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New Music Friday: Joe B. Humbled

When he’s not furiously lashing at his guitar and spitting into a microphone [in firstly The Mobbs and latterly GoGo Loco] Joe Martin likes to show off his softer side with…

When he’s not furiously lashing at his guitar and spitting into a microphone [in firstly The Mobbs and latterly GoGo Loco] Joe Martin likes to show off his softer side with his Joe B. Humbled solo project. His new single might be his best song yet, the melancholy widescreen retro-pop of ‘To Be True’. New Boots gets the lowdown on the Northamptonians latest movements.

Please give us a bit of background to your solo project.
Playing as a solo artist came way before The Mobbs. I have a wide musical taste, so my solo projects have usually been an aside to experiment with lots of different styles. I started writing, playing and recording folk acoustic songs in my bedroom in 2003. From there I became obsessed with perfecting a finger-picking style. I was very interested in keeping everything as basic as possible. I’d try to write songs that wouldn’t need any other instruments or musicians – just my acoustic guitar and my voice. It remained like this for a long time. The Mobbs became the real backbone for my songwriting, but I continued to perform and record occasionally as an acoustic act. Right now I am in a sort of songwriting haven. I suddenly have the technology to multi-track properly, and can record and perform everything myself. I have been on quite a personal musical journey since The Mobbs finished last year. I’ve gone back to the music I grew up listening to, and have also opened myself up to a lot of contemporary music.

How would you describe your sound? Who are your main influences for this solo work?
I’ve found myself back in love with 1960s soul and the funkier side of rock ‘n’ roll. I’ve also been highly influenced by the work of Dan Auerbach [The Black Keys] and his record label Easy Eye Sound. Due to my love of analogue recorded sounds I’ve got into artists on Daptone Records, and most recently a label called Big Crown. Traditional and contemporary American roots music has always been something that I get excited about. I’m digging everything from Sam Cooke to Alabama Shakes at the moment. My new experiments in sound are quite soulful, I would say, and there is still a blues influence in some of the songs too. I’m perhaps showing off my ability to sing and do harmonies as oppose making a two minute rock ‘n’ roll noise. Although I still have that outlet with GoGo Loco.

What was the reaction like to the Ten Odes LP of 2015, and also the more recent EP from last year?
Ten Odes was a quick demo collection of the acoustic folk/blues songs I had been performing from 2010 to 2015. It was just a stage in time where I thought I’d better record something. It was nice working with Nick Ellison (on fiddle) and doing a vocal duet with Leila Jane. I didn’t push Ten Odes too much so the reaction was as small, as I intended it to be. This was also the case with the How Did The Folly Begin EP. It was just a point where I needed to make a record of the songs I had been working on. I lost interest pretty quickly with that EP to be honest.

Tell us about this new song, ‘To Be True’.
‘To Be True’ is quite an old song that I hadn’t been able to use for anything previously. This was the first thing I recorded toward the end of last year. When I had finished recording ‘To Be True’ I kept on writing and recording fresher material spurred on by the success of how it had turned out.

Any plans for Joe B. Humbled shows?
I am hoping to put a Joe B. Humbled band together this year. I can just say [at the moment] I have some very talented musicians interested – which is very exciting. We shall see what happens!

Any favourite bands and/or venues in Northamptonshire?
I’ve had a lot of fun playing percussion and knocking about with The Keepers. Those guys have the lust for music that I had at that age and it’s a tonic to be around them and feel inspired by their enthusiasm for it all. For this reason as well as their brilliant songs these guys are probably my favourite band at the moment. I do also like seeing Kilamojo live. The thing about Northampton music is that there has always been a sea of genres and something for everyone, everywhere – long may it continue. I like The Pomfret Arms as a venue, and The Lab. There’s masses of positivity around and plenty of support for Northampton music – same as ever. There’s always new music popping up all the time too!

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
American Love Call by Durand Jones & The Indicators

What is your burning desire for this project in the future? What plans do you have?
I want to perfect some aspects of the recording side of it. I’m always working hard to get the right drum sound. Now that I am a drummer and obsessed with rhythm I realise that the drumming is really the most important part! My desires and plan is to have a fully rehearsed and tight backing group so I can perform my new songs to an audience with a full band. There are more songs ready and I will be releasing these online over the next couple of months.

