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New Music Friday: Mio Flux

Mio Flux (aka Jacob Bartoli) is a Northampton electronic producer, who is working alongside Patchy, The Rockstar on many of his collaborations. ‘SNL’ is the latest single to drop, and…

Mio Flux (aka Jacob Bartoli) is a Northampton electronic producer, who is working alongside Patchy, The Rockstar on many of his collaborations. ‘SNL’ is the latest single to drop, and it’s such a great tune [and Northampton love-in] that New Boots had to have a few moments with him.

How/why did you start the Mio Flux project?
I started the Mio Flux project when I was about 17. Before then I was a frontman for indie bands and indie solo projects. My laptop and software changed everything for me musically, I started to appreciate the electronic side of music and ended up totally indulged and obsessed with it. The reasoning behind Mio Flux was to be able to collaborate with as many artists as possible from all genres and mix my two musical loves together. I always wanted to do something different and original.

How would you describe your sound?
Atmospheric. I like to add multiple layers and create my own sounds that are unexpected. I think the intro for ‘Catch My Hook’ describes my sound the best; catchy melodies with bells and airy synths as an under layer. Hopefully interesting for the listener.

Who are your main influences in music? It seems to be everything from Diplo to David Bowie…
I have a wide range. I am very influenced by producers like Murda Beatz, Mike Will Made it, Diplo, Pharrel, Mark Ronson and George Martin. They are all game changing producers in their own right. However one of my strongest influences is definitely Scritti Politti from the 70/80’s. In my eyes they have a perfect combination of outstanding songwriting, production, catchy guitar/synth/bass riffs, and memorable choruses.

What was it about Patchy that attracted you to working with him?
We met working at Toys’R’Us, and he was my manager. He first did a verse on a track I was cooking up with Marcus and George from Sarpa Salpa, and from then we just clicked and began working on ‘Balmain’, and others. Our collaboration has been going on for well over a year now, and I feel we get stronger and better with every track. His hooks are unreal; every single one of them is as catchy as the last.

What was the reaction like to [previous single] ‘Sabo’?
Fantastic, every show without fail people know the chorus [it’s not too complex], so it seems to be a really uplifting song in our set that injects energy into the crowd. It’s a song I always compare our new tracks too, to see if they have the same energy on stage.

Tell us about this new release, ‘SNL’.
The single started by Patchy and I wanting to sample guitars and really demonstrate there’s more to rap than just the beats and repetitive melodies. So we went through a few bands we know in Northampton and ‘She Never Lies’ by Sarpa Salpa stood out. SNL consists of Sarpa’s guitar recordings over the top of a trap beat. Even Marcus’ vocals make an appearance at the end of the streaming versions of the song. We wanted to really break through new ground and collaborate with an interesting mix of genres. The video is also directed by ourselves, and edited by our regular collaborator in the States, Lil Adlib. The video carries on our theme of retro gaming. There are even scenes of me and Patchy fighting in Street Fighter 2.

What are your live shows like?
Energetic and fast paced. We like to keep a continuous flow of music so Patchy and I will talk in intros or filtered outs. This ensures the crowd are kept on their toes. It’s made for every music lover.

What has been your favourite Mio Flux moment of 2018?
Without a doubt it was mine and Patchy’s headline show at the Garibaldi. The atmosphere was unreal, everyone chanting our lyrics, I won’t forget that night for a long time. The line up was so strong too; Leo Robinson, Charlie Borthwick and Kiao opening the show and Ginger Snaps providing the after party. I can’t thank everyone enough for that night, a night I really wasn’t expecting.

What was the last thing you bought/streamed?
Anderson .Paak ‘Tints’ [featuring Kendrick Lemar]. The single has got me really excited for his new album to drop. He’s definitely someone I would love to work with.

What is your burning desire to do in the future? What plans do you have?
Patchy and I are building up enough quality music to be able to release a joint mixtape, and hopefully go on tour with it. I want to keep our momentum flowing with singles and videos beforehand. Also I have nearly finished a collaboration with The Barratts: if you love ‘The Garrison’, I hope you love the remix too.

