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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide May 2nd – May 8th 2018

DON BROCO Wednesday May 2nd The Roadmender, Northampton Bedford’s versatile rockers continue to plug second album Technology. Doors 7pm, SOLD OUT [check for returns] ICE CREAM HEADACHE + BLACKMAIL BOX…

DON BROCO
Wednesday May 2nd
The Roadmender, Northampton
Bedford’s versatile rockers continue to plug second album Technology. Doors 7pm, SOLD OUT [check for returns]

ICE CREAM HEADACHE + BLACKMAIL BOX
Wednesday May 2nd
The King Billy, Northampton
Captain Beefheart/Zappa-style rock from Peterborough, plus grimy post-punk hailing from Nottingham. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

SURGE + GARDEN + SKIRT
Friday May 4th
Club 43, Northampton
‘Green Carnation’ clubnight, hosted by The Barratts. Headliners are Clacton angular garage-rockers Surge, featuring a couple of ex-Northampton Uni students, with able support from the exciting alt-rockers from Northampton [promoting new single ‘Hate Me’] and Corby [promoting their debut EP] respectively. Doors 9pm, £4 on the door.

HARMFOOL + TYPE 22 + BROKEN EMPIRE
Friday May 4th
The Lab, Northampton
NN stands for New Noise, right? Hardcore, indie and hard rock sounds from Northampton and Towcester. Doors 7pm, £5 on the door

SKULL ABOVE THE CANNON + ZOIC + LOOSE TOOTH + BLACK GABANZA + KYNGS
Friday May 4th
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
Metal to the Masses heat one, courtesy of HOP. Sicilian power trio headline, Leicester hardcore just before them, NN grungers one spot below, with South-East and Manchester bands opening proceedings. Doors 7pm, £5 on the door

MOTH + LJ, YOU & GRENE + ROCAKFELLA + SANE
Saturday May 5th
UFO Pavilion, Northampton
‘Club Eclectica’ is a brand new night from Andy Skank at the Racecourse Pavilion. Expect diverse and varied sounds, featuring top DJs and live electronic performances. Doors 10pm, £5 on the door

A-HEADS + SURGERY WITHOUT RESEARCH
Saturday May 5th
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
Wessex`s A-Heads formed in 1980 from Wiltshire`s punk scene, with support from Kent’s noughties-formed agit-punks. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE BIG DIRTY + MANAKING + WAKE IN THE WATERS + GOODNIGHT VENICE + DARK SKY PARK + SALTLAKE + CHARLIE INDESTRUCTIBLE
Sunday May 6th
The King Billy Rock Bar, Northampton
Alldayer with various shades of rock and pop represented from all over the UK, headlined by recent New Boots interviewees The Big Dirty, playing their first show of 2018. Doors 2pm, free entry

SKIRT + SHADOW OF THE SUN + LUNA ROSA + FLASH PEASANTS +  SKYFLOOD + THE MODERN AGE + FAMILY OF NOISE
Sunday May 6th
Corby Town Bar [Steel Park], Corby
The Corby scene bands together this bank holiday weekend in aid of the NightLight homeless charity. NightLight seeks to relieve poverty among rough sleepers and other homeless adults in Corby and surrounding areas by providing a night shelter and other support services. Doors 1pm, £5 from the venue/on the door

WISHING WOLF + SPRING.FALL.SEA + LAST CHANCE + HILLWOOD + ACOUSTIC ACTS
Sunday May 6th
The Olde England 2, Wellingborough
HOPS bank holiday bash, with a nice bunch of alternative, post-hardcore and pop punk bands playing, and numerous local acoustic acts earlier in the afternoon. Doors 1pm, free entry

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New Music Friday: Garden

Northampton alt-rock quartet Garden follow up their 2017 debut EP with new single ‘Hate Me’, which you can hear below. Here’s some background on the band and song, courtesy of a…

Northampton alt-rock quartet Garden follow up their 2017 debut EP with new single ‘Hate Me’, which you can hear below. Here’s some background on the band and song, courtesy of a quick chat with singer/guitarist Cam Pike.

How/why/when did you guys get together?
We first got together in sixth form as we were all friends and discovered we all liked similar music and so we naturally started writing together.

