay as you feel (suggested £4). All profits go to Johnny’s Happy Place.

BENJAMIN FOLKE THOMAS + LUNA ROSA
Thursday November 22nd

The White Hart, Corby
Alt-country singer from London promoting his brand new, fourth, album Modern Man. Support from local alt-rockers. Doors 8pm, £9 tickets

KARL PHILLIPS & THE REJECTS + UNKNOWN ERA + BANDITS!! + THE SOCIAL IGNITION
Friday November 23rd
The Lab, Northampton
Skankdown volume 2. Unknown Era are a collective of party heads from Nottingham, mixing ska, reggae, hip-hop, and funk. Bandits!! formed in 2013 in Newbury, and bring their high energy hip-hop styled ska-punk to ShoeTown. Hinckley act open with an acoustic performance. Doors 8pm, pay as you choose entry

DR. FEELGOOD + JIM RILEY’S BLUES FOUNDATION
Friday November 23rd
The Roadmender, Northampton
Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970’s, the Feelgoods have become one of the most popular live rhythm and blues acts in the world, enjoying a string of hit singles including ‘Milk & Alcohol’, ‘Down at the Doctors’, ‘Roxette’, ‘She’s A Wind Up’ and ‘See you later Alligator’. The current line-up is led by their drummer Kevin Morris, and features Steve Walwyn on lead guitar, Phil Mitchell on bass and charismatic vocalist, Robert Kane. Doors 7pm, £18.50 tickets

ODDITY ISLAND + INLIMBO + A TIME OF DAY + SIAN LEIGH ROBERTS
Friday November 23rd
The Yards, Kettering
Alt/indie night of four local acts. Doors 7pm , free entry

SHARKTEETH GRINDER + BAILER + DRINSIPA + GARSHKOTT 
Friday November 23rd
The White Hart, Corby
After a year of solid touring around the U.K. and Europe, Sharkteeth Grinder will play their last hometown exhibition of the year. Support involves metallic hardcore out of Cork, Ireland, and a couple of local heavy hitters. Doors 8pm , £5 entry

KEIRON FARROW
Friday November 23rd
Althorp Coaching Inn, Great Brington
Northampton singer-songwriter of repute plays at the oldest pub in the shire. Doors 8pm, free entry

BLANCMANGE + BERNHOLZ
Saturday November 24th
The Roadmender, Northampton
British electronic act Blancmange first broke through in the early 1980s with their mix of synthesizers and surrealism, fused in groundbreaking singles such as ‘Feel Me’, ‘Living On The Ceiling’, ‘Blind Vision’ and ‘Don’t Tell Me’. They returned in 2011 to great acclaim, and tonight the latest album Wanderlust is launched. Support from member of the Anti-Ghost Moon Ray collective. Doors 7pm, tickets £19.50

KING’S GAMBIT + JONO & THE UKE DEALERS
Saturday November 24th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Unrivalled folk-rock-dance since 2010 from the headliners. And similar from the support! Doors 8pm, free entry

MAT WARD + JACOB BRAITHWAITE + JAMIE DARNELL + SIAN & GINA
Saturday November 24th
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Drum exclusive from Ward, plus a selection of fine singer-songwriters. Doors 6pm, £4 tickets

THE LIDS + THE KEEPERS + YODACLUB
Saturday November 24th
The White Hart, Corby
Three piece indie rock band, The Lids have made a real name for themselves in their home town of Leicester, selling out a headline show at The Cookie. Support comes from young ShoeTown quartet who trade in fuzzy guitar psychedelic pop, and edgy guitar pop/rock from Corby itself. Doors 8pm, £4 entry

THE OUSE VALLEY SINGLES CLUB
Saturday November 24th
Rushden Athletic Club
Five-piece band from Bedford who use the sounds and traditions of 1950s skiffle and combine it with the energy of punk and a splash of reggae. This is their first major headline gig in Northants. Doors 8pm, £10 tickets

THE BIGHEAD
Saturday November 24th
The Walnut Tree, Blisworth
Respected Northants ska-reggae outfit perform a mix of originals and old favourites. Music from 9pm, free entry

