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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide, Sep 12th – Sept 18th

KILL THE IDEAL + FAMILY OF NOISE Thursday September 13th The King Billy, Northampton Three-piece alternative rock from Boston [Lincolnshire], with support from Corby’s purveyors of post punk / alternative…

KILL THE IDEAL + FAMILY OF NOISE
Thursday September 13th
The King Billy, Northampton
Three-piece alternative rock from Boston [Lincolnshire], with support from Corby’s purveyors of post punk / alternative rock instrumental noise. Doors 8pm, free entry

BEDLAM PSYCHO ROCKIN FESTIVAL
Friday September 14th – Saturday September 15th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Psychobilly/rockabilly/garage trash festival, featuring some of the best bands on the scene from around the globe. Friday is Long Tall Texans, The Caravans, Epileptic Hillbillys, The Test Pilots, and The Gruffs. Saturday is Demented Are Go, The Polecats, The Pharaohs, Thee Scarecrows AKA, Midniters, Screaming Rebel Angels, Blue Rockin’, El Camino, The Hillmans, Sin Kings, Knocksville, and Deadbeat Deluxe. Friday doors 7pm, and £15 entry; Saturday is doors 12.30pm, and £30 tickets [£35 door]

THE VELVELETTES
Friday September 14th
The Park Inn, Northampton
Motown legends and hitmakers play just two shows in the UK this year. The Velvelettes are the only ’60s group that still has all four original members in the line up! Expect ‘Needle In a Haystack’, ‘He Was Really Saying Something’ and many more hits. Doors 8pm, £17.50 tickets, or phone 07599 227569

HUBCAP
Friday September 14th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
The blues-rocking duo perform a full set down in Cotton End. Show from 9pm, free entry

THE MOONSHINE STALKERS + THE ORBITONES
Friday September 14th
The Bear, Northampton
The first of the Bedlam festival after-parties. Rockabilly/punk trio from London headline, with similar support. Show from midnight, free entry

MIDNIGHT HONEY CLUB
Friday September 14th
The Lab, Northampton
“Blue wave R&B” from Northamptonshire, this is a dirty, Tom Waits-style voice of predominantly originals. Doors 7pm, free entry [donations welcomed]

CENTURY CITY
Saturday September 15th
Club 43, Northampton
The opening night of the ‘Rebel Waltz‘ clubnight, a new alternative rock’n’roll soiree that, unusually for Northampton, is on beyond 1am. Each night has one or two bands on, this one has everyone’s favourite party starters Century City playing. Pop hooks and overdriven guitars are the order of the day; Century City features members of Loose Tooth, Future Love, and Ginger Snaps. Doors 8pm, band at 10.30pm, open til 4am. Free before 10pm, £4 before 11pm, £5 after 11pm. Facebook event

VENUS FLY TRAP
Saturday September 15th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Venus Fly Trap are a hard band to pigeonhole, taking their influences from many sources and amalgamating them into a congealed whole. But try “Bladerunner post-punk meets dark electronica uptown, wearing rose-tinted shades”. The new album Icon was released in June 2018. Doors 8pm, free entry

GREGG CAVE
Saturday September 15th
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Cave has made a name for himself on the British folk circuit fronting the band TRADarrr and one half of acclaimed duo Fleetwood Cave. His songs have been played on BBC Radio 2 and HAS 15 years of live gigging behind him. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

SCREAMIN’ REBEL ANGELS
Saturday September 15th
The Bear, Northampton
The second of the Bedlam after shows, this time with a female-fronted New York rockin’ trio. Show from midnight, free entry

KING’S GAMBIT
Saturday September 15th
The Walnut Tree Inn, Blisworth
A party-loving contemporary folk band, writing and performing their own original material. The Northampton-based 4-piece feature Chris on Guitar/Vocals accompanied by mandola, bass guitar and cello providing a unique musical offering with a strong beat. Music 9pm, free entry

ASHBORN + HELGRIND + ENCODED + SEVEN HELLS
Saturday September 15th
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
Northampton metal quartet headline, plus London thrash metal band, Londoners who channel RATM/Muse, and Leicester groove metallers promoting their debut EP ‘Prologue’. Doors 7pm, £4 tickets [MOTD]

