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Live review: slowthai

slowthai The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes May 7th 2019 It’s Champions League semi-final second leg night. slowthai’s second favourite team Liverpool [he’s a Cobbler, don’t you know] are already 3-0…

slowthai
The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
May 7th 2019

It’s Champions League semi-final second leg night. slowthai’s second favourite team Liverpool [he’s a Cobbler, don’t you know] are already 3-0 down from the first leg. They have been belittled everywhere over the past week. And for Liverpool you could read slowthai’s hometown of Northampton in the past couple of years. The football team were relegated in 2018, amid bafflement at how they’ve managed to lose a £10.25 million loan from the Borough Council. On top of all that the County Council declared itself “effectively bankrupt”. The bottom of the pile is real gritty, as slowthai tells us.

As tonight’s show progresses our 99p rapper is getting score updates. “It’s 3 nil to us now! No way!” That wide smile creeps just a little wider. He’s fired up for this short run of small venue dates: his way of connecting with the fans he loves so dearly, on as even keel as can be had. Everyone expects him to go interstellar when his debut album Nothing Great About Britain drops, and fans will struggle to get such close-ups again.

This gig is an explosive mix of righteous anger at the state our nation, and a celebration of youth recognising one of their own flawed companions. The man born Tyron Frampton is a constantly whirling physical presence, aided by his balaclava-clad hype man [and regular producer] Kwesi Darko. Sweat levels get exponential pretty much from the off, when ‘Polaroid’s “Kodak moment/Polaroid picture/Shake it, yeah yeah yeah” refrain initiates.

Over eleven songs here his people bounce, take videos, and shout choreographed banter/faux abuse at each other. He splits the crowd, sets up mosh pits, and generally directs us with the touch of an old-style film auteur. His Freddie Mercury-esque vocal call-and-response bit is so funny even he can’t get to the end of it without falling into hysterics. Then mid-set he reveals a unnamed and unreleased collaboration with US rapper Denzel Curry, hinting at future travels beyond the album already. The two 24 year-olds reaching across the Atlantic sounded like an enticing prospect.

‘Doorman’ is blistering, natch, and once the swirling mosh settles there’s a dozen people up on stage with him. It’s his party and we can most definitely come in, it seems – and all for the price of a cone with flake.

slowthai is the 4-0 surprise victory that changes the course of history. This is another gorgeous moment to highlight him. The Shoe Army marches on.

SETLIST:
Polaroid
Drug Dealer
GTFOMF
Mayday
IDGAF
North Nights
Inglorious
T N Biscuits
Doorman
Unnamed collaboration with Denzel Curry
Gorgeous

Words by Phil Moore. Photos by David Jackson.

Nothing Great About Britain is out May 17th. Pre-order here

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New Music Friday: EGO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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slowthai to play Milton Keynes next month

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

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

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

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

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New Music Friday: The Atrocity Exhibit

Grindcore trio The Atrocity Exhibit are a MK/Northampton act who have recently released their first “proper” full length album, Extinction Solution. The band  – James Caygill [vocals/guitar], Olly Edwin [bass/vocals] and Matt…

Grindcore trio The Atrocity Exhibit are a MK/Northampton act who have recently released their first “proper” full length album, Extinction Solution. The band  – James Caygill [vocals/guitar], Olly Edwin [bass/vocals] and Matt [drums/vocals] – have been ploughing their unique furrow for many a year and now have a refined piece of work to shout about. New Boots gets the skinny on everything from Caygill.

How did you guys get together?
The band kinda started around late 2005 with myself and Lee (ex-guitarist) just jamming out some ideas, just mashing everything we liked together.  It was a lot less cohesive then, but now it’s been more reformed into our own style. Just a bunch of people who wanted to make some noise.  Our first gig was six months later and a shambles really, a pretty standard story for most bands I’m sure.  We’ve been through a lot of changes over the years and the current line-up has been going about nine months.
 
How would you describe your sound?
Grindcore mixed with crust punk.  Blastbeats and d-beats, and occasional awkward angular riffs in silly timings. We try and write interesting energetic songs, but also avoid conventional song structures.
 
Who do you feel are your main influences?
Motorhead, Black Sabbath, Soilent Green, Acid Bath, Melvins, Hard To Swallow, Iron Monkey, Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror, 80’s punk.
 
How has the band progressed since 2006? Is it a case of sticking to your core values throughout that time despite all the natural changes bands go through?
I think we quickly became a lot more focused musically, when we started all the songs felt completely different but now it’s more part of a ‘sound’.  Every line-up change has had a bit of an influence on shaping it though.  As for values we’ve always been sticking to a rigid DIY ethic.  We try and do as much as possible ourselves rather than paying someone else to make the effort; it’s harder work but a lot more rewarding and personal. When we do work with other people then it’s usually involving our mates. The UK DIY scene is small but pretty healthy and self-sustaining, everyone helps each other with organising gigs, recording, artwork, printing, etc.
 
