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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Music Friday: Last Chance

Last Chance are a powerful, hard-hitting and melodic pop punk band from Kettering, who this week release their new Shut Down EP.  New Boots spoke to guitarist Dan Holmes about…

Last Chance are a powerful, hard-hitting and melodic pop punk band from Kettering, who this week release their new Shut Down EP.  New Boots spoke to guitarist Dan Holmes about the band and this release.

A quick synopsis of the band, if you please. How/why/when? 

So we are Last Chance from Kettering and we have Matt on vocals and guitar, Harry on bass, Dan on lead guitar and backing vocals and Luke on drums. We started back in March 2017. Originally we was to learn a few punk covers to play at a friend’s memorial party, but just didn’t have enough time to get our shit together to perform. But we stuck with it and actually wrote a few good songs which we thought people would like to see and hear so went out looking for gigs.

I think it’s fair to say you wear your influences on your sleeve, do you not?

Our influences are definitely delivered well throughout our tracks. Were all stuck in the 00s pop punk time zone. Bowling For Soup, Box Car Racer, Blink 182, New Found Glory and Green Day to name a few.

Tell us everything about this new EP ‘Shut Down’

Well our EP was recorded at Parlour Studio in Kettering by Jay, and we had an absolute blast. He made us sound great! The artwork was done by a good friend of the band Ant who lives in Australia and plays in the band Baltimore Gun Club. We’re currently selling the EP for £5 which automatically puts you into a raffle to win a REAL bright pink guitar which we have all scribbled on, so get buying people.

Do you all skateboard, like the artwork suggests? Is it an important band of the band culture?

Skateboarding is what originally brought us all together, apart from Matt who lived in Australia where surfing was his forte. I think now though with two of us being parents and the other two being reprobates, falling off a plank of wood onto hard concrete is definitely not the one no more.

It’s look like incredible fun being at your live shows. 

Oh yeah definitely, our gigs are a right laugh. The easiest thing to do for crowd entertainment is to just give Dan a microphone and he will entertain people for hours. But we all have a good crack doing what we do at live shows. We set each other challenges before we play like most amount of lunges and how many times can Luke the drummer stand up during the set. We just have a good crack and take the piss out of each other.

Do you hit the road very often?

Hitting the road and going on tour is something we really want to do but at the moment we’re still trying to find our way into local venues and continue writing more tracks for an upcoming album.

What’s the connection with Baltimore Gun Club?

Baltimore Gun Club are from the Gold Coast, which is where Matt moved from. His brother Christian (Ronnie) plays drums in this band and they came over to do a UK tour last winter and we supported them at the King Billy. It was so cool for Dan being Christian’s cousin and Matt being his brother to actually appreciate each others music live.

Best/worst thing about Kettering is…?

Where’s all the music shops and live venues gone? If you want to buy strings or even plectrums you’re then off on a 20 mile trip to Northampton. Such a shame; this town used to have some brilliant shops for musicians. They just all vanished one after another.

Who is your big tip from Northants for 2018?

Our tip is to support all local music venues and promoters. The promoters put on all the top local events like Marc and his guys at Rocked Up! These guys still work day jobs have family’s at home and still support the local music scene. Good on them.

What you got coming up next?

We’re looking forward to playing at the Pop Punk Pile Up in Selby at the end of April. Playing alongside Coast To Coast, The Bottom Line and Malory Knox just to name a few is going to be awesome. Then also we’re opening one of the tents at the Rocked Up Hootenanny in September which is also great news. With other gigs at other venues being booked it looks like a busy year for us. Were looking at hitting the studio again in September to record some more, and hopefully have the album out before Christmas. What we want to be doing is push this band as far as we can and see what happens. We don’t want to be just random people who blend in with the surrounding, we want people to come see our band and have a great night with us.

Shut Down is available on Spotify and the other usual online formats. Message the band at lastchancebanduk@gmail.com for a physical version at £5.