SNL is out now on the usual digital platforms

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

TURIN BRAKES + ELIZA SHADDAD Thursday October 18th The Roadmender, Northampton After 19 years together and over a million records sold worldwide, the London quartet released their eighth studio album…

TURIN BRAKES + ELIZA SHADDAD
Thursday October 18th
The Roadmender, Northampton
After 19 years together and over a million records sold worldwide, the London quartet released their eighth studio album Invisible Storm in January. One of the finest songwriter bands of the last decade or so, they have seven top 40 hits to their name. Support from acoustic/electronica singer. Doors 7pm, £20 tickets

LAY IT DOWN
Thursday October 18th
The Lab, Northampton
Firmly established and doing the business for the urban music scene in NN, this edition sees featured artists Har-Q, Melody Man, and Kalma & RG The Baron, plus plenty more rappers and poets. Doors 8pm, free entry

KILLATRIX + SKYFLOOD
Thursday October 18th
The King Billy, Northampton
Think Enter Shikari mixed with Avril Lavigne and you have Killatrix. Support from alternative post-rock band from Corby. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN + JONATHAN JACKSON
Saturday October 20th
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
The long-standing post-punk/art-rock stars play the Derngate in support of the release of new album The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon. Enation singer in support. Doors 7pm, tickets are £29.50 to £39.50

LAY IT DOWN 
Saturday October 20th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
The hip-hop/grime night adds something else on top of it’s regular Thursday session and heads down Cotton End for a Saturday night party, starring Har-Q, Leo Robinson, Reality, Napps, and more. Doors 4pm, free entry

THE VINCENT VEGA BAND + MEZIAH + SUNCHYMES
Saturday, 20 October
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Lloyd Cole/Richard Hawley/XTC-esque indie from the headliners. Meziah is Chris Pettifer, experimenting with dub, techno, electronica, and psychedelia. Opening with some excellent summery pop from Aaron. Doors 7pm, free entry

THE FEELING
Saturday October 20th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Performing their celebrated million-selling 2006 album Twelve Stops And Home. This show has sold out, check venue for returns. 

FURY + THE DARKHORSE + EX-PETS + TAKE REFUGE
Saturday October 20th
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
Worcester metallers, doom/sludge from Rushden, noisy punks from Northampton, and old-school sounding metal to open. Doors 7pm, £6 entry

THE LOVELY EGGS + THE LEN PRICE 3 + ILL
Sunday October 21st
The Roadmender, Northampton
Much-loved surreal psych-punk rock duo from Lancashire return to ShoeTown with their biggest headline show yet. Mod punks from Medway also return to the town, ensuring much glorious noise. Riveting post-punk early doors too. Doors 7pm, £10 tickets

CRYBB
Sunday October 21st
Delapre Abbey, Northampton
The folk duo play live at Delapre Abbey’s Autumn Festival. Autumnal food, crafts and activities promised. From 1pm, free entry

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Live Review: Slowthai

SLOWTHAI The Black Prince, Northampton Friday October 5th N-Town-raised rapper/grime artist on the rise, Slowthai (born Tyron Frampton), is destined for greatness as is evident at his show at The…

SLOWTHAI
The Black Prince, Northampton
Friday October 5th

N-Town-raised rapper/grime artist on the rise, Slowthai (born Tyron Frampton), is destined for greatness as is evident at his show at The Black Prince tonight. Announced months ago the gig is shrouded in secrecy, the venue only announced the day before, and sold out long before that. The Black Prince is the perfect venue for this gig.

The dark, hot, sticky-floored venue is ideal for the heavy, piercing and percussive performance, akin to early Dizzee Rascal (an easy comparison, but true), spat with equal parts venom and love to a crowd that resembles more ’80s punk than anything else.

He climbs the speakers, loses some clothes, throws some drinks, crowd surfs, moshes, heckles, and spreads love to his family. Slowthai’s encouragement to the people at the front to stare at the people just “standing there” at the back is some Jedi mind trick that makes your correspondent (just standing there, at the back) feel both annoyed at being called out, and, opposingly, want to be in with the crew at the front.

The music production is heavy and tight, minimal hip-hop/trap flavoured, but well layered and with just enough melody to emphasise the vocals without drowning them. That’s good because you need to hear these lyrics, they are powerful.