ONE LAST DAYBREAK + THRIFT STREET + THE CREATURE WITHIN
Sunday November 25th
Club 43, Northampton
One Last Daybreak are an upcoming emo/post-hardcore quintet hailing from Romford, Essex. Pop-punk and grungey local supports. Doors 7pm, £7 entry

RAY COOPER
Sunday November 25th
The Albion Brewery, Northampton
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist living in Sweden. Former member of Oysterband, he sings with a cello. Cooper is currently promoting third album Between The Golden Age & The Promised Land. Doors 8pm, £12 entry

VOID
Sunday November 25th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Londoner George returns for his first ShoeTown show in three years. Doors 8pm, free entry

No Comments on It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Nov 21st – Nov 27th

New Music Friday: The Touch

Kettering rockers The Touch today release their second EP, entitled ‘Runaway’. The launch show has sold out, and the band are really making a name for themselves as a hot…

Kettering rockers The Touch today release their second EP, entitled ‘Runaway’. The launch show has sold out, and the band are really making a name for themselves as a hot live draw. Naturally New Boots needed to get some nitty gritty on them.

How did you guys get together?
We got together in January 2017, originally just a group of mates, when Ryan [bass] and Jamie [vocals] started writing songs. They roped in Andy and Matt [both guitar], and then all we needed was a drummer. Having worked with Dave previously we got in touch, and everything went from there.

How would you describe your sound?
Our sound is combination of ’80s influenced rock/pop/punk, incorporated with a modern tone and powerful vocal melodies.

Who do you feel are your main influences?
Each member has different influences which have contributed to our sound. Jamie is really into 80 cheesy rock; Matt has a bizarre combination of Shania Twain and Status Quo; Ryan is really into his pop-punk; Andy has heavier influences such as Audioslave and Alter Bridge, and Dave is into his classic rock. All these components have allowed to form what we believe to be an original tone amongst modern bands.

Tell us about this new EP, ‘Runaway’.
This new EP is rockier than our first, featured some of our best songs to date including our title track ‘Runaway Baby’ – which is guaranteed to get the crowd dancing and singing.

What are your live shows like?
Our live shows are what can only be described as bonkers. We have numerous lights and even a song to get the crowd involved. We have been noticed by the fact that our show interacts the crowd in a very different way to other bands.

Are you part of a wider scene in Northamptonshire, playing with like-minded bands? Any favourite bands/venues to play with?
We have played in the likes of Northampton, Brackley and Milton Keynes. MK11 especially is a phenomenal venue, and we would really like to spread further. At the moment we are working a lot with local band Wishing Wolf, and we have previously done work with close friends of ours Empyre.

What has been your favourite band moment of the past year?
That would have to be Rocked Up Hootenanny and our military base gigs, which have been especially fun to get involved with and a great experience for us.

What is your burning desire for the band to do in the future? What plans do you have?
The band wishes to expand but remain loyal to fans and keep our interactive performance. We would like to branch out into cities and playing larger festivals as our next step, and then who knows where it might take us. We believe we are doing something that is different to other bands, and we have a fair bit of success catching the attention of people, due to us almost being in a genre of our own.

Runaway is out now via the usual digital platforms

No Comments on New Music Friday: The Touch

Live review: Ctrl Alt Fest Delete

CTRL ALT FEST DELETE Various venues, Kettering Friday October 26th – The Three Cocks Tonight, Ctrl Alt Fest Delete kicks off the party with three incredible bands. This is a well-loved…

CTRL ALT FEST DELETE
Various venues, Kettering

Friday October 26th – The Three Cocks
Tonight, Ctrl Alt Fest Delete kicks off the party with three incredible bands. This is a well-loved pub, but it’s not just regulars in tonight – the place is packed with both old and new faces, all buzzing with excitement to hear Kettering’s (and Corby’s) finest.

Female-fronted My Mate Dave take to the stage with endless energy and relentless enthusiasm, starting their set with an unbelievable cover of ‘These Boots Are Made For Walkin’. The band seems to specialise in pop songs, but they perform the tracks with a rocky, razor-sharp quality, adding bouncing riffs and gravelly vocals to songs that were once smooth and clear. It’s an element of talent that a lot of bands seem to miss, but My Mate Dave hits the mark every single time. Corby instrumentalists Family Of Noise clearly have a lot of fans present tonight, as many people are waiting with anticipation for the trio. It’s not hard to see why, as they make their entire set look effortless, playing their instruments with as much ease as the most experienced of professionals. It’s easy for instrumental bands to fall into a trap of repetition, but with strong bass lines, smooth riffs and pounding drums, Family Of Noise make each and every song sound as fresh as the last.

