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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jun 6th – Jun 12th 2018

KOYO + VEINS + FAMILY OF NOISE Thursday June 7th The White Hart, Corby Leeds experimentalists – “Radiohead meets Hawkwind”, says The Guardian. This is their Download warm-up show. Support…

KOYO + VEINS + FAMILY OF NOISE
Thursday June 7th
The White Hart, Corby
Leeds experimentalists – “Radiohead meets Hawkwind”, says The Guardian. This is their Download warm-up show. Support from local rockers / noiseniks help make for an unmissable midweek gig. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets

HAR-Q + CEEPZ + LEO ROBINSON + MORE
Thursday June 7th
The Lab, Northampton
A ‘Lay It Down’ open mic-style night of hip hop and grime: freestyle, spoken word, it’s all here. Get in touch with them if you want to perform! Doors 8pm, free entry

DAWSON SMITH & THE DISSENTERS
Thursday June 7th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Roadhouse blues with a rock’n’roll heart, from Leicester, playing songs from 2017 album The Mileage. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

MY GRASS IS BLUE + DR. X
Friday June 8th
The White Hart, Corby
French group, active since the 90s, playing bluegrass, folk, Western Swing, and ragtime. Nu-blues duo from Leicester in support. Doors 7.30pm, price TBA

RENTAL WIVES + LUNA ROSA
Friday June 8th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Josh and Matt, formerly of ShoeTown cult-favourites Jubilee Courts, are returning to their favourite local for a one-off hometown show with their new project. Expect melodic guitar riffs, profound lyricism, and baggy vibes. Corby support playing some of the new tunes they’re about to unleash into the world. Doors 8pm, free entry

KOMODO QUARTET
Friday June 8th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
New vibrant Northampton act who bring the funk and mix up swing , Latin, and groove in the melting pot. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

DONNA TAGGART
Friday June 8th
The Cube, Corby
An Irish singer and musician who first turned heads in 2011 with her debut album Celtic Lady, Vol. 1, Donna Taggart’s fluid voice and comforting interpretations of classic Celtic ballads and country-folk songs have drawn comparisons to artists like Mary Black, Eva Cassidy, and Alison Krauss. Based out of Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, Taggart’s popularity soared in 2016 when her rendition of American country-gospel singer/songwriter Jenn Bostic’s ‘Jealous of the Angels’, which appeared on 2013’s Celtic Lady, Vol. 2, became an international hit. Doors 7.30pm, £21 tickets

STILL REMAINS + SHADOW OF ACOLYTE
Friday June 8th
The King Billy Rock Bar, Northampton
A night of metal, local headliners and fellow east Midlanders in support. Doors 9pm, free entry

BORROWED TIME  + THE MISPELT + BORN TO DESTRUCT
Saturday June 9th
The Horseshoe, Wellingborough
Punk night at the Horseshoe: headliners from Gloucester/Cheltenham, openers from Cambridge, and a local act in the sandwich middle. Doors 8pm, free entry

JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + KENNETH J NASH + HELEN VERRILL + ROZISM + LILLITH’S ARMY + JULIE WOOLMORE
Sunday June 10th
The Umbrella Fair Pavillion, Northampton
A Samaritans fundraiser featuring the cream of the NN songwriter scene. Their ‘rucksack project’ provides essentials to the town’s homeless, such as woolies and tin openers, so really something to get along to. Doors 7pm, £3.50 tickets

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide May 30th – Jun 5th 2018

DEAF TRAP + GOGO LOCO Friday June 1st Club 43, Northampton Another edition of The Barratts ‘Green Carnation’ club, this time with two of ShoeTown’s finest new noise makers. This…

DEAF TRAP + GOGO LOCO
Friday June 1st
Club 43, Northampton
Another edition of The Barratts ‘Green Carnation’ club, this time with two of ShoeTown’s finest new noise makers. This is a late night event [post beer fest/Miles Kane] with two floors of DJs afterwards. Doors 10pm, live music from 11pm, £4 on the door

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY BEER FESTIVAL
Fri June 1st – Sun 3rd
Beckett’s Park, Northampton
The annual beer festival is a great place for live music. The line-up this year includes Donnybrook Fair, GoGo Loco, The 2Tones, The Keepers, Cool Jazz Collective, HubCap, The Bighead, Goldwater, The Shed Machinery String Band, Banter, Deep Sea Mountains, Goldwater, Moulton 77 Brass Band, The Bighead, Jono and the Uke Dealers, Velvet Engine, Houses In Motion, Kenneth J Nash and many more. Doors 11am-11pm Fri and Sat, 11am-6pm on the Sunday. £5 entry [free to CAMRA members]