To Be True is out now via Bandcamp [see below]

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Sarpa Salpa single ‘Casanova’ picked as Tune Of The Week on Radio 1

Northampton indie-popsters Sarpa Salpa have had something of a result: they’ve been chosen for the Radio 1 ‘Tune Of The Week’ slot! Latest single ‘Casanova’ was picked out by BBC Introducing and…

Northampton indie-popsters Sarpa Salpa have had something of a result: they’ve been chosen for the Radio 1 ‘Tune Of The Week’ slot!

Latest single ‘Casanova’ was picked out by BBC Introducing and put forward for rotation on the flagship BBC station. Starting this Saturday, March 16th, ‘Casanova’ will be played on at least one show every day for seven days. Radio 1 has over 9 million listeners each week.

“Honestly it’s crazy!”, reacted Bassist Ethan Whitby. “It came as a big surprise to us and it still hasn’t fully sunk in. Getting Radio 1 airplay means so much as it will help get our music to a whole new audience. We’ve put in a lot of hours over the last few years, so for this to happen makes feel even more worthwhile!”

Since 2016 Sarpa Salpa have been gigging regularly in the UK and have built an excellent reputation. ‘Casanova’ was preceded by singles ‘Smith’ and ‘She Never Lies’.  The quartet play London’s Camden Assembly on April 15th. There is another Northampton show to be announced soon; check their social media for all their latest news.

 

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

DIRTY SOUND MAGNET + WAX LYRICAL SOUND Thursday March 14th The Lab, Northampton Psychedelic rock power trio from Switzerland with multi-faceted compositions and virtuosity, playing songs from their album Western Lies….

DIRTY SOUND MAGNET + WAX LYRICAL SOUND
Thursday March 14th
The Lab, Northampton
Psychedelic rock power trio from Switzerland with multi-faceted compositions and virtuosity, playing songs from their album Western Lies. Support from energetic ShoeTown rap-rockers. Doors 7pm, £4 entry

BEDLAM BREAKOUT FESTIVAL
Friday March 15th – Sunday March 17th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The bi-annual psychobilly festival  is upon us. #27 is headlined by Restless on Friday, Nekromantix on Saturday, and Batmobile on Sunday. Local interest on the Friday courtesy of GoGo Loco. Friday opens at 7pm and is £15 on the door. Saturday and Sunday begins at 12.30pm, £30 tickets [or £60 for the whole weekend]. After-parties at The Bear too!

LAY IT DOWN
Friday March 15th
The Lab, Northampton
The usual crew perform at the urban night, now on a Friday[!] with special guest local garage MC Champagne Bubblee. Doors 8pm, free entry

TU-KAY & RYAN
Friday March 15th
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Harmonising singer-songwriter duo play a live set. Doors 8pm, free entry

CASSINI CIRCLES + MAKOBI
Friday March 15th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Formally known as Fugues, CC are a local electronica and trip hop trio. Now featuring multi-instrumentalist songwriter Yoshe Watson! Electronic wizard Makobi of [sane] provides the suitable support. Doors 9pm, free entry

EXP + DJ VERSATILE + FLASH PEASANTS + REALM CREW feat TUNGA, GUIGS, H & OG
Friday March 15th
The White Hart, Corby
A set from the main man from West Yorkshire rap crew Flame Griller, which will feature tunes from the critically acclaimed debut album, Remarkable/Unremarkable. Joining EXP on stage is veteran turntable technician Versatile aka DJ Leach, who will be providing first-class turntablism. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £4

ODDITY ISLAND + MUNDAYS
Saturday March 16th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Two of the most criminally underrated bands with an NN postcode, get some psych into you at t’Horse. Doors 8pm, free entry 

JESS ORESTANO
Saturday March 16th
The Old House, Wellingborough
Local blues-rock singer-songwriter returns to performing live in NN after a short break. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

CHRIS QUINN + HUMBLEBEE
Saturday March 16th
The Old Forge Tea Room, Cranford
Shrewsbury singer-songwriter Quinn has been receiving glowing reviews in the  music press for his debut solo release Across The Divide. He has carved his trade for over a decade touring worldwide, and had a stint as the opening act for the Jools Holland Orchestra. Support from Kettering folk duo. Doors 7pm, £10 tickets [call 01536 330014].

