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

KARL PHILLIPS & THE REJECTS Thursday November 22nd The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering Acoustic show from the ‘Plastic Gangsta’ singer. A completely original mashup of ska, punk & grime with a hip-hop…

KARL PHILLIPS & THE REJECTS
Thursday November 22nd
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Acoustic show from the ‘Plastic Gangsta’ singer. A completely original mashup of ska, punk & grime with a hip-hop nod at luminaries like The Clash, The Specials & Mike Skinner. Karl’s refreshingly honest lyrics test the boundaries of the human mind and the English etiquette, coming from a place most people can relate to but never dare to mention. Doors 8pm, pay as you feel (suggested £4). All profits go to Johnny’s Happy Place.

BENJAMIN FOLKE THOMAS + LUNA ROSA
Thursday November 22nd

The White Hart, Corby
Alt-country singer from London promoting his brand new, fourth, album Modern Man. Support from local alt-rockers. Doors 8pm, £9 tickets

KARL PHILLIPS & THE REJECTS + UNKNOWN ERA + BANDITS!! + THE SOCIAL IGNITION
Friday November 23rd
The Lab, Northampton
Skankdown volume 2. Unknown Era are a collective of party heads from Nottingham, mixing ska, reggae, hip-hop, and funk. Bandits!! formed in 2013 in Newbury, and bring their high energy hip-hop styled ska-punk to ShoeTown. Hinckley act open with an acoustic performance. Doors 8pm, pay as you choose entry

DR. FEELGOOD + JIM RILEY’S BLUES FOUNDATION
Friday November 23rd
The Roadmender, Northampton
Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970’s, the Feelgoods have become one of the most popular live rhythm and blues acts in the world, enjoying a string of hit singles including ‘Milk & Alcohol’, ‘Down at the Doctors’, ‘Roxette’, ‘She’s A Wind Up’ and ‘See you later Alligator’. The current line-up is led by their drummer Kevin Morris, and features Steve Walwyn on lead guitar, Phil Mitchell on bass and charismatic vocalist, Robert Kane. Doors 7pm, £18.50 tickets

ODDITY ISLAND + INLIMBO + A TIME OF DAY + SIAN LEIGH ROBERTS
Friday November 23rd
The Yards, Kettering
Alt/indie night of four local acts. Doors 7pm , free entry

SHARKTEETH GRINDER + BAILER + DRINSIPA + GARSHKOTT 
Friday November 23rd
The White Hart, Corby
After a year of solid touring around the U.K. and Europe, Sharkteeth Grinder will play their last hometown exhibition of the year. Support involves metallic hardcore out of Cork, Ireland, and a couple of local heavy hitters. Doors 8pm , £5 entry

KEIRON FARROW
Friday November 23rd
Althorp Coaching Inn, Great Brington
Northampton singer-songwriter of repute plays at the oldest pub in the shire. Doors 8pm, free entry

BLANCMANGE + BERNHOLZ
Saturday November 24th
The Roadmender, Northampton
British electronic act Blancmange first broke through in the early 1980s with their mix of synthesizers and surrealism, fused in groundbreaking singles such as ‘Feel Me’, ‘Living On The Ceiling’, ‘Blind Vision’ and ‘Don’t Tell Me’. They returned in 2011 to great acclaim, and tonight the latest album Wanderlust is launched. Support from member of the Anti-Ghost Moon Ray collective. Doors 7pm, tickets £19.50

KING’S GAMBIT + JONO & THE UKE DEALERS
Saturday November 24th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Unrivalled folk-rock-dance since 2010 from the headliners. And similar from the support! Doors 8pm, free entry

MAT WARD + JACOB BRAITHWAITE + JAMIE DARNELL + SIAN & GINA
Saturday November 24th
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Drum exclusive from Ward, plus a selection of fine singer-songwriters. Doors 6pm, £4 tickets

THE LIDS + THE KEEPERS + YODACLUB
Saturday November 24th
The White Hart, Corby
Three piece indie rock band, The Lids have made a real name for themselves in their home town of Leicester, selling out a headline show at The Cookie. Support comes from young ShoeTown quartet who trade in fuzzy guitar psychedelic pop, and edgy guitar pop/rock from Corby itself. Doors 8pm, £4 entry

THE OUSE VALLEY SINGLES CLUB
Saturday November 24th
Rushden Athletic Club
Five-piece band from Bedford who use the sounds and traditions of 1950s skiffle and combine it with the energy of punk and a splash of reggae. This is their first major headline gig in Northants. Doors 8pm, £10 tickets