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Apr 11th – Apr 17th 2018

BLACKWATER HORIZON + BLACK TREE VULTURES Wednesday April 11th The King Billy, Northampton Pure rock from Mainz, Germany with support from metal rockers from Bournemouth. Either way, fist-pumpingly good [and…

BLACKWATER HORIZON + BLACK TREE VULTURES
Wednesday April 11th
The King Billy, Northampton
Pure rock from Mainz, Germany with support from metal rockers from Bournemouth. Either way, fist-pumpingly good [and black]. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

THE MISPELT + BIRTH RITE + DUNCAN BISATT
Friday April 13th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Yer headliners are ’90s-era Motorhead-esque dark punk rock’n’rollers, then you have some Black Country steampunk in the middle, and the Bushpigs frontman to open proceedings. Doors 8pm, free entry

WE ARE GIANTS + LOOSE TOOTH+ THE MODERN AGE
Friday April 13th
The White Hart, Corby
The second of four heats. A crowd vote at the end of the evening decides who goes through to one final bout on June 22nd with the chance to win the opportunity of playing the main stage at the Rocked Up Hootenanny festival. Doors 8pm, free entry

STEVIE JONES & THE WILDFIRES + YODACLUB + THE TOUCH 
Friday April 13th
The Romany, Northampton
Acoustic-driven rock promoting new album Angels and Sirens. Plus edgy indie-pop from Corby and 80s-style rock from Kettering. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

LUNA ROSA + ODDITY ISLAND + TOUCAN
Saturday April 14th
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Three of the best alt-rock/indie/psych non-Northampton bands from our county, all on the same bill. The future is bright, the future is now. Doors 8pm, free entry

THOMAS TRUAX + PAT FISH
Saturday April 14th
The Lab, Northampton
On tour in the UK with his signature brand of surreal Americana, promoting his new album All That Heaven Allows Thomas finally brings his Hornicator and ‘band’ of other self-made instruments back to the Lab, supported by his friend and Northampton’s own legendary gentleman and Jazz Butcher Pat Fish. Doors 8pm, £5 on the door

EL CAMINO
Saturday April 14th
The White Hart, Corby
Rockabilly legends bring their own brand of rock’n’roll from their two self-penned albums, plus they’ll throw in a few classics too no doubt. Doors 8pm, price TBA

HUBCAP
Saturday April 14th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Rock/blues/psychedelic two-piece with electric slide and some mean drum beats. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

HOUSES IN MOTION
Saturday April 14th
The Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
They play jazz, funk, psychedelic rock, indie, and blues; equal parts covers and originals. Doors 9pm, free entry

KING’S GAMBIT
Sunday April 15th
Open Stage Performing Arts Company, Northampton
Northampton powerhouse folkie quintet perform a special one-hour set at Open Stage [off the Kettering Road], for filming and recording purposes. So you now know what to do after your Sunday roast, yeah? The set is played 4pm-5pm, free entry

THE ROCKET DOLLS
Sunday April 15th
The King Billy, Northampton
Brighton riffing-rockers head out on tour to promote sophomore album DeadHead. The trio have been garnering rave reviews for the album and their live show, so one to catch. Doors 6pm, free entry

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Mar 28th – Apr 3rd 2018

BARBARA BLACK + OVERSEER + RUSTY G’S The King Billy, Northampton Wednesday March 28th Classic and country rock flavours from Madrid’s BB, “post-grunge” from Coventry, and alt-rock from Milton Keynes….

BARBARA BLACK + OVERSEER + RUSTY G’S
The King Billy, Northampton
Wednesday March 28th
Classic and country rock flavours from Madrid’s BB, “post-grunge” from Coventry, and alt-rock from Milton Keynes. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

STEREO SKULL + BACKROADS + REAPERX + DEAD HANDS
Friday March 30th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Stereo Skull bring from Wellingborough some funky and trance-like grooves to their cyber/death/prog metal. Backroads are a lyrically charged melodic metalcore band from Bristol. ReaperX are Corby thrash metallers , whilst Dead Hands [from Birmingham] mix mathcore and high energy riffs. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

SKIRT + LUNA ROSA + DRINSIPA
Friday March 30th
The Everard Arms, Corby
EP launch show for local indie punks who New Boots interviewed last week . A double dose of quality ShoeCounty rabble rousers in support too, of course. Doors 8pm, free entry

BUSHPIGS + THE KEEPERS
Friday March 30th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Trio Bushpigs play a set of their original punk-meets-psych songs, whilst The Keepers continue to entertain with their excellent poppy new single ‘There’s No Going Back’. DJ Alex Novak too. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE TOUCH
Friday March 30th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
The pop-rockers, causing a bit of a storm round Ketrin, do the business on home turf. This one goes up to 11. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE WAX LYRICAL SOUND + LITTLE BITBOY
Friday March 30th
Bar So, Northampton
Energetic rap-rock from Northampton’s party starters, plus support from the 8-Bit chiptune dance master. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

YARDS BAR EASTER WEEKEND FESTIVAL
Saturday March 31st and Sunday April 1st
The Yards Bar and Kitchen, Kettering
The Free Collective take over Yards for a weekend of free entertainment! Bear witness to: Alex Gardiner, Yellow Blues, Skyflood, Birds Eye View, Earbones, Toucan, The Modern Age, King Purple, and Skirt on the Saturday, and  Kieran Smith, Erin Cobain, Wishing Wolf, Last Chance, The Young & Reckless, The Touch, and Home Wrecked on the Sunday. Bands 1pm-9pm both days, DJs afterwards.