For those who don’t know Garden, how would you describe your sound? Any major influences you want to share?
We find it difficult to pin ourselves down in a single genre as we are influenced by such a wide range of music and styles such as Wolf Alice, Alex Ebert and Band of Skulls. Although we would describe ourselves as fairly undefinable the genre we often get referred to as would be alternative rock.

What has the reaction to the ‘City People Are Weird’ EP been like?
The reaction has been really humbling. We’ve seen a lot of support in our home town especially, with every song being played on BBC Introducing Northampton and ‘We Need Guns’ receiving Track of the Week. For us it’s been a great experience to actually release our music, as the writing and recording process is so important to us.

Tell us about ‘Hate Me’.
‘Hate Me’ was recorded at The Lodge in Northampton, the same place that we recorded our EP. It was something we realised we wanted to be our next release whilst recording City People Are Weird. We all believe in it and felt it was the right next step.

‘Hate Me’ has some strong words. Is writing a song like that a cathartic process for you?
Yes it really is, the lyrics are very important to us as the issues and feelings in the lyrics are all real and something personal to me, and so it is important to express that. The process of writing a song as a band has become very therapeutic for us, it’s a distinct part of who we are and it’s amazing to be able to share that with your best friends.

You have a great live following. What do you think makes people keep coming back to see you?
We can’t say for sure what keeps people coming back but we hope it’s because people see the human in us, but we guess our live following comes down to our indescribable sound and the fact that it’s probably better to watch four friends doing what they love together. Also, it must be funny to watch something different go wrong every time we play.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Cam – Lil Peep ‘Come Over When You’re Sober’
Jake – Whitney ‘Light Upon The Lake’
Tom – Of Monsters and Men ‘Beneath The Skin’
Will – Wolf Alice ‘Visions Of A Life’

What plans do you have for the rest of the year?
Another single, another EP, and lots of touring.

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Apr 25th – May 1st 2018

GENDER ROLES + 72% + DOS PLUTO GANG Wednesday April 25th The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton Brighton-based alt-rock three-piece Gender Roles have received support from Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Daniel…

GENDER ROLES + 72% + DOS PLUTO GANG
Wednesday April 25th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Brighton-based alt-rock three-piece Gender Roles have received support from Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Daniel P Carter for singles ‘Plastic’ and ‘About Her’ as well as heading out on a full UK tour with Jamie Lenman. This UK April headline tour coincides with the release of second EP ‘Lazer Rush’. Support comes from local instrumental noise trio 72% and blues country rock chaos outfit Dos Pluto Gang. Doors 7pm, free entry

NUMB + BROKEN EMPIRE + ANDY VAN GARRETT
Wednesday April 25th
The King Billy Rock Bar, Northampton
Local fierce hard-driving rockers continue to promote their self-title 2017 debut album, with Oxford/Towcester metallers in support. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

FOXE + FOX CHAPEL
Thursday April 26th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Headliners are fab Guildford itchy-indie-popsters who bagged recent supports with The Magic Gang and Rat Boy. Support from the reverb-loving funky post-punk NN faves. Is the name thing a co-incidence..? Doors 9pm, free entry

KRISSY MATTHEWS
Thursday April 26th
The Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Following a run of shows in Italy, Oxford-based blues rocker Matthews and band play in the centre of ShoeTown for your pleasure. Doors 9pm, free entry

STORMBRINGER + LILITH & THE KNIGHT + OVER THE INFLUENCE + WE ARE GIANTS
Friday April 27th
The Roadmender, Northampton
ShoeCounty metallers who go from strength to strength, with a trio of equalling hard-hitting combos providing support. Check ticket availability before attending, this might be sold out. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

UNITRA + REAPER + KHASIA
Friday April 27th
The White Hart, Corby
The final Rocked Up Hootenanny crowd vote heat sees performances from Kettering NWOBHM, Corby thrash metallers, and MK grungers. You decide who goes through to the final! Doors 8pm, free entry

EMPYRE + THE TOUCH
Friday April 27th
The Red Lion, Brackley
Chest-beating intense Midlands rock and hard-working Kettering 80-style rockers in tow. Brackley has never experienced such noise before this. Doors 7pm, free entry

STILL REMAINS + THE DARKHORSE + SHADOW OF ACOLYTE + FOSTAIR
Friday April 27th
The Red Lion, Raunds
A night of local metal and hard rock in a pub that probably won’t know what hit it. So you best go. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