THE BIGHEAD
Saturday November 24th
The Walnut Tree, Blisworth
Respected Northants ska-reggae outfit perform a mix of originals and old favourites. Music from 9pm, free entry

ONE LAST DAYBREAK + THRIFT STREET + THE CREATURE WITHIN
Sunday November 25th
Club 43, Northampton
One Last Daybreak are an upcoming emo/post-hardcore quintet hailing from Romford, Essex. Pop-punk and grungey local supports. Doors 7pm, £7 entry

RAY COOPER
Sunday November 25th
The Albion Brewery, Northampton
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist living in Sweden. Former member of Oysterband, he sings with a cello. Cooper is currently promoting third album Between The Golden Age & The Promised Land. Doors 8pm, £12 entry

VOID
Sunday November 25th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Londoner George returns for his first ShoeTown show in three years. Doors 8pm, free entry

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

HAFDIS HULD Wednesday November 14th The Kettering Arts Centre Iceland’s premier acoustic pop/folk singer regularly performs around the world and is a BBC 6Music favourite. Accompanied on stage by the…

HAFDIS HULD
Wednesday November 14th
The Kettering Arts Centre
Iceland’s premier acoustic pop/folk singer regularly performs around the world and is a BBC 6Music favourite. Accompanied on stage by the beautiful guitar-playing of her English husband, Alisdair Wright. Doors 7.30pm, £11 tickets

SKYFLOOD
Wednesday November 14th
The King Billy, Northampton
Four-piece alternative [post]rock band from Corby/Northampton. Music from 9pm, free entry

STEREO SKULL + A TITAN, A DEITY + THE CREATURE WITHIN + BROKEN EMPIRE
Thursday November 15th
The King Billy, Northampton
Cyber metal from Wellingborough, prog metal from Brum, grungey trio from ShoeTown, and hard rock from Oxford. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

LAY IT DOWN
Thursday November 15th
The Lab, Northampton
Featured artist this month at the popular urban night is Anonymous Impact. The night finishes with MC Cypher, and DJ Towner will be doing the mixing. Doors 8pm, free entry

HAZEL O’CONNOR
Thursday November 15th
The Core At Corby Cube 
An evening with the award-winning singer-songwriter Hazel O’Connor, featuring a rare screening of the digitally re-mastered uncut version of the film Breaking Glass, followed by an intimate Q&A and live performance of some of the films best-loved songs. There’s a Meet & Greet immediately after the show too. Doors 7pm, £26 tickets

THE PRIMEVALS + VENUS FLY TRAP
Friday November 16th
The Lab, Northampton
Glaswegian garage rockers, who toured with The Cramps and The Gun Club and did a John Peel session back in the day, are still a tour de force live. Support from Alex Novak’s dark wave duo, promoting new album Icon. Doors 8pm, £5 tickets

TERRY & GERRY + JAMES WATT & THE AVENUES
Friday November 16th
The White Hart, Corby
Birmingham-based cult skiffle cow-punk band Terry and Gerry have been reformed for over three years and are now more popular than ever. Support on the evening will be from Corby surf-twangsters. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

TU-KAY & RYAN
Friday November 16th
The Spread Eagle, Piddington
A local musical duo: expect lush harmonies and “heartfelt lyrics touching at both matters of the heart and encouraging a positive and optimistic outlook on society and life in its entirety”. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

CHARLOTTE CARPENTER + ALESSI’S ARK + BETH MUNROE
Saturday November 17th
The Playhouse, Northampton
Long time friends and soul sisters, Carpenter & AA embark on a run of UK & EU shows this month. They’ll be celebrating releases, new & old, sharing the stage and revealing a brand new project, Blood Moon. Expect cinematic stompers, whimsical storytelling, and a whole lot of love. Plus, the ‘Masochist’ singer opens proceedings. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

THE BIG DIRTY + THE WAX LYRICAL SOUND
Saturday November 17th
Club 43, Northampton
The Northampton hard rock quarter launch their album Sex Rock City at the ‘Rebel Waltz’ clubnight. Support from much-loved returning rap-rockers TWLS. Doors 8pm. Free entry before 9.30pm, £4 after that, £5 after 11pm.

