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Video premiere: Sarpa Salpa ‘Smith’

Northampton quartet Sarpa Salpa release their new single ‘Smith’ tomorrow, and we can exclusively reveal the video today. The band have also chosen to make this a vinyl release, on…

Northampton quartet Sarpa Salpa release their new single ‘Smith’ tomorrow, and we can exclusively reveal the video today.

The band have also chosen to make this a vinyl release, on a limited red 7″. The video was shot by director Bella Evans.

Bassist Ethan Whitby on ‘Smith’: “The song is about a relationship that was just starting before being split suddenly by one person leaving the other confused, upset and angry! So a really feel good track as you can imagine… We recorded this with Ben ‘Faz’ Farestvedt over at Damage Audio in Bedford back in early spring time.We’ve worked with him on all records since ‘She Never Lies’ way back last in August last year, and we are back in the studio with him over the next few weeks. We are very lucky to work with someone not only very talented and who gets our sound, but generally just a really nice guy as well!

Guitarist George Neath on the video: “‘Smith’ is a fairly angry track and we wanted the video to reflect that! The red and white imagery was intended to represent love / anger simultaneously! We shot the video with Bella Evans, she does a lot of art/design for the band so was fun working with her! We wanted to stick to the DIY approach lot of the props for the video we created / painted ourselves!”

And Whitby again, on the appeal of vinyl: “It’s hard to deny that in the last few years vinyl has had a pleasant comeback, so instead of printing CDs, like we’ve done for the last singles, we decided to try something new! As well with a vinyl you get a lot more options for design; not only do you have more area to work with but things like coloured vinyl and all that kind of jazz”.

‘Smith’ is available digitally from Friday September 14th. Sarpa Salpa Facebook

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide, Sep 12th – Sept 18th

KILL THE IDEAL + FAMILY OF NOISE Thursday September 13th The King Billy, Northampton Three-piece alternative rock from Boston [Lincolnshire], with support from Corby’s purveyors of post punk / alternative…

KILL THE IDEAL + FAMILY OF NOISE
Thursday September 13th
The King Billy, Northampton
Three-piece alternative rock from Boston [Lincolnshire], with support from Corby’s purveyors of post punk / alternative rock instrumental noise. Doors 8pm, free entry

BEDLAM PSYCHO ROCKIN FESTIVAL
Friday September 14th – Saturday September 15th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Psychobilly/rockabilly/garage trash festival, featuring some of the best bands on the scene from around the globe. Friday is Long Tall Texans, The Caravans, Epileptic Hillbillys, The Test Pilots, and The Gruffs. Saturday is Demented Are Go, The Polecats, The Pharaohs, Thee Scarecrows AKA, Midniters, Screaming Rebel Angels, Blue Rockin’, El Camino, The Hillmans, Sin Kings, Knocksville, and Deadbeat Deluxe. Friday doors 7pm, and £15 entry; Saturday is doors 12.30pm, and £30 tickets [£35 door]

THE VELVELETTES
Friday September 14th
The Park Inn, Northampton
Motown legends and hitmakers play just two shows in the UK this year. The Velvelettes are the only ’60s group that still has all four original members in the line up! Expect ‘Needle In a Haystack’, ‘He Was Really Saying Something’ and many more hits. Doors 8pm, £17.50 tickets, or phone 07599 227569

HUBCAP
Friday September 14th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
The blues-rocking duo perform a full set down in Cotton End. Show from 9pm, free entry

THE MOONSHINE STALKERS + THE ORBITONES
Friday September 14th
The Bear, Northampton
The first of the Bedlam festival after-parties. Rockabilly/punk trio from London headline, with similar support. Show from midnight, free entry

MIDNIGHT HONEY CLUB
Friday September 14th
The Lab, Northampton
“Blue wave R&B” from Northamptonshire, this is a dirty, Tom Waits-style voice of predominantly originals. Doors 7pm, free entry [donations welcomed]

CENTURY CITY
Saturday September 15th
Club 43, Northampton
The opening night of the ‘Rebel Waltz‘ clubnight, a new alternative rock’n’roll soiree that, unusually for Northampton, is on beyond 1am. Each night has one or two bands on, this one has everyone’s favourite party starters Century City playing. Pop hooks and overdriven guitars are the order of the day; Century City features members of Loose Tooth, Future Love, and Ginger Snaps. Doors 8pm, band at 10.30pm, open til 4am. Free before 10pm, £4 before 11pm, £5 after 11pm. Facebook event

VENUS FLY TRAP
Saturday September 15th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Venus Fly Trap are a hard band to pigeonhole, taking their influences from many sources and amalgamating them into a congealed whole. But try “Bladerunner post-punk meets dark electronica uptown, wearing rose-tinted shades”. The new album Icon was released in June 2018. Doors 8pm, free entry

GREGG CAVE
Saturday September 15th
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Cave has made a name for himself on the British folk circuit fronting the band TRADarrr and one half of acclaimed duo Fleetwood Cave. His songs have been played on BBC Radio 2 and HAS 15 years of live gigging behind him. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