THEE CREEPFREAKS + THE MIGHTY INTERCEPTORS + KINGS OF HONG KONG + HENRY & THE BLEEDERS + KNOCKSVILLE
Sunday September 16th
The Bear, Northampton
The Bedlam weekend finishes with five bands during the day. 3pm-1pm, free entry

KELLY JANE
Sunday September 16th
The Water Mill Tearooms, Raunds
Venue is raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, and the recent Audiostage star plays two acoustic sets in the early afternoon. Doors midday, free entry

DANSMALL
Tuesday September 18th
Old White Hart, Northampton
Dan Plews plays an hour set down the other Cotton End venue. Doors 8pm, free entry

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Bauhaus to issue ‘The Bela Session’ EP to celebrate 40th anniversary

‘The Bela Session’ EP by Bauhaus will this autumn celebrate the 40th anniversary of their formation, with both a vinyl and digital release. ‘The Bela Session’ captures the first time the Northampton…

‘The Bela Session’ EP by Bauhaus will this autumn celebrate the 40th anniversary of their formation, with both a vinyl and digital release. ‘The Bela Session’ captures the first time the Northampton band recorded together, just six weeks after forming as a band, on January 26th, 1979. This is the first release of that complete recording session featuring all five tracks, three of which are previously unreleased. This also marks the first official reissue of the single ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’ on vinyl for over thirty years. The audio has been newly mastered from the original analogue tape by Mandy Parnell at Black Saloon Studios. The white vinyl version is limited to 1000 copies, plus there is a black vinyl version too.

Bauhaus composed of Peter Murphy (vocals, occasional instruments), Daniel Ash (guitar), Kevin Haskins (drums), and David J (bass). Venerated and highly influential, the band emerged from the post-punk alternative music scene of the early ’80s with a string of innovative albums and a powerfully dramatic live presentation. ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’ is widely considered the original gothic rock record, and a cornerstone of the specific genre. Originally released in 1979 on Small Wonder Records, it failed to make the pop charts but remained a staple of the UK independent singles chart for many years.

To further celebrate the 40th year mark Beggars Banquet /4AD will be reissuing records from the band’s catalog on limited edition color vinyl, details of which are to be announced. Vinyl Me Please will also offer an exclusive edition of ‘The Bela Session’ on red vinyl in their member store.

Tracklisting:
1. “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” – 9:36
2. “Some Faces” – 2:29 – previously unreleased
3. “Bite My Hip”– 2:57 – previously unreleased yet later reworked, re-recorded, and released as “Lagartija Nick” in 1983
4. “Harry” – 2:56 – later released as a B-side in 1982
5. “Boys (Original)” – 3:03 – previously unreleased, later re-recorded and released as the B-side of “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”

Leaving Records, in partnership with Stones Throw Records, will release The Bela Session on November 23rd. Pre-order ‘The Bela Session’ via Bandcamp or the Stones Throw website [US site].

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The AudioStage live production project begins in Northampton

Today sees the launch of AudioStage. A music production and promotion company, their goal is simple: push great music from all genres to masses while making sure musicians are rewarded…

Today sees the launch of AudioStage. A music production and promotion company, their goal is simple: push great music from all genres to masses while making sure musicians are rewarded for their work. AudioStage was founded last year by musicians Dan Grannum and Marcus Still. New Boots spoke to them about the project, and you can watch the first episode below.

What is AudioStage?
We record live sets of talented, mainly unheard of artists and share it on our website, YouTube and social media at no cost to the musician. We are not in this for the money, but the love of music, talented people and a passion for creativity.

What was the inspiration/motivation for setting up AudioStage?
As musicians ourselves having played in bands for years it came from the observation that bands/musicians/artists can only get somewhere nowadays by having a wealth of content and a following, and that doesn’t come cheap when you start paying out of your own pocket to do it. We decided that no struggling musician should have to work a full time job to afford a roof over their head and on top of that put every spare bit of cash into their passion, especially when the cost of living is getting tighter and tighter. So we started AudioStage, we are removing the cost for content creation from the artist and recording three tracks in live studio quality with multiple high definition camera angles. Alongside that we do interviews, create teaser content and publicise the artists for two weeks on our platform.