DAVE CLEMO
Saturday November 17th
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
A solo performance from the former Left Hand Drive man. Clemo is a sixty something singer-songwriter, whose music contains elements of country, folk, and gospel. He will also be signing his new book Too Old For Punk. Music from 9pm, free entry

LIZZIE AND THE BANSHEES + FAMILY OF NOISE + PROJECT REJECT
Saturday November 17th
The White Hart, Corby
Tribute band to Siouxsie and the Banshees, local purveyors of post-punk / alternative rock instrumental noise nuggets, and a Parisian-based three-piece doing 1979-83 U.S. punk-style material focusing on historical events and distant hardships. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

LAY SIEGE + DARKEST DAYS + EXILES + MUTINY + THE CREATURE WITHIN
Saturday November 17th
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
ShoeTown metalcore outift promoting debut album hopeisnowhere, more metalcore from the East Midlands from DD, melodic post-hardcore band from Wolverhampton, and grungey Northampton three-piece with a passion for the dirty, weird and loud. Doors 6pm, £5 tickets

GOGO LOCO
Saturday November 17th
The Old House, Wellingborough
The maraca-centric rock’n’roll duo from Northampton help The Old House celebrate their first birthday. Free entry

BEFORE BREAKFAST + GREGG CAVE
Sunday November 18th
The Lab, Northampton
Sheffield indie-popsters, on the road supporting debut EP ‘Sticky Sweet’, support from local singer-songwriter. Doors 7.30pm, £3 tickets

LITTLE BITBOY + JASMINE BURNS + JOEL HARRIES + ZACK BULLOCK
Sunday November 18th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
The beginning of the Sunday Solo sessions night. Each bringing something different: from trip-hop piano, electric guitar loops, to 8-bit chiptune electronic music. Including an EP launch from the recently featured Jasmine Burns. Doors 7pm, free entry

TU-KAY & RYAN + VICKII STOCKER + STEVE BIRKS + CORINNE LUCY
Sunday November 18th
The Boat Inn, Stoke Bruene
Audio Vendor presents a night of singers and songwriters. The event will be recorded and the recordings will be made available to event attendees at their request [sign up to their mailing list at the event and get sent a link to download the recordings]. Doors 6.30pm, £10 tickets

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Competition: Win a pair of tickets to see From The Jam at The Roadmender

From The Jam – comprised of legendary former bassist for The Jam, Bruce Foxton, as well as vocalist/guitarist Russell Hastings, drummer Mike Randon and pianist Andy Fairclough – will celebrate…

From The Jam – comprised of legendary former bassist for The Jam, Bruce Foxton, as well as vocalist/guitarist Russell Hastings, drummer Mike Randon and pianist Andy Fairclough – will celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Jam’s album All Mod Cons with a series of live shows, which will see them perform the record in its entirety. They play a sold-out show at Northampton Roadmender on Friday November 30th. New Boots has a pair of tickets for the show to give away.

To enter, email the answer to the following question to: competitions@newboots.uk
What is the title of the third song on the All Mod Cons album?

The subject field of the email must be ‘From The Jam Competition’
You must include your full name and daytime contact phone number.
Entries must be received by 11.59pm on Sunday, November 25.

Competition Terms & Conditions:
This competition closes at 11.59pm on Sunday, November 25, 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 AGMP 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.

PHOTO CREDIT: Derek D’Souza

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slowthai picked as one of YouTube Music’s ‘Ones to Watch’ for 2019

slowthai has been picked by YouTube Music as one of its ’10 top acts for 2019′. The Northampton-born rapper has been included on the streaming service’s ‘Ones To Watch’ artist…

slowthai has been picked by YouTube Music as one of its ’10 top acts for 2019′.

The Northampton-born rapper has been included on the streaming service’s ‘Ones To Watch’ artist spotlight.

Other acts on the list include Mahalia, Octavian, Grace Carter, Kojey Radical, Sam Fender, L Devine, Dermot Kennedy, Samm Henshaw and Jade Bird.

This list has been compiled by YouTube Music based on a variety of factors, including YouTube views, engagement from global music fans and YouTube Music analytics.

slowthai said: “It’s a blessing to be shortlisted by YouTube Music for Ones to Watch in 2019. Love to YouTube and everyone else supporting me.”

The list is dominated by a mix of individual singer-songwriters and is notable for not featuring any groups, comprising ten solo artists – reflective by trends, views and insights on YouTube.