MILES KANE
Friday June 1st
The Roadmender, Northampton
Miles Kane is back with a new single ‘Loaded’ and a 16 date UK tour. Previewing songs from his work-in-progress new record, which is his first solo material since 2013’s Don’t Forget Who You Are. Doors 7pm, £20 tickets

REAPER + THE MISER + I PLEAD GUILTY + STEREO SKULL + RUINIZER + LONDON BLACK
Friday June 1st
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Corby metallers, late ’70s riff rage, post-hardcore from London, cyber/prog metal from Northants. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

REBECCA RYAN + JOE CORKRAM + MYJAIKE
Friday June 1st
UFO Pavilion, Northampton
The Songwriter Sessions is run as a “pin-drop event”, to fully immerse in the music of these three local acoustic singer-songwriters. Doors 7.30pm, £3 entry

CASKET FEEDER + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + NEGATIVE THOUGHT PROCESS + GARSHKOTT
Friday June 1st
The Lab, Northampton
The MK headliners launch their new EP Scalps ce soir. Corby grindcore and more bring the noise before. Doors: 8pm, £5 OTD (£3 members)

GIPSYDELICA + VHS PIRATES + GINHOUSE GYPSIES
Saturday June 2nd
The Lab, Northampton
Balkan “psychedelic ethno rock infusion” who bring the party big time, with Lab regulars in support. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

EMPYRE + JASON ACHILLES MEZILIS
Sunday June 3rd
The King Billy, Northampton
“Triumphant, chest beating rock” from Brackley/Northampton, plus Los Angeles multi-instrumentalist making avant-garde soundscapes [mostly with guitar]. Covers bands on the bill too. Doors 2pm, free entry

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide May 23rd – May 29th 2018

JOHN HEGLEY + THE JAZZ BUTCHER QUINTET Thursday May 24th The Lab, Northampton The poet, comic, singer, and songwriter aids Northampton in celebrating CND’s 60th anniversary, ably assisted by Pat Fish…

JOHN HEGLEY + THE JAZZ BUTCHER QUINTET
Thursday May 24th
The Lab, Northampton
The poet, comic, singer, and songwriter aids Northampton in celebrating CND’s 60th anniversary, ably assisted by Pat Fish and his superb crew. Doors 8pm, £5 tickets

THE SNAKEMAN 3 + JOE GOGO
Friday May 25th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
The soulful garage trio of ShoeTown sadly are slithering off into the darkness forever, but leave us with one final blast of rock’n’roll to sooth the soul. Support from the GoGo Loco frontman. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE DRONES CLUB + TOM ROSE & THE HEATHEN ORCHESTRA
Friday May 25th
The Lab, Northampton
A rare live outing for NN’s “Hendrix bagpipes with medieval drum and bass” quartet, with twisted blues tales from Rose and co in support. That’s a treat, and no mistake. Doors 8pm, donations welcomed on the door

JONO & THE UKE DEALERS
Friday May 25th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
The first day of the venue’s Brewers Shindig Beer Festival. 15 beers, BBQ food available, and live music each night – starting with Jono and his magic gang. Music from 8pm, free entry

GARSHKOTT + INDYA + SKIES OF TITAN + DRINSIPA + PRESCRIPTION HAPPINESS
Friday May 25th
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Another Metal 2 The Masses heat. Groove metal from MK, female-fronted glam Rock, Metalcore from the South-East, noisy progressive riffy fuzzy hot mess from Northampton, and London alt-rock to open. Doors 7pm £5 entry

AIDEN PRYOR BAND
Friday May 25th
The Prince Of Wales, Kettering
The original sound of rock and blues; greatly influenced by Rory Gallagher. Music at 9.30pm, free entry

MEADOWS + WOLFBEAST DESTROYER + NOTHING CLEAN + ATROCITY EXHIBIT + IRON GRAVE + CYBERAPTOR
Saturday May 26th
The Lab, Northampton
Samurai Cop occasionally do DIY/noise gigs in Northampton, and here’s one. Featuring: Suffolk riff machine, Boston D-beat crust ragers, Leicester ragers, grindcore crust sludge, doom total crush, and Birmingham thrash. Doors 7pm, £5 on entry

