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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 21st – Feb 27th 2018

A small but nonetheless pleasant collection of shows, featuring creamy ShoeCounty talent – and almost all of which are free entry. SARPA SALPA + GRACE + ODDITY ISLAND + MOTH…

A small but nonetheless pleasant collection of shows, featuring creamy ShoeCounty talent – and almost all of which are free entry.

SARPA SALPA + GRACE + ODDITY ISLAND + MOTH WING
Friday February 23rd
The Yards, Kettering
An indie feast in Kettering with a quartet of terrific young acts, all doing their own thing but still complementing each other. This might get messy [in the best possibly way]. Doors 9pm, free entry

VHS PIRATES + PRIMAL  + JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + TYPE 22
Friday February 23rd
The Lab, Northampton
The last Pirates gig for a while we understand. Plus the ever entertaining Uke Dealers, Royal Blood-style primal rock from Derby, and local young indie punks to open proceedings. Doors 7pm, free entry

THE KEEPERS + DEEP SEA MOUNTAINS
Saturday February 24th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Hard-working indie mod rockers The Keepers and their ‘Take Me A Trip’ single launch, with a more whimsical/atmospheric support from DSM. Please note venue change. Doors 8pm, free entry

CATALYST + THOSE SNAKES + OPENSIGHT + WINTER’S EDGE
Saturday February 24th
The Lab, Northampton
The third Mammothfest Best Band heat at the Lab; this one featuring various shades of metal and prog from Milton Keynes, Stafford, London and Chichester. Doors 7pm, £3 tickets

LUNA ROSA + THE BOPHINS
Saturday February 24th
The Horsehoe Inn, Wellingborough
Retro Beat presents indie rock from Corby – Luna Rosa – with support from punk/alt-rockers The Bophins. Doors 8pm, free entry

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 14th – Feb 20th 2018

Something for everyone: trip hop, folk, metal, indie, rap-rock, psych, punk. Take your pick! BURROWING BEES + AOIFE FOLEY Thursday February 15th The Lamplighter, Northampton Post-Valentines love-in with intimate trip…

Something for everyone: trip hop, folk, metal, indie, rap-rock, psych, punk. Take your pick!

BURROWING BEES + AOIFE FOLEY
Thursday February 15th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Post-Valentines love-in with intimate trip hop/electronica. Acoustic singer-songwriter support. Doors 8pm, free entry

WARS + FROM EDEN TO EXILE + STEREO SKULL + SIDERIAN + GARSHKOTT
Friday February 16th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Rugby-based post-hardcore quintet headline, with various shades of metal support [both local and national]. Phil Walker’s last Northampton gig, so show some support! Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

DEATH TRAP + THE WAX LYRICAL SOUND + BLUE TONGUES
Friday February 16th
The Black Prince, Northampton
A trio of bangers: alt-rock kings, rap-rockers, and Brummie garage rockers. The first 50 people through the door get a free shot of Fireball Whisky. Doors 8pm, free entry

FLEISCH + REAPER + WITCH TRIPPER + VIA DOLOROSA
Friday February 16th
The Lab, Northampton
Heat two of the Mammothfest Best Band 2018 competition, with entrants from Liverpool, Nottingham, and ShoeTown itself bringing the noise. Doors 7pm, £3 tickets

SAINT AGNES + MONARCHS + DRINSIPA
Saturday February 17th
The White Hart, Corby
Stomping riffy psych rock from London headliners (and future stars in the making we reckon), with prime Northants talent bringing up the rear. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets

CANDIDATES + SKIRT + THE RELIGHTS
Saturday February 17th
The Lab, Northampton
Indie and Britpop flavours at The Lab this evening: Milton Keynes newcomers Candidates headline, ably supported by Corby indie punkers and Bedfordshire rock’n’rollers. Doors 8pm, free entry

PALM READER + CANVAS + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + DEAD KIWIS + DRINSIPA
Sunday February 18th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Rising Nottingham hardcore band headline, with the appropriate Midlands support bases covered. One to make the effort for on a Sunday, without doubt. Doors 7pm, £6 tickets

THE YOUNG & RESTLESS + RECKLESS INTENTIONS + BETWEEN THE LINES + SAFEST SPACES
Sunday February 18th
The Lab, Northampton
Northampton emo/pop-punk outfit The Young & Restless play a hometown show to end their short tour with Reckless intentions. They play with similarly inclined MK and Bedford-based acts. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

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Report: RedFaces, The Barratts, Phantom Isle, Citrus – Northampton

Sheffield’s RedFaces headlined The Black Prince on Friday night. The second night of their February UK tour, the venue was busy and ready to go at it from the beginning….

