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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jan 10th – Jan 16th 2018

Excuse Shoe-In’s absence last week, it was like a wasteland out there. Never fear there’s some quality out there this week, especially if you like your sounds weighty. HALFLIVES +…

Excuse Shoe-In’s absence last week, it was like a wasteland out there. Never fear there’s some quality out there this week, especially if you like your sounds weighty.

HALFLIVES + WE ARE GIANTS + VIA DOLOROSA + THRIFT STREET
Friday January 12th
The Lab, Northampton
Alt-rock female-fronted quintet from Modena, Italy released their debut album Empty Rooms in 2017, and continue to tour in promotion of it. Doors 7.30pm, £6 tickets or £8 OTD. Alternatively £5 with a Lab Membership card.

SHARKTEETH GRINDER + GOLDEN DEATHMASK + EARLY BLACK + FRANTIC STATE
Friday January 12th
The Ex, Corby
Corby metal / punk / hardcore quartet celebrate the release of their second EP Volume II. Equally frantic / chaotic supports too, natch. Doors 8pm, tickets £2 or a fiver on the door.

POWDERHEAD
Saturday January 13th
The Prince of Wales, Kettering
Cambridge classic rock powerhouse quartet return to the scene of their 2017 triumph. Headbanging obligatory we understand. Doors 8pm, free entry.

AUSTIN GOLD + EMPYRE + MESMA
Sunday January 14th
The King Billy, Northampton
Sunday afternoon session at the Billy. Peterborough’s anthemic Austin Gold headline, with Northants’ intense and ever reliable Empyre in the middle; local newcomers Mesma play their debut gig [and bring more of a hard/stoner rock vibe to proceedings]. Doors 4pm, free entry.

COAST TO COAST + THE YOUNG HEARTS + WISHING WOLF 
Sunday January 14th
The Lab, Northampton
Rising Brummie emo/pop punk rockers bring the shakedown to ShoeTown, alongside fellow alt-rockers The Young Hearts. Opening is newish Kettering quintet [them with the tasty riffs]. Doors 8pm, no info on cost online anywhere as far as New Boots could see [free entry then?]

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New Music Friday: Acolytes debut EP

Rushden. Army boots, rough-cut Diamond footballers, and some lakes with soul-destroying shops surrounding them. But now some small salvation comes in the shape of Acolytes and their debut EP Pounding…

Rushden. Army boots, rough-cut Diamond footballers, and some lakes with soul-destroying shops surrounding them. But now some small salvation comes in the shape of Acolytes and their debut EP Pounding Dance Music, via Five Wound Records.

The “NN10 noise brigade” comprise singer/guitarist Hamm, guitarist Tom Bird, bassist Bewlay Stanton and drummer Marcus Lever. The five track EP is not for the faint-hearted, as they fray the senses with the Black Flaggy screamcore of ‘Lord Of The Land’ and ‘Worst Case Scenario’, but also give it some with the good old hard rock/metal sounds (think Kyuss, Nirvana, Motorhead, Mudhoney) on opener ‘Coup de Grace’ and ‘Wanting A War’. The politically-charged DIY band have been building themselves a name through 2017 and so this is a masterly way to begin the year.

Listen below on Spotify or purchase (as a ‘name your price’ deal) from Bandcamp. It’s supposed to be available on CD and cassette from the live shows too, so do get along and see them when you can.

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Dec 27 2017 – Jan 2 2018

Last guide of the year – see it out in style with this handy round-up of county charms. LUNA ROSA + MONARCHS + SKIRT Saturday December 30th The White Hart, Corby…

Last guide of the year – see it out in style with this handy round-up of county charms.