Over the course of the past year, slowthai has released a steady string of singles including ‘North Nights’ / ‘The Bottom’, ‘Ladies’, ‘Drug Dealer’ and ‘Rainbow’ – mixing rap, grime and garage influences.

In October, slowthai announced the Brexit Bandit tour which will see him play across the UK and Europe in March and April next year.

While there’s no Northamptonshire gig, the closest the tour comes is Birmingham’s O2 Institute on Wednesday, March 27th.

For more details, visit https://slowthai.com and https://www.youtube.com/user/slowthai

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Nov 7th – Nov 13th

TRIPLE J TRIO Wednesday November 7th The Malt Shovel, Northampton A night of classic blues from the power trio. Triple J features drumming powerhouse Jeff Rich, best known as a…

TRIPLE J TRIO
Wednesday November 7th
The Malt Shovel, Northampton
A night of classic blues from the power trio. Triple J features drumming powerhouse Jeff Rich, best known as a former drummer for Status Quo. Joined on blues guitar and vocals by Jamie Godfrey and Andy Pearson on bass. Doors 7pm, free entry

FAHRAN + THE MOJO CITY REBELS
Wednesday November 7th
The King Billy, Northampton
Hard rock quintet from Nottingham and similar support from Rugby. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

KATIE SPENCER
Wednesday November 7th
Karmana Restaurant, Northampton
A return to the vegan restaurant of the Hull-based alt-folk singer-songwriter. “Drawing on influences such as John Martyn, Roy Harper and Laura Marling, Spencer creates modern folk music which owes as much to East Riding as it does to the American greats”. Doors 8pm, £10 tickets. Karmana is a small place and limited seating available, so do book.

SKAM + THEIA
Thursday November 8th
The King Billy, Northampton
Hard rock trios from Leicester and Burton Upon Trent embark on their ‘Magic Number Tour’. Doors 7pm, £8 tickets

DANSMALL + CORINNE LUCY
Thursday November 8th
The Lab, Northampton
Folkie singer-songwriter Dan and friends help raise money for both Campaign Against Arms Trade and the Peace Pledge Union. Doors 7.30pm, donations of £5 or more requested

JONAH MATRANGA + OXYGEN THIEF + VEINS
Friday November 9th
The White Hart, Corby
Matranga comes to Corby for a full band show as part of his ‘Water and Solutions’ tour, celebrating 20 years since the release of Far’s legendary album. Support from riffy trio from Bristol and the local alt-rock trio. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

CLUB ECLECTICA
Saturday November 10th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Andy Skank presents an evening of diverse and varied sounds featuring live electronic performance and DJ. Synths and samples from [sane], digital hardcore from Nailbreaker, ambient instrumental triphop from Zizany, and neck-cracking boom bap with live MC’s LJ You & Grene Rockafella. Doors 8pm, free entry

JET LAGGED JEFF & THE SWAMP DONKEY + JASMINE BURNS + ADRIAN STRANIK
Saturday November 10th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
A night of roots and rockabilly. Existential urban cowboy songs from Bedford to begin, bluesy Americana singer from the Newport Pagnell area up next, and gritty blues rock to finish you off. Music from 9pm, free entry

P-HEX
Saturday November 10th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
The long-running baggy-funk conglomerate play their Quantum Funkanics ditties to many dancing feet. Doors 8pm, free entry

BIG COUNTRY
Saturday November 10th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The Crossing was the first studio album released by Scottish band Big Country, in 1983. The band broke massively worldwide with the release of the album’s classic singles ‘Fields Of Fire’, ‘Chance’ and signature song ‘In A Big Country’, which went on to become massive worldwide hits, selling over two million copies. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £22.50

AUGER + UNQUIET DEAD
Saturday November 10th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Darkwave duo from the north, and gothic-electro garage rock punk duo from Bedford.  Dancers later too [“be prepared for music, nudity and dancing”]. Doors 8pm, £10 entry

SHIREFEST 2018
Saturday November 10th – Sunday November 11th
The Shirehorse, Kettering
Local artists all giving up their time voluntarily to raise awareness and funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Expect to see on Saturday: JD Blues, Humblebee, Epigone Jazz Ensemble, Cameron Grace, Hippolyta’s Moon, and The Touch. On Sunday it’s A Time Of Day, Jacob Braithwaite, Dan Boddington, Jo-Jo Newton, Eric Cobain, Liam Ferguson, The Fevers, Midnight Honey Club, The Abrahams, Aldous Pinch, Oddity Island, and Solarise. Doors 5pm on Sat, 1pm on Sun, free entry