LUNA ROSA + TOUCAN + SKYFLOOD
Saturday May 26th
The White Hart, Corby
Another Yuk indie night, with new members, new tunes and a new attitude from the local headliners. Toucan bring the psych from Kettering, and Skyflood bring the post-rock. Doors 8pm, £3 on the door

ANNE-MARIE SANDERSON
Saturday May 26th
Auden Factory Outlet, Nene Court, Wellingborough
An in-store performance from the magical Cumbrian singer-songwriter. She’ll be performing songs off her new album Book Songs. Doors 1pm, free entry

THE KEEPERS + CANDIDATES
Saturday May 26th
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
Brothers in arms, these two. Mod indie rock from the pair; expect hi-octane hi-jinks. Doors 8pm, free entry

FRUIT & FLOWERS + GARDEN
Sunday May 27th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Bank holiday Sunday fun courtesy of New York City! F&F deliver art rock: sultry vocals, surf rock riffs, and fuzzy bass. Garden worry that you ‘Hate Me’, which is ironic as everyone seems to love them. Doors 8pm, music from 9pm, free entry

THAT JOE PAYNE
Sunday May 27th
The Picturedrome, Northampton
An acoustic matinee performance from Mr Payne, after his March show was hit by the snow and thus some people couldn’t make it. Special guests include Nikitas Kissonas [Methexis], Oliver Day, and duo Pete & Dunk. New Boots understands ticket numbers are very low now, so advise checking before turning up. Doors 2pm, £10 tickets

INK. + THE KEEPERS
Sunday May 27th
The Roadmender, Northampton
London-based Ink. is the new venture from McFly bassist Dougie Poynter. Post-punk meets classic rock by all accounts. Doors 7pm, £8 tickets

STEREO SKULL + POINT OF EXTINCTION + MEDUSA + REASON + FLYING MACHINES + THE HERO DIES FIRST + AROUND THE SUN + ACOUSTIC ACTS
Sunday May 27th
The King Billy, Northampton
May Bank Holiday alldayer, with hogroast available. Doors 2pm, free entry 2pm

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New Music Friday: King Purple

Corby trio King Purple have just released their new single, ‘Stuck In The Rough’ b/w ‘I Know You Know’, recorded at RML Studios in Wolverhampton. Progressive indie-rock is the name of…

Corby trio King Purple have just released their new single, ‘Stuck In The Rough’ b/w ‘I Know You Know’, recorded at RML Studios in Wolverhampton. Progressive indie-rock is the name of the game here, from Callum Connachie [lead guitar and vocals], Luke Carscadden [bass], and Frazer Beattie [drums] . New Boots spoke to the band about their patch of Purple, and listen to ‘Stuck In The Rough’ below.

How/why/where/when did you guys get together?
Callum: So Frazer and I met in college back in the autumn of 2015 where we started playing Drenge covers.
Frazer: Yeah that‟s right, started as a Drenge cover band didn’t we.
Luke: I didn’t even know that up until right now.
Callum: Then at the start of 2016 we “recruited” my long-time friend Luke.
Frazer: And why are we together?
Callum: I think King Purple started on the basis of being bored.
Luke: Yeah, I agree with that.
Callum: Which led to us really gelling as musicians as we started to practice more often.
Luke: When I joined I didn’t really expect it to be taken anywhere, just thought of it as something to do, like a hobby almost.
Frazer: We all set a high ceiling for how we played individually and things just began to click.

How would you describe your sound?
Luke: It’s hard to say actually, I think it has some sort attention-grabbing quality about it. When we write I don’t think we write with any particular sound in mind.
Frazer: There’s never really an aim behind what we’re trying to write.
Callum: We all draw from our own influences which brings so many aspects of different music together since our own music tastes can be so different from one another.
Luke: It’s hard to say where it would sit on the scale for me.
Callum: People that have heard us or seen us live have compared it to things from 90s grunge or said there were influences of 70s funk and/or psychedelia.

