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

HELGRIND + DONKERKARNUFFEL + FUELED HATE Friday March 9th The King Billy, Northampton The Billy has become a traditional tour starting point for London metal outfit Helgrind, who are joined…

HELGRIND + DONKERKARNUFFEL + FUELED HATE
Friday March 9th
The King Billy, Northampton
The Billy has become a traditional tour starting point for London metal outfit Helgrind, who are joined by fellow Londoners Donkerkarnuffel [“Clowncore”] and Corby metallers Fueled Hate for a night of mayhem, head banging, drinking and theatrics. Doors 7pm, free entry

THRIFT STREET + WE ARE GIANTS + 16 DEGREES + THE TOUCH
Friday March 9th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Battle of the Bands organised by students from the university, in aid of Oxfam. Doors 7.30pm, £3 on the door

THE VIBRATORS + THE BLUE CARPET BAND + WRECK-AGE
Saturday March 10th
The White Hart, Corby
First wave UK punk rock, going since 1976 and still touring and recording. Support from a powerhouse five-piece garage punk rock’n’rollers based in London, and punks Wreck-Age open proceedings [made up of members of Crettin 77, First Wave and B Movie Britz]. Doors 7.30pm, £7 tickets

THE ABRAHAMS + ODDITY ISLAND
Saturday March 10th
The Hopmaster General, Rushden

So it turns out there’s a craft beer shop in Rushden hosting gigs. Wow. Listen to Kettering progressive folk-rock skiffle, supported by similarly-inclined jangly rockers, whilst sipping on the General’s brewed delights. Doors 8pm, free entry

SUB CLOWNS + SOLARIZE
Saturday March 10th
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
Retro-Beat this month presents electro headliners and indie rockers in support. Doors 8pm, free entry

PROGNOSIS + REAPER + LEASHES + THOSE SNAKES
Saturday March 10th
The Lab, Northampton
The Mammothfest Heats keep on coming!  Progressive metal from Manchester, thrash metal from Liverpool, heavy sounds from London, and some psychedelic thrash metal from Stafford respectively. Doors 7pm, £5 on the door

Also a shout out to Sarpa Salpa, Drinsipa, and Keiron Farrow who will be representing Northampton at the Mano MusikFestival in Germany this weekend. Do us proud!

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New Music Friday: The Keepers

Northampton quartet The Keepers release their fourth single this weekend. The A-side ‘Take Me On A Trip’ is a moody paean to the joys of escapism, wrapped up in desert…

Northampton quartet The Keepers release their fourth single this weekend. The A-side ‘Take Me On A Trip’ is a moody paean to the joys of escapism, wrapped up in desert rock guitars. B-side ‘Leaving Home’ is more of a Britpop/Beatle-esque pop song with some nifty artificial string lines in the chorus. You can hear both below. New Boots caught up with Jordan Jones (vocals, guitar) and Liam Taylor (guitars) for a quick chat

How did you guys get together?
Jordan: I formed the band a couple of years ago. I just had a few songs that thought would sound cool with a full band behind them. It’s been a long process really trying out different members.

How would you describe your sound?
Jordan: 1960s psychedelia with a 90’s kiss.
Liam: Yeah. Indie Britpop with an add of Psychedelic

Who are your main influences in music?
Liam: Wilko Johnson, Paul Weller, and Pete Townsend

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Jordan: ‘Wildlife’ by The Lovely Eggs
Liam: ‘The Masterplan’ by Oasis

What was the inspiration for ‘Take Me On A Trip’ and ‘Leaving Home’?
Jordan: ‘Take Me On A Trip’ is a recycled song we used to play a few years ago, we needed a more groovy and heavier sounding song, so I just took that, changed the words and added some extra riffs. ‘Leaving Home’ is inspired by The Beatles song ‘She’s Leaving Home’. We all know the original from a very upset mum and dad perspective. I had this concept of the song from the girls perspective – it sticks to main themes of the original like leaving the note, the man in the motor trade etc, but I’ve had to add a few bits like getting married and running away from university which I think makes it slightly more modern.

Being on stage vs being in the studio, which do you do prefer?
Jordan: studio
Liam: stage all the way; I love the atmosphere and the interaction with the crowd.

What has been your favourite band moments so far?
Jordan: Supporting The Moons at Roadmender, Space at The Picturedrome and playing Beano On The Sea festival down Hastings.
Liam: Supporting The Moons and The Spitfires

What plans do you have for 2018?
Jordan: We have some very exciting things coming up this year! We have more singles coming out and some fantastic gigs we cannot announce yet! Watch this space!