You’re a fan of the EP, but this is your first studio album. Is it hard to decide in what format to release your songs?
It’s actually our first proper full length! We did a live tape (a split with Atomck) for a European tour back in 2011 but I think we only actually made 30 copies of that, and it was a live recording anyway. All the copies sold out on tour but then we got quite a bit of attention from it being distributed online by Randall from Agoraphobic Nosebleed, on his Grindcore Karaoke Bandcamp page. Most of the time the EPs were a result of us trying to release things fairly quickly, we’ve played a lot of gigs and between live shows and changing line-ups it was good to try and keep new music out there.  It also makes it more affordable for smaller bands, especially when its working together with split releases.
In terms of format vinyl has always been the preferable option for our scene, or maybe cassette.  CDs always sell much slower. Having a Bandcamp page is essential, but otherwise I never really pay much mind to the digital end of things.
 
Tell us everything about Extinction Solution.
We recorded it with Boulty up at Stuck On A Name Studios in Nottingham.  SOAN is a fantastic place and a real sweet spot for the DIY scene, covering practice rooms, live shows and recording.  Every town needs somewhere like this, but sadly they’re incredibly rare these days. It was probably the easiest recording I’ve ever been involved with, we just set everything up as we would at practice and smashed out 19 songs together.  All the music was basically done in about 90 minutes.  Vocals were recorded after a quick breather, and by the time we were finished I think Boulty pretty much had it all mixed. We’d played those songs live a lot so I think almost everything was done first take: we’d just listen to it and have another go if it wasn’t fast enough.
Releasing it took slightly longer. We worked with nine DIY labels from around the UK, Europe and America, it involved a lot of juggling and many many emails back and forth, but it was worth it in the end. The labels are Woooaargh (Germany), Give Praise (USA), Let The Bastards Grind (UK), Rip-Roaring Shitstorm (UK), FHED (UK), Aktiver Ausstand In Plastik (Germany), Praise Saitan (Austria), Visions Of Warning (Northern Ireland), and Existential Dread (UK).  Released on LP (pink or black vinyl), cassette, and CD, as well as digitally in the usual places. Spotify and that are a bit crap though so I’d rather you just stole it and sent us a quid.
The illustration for the front cover was by my good friend and old housemate Amy Edwards, she’s a brilliant artist and works in a tattoo studio in Birmingham – one of the best portrait artists I’ve seen.  We collaborated a bit on the front cover: she did the hard work of the original black and white ink drawing, and I basically coloured it in. W did a similar thing for our self-titled EP a few years before.
Lyrically most of the songs cover a range of ways that human beings seem addicted to aspects of apathy and self-destruction.  Things are crumbling and systems are failing people everywhere, but it’s easier for everyone to pretend it’s going to be okay.  It’s fairly nihilistic, but it just seems to get more relevant each year.
 
What are your live shows like?
A load of sweaty screeching feedback and noise!  No messing about.  We’ll bang out 20 songs back to back in 20 minutes and get out of the way.
 
Are you part of a wider scene in Northants/Bucks, playing with like-minded bands? Any favourite bands/venues to play with?
It’s pretty much non-existent around here really in terms of similar bands – there was the great Let It Die from Kettering, but they sadly retired a few months ago. Matt also plays in Casket Feeder from over Milton Keynes way, and I have another band Hot Cops with our old drummer Danny.  There are definitely like-minded bands with a solid DIY ethic here though. One that immediately springs to mind is 72%, who’ve always been consistently excellent and interesting. I used to really like Operatives as well, with their Frank Zappa playing the Melvins mix up.  Iron Grave are great too on the slow heavy end of things.  There’s a local metal scene but we’ve never really been a part of that.  In terms of venues, The Lab is the main DIY venue these days and I always enjoy it there.  The UFO Cafe is a good spot too, but I think they’ve been limited with sound levels recently.
The UK grind scene is pretty strong at the moment, there’s a bunch of really wicked bands around and each one has their own sound.  I’m sure I’ll miss out a few but well worth checking out are;   Gets Worse, Afternoon Gentlemen, Human Cull, Atomck, Nothing Clean, Evisorax, Boak, Groak, Endless Swarm, Wheelchair x4, Famine, Gout, Ona Snop, Negative Thought Process.
 
What has been your favourite moment of 2018?
Finally releasing the album!  There was a hell of a lot of work involved behind the scenes in getting that out there so it was a great relief when it happened.
 
Last album you bought/streamed?
I think the last album I bought was DaDhelo by Chepang, which is banging! Recently I’ve mostly just been listening to a lot of Tom Waits, Hawkwind, Melvins and early Queen.  That probably applies most of the time to be honest.
 
What is your burning desire to do in the future? What plans do you have for 2019?
We’d been a bit quiet for a while this year whilst releasing the album and getting the new line-up ready for shows.  So I’m keen to get back on it in 2019 and hopefully head back to Europe and Ireland for some gigs, and I’d love to play Obscene Extreme Festival in Czech Republic as that’s always been a goal since we started.  We’ve already been confirmed for Dreadfest in Leeds in March, and Chimpyfest in London for September. 
Otherwise we’re finishing off a load of brand new songs for the next recording session.  It’s been a slow process but we’ve got about 20 new songs almost there.  So that’s hopefully a new album, and we’ve been talking about doing a split with Human Cull for a while.
 