Tell us about ‘Stuck In The Rough’/’I Know, You Know’. It’s a progressive indie sound. Early Verve, Soundgarden, The Music, King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard all come to mind.
Frazer: I think with ‘Stuck In The Rough’ we went for a more ‘serious’ approach, so to speak.
Callum: It’s definitely a song we consider progressive in terms of where we are with the band. It does carry elements of indie, definitely.
Frazer: Yeah, we wanted to record it to show the development of us as a band.
Luke: You said immediately after we finished the basis of the song that it was the one. I didn’t want to record it to start with.
Callum: We’d only finished it maybe a week before we recorded.
Frazer: It was a risk to be honest, the song wasn’t as finished as we would normally like.
Luke: That’s why I was against recording it initially.
Frazer: Then with ‘I Know, You Know’ it’s a song that’s done the rounds, an old classic if you’re a King Purple fan.
Luke: It was the first song we’d written after recording our first set of songs, kind of like a bridging track for development with our sound I guess.
Frazer: There’s a bit of ‘old’ and a bit of the ‘new’ in there.
Callum: Definitely fits a B-side title, I think it needs to be paired with something at least with a release.
Frazer: Sound-wise it switches between quite dark sections with more major sections in between with a euphoric ending to close it out.

What are your live shows like? Do you stretch things out on stage, or go where the mood takes you?
Luke: I think it’s a bit of both honestly.
Callum: Yeah we definitely plan our sets with an outline of what we want to play but on the other side of things you get so into it that you kind of adapt to the gig and “go where the mood takes us”. And we always try to make it as enjoyable as possible.
Frazer: Recently we have been throwing songs in that we might not have practised in a while or intended to play at any particular gig, but if it fits the mood then yeah we always try to adjust to the situation. We try to show every aspect of our sound through playing different songs and arrange them in a way that makes sense musically with what genres we’d place each song under.

What’s your take on the Corby music scene?
Luke: I think ever since we’ve been more and more involved with it I’ve started to realise how dedicated the people within it are to what they do.
Frazer: There is a lot more live music in Corby right now, with people at the gigs actively going out to see bands they might not have heard of before.
Luke: There’s always people in the White Hart regardless of who is playing.
Frazer: People are beginning to see local bands as well and take something away from gigs that makes them want to start something themselves.
Luke: It’s like hometown bands provide some sort encouragement towards those that are interested in starting something.
Frazer: I think the Corby scene is the best it’s been for a while.
Callum: It’s always been there but had a bigger focus on different types of metal music, whereas now I think there‟s more variety.
Luke: It’s just down to the context of the period of time.

What has been your favourite band moment so far?
Callum: Personally for me it was recording ‘Stuck In The Rough’ and ‘I Know, You Know’ because it was just such a constant buzz the whole time we were in the studio. Certain gigs are always going to hold their weight but there are specific things that take it over a favourite gig.
Frazer: One of my favourite moments was supporting Dream Wife at Bedford Esquires. The place was full of people we didn’t know, almost completely full, and almost every person in there enjoyed themselves. Some gigs just feel so rewarding. Not only that but the band members from the other bands were all sound people, which makes it that much better as well.
Luke: I think mines is probably the same as Frazer’s. It’s crazy to see the enjoyment in everyone’s faces, front to back.

What was the last album/artist you streamed or bought?
Callum: Natty Dread by Bob Marley, released 1974.
Frazer: Everything Was Beautiful, And Nothing Hurt by Moby.
Luke: Gil Scott Heron Pieces Of A Man.

What plans do you have for the next year?
Callum: Keep playing gigs and keep writing songs.
Luke: We try to keep what momentum you have and run with, carry it throughout everything we do to make sure everything is done to the best of our ability. I think that can be just as useful as having a long term goal because it keeps you focused and encourages a focus on what ‘the next move is’.
Frazer: Meeting new bands as well, getting to know the people you meet along the way.
Luke: Not just for the sole purpose of using the contact to get on another bill with them, but just to meeting new people itself and talking to them about their own progress with their band.
Callum: One plan for next year is to definitely try and continue touring where we can.
Luke: They don’t necessarily have to have loads of dates, but just enough to where we can play a string of shows in quick succession so people start paying attention really and turning some heads along the way.
Callum: We have a tour starting the 26th of May until the 29th of June with a total of eight dates in various towns and cities.