Where do you film?
We actually film in The Pomfret Arms [Northampton pub/venue]. Their barn has this incredible sound so we literally walk in and set up with very little effort, it’s the perfect room for us.

It take the form of episodes, right?
So each artist is considered an ‘episode’ which runs over two weeks. First with a ‘coming up’ teaser, then a single track from their performance, the interview and their full performance. This essentially means we can spread their content across two weeks to give them greater exposure. We have eight episodes per series. In fact right now we are already starting to record the second series. Each series will be 16 weeks of content; there will also be a podcast to run alongside so you can understand the journey we as creators have taken to get to this point, and discuss issues/opinions we have of the work we are doing and the industry.

How do you see things progressing in the future?
Really for us the dream would be to be permanently set up and make this a full time job. In future for the artists we hope our channel grows and we can create content that people come from far and wide to be a part of. We are also already working on some subsidiary projects to compliment AudioStage, so keep your eyes peeled!

The first episode, with Rushden/London singer-songwriter Kelly Jane, begins this Monday September 10th. Jane said: “It’s so good to work with people who are genuinely so passionate and into the music. It’s refreshing to be in an environment where everyone is working together to create something amazing. It’s about having a good time and just enjoying the music”.

Watch the introductory podcast from Grannum and Still below, which further explains the ideas behind the project.

AUDIOSTAGE WEBSITE

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Photos: Matt Hollywood & the Bad Feelings

Matt Hollywood & The Bad Feelings played The Lab in Northampton last Sunday, supported by King Purple. Hollywood is a former member of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, the modern psych…

Matt Hollywood & The Bad Feelings played The Lab in Northampton last Sunday, supported by King Purple. Hollywood is a former member of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, the modern psych legends who played Northampton back in 2008. The well-received band played a blissed-out set, something akin to the Sterling Morrison-era Velvet Underground.

Here are some photos of the evening, courtesy of David Jackson.

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Sep 5th – Sept 11th

LEON GORMLEY + BERNARD HOSKIN + OAKLEAS RISE Wednesday September 5th Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby Virtuoso finger-style folk guitarist and cittern player, singer-songwriter from Cambridge with distinctively English songs, and…

LEON GORMLEY + BERNARD HOSKIN + OAKLEAS RISE
Wednesday September 5th
Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
Virtuoso finger-style folk guitarist and cittern player, singer-songwriter from Cambridge with distinctively English songs, and indie country-folk duo from Thrapston. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

FRESH + ME REX + ASH ELLIS + DANIEL CHURCH
Friday September 7th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Singalong punk [playing acoustic versions of their album from last year], acoustic-pop/synth-punk, folk punk with speaking bits, and finally a singer known from La Folivora/Knees/Thems The Brakes/The Massive Let-Downs. Doors 7pm, free entry

CIARAN REDMOND
Friday September 7th
The Lab, Northampton
The singer-songwriter hosts an EP launch event [available on CD on the night], with friends in support. Doors 7pm, £3 entry

LUNA ROSA + THE KEEPERS + SKIRT
Friday September 7th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
The ‘Fear, Filth, Dirt & Death’ Tour continues, dropping into The Garibaldi in Northampton with modpunk and indiepunk friends. A night of dirty guitars awaits you. Doors 8pm, free entry

GERALD CLARIDGE
Friday September 7th
UFO Pavilion, Northampton
Frisson is the folk-pop debut album from one third of Gentlemen’s Relish, and out on this day. A full ensemble performance is promised. Doors 7.30pm, £5 on the door.