Ending the night with a bang, The Fevers play with finesse and style. Covering well-loved tracks from bands like The Ramones and Buzzcocks, there’s not a single person in the crowd that isn’t bopping along. Although The Fevers are a covers band, they each possess intense amounts of talent, with a clear cut, professional sound. They are the perfect band for this festival, and truly define what it’s all about: a love of music, for all ages.

Saturday October 27th – The Prince of Wales
Here in one of Kettering’s oldest pubs the music is loud and the drinks are flowing. People of all ages have turned out to see the two bands playing tonight – one with a unique, original sound, and the other an Iron Maiden tribute band. It knits together the two sides of the town’s music scene, and The Prince of Wales is the perfect setting.

Unitra, a heavy metal three-piece, embody the energy of Steel Panther but the talent of musicians that have been around for decades. Taking to the stage with a dramatic intro track, Unitra’s smashing drums and polished riffs make for excellent listening. Inciting mosh pits and dancers alike, the space in front of the band is packed with all kinds of people, from old to young, and those celebrating Halloween to those that have just turned up for this gig. The banter between songs may be balancing on the wrong edge of cringy, but when the music is this good, you can’t quite bring yourself to care. Besides, they slot into place at The Prince of Wales with perfect ease, and the punters are loving it.

Judging by the amount of Iron Maiden t-shirts in the crowd, Iron 2 Maiden are going to go down a treat, and the highly anticipated set does not disappoint. Kicking off Saturday’s closing set with ‘Can I Play With Madness’, they storm this tiny pub with all the enthusiasm of the real thing. The guitar and drums are a perfect match, coming together to create the tunes we all know and love, and while the vocals aren’t quite true to the original band, it’s an admirable effort from Iron 2 Maiden. If you’re a fan of Bruce Dickinson and co, this tribute is definitely worth a watch.

Sunday October 28th – The Shire Horse
The Shire Horse is the perfect place for a Sunday afternoon gig. With comfortable wooden chairs and a roaring fireplace in the corner, it’s a nice reprieve from the bitterly cold weather outside, and with several acoustic sets taking place across the room, it’s the right setting for winding down Ctrl Alt Fest Delete and bringing it to close.

Jacob Brathwaite fits this evening’s mood perfectly. Armed with an acoustic guitar and a gentle voice, he mixes his own songs with covers from the likes of The Kooks. Death Cab For Cutie’s ‘I Will Follow You Into The Dark’ is a highlight of the set, and the singer makes every track he performs his own. He is undeniably talented; featuring professional riffs and a clear voice that wraps around you like a comfort blanket, his set is unforgettable. Kettering’s own hazeyjane are up next, with a set that promises ‘ambient acoustic material’. The description fits the band to perfection, as they play well right from the very first song. The music is ethereal, almost otherworldly, with a strong acoustic sound that fills The Shire Horse, but it stands out against the rest. Underneath the surface, you find strong percussion and haunting vocals, creating a calming atmosphere that blends well with the open fire and warm wood decorating the pub.

From the outside, it seems as though Aldous Pinch does not quite fit this line-up. He is neither calming nor gentle, instead bringing to the stage a vaudeville performance that has the whole crowd on their feet. His music is somewhere between sea shanties and poetry, and every song is a complete story. Featuring tails of boozy nights and prostitutes, it would be very easy for the performer to get lost in repetition, but instead, it’s enthusiastic, exciting, and something entirely fresh. Aldous Pinch is definitely one to watch out for in the future. To close the festival Kettering duo Dem Urban Foxes take to the stage with a captivating sound. The music is polished and practiced, and the band clearly knows what they’re doing with their catchy hooks and intense vocals. The music is neither boring nor depressing: instead it is energetic, and most of all, sincere. It’s a great headlining set, and the perfect send-off to such an exciting festival.