THE ROYAL TOUR [with Monarchs] DATES:
MAY
26 Swan Revived Hotel | Newport Pagnell
27 The Marrs Bar | Worcester
JUNE
2 Phoenix Bar | High Wycombe
8 The Craufurd Arms | Milton Keynes
15 Bedford Esquires | Bedford
22 The Roadmender | Northampton
23 The Cookie | Leicester
29 The White Hart| Corby

 

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FULL line-up for Twinfest revealed

Twinfest organisers have revealed who and where the bands and venues are for this years festival. The annual shindig allows Northampton bands to play alongside acts from the twinned towns of…

Twinfest organisers have revealed who and where the bands and venues are for this years festival. The annual shindig allows Northampton bands to play alongside acts from the twinned towns of Marburg in Germany and Poitiers in France. This year’s event runs for four nights across July 26th to July 29th.

Thursday July 26 / The Great Hall @ The Guildhall
The Flims [Marburg]
Hyll [Marburg]
Mantras [Poitiers]
Sarpa Salpa [pictured]
The Barratts
Drinsipa
Keiron Farrow

Friday July 27th / The Lamplighter
Century City
Leo Robinson
The Flims
Hyll
Mantras

Saturday July 28th / The Pomfret Arms [alldayer]
Michael Kinder
Duncan Bisatt
Kilamojo
Deaf Trap
Deep Sea Mountains
Crybb
Kenneth Nash
The Straw Horses
The Flims
Hyll
Mantras

Sunday July 29th / The Black Prince [alldayer]
Tom Rose And The Heathen Orchestra
Pieces
Yodaclub
The Keepers
Monarchs
King Purple
Skirt
Mio Flux & Patchy, The Rockstar
The Flims
Hyll
Mantras

Wristbands for the weekend cost a paltry £6 and allow admission into all shows. Visit the Facebook page for more info.

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide May 16th – May 22nd 2018

THE STANLEYS + MYSTERY SUPPORT Wednesday May 16th The Lab, Northampton New wave Australian power-pop funsters are on their ‘Everybody Dance Tour’ and return to Northampton. Mystery support who cannot…

THE STANLEYS + MYSTERY SUPPORT
Wednesday May 16th
The Lab, Northampton
New wave Australian power-pop funsters are on their ‘Everybody Dance Tour’ and return to Northampton. Mystery support who cannot be named, apparently. An intriguing and fun night – guaranteed. Doors 6pm, free entry

THE UNDERGROUND YOUTH + THEE TELEPATHS + DEEP SEA MOUNTAINS + BETH MUNROE
Friday May 18th
The Lab, Northampton
Berlin’s The Underground Youth make moody, often raw, ’80s-style post-punk infused with a darkly psychedelic vibe. Since 2009 they have released a handful of well-received independent albums, including 2017’s eighth full-length album, What Kind of Dystopian Hellhole Is This?. An in-demand live act, this might actually take the breath away. Kettering psychonauts are the main support, plus two ShoeTown fiercely distinctive independent acts open. Doors 7.30pm, £7.50 tickets

THE BARRATTS + SKIRT + INLIMBO
Friday May 18th
The Yards, Kettering
Northampton’s popular skinny indie types are back in the foreground in 2018, and play a headline Kettering show to preview upcoming single ‘Satellites’, with Corby’s Skirt in support and new local indie rockers opening proceedings. 9pm start, free entry

BILLY LOCKETT + COUSIN AVI
Saturday May 19th
The Royal, Northampton
Relocated-to-London Northampton singer-songwriter Billy Lockett makes music that is deeply poignant, personal and wise beyond its years. And the public can’t get enough it seems. His homecoming show at the Royal will be a special night indeed, especially with Cousin Avi on first. Doors 7pm, £17 tickets

THE BIG DIRTY + SKYFLOOD + MANAKING
Saturday May 19th
The Red Lion, Raunds
Rock’n’roll gentlemen from Northampton continue the comeback with a trip eastwards in the county, joined by Corby post-rockers Skyflood and performance artist Manaking. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

CONSTRUCT + FROM ONCE WE CAME + SLEEPWALKER + STEREO SKULL
Saturday May 19th
The Lab, Northampton
Metalcore night. Construct are a five-piece bundle of riffs from Stoke, From Once We Came are from London,  Sleepwalker combine speed, groove and ambience, whilst Stereo Skull are simply absolute local legends. Doors 7pm, £5 on entry (£3 members)

PHANTOM + FRASS + FLEISCH + DUCHESS
Saturday May 19th
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Metal 2 The Masses 2018 Heat Three: five-piece metal from Kettering, three-piece rock from the South East, industrial metal from Oxfordshire, and an opening set from rockers from San Diego(!) Doors 7pm, £5 on door