ILLUSIVE FESTIVAL
Friday September 7th – Sunday September 9th
Deene Park, nr. Corby
The across-the-board dance music festival is in it’s fifth year now. It’s mostly DJs and MCs, though there is some live performances too, many of them on The Clock Tower stage. Looks out for The Skints, The Four Owls, Natty, Artful Dodger, Mungo’s Hi Fi, The Freestylers, and GypsyUnit, amongst others. Doors 10am each day , £115 weekend tickets

ROCKED UP HOOTENANNY
Saturday September 8th
Rockingham Motor Speedway, nr. Corby
The Hootenanny is back for it’s third instalment. One full day filled with live original music, entertainment and good vibes throughout. The Rocked Up Main Stage has Arcane Roots, InMe, Press to MECO, ACODA, Palm Reader, KOYO, Veins, Wars, Fights & Fires, Sharkteeth Grinder, Haema, and The Touch. The YUK Tent has Jamie Lenman, Bloody Knees, The Scruff, King Purple, Sarpa Salpa, Luna Rosa, Monarchs, Century City, Skirt, The Modern Age, and Penelope Tree. The Hip-Hop Stage has Flame Griller, CompreHend, an Untouchables Records special, and much more. Doors from midday, £25 tickets

VINCENT VEGA BAND + JONO & THE UKE DEALERS
Saturday September 8th
The Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Raising money to support to victims of discrimination and hate crime. Alternative/indie vibes from two sets of NN musical stalwarts. Doors 7.30pm, pay as you feel

REAPER X + FUELED HATE + UNITRA
Saturday September 8th
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Corby metallers with the slightly-new name headline, with fellow Corby – and Kettering – metal supports. Doors 7pm, £4 on the door

 

 

 

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Book review: Have Guitars…Will Travel Vol 4.

HAVE GUITARS…WILL TRAVEL VOL. 4 [A journey through the music scene in Northampton 1988-96] Derrick A. Thompson [Whyte Tiger Publications] First of all it’s worth crediting author/editor Derrick Thompson for…

HAVE GUITARS…WILL TRAVEL VOL. 4 [A journey through the music scene in Northampton 1988-96]
Derrick A. Thompson [Whyte Tiger Publications]

First of all it’s worth crediting author/editor Derrick Thompson for not only writing and publishing a ShoeTown musical history just once, but actually doing it FOUR times over a ten year period, covering 40 years of provincial heritage. That’s precisely the sort of dedication that makes Northampton and it’s music scene such a special place.

This fourth edition in the well-received series takes the reader chronologically through the activities of many of the local acts plying their trade during the late ’80s and first half of the ’90s. You get the easily recognisable names [The Jazz Butcher, Venus Fly Trap, Peter Murphy/David J/Love & Rockets, Mystic Crew, The Enid] alongside the totally obscure [how many knew Alan Moore had two musical projects in this timeframe, for example]. They all have a story to recall, which they have done with Thompson, who has been sage enough to leave their stories pretty much untouched.

Not only is this book about the comings and goings of local bands, but also of the extended universe of promoters and venues [The Roadmender and Racehorse feature prominently], fanzines [Splinter, Bizarre], and touring acts [Pulp, The Fall, The Stone Roses, Paul Weller, Kirsty McCall, the mythical Spacemen 3].

This edition, New Boots must admit, does begin a little slowly recounting 1988 and ’89, but fully kicks into gear around 1990. From then through to the last page [252, numerology fans]  it becomes very hard to put down, such is the regularly great yarns told of those halcyon days. The book is fairly simply laid out [black and white photos, minimal editing], but the content keeps you wanting to know more about how the scene was then. For those of us who weren’t active in the music scene then it’s an education on top of entertainment. Also it’s pretty amazing to think how many of these musicians are still conjuring up new original music in one form or another in 2018.

Thompson states in the preface that this volume concludes the series, and if so then it’s a fine way to finish. New Boots would argue that he could, nay should, squeeze one more book out, covering 1997-2004. People are nostalgic for things 20 years ago, so why not. Plus it was not until 2004 that social media took off for bands (hello MySpace), and before that the internet was in its infancy and most bands did not have websites. If you mention any band from the late ’90s [e.g. Circa, The Pedestrians, The Fade, etc] the internet simply does not provide you with any info on them. An oral history book would still be very informative for that period.