SCREAMIN’ REBEL ANGELS
Saturday September 15th
The Bear, Northampton
The second of the Bedlam after shows, this time with a female-fronted New York rockin’ trio. Show from midnight, free entry

KING’S GAMBIT
Saturday September 15th
The Walnut Tree Inn, Blisworth
A party-loving contemporary folk band, writing and performing their own original material. The Northampton-based 4-piece feature Chris on Guitar/Vocals accompanied by mandola, bass guitar and cello providing a unique musical offering with a strong beat. Music 9pm, free entry

ASHBORN + HELGRIND + ENCODED + SEVEN HELLS
Saturday September 15th
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
Northampton metal quartet headline, plus London thrash metal band, Londoners who channel RATM/Muse, and Leicester groove metallers promoting their debut EP ‘Prologue’. Doors 7pm, £4 tickets [MOTD]

THEE CREEPFREAKS + THE MIGHTY INTERCEPTORS + KINGS OF HONG KONG + HENRY & THE BLEEDERS + KNOCKSVILLE
Sunday September 16th
The Bear, Northampton
The Bedlam weekend finishes with five bands during the day. 3pm-1pm, free entry

KELLY JANE
Sunday September 16th
The Water Mill Tearooms, Raunds
Venue is raising funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, and the recent Audiostage star plays two acoustic sets in the early afternoon. Doors midday, free entry

DANSMALL
Tuesday September 18th
Old White Hart, Northampton
Dan Plews plays an hour set down the other Cotton End venue. Doors 8pm, free entry

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New Music Friday: Grace

Kettering quartet Grace have been making a name for themselves away from the spotlight these past two years, and now with the latest single ‘Lately’ it is time for New…

Kettering quartet Grace have been making a name for themselves away from the spotlight these past two years, and now with the latest single ‘Lately’ it is time for New Boots to have a word in their ear and discover what they’re all about.

How did you get together?
Back in 2014 our singer Jamie got tired of playing guitar in the mirror and decided to recruit three other guys to form a band. This new band consisted of James Virtue on bass, Nathan Robinson on drums and Josh Menon on second guitar (along with Jamie on vocals and lead guitar). Although we had aspirations to do bigger things we basically just got together every week on a Tuesday lunch in school and played ‘Voodoo Child’ until we’d pissed off enough people within 100 yards! From then on things pretty much stayed the same until we realised we couldn’t move forwards playing stale Presley songs and half assing a few Chilli numbers, so Jamie wrote a few songs and we put our heads to something new. Ever since 2016 we’ve been writing, playing and, when we have the funds, recording our own material. In short, we got together because we all thought, and still think, that we have something to offer musically that is worth listening to. We wanted to recreate that feeling you get when you first hear a new band that sparks something you forgot you could feel.

How would you describe your sound?
Our sound largely derives from a combination of minimalism, typically in the verses, and then more complex, powerful passages. Sort of like if you took Kurt Cobain’s approach to writing a pop song, then added the rhythm of the Chilli Peppers! Often we’ll write our songs with sections to highlight the drums, paired nicely with a bass line that complements them, giving the music a driving energy. This energy is something we’ve really worked at these last few months in our live performances, as this was the best thing about the gigs we went to – and separated the memorable bands from the alright ones. We found that the best way to tap into this energy was a blend of tight playing and wild moments that were unique to each performance.

We think a lot about texture when it comes to our sound, making sure that a song has the right mixture of loud and soft, full and empty passages. It was through this that we started to include drastic changes in texture to encourage a reaction from the listener/crowd, for example including sudden stops and switches from everybody in to just the vocals or even the drums. We’re expecting our sound to change and develop in the coming months, as our guitarist Josh has decided to leave and do his own thing in London, which will mean a different approach to our songs and maybe more stripped-back arrangements.

What are your main influences?
In terms of our sound we take a lot of inspiration from ’90s bands like Nirvana and Radiohead, and Britpop, along with the noughties indie bands we grew up on, like the Arctics, Kooks and Strokes. We reckon if you were to take Nirvana’s erratic sound and apply it to carefully written songs and a more Radiohead-like focus on guitar effects, then you’d be pretty spot on with the sort of songs we’re producing at the moment. In the grander scheme of things, we listen to A LOT of music. Other big influences are artists like The Beatles, The Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan (1964-66), Jeff Buckley, The Smiths and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Tell us about the single, ‘Lately’ b/w ‘I’ve Been Thinking’
These two songs came about last autumn, soon after our second EP, Make Your Assumptions (‘Lately’ was actually written by Jamie on the evening of recording sessions). The two songs both show a progression from our older songs and, at least to our ears, show us finding more of our sound. Both songs came from a simple acoustic version, written by Jamie, and were developed by the band in rehearsals (‘I’ve Been Thinking’ sped up considerably and made the transition from a lonely ballad into a tortured rock song). The two songs both deal with the subject of a girl, although neither is about a relationship. ‘Lately’ is set post-breakup and describes the guilt in not giving a person enough attention, and instead “[lying there] alone and think[ing] about all the times [he] should have called [her]”. ‘I’ve Been Thinking’, on the other hand, paints a picture of obsession and directly addresses the subject of this obsession. It is a song that is meant to capture the experience of trying to get someone out your head, but all that happens is you remember snatches of things they’ve said or images of “lifts in [her] car”.