SARPA SALPA + CENTURY CITY + NAKED NEXT DOOR
Saturday April 28th
The Roadmender, Northampton
After selling out the Underground room back in October the SS boys are back to do the same again. Latest single ‘She Never Lies’ wowed everyone when it dropped back in November. NB hears there’s a stack of new tunes going to be previewed tonight too! Check ticket availability before attending, this might be sold out. Doors 7.30pm, £6 tickets

IVORY WAVE + SKIRT + GARDEN
Saturday April 28th
The White Hart, Corby
Rapidly becoming renowned for their contagious acid house and dance-style tunes, Birmingham five-piece Ivory Wave are carving out their own indie, house-style, as heard on current single ‘Cool Kids’. Fans of The Twang and Happy Mondays will be licking their lips in anticipation. Super-duper support too, in the form of Corby indie-punk and ShoeTown alt-rock. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets

RISKEE & THE RIDICULE + KARL PHILLIPS & THE REJECTS + MILLE MANDERS & THE SHUTUP
Saturday April 28th
The Lab, Northampton
Celebrating their album Blame Culture plus the latest EP ‘They Need Us To Believe’, Kent’s R&TR bring the grime punk, whilst KP and his crew provide the skarry-eyed rap-rock. Londoner MM opens with her crossover acoustic rap. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

MARK MORRIS [THE BLUETONES]
Saturday April 28th
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
The lead singer of ’90s Britpop band The Bluetones returns to Northampton to perform a solo set of old and new material. Doors 8pm, £10 tickets

GINGER SNAPS + FOX CHAPEL
Sunday April 29th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Continuing his flair for off-kilter indie pop, Northampton’s Jay Brook and co is a British amalgamation of sounds inspired by a brain racked by Beastie Boys, Beck & De La Soul. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

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New Music Friday: The Big Dirty

Northampton’s hard rocking quartet The Big Dirty are on the comeback trail, and celebrate this with new tracks ‘Safeword’ and ‘Queen Of Hearts’. New Boots catches up with bassist James…

Northampton’s hard rocking quartet The Big Dirty are on the comeback trail, and celebrate this with new tracks ‘Safeword’ and ‘Queen Of Hearts’. New Boots catches up with bassist James Cutler.

How/when/why did you guys get together?
We have been in bands together in some form for the past 15 years! Dave and Chris were played together at school/college and myself and James have been in a few bands since the age of 15. We gave it a rest for a few years until we started to get the itch for the rock n roll lifestyle again. So we started up The Big Dirty! We called on Dave to play the drums as our previous guitarist had played with him before and couched for his abilities. It was only this year that Chris joined as our new guitarist. Chris composed the score for the Rhythm Of My Drum music video and we have been working with him on an up and coming collaboration project with local rapper Tony Ceasar. We instantly clicked and haven’t looked back.

How would you describe your sound?
We like to say it’s Sex Rock! we all have massively different influences which we like to think gives us a fresh sound! We like to sing about all things sex, drugs and rock’n’roll.

Who are your main influences?
We all have a wide range of influences such as He is Legend, Underoath, Pink Floyd, Matt Corby, Emery, Breathe Caroline, Buck Cherry, Pendulum, Led Zep, Dead Sara, Alter Bridge, Ozzy, Dream Theatre, The Beatles, Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi, Bloc Party & The Libertines.

Tell us about the new songs
‘Safeword’ is the first track we have written with new guitarist Chris. In our first practice he showed us the riff and two hours later we had the track! Everything we’ve written has just felt natural and fun which we think shows in the music. ‘Safeword’ is a good example of how our sound has changed and what to expect.

We are releasing ‘Queen of Hearts’ this Monday so make sure you pop in and check it out.

What are your live shows like? They look pretty wild from some of the footage we’ve seen…
For us music is about the live show! It’s no good having a great energetic track then standing there like lemons while playing it live. Nothing is planned, we just get up on stage and whatever happens happens! Things do get pretty wild!

What has been your favourite band moment?
This is a tough one! Being on tour with Synergy Protocol from Denmark was an amazing experience, it showed us that being in a band can be hard work and we loved it! All our live shows are our favourite moments, it’s why we do it! We have amazing loyal fans and watching them go nuts is the best!