CHRIS FOX + CORRINE LUCY
Tuesday March 19th
Old White Hart, Northampton
Accomplished Cambridge-based guitar player, Fox’s songwriting is centred on contemporary stories reflecting life, love, loss, and humour, as heard on debut album Parallel Crossing and follow-up Loose Ends. Supported by the chart-bothering local singer-songwriter. Doors 7.45pm, free entry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

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New Music Friday: Anonymous

Uncompromising Northampton rapper Anonymous has started the year with a bang, releasing four singles already. The serial collaborator is looking like a major talent for 2019, so New Boots spent…

Uncompromising Northampton rapper Anonymous has started the year with a bang, releasing four singles already. The serial collaborator is looking like a major talent for 2019, so New Boots spent some time getting to know him.

How did you start this project?
I started my music journey when I was around the age of 12, so eight years ago back in school. It started of as a joke at first, until I had a few of my friends and family members telling me to take it more seriously. At the start I never had much confidence in myself and I wanted to make sure nobody knew who I was, that was how I came up with ‘Anonymous’. From there it stuck and has remained the same.

How would you describe your sound? Who are your main influences? 
I’ve tried many different types of genres so my sound can often vary. I’d say I stay firm and get my point across very well within my music. For example the track I recently released in memory of my Dad – ‘R.I.P’ – I had a story to tell and I feel like I told my story very well – and can’t wait to finish part 2!
My main influences are 100% Eminem, Ghetts and Tupac. I love their realness and how effortless they make it look.

What was the reaction like to your early work, did it spur you on?
During my early days of music I never really got much support, I had close friends and family members sharing my music on to their Facebook pages. However I wasn’t getting any feedback, but that only made me want it that bit more! If I am being 100% honest it was L30 Robinson who made me want to take my music more serious after I seen him doing his thing in and outside of school. After he told me to just follow my dreams and do what I wanted to with my career.

Who have you been collaborating with? What draws you to working with them?
I have been collaborating with artist both inside and outside of Northampton. I have tracks released with the very talented likes of Impact, Troopz, Rdot, L30 Robinson, M0ch0, Jaiidee, and King D, but I have plenty more work coming with other majorly talented artists. I can’t wait for my supporters to hear and see the things I have lined up.

Tell us about these new songs from the last month.
My first single of the year entitled ‘Believe Me’ came about after I decided I wanted to make a track to showcase my lyrical abilities and the way my brain works and some of the crazy ideas I have. For example in ‘Believe Me’ there are certain parts where I’ve thrown in vocals from well known tracks just to add that extra bit of spice. My second single of 2019 ‘Hoes’ came up rather randomly after Impact was chilling at my house and having problems with females. We went outside for a cigarette and I came up with the idea of writing a song about ‘hoes’. I went through YouTube searching for beats and as I soon as I heard the instrumental we used the hook just popped in to my head without even thinking. We knew many people could relate to the feeling of heartbreak and generally the feeling of being used, so after making the track we believed it had quite a lot of potential and decided to release it.

You’ve been performing at the Lay It Down night in Northampton, hows that going? Do you perform elsewhere?
As of yet I haven’t really performed at many places as I’m still focusing on finding who I really want to be as an artist. Since first performing at Lay It Down I have came a very long way and can easily say they’ve helped to further my career and I have gained a lot of confidence through being part of the team. However I will be more than happy to take any shows/opportunities that may come my way.

What has been your favourite Anonymous moment of the past year?
Definitely hitting 1000 views on mine and Impacts track ‘The Roads’. We had so much fun making that track and surprisingly it only took us the space of an hour to get it written and recorded with the help of producer and engineer Theo Chanetsa aka Xmorosi.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
A Boogie’s Hoodie SZN. I love the diversity he brings to the table and every track on the album is a pure vibe!

What is your burning desire for to do for the rest of the year? What plans do you have?
I would like to further my career and reach out to channels such as Link Up TV and GRM Daily. To be honest my sole focus of 2019 is to show people more of me, more of who Liam Berry is. I want to tell my story and be heard. I will also have an EP dropping some time this year but have not yet confirmed a date.