Both songs were chiselled away at in gigs from winter to summer and recorded and mixed in two days, at Parlour Studios on the outskirts of Kettering, with help from our great producer and engineer Neil. The songs were our last project with our guitarist Josh, and we couldn’t have asked for a better way to part ways! We hope you enjoy the tracks as much as we do.

What are your live shows like?
For the past year we have been gigging more and more, making the transition from playing rarely at home functions, to now playing at least two gigs a month. Taking inspiration from other bands we have seen on YouTube and live in person (e.g. the Chillis, Nirvana, Father John Misty, Catfish And The Bottlemen, and Dead Pretties), we have worked at our live performance, focusing on connection to the crowd and the energy generated from this. In the past year our favourite gig, and one that would be an example of us live, was one that we set up ourselves with two local bands (Street Asylum – Uppingham band and Naked Molerats – Kettering band). We invited 200 or so friends and in the end over 270 showed up, bought a ticket, and danced themselves crazy. We never drink before playing as we think it slows us down and stops us from accessing the moment, and we’ve found we don’t need to as, when a gig is going well, the adrenaline and electricity in the air pushes you to do and try things that you can’t conceive in a rehearsal, and it’s this spontaneity that drives our performance.

Are you part of a wider scene in Northamptonshire, playing with like-minded bands? Any favourite bands/venues to play with?
Recently we’ve really enjoyed playing with local bands from all over the county, in Kettering, Corby, Rushden, Northampton and the surrounding villages, with bands like The Scruff, Citrus, Oddity Island, Street Asylum and Sarpa Salpa. These bands have helped us get a feel for the local scene and we have really appreciated the leg up and advice they’ve given us. We’ve played in some cracking venues, our favourites being Kino Lounge [Kettering] and The Charles Bradlaugh [Northampton].

What has been your favourite band moment of the past year?
It has to be from the gig we organised ourselves at the Barton Seagrave Village Hall, with Street Asylum and Naked Molerats. The week leading up to the event, our drummer broke his thumb playing football and, after being casted up, realised that he couldn’t even hold a drum stick in his right hand, let alone play the kit. After considering all our options and mentally preparing ourselves for a last-minute cancellation, Nathan decided to play one handed. We were pretty shocked, and our first reaction was to laugh, but, on hearing his playing at the rehearsal the day before the gig, we realised he was still capable of carrying the set and, more to the point, still playing incredibly. So, although he was shattered by the end, and needed a hand setting up, Nathan played the 80 minute set with complete confidence and maintained the power needed to drive our sound.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
An album we’ve all recently been listening to is Silver Revolver, by [Australian folkie] Angus Stone, under his alias Lady Of The Sunshine. It’s a great mixture of well-crafted ballads and raw ’70s-inspired blues rock.

You’re all relocating to Brighton, is that correct?
Basically Jamie, James and Nathan are moving to Brighton as of this week, and all studying different courses at the British and Irish Institute of Modern Music. Josh has decided to relocate to London instead and focus on his solo career, which we’re really hoping goes well. We’ll miss him a lot! The plan in Brighton is exactly what you’d think: play as often as possible, keep writing and recording new music, and hopefully build a fanbase and see where it goes.

What is your burning desire for the band to do in the future?
As a group we’re very ambitious. We will continue to set challenges for us to meet until we’re selling out gigs not only across the UK but hopefully the US. Bear with us on that one! If we had to pick one thing that as our ‘burning desire’, it would be to write and record a debut album that turns heads and joins the ranks of such great first albums as Oasis ‘Definitely Maybe’, the Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say About I Am… and Jeff Buckley Grace (yes the name was definitely partially inspired by this!). If it means waiting a couple of years until we’re ready to drop it, the ‘perfect debut album’ is something that is definitely on our minds.

‘Lately’/’I’ve Been Thinking’ is available now via the usual steaming/download platforms

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The AudioStage live production project begins in Northampton

Today sees the launch of AudioStage. A music production and promotion company, their goal is simple: push great music from all genres to masses while making sure musicians are rewarded…

Today sees the launch of AudioStage. A music production and promotion company, their goal is simple: push great music from all genres to masses while making sure musicians are rewarded for their work. AudioStage was founded last year by musicians Dan Grannum and Marcus Still. New Boots spoke to them about the project, and you can watch the first episode below.

What is AudioStage?
We record live sets of talented, mainly unheard of artists and share it on our website, YouTube and social media at no cost to the musician. We are not in this for the money, but the love of music, talented people and a passion for creativity.