AOIFE FOLEY
Saturday March 31st
The Lab, Northampton
‘This Is What Makes Us Girls Pt 2’ showcases art from locals, and the musical entertainment comes from singer-songwriter Foley, with Joshua Judd aiding and abetting on guitar. Doors from 7pm, your donation on the door goes to charity.

THE SULKS + SARPA SALPA + ODDITY ISLAND
Saturday March 31st
The White Hart, Corby
Strokes/Foals-esque Swindon quartet whose songs are so good producer Gordon Raphael (The Strokes, Ian Brown, The Libertines) produced the bands’ debut EP ‘Silence Is Only The Start’. Sarpa Salpa & Oddity Island in tow suggest this will be a BANGER. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets 

WALKWAY
Saturday March 31st
The King Billy, Northampton
Well-travelled and popular classic rock combo from East Anglia, playing songs from their 2017 third album WWIII. Doors 9pm, free entry

INTERROBANG? + EASTFIELD + WRECKAGE
Saturday March 31st
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
Headliners – angry motorik loop-driven post-punk from Leeds/Brighton who are touring their new album – feature ex-Chumbawamba member Dunstan. With support from fare-dodging types. Doors 8pm, £5 on entrance

JONNY & THE MENTAL BREAKDOWNS + CRASH INDUCTION + THE MILK SNATCHERS + WAH WAH CLUB
Saturday March 31st
The Red Lion, Raunds
Enjoy a punk bank holiday with a quartet of bands from MK and Wellingborough. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

FRACTURE + FUELED HATE + WAH WAH CLUB + THE CRIMSON BRIGADE + DESTINOVA
Sunday April 1st
The King Billy, Northampton
Easter Sunday alldayer of metal and hard rock [with an acoustic opening section], with acts from the county and beyond. Doors 2pm, free Entry

JONO & THE UKE DEALERS
Monday April 2nd
The Horseshoe, Wellingborough
Finally another Welly show to complete the week from Norfamtun’s favourite uke-wielding quartet. Doors 7pm, free entry

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Mar 14th – Mar 20th 2018

GREG COULSON Wednesday March 14th The Malt Shovel Tavern, Northampton Young Northampton bluesman, influenced by the greats like Ray Charles, Booker T, and Steve Winwood, is on his ‘What’s New?”…

GREG COULSON
Wednesday March 14th
The Malt Shovel Tavern, Northampton
Young Northampton bluesman, influenced by the greats like Ray Charles, Booker T, and Steve Winwood, is on his ‘What’s New?” tour and plays an intimate hometown show. Music begins at 8.45pm, free entry

KYSTHLA + ASCARIS + ASHEN CROWN
Thursday March 15th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Extreme metal headliners from Wellingborough who continue to make waves nationally, ably supported by Gloucestershire black metal and more brutal metal from the West Midlands. Doors 7.30pm, £7 tickets

SHARKTEETH GRINDER + DRINSIPA + LOOSE TOOTH + BLOOD-VISIONS + ACOLYTES
Thursday March 15th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Will the basement of the Gari be left standing after these lot do their thing? A night of punk/hardcore/noise to raise the spirits, and almost certainly send you deaf. Doors 7pm, £1 donation requested

BEDLAM BREAKOUT FESTIVAL
Friday March 16th / Saturday 17th / Sunday 18th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Psychobilly festival returns to the Roadmender for a weekend packed full of international rockabilly, psychobilly, garage thrash, and punk rock. Tickets are £10 on the door for Friday [doors 7pm], and £30 on the door for each day Saturday and Sunday [doors 12.30pm both weekend days]

JIMI MACK + DAMON TANG + ALEX GARDNER + KING PURPLE
Friday March 16th
The White Hart, Corby
The last Harmonics Collective event before they take a break, with headline sets from the underground folk/blues/psych artists Mack and Tang. Eclectic joy guaranteed. Doors 8pm, £4 on the door