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
JC…Underoath ‘Erase Me’
Chris…Deadmau5 ‘Wheres The Drop?’
James…Marshmellow’
Dave…Justin Bieber ‘Baby’

What plans do you have for the rest of 2018?
We have a lot of great shit going on already this year! We are working on a colab track with Northampton rapper Tony Ceasar and Giant Dwarf, who directed and filmed our Rhythm Of My Drum music video for us. Keep an eye out for this cause its different than anything else you’ve heard! We have a new booking agent so loads of shows to come and we’re currently working on a new EP which will hopefully be released end of summer/autumn time!

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Apr 18th – Apr 24th 2018

THE VAQUEROS + SIERRA TANGO Wednesday April 18th The King Billy, Northampton Three-piece indie/alternative group from Peterborough, playing “dynamic songs set around a fictitious Spaghetti Western”. Doors 8.30pm, free entry…

THE VAQUEROS + SIERRA TANGO
Wednesday April 18th
The King Billy, Northampton
Three-piece indie/alternative group from Peterborough, playing “dynamic songs set around a fictitious Spaghetti Western”. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

THE CHEAP THRILLS + PIECES + CITRUS + GRACE
Friday April 20th
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
The Liverpool indie/garage/psych popsters with more hooks than Homebase make their ShoeTown debut in support of new single ‘Codependence’, ably supported by a trio of fresh Northampton/Kettering acts. A banging time to be had by all, and no mistake. Doors 7.30pm, £4.50 tickets

ACOLYTES + EARBONES + MUNDAYS
Friday April 20th
The White Hart, Corby
Week three of the Rocked Up Hootenanny battle for a slot at the festival, this time with a mix of rock and indie from all corners of our county. Doors 8pm, free entry

MIO FLUX / PATCHY, THE ROCKSTAR + LEO ROBINSON / CHARLIE BORTHWICK
Friday April 20th
The Garibaldi Hotel basement, Northampton
DJ/Producer Mio Flux and rapper Patchy, The Rockstar have been collaborating recently, with their tracks being supported by the likes of Reprezent Radio, BBC Introducing, and Balamii Radio. And now the duo are bringing their music to the live stage. Excellent support as well in form of Leo Robinson with Charlie. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE WITCHDOKTORS + KULT 45s + LOS TOMBSTONES
Saturday April 21st
The White Hart, Corby
South London garage punks give seriously good show and so everyone needs to get to the White Hart for this. Support from local swampy rockers and some Peterborough-based lo-fi garage to bring up the rear. Doors 7.30pm, £6.50 tickets

HANNAH FAULKNER + MYJAIKE + ROGUE STATE CIRCUS + DYNAMIX
Saturday April 21st
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Another Ni Ni session at the Pomfret, a chance to check out the best singer-songwriters in the area. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

ORANGE CLOCKS
Saturday April 21st
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
The OC’s create “textured psychedelia from a shed in a magical and mystical corner of East Northants; occupying themselves by improvising hypnotic noise with driving rhythms and creating elaborate concept pieces”. A groovy night in store for sure. Doors 9pm, free entry

RATS FROM A SINKING SHIP + MURDERERS ROW + THE PRODIGAL SCUM
Saturday April 21st
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
Punk-rap-metal hybrid from Ilkeston, with support from Southampton’s powerful melodic punk 3-piece and Birmingham’s premier skiffle-punk band. Doors 8pm, free entry

 

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Northampton shops ready for the return of Record Store Day

Record Store Day returns this Saturday April 21st. Ahead of the annual race for limited edition vinyl New Boots contributor Peter Dennis took a trip around Northampton’s independent record stores…

Record Store Day returns this Saturday April 21st. Ahead of the annual race for limited edition vinyl New Boots contributor Peter Dennis took a trip around Northampton’s independent record stores to find out more about the day and what it means to local shops.

Older readers will recall fondly the plethora of independent record shops that peppered the town centre. Abel & Sons on the Market Square, which at one time boasted the largest stock of records in the East Midlands. John Lever on Gold Street, with its popular listening posts and own record label. Memory Lane began life in the much missed Emporium Arcade, while Spinadisc on Abington Street was a popular destination for vinyl aficionados. In fact music was such an integral part of the cultural fabric that records could be purchased in chemists, newsagents and supermarkets.

The lamentable decline of the independent record shop has been a national phenomenon, but compared to towns of a similar size Northampton still has several independent sellers and attracts buyers from surrounding areas like Milton Keynes and Leicester – who are void of such amenities.