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Feb 28th – Mar 6th 2018

PHIL BEER Thursday March 1st Castle Theatre, Wellingborough Multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic scene. One-half of award-winning powerhouse Show of…

PHIL BEER
Thursday March 1st
Castle Theatre, Wellingborough
Multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic scene. One-half of award-winning powerhouse Show of Hands, Beer is equally as in demand for his solo shows, like this one on his ‘String Theory’ tour. Doors 8pm, £15 tickets

THAT JOE PAYNE + BORROWING BEES
Friday March 2nd
The Picturedrome, Northampton
Award-winning Ex-Enid vocalist celebrates the launch of his debut solo single, hosting his first show in almost two years with full band. Doors 7.30pm, £15 tickets

LOOSE TOOTH + FUNERAL SHAKES + EX-PETS
Friday March 2nd
The White Hart, Corby
Hardcore and rock’n’roll sounds from Northampton and St. Albans. Lots of bang for your bucks here. Doors 8pm, £2 tickets

GARDEN + MONARCHS + KING PURPLE
Friday March 2nd
Club 43, Northampton
The Barratts launch their own clubnight, ‘Green Carnation’, with three of ShoeCounty’s finest indie rock’n’roll troupes. Barratts boys DJing afterwards too. Doors 9pm, free entry

WILLIE & THE BANDITS
Friday March 2nd
The Roadmender, Northampton
Cornish classic blues rock three-piece much in the vein of Cream or The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Doors 7.30pm, £12 tickets

LEASHES + STEREO SKULL + LIVING IN ECHOES + HAEMA
Friday March 2nd
The Lab, Northampton
More alternative sounds in the Mammothfest Best Band heats competition, all hailing from London, Northants, and the south-coast. Doors 7pm, £3 tickets

THE MOBBS + HUBCAP + THE KEEPERS
Saturday March 3rd
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Say it ain’t so! One of the best bands to ever come out of ShoeTown are calling it a day. The Mobbs sign off their primitive garage rock’n’roll days with one last, presumably ferocious, show. Excellent support acts too make this unmissable. Doors 8pm, free entry

LITTLE BITBOY
Saturday March 3rd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
8-bit Chiptune dance music, played live on a NES console and synths! Mr Skank on the decks before and after too. Doors 8pm, free entry

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Marmozets plug second album with Roadmender show

Alt-rockers Marmozets have announced a number of spring UK shows, including the Roadmender in Northampton. The band will play the 850 capacity venue on Wednesday May 9th. The quintet from West…

Alt-rockers Marmozets have announced a number of spring UK shows, including the Roadmender in Northampton.

The band will play the 850 capacity venue on Wednesday May 9th. The quintet from West Yorkshire released their sophomore album Knowing What You Know Now last month via Roadrunner Records, itself the follow-up to 2014 debut The Weird and Wonderful Marmozets.

Championed by the likes of Zane Lowe and having bagged prestigious support slots to Muse, the band was nominated in the Best British Newcomer category of the 2013 Kerrang! Awards and were voted Best New UK Band by Big Cheese magazine the same year.

Presale tickets go on sale at 9am today, with general sale beginning Friday March 2nd, also at 9am

Visit www.marmozets.co.uk for the full lowdown.

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Stevie Jones & The Wildfires ‘Angels and Sirens’

STEVIE JONES & THE WILDFIRES Angels and Sirens Stevie Jones & the Wildfires are a rock group from Northampton. They released their first album in 2016, Stratigraphic Heart, and this…

STEVIE JONES & THE WILDFIRES
Angels and Sirens

Stevie Jones & the Wildfires are a rock group from Northampton. They released their first album in 2016, Stratigraphic Heart, and this is the follow-up. Composed of thirteen songs, most written by Jones, with a couple of covers by other songwriters [George Borowski, and Ian Babington]. The band consists of Stevie Jones (guitar/vocals), Vassilis Damitriadis (guitar), Jake Patrick (drums), and Bob Dabrowski (bass), with guest Autumn Dawn Leader often appearing on piano and vocals. LA guitarist Janet Robin (String Revolution, Lindsay Buckingham Band) and top Leicester harp player Sean Clutterham also provide guest appearances.

The opening title track starts off slow and steady, before speeding up the pace as the song progresses. It’s a song that makes you want to sing/dance along, with a catchy chorus. Along with the lyrics that seem to be about lost love, this song has great fire and passion behind it. It’s slightly reminiscent of Buzzcocks’ ‘Ever Fallen In Love’, with an old-school English rock vibe. The following song ‘Neon Underground’ uses some unusual instruments in the beginning, giving it a Western feel with its use of harmonica. It has some awesome guitar solos. Near the end of the song the instruments drop out which showcases the vocals rawness before the music returns to finish the song.