WHO SAVES THE HERO? + THE YOUNG & RESTLESS + WISHING WOLF
Friday March 16th
The Prince of Wales, Kettering
South Wales pop punk headliners, with Northampton emo rockers and Kettering alt-rockers in tow. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

ASHBORN + FUELED HATE + HAEMA + DIALEKT
Saturday March 17th
Devonshire Club, Northampton
Local metal headliners make their much anticipated Northampton debut, with similarly inclined Midlands supports. Doors 6.30pm, £5 on the door

THE ENID + VHS PIRATES + VIA DOLAROSA + ROBERT JOHN GODFREY
Saturday March 17th
The Black Prince, Northampton
The fresh Enid line-up bring back their tent antics to their neighbours The Black Prince garden, with an opening set from Enid founder RJG [who now works on solo compositions] and formidable local support. Doors 6pm, free entry

DON GALLARDO + LUNA ROSA
Saturday March 17th
The White Hart, Corby
The Nashville-based American singer-songwriter plays Americana/country/folk, in support of his new album Still Here. Local rockers Luna Rosa open proceedings. Doors 8pm, £8 tickets

GREASY DIABLOS + GARDEN
Saturday March 17th
The Hopmaster General, Rushden
Local punk/garage/blues headliners play the craft beer shop, with buzzy Northampton indie/alt-rock quartet in support. Doors 8pm, free entry

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 21st – Feb 27th 2018

A small but nonetheless pleasant collection of shows, featuring creamy ShoeCounty talent – and almost all of which are free entry. SARPA SALPA + GRACE + ODDITY ISLAND + MOTH…

A small but nonetheless pleasant collection of shows, featuring creamy ShoeCounty talent – and almost all of which are free entry.

SARPA SALPA + GRACE + ODDITY ISLAND + MOTH WING
Friday February 23rd
The Yards, Kettering
An indie feast in Kettering with a quartet of terrific young acts, all doing their own thing but still complementing each other. This might get messy [in the best possibly way]. Doors 9pm, free entry

VHS PIRATES + PRIMAL  + JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + TYPE 22
Friday February 23rd
The Lab, Northampton
The last Pirates gig for a while we understand. Plus the ever entertaining Uke Dealers, Royal Blood-style primal rock from Derby, and local young indie punks to open proceedings. Doors 7pm, free entry

THE KEEPERS + DEEP SEA MOUNTAINS
Saturday February 24th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Hard-working indie mod rockers The Keepers and their ‘Take Me A Trip’ single launch, with a more whimsical/atmospheric support from DSM. Please note venue change. Doors 8pm, free entry

CATALYST + THOSE SNAKES + OPENSIGHT + WINTER’S EDGE
Saturday February 24th
The Lab, Northampton
The third Mammothfest Best Band heat at the Lab; this one featuring various shades of metal and prog from Milton Keynes, Stafford, London and Chichester. Doors 7pm, £3 tickets

LUNA ROSA + THE BOPHINS
Saturday February 24th
The Horsehoe Inn, Wellingborough
Retro Beat presents indie rock from Corby – Luna Rosa – with support from punk/alt-rockers The Bophins. Doors 8pm, free entry

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jan 31st – Feb 6th 2018

This selection looks a little bit special, plus it’s Independent Venue Week. Get out and enjoy the music somewhere; your local music venue needs you! THE WHOLLS + THE KEEPERS…

This selection looks a little bit special, plus it’s Independent Venue Week. Get out and enjoy the music somewhere; your local music venue needs you!

THE WHOLLS + THE KEEPERS + GARDEN + KING PURPLE
Thursday February 1st
The Lab, Northampton
The Lab is the only Northants venue hosting Independent Venue Week shows. So we of course plug their three events! Opening night sees Bedford anthemic rockers, and new Sony Records signing, The Wholls storm into ShoeTown wearing their hearts and riffs on their sleeves. A trio of excellent county supports too means this will go off big time. Doors 7.30pm, £4.50 tickets

SURGE
Friday February 2nd
Club 43, Northampton
Noughties-style angular garage/indie rock from Clacton-On-Sea, who feature a couple of UoN graduates. An intriguing show, as this gig is also a video shoot, and presented by local shoemakers Jeffrey-West. Doors 8pm, free entry (arrive early as there is limited capacity)