Lucy Wenham

No Comments on Live review: Ctrl Alt Fest Delete

It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Oct 24th – Oct 30th

MADAMAN’S LULLABY + FLESH TUXEDO Wednesday October 24th The King Billy, Northampton Old school metal band on tour from the USA, plus newish ShoeTown power trio in support. Doors 8.30pm,…

MADAMAN’S LULLABY + FLESH TUXEDO
Wednesday October 24th
The King Billy, Northampton
Old school metal band on tour from the USA, plus newish ShoeTown power trio in support. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

A TITAN, A DEITY
Wednesday October 24th
Club 43, Northampton
Progressive metal five-piece from Birmingham play the new midweek alternative night down at the Gold St venue. Doors 10pm, £3 entry

GREEN LEAVES DOWN + THE BARRATTS + WILL SEY
Thursday October 24th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
The acoustic folk pop duo of Bee and Kenny return from France, The Barratts go acoustic for a night, and Sey from Deep Sea Mountains will play a unique solo set. Doors 8pm, free entry

ALEX GARDNER + KEZZABELLE AMBLER
Thursday October 24th
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
It’s the annual return of the Ctrl Alt Fest Delete in Kettering! All profits go to Johnny’s Happy Place. The weekend kicks off in a laid-back style with sensitive indie-folk from Gardner and renowned poet Ambler performing, with an open mike situ beforehand. Doors 8pm, free entry

CRESS + BONES PARK RIDER + SPRING PARK + TOUCAN
Friday October 26th
The Prince of Wales, Kettering
Anarcho punk legends headline, high octane rock’n’roll from Sheffield, punk fury from Northampton [in acoustic mode, no less!] plus the mysterious psychonauts bring up the rear. Music from 9pm, free entry

MY MATE DAVE + FAMILY OF NOISE + THE FEVERS
Friday October 26th
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Long-running local ska/new wave troupe headline, instrumental post-punk workouts in the middle, and punk-funk quartet open. Doors 7pm, free entry

BOYFROMTHECROWD + MARKUS REEVES BROTHERHOOD
Friday October 26th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Alternative blues-rock trio from London, and intelligent indie types from Leicester. Doors 7pm, free entry

HER BURDEN + WISHING WOLF + LAST CHANCE + THRIFT STREET + PT-33
Friday October 26th
The Yards, Kettering
Pop-punk Halloween party, fancy dress encouraged. Doors 7pm, free entry

SARPA SALPA + PHANTOM ISLE + BASEMENT STRIPPERS
Friday October 26th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The Northampton indie-popsters aim for a third sell-out show in the Underground room, with help from the super ShoeTown/London psych-pop quartet and alt-rockers from Bedford. Doors 7.30pm, £6 tickets

BIG LAD + JE DOUBLE F + SLEEP BEGGAR + MORI LUCRUM
Friday October 26th
The Lab, Northampton
Electronics and drum duo from London bring the party bangers, there’s New Jersey genre-bending punk rap, experimental beats and noise from Holyhead in North Wales, and non-binary ambient drone from Kettering. Heady stuff all round. Doors £5 entry

NUMB
Friday October 26th
The King Billy, Northampton
The hard-working rock quarter play their hometown with a unique set combining their own material with covers of some tunes that have helped them become who they are today. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

ALL THESE YEARS + LOOSE TOOTH + CALIBURN + THE HERO DIES FIRST + PRIMAL HOLOCAUST
Friday October 26th
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
HOP Events present a Halloween weekend of music over two nights. This first one offers pop punk from Hertfordshire, heavy’n’sad grunge from ShoeTown, localish post-hardcore/metalcorers, melodic metal from Bedford, and five-piece black metallers from the “sluggish pit of Northamptonshire”. Doors 7pm, £5 entry or £10 weekend ticket

DRONGOS FOR EUROPE + EASTFIELD + LOST CHERREES + HACKSAW 
Friday October 26th
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
After nearly eight years at the Horseshoe, No Rest Promotions will be taking break from gigs. They finish with punk served up four ways: from Birmingham, Northants, London, and Bristol. First band 7.45pm, £5 on the door

GOLDWATER + SOLARISE + P-HEX + CAMERON GRACE + JAMES WATT & THE AVENUES
Saturday 27th October
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Day two at Ctrl Alt Fest Delete begins with the psychedelic preachers from Leicester headlining, former Dem Urban Foxes, Northampton’s sweary baggy-funk conglomerate, acoustic rock from ShoeTown, and also Northants’ only surf band [you’d imagine]. Doors 7pm, free entry