But in the meantime hunt down this great volume!

Phil Istine

Have Guitars…is available now, via the Spiral Archive [St. Michael’s Rd] and Waterstones [Abington St] shops in Northampton, plus Amazon

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Aug 29th – Sep 4th

MARTYR DEFILED + BORDERS + FROM EDEN TO EXILE + CASKET FEEDER + URSUS Friday August 31st The Roadmender, Northampton Lincoln death metallers begin their final tour in ShoeTown, bringing…

MARTYR DEFILED + BORDERS + FROM EDEN TO EXILE + CASKET FEEDER + URSUS
Friday August 31st
The Roadmender, Northampton
Lincoln death metallers begin their final tour in ShoeTown, bringing fellow Lincoln metallers Borders along for the ride. Northampton/MK/Swindon supports. Doors 6.45pm, £9 tickets

POPES OF CHILLITOWN + EASYDREAD + DOOZER McDOOZE 
Friday August 31st
The Lab, Northampton
A night of skanking from some of the best party bands from around the country: ska-punk from London, reggae from Bedfordshire, and Southend folkpunk. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

LAST CHANCE + WISHING WOLF + THE 182s
Friday August 31st
The White Hart, Corby
Pop-punk/emo shenanigans, three ways. Doors 8pm, free entry

DON LETTS DJ SET
Saturday September 1st
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
The former Big Audio Dynamite member and DJ extraordinaire plays upstairs at the Brad. In the late ’70s he was the DJ that singlehandedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae. Doors 9pm, £10 tickets

THE KEEPERS + SKIRT + GOGO LOCO + CANDIDATES + CHRIS WATSON (THE MOONS) + DUNCAN CRAVEN + MAD MODS AND ENGLISHMEN
Saturday September 1st
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Charity all-dayer raising money for The Harry Matthew’s Small Bowel Transplant Trust. A day of live bands and DJ’s and hoping to raise as much money as possible. Doors 1pm, free entry [donations requested]

P-HEX + LITTLE BITBOY
Saturday September 1st
The Lab, Northampton
Baggy-funksters P-Hex have “reluctantly” decided to allow the release of their debut album Quantum Funkanics [insert review quote]. To celebrate this “brave but ultimately foolhardy act” they play live at The Lab, with the fearless chiptune-tastic Little Bitboy in support. The album will be on sale this evening “for anybody brave enough to purchase”. Doors 8pm, £3 entry

CRAIG DAVID + RITA ORA
Saturday September 1st
The County Ground, Northampton
Pop-tastic fun with the original bo selecta, with the R&B princess in support. Doors 4pm, tickets from £20

JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND + THE DUKES OF BORDELLO + GESTALT
Saturday September 1st
The White Hart, Corby
“Seductive, slow burn narco rock…” or “channelling the moody atmospherics of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds”. Singer and guitarist Jim Jones’ distinctive musical history has spanned several incarnations including The Jim Jones Revue, Black Moses and Thee Hypnotics. Support from trashcan rock’n’roll troubadours from the wrong side of town, and electro art punk from Leicester. Doors 7.30pm, £12 tickets

LUNA ROSA + MUNDAYS + ODDITY ISLAND
Saturday September 1st
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Brash guitars and a touch of nihilism from Corby’s Luna Rosa, who continue their ‘Fear, Filth, Dirt & Death’ tour, bringing it to Kettering with some friends on board. D.I.Y lo-fi psych sounds for the soul from Mundays, whilst Oddity Island bear the gift of oft-kilter folk rock. 8pm doors, free entry

THE ALMIGHTY UPRISERS + SPIRIT BOMB + CRASH INDUCTION
Saturday September 1st
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
This will be No Rest Promotions penultimate gig at the Horseshoe. Headliners come from the north-east, a five-piece Anti-Fascist edgy ska/punk/reggae band. Support from Brum’s energetic punks and MK party punkers. Doors 8pm, free entry