MARTIN ATKINS
Monday November 12th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Atkins was a member of Public Image Ltd and Killing Joke. He founded industrial supergroup Pigface, The Damage Manual, and Murder Inc., and has contributed to Nine Inch Nails and Ministry. He will be talking about his 35+ year music career, focusing on his time in PiL, and playing some drums too. Doors 8pm, free entry

 

 

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Interview: Heaven 17

Heaven 17 begin a ten-date UK tour this week with a sold-out show at Northampton’s Roadmender, performing their celebrated and acclaimed 1983 album The Luxury Gap. To mark the occasion Noel…

Heaven 17 begin a ten-date UK tour this week with a sold-out show at Northampton’s Roadmender, performing their celebrated and acclaimed 1983 album The Luxury Gap. To mark the occasion Noel Draper spoke to founder Martyn Ware about his past and present.

How did you and Glenn first meet?
We met at an arts workshop that was created by the Labour council in Sheffield called Meatwhistle, and it was an opportunity to meet a lot of different people from different backgrounds who were interested in being creative. I was introduced to this by an old friend called Paul Bower, who was responsible for sending our original demo of ‘Being Boiled’ to Fast Records. We were both trainee managers at the Co-Op, and through Meatwhistle I met Glenn. We were kindred spirits from the off. I found out later that the Co-Op job, that I had left 6 months previously, Glenn had taken. How weird was that?

Is it true that Glenn was supposed to be the original singer for The Human League?
Yes. It was bad timing really. Just before we were forming The Human League he had decided to go to London to seek his fame and fortune as a photographer/musician. He was the natural choice as he was full of charisma but as he wasn’t around, and we couldn’t ask him to come back up to Sheffield as he had only just settled in, we asked my best mate from school, Philip Oakey, I heard he could sing a bit, he looked great and to be honest he always looked and acted like a rock star so that’s how we formed.

How do you get on with The Human League/Philip Oakey now, considering you had quite a well publicised split ?
We see each other once or twice a year now, It’s always nice to see them. We live in London now and he lives in Sheffield, he’s quite a private person, but it’s nice to see him when we do meet up.

Where did the name Heaven 17 come from?
From the film A Clockwork Orange. When Alex walks into the record store on the wall is a chart with ‘The Heaven Seventeen’ on it. It’s actually mentioned in the book as well, which was written in 1960 and, according to Anthony Burgess, about a time around 20 years in the future which was the time we formed Heaven 17. Kind of a poetic self-fulfilling prophecy.

Did you want an unusual name?
I just loved that name. In the charts on that wall were names like ‘The Sparks’, ‘Johnny Zhivago’ and ‘Goggly Gogol’, all sorts of weird names, and that was favourite film at the time, it probably still is my favourite film actually, and I just really liked the name. Not the ‘Heaven Seventeen’ but ‘Heaven’ and then the numbers, ’17’. To me it sounded like a really obvious pop group name, cheesy, but the content had a bit more edge to it. I quite liked that dichotomy.

What made you decide to use synths and not guitars?
I was always obsessed with electronic music from an early age. I was always fascinated with anything that sounded futuristic. My sisters are a lot older than me, and had a big record collection, and I was always keeping a look out for things like the theremin in ‘Good Vibrations’ or ‘Sparky’s Magic Piano’ and anything that sounded like the future. It might have been because we were used to hearing industrial sounds in Sheffield growing up.

Why did you make the decision not to tour in the 1980s?
It was a conscious decision on our part. We had toured extensively with The Human League, and it cost us a lot of money, not directly but through the record company and we were living on advances from them. It just seemed that we were getting further and further in debt, so when we started Heaven 17 we decided to just make videos. It was near the start of MTV, so we could service every territory individually and spend good money on expensive videos. We didn’t tour live until 1995 but we did do TV shows and live television, stuff like that, but not proper live concerts.

What is the favourite song you have written?
‘Let Me Go’. It’s the best song we have written. Both myself and Glenn agree. It’s something about the melodic structure of the song, the vocal harmonies, the melody, the funkiness of it, it’s also got a haunting chord to it. I honestly believe that the greatest songs that have the most emotional impact are the ones that sit on the edge between major to minor. Is it a happy song, is it a sad song, you are never quite sure. It gives it poignancy. You can take that song and play it on guitar, piano or acapella and it still sounds fantastic and I don’t think you can say that about any of our other songs.