‘Whitewash’ is very interesting as it uses clips from news and adverts to begin the song. The lyrics talk about what the TV presents to you – Royal babies, celebrities, etc – instead of broadcasting any of the real things happening in the world. The lyrics “They kept us in the dark for too long now” is an obvious reference to what the media shows us. The song ends with police sirens and chaos. This track it a very down to earth, with a clear message.

‘The Garden Path’ meanwhile has a peaceful and tranquil feel and is out of step with the general tone of the album; however it’s a welcome attribute to the album, giving it variety. Again, this song seems to be about love, and love lost. This song still maintains the rawness of rock, but keeps a calmer vibe through the musical accompaniment and backing vocals.

‘I’ll Never Fall In Love Again’ brings back the rocky fast-paced feel to this album. It brings to mind a rock/swing mash up, the lyric content talks about how the writer will never fall in love again, seemingly after a relationship breakdown. It’s a really emotional song if you listen closely to the lyrics, though this could be overlooked with the upbeat tempo and happy-sounding vocals.

This album contains a reoccurring theme of love lost and heart break. It also incorporates a Western and acoustic feel into the rock, which gives the overall album a good mix and something everyone would enjoy. It is really impressive they have used their platform to talk about something like ‘Whitewash’. The album takes a more peaceful and mellow approach in songs like ‘The Garden Path’ and ‘Polly Anna & Me’. Recommended.

Katie Montford

Angels and Sirens is out Friday March 2nd, order here

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That Joe Payne debut single and live show

Ex-frontman of The Enid Joe Payne launches his solo career on March 2nd with a single and accompanying launch gig at Northampton’s Picturedrome. Now going under the That Joe Payne…

Ex-frontman of The Enid Joe Payne launches his solo career on March 2nd with a single and accompanying launch gig at Northampton’s Picturedrome.

Now going under the That Joe Payne moniker, ‘I Need A Change’ is the first shot across the bow in a new phase of the singer-songwriters’ life. New Boots sat down and got the skinny on how he got here.

First things first: what’s your musical background – did your love come from family, school lessons, friends…?
I grew up in the small town of Tring, Hertfordshire where they had a community theatre. I spent all my spare time there, rehearsing and performing, and it got me totally addicted to being on stage. Apart from some classical training in singing and piano, I guess I inherited some of my musicality from my dad who would like to play his guitar privately. If anything, I wonder if he followed my example in the end, as he’s now the one spending all his time at the theatre playing for the show bands!

How did you end up in The Enid?
When I was about 19 I decided to book a recording studio for the first time, sick of always recording naff demos in peoples garages. The Lodge Recording Studio was my choice, and just so happened to be home of The Enid. They invited my band to see them at a gig in Chesham, near my home. I absolutely loved it! It must’ve been the first time I’d heard any music that appealed to my taste for classical, theatre, rock and pop, all at the same time.

The band invited me to sing backing vocals for them. About a year later, both recently turned single, Max and I fell in love and started spending all our time together. I was just graduating with a degree in Business Management, so it made sense for me to start running The Enid’s independent record label. Then, having become part of the family so to speak, I was invited to sing lead.

How was your experience of being a part of their journey?
In all honesty, the whole road from joining to leaving was a frustrating one. I was forever under pressure to prove myself in some way. It’s not easy trying to re-brand something that already has so much history.

I was only 22 when I joined, and it felt like no one would take me seriously. To a lot of The Enid’s fans I threatened their idea of what the band was all about. To others I was just a singer, and despite writing a lot of the new music, no one ever gave me credit for it.

Don’t get me wrong, I proved a lot in the end. By the time I left I had made a name for myself, and raised the bar dramatically for the band’s shows. But it was tough to do, and not everyone was willing to move together on everything. Over time I started to feel less and less part of the band and more of a separate entity.

How was the support of the wider prog fraternity?
The prog community and I remain very close. Not only did I front The Enid, but I was also running the record label, booking the shows, arranging PR, etc. So by default I would always be the one to correspond with people. Fortunately for me I made a lot of friends that way.

The wider fan base definitely had my back, and it feels like they still do. Winning ‘Best Male Vocalist’ in the Prog Magazine Readers’ Poll two years running was totally unexpected. Considering who I’m up against, there are much bigger artist than me that have topped these polls. I’m lucky to have so much support. It wouldn’t be easy for me to start again without all these people behind me.