If you arrive in town by train then your first port of call will be Spun Out on Gold Street. Coincidentally the store occupies the premises that was John Lever’s, so the fact that it’s another record shop provides a nice symmetry. “We’ve been here 18 years” explains manager Chris Kent. “At the moment we’re selling lots of rock, reggae, soul and indie. Having seen a slump in the vinyl market I’d say Record Store Day has been a godsend. It’s pointed out that you still have this resource, these independent shops where you can get immersed in music”.

“It’s all about getting involved”, he continues. “The initial Record Store Day has gained momentum and a lot of it is down to the fact there’s this exciting day that will give you a ticket into this club at your local record shop. We get a fair amount of people queuing up early because they know we try our hardest to have a good selection of all that’s released. This year we’ve also got Thee Telepaths playing live in store at midday, and DJs playing all day long.”

Walking up Abington Street next to the library you will find Watt’s furniture shop. Enter the store, ascend two flights of stairs and you will discover Vinyl Underground. Now in its 25th year they became a record shop almost by default, after selling specialist Detroit and Chicago imports unavailable anywhere else. The shop which has a reputation as a ‘digger’s paradise’ where you can browse through thousands of records. Owner Aidy Harland: “I love the fact that RSD supports independent and local businesses so I really want to get behind it and join in with it. We extend the shop and we have 300-400 people through here on a Saturday. We have a huge variety of releases and there’s a queue outside from 4am. People come in here who are regular customers just to enjoy the day. That’s what it’s all about; people coming in and talking about music”.

Behind Northampton College, on St Michael’s Road, you will find Spiral Archive. The shop is housed in an old printing works building, with approximately 35,000 items. The shop was founded in 1999 by local artist and musician Alex Novak when vinyl sales were at their nadir.  “I think if you look at it as a niche thing those people don’t go away”, he elaborates. “The people who are interested in records will always be there while other people kind of dip in and out”. While Spiral Archive doesn’t stock official Record Store Day releases, it instead opens from 11am until 4pm with half-price sale on everything. Novak also organises a record fair around the corner at The Lamplighter on Overstone Road – open from midday until 4pm – with local DJs playing vinyl right through until 1am.

To find out more about this year’s event and the limited edition releases, visit the official RSD site at https://recordstoreday.co.uk

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Apr 11th – Apr 17th 2018

BLACKWATER HORIZON + BLACK TREE VULTURES Wednesday April 11th The King Billy, Northampton Pure rock from Mainz, Germany with support from metal rockers from Bournemouth. Either way, fist-pumpingly good [and…

BLACKWATER HORIZON + BLACK TREE VULTURES
Wednesday April 11th
The King Billy, Northampton
Pure rock from Mainz, Germany with support from metal rockers from Bournemouth. Either way, fist-pumpingly good [and black]. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

THE MISPELT + BIRTH RITE + DUNCAN BISATT
Friday April 13th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Yer headliners are ’90s-era Motorhead-esque dark punk rock’n’rollers, then you have some Black Country steampunk in the middle, and the Bushpigs frontman to open proceedings. Doors 8pm, free entry

WE ARE GIANTS + LOOSE TOOTH+ THE MODERN AGE
Friday April 13th
The White Hart, Corby
The second of four heats. A crowd vote at the end of the evening decides who goes through to one final bout on June 22nd with the chance to win the opportunity of playing the main stage at the Rocked Up Hootenanny festival. Doors 8pm, free entry

STEVIE JONES & THE WILDFIRES + YODACLUB + THE TOUCH 
Friday April 13th
The Romany, Northampton
Acoustic-driven rock promoting new album Angels and Sirens. Plus edgy indie-pop from Corby and 80s-style rock from Kettering. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

LUNA ROSA + ODDITY ISLAND + TOUCAN
Saturday April 14th
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Three of the best alt-rock/indie/psych non-Northampton bands from our county, all on the same bill. The future is bright, the future is now. Doors 8pm, free entry

THOMAS TRUAX + PAT FISH
Saturday April 14th
The Lab, Northampton
On tour in the UK with his signature brand of surreal Americana, promoting his new album All That Heaven Allows Thomas finally brings his Hornicator and ‘band’ of other self-made instruments back to the Lab, supported by his friend and Northampton’s own legendary gentleman and Jazz Butcher Pat Fish. Doors 8pm, £5 on the door