Sheffield’s RedFaces headlined The Black Prince on Friday night. The second night of their February UK tour, the venue was busy and ready to go at it from the beginning. Highlight of the RedFaces set? Probably ‘Kerosene’. Support came from a Northampton trio at different stages of their development: The Barratts are the kids that strut it like seasoned pros, Phantom Isle the London-experienced confident quarter ready to push on, whilst openers Citrus played just their second show with the vim and verve of people in love with what they do.

Here’s a few photos from the gig courtesy of David Jackson.

RedFaces

RedFaces

RedFaces

RedFaces

The Barratts

The Barratts

The Barratts

The Barratts

Phantom Isle

Phantom Isle

Phantom Isle

Phantom Isle

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Billy Lockett announces big show at the Royal & Derngate

It’s been a couple of years since Billy Lockett last played a Northampton show, and he’s achieved a fair amount since then. So it’s exciting to see he returns to…

It’s been a couple of years since Billy Lockett last played a Northampton show, and he’s achieved a fair amount since then. So it’s exciting to see he returns to his hometown for a headline show at the Royal and Derngate on Saturday May 19th.

The ‘Wide Eyed’ singer is currently on his first UK tour since 2015, which culminates on Friday in a sold out show at London’s Union Chapel.

Tickets for the Northampton show go on sale this Friday at 9am via Live Nation. Register with them beforehand and you can purchases presale tickets from Thursday 9am.

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Ginger Snaps announces first UK tour

Northampton writing/production duo Jay Brook and Lee Irons – aka Ginger Snaps – head out on their debut tour this April and May. The former Oh Boy! bandmates have turned…

Northampton writing/production duo Jay Brook and Lee Irons – aka Ginger Snaps – head out on their debut tour this April and May.

The former Oh Boy! bandmates have turned their attention to pop-rap since 2015, and have already knocked out four fantastic singles in ‘Paranoid’, ‘Phat Kids’, ‘Number Crunching’ and the most recent one, ‘Anorak’. 11 dates have been announced for the full band treatment, including a “secret show” in Northampton. Stay tuned for more details on that one.

Tickets are on sale now for the following dates:
Tuesday April 24th – Stereo, Glasgow
Wednesday April 25th – Oporto, Leeds
Thursday April 26th – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
Friday April 27th – The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich
Sunday April 29th – Northampton, secret venue
Tuesday May 1st – Gullivers, Manchester
Wednesday May 2nd – The Waiting Room, London
Thursday May 3rd – Bau Wow, Brighton
Friday May 4th – The Cookie, Leicester
Saturday May 5th – The Baltic Triangle, Liverpool [Sound City Festival]
Sunday May 6th – Hit The North Festival, Newcastle

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 7 – Feb 13th 2018

Northampton and Corby are on a roll at the moment it seems. New Boots presents more guidance for gigs below… REDFACES + THE BARRATTS + PHANTOM ISLE + CITRUS Friday…

Northampton and Corby are on a roll at the moment it seems. New Boots presents more guidance for gigs below…

REDFACES + THE BARRATTS + PHANTOM ISLE + CITRUS
Friday February 9th
The Black Prince, Northampton
The rising Sheffield indie rockers and [new RCA Records signings] with a touch of youthful joie de vivre headline a quality rock’n’roll bill featuring local starlets The Barratts, London/ShoeTown new psychedelic popsters Phantom Isle, and mysterious newcomers Citrus. The buzz is strong on this one. Doors 7.30pm, £6 tickets

G & THE SOUND TRIBE + LUNA ROSA + KIWI JAM
Friday February 9th
Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Corby
The Market Harborough headliners combine elements of hip hop, reggae, dub and pop. Luna Rosa play a special acousitc set, whilst the opener is the side project of Shaun Flynn of The Good Apples. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets

SAIL BAND + MERCURY RISING + PROGNOSIS + ACOLYTES
Saturday February 10th
The Lab, Northampton
HOP Events presents Mammothfest Best Band, Northamptonshire leg. This competition pits the best unsigned talent against each other for the winner to perform at the highly regarded Mammothfest 2018. Expect metal, hard rock,  noise, and colossal riffs. Doors 7pm, £3 tickets