MATT HOLLYWOOD & THE BAD FEELINGS + KING PURPLE
Sunday September 2nd
The Lab, Northampton
Beginning in 1991 with infamous psych-rock provocateurs The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Matt Hollywood has trodden many musical paths over the last two and a half decades. From deceptively accessible BJM standouts like ‘Not If You Were The Last Dandy On Earth’ and ‘Maybe Tomorrow’, to the tripped-out folk pop of The Out Crowd, and the hazy elegance of Rebel Drones, Hollywood’s songwriting has wandered through multiple genres, the playful experimentation always grounded in a core of earnest emotion. Support from Corby grungedelica trio who are making waves. Doors 7.30pm, £11 tickets

ROSS ALEXANDER II + VELVET ENGINE + THE STRAW HORSES
Sunday September 2nd
The Drunken Duck, Kislingbury
A new venue for The Songwriter Sessions, but still three feature-length sets by some of Northamptonshire’s most talented songwriters in a quiet place where music takes centre stage. This time its the singer and songwriter of The Abrahams, San-D Godoy’s yearning alt-folk, and darkly delicious expertly crafted folk from Rob Bray and Corinne Lucy. Doors 7.30pm, £3 entry

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New Music Friday: Patchy, The Rockstar

Rapper Patchy, The Rockstar dropped his latest single ‘Shtick’ and New Boots was impressed enough to want to discover the back story of, and future for, the prolific artiste. How did…

Rapper Patchy, The Rockstar dropped his latest single ‘Shtick’ and New Boots was impressed enough to want to discover the back story of, and future for, the prolific artiste.

How did Patchy, The Rockstar come into existence?
I have been making music since I was 11, and up until the start of last year I was terrified of peoples opinions. I was scared of not impressing the people close to me like my friends and family, so I only shared my early music online under loads of different nicknames and then for the past few years had only been producing beats. I finally built up the courage to talk to people about my love for making music last year, and I began releasing original music as Patchy, The Rockstar.

How would you describe your sound?
A blend of modern hip-hop and emotional rock music. But I have versatility and a range of styles to display how I’m feeling when I create music.

Who are your main influences/heroes?
I can thank my Dad and his jazz-funk records for my earliest influences; Roy Ayers and The Crusaders come to mind. My Dad bought me my first CD when I was 7 which was Shaggy’s Hot Shot album. Then I began buying albums with my pocket money from there: Nas, Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco, Linkin Park, Paparoach and more. My favourite artist right now is Tyler, The Creator.

You’ve been quite prolific over the past few years. What has been the reaction to the previous Soundcloud uploads?
I started as a music producer and built up quite a lot of attention by entering beat competitions, where you would download the acapella to an original track and make your own beat. I never won but gained so much attention for it.

Tell us everything about ‘Shtick’.
‘Shtick’ came about so spontaneously. It’s produced by Ethancx, a guy I’ve worked with quite a bit over the past year and as soon as I heard the beat I jumped on it straight away. It took me about an hour or so after I heard it to write to it, record it, mix it and master it. That’s my favourite way to make music when it’s spontaneous like that, I always enjoy the end product more.

You collaborate often. How do you find yourself hooking up with, say, Mio Flux?
It is quite mad when I think about how we met. I was actually his manager at Toys R’ Us. Sadly Toys R’ Us is no longer with us. I guess everything happens for a reason. I can’t remember how the dialogue went but we found out that we were both making music, he was producing and I was finally confident enough to tell people I rapped and sang a bit. So we hooked up on a song called ‘Balmain’ and people seemed to love it and everything developed from there.

What are your live shows with Mio Flux like?
Insane. A must-watch. We promise energy, fun and a good time regardless of what type of music your into.

Any favourite bands/venues to play with?
We recently hooked up with Sarpa Salpa and have had the pleasure of working with them on something very special, which I’m really excited to share soon. I’m really enjoying watching their rise to success at the moment.

What has been your favourite Patchy moment to date?
When Mio Flux and I had our debut live show at The Garibaldi Hotel in Northampton, it was an instant classic. We never imagined it would turn out how it did, but having a packed out venue jumping around like crazy and shouting our song lyrics back at us for the first time was a moment I’ll never forget.