You are probably best known for the song ‘Temptation’. Does this annoy you, considering your other output?
No. There have been several “Greatest Songs of the 80’s” compilations and we always seem to crop up in there with ‘Temptation’ which I find incredibly flattering. We always try to make a song timeless. Being able to use a big orchestra means you quite can’t pin it down when it was made, and you could probably re-release that song with a few tweaks and it would be a hit.

Who were your musical influences growing up?
Too many to mention but definitely Bowie, Roxy Music, Georgio Moroder and then all the German experimental pop bands like Can, Amon Duul, a lot of prog rock, loved King Crimson, ELP, all sorts of amazing stuff.

Who excites you today musically?
There’s quite a lot of exciting hip-hop I like and there’s a few bands that I’m quite fond of, like Everything Everything. I also like Frank Ocean and D’Angelo.

Do you think that with a lot of today’s music being drip-fed cheese pop that you have to go and find good music yourself?
Yes, although I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I am completely anti-Spotify but I use it all the time: it’s a great thing for research, and I know that makes me a hypocrite. I like finding new music and music is just as good if not better these days. The trouble is, when we were growing up you only had a few channels of TV or radio and so everyone was listening or watching similar sort of things. Out of a class of 30 you knew that probably 23 of them saw Top of the Pops the night before, for instance, but now everyone listens to their own stuff. It’s very hard to create a common purpose, like the punk movement, as it’s hard to get a critical mass these days, which is what the whole of popular music was based on, right up until the early 1990s. You built up a head of steam, released a record and then were catapulted into the charts. That model doesn’t work any more. Britain has always been historically very good at creating new scenes quickly because it’s a densely populated small island where ideas spread quickly, but that has been dissipated by the new technologies. 90% of the people that you and I love musically are struggling to make a living in the music industry now.

Who have been your favourite people to work with?
Firstly the Phoenix Horns who are the Earth, Wind and Fire’s horn section. We used them on the ‘Luxury Gap’ and ‘How Men Are’ and they were just phenomenal, the best horn section I have, and will ever, work with. Secondly Tina Turner, she was the ultimate professional, her performance on ‘Let’s Stay Together’ was all first take. Then Terence Trent Darby, he was just an incredibly talented guy at the peak of his powers.

Are you still in contact with Ian Craig Marsh and is he still never working again with Heaven 17?
Ian is doing his own thing, and that’s it. He’s not spoken to us for years, we still have the same phone numbers, email etc., but we’ve haven’t heard anything from him. We still care about him, we know he’s OK, he’s just doing what he does.

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Oct 31st – Nov 6th

DISEASE ILLUSION Wednesday October 31st The King Billy, Northampton Melodic death metal via Italy, on their first UK tour. For fans of Arch Enemy, The Haunted and At The Gates….

DISEASE ILLUSION
Wednesday October 31st
The King Billy, Northampton
Melodic death metal via Italy, on their first UK tour. For fans of Arch Enemy, The Haunted and At The Gates. Doors 8pm, free entry

DAMO SUZUKI’S NETWORK
Thursday November 1st
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Krautrock legend and lead vocalist of pioneering German band Can brings his evolving ‘Damo Suzuki’s Network’ project to Northampton. Damo’s network will be made up of local musicians, otherwise known as sound carriers, with the aim of creating a completely improvised set. NN sound carriers are Josh Ryan, Joel Harries, Sophie Williams, Dave Crawford, and Adam Gammage. Doors 7pm, £10 tickets

KILL THE IDEAL + UNTIL THEN
Thursday November 1st
Club 43, Northampton
Massive pop rock with hooks and riffs and support from the four-piece alt-rockers. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

THE DRONES CLUB + KATIE PATON
Friday November 2nd
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
A rare chance to see The Drones Club with their brand of wild ancestral and improvised music played to a backing of eastern and dub rhythms. With support from the P-Hex singer. Doors 8pm, free entry

TIM MUDDIMAN
Friday November 2nd
The Lamplighter [upstairs], Northampton
The Domino Blitz singer-songwriter returns to his favourite haunt The Lamplighter to play tracks from his new collection, Train Tracks. Doors 8pm, £15 tickets

THE TOUCH + WISHING WOLF + A TIME OF DAY
Friday November 2nd
Kettering General Hospital Social Club
The classic rockers celebrate the release of their second EP Runaway, with rad local support. Doors 7pm, £5 on the door