THE BRANDY THIEVES + JO CARLEY AND THE OLD DRY SKULLS
Saturday February 10th
The White Hart, Corby
Mars Promotions and Grievous Angel Promotions present an evening of gypsy and punktry music, from Leicester/Northampton and London. Doors 7.30pm, £6 entry

KATHIKA RABBIT [SLAMBOREE]
Saturday February 10th
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
The breakbeat singer/MC from Manchester is special guest at this “house party” hosted by Madame Electrifie. Doors 8pm, £5 entry

JOE CORKRAM + WOOLFORD SCOTT + NOTHING SCIENTIFIC
Saturday February 10th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Corkham celebrates the release of his debut EP, On Ice, with a live show. Support from local blues/pop rock quartet and the openers play covers. Doors 8pm, free entry

OVER THE INFLUENCE + HELL’S GAZELLES + WE ARE GIANTS + SWITCHBLADE CITY
Sunday February 11th
The King Billy, Northampton
ShoeTown hard rockers will perform their new EP [and more] to celebrate it’s release, and to celebrate the end of their first tour. Signed EPs and T-shirts will be available. Support from Oxford ballers Hell’s Gazelles, Northampton’s heavy hitting We Are Giants and Kettering’s hard working classic rockers Switchblade City. Doors 4pm, free entry

YELLOW BLUES
Sunday February 11th
The Lab, Northampton
A fundraiser for Northamptonshire Rights & Equality Council and Q-Space, to support LGBTQ+ community and other equality activists, with acoustic duo Yellow Blues playing a live set. Doors 7pm, £3 on the door

CARA DILLON
Tuesday February 13th
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
The acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter plays the Royal, performing material from her new album Wanderer. Doors 7.30pm, £22 tickets

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New Music Friday: Hana Brooks

Northampton singer-songwriter Hana Brooks is back with her impressive new single ‘Used To Be’. Having toured the Sofar Sounds circuit in London during the summer Brooks released  ‘Leave It’ last…

Northampton singer-songwriter Hana Brooks is back with her impressive new single ‘Used To Be’. Having toured the Sofar Sounds circuit in London during the summer Brooks released  ‘Leave It’ last November, gaining her much radio and streaming plays. It has lead to a tasty residency at West London’s The Troubadour venue [where ‘Used To be’ will have it’s launch party on February 28th]. Mixed by Nick Bennett [London Grammar, etc.] ‘Used To Be’ comes with a blend of subtle beats & bass anchored to that Californian blend of synths and guitars – and of course her distinctive vocal talents. This special song should propel her into the heart of the industry – if it knows what’s good for it.

New Boots spoke to Brooks about the song and the path that led her to here. You can watch the video below too

When and why did you decide to start performing?
I have always wanted to perform, it’s something I have always felt is right and feels like what I am meant to be doing! I love it. I feel more comfortable on a stage in front of 500 people than I would in a living room with two people.

Did you ever play covers? What were your favourites?
Yes, with friends in local bars. My favourites would be Moloko ‘Sing it Back’, The Specials ‘Monkey Man’. Always so much fun. Basically just jamming through any 90’s dance banger was always a laugh.

Who is on your playlist right now?
The Neighbourhood; also loving Pale Waves at the moment and a bit of Portugal .The Man

Has your musical taste changed much from when you were growing up?
It has always been diverse. As a kid my older cousin gave me Nirvana Nevermind and the Spice Girls album on the same cassette! I grew up listening to a lot of Motown, hip-hop and Frank Sinatra. I would say my music taste hasn’t changed a bit, as I’ve always just listened to just about EVERYTHING.

Do you remember the first gig you performed?
At 11 years old I formed a band with a couple of lad’s in my class, playing songs that I wrote! They were very Oasis/BritPop kind of tracks. I actually don’t remember feeling nervous, just super excited to be playing on a big stage. I seem to remember having the most horrendous haircut and was going through a very grungy stage at the time.

Can you talk about what inspired ‘Used To Be’? It’s a very emotional track.
I wrote the track whilst in California, its about a “friend” that I had. At the time we had been on and off. It’s basically about wanting things to be like how they were; that it could be more simple – and how distance from somebody makes you want them more.

What was the musical process like?
This track started like many of my songs do. I had a riff that I had been noodling around with on the guitar and then I built the rest of production around that in Logic with a really pumping drum beat – almost a bit like Drake. I got the demo down at home and then brought it into the studio where everyone instantly got it. From there we built up the synths and added new sections here and there. It was a really natural process with free flowing ideas. The way I like to work is: no limitations and splicing genres.