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 27th – Mar 5th

THE ROVES + LUNAXIS Thursday February 28th The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton Jangly guitar rock and roll springing from the suburbs of North London. Chief songwriter James Wing along with his…

THE ROVES + LUNAXIS
Thursday February 28th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Jangly guitar rock and roll springing from the suburbs of North London. Chief songwriter James Wing along with his little brother Tom and a hard grafted rhythm section in Luke Evans and Brendan Monahan released their self-titled first album on One Man Movement Records this year. Local folk-rock support. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE WAX LYRICAL SOUND + THE BOPHINS + KATIE PATON
Friday March 1st
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
A charity night, where between the bands heads will be shaved! Money raised will be going to Charing Cross Cancer Research and hair will be going to The Little Princess Trust Charity where it will be turned into wigs for children undergoing cancer treatment. Musical delights of the rap-rock, punk, and folk form. Donation page link. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

KENNY THOMAS + SOPHIA RIPLEY
Friday March 1st
Barratts Club, Northampton
’90s soul singer from London, who enjoyed eight Top 40 singles and two Top Ten albums. Support from Cambridge soul-jazz singer-songwriter. Doors 8pm, £15 tickets

THE VICES
Friday March 1st
The White Hart, Corby
Brand new Dutch indie trio with their refreshing take on rock, surf and garage [think of The Growlers meets The Strokes]. Doors 8pm, free entry

ASHBORN + REAPER-X + LEST WE FORGET + TAKE REFUGE
Saturday March 2nd
The Black Prince, Northampton
Hometown heavy metal headliners: Corby riffsters, Oxford proggy metallers, and MK metalcorers complete this banging line-up. Doors 6.30pm, £5 tickets

JIMMY PIKE & THE REDSTARS + JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + DUBSKA MURPHYS
Saturday March 2nd
The Lab, Northampton
A triple whammy of live dub and ska music. Left-leaning political dub/reggae band, hard-working ShoeTown indie-folk heroes, and The Lab’s own Irish dub outfit. Doors 8pm, free entry

SHAKIN’ STEVENS
Saturday March 2nd
The Derngate, Northampton
An 18 date tour stops in ShoeTown. The platinum-selling entertainer and performer will be joined by his band to perform fan favourites, surprises and his hits including ‘Oh Julie’, ‘Hot Dog’ and ‘This Ole House’. Doors 7.30pm, £41.55 tickets

LUNAXIS
Saturday March 2nd
The Old House, Wellingborough
After months of rehearsals, Northants folk-rock group Lunaxis are back gigging. A genuine treat for the ears. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

EMPYRE + TAROT RATS
Saturday March 2nd
The Red Lion, Raunds
Midlands rockers Empyre perform intense, atmospheric rock, with a dark and introspective edge to their writing. Kent-based blues rockers in support. Doors 8pm, free entry

PAUL WALKER & KAREN PFEIFER
Tuesday March 5th
The Old White Hart, Northampton
With their unique onstage-chemistry and their widely praised harmonies, the Anglo-German duo combine their original material with a fine choice of folk favourites. Pfeifer adds her voice and alto recorder, tin whistle and percussive instruments to Paul’s voice and guitar. Supported by local super guitarist and singer Andrew Loake. Doors 7.45, free entry

 

 

 

 

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New Music Friday: SkyFlood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 20th – Feb 26th

LASTELLE + LOOSE TOOTH + 72% + EX-PETS Wednesday February 20th The Lab, Northampton Atmospheric hardcore from Oxford, and three of NNs finest hard hitters: hardcore-y grunge rock, the three-piece…

LASTELLE + LOOSE TOOTH + 72% + EX-PETS
Wednesday February 20th
The Lab, Northampton
Atmospheric hardcore from Oxford, and three of NNs finest hard hitters: hardcore-y grunge rock, the three-piece instrumental noise rock, and no-compromise noise rock to really get you started on the right foot. Must see. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

NIGER BARKER
Thursday February 21st
The King Billy, Northampton
Barker has just released his first solo album The album, in addition to his three albums with Cowboy Hat and That Fuzzbox Voodoo. A mix of fired-up blues rock and alt.country. He plays solo in front of six video screens, as he is an international award-winning filmmaker as well as a musician. 8.30pm start, free entry

BUSHPIGS + VENUS FLY TRAP + DUNCAN BISATT
Friday February 22nd
The Lab, Northampton
The twenty year career of Bushpigs sees some original material being tried out, plus some Marabar Caves songs to get nostalgic over. Support from ShoeTown’s iconic electronic goth pioneering duo, and singer-songwriter Bisatt to open proceedings in melodic style. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE OCCASIONAL ORCHESTRA + PHIL DOLEMAN + ODETTE MICHELL + THORNFIELD
Friday February 22nd
Earl’s Barton Working Men’s Club
A Kontra Roots night: rousing six piece band to headline, a ukulele virtuoso, a new English folk singer, and the latest incarnation of the legendary Thornfield play the warm-up. Music from 8pm, £3 entry