What was the inspiration/motivation for setting up AudioStage?
As musicians ourselves having played in bands for years it came from the observation that bands/musicians/artists can only get somewhere nowadays by having a wealth of content and a following, and that doesn’t come cheap when you start paying out of your own pocket to do it. We decided that no struggling musician should have to work a full time job to afford a roof over their head and on top of that put every spare bit of cash into their passion, especially when the cost of living is getting tighter and tighter. So we started AudioStage, we are removing the cost for content creation from the artist and recording three tracks in live studio quality with multiple high definition camera angles. Alongside that we do interviews, create teaser content and publicise the artists for two weeks on our platform.

Where do you film?
We actually film in The Pomfret Arms [Northampton pub/venue]. Their barn has this incredible sound so we literally walk in and set up with very little effort, it’s the perfect room for us.

It take the form of episodes, right?
So each artist is considered an ‘episode’ which runs over two weeks. First with a ‘coming up’ teaser, then a single track from their performance, the interview and their full performance. This essentially means we can spread their content across two weeks to give them greater exposure. We have eight episodes per series. In fact right now we are already starting to record the second series. Each series will be 16 weeks of content; there will also be a podcast to run alongside so you can understand the journey we as creators have taken to get to this point, and discuss issues/opinions we have of the work we are doing and the industry.

How do you see things progressing in the future?
Really for us the dream would be to be permanently set up and make this a full time job. In future for the artists we hope our channel grows and we can create content that people come from far and wide to be a part of. We are also already working on some subsidiary projects to compliment AudioStage, so keep your eyes peeled!

The first episode, with Rushden/London singer-songwriter Kelly Jane, begins this Monday September 10th. Jane said: “It’s so good to work with people who are genuinely so passionate and into the music. It’s refreshing to be in an environment where everyone is working together to create something amazing. It’s about having a good time and just enjoying the music”.

Watch the introductory podcast from Grannum and Still below, which further explains the ideas behind the project.

AUDIOSTAGE WEBSITE

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Sep 5th – Sept 11th

LEON GORMLEY + BERNARD HOSKIN + OAKLEAS RISE Wednesday September 5th Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby Virtuoso finger-style folk guitarist and cittern player, singer-songwriter from Cambridge with distinctively English songs, and…

LEON GORMLEY + BERNARD HOSKIN + OAKLEAS RISE
Wednesday September 5th
Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
Virtuoso finger-style folk guitarist and cittern player, singer-songwriter from Cambridge with distinctively English songs, and indie country-folk duo from Thrapston. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

FRESH + ME REX + ASH ELLIS + DANIEL CHURCH
Friday September 7th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Singalong punk [playing acoustic versions of their album from last year], acoustic-pop/synth-punk, folk punk with speaking bits, and finally a singer known from La Folivora/Knees/Thems The Brakes/The Massive Let-Downs. Doors 7pm, free entry

CIARAN REDMOND
Friday September 7th
The Lab, Northampton
The singer-songwriter hosts an EP launch event [available on CD on the night], with friends in support. Doors 7pm, £3 entry

LUNA ROSA + THE KEEPERS + SKIRT
Friday September 7th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
The ‘Fear, Filth, Dirt & Death’ Tour continues, dropping into The Garibaldi in Northampton with modpunk and indiepunk friends. A night of dirty guitars awaits you. Doors 8pm, free entry

GERALD CLARIDGE
Friday September 7th
UFO Pavilion, Northampton
Frisson is the folk-pop debut album from one third of Gentlemen’s Relish, and out on this day. A full ensemble performance is promised. Doors 7.30pm, £5 on the door.

ILLUSIVE FESTIVAL
Friday September 7th – Sunday September 9th
Deene Park, nr. Corby
The across-the-board dance music festival is in it’s fifth year now. It’s mostly DJs and MCs, though there is some live performances too, many of them on The Clock Tower stage. Looks out for The Skints, The Four Owls, Natty, Artful Dodger, Mungo’s Hi Fi, The Freestylers, and GypsyUnit, amongst others. Doors 10am each day , £115 weekend tickets

ROCKED UP HOOTENANNY
Saturday September 8th
Rockingham Motor Speedway, nr. Corby
The Hootenanny is back for it’s third instalment. One full day filled with live original music, entertainment and good vibes throughout. The Rocked Up Main Stage has Arcane Roots, InMe, Press to MECO, ACODA, Palm Reader, KOYO, Veins, Wars, Fights & Fires, Sharkteeth Grinder, Haema, and The Touch. The YUK Tent has Jamie Lenman, Bloody Knees, The Scruff, King Purple, Sarpa Salpa, Luna Rosa, Monarchs, Century City, Skirt, The Modern Age, and Penelope Tree. The Hip-Hop Stage has Flame Griller, CompreHend, an Untouchables Records special, and much more. Doors from midday, £25 tickets

VINCENT VEGA BAND + JONO & THE UKE DEALERS
Saturday September 8th
The Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Raising money to support to victims of discrimination and hate crime. Alternative/indie vibes from two sets of NN musical stalwarts. Doors 7.30pm, pay as you feel

REAPER X + FUELED HATE + UNITRA
Saturday September 8th
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Corby metallers with the slightly-new name headline, with fellow Corby – and Kettering – metal supports. Doors 7pm, £4 on the door

 

 

 

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Rocked Up Hootenanny 2018: your guide

The third Rocked Up Hootenanny festival takes place this Saturday September 8th at Rockingham Motor Speedway, near Corby. Tickets are available for £25 by clicking here. What follows is the stagetimes…

The third Rocked Up Hootenanny festival takes place this Saturday September 8th at Rockingham Motor Speedway, near Corby.