GRACE + THE TOUCH + UNDER THE RADAR + GOGO LOCO + ACOUSTIC ACTS
Saturday May 19th
Hart Family Brewers, Wellingborough
Celebrating the 6th Birthday of Wellingborough’s own brewery. Doors 11am, music finishes around 7pm, free entry

WE ARE GIANTS + ENDERCAST + FALSE IDOL
Saturday May 19th
The Dun Cow, Daventry
It is rare we get to plug an event in Daventry! ShoeTown’s heavy hitting trio headline, with Leamington Spa alt-rock quartet and MK rockers the finely chosen support. Doors 7pm, free entry

REMINISCENCE + CHRIS STANLEY + GEORGE BARNES + EARBONES
Saturday May 19th
Kino Lounge, Kettering
Raising funds in awareness of Johnny’s Happy Place. Doors 6.45pm, bucket donations

YOUNG AFFAIRS + TOM WALLINGTON
Tuesday May 22nd
Kino Lounge, Kettering
Acoustic event, raising money for Leeds College of Music who are partnering with the charity ‘Mind’ to support musical education for mental health recovery. Doors 7pm, cost TBA

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New Music Friday: Phantom Isle

Northants/London psych-rock quartet Phantom Isle have released their third single, ‘Focus’. Scroll down to hear it, but first New Boots speaks to singer-guitarist Peter Marchant about all things Phantom. How…

Northants/London psych-rock quartet Phantom Isle have released their third single, ‘Focus’. Scroll down to hear it, but first New Boots speaks to singer-guitarist Peter Marchant about all things Phantom.

How did Phantom Isle get together?
Myself and my brother Matt got together in 1991 when I was born, and we started playing with Sam back in 2012 when I was writing and performing under my own name, as some in Northampton may remember. We then started writing music together and relaunched ourselves as a band. Last year we got together with our keyboard player Josh who me and Matt knew from primary and secondary school.

How would you describe your sound to the uninitiated?
Psych Pop Disco Inferno™

Who are your main musical influences as a band, do you think?
Queen, Led Zeppelin, Tame Impala and maybe The Smiths

Tell us about new single, ‘Focus’.
The lyrics existed before the music if I remember right. Our drummer Sam had written them about a ‘friends with benefits’ kind of thing he’d had that got a bit full on. We then started jamming around with this chord pattern, and the rest was history! I met John Harbison from RYP Recordings at a Fox Chapel gig in Camden and ended up recording ‘Focus’ at their studio, and releasing it with them. They’ve been ace and have invited us to perform on their stage at The Great Escape.

It’s great that you get to play Brighton’s The Great Escape Festival on May 19th.
We can’t wait; it was one of the things we set out to achieve around this time last year. I went to the festival in 2017 for the first time and was spellbound by such as acts as Flamingods, Husky Loops and Bad Sounds. Seeing our name up on the line up is a massive step for us, we’ve got RYP Recordings to thank for including us on their stage alongside some great artists that they’ve worked with recently.

Bassist Matt recently suffered serious ill-health. How is his recovery going?
My brother’s courage and determination in the face of his brain tumour has been nothing short of heroic. Considering we nearly lost him to a brain haemorrhage in February on the day shot the video for ‘Focus’, the progress he has made since then has been amazing. He’s been really active: going to fitness classes, doing yoga, bowling, walking and eating well. He’s just about to start radiotherapy to try and reduce the tumour, so we’re all praying this will make a difference on top of what he’s already doing. He’s my biggest inspiration – we’re endlessly proud. We have an incredibly talented bassist called Esmeralda Edwards filling in who has been truly amazing in learning our songs at such short notice. She’ll playing with us at some of our biggest shows yet, so no pressure!

Best and worst thing about being in a sibling band situation?
Best thing, we get to be like Oasis. But better. Worst thing, Matt’s heard all the sh*te recordings I was making when I was 10. There’s always a slight risk he make set them loose on the world. Joking aside, I love playing in a band with my brother.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Paul White Rejuvenate. Great producer from South London for those unfamiliar. Heard ‘Spare Gold’ on 6 Music and haven’t stopped listening to him since.

What is your burning desire for the band? 
To keep things progressing and bring out some more psych pop disco classics for humanity to enjoy.

What plans do you have for the rest of 2018?
To welcome Matt back in the band and to enjoy life without cancer getting in the way.