EL CAMINO
Saturday April 14th
The White Hart, Corby
Rockabilly legends bring their own brand of rock’n’roll from their two self-penned albums, plus they’ll throw in a few classics too no doubt. Doors 8pm, price TBA

HUBCAP
Saturday April 14th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Rock/blues/psychedelic two-piece with electric slide and some mean drum beats. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

HOUSES IN MOTION
Saturday April 14th
The Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
They play jazz, funk, psychedelic rock, indie, and blues; equal parts covers and originals. Doors 9pm, free entry

KING’S GAMBIT
Sunday April 15th
Open Stage Performing Arts Company, Northampton
Northampton powerhouse folkie quintet perform a special one-hour set at Open Stage [off the Kettering Road], for filming and recording purposes. So you now know what to do after your Sunday roast, yeah? The set is played 4pm-5pm, free entry

THE ROCKET DOLLS
Sunday April 15th
The King Billy, Northampton
Brighton riffing-rockers head out on tour to promote sophomore album DeadHead. The trio have been garnering rave reviews for the album and their live show, so one to catch. Doors 6pm, free entry

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New Music Friday: Deep Sea Mountains

Northampton indie-rock types Deep Sea Mountains have just released a new, Stalkers Studios-recorded EP entitled Pipe Dream. Watch the video for the title track below, but first New Boots spoke…

Northampton indie-rock types Deep Sea Mountains have just released a new, Stalkers Studios-recorded EP entitled Pipe Dream. Watch the video for the title track below, but first New Boots spoke to singer and guitarist Will Sey about it – and the bands’ past and future.

How/why/when did you guys get together?
Deep Sea Mountains have been playing together for four years now. When I first started playing live I was a solo acoustic act. As the songs grew my peers and I recognised the need for a bigger sound. I put together a band (all friends) to perform and record with. We played together for a bit, then two of the band members followed their hearts and left the island. The band was still young and Al Humphries and I were keen as ever to get going again, so I asked my friend Joe [Martin] to try out on the drums and my father-in-law Robin [Pugh] to try out on the bass. Both Joe and Robin were new to their respective instruments but took to them like a duck to water. It worked, we were happy – and are still creating now!

How would you describe your sound?
I would describe our sound as somewhere between indie, punk, britpop and grunge. That would describe the EP sound. The 2016 album spans many more genres, but we had to find ‘our sound’ and I believe this Pipe Dream release has done so (or at least helped).

Who/what are your main influences in and out of music?
Musical influences for me come from many sources. I am a huge Pink Floyd, Radiohead and Muse fan, have always loved heavy music, even a bit of hip hop and dubstep. Although I believe most inspiration has been drawn from the Northamptonshire music scene. Non-musical influences are drawn from the desire to help people, urging folk to get a big dose of nature therapy on the regular as I genuinely believe it brings peace to the body and mind.

Tell us about ‘Pipe Dream’.
‘Pipe Dream’ is the result of a bad time at work. I was in need of change and hadn’t acted, the result was a sense of gloom I couldn’t seem to shake. So I signed off with stress, headed out for a long walk and returned with a song about the comfort zone.

Do you feel there’s been a progression since the self-titled 2016 album?
I feel we have progressed. I’ve started playing electric now so the sound has grown. We are now writing as collective too so that adds many new dimensions. The album was mostly written when we started rehearsing so now there’s a freedom with the new material. It all feels a lot fresher.

What are your live shows like? Do you feel part of a music scene here in Northamptonshire?
The live shows are a lot of fun, we all know what we need to do and seem to get a lot of good feedback. We’re lucky enough to have had considerably more good gigs than bad ones too! We’ve been a part of the local music scene for many years now and have had the pleasure of playing alongside many superb artists. I don’t know what it is about this town but we are spoilt rotten on the music front.

What has been your favourite band moments so far?
Recording the album was a huge deal for me. After writing and playing for so long with no releases under my belt it felt like a huge milestone had been reached. Its a great feeling knowing that our songs are out and available, across the globe. In 2015 we had a headline show for Twinfest; this also felt like a huge milestone for me.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
‘Science Fiction’ by Brand New.