Tickets are available for £25 by clicking here.

What follows is the stagetimes across the three stage areas.

MAIN STAGE
12.15 The Touch
1.05 Haema
1.55 KOYO
2.45 Sharkteeth Grinder
3.30 Fights & Fires
4.25 Wars
5.20 Veins
6.15 Palm Reader
7.10 Acoda
8.05 Press To Meco
9.00 INME
10.15 Arcane Roots

YUK TENT
12.30 Penelope Tree
1.20 The Modern Age
2.10 Luna Rosa
3.00 Skirt
3.55 Century City
4.50 Monarchs
5.45 Sarpa Salpa
6.40 King Purple
7.35 The Scruff
8.30 Bloody Knees
9.25 Jamie Lenman

HIP HOP TENT
12.20 Detrimental
12.40 Jamzy Bandicoot
1.00 Real Junior
1.20 Normzilla
1.40 Cwidzy
2.00 MWM
2.25 Just Sean
2.50 Flash Peasants
3.15 EXP
4.00 The Untouchables
5.15 The Enablers
6.00 Comprehend
6.45 Stayboy Sun Sun
7.00 Strizzy Strauss
7.15 Stanza Divan
7.30 Lloyd Luther
8.00 Flame Griller
9.00 People’s Army

For more info on the festival visit the website and Facebook page.

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New Music Friday: Mundays

Mundays are a new Corby-based three-piece, playing lo-fi psychedelic garage rock. Their debut EP The Best Day Of The Week, Friday has just been released. Hear it below, after reading this…

Mundays are a new Corby-based three-piece, playing lo-fi psychedelic garage rock. Their debut EP The Best Day Of The Week, Friday has just been released. Hear it below, after reading this engaging interview with singer/guitarist Beb Reed.

How did you guys get together?
Jack and I are brothers, Josh is our cousin! Me and Josh are in Drinsipa, and we were really interested in the idea of playing some softer, more “songy” songs. In late 2017 we started writing some stuff and it sounded cool so we decided to book some gigs as a two-piece. It worked, but it didn’t sound as full as we would have liked it to, especially with the happy chords and such, so we decided to look for a bass player! We like the idea of being in a band with our mates so although my little brother didn’t play bass we decided we’d try teach him, and it’s been going great so far! Jack doesn’t play a lot of music, but like us is a huge fan of listening to music, and I think being able to work with someone who has no previous experience is quite interesting as you get a fresh set of ears when you’re writing songs, especially when you’re writing songs for the sake of writing songs, and that being the main focus of the band. He listens to a song and says whether it’s good or not, as apposed to picking it apart and trying to make something “original” or “clever”.

How would you describe your sound?
We go for quite a lo-fi, fuzzy and simplistic sound, having only bass, guitar and drums. We use a lot of guitar sounds to make the songs sound more characteristic than they may sound on their own. If the songs were played on acoustic guitar, they may sound quite basic and what a lot of people might describe as “poppy”. Drench it in phasers, attack it with fuzz and throw a couple of happy sounding harmonies in there, and you get something close to Munday’s sound.

Who are your main influences?
For our actual sound we take a lot of influence from the bands in the California psych circle. Anything Ty Segal has graced with his musical genius. Wand. Meatbodies. As far as songwriting goes we take influence from whatever pops out at the time, or whatever subject we think would suit the instruments. Me and Josh are big fans of MGMT too because the lyrics are brill, so I take a lot of inspiration from them. Our first single ‘Phoan’ has been compared to Oasis which is a weird one because we had no intention of that; nonetheless, cool.

Tell us everything about the EP.
Single ‘Phoan’ is the first track we’ve released from our debut EP. We recorded the song with a couple of microphones in my dads house, and it turned out well! We’ve had a really good response so far, and were even more buzzing that Jay Russell has mixed and mastered the EP for us. The title and lyrics are quite self explanatory. It’s about waiting around by your phone for a call or text from a special someone, and no I don’t mean a girlfriend or boyfriend or anything…some people may understand what we are talking about…

What are your live shows like?
We play a lot with storytelling in our live shows, often having some weird robot voice going through the front of house, and some ambient or sometimes nightmarish pedals being played around with. We like to think of each song as a chapter or section in the set, and the voices roughly tell a story, or at least provide a basic theme for the performance. We like to improvise a lot too! We dedicate sections of songs to playing about on pedals, interacting with the audience, or more story telling! We like to try have fun with it!