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide May 9th – May 15th 2018

MARMOZETS + BLACK PEAKS Wednesday May 9th The Roadmender, Northampton On tour to promote their sophomore album, the Gil Norton-produced Knowing What You Know Now, this is a great chance…

MARMOZETS + BLACK PEAKS
Wednesday May 9th
The Roadmender, Northampton
On tour to promote their sophomore album, the Gil Norton-produced Knowing What You Know Now, this is a great chance to see the fast-rising alt-rock/post-hardcore quintet up close and personal. Stellar support too. Doors 7pm, £14 tickets

ROCKIN’ DAVE + THE BLUES FOUNDATION
Wednesday May 9th
The King Billy Rock Bar, Northampton
Hard/classic rock original songs courtesy of Dave. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

MARK GEARY + KENNETH J NASH
Thursday May 10th
The Old Forge Tea Room, Cranford [Kettering]
Legendary Irish singer-songwriter Geary returns to Northamptonshire to play an intimate gig, with support from respected Northampton singer-songwriter Nash. Presented by Old Hotel Records. Doors 7.30pm, £10 tickets available from the venue

CITADEL FEAT. JAZZ COLOSSUS
Friday May 11th
The Picturedrome, Northampton
Seven-piece jazz/funk/latin/hip-hop collective celebrate the release of their highly anticipated debut album Last Tango In Paradise. The band will be accompanied by the horn section of Jazz Colossus. Doors 8.30pm, £8 tickets

HAGGARD CAT + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + DRINSIPA
Friday May 11th
The White Hart, Corby
Haggard Cat features Tom Marsh on drums and Matt Reynolds on vocals/guitar; names you may recognise from the infamously destructive hardcore band ‘HECK’. Haggard Cat aim to convey the exact passion they are now known for in an entirely new way. Originally intended as a sideline it has now evolved into its own beast that the pair have decided to finally unleash into the world. Their new album Challenger is available now. Support bands are the best around, so just go and have it large. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets

ACTS OF VENGEANCE
Friday May 11th
The Prince of Wales, Kettering
Four-piece metal band based in London, who play  in the style of Metallica, Alter Bridge, Iced Earth, Pantera and Slayer. The band released their debut album Slaves to Sin in 2016. Doors 8pm, free entry

LUNAXIS + BLOOD MOON
Friday May 11th
The Lab, Northampton
Newish, festival-vibe indie pop with influences from folk and blues, fronted by Carly Loasby. Support from Peter Hudon’s alt-folk persona. Doors 8pm, free entry

TWISTED WHEEL + THE JANGLES + SKIRT
Saturday May 12th
The White Hart, Corby
Jagged Oldham indie rockers and former Columbia records employees Twisted Wheel are on the comeback trail, selling out smallish venues up and down country. A live show to behold beckons. Support from Leicester indie quartet and Corby’s quirky indie-punkers. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

THE LORDS OF THYME, WITH JACK SHARP [WOLF PEOPLE]
Tuesday May 15th
The Lamplighter [upstairs], Northampton
Local psych-folk troupe with the big experience return to the Lamp, and this time invite former Bedfordshire native Jack Sharp of them Wolf People to join in. Musical alchemy a real possibility. Doors 8.30pm, £6 on the door

 

 

 

 

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New Music Friday: Kilamojo

Northampton trio Kilamojo have a new single out, their first official release, entitled ‘Tock Tick’. New Boots spoke to frontman Alex Lillyman about the development to this point. How long…

Northampton trio Kilamojo have a new single out, their first official release, entitled ‘Tock Tick’. New Boots spoke to frontman Alex Lillyman about the development to this point.

How long has Kilamojo been together now? You’re long-term mates, right?
Kilamojo has been going for around 3 to 4 years. We spent a long time just playing together and making music. We didn’t bother with social media or even telling anyone what we were doing for the first couple of years. We were all just buzzing off of the ideas and tunes that, for whatever reason, seemed to be coming together really easily. We’ve all known each other since we were kids. Drummer Phil and I played in our very first band together as teenagers with the exact same lineup! We were 13/14. Funnily enough the main riff in our tune ‘The Reinvention Of The Wolf’ came into existence then and hasn’t changed one bit since. My first meeting with Dio (Dom), our bassist, was when we were probably even younger; 11 or 12 maybe. I used to knock about with his older brother and went round to his house one afternoon and ended up mistakenly shooting Dio in the face with a BB gun!