SECRET FIX
Saturday November 3rd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Kettering dude Samuel Toms [ex-Temples] and cohorts bring their art-rock stylings to ShoeTown. Doors 8pm, free entry

S.G. WOLFGANG + FUTURE LOVE + PIECES + MORAD [HOWLIN’ OWLS]
Saturday November 3rd
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Four fiercely keen characters from MK/Northampton bring their enthusiastic neo-gothic beardyman angst in promotion of their The Shadows Are Lengthening LP. Support from a pair of quality ShoeTown alt-rock outfits, and  a solo Morad from blues rockers Howlin’ Owls. Doors 7pm, free entry

MARABAR CAVES + DUNCAN BISATT
Saturday November 3rd
The Black Prince, Northampton [front bar]
Marabar Caves have reformed since the release of the Have Guitars Will Travel volumes 3 and 4 [they currently trade as Bush Pigs]. Expect Paisley Underground style pop-rock. Doors 8pm, free entry

ASHBORN + DEAD MAN’S CHEST + POINT OF EXTINCTION + FAR FROM REFUGE + EXPETYA
Saturday November 3rd
The Black Prince, Northampton [back room]
MK Metal 2 The Masses winners in 2018 headline, with thrash groove metal from London and from MK, prog metal from Cambridge, and death metal from Northampton. Doors 6pm, £5 tickets

KOMODO QUARTET + BRAZEN FOXES
Saturday November 3rd
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Relatively new Northampton act who bring the funk and mix up swing , Latin, and groove into their melting pot. Support from brand new ShoeCounty band playing their first show! Doors 8pm, free entry

FRED’S HOUSE + CORINNA JANE
Saturday November 3rd
The Sargeant Memorial Hall, Brafield-on-the-Green
West Coast inspired folk-rock from Cambridge, with support from the Northampton-based British-German singer-songwriter. Doors 6.30pm, £10 tickets

DRAGSTER + PIZZA TRAMP + KID KLUMSY
Saturday November 3rd
The White Hart, Corby
Five piece sci-fi punk rock from Coventry, three-chord skate punk straight outta South Wales, and monkey punk from Leicester. Doors 7.30pm, £7 tickets

WILL WHISSON
Sunday November 4th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Having spent the best part of two years living out the back of a van and gigging across Europe, Will Whisson has returned to his Kentish roots to concentrate on writing new material while also gigging around the county. With two EPs under his belt, numerous festival appearances and a no-rest-for-the-wicked touring schedule, Will’s profile has grown considerably in a relatively short amount of time and he can be heard on all major digital platforms.
His recent solo live sets feature a brand new electric sound which sees him triggering samples and beats from his loop pedal to provide a rich foundation for his custom Fender Stratocaster and vocal to sit on top of. This, combined with his acoustic guitar playing offers an unpredictable and dynamic element to his gigs. Expect new tricks, sounds, and songs before Will heads into the studio to begin recording his much-anticipated debut album. Doors 4pm, free entry

CHUGGABOOM
Monday November 5th
Club 43, Northampton
Monstrous UK metalcore, with supports TBA. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

SARAH MCQUAID
Tuesday November 6th
The Old White Hart, Northampton
Cornwall-based folkie singer-songwriter, promoting fifth solo album If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous. Doors 8pm, free entry

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New Music Friday: Born Stranger

The dark electronic pop made by Northampton man David Maddox Jones is better known as Born Stranger. The former frontman of noughties post-punkers The Departure has been busy refining the Born…

The dark electronic pop made by Northampton man David Maddox Jones is better known as Born Stranger. The former frontman of noughties post-punkers The Departure has been busy refining the Born Stranger sound over a series of singles, the latest of which is the undeniably catchy ‘Last Night On Earth’. New Boots asked a few questions about the project and single.

After the dissolution of The Departure you started NewIslands in London, before settling into Born Stranger. How did the final transition to Born Stranger come about?
Hi there! Well, when Newislands disbanded it was clear that me and Raife, the drummer in Newislands didn’t want to stop making music together. It was around the time that Hurts were coming out as a two piece and I think it inspired us to go it as a duo rather than having a conventional band set-up. Me and Raife worked together for 10 years [including his time in Newislands], and it was only the start of this year when Born Stranger became my solo project. Raife is pursuing more of a DJ/producer path with his partner Kelda.