Did you have much say in how the song was produced?
100%!! As a multi-instrumentalist I like to get as much of the original idea of what is in my head down to a demo at home before I work with other producers to take it to the next level and bring in new ideas.

How was it working with Nick Bennett?
Fantastic! Nick is a very good friend of mine so working together is always sound.

Did you have fun filming the video and visiting the States?
I have a lot of love for California and the States. Getting to film a video in my favourite place on earth with my amazing team…we had a ridiculous amount of fun!

What are you working on next? What can we expect next?
I’ve started work with another amazing producer, alongside releasing more new material over the next couple of months and will be heading across the pond again. Watch this space!

Used To Be is out to download/stream on Monday February 12th

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jan 31st – Feb 6th 2018

This selection looks a little bit special, plus it’s Independent Venue Week. Get out and enjoy the music somewhere; your local music venue needs you! THE WHOLLS + THE KEEPERS…

This selection looks a little bit special, plus it’s Independent Venue Week. Get out and enjoy the music somewhere; your local music venue needs you!

THE WHOLLS + THE KEEPERS + GARDEN + KING PURPLE
Thursday February 1st
The Lab, Northampton
The Lab is the only Northants venue hosting Independent Venue Week shows. So we of course plug their three events! Opening night sees Bedford anthemic rockers, and new Sony Records signing, The Wholls storm into ShoeTown wearing their hearts and riffs on their sleeves. A trio of excellent county supports too means this will go off big time. Doors 7.30pm, £4.50 tickets

SURGE
Friday February 2nd
Club 43, Northampton
Noughties-style angular garage/indie rock from Clacton-On-Sea, who feature a couple of UoN graduates. An intriguing show, as this gig is also a video shoot, and presented by local shoemakers Jeffrey-West. Doors 8pm, free entry (arrive early as there is limited capacity)

DEAF TRAP + 72% MORRISSEY + LOOSE TOOTH + WE ARE GIANTS + DRINSIPA
Friday February 2nd
The Lab, Northampton
The second IVW show at The Lab sees Sound Munkey get the tribes together for a night of pleasurable noise from some of the county’s standard bearers of alt-rock and hardcore. Doors 7pm, tickets are £2 members / £3 standard

GARDEN CENTRE + LUNA ROSA + PORRIDGE RADIO
Friday February 2nd
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Two great acts on tour from Brighton sandwiched between Kettering’s kaleidoscopic pop noiseniks. Garden Centre  is fronted by ex-King Of Cats Max Levy; expect guitars, ultra vocals, and fun. Porridge Radio is a solo venture featuring “shouting, guitar, and swaying”. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

BLACK COAST + WARS + REAPER
Friday February 2nd
The White Hart, Corby
Stoke’s melodic metallers return to play for Rocked Up, as do Rugby’s hardcore punks Wars. Local thrash metallers Reaper open proceedings. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets

FOREST OF FOOLS + THE GINHOUSE GYPSIES + HIB WORD
Saturday February 3rd
The Lab, Northampton
The third and final IVW at The Lab sees Forest Of Fools headline; they fuse traditional instruments with funked-up, high tempo beats to create “acoustic dance music”. The Ginhouse Gypsies are a gypsy/jazz/blues collective from Northampton, whilst HibWord is a solo female beatboxer of much repute. Doors 7pm, £4.50 tickets

GROOVY UNDERWEAR + PAUL COX
Saturday February 3rd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Folks against facism, doing their mixed-up thing since the early ’80s. Ex-Motherlode/The Earthmovers singer Cox makes Nick Drake/John Martyn acoustic solo moves in support. Doors 8pm, free entry

BAD GIRLFRIEND + 40 SHILLINGS ON THE DRUM + BLUE TONGUES
Saturday February 3rd
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Brighton folk-rock troupe 40 Shillings On The Drum bring their Early Days tour to ShoeTown. Brummies Bad Girlfriend bring the grungey confrontation, whilst fellow Second City dwellers Blue Tongues kick us off with some alt-rock/garage flavourings. They’re all raising money for The Music Therapy charity. Doors 8pm, £5 entry

STEVIE JONES & MARK GILL + KENNETH J NASH + THE WAY OUT
Saturday February 3rd
The Old Forge Team Room, Kettering
Jones and Gill reunite for an acoustic show to play tracks from their 2007 album Weather The Storm. Only 45 tickets available. Doors 8pm, tickets £7