DEAF TRAP + 72% MORRISSEY + LOOSE TOOTH + WE ARE GIANTS + DRINSIPA
Friday February 2nd
The Lab, Northampton
The second IVW show at The Lab sees Sound Munkey get the tribes together for a night of pleasurable noise from some of the county’s standard bearers of alt-rock and hardcore. Doors 7pm, tickets are £2 members / £3 standard

GARDEN CENTRE + LUNA ROSA + PORRIDGE RADIO
Friday February 2nd
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Two great acts on tour from Brighton sandwiched between Kettering’s kaleidoscopic pop noiseniks. Garden Centre  is fronted by ex-King Of Cats Max Levy; expect guitars, ultra vocals, and fun. Porridge Radio is a solo venture featuring “shouting, guitar, and swaying”. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

BLACK COAST + WARS + REAPER
Friday February 2nd
The White Hart, Corby
Stoke’s melodic metallers return to play for Rocked Up, as do Rugby’s hardcore punks Wars. Local thrash metallers Reaper open proceedings. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets

FOREST OF FOOLS + THE GINHOUSE GYPSIES + HIB WORD
Saturday February 3rd
The Lab, Northampton
The third and final IVW at The Lab sees Forest Of Fools headline; they fuse traditional instruments with funked-up, high tempo beats to create “acoustic dance music”. The Ginhouse Gypsies are a gypsy/jazz/blues collective from Northampton, whilst HibWord is a solo female beatboxer of much repute. Doors 7pm, £4.50 tickets

GROOVY UNDERWEAR + PAUL COX
Saturday February 3rd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Folks against facism, doing their mixed-up thing since the early ’80s. Ex-Motherlode/The Earthmovers singer Cox makes Nick Drake/John Martyn acoustic solo moves in support. Doors 8pm, free entry

BAD GIRLFRIEND + 40 SHILLINGS ON THE DRUM + BLUE TONGUES
Saturday February 3rd
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Brighton folk-rock troupe 40 Shillings On The Drum bring their Early Days tour to ShoeTown. Brummies Bad Girlfriend bring the grungey confrontation, whilst fellow Second City dwellers Blue Tongues kick us off with some alt-rock/garage flavourings. They’re all raising money for The Music Therapy charity. Doors 8pm, £5 entry

STEVIE JONES & MARK GILL + KENNETH J NASH + THE WAY OUT
Saturday February 3rd
The Old Forge Team Room, Kettering
Jones and Gill reunite for an acoustic show to play tracks from their 2007 album Weather The Storm. Only 45 tickets available. Doors 8pm, tickets £7

 

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New Music Friday: Oddity Island

Kettering’s woozy indie rockers Oddity Island formed in early 2017 and a year on have readied their debut single, ‘Finger Puppets’. New Boots spoke to Alex Gardner (vocals/ukulele) for the lowdown…

Kettering’s woozy indie rockers Oddity Island formed in early 2017 and a year on have readied their debut single, ‘Finger Puppets’. New Boots spoke to Alex Gardner (vocals/ukulele) for the lowdown on this song and more.

New Boots: How did you guys get together?
Alex Gardner: Well Will Bates [guitar] and I went to college and uni together and were apathetically pondering the idea of trying to make something at least resembling a band for years but never got anything really going. Then we started seeing Sam Draper [guitar] everywhere we went. He had a little bit more drive then me and will to get something started so we met up for a jam and that was that. Finding Paul Parry [drums] and Simon Game [bass] after that was just pretty organic. Paul being Sam’s brother and all and we just got our mate Simon and told him to learn bass… he did.

How would you describe your sound?
We are all in to psychy/shoegazey kinda stuff. I think that’s pretty evident in the music. But there is a massive folk influence on it too. Especially melodically. Then Paul pretends he is in a much heavier band and music comes out. I guess that question is hard to answer definitely; that’s probably a good thing.

What do you think are your main influences musically?
I kinda feel like I don’t know. Like I never really directly think of anyone in particular. It’s just a mess of stuff that’s been crammed in ours heads, right? I would say Neutral Milk Hotel or Beirut or something personally but the rest of the band would say something completely different

What are your main influences outside the world of music?
Nicolas Cage in Wicker Man.

This song seems very anti-religion. Is God deader than ever?
If we count it by his cultural relevance then probably yeah. Not exactly current is Our Kid God. I don’t think of the song as anti-religious though. But more anti Faith. Blind faith anyway. It’s more about being confused about why people need religion rather than hating religion. I mean religions in terms of history and culture is actually incredibly interesting. It’s just the whole ‘I believe in this because I do and that is all the proof I need’ kinda attitude that doesn’t sit well with me. But then again live and let live and I really do understand the comfort in it. I guess that would be nice.