Who are you listening to currently?
Right now I’ve got Pi’erre Bourne ‘Marie Curie’, Tyler, The Creator ‘See You Again’ and J-Hus ‘Dark Vader’ on repeat.

What is your burning desire to do in the future? What plans do you have?
Big plans! I have nothing but the highest expectations for myself and plenty of drive to get myself to the top. Mio Flux included. We really want to succeed. So our debut project and a tour is next up!

‘Shtick’ is out now on all the usual downloading/streaming platforms

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Aug 22nd – Aug 28th

JENNY JOY Wednesday August 22nd The King Billy, Northampton Joyrides singer flying solo for one night only. Doors 9pm, free entry SHAMBALA FESTIVAL Thursday August 23rd – Sunday August 26th Secret…

JENNY JOY
Wednesday August 22nd
The King Billy, Northampton
Joyrides singer flying solo for one night only. Doors 9pm, free entry

SHAMBALA FESTIVAL
Thursday August 23rd – Sunday August 26th
Secret country estate, somewhere in Northamptonshire
“Adventures in utopia” only if you were early/clever enough to book tickets to this sold out festival, now in it’s 19th year.

THE PIG AND APPLESTOCK FESTIVAL
Friday August 24th – Sunday August 26th
Naseby Reservoir, Naseby
Seventh edition of the festival, with proceeds going to MS therapy centre. Friday brings The Anteloids, The Yes Mess, Ichi Creator, Rt. Reverend Swifty Lezarre, and The Hatstand Band, Saturday brings Paddy Steer, Yama Warashi, La Sonora Boreal, The Unseen, Stupid Boots, Laine Hines, Augenwasser, and Delightful Young Mothers, whilst Sunday sees Will French, C. Joynes, A Noble Ghost, The Shady, Behind The Settee, and Nash Meghgi perform. Doors 2pm each day; £15 day tickets on Friday and Sunday, £20 on Saturday. £30 weekend camping tickets, £35 weekend campervan. Tickets from https://applestock.co.uk

DEVIANT AMPS + FAERIES UNDERSTAND COSMIC KNOWLEDGE + SPIRAL NAVIGATORS + THE CHAOS SURFERS
Friday August 24th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Space rock special night, featuring bands from London and Sheffield. Doors 8pm, free entry

GREENBELT FESTIVAL
Friday August 24th – Monday August 27th
Boughton House, nr. Kettering
Four days of artistry, activism, and belief. Resident artist this time is Pussy Riot. Too many acts to list, but the headliners each day are Carol Ann Duffy, We Are Scientists, Ozomatli, and CC Smugglers. Day tickets £22-£59, weekend tickets £50-£190 – from http://www.greenbelt.org.uk/buy-tickets

WISHING WOLF + LOOSE TOOTH + PENELOPE TREE
Friday August 24th
The Prince of Wales, Kettering
A night of pop-punk and grungecore from Kettering, Northampton and High Wycombe. Doors 7pm, free entry

STEVIE JONES & THE WILDFIRES + POWDERHEAD + THE MODERN AGE
Friday August 24th
The White Hart, Corby
A night of acoustic rock, metal, and indie rock to help kick off the bank holiday. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

MYSTIC CREW + DON CAMPBELL
Saturday August 25th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Celebrating their 30th anniversary with a massive party at The Roadmender.  On the night they will be playing their original reggae songs from back in the day to the present. Special guests include Hussla D (Jah Troopers, Inspiration FM), Set It Off Sound, and ex-member of the Crew Zebby Melody. Plus special guest support from Londoner Don Campbell, the lovers rock singer. All hosted by Mark Dean from Inspiration FM. Doors 7.30pm, £12 tickets

B-MOVIE BRITZ + EASTFIELD + JONNY AND THE MENTAL BREAKDOWNS + HEADSTONE HORRORS + OVERLOAD + SPRAINER + WRECK-AGE
Saturday August 25th
The Bear, Northampton
Punk alldayer at The Bear, raising money for Brook Farm Animal Sanctuary. Bands are from Corby, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Cambridge, and Peterborough. All animals are welcome with the pub providing a hydration station. Doors 2pm, free entry (donation recommended)