THE ABRAHAMS + BOSS CAINE + LUNA ROSA+ MIYAGI CAR WASH + ODDITY ISLAND
Saturday 27th October
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Local progressive folk quartet headline, alongside Americana from York, Corby alt-rockers, local new wavers, and more locals playing indie/psych. Doors 7pm, free entry

IRON2MAIDEN + UNITRA
Saturday 27th October
The Prince of Wales, Kettering
Iron Maiden covers band and New-Wave-Of-British-Heavy-Metal style support. Doors 8pm, free entry

SLAMBOREE + DUTTY MOONSHINE BIG BAND
Saturday 27th October
The Roadmender, Northampton
Big Halloween party time. Slamboree are the anarchic pack of revolutionary performers and musicians based in Bristol helmed by Mike Freear, Kathika Rabbit and Lizzie West. Passion and pure insanity every time. Dutty meanwhile are a 14-piece jazz-trained big band fronted by hip-hop/grime MC’s and backed by a DJ and a producer with a taste for the bass. Fancy dress requested! Doors 10pm, £18 tickets

SCREAM BLUE MURDER + VALUES + DARKEST DAYS + INFIRM OF PURPOSE + WOVENLUNG
Saturday 27th October
The Lab, Northampton
Metalcore band from Coventry, melodic hardcore from Leeds, metalcore from the East Midlands, more metalcore-meets-electronica from the Midlands, and ShoeTown metal to open. Doors 7pm, £6 entry

VEINS + SARPA SALPA + G & THE SOUND TRIBE + LOOSE TOOTH
Saturday 27th October

The White Hart, Corby
Rocked Up and YUK team up for a Halloween Party. Doors 8pm, free entry

KRYSTHLA + CASKET FEEDER + REAPER-X
Saturday 27th October
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Day two of the Halloween weekend. Very intense heavy metal from Northampton, hardcore from Milton Keynes, and a five-piece metal group from Corby. Doors 7pm, £7 entry or £10 weekend ticket

OKTOBERFEST 2018
Saturday 27th October
Finedon Lodge, Finedon
Artists include The Hanging Bandits, Rogue State Circus, Hazeyjane, Jeff McCall, Jonathon Reynolds, Diego Dew, and Seth Oraeki, Whale, Riley Doran, and Rebecca Ryan. Profits from this year’s ticket sales will be going to the Poppy Appeal. Doors 6pm, £8 entry

HELGRIND + FUELED HATE + THE CRIMSON BRIGADE + EARTHBOUND
Saturday 27th October
The Red Lion, Raunds
A night that crosses all genres of heavy metal. Kicking off the night is death metallers Earthbound from London, fresh from their conquering of the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock, followed by the vampiric death tones of the Crimson Brigade who march in from Chesterfield and set up camp before destroying the stage. Corby’s Fueled Hate add to the metal craziness with their full on energy jump around show, and the event finishes with thrash metal band Helgrind from London. Doors 7pm, free entry

THEE TELEPATHS + BLACK CARROT  + MULTIMORPH
Sunday October 28th
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
The final day of Ctrl Alt Fest Delete. Heavyness from the local psychedelic cosmonauts, “new-wave krautrock jazz madness” from Market Harborough, and space rock poetry from Leicester. Doors 7pm, free entry

CTRL ALT FEST DELETE ALLDAYER
Sunday October 28th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Hosted by Chuck the Poet and Rob Reeves on an outdoor stage, expect performances from Humblebee, Jacob Brathwaite, Courtney Askey Band, Will Bates-Harrison, Sam Draper, Daniel Wardrop, hazeyjane, Dem’ Urban Foxes, Alex Gardner, Matt Adams, Aldous Pinch, Hippolyta’s Moon, and Helen Verrill. Doors 2pm, free entry

CORINNE LUCY
Sunday October 28th
Northampton Golf Club
“The lovechild of Joni Mitchell and Karen Carpenter” plays a lunchtime set at the Kingsley venue. 1-3pm, free entry

 

No Comments on It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Oct 24th – Oct 30th

Type on the field below and hit Enter/Return to search

error: Content is protected !!