THE MISPELT + SPRING PARK + BUCHA EFFECT
Saturday February 23rd
The Lab, Northampton
Punk times in Earl St! Two Northampton bands of much disrepute, plus London mates up for the crack too. Doors 7pm, price TBA

THE KEEPERS + THE BARRATTS + DUNCAN BISATT
Saturday February 23rd
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Twinfest: The Road to MaNo. The traditional send off gig for the bands playing in Germany. Featuring acts you know and love. Give the chaps a good old fashioned proper send off now! Doors 7.30pm, free entry

SANE + ZIZANY
Saturday February 23rd
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Ambient electronica from a band that is swiftly appearing on everyone’s lips.  Joined by the solo brainchild of Zachary Bullock – experimental trip-hop is promised. Music from 9pm, free entry

MARTIN CARTHY
Sunday February 24th
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
’60s folk legend of much repute, making albums often alongside fiddle player Dave Swarbrick. Has also played with The Watersons, Steeleye Span, Albion Country Band, and the Brass Monkey ensemble. Doors 7pm. Ticket link says ‘unavailable’, so perhaps phone venue to see if tickets are available

SAD DRONE
Sunday February 24th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Live improvised ambient soundscapes from some local musicians including Josh Ryan and Joel Harries, using a mix of guitar, synths and loops. An intimate show in the basement. Doors 8pm, free entry

 

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New Music Friday: Poetic Horror

Poetic Horror (aka Kailan Price, aka that singer/guitar guy from Fox Chapel) is a Northampton-based bedroom songwriter and producer. With his knowledge and love of dream pop and hip-hop Poetic…

Poetic Horror (aka Kailan Price, aka that singer/guitar guy from Fox Chapel) is a Northampton-based bedroom songwriter and producer. With his knowledge and love of dream pop and hip-hop Poetic Horror creates instrumentals washed in reverb and erratic rattling hi-hats. Third tune ‘Blue Light’, featuring that man again L30 Robinson, just dropped, and we took this celebratory moment to ask some questions to Price.

How did this project begin?
I started getting into beat making and production. I’ve always had a love for hip-hop and electronic music. The idea that I could just sit in my room, make music on a computer, put some vocals on top and just release it to the world really just fascinated me.

How would you describe your sound? Who are your influences?
I guess the sound is kinda lo-fi and homegrown. It’s heavily influenced by hip-hop. I have a massive love for producers like Madlib and Swedish producer Whitearmor, he is insane. I also have a lot of love for dream pop and post-punk, so some influence from those genres may also carry through.

You’re studying at BIMM London music college right now, alongside fellow Fox Chapeller Johnny, correct? How’s it all going? 
Yeah London is great. Just exploiting the student maintenance loan for music equipment and trying my best to get the work done amongst all the madness.

What was the reaction like to to the first two Poetic Horror songs you put out, ‘City Air’ and ‘Astronaut’?
Yeah it’s been good. I’ve had so much love and support from the hip-hop community in Northampton, and yeah it seems a lot people rate what I’ve done so far.

Tell us everything about this new one, ‘Blue Light’.
‘Blue Light’ is a little collaboration between me and the super talented L30 Robinson. I just do a little sing and he goes in hard with some bars. It’s nice.

Will this ever be a live project too?
Yeah 100%. I’ve just bought a portable sampler from eBay, so I shall be hitting the road very soon.

Is Fox Chapel simply on a bit of a break now? Will there be new sounds and shows in 2019?
I’m not sure, everyone’s just doing their own thing. I hope that we can maybe bring it back and play some shows. We have a lot of unreleased music and it’s depressing me.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Them A Mad Over Me by Yellowman.

What is your burning desire to do in 2019? What plans do you have?
After I throw a couple more tracks out I really want to make a mixtape or an EP of some kind. Just sit down and focus on something bigger, and make something I’m proud of. So far I’ve just been making songs in one day and throwing them out and not really thinking about songwriting or anything. So yeah, just get something real good out and play some shows.

Blue Light is out now via the usual digital platforms

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Album review: Ecco Pine

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

ECCO PINE
ECCO PINE [self-released]

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

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

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

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

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

Rachel Thomas

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

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