Anyone that gets a crowd chanting ‘NN’ is good. We are all products of our environment, and NN is mine, Slowthai’s, and yours. I didn’t know too much of Slowthai before attending this gig, but now I’m a fan.

NN.

Josh Astrop

 

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

JEREMY PORTER & THE TUCOS + RUFUS GOODLOVE Wednesday October 10th The King Billy, Northampton A rock’n’roll trio on tour from Detroit, USA. You’ll find everything from Cheap Trick to Gram…

JEREMY PORTER & THE TUCOS + RUFUS GOODLOVE
Wednesday October 10th
The King Billy, Northampton
A rock’n’roll trio on tour from Detroit, USA. You’ll find everything from Cheap Trick to Gram Parsons on their third album [from last year], Don’t Worry, It’s Not ContagiousDoors 8pm, free entry

THE DUALERS
Thursday October 11th
The Picturedrome, Northampton
Much-loved ska/reggae duo. This show has sold out, check with venue for returns.

MISCREANT + THE TROPHY LIFE
Thursday October 11th
Club 43, Northampton 
Miscreant  bring a sinister and dark vibe to the UK metal scene, while achieving bouncy riffs with grooves. Support from five-piece post hardcore/metal band from Bedfordshire/Northamptonshire. Doors 8pm, £5 entry

NEIL BROPHY BAND + SIR REG
Thursday October 11th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Two of the busiest touring folk-rock and Celtic punk bands of ex-pats based in Denmark and Sweden have joined forces and are on the road in the UK on a 10 day tour. Brophy is originally from Moulton. They had a single ‘The Record Collector’, based on Northampton record shop Memory Lane. Their forthcoming album True Stories covers songs of travel, revelry and life growing up in Northampton in the 1980s. Swedish six piece Sir Reg are fronted by Irishman Brendan Sheehy, and they are plugging their latest release The Underdogs. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

JENNY JOY
Thursday October 11th
The King Billy, Northampton
The voice of Joyrides, flying solo. Music from 9pm, free entry

PHANTOM ISLE + EARBONES
Friday October 12th
Club 43, Northampton
The alternative club ‘Rebel Waltz’ returns for a second outing, with Northampton/London psych rockers headlining and heavy blues duo Earbones opening DJs til the early hours playing all the anthems of rock’n’roll through the ages. Doors 8pm. Free before 9.30pm, £4 before 11pm/with flyer, £5 after

[sane] + GLITCH OUT
Friday October 12th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Recent New Music Friday stars [sane] create catchy, electronic music with a smattering of synths, samples and guitar riffs over crunchy, textured beats. Glitch Out is Far Cotton local Oscar Baldwin, who makes mind-bending breakbeats and Aphex Twin-influenced IDM. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

ODDITY ISLAND + ROSS ALEXANDER & STEPH ASHCROFT + JACOB BRAITHWAITE
Friday October 12th
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
A night of gentle strumming. Oddity Island are a five-piece psychedelic/folk -rock band, and currently recording a second EP for release soon. The Abrahams singer teams up with Ashcroft, and folkie Braithwaite opens proceedings. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE BLACK DELTA MOVEMENT + BLOODY KNIVES + KILAMOJO + SKYFLOOD
Saturday October 13th
The Lab, Northampton
A night of experimental music from Hull [psych/garage], Austin Texas [space rock/post-punk], Northampton [groove/psych] and Corby [post-rock]. Gotta be done really. Doors 7.30pm, £5 tickets

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR + KRIS BARRAS BAND
Saturday October 13th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Taylor has established herself as a star of the UK blues-rock world. The girl with the big voice from the Black Country released her debut album White Sugar back in 2009. Latest, critically acclaimed album Wild [2016] included promotional performances on Later With Jools Holland and saw her part of the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage. Doors 7pm, £22.50 tickets

LEVEL 42 + THE BLOW MONKEYS
Saturday October 13th
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
The 1980s/’90s hit-makers embark on a 19-date ‘Eternity Tour’ of the UK, with special guests The Blow Monkeys. Doors 7pm, £29.50 tickets