YUK ALL-DAYER
Saturday August 25th
The White Hart, Corby
All day bonanza in the beer garden, featuring Candidates, Oddity Island, Mundays, Bad Girlfriend, Drinsipa, Shaun Flynn [Good Apples], and Ethan Kenna. Doors 3pm, free entry

DEEP SEA MOUNTAINS + P.HEX
Saturday August 25th
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
Double ShoeTown pleasure for your Saturday night: arty and melodic grunge, plus baggy-funk chancers promoting their long-awaited debut album Quantum Funkanics. Doors 8pm, free entry

JACOB BRATHWAITE + RYAN DAVIDSON + MATTHEW NICK PAWLUK + ERIN HARRIET COBAIN + ISAAC WALTERS + PAUL STRUMMER + JACK DONOVAN + MARNIE CHAMBERS
Saturday August 25th
The Olde Englande, Wellingborough
HOP Events bring you an afternoon with some of your favourite local acts. Doors midday, free entry

DAVID J
Sunday August 26th
Beck Studios, Wellingborough
In 1979 Bauhaus cut five tracks at Beck Studios in Wellingborough, including ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’. They would return to the studio to record several other tracks, including the deconstructed cover of T-Rex’s ‘Telegram Sam’. Also, after the demise of Bauhaus in 1983, David J made two solo albums there. He returns to play an acoustic set of that material, plus highlights from throughout his career. Andrew Brooksbank [author of Bauhaus – Beneath The Mask] will also conduct and orchestrate an interview and Q&A session. Doors 8pm, $65.88 tickets [about £52]

ALAN TYLER + MRS PILGRIMM
Monday August 27th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Tyler is the lead singer of English country rockers The Rockingbirds. El Tapado is his new solo album, which he describes as “post-truth melancholia with electro hooks and country harmonies”. Mrs Pilgrimm – aka Sophie Williams – is best known for her beguiling solo sets where she has developed a unique approach to combining the cello, voice and looping. Think Laurie Anderson meets Arthur Russell. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

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Record review: P-Hex ‘Quantum Funkanics’

P-HEX QUANTUM FUNKANICS [King Genius Records] Fuck me, these lot like a good swear, don’t they? Northampton’s baggy-funk conglomerate first emerged from in a basement in the early 1990s, but…

P-HEX
QUANTUM FUNKANICS [King Genius Records]

Fuck me, these lot like a good swear, don’t they?

Northampton’s baggy-funk conglomerate first emerged from in a basement in the early 1990s, but have never until this point saw fit to release an album – instead knocking up demos as they went along. The band, formed by Steve Gordon and Paul Chant under their previous monikor Hex, have always been that less common thing, a purely live band. But once it became clear that Chant was terminally ill, it was felt by all that a full album would be a great tribute to the bassist.

The musical stylings on Quantum Funkanics are a mix of classic ’70s funk, late ’80s dance culture/hip-hop, lashings of ’90s baggy, and a little bit of the Big Beat too. Black Grape is probably the most relevant band comparison to make, but there’s also traces of Talking Heads, Parliament, Big Audio Dynamite, and Pop Will Eat Itself present too.

A lot of the fun, the heart and soul of this album comes from the duel vocal attack of Lindsay Spence [the verses, the raps] and Katie Paton [the choruses/refrains]. Between them they provide a succession of one-liners that either make you think a little deeper, or just elicit a belly laugh. Not knowing which comes next is surely a significant part of the appeal. Twenty plays in and new phrases rear up that previously were missed. Indeed everywhere there’s diamonds to fill your new boots with. Stories of wasters and scoundrels doing their thing could be deemed ‘cartoon-esque’ – but this is Northampton, so most of it is probably true anyway.

And if the words of your scribe weren’t enough to have you heading to purchase, be aware that Alan Moore loves them and wrote the liner notes. And if his nibs is onboard the mothership then you should be too, pronto.

Phil Istine

Quantum Funkanics is out now here

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