What is your burning desire for the band to do in the future? What immediate plans do you have?
My desire for the band probably has to be a tour of some kind, preferably global. More shows, more festivals and more releases. Immediate plans are to put ‘Pipe Dream’ on a hard copy and then plan a launch night. Meanwhile, we have three new songs to work on ready for our next trip to the studio!

Pipe Dream can be downloaded for free from Bandcamp

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Apr 4th – Apr 10th 2018

ADY JOHNSON + WHALE + SKYFLOOD Wednesday April 4th Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby Acoustic night from Kontra Roots, headlined by a Colchester singer-songwriter with rave-reviewed albums and national radio airplay. Support…

ADY JOHNSON + WHALE + SKYFLOOD
Wednesday April 4th
Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
Acoustic night from Kontra Roots, headlined by a Colchester singer-songwriter with rave-reviewed albums and national radio airplay. Support from Market Harborough trio and local indie/alt-rock openers doing something a bit different from their usual set. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

EX-PETS + GOODNIGHT VENICE
Wednesday April 4th
The King Billy, Northampton
The regular Wednesday night original band night at the Billy: this week with local punks headlining and Bedford rockers also in action. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

CHRIS RONALD TRIO + LAB COLLAB ACOUSTIC
Thursday April 5th
The Lab, Northampton
A special appearance from the Chris Ronald Trio playing folk, all the way from Canada, packaged by the magical Clan Hannigan. Support from familiar faces from The Lab music crowd, but this time stripped bare and playing solo. Doors 7.30pm, donation requested on the door

THE SHARPEEZ
Thursday April 5th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Powerful original R&B from London in a Rory Gallagher/Dr. Feelgood stylee. Doors 8pm, free entry

SISTERAY + KARL PHILLIPS & THE REJECTS + THE MODERN AGE + PEACHES
Friday April 6th
The Black Prince, Northampton
”Butt-kickin’ new punk” say BBC 6 Music, Londoners Sisteray came together out of their shared love for bands such as The Smiths, Velvet Underground, The Clash and The Replacements. Support from well-travelled ShoeTown rap rockers, Corby indie upstarts, and local slacker pop to open proceedings. Expect mayhem of the best variety. Doors 7.30pm, £4.50 advance tickets

WISHING WOLF + LAST CHANCE + BLOOD-VISIONS + THE TOUCH
Friday April 6th
The White Hart, Corby
Road to the Hootenanny gig #1. Free Entry shows across April showcasing the best live original acts in the county, with a crowd vote at the end of the evening to decide who goes through to one final bout on June 22nd with the chance to win the opportunity of playing the main stage at our festival. Doors 8pm

BROOKE SHARKEY + THE BREWERS DAUGHTER + J KELLS
Friday April 6th
The Lab, Northampton
A candle-lit showcase of the warmest, most striking variety, Sharkey is compared with the likes of Kate Bush, Ane Brun and Cat Power. Meanwhile The Brewer’s Daughter are “a perfectly balanced brew of traditional and original folk music, featuring gutsy female vocals, an antique fiddle and a vintage 12-string guitar”. Doors 7pm, £4 on entry /£3 members

IRON BASTARDS + MOLOTOV SOULS
Sunday April 8th
The King Billy Rock Bar, Northampton
Fast rock’n’roll from Strasbourg France, plus metal/punk/ska from Coventry! Doors 4pm, free entry

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Shed Seven to play warm up show in Northampton this June

Ahead of their biggest headline show to date at Castlefield Bowl in Manchester, Shed Seven will be playing a very special warm-up date at Northampton’s Roadmender on Thursday June 28th….

Ahead of their biggest headline show to date at Castlefield Bowl in Manchester, Shed Seven will be playing a very special warm-up date at Northampton’s Roadmender on Thursday June 28th.

The York five-piece rose to fame in the 1990s and were one of the leading lights of Britpop with two gold albums and 15 Top 40 singles under their belt. They released their fifth album Instant Pleasures last November – their first release since 2001’s Truth Be Told. Instant Pleasures saw enough pre-orders that would have made it a Top 10 chart album every week of 2017. They celebrated the release with the biggest tour of their career, selling over 50,000 tickets across the country – and that was before any fans had heard a note of new music.

Shed Seven will perform at Sounds of The City on Friday June 29th, alongside Reverend & The Makers and The Twang.

Tickets for The Roadmender show go on sale 9am this Friday, April 6th via gigsandtours.com, ticketmaster.co.uk, and theroadmender.com.

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