LUCKY SHIVERS + SH DAVIDSON + NIKOLAS GRAY
Saturday October 13th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Headlining quartet bring to mind Pavement and Grandaddy, whilst Davidson is the songwriter and driving force behind  acclaimed indie rocker Tellison. A solo Gray [with a full band assisting him] is known for his Kapowski, New Cassettes, Motherdeer, and Century City smashers. Doors 6pm, free entry

JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + TOBY STARKIE 
Saturday October 13th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
The socially-conscious folk-rockers plus new single ‘Spring Boroughs’, plus solo support set from the former VHS Pirates man. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

TWISTED WHEEL + SKIRT + LUNA ROSA
Saturday October 13th
The White Hart, Corby
Noughties Oldham indie rockers continue their successful live comeback trail with a return visit to Corby, plus they celebrate the release of their ‘Jonny Guitar’ single. Local support of the same fevered variety as the headliners. Doors 7.30pm, £9 tickets

CLIMAX BLUES BAND + BIG WOLF BAND
Saturday October 13th
The Raven Hotel, Corby
It’s now 50 years since the band were formed by the late Colin Cooper. CBB now have 18 albums of jazz and blues to plunder. Support is a blues-rock powerhouse quartet from Birmingham. Doors 7.30pm, £15 tickets

FALSE IDOL + LARGERSHOP + EX-PETS
Saturday October 13th
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
Headliners are an alternative rock band from Milton Keynes, formed in January 2015 from the ashes of Atonements. Punkish supports. Doors 7pm, £6 entry

WISHING WOLF + ODDITY ISLAND + JD BLUES + A TIME OF DAY + more
Saturday October 13th
The Old House, Wellingborough
Hart Family Brewers’ annual celebration of the harvest will have live music all day, headlined by a couple of Kettering bands: emo rockers, and a quartet that fuse folk, psychedelia with a punky edge. Doors midday, free entry
 
ROBIN NOLAN TRIO
Saturday October 13th
The Old Forge Tea Room, Cranfield
Robin Nolan is one of the world’s best known and most admired Gypsy Jazz guitarists of the last 20 years, having played with every major Gypsy Jazz artist and headlined every major Gypsy Jazz festival across the globe. Nolan is accompanied by returning guitarist Chris Quinn and Dutch double bassist Arnoud Vandenberg. Doors 8pm, tickets?
 
CHICKN + THE RED TRIANGLE
Sunday October 14th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Greek art-psych noisesters plug their second album “Wowsers!, with support from the neo-soul/hip-hop six-piece. Doors 8pm, free entry
 
EMPYRE + THE SNATCHERS + THESE FIVE YEARS + MANAKING + MOLLY KARLOFF + WHO SAVES THE HERO?
Sunday October 14th
The King Billy, Northampton
A day of rock in celebration of OktoberFest. Doors 2pm, free entry
 
CRYWANK + KERMES + SAFEST SPACES + LUKAS SHARP
Tuesday October 16th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Antifolk/sadcore from Manchester, Leicester alt-rockers, an acoustic MK emo duo, and an indie-folk [also from MK]. Doors 7:30pm, £5 entry
 
THE SHACKLETON TRIO
Tuesday October 16th
The Old White Hart, Northampton
Hailing from East Anglia, the Trio play a blend of Americana, folk and self-penned material. Doors 8pm, free entry

 

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Competition: Win a pair of tickets to see Echo & The Bunnymen at Royal & Derngate

New Boots has teamed up with promoters SJM to give away a pair of tickets to see Echo & The Bunnymen at Royal & Derngate this month.  The band headline…

New Boots has teamed up with promoters SJM to give away a pair of tickets to see Echo & The Bunnymen at Royal & Derngate this month. 

The band headline the Northampton venue on Saturday, October 20, only weeks after the release of their latest album The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon.

Their 13th album sees the band revisit their back catalogue to reinterpret some of their most beloved songs with ‘strings and things’. It also features the new tracks How Far and The Somnambulist.

Echo & The Bunnymen formed in Liverpool in 1978 and are based around the duo of singer Ian McCulloch and guitarist Will Sergeant.