What are your live shows like? Are you part of a music scene in Kettering, playing with like-minded bands?
Live we just try and put as much energy and possible in to it and try to have fun. We have a few slower songs that build up to burst of energy then back down….then back up. We don’t like to stay in the same place very long.

In terms of the scene we play with a lot of cool people round here. It’s a very talented town really, it just has a hard time showing it off nowadays. The scenes there but there’s little to rally around. Speaking of like-minded bands The Abrahams have helped us out a lot with gigs and stuff which we appreciate a lot. Check out there new album it wonderful.

What was the last album you bought?
Derevaun Seraun by Kiran Leonard

What has been your favourite band moment in the past year?
Going to Bournemouth to record. Me, Sam and Paul all slept in a car in the middle of November after going out. It was one of the coldest but one of the funniest nights I’ve ever had.

What plans do you have for 2018?
To gig as much and as far afield as we can. We are also gonna record a kinda live EP in the very near future.

You can find Oddity Island on Facebook and Twitter

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Record Review: The Abrahams ‘The Abrahams’

THE ABRAHAMS The Abrahams (self-released) The band is made up of Ross Alexander II, Max Mclean, Neil Bennet and Jamie Gilbert. The bands’ hometown is Kettering and they describe themselves…

THE ABRAHAMS
The Abrahams (self-released)

The band is made up of Ross Alexander II, Max Mclean, Neil Bennet and Jamie Gilbert. The bands’ hometown is Kettering and they describe themselves as a “four-piece progressive folk rock skiffle beat combo band”, with music and lyrics written by Ross Alexander II. This self-titled album is a real Sunday morning album; relaxing and peaceful with soft and calming vocals. In this album the band address many issues in society with the song ‘Plastic Society’ and the song ‘Holes In My Shoes’, which talks about the ignorance of people; “Just monkeys that learnt to stand tall”.

The Abrahams have taken influences from multiple bands and artists such as Nick Drake, Bob Dylan, CSNY, Cider, Louden Wainwright III, Jeff Buckley, Cat Stevens, Bert Jansch, and Ralph McTell. This is their first album; their songs are calming and peaceful with a real folk feel in the first couple of songs, before they really introduce a heavier aspect by third song ‘1486’.

A few of my favourites from this album are ‘Darling’, ‘Holes In My Shoes’ and ‘Twins and Needles’. The songs enjoyable tranquil feeling means the album would be perfect with a cup of coffee, by the window on a winters morning. It’s definitely worth a listen.

Katie Montford

The Abrahams is available from Bandcamp now for download / order on CD

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jan 17th – Jan 23rd 2018

Still looking like January, isn’t it? It’s all about quality not quantity anyway… OSIAH + NO WITNESSES + EXILES OF ELYSIUM + THE DARKHORSE Wednesday January 17th The Roadmender, Northampton Sunderland’s…

Still looking like January, isn’t it? It’s all about quality not quantity anyway…

OSIAH + NO WITNESSES + EXILES OF ELYSIUM + THE DARKHORSE
Wednesday January 17th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Sunderland’s mighty Osiah are bringing their deathcore on a short UK tour, tonight is the third of four dates; support from the Midlands finest upcoming talent. Doors 7pm, £6 tickets or £9 on the door

JONAH MATRANGA + NON CANON
Friday January 19th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Matranga is the revered US alt-rock singer-songwriter who fronted the band Far and recorded solo under the onelinedrawing monikor.  Non Canon is the folkie solo project of Oxygen Thief’s Barry Dolan. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

SKYFLOOD + MIYAGI CAR WASH + KENNETH J NASH + CRYBB
Friday January 19th
Ex-Servicemens Club, Corby
The Harmonics Collective do their thing again. Kettering alt-rockers headline, plus folk rockers MCW play a rare show, singer-songwriter Nash, and an acoustic folk duo to open proceedings. Should be a winner. Doors 8pm, £2 on entry.

JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + VHS PIRATES + KING’S GAMBIT
Saturday January 20th
The Lab, Northampton
Katie Paton’s birthday bash, innit. A trio of tasty Northampton morsels to entertain the troops. It might get messy in the best possible way. Doors 8pm, free entry.

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