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jan 24th – Jan 30th 2018

It seems normal service resumes this week as there’s now plenty of excellent ShoeCounty events to get stuck into, including these tasty morsels… KING’S GAMBIT + AMII DAWES + DONNYBROOK…

It seems normal service resumes this week as there’s now plenty of excellent ShoeCounty events to get stuck into, including these tasty morsels…

KING’S GAMBIT + AMII DAWES + DONNYBROOK FAIR + THE MOBBS + DANIEL KNIGHT + JOSH WYLIE + more
Fri January 26th to Sun 28th
The Picturedrome, Northampton
New Boots cannot quite work out what the point of “Mayor-Fest” is [except maybe electioneering], but there’s no denying there’s some quality talent signed up for it (some mentioned above, and there is some covers bands too). Also the profits go to Alfie Bear’s Journey Fund, so postpone the cynicism and get down if you can. Doors are 7pm on Fri and Sat, 2pm on Sun. Tickets are £45 for the three days or £19 for each day.

ROCKED UP HOOTENANNY LAUNCH NIGHT
Friday January 26th
The White Hart, Corby
Live music is TBC, but it’s a chance to learn more about the Rocked Up Hootenanny Festival taking place at Rockingham Motor Speedway on September 8th, and there’s a number of super cheap advance tickets on sale just at this event. Doors 8pm, free entry

FUTURE LOVE + LUCKY SHIVERS
Friday January 26th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Alt-rock heaven at The Lamp as these two talents collide. Last Future Love show for a while we’re told, and a rare show [full stop] for Lucky Shivers. So no excuses really. Doors 9pm, free entry.

THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES + THE REPRO JAM SQUAD
Saturday January 27th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Acid jazz, baby! They have had a lot of hits and still deliver a great show; the soul fire still burns strong after 25+ years. ‘Never stop’ indeed. Doors 9pm, £23 tickets

DEITUS + FUNERAL THRONE + TRIVAX + OPUS MORTIS
Saturday January 27th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Acta Non Verba LP release show for the London-based black metal headliners. More extreme metal sounds courtesy of supports that hail from the Black Country, Birmingham, and Coventry. Doors 6pm, £6 tickets

BLACK COAST + COVE + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + XYHON
Saturday January 27th
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
Melodic metal from Stoke to headline, hardcore from Kent, plus the Midlands finest thrashers bringing up the rear. Doors 6pm, £5 on the door.

ROZISM + VELVET ENGINE + JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + THE GINHOUSE GYPSIES
Saturday January 27th
The Lab, Northampton
This is a charity clothes swap event in aid of Epilepsy Society, followed by live music in the evening from some of Northampton’s nicest folk. Doors: clothes swap is 3-6pm, music is 7pm onwards, £2 entry

FEROCIOUS DOG + PATCH BLACK + EMMA McGRATH
Saturday January 27th
The White Hart, Corby
The Celtic folk-rockers will be playing a special set as a four-piece acoustic line-up, with singer-songwriter supports. It’s supposed to be sold out, so maybe check with the venue/promoter if there’s any way in. Doors 7.30pm

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In Review: Jonah Matranga, The Black Prince, Northampton

US singer songwriter Johnah Matranga headlined The Black Prince on Friday night as part of his short jaunt across the UK. Matranga is the voice behind the hugely influential post-hardcore band…

US singer songwriter Johnah Matranga headlined The Black Prince on Friday night as part of his short jaunt across the UK.

Matranga is the voice behind the hugely influential post-hardcore band Far and has also played in New End Original, onelinedrawing and Gratitude as well as releasing several solo albums.

He was joined by support act Barry Dolan, aka Non Canon.

Jonah Matranga

Jonah Matranga

Matranga played a set of acoustic songs, partly part picked by fans, from across his career as well as reading short passages from this new book Alone Rewinding, which tells the last 20 years of the singer’s life raising his daughter and making music.

In the last few years, Matranga has previously played in Kettering and at The Lab in Northampton and has always been on cracking form, and Friday night no different. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Far’s iconic album Water & Solutions and Matranga hinted during the set he’s hoping to return to the UK later this year to celebrate the record.

If you’re looking to brush up on Matranga, check out the two tracks below. For more details visit http://jonahmatranga.com

Report and photos by David Jackson

 

 

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