Of the new versions McCulloch said, “I’m not doing this for anyone else. I’m doing it as it’s important to me to make the songs better. I have to do it”.

To enter the competition, email the answer to the following question to: 
competitions@newboots.uk
What is the name of Echo & The Bunnymen’s 1980 debut album?

The subject field of the email must be ‘Bunnymen Competition’
You must include your full name and daytime contact phone number.
Entries must be received by 11.59pm on Monday, October 15.

 

Tickets for the gig are still available from the venue and cost from £32.50 before fees.
For more information, visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk and www.bunnymen.com 

 

Competition Terms & Conditions:

This competition closes at 11.59pm on Monday, October 15, 2018. Entries submitted after this time will not be counted.
A winner be selected at random from all correct entries received by the closing date and notified within 24 hours of the competition deadline.
Responsibility for prizes lies with promoters SJM and not with New Boots.
Only one entry per person is permitted.
Prizes are non–transferable and there is no cash alternative.
The competition winner is responsible for all travel and transport costs to and from the venue.
If the concert is postponed and the winner is unable to attend a rescheduled date, a new winner will be drawn.
New Boots reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if there are reasonable grounds to believe any of the rules have been breached.

 

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Ten Of The Best: The Lovely Eggs

Ten Of The Best, with The Lovely Eggs, who play the Northampton Roadmender on Sunday October 21st. Don’t Look at Me (I Don’t Like It) [2011] Have You Ever Heard…

Ten Of The Best, with The Lovely Eggs, who play the Northampton Roadmender on Sunday October 21st.

Don’t Look at Me (I Don’t Like It) [2011]

Have You Ever Heard A Digital Accordion? [2008]

Fuck It [2011]

Wiggy Giggy [2018]

I Just Want Someone To Fall In Love With [2012]

Magic Onion [2015]

People Are Twats [2011]

Allergies [2011]

I Like Birds But I Like Other Animals Too [2008]

Big Sea [2018]

 

 

 

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

ROCKET SCIENCE + JO ASH + RESTRUNG Wednesday October 3rd Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby Another acoustic session acoustic brought to you by Kontra Roots. Open mic slots available between acts, so…

ROCKET SCIENCE + JO ASH + RESTRUNG
Wednesday October 3rd
Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
Another acoustic session acoustic brought to you by Kontra Roots. Open mic slots available between acts, so get in touch. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

BONNIE DOBSON
Thursday October 4th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Canadian folk music legend, a star of the Greenwich Village scene and best known for her brooding post-nuclear war story ‘Morning Dew’. Bonnie will be backed by Lords of Thyme. Simply unmissable. Doors 7pm, free entry

LAST HOUNDS + THE YOUNG & RESTLESS + THRIFT STREET
Thursday October 4th
The King Billy, Northampton
Midlands lads Last Hounds produce music that is raw and provocative, fusing elements of punk, hardcore and hip-hop. Double dose of ShoeTown pop-punk in support. Doors 8pm, free entry

MR MORSKI + VHS PIRATES
Friday October 5th
The Lab, Northampton
Mr Morski is the head honcho of Balkan ethno rockers Gipsydelica and a huge force in The Turbans. He brings his eclectic blues, funk and jazz tunes to lift the soul. Locals VHS Pirates have been working on some new songs to move your feet. Doors 7pm, £5 entry [or £3 for members]

RAGING SPEEDHORN + SCURGE + SHARKTEETH GRINDER
Friday October 5th
The White Hart, Corby
Corby metallers play their first hometown show in four years. This is very intimate, and it’s first come first served on the door, so no messing around now. Doors 7pm, £8 entry

TONE LOCKED + SYCAMORE ROW + THE KITES
Friday October 5th
The Dun Cow, Daventry
Three rock bands and a DJ, in aid of local charity A Very Special Journey, who spread awareness of spinal muscular atrophy. Doors 7pm, free entry

MIK ARTISTIC’S EGO TRIP
Saturday October 6th
The Lab, Northampton
Three-piece from Leeds are proving to be one of the most interesting, unpredictable, and exciting acts on the circuit, with their mix of rock’n’roll & dry West Yorkshire wit. Plenty of BBC 6Music support – and Glastonbury regulars! Doors 7.30pm, £10 tickets