Are you part of a wider scene in Northamptonshire, playing with like-minded bands? Any favourite bands/venues to play with?
As of yet we’ve only played a few local shows, but I can definitely see us being tied in with certain bands. Skirt, King Purple, Deaf Trap, Toucan are just a few names off the top of my head that we have/love playing shows with. We played The Hut recently after it being desolate for a while, that was cool.

What has been your favourite band moment of the past year?
I think we all love playing shows and putting on a performance. For me, the best part of being in the band is the planning, rehearsal and finally playing the gigs. There’s something very rewarding about preparing an actual performance instead of just playing songs in an order. When you finish playing and you’ve done a good job, it feels like you’ve put the best version of your band and yourself out there, and it’s really exciting to hear feedback and to plan the next.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
The last album I listened to was This Town Needs Guns – 13.0.0.0
Josh: The Fall Of Troy – Manipulator
Jack: Burbank – Rose Water

What is your burning desire for the band to do in the future? What plans do you have?
Obviously the burning desire for the band would be to be in a position where this is how we could make a living or at least be able to do this the majority of the time. A particular dream for mine is to be able to tour somewhere really hot and sunny with some cool like-minded bands, somewhere like California, or Spain. Lovely weather over there… We just enjoy playing music together and hopefully one day something will come of it, but if not, this is just as rewarding.

The Best Day Of The Week, Friday is out now on Bandcamp [see below]

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Book review: Have Guitars…Will Travel Vol 4.

HAVE GUITARS…WILL TRAVEL VOL. 4 [A journey through the music scene in Northampton 1988-96] Derrick A. Thompson [Whyte Tiger Publications] First of all it’s worth crediting author/editor Derrick Thompson for…

HAVE GUITARS…WILL TRAVEL VOL. 4 [A journey through the music scene in Northampton 1988-96]
Derrick A. Thompson [Whyte Tiger Publications]

First of all it’s worth crediting author/editor Derrick Thompson for not only writing and publishing a ShoeTown musical history just once, but actually doing it FOUR times over a ten year period, covering 40 years of provincial heritage. That’s precisely the sort of dedication that makes Northampton and it’s music scene such a special place.

This fourth edition in the well-received series takes the reader chronologically through the activities of many of the local acts plying their trade during the late ’80s and first half of the ’90s. You get the easily recognisable names [The Jazz Butcher, Venus Fly Trap, Peter Murphy/David J/Love & Rockets, Mystic Crew, The Enid] alongside the totally obscure [how many knew Alan Moore had two musical projects in this timeframe, for example]. They all have a story to recall, which they have done with Thompson, who has been sage enough to leave their stories pretty much untouched.

Not only is this book about the comings and goings of local bands, but also of the extended universe of promoters and venues [The Roadmender and Racehorse feature prominently], fanzines [Splinter, Bizarre], and touring acts [Pulp, The Fall, The Stone Roses, Paul Weller, Kirsty McCall, the mythical Spacemen 3].

This edition, New Boots must admit, does begin a little slowly recounting 1988 and ’89, but fully kicks into gear around 1990. From then through to the last page [252, numerology fans]  it becomes very hard to put down, such is the regularly great yarns told of those halcyon days. The book is fairly simply laid out [black and white photos, minimal editing], but the content keeps you wanting to know more about how the scene was then. For those of us who weren’t active in the music scene then it’s an education on top of entertainment. Also it’s pretty amazing to think how many of these musicians are still conjuring up new original music in one form or another in 2018.

Thompson states in the preface that this volume concludes the series, and if so then it’s a fine way to finish. New Boots would argue that he could, nay should, squeeze one more book out, covering 1997-2004. People are nostalgic for things 20 years ago, so why not. Plus it was not until 2004 that social media took off for bands (hello MySpace), and before that the internet was in its infancy and most bands did not have websites. If you mention any band from the late ’90s [e.g. Circa, The Pedestrians, The Fade, etc] the internet simply does not provide you with any info on them. An oral history book would still be very informative for that period.

But in the meantime hunt down this great volume!

Phil Istine

Have Guitars…is available now, via the Spiral Archive [St. Michael’s Rd] and Waterstones [Abington St] shops in Northampton, plus Amazon

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Aug 29th – Sep 4th

MARTYR DEFILED + BORDERS + FROM EDEN TO EXILE + CASKET FEEDER + URSUS Friday August 31st The Roadmender, Northampton Lincoln death metallers begin their final tour in ShoeTown, bringing…

MARTYR DEFILED + BORDERS + FROM EDEN TO EXILE + CASKET FEEDER + URSUS
Friday August 31st
The Roadmender, Northampton
Lincoln death metallers begin their final tour in ShoeTown, bringing fellow Lincoln metallers Borders along for the ride. Northampton/MK/Swindon supports. Doors 6.45pm, £9 tickets