Extinction Solution is out now
 
 

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

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

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

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

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

WISHBONE ASH
Friday, November 2nd
The Assembly, Leamington

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

THE ESKIES
Saturday, November 3rd
Esquires, Bedford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE JAMES TAYLOR QUARTET
Saturday October 13th
Esquires, Bedford

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

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

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

THE SARABETH TRIO
Wednesday October 16th
The Stables, Wavendon

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

SCOTT MATTHEWS
Thursday October 18th
The Assembly, Leamington

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

 

 

 

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Across The Border: gig guide Oct 4 – Oct 10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Music Friday: S.G. Wolfgang

An MK-based band with Northampton heritage, S.G. Wolfgang have been planting twisted blues seeds since 2014. The four malcontents are led by the eponymous Sean Grant, who New Boots spoke…

An MK-based band with Northampton heritage, S.G. Wolfgang have been planting twisted blues seeds since 2014. The four malcontents are led by the eponymous Sean Grant, who New Boots spoke to about new single ‘Souls Out’.

How did the band get together?
Myself and Fiske [guitarist] are both born and bred Northamptonians, born in our very own Northampton General Hospital. I grew up in the little village of Sywell, and Fiske the not so little village of Parklands. We both got jobs in the bright lights of Milton Keynes so we relocated together, renting our first place. Romantic really. Myself and Fiske have played in various guises over the years. S.G. Wolfgang begun after many of these years of experimentation when I just sat down with a guitar and decided to write some simple songs to go out and play myself in local pubs. It grew from there. Fiske was the first addition: he’s the left hand, I’m the right. Phil, our multi-instrumentally talented organ grinder, was added, and Matty is the third drummer but was always the guy we wanted. If you haven’t seen him drum live I’d highly reccomend it, he’s incredible.

How would you describe your sound?
Queens of the Nick Cave Turners

Who are your main influences in music?
It’s so vast. Fiske has a huge vinyl collection, I DJ everything and anything, Phil likes real intricate instrumental stuff and Matty is the Spotify find king. Deeply routed in the band is Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds / Queens of the Stone Age with a song smithery edge. My favourite album of last was Idles Brutalism. It really is a gem; the tenacity of the delivery and political slant at a time last year with a disillusioned country.

How did you hook up with Fierce Panda? How do you look back on the 7 Deadly 7 EP now?
Fondly. This EP was a real turning point for us, it felt like we’d reached our sound and feel, recording it at Konk Studios [London studio owned by Ray Davies] too, with Guy Massey producing was an incredible experience. We ended up supporting one of the Fierce Pandas bands at the 100 Club. Mr Simon “Panda” Williams was there and we began a dialogue which later turned into a relationship, which again was a dream after buying Fierce Panda releases as a music fan to being signed to the label ourselves.

Tell us everything about ‘Souls Out’.
It’s a punchy little number, and that’s we wanted for a first single back. Songwriting for me is my form of release / therapy so the songs are very much true to how I feel inside when writing. Before, during and after the writing and recording of this album I went through a tough time dealing with depression and made a lot of changes in my life and learnt a lot about myself. ‘Souls Out’ is the end of the rope: nowhere else to go, exposed to the world, what you are and who you are. I think the instrumentation represents this too with the eerie jerky riff churning its way through the majority of the song.

What are your live shows like?
Miserably fun. I wish I wrote more happy upbeat music that people could get down to! The live setup is a huge sound, Matty is an incredible hard hitting drummer, Fiske is the “octavepus” and Phil has so many cables and pedals and keyboards, which he runs all into a bass amp and a Micro Korg into the PA – which changes up a regular sound somewhat. I think we come across heavier live than we do on record, we certainly class ourselves as a live band.

Are you part of a scene in MK, playing with like-minded bands? Any favourite bands to play with?
We certainly are. Our local venue is The Craufurd Arms which is an incredible venue run by some great guys. I DJ there too. There’s some great bands about. Not a lot doing what we’re doing but there’s Dan Stock recently signed to Heavenly, personal faves Our Man In The Bronze Age, although they’re heavier, but the Craufurd is the hub for it all. It’s great to have a place like that in the area; like-minded people and friends alike.

What has been your favourite band moment of the past year?
The first single finally coming out! It had been such a long process, and it popped into the iTunes Alt chart again which was nice to see people still downloading it / streaming it, however that dark magic works these days.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Ah so much. I’m a sponge for new music, all kinds of genres too. I’ve been playing Childish Gambino ‘This Is America’ on repeat. So good: the message behind it, breaking musical boundaries, the video too. Super super cool.

What is your burning desire for the band to do in the future? What plans do you have?
I’m looking forward to having our debut album out end of this year, and I’m looking forward to playing some shows in support of this. I’d love for it to be successful enough for us to make another one, that’s all I want: not much, just to be able to keep creating and pushing out some music that we really love.

Souls Out is available via The Shipping Forecast. Album The Shadows are Lengthening will be released in October. They play the Grey Dog Festival at Roadmender August 18th

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