Why did you decide to go your separate ways?
I had a breakdown. Every band has internal politics, but this was a whole new level for me. As far as anyone knows publicly, I left so I could begin recovering my mental health. The point is, for me anyway, continuing working or living with The Enid wasn’t an option. If I’d stayed I’d probably be dead by now.

How was the decision to go solo?
Having a solo project was always something I’d wanted to do, but I wasn’t really allowed to do it. Anything outside the band was considered to be a wasteful use of time which could be spent on the band instead. So that was quite limiting. Once I left the band I knew I’d rather go solo than start a new one. It was my first and only chance to express myself exactly the way I wanted.

But daunting? Hell yeah! I spent the first 6 months of my illness doing nothing, literally incapable of working. The next six months I used to re-educate myself, reading all the music theory books I could and playing the piano every day. I had barely touched one in about 10 years. I only really began writing music again mid-2017. It took me so long to get started, not because I didn’t have the ideas, but because I was still fighting off all those old voices in my head that told me I needed to prove something.

Now that I’ve done it, worked out my writing process, had feedback from the press, those voices have finally been silenced. I’ve learned that those doubts had no place being there in the first place, and I’ve always had it in me to do it on my own.

Is ‘Moonlit Love’ – a widescreen choral ballad – a good signifier of what to expect in the future?
I guess you could say it is, yeah. My writing style is very classically influenced, and I grew up playing a lot of Beethoven and Mozart. It’s that kind of emotive harmony, melodic ideas and modulation that I get a kick out of. It does mean everything is a pain in the arse to play though! Haha

What’s the debut single ‘I Need A Change’ about?
‘I Need a Change’ is probably the darkest thing I’ve ever written. It’s about suicide, guilt, loneliness… At the time when I first started writing it I had nothing left to live for. I was about to lose my businesses, my home, my dog, my relationship. Everything was being taken away from me. So the song is very much about ending one life to start a new one, or dying to be reborn. I had to leave everything behind and start again with nothing.

What can we expect at the Picturedrome show? It’s all local musicians that are playing with you…
The set list is kind of like a greatest hits. I’ll be performing some of the songs I’m best known for doing with The Enid. I made a point of only choosing the ones I was a writer on, and those just so happened to be the most popular tracks at the time. I’ll also be airing some other collaborative work for the first time, plus new material.

I have a great band playing with me. Local boys Dan Battison (Ginger Snaps) is on bass, and Josh Judd (Burrowing Bees) is on drums. I also have Moray Macdonald on keys and Oliver Day on guitar. Both of these guys are renowned throughout the prog scene for their work with other bands such as Crimson Sky and Yes tribute, Fragile.

When can we expect an album?
This year I’m planning to drip out singles. I don’t want to rush the album, but I already know what songs are going on it. In fact I have a three album plan, and this is just the first. Once I feel that I’ve raised my profile enough as a solo artist, I’ll be ready to launch the album. I’m thinking early 2019 would be a good time.

What’s on your stereo this week?
I’ve been getting really excited about Brighton Pride this year, and as Britney Spears is performing I have been solidly listening to her entire back catalogue in consecutive order. I may be a prog artist, but there’s a pop princess in me somewhere!

Who is your favourite local artist?
Definitely Burrowing Bees! Why do you think I invited them to support me on the 2nd of March? I can’t get enough of them.

Tell us something about you the public don’t know.
When I was a kid I auditioned for S Club Juniors, and Nicki Chapman told me I had a “nice smile”. I didn’t get the job…

‘I Need A Change’ is out Friday March 2nd, and available to order on CD here. Tickets for the March 2nd Picturedrome show are available here

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Don Broco add Roadmender gig to Technology LP tour

Don Broco will headline The Roadmender in May as part of a run of new dates which the band has added to their UK tour. The Bedford quartet released their…

Don Broco will headline The Roadmender in May as part of a run of new dates which the band has added to their UK tour.

The Bedford quartet released their third album Technology in February and kicked off their UK shows with a hometown gig at the town’s Corn Exchange.

They will headline the Roadmender on Wednesday, May 2. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday, February 23, via http://myticket.co.uk/artists/don-broco

Released to widespread critical acclaim earlier this month, Technology became the band’s second Top 10 album and first to break the Top 5.

After selling out both their Alexandra Palace gig last year to more than 10,000 fans and their current tour, Don Broco will head to Northampton after their upcoming US tour as part of nine new shows which have been announced.

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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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