POPES OF CHILLITOWN + EASYDREAD + DOOZER McDOOZE 
Friday August 31st
The Lab, Northampton
A night of skanking from some of the best party bands from around the country: ska-punk from London, reggae from Bedfordshire, and Southend folkpunk. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

LAST CHANCE + WISHING WOLF + THE 182s
Friday August 31st
The White Hart, Corby
Pop-punk/emo shenanigans, three ways. Doors 8pm, free entry

DON LETTS DJ SET
Saturday September 1st
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
The former Big Audio Dynamite member and DJ extraordinaire plays upstairs at the Brad. In the late ’70s he was the DJ that singlehandedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae. Doors 9pm, £10 tickets

THE KEEPERS + SKIRT + GOGO LOCO + CANDIDATES + CHRIS WATSON (THE MOONS) + DUNCAN CRAVEN + MAD MODS AND ENGLISHMEN
Saturday September 1st
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Charity all-dayer raising money for The Harry Matthew’s Small Bowel Transplant Trust. A day of live bands and DJ’s and hoping to raise as much money as possible. Doors 1pm, free entry [donations requested]

P-HEX + LITTLE BITBOY
Saturday September 1st
The Lab, Northampton
Baggy-funksters P-Hex have “reluctantly” decided to allow the release of their debut album Quantum Funkanics [insert review quote]. To celebrate this “brave but ultimately foolhardy act” they play live at The Lab, with the fearless chiptune-tastic Little Bitboy in support. The album will be on sale this evening “for anybody brave enough to purchase”. Doors 8pm, £3 entry

CRAIG DAVID + RITA ORA
Saturday September 1st
The County Ground, Northampton
Pop-tastic fun with the original bo selecta, with the R&B princess in support. Doors 4pm, tickets from £20

JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND + THE DUKES OF BORDELLO + GESTALT
Saturday September 1st
The White Hart, Corby
“Seductive, slow burn narco rock…” or “channelling the moody atmospherics of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds”. Singer and guitarist Jim Jones’ distinctive musical history has spanned several incarnations including The Jim Jones Revue, Black Moses and Thee Hypnotics. Support from trashcan rock’n’roll troubadours from the wrong side of town, and electro art punk from Leicester. Doors 7.30pm, £12 tickets

LUNA ROSA + MUNDAYS + ODDITY ISLAND
Saturday September 1st
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Brash guitars and a touch of nihilism from Corby’s Luna Rosa, who continue their ‘Fear, Filth, Dirt & Death’ tour, bringing it to Kettering with some friends on board. D.I.Y lo-fi psych sounds for the soul from Mundays, whilst Oddity Island bear the gift of oft-kilter folk rock. 8pm doors, free entry

THE ALMIGHTY UPRISERS + SPIRIT BOMB + CRASH INDUCTION
Saturday September 1st
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
This will be No Rest Promotions penultimate gig at the Horseshoe. Headliners come from the north-east, a five-piece Anti-Fascist edgy ska/punk/reggae band. Support from Brum’s energetic punks and MK party punkers. Doors 8pm, free entry

MATT HOLLYWOOD & THE BAD FEELINGS + KING PURPLE
Sunday September 2nd
The Lab, Northampton
Beginning in 1991 with infamous psych-rock provocateurs The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Matt Hollywood has trodden many musical paths over the last two and a half decades. From deceptively accessible BJM standouts like ‘Not If You Were The Last Dandy On Earth’ and ‘Maybe Tomorrow’, to the tripped-out folk pop of The Out Crowd, and the hazy elegance of Rebel Drones, Hollywood’s songwriting has wandered through multiple genres, the playful experimentation always grounded in a core of earnest emotion. Support from Corby grungedelica trio who are making waves. Doors 7.30pm, £11 tickets

ROSS ALEXANDER II + VELVET ENGINE + THE STRAW HORSES
Sunday September 2nd
The Drunken Duck, Kislingbury
A new venue for The Songwriter Sessions, but still three feature-length sets by some of Northamptonshire’s most talented songwriters in a quiet place where music takes centre stage. This time its the singer and songwriter of The Abrahams, San-D Godoy’s yearning alt-folk, and darkly delicious expertly crafted folk from Rob Bray and Corinne Lucy. Doors 7.30pm, £3 entry

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Aug 22nd – Aug 28th

JENNY JOY Wednesday August 22nd The King Billy, Northampton Joyrides singer flying solo for one night only. Doors 9pm, free entry SHAMBALA FESTIVAL Thursday August 23rd – Sunday August 26th Secret…

JENNY JOY
Wednesday August 22nd
The King Billy, Northampton
Joyrides singer flying solo for one night only. Doors 9pm, free entry

SHAMBALA FESTIVAL
Thursday August 23rd – Sunday August 26th
Secret country estate, somewhere in Northamptonshire
“Adventures in utopia” only if you were early/clever enough to book tickets to this sold out festival, now in it’s 19th year.