And what bought you together, musically?
Our shared love of the same bands really; Zeppelin, The Stones, The Police, The Who, James Brown, The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Motorhead, Flying Lotus, The Mars Volta, The Clash & Amanda Houston! The first incarnation of the band died when me and Phil left school and went our separate ways, and we didn’t end up getting back together again until around ten years later. I went off and did god knows how many jobs and got heavily into techno music, and Phil went to uni. About a decade passed since I saw them both again properly. Dio was sat around a mutual friend of ours noodling around playing Black Sabbath riffs on the bass. At that time I’d written some riffs and had a lot of song ideas, however no one to play them with. So I thought I’d ask Dio if he fancied getting together to see if we could make something of them. Shortly after that we needed a drummer and I thought I’d give Phil a buzz. He didn’t even ask for demos to listen to – he was immediately in. The next time I saw Phil was back in the exact same place I’d seen him last when we were 15 or so, in my Mum & Dads loft, where for some reason they allowed us to do our first few rehearsals. From there on in we became Kilamojo.

Tell us about ‘Tock Tick’.
We recorded it all in one day and all live. There are very few overdubs etc in there; in fact from memory I think there are two guitar ones which is laughable when you consider its pushing nine minutes. Its an incredibly simple song at its core: intro, verse, pre-chorus and chorus. We just chose to put a fucking ridiculous psychedelic section in the middle because it feels great and why not. We would describe ‘Tock Tick’ as an eight-minute odyssey that has no real intention, other than to take you somewhere. Think Sly & The Family Stone grooves, Sabbath-esque darkness, Sgt Pepper psychedelia – with a healthy dose of melody thrown in for good measure. The video is basically just us in our favourite place (our rehearsal space) playing the arse off of the thing.

You have quite an elaborate stage set-up, what ‘s the deal with that?
We get this a lot whenever we gig. It always seems to blow peoples minds how much shit we have when we turn up to gigs. We have a stage set-up for four people; however there’s only three of us. I cover the keys as well as guitar and vocals so I essentially cover two peoples worth of kit when we play live. I was lucky enough to get my hands on an old 1968 Vox Jaguar organ a few years back and had it shipped all the way from Detroit. The thing was an absolute wreck when I first received it. So much so that the first time I turned it on it blew the electrics in my house, and I had to get my brother, who luckily is a sparky, round to fix my house. My girlfriend was not pleased. Even though most people would be terrified for it to leave the house I thought it’d be great to write a tune especially for it so I could use it live and incorporate it into the live set up. So I did and creatively called it ‘Organ Song’….I’m sure it’ll have a proper name one day!

We’re very old fashioned in how we approach things. With regards to actual kit all of us use minimal pedals etc. and try to get the most out of our gear for each song. We do this by EQing with amps and tone-switches on guitars. Every song we seem to play is very different to the next, so constant tinkering is required live. Also, for us, the lack of effects forces us to write riffs/songs based on their melody and groove as apposed to the actual tone etc. If a riff sounds shit on an acoustic then chances are its a shit riff, however, if it sounds great on an acoustic then its gonna sound great on any guitar. The same applies to the bass in that sense. Me and Dio try to write counter melodies/riffs to one another as apposed to just bass lines that help push the rhythm. That way because there’s only three of us it adds so much more to the overall sound of Kilamojo.

You played with Band Of Skulls last year, how was that?
That was a pretty amazing experience, purely because of the fact that they personally chose us to play with them based on a self (and shoddily) produced demo EP that they heard. The actual gig itself was amazing and the guys in the band were lovely folks. The drummer they had with them at the time (Julian Dorio) has played with Josh Homme, The Whigs and Eagles Of Death Metal so that was an extra cherry on the cake. He was coincidentally the drummer with The Eagles Of Death Metal at The Bataclan when the terrorist attacks occurred. The gig overall was an amazing experience.

Last album you bought/streamed?
Alex: Hiatus Kaiyote Choose Your Weapon. Its got a song called ‘Shaolin Monk Mother Funk’ on it: whats not to like.
Dio: Beck, Bogert and Appice Beck, Bogert and Appice
Phil: Vulfpeck Mr Finish Line

What’s next for the band?
Hopefully more gigs, we just want to play live. Once ‘Tock Tick’ is out there we want to get back in the studio asap to record a follow-up, and just keep making the music we love. Our next hometown show is supporting Mellor at The Black Prince on Saturday June 16th.

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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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