Obviously the music stylings shifted, to this more Bastille-meets-Depeche Mode synth-pop thing. Was it an easy, natural shift?
I’ve always loved dark pop, particularly 1980s pop: stuff like Duran Duran, Chic, to more darker bands such as The Cure, Echo & The Bunnymen, etc. So I guess the sound became more streamlined and focused when there were less people involved in the music.

Who are the main influences on Born Stranger, do you think?
A big influence is music I’ve never heard before. I love hearing a new song or band or artist, that’s what excites me. I remember hearing The Weeknd ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ and then writing a Born Stranger song straight after. I like spontaneity in creativity and also to constantly be moving forward.

The last three years has been a continuous release of singles. Do you beaver away in the studio and simply release another when it’s ready? Has the positive reaction of each driven you onto the next one?
Yes. Although we did have a batch of songs ready with Yoad Nevo before we released our first single – maybe 20 songs – but in between singles we actually ended up writing new ones that would become the next single. We have had some cool collaborations – Caitlyn Scarlett, Vivienne Chi, Louise Setara – that have all added their own vibe onto some of our singles.

Tell us everything about this newest one, ‘Last Night On Earth’.
‘Last Night on Earth’ was written around a friend of mines house who sadly isn’t with us anymore. The world has lost a few amazing people recently that were seemingly happy on the surface but battled with depression on the inside. ‘Last Night on Earth’ is about living in the moment, being there for each other and celebrating humanity. We used to work with this French producer who was Yoad Nevos’ assistant called Anthony Chivers. He came up with the original beat and guitars and we wrote the melody over it. It has evolved over time and I am buzzing with how its turned out.

Do you keep one eye on the Northamptonshire scene?
I still live in Northampton, though I’ve just finished a season in Cyprus [but I am moving back, at least for a few months]. I don’t really know whats going on in the scene, is there a healthy local scene? I know Billy Lockett is doing well and Danny Connors and Adam Gammage with Tom Grennan are smashing it. I would be interested to see some of the new local bands for sure.

What has been your favourite Born Stranger moment so far?
Hearing a new tune finished for the first time is the best feeling.

What was the last album and single you bought/streamed?
Probably something by Drake or Khalid. I’ve been going pure pop lately: I like to keep my vocal melodies on point. I love the phrasing of some of the new pop that’s going around.

What is your burning desire to do in the future?
Have a bonafide hit – that’s what I want.

‘Last Night On Earth’ is out now on the usual digital platforms

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New Slowthai tour announced

Northampton rapper Slowthai‘s exponential rise continues with the announcement of his biggest headline shows to date next March. The ‘Brexit Bandit’ tour begins in mainland Europe, then heads to: March…

Northampton rapper Slowthai‘s exponential rise continues with the announcement of his biggest headline shows to date next March.

The ‘Brexit Bandit’ tour begins in mainland Europe, then heads to:
March 26th: Glasgow SWG3
March 27th: Birmingham 02 Institute
March 28th: Manchester 02 Ritz
March 29th: Bristol SWX
March 31st: Brighton Concorde 2
April 1st: London York Hall

Dice pre-sale is open now here, and general sale happens from tomorrow [Friday October 26th] at 10am.

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Video premiere: The Keepers ‘You’re All I Need’

Northampton quartet The Keepers release their fifth single ‘You’re All I Need’ tomorrow, Friday October 26th. New Boots is the place to exclusively see the accompanying video first. Shot by Alex…

Northampton quartet The Keepers release their fifth single ‘You’re All I Need’ tomorrow, Friday October 26th. New Boots is the place to exclusively see the accompanying video first.

Shot by Alex Bass [and with single artwork by Nallie Simpson], there is a limited edition 7” version of the single available by contacting the band themselves on social media [£7 plus postage and packaging].

We asked singer/guitarist Jordan Jones about the song. “‘You’re All I Need’ was written back in February and we added it into the setlist that same month. We really knuckled down with releasing music this year. We recorded it in June and decided to do it properly and release it on vinyl.” 

He continues: “2018 has been a fantastic year for us so far. We’ve still got a few more months to go until we can crack open a bottle of wine and put our feet up for a few weeks. We always make a list each year of things we want to achieve and so far they’ve all been ticked off – I’m really quite exciting for what we’re planning for next year!”

You can catch the band play a hometown show at The Roadmender on Friday December 7th.

The Keepers on Facebook. Cover photo by Neil McCarty

 

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