THE PIG AND APPLESTOCK FESTIVAL
Friday August 24th – Sunday August 26th
Naseby Reservoir, Naseby
Seventh edition of the festival, with proceeds going to MS therapy centre. Friday brings The Anteloids, The Yes Mess, Ichi Creator, Rt. Reverend Swifty Lezarre, and The Hatstand Band, Saturday brings Paddy Steer, Yama Warashi, La Sonora Boreal, The Unseen, Stupid Boots, Laine Hines, Augenwasser, and Delightful Young Mothers, whilst Sunday sees Will French, C. Joynes, A Noble Ghost, The Shady, Behind The Settee, and Nash Meghgi perform. Doors 2pm each day; £15 day tickets on Friday and Sunday, £20 on Saturday. £30 weekend camping tickets, £35 weekend campervan. Tickets from https://applestock.co.uk

DEVIANT AMPS + FAERIES UNDERSTAND COSMIC KNOWLEDGE + SPIRAL NAVIGATORS + THE CHAOS SURFERS
Friday August 24th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Space rock special night, featuring bands from London and Sheffield. Doors 8pm, free entry

GREENBELT FESTIVAL
Friday August 24th – Monday August 27th
Boughton House, nr. Kettering
Four days of artistry, activism, and belief. Resident artist this time is Pussy Riot. Too many acts to list, but the headliners each day are Carol Ann Duffy, We Are Scientists, Ozomatli, and CC Smugglers. Day tickets £22-£59, weekend tickets £50-£190 – from http://www.greenbelt.org.uk/buy-tickets

WISHING WOLF + LOOSE TOOTH + PENELOPE TREE
Friday August 24th
The Prince of Wales, Kettering
A night of pop-punk and grungecore from Kettering, Northampton and High Wycombe. Doors 7pm, free entry

STEVIE JONES & THE WILDFIRES + POWDERHEAD + THE MODERN AGE
Friday August 24th
The White Hart, Corby
A night of acoustic rock, metal, and indie rock to help kick off the bank holiday. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

MYSTIC CREW + DON CAMPBELL
Saturday August 25th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Celebrating their 30th anniversary with a massive party at The Roadmender.  On the night they will be playing their original reggae songs from back in the day to the present. Special guests include Hussla D (Jah Troopers, Inspiration FM), Set It Off Sound, and ex-member of the Crew Zebby Melody. Plus special guest support from Londoner Don Campbell, the lovers rock singer. All hosted by Mark Dean from Inspiration FM. Doors 7.30pm, £12 tickets

B-MOVIE BRITZ + EASTFIELD + JONNY AND THE MENTAL BREAKDOWNS + HEADSTONE HORRORS + OVERLOAD + SPRAINER + WRECK-AGE
Saturday August 25th
The Bear, Northampton
Punk alldayer at The Bear, raising money for Brook Farm Animal Sanctuary. Bands are from Corby, Birmingham, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Cambridge, and Peterborough. All animals are welcome with the pub providing a hydration station. Doors 2pm, free entry (donation recommended)

YUK ALL-DAYER
Saturday August 25th
The White Hart, Corby
All day bonanza in the beer garden, featuring Candidates, Oddity Island, Mundays, Bad Girlfriend, Drinsipa, Shaun Flynn [Good Apples], and Ethan Kenna. Doors 3pm, free entry

DEEP SEA MOUNTAINS + P.HEX
Saturday August 25th
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
Double ShoeTown pleasure for your Saturday night: arty and melodic grunge, plus baggy-funk chancers promoting their long-awaited debut album Quantum Funkanics. Doors 8pm, free entry

JACOB BRATHWAITE + RYAN DAVIDSON + MATTHEW NICK PAWLUK + ERIN HARRIET COBAIN + ISAAC WALTERS + PAUL STRUMMER + JACK DONOVAN + MARNIE CHAMBERS
Saturday August 25th
The Olde Englande, Wellingborough
HOP Events bring you an afternoon with some of your favourite local acts. Doors midday, free entry

DAVID J
Sunday August 26th
Beck Studios, Wellingborough
In 1979 Bauhaus cut five tracks at Beck Studios in Wellingborough, including ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’. They would return to the studio to record several other tracks, including the deconstructed cover of T-Rex’s ‘Telegram Sam’. Also, after the demise of Bauhaus in 1983, David J made two solo albums there. He returns to play an acoustic set of that material, plus highlights from throughout his career. Andrew Brooksbank [author of Bauhaus – Beneath The Mask] will also conduct and orchestrate an interview and Q&A session. Doors 8pm, $65.88 tickets [about £52]

ALAN TYLER + MRS PILGRIMM
Monday August 27th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Tyler is the lead singer of English country rockers The Rockingbirds. El Tapado is his new solo album, which he describes as “post-truth melancholia with electro hooks and country harmonies”. Mrs Pilgrimm – aka Sophie Williams – is best known for her beguiling solo sets where she has developed a unique approach to combining the cello, voice and looping. Think Laurie Anderson meets Arthur Russell. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

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