BLOOD-VISIONS + NAILBREAKER
Saturday October 6th
The Garibaldi Hotel [basement], Northampton
Hardcore locals bring their unique noise and incredible live show to the Gari, with new Rushden solo punk project in support. Doors 8pm, free entry

JANET ROBIN + STEVIE JONES + REBECCA RYAN
Saturday October 6th
The Old Forge Tea Room, Cranford
Top US guitarist and songwriter returns to the UK to play this special intimate show. Her latest solo CD Take Me As I Am was produced by John Carter Cash (Johnny & Juneʼs son). She continues to tour nationally and internationally and averages 150 dates a year. Support from local singer-songwriters. Doors 7pm, tickets £7

ALEX GARDNER + JAMIE DARNELL + ERIN HARRIET COBAIN + WILL BATES-HARRISON
Saturday 6th October
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
An evening of talented singer songwriters. Doors 7pm £5 entry

OLIVER DAWSON SAXON
Sunday October 7th
The King Billy, Northampton
English heavy metal band formed in 1995 by former members of Saxon, guitarist Graham Oliver and bassist Steve Dawson. Doors 4pm, £7 tickets

SKY ARCHITECTS
Sunday October 7th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Five-piece progressive symphonic rock from Rotterdam. Doors 7.30pm, free entry[?]

WILL ROGERS + IRENE RAE + OAKLEAS RISE
Sunday October 7th
The Drunken Duck, Kislingbury
Another edition of Songwriter Sessions at its new home, with another trio of quality acts. Doors 7.30pm, free entry 

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Record review: The Hurricanes

THE HURRICANES Let’s Go! [self-released] Recorded in their practice room, Northampton quartet The Hurricanes – aka Robert Jones [singing/guitar], Dammo Clarke [guitar], Neil Robinson [drums], and Tony Norton [bass] – have unleashed…

THE HURRICANES
Let’s Go! [self-released]

Recorded in their practice room, Northampton quartet The Hurricanes – aka Robert Jones [singing/guitar], Dammo Clarke [guitar], Neil Robinson [drums], and Tony Norton [bass] – have unleashed their debut album after a quiet period of gestation. Songs were worked on, refined, and put to tape over the past year, away from the glare of expectation. 

Three-quarters of the band cut their teeth in local ’90s Britpopish band Collide, but it is the mod revival sound of ’79 onwards that The Hurricanes mine for their sound. The Prisoners probably sit at the head of that table, as the opening [title] track sets out. Slashing power chords, agitated vocals, a pummelling rhythm section: it’s all here. And the band The Prisoners are usually mentioned alongside – The Jam – is there on track two, ‘This Is The Time’, with the 100 Club spit’n’pogo energy, alongside a no holds-barred rumbling bassline. A handclap breakdown appears mid-song too, giving it a dose of The Chords-esque soul in amongst the bludgeoning guitar noise.

‘Felicity Paige’ has a great, undeniable chorus chant, straight out of the Graham Day handbook. Robinson’s drumming is the key to this stomper, all elbows flying about in the authentic Moon-style. ‘Is There A Why In Your Mynd?’ gives a nod to The Creation, The Eyes and John’s Children with a ’60s freakbeat vigour and stinging fuzz solo. It goes a bit psychedelic at the end too, which is a nice touch. The aggression is toned down somewhat on ‘Staring At The Stars’, with a forlorn lead vocal and some sweet Who-esque backing vocal lines. It’s quite reminiscent of former Prisoner Allan Crockford’s contemporary band The Galileo 7, actually. ‘Taking Care of Business’ is a good summation of what’s happening throughout this album.

Considering this is effectively a home production, with resultant occasionally muddy sound [proper authentic garage-band, you might say] Let’s Go! is something to be properly proud of. It’s direct hits from the past, yesterdays’s sound tomorrow. And jolly, vibrant good fun it is too. They ain’t half bad live too, should you get a chance to catch them.

Phil Istine

PS. current Northampton Saints coach Chris Boyd was appointed whilst still boss of New Zealand team The Hurricanes, based in Wellington. A cosmic coincidence, worthy of a brief mention.

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