LUNA ROSA + MONARCHS + SKIRT
Saturday December 30th
The White Hart, Corby
The latest Yuk clubnight, with a trio of excellent Northants alt-rock bands playing to a packed room. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets

END OF YEAR HARDCORE PARTY
Saturday December 30th
The Lab, Northampton
House Of Pain finish their year with a big bang: sets from Splintered, Sickones, Sharkteeth Grinder, Fatal Swing, Balance, and Frantic State. Doors 7pm, £4 tickets 

CANDIDATES + SOLARISE
Saturday December 30th
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
Indie/rock night from the ever reliable Retro-Beat team. MK headliners, former Dem Urban Foxes openers. Doors 8pm, free entry

DANSMALL
Saturday December 30th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Singer-songwriter duo Dan Plews and Guy Fletcher. Expect guitar, bouzouki, mandolin and fiddle to rear their heads. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE BARRATTS
Sunday December 31st
Club 43, Northampton
A midnight show from the local indie gunslingers to see in the new year. Theres an indie disco too. Doors 8pm, £5 on the door

SWITCHBLADE CITY + GUNS OF ANARCHY
Sunday December 31st
The Prince of Wales, Kettering
New Years Eve party with original hard rock’n’roll, at the revamped venue. DJ Kane on the decks too. Doors 7pm, free entry

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Dec 20 – Dec 26 2017

So much to shake a stick at this Christmas week. Get battered with these bosshoss sounds… WE ARE GIANTS + LAST CHANCE + PUBLIC GALLERY Wednesday December 20 The King…

So much to shake a stick at this Christmas week. Get battered with these bosshoss sounds…

WE ARE GIANTS + LAST CHANCE + PUBLIC GALLERY
Wednesday December 20
The King Billy, Northampton

Drummer Rob’s final show with the local power-trio metallers, it’s sure to be special. Support from Kettering pop punkers and Newark’s hard rockers. Doors 7pm, free entry

COUSIN AVI
Friday December 22nd
The Black Prince, Northampton
Northampton’s funk soul tunesmiths celebrate ten years in the game with a rare live outing/special Christmas show. Tickets thin on the ground we hear. Doors 8pm, tickets £7

HOPS END OF YEAR SHOW
Saturday December 23rd
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
All day mayhem from House of Pain Promotions, with sets from SwitchBlade City, GarshKott, Pioneers, Wishing Wolf, and Guilty as Charged. Doors 5:30pm, free entry

KARL PHILLIPS & THE REJECTS + VHS PIRATES + PROJECT NOISE
Saturday December 23rd
The Lab, Northampton
Warm-up in time for Christmas with the steaming hot / bouncin’ skankin’ local legends, plus Milton Keynes rude boys Project Noise to open. This is bound to go off. Doors 7pm, £4/£5 on the door

MARS CRIMBO CRACKER
Saturday December 23rd
The White Hart, Corby
MARS Promotions end of year party: Bloodshake Chorus, Roughneck Riot, Dragster, Yur Mum, and Mystery Action all bring the noise. Doors 6pm, tickets £11

ROCKED UP’S CHRISTMOSH
Saturday December 23rd
The Ex, Corby
Promoter Rocked Up’s Christmas party is, of course, very rocked: Sharkteeth Grinder, Loose Tooth, and ReaperX all take to the stage. Also there’s a food bank and Corby Nightlight Centre collection going on, so please give generously. Doors 8pm, tickets £2

THE ABRAHAMS + ODDITY ISLAND
Saturday December 23rd
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Ahead of the official album launch early in 2018 this is the soft double launch of the limited Live at Not Just Words CD and advance promo CDs of Album Proper. Support from ‘fluff girls’ Oddity Island. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

MARCUS MAROOTH
Sunday December 24th
The Artizan, Northampton
A solo set from the Sarpa Salpa frontman. Doors 7pm, free entry

USURP, RISE + SANE
Sunday December 24th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
A tandem of four-piece experimentalists to ease you into Christmas. Instrumental trip-hop/funk ensemble Usurp Rise are back in town for a rare show. Expect electronica-with-riffs from openers Sane. Doors 9pm, free entry

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Dec 13 – Dec 19 2017

SKANDAL + LORD OF WORMS Wednesday December 13th The King Billy, Northampton Power trio Skandal are on the final leg of their international tour, promoting their latest release Year of…

SKANDAL + LORD OF WORMS
Wednesday December 13th
The King Billy, Northampton
Power trio Skandal are on the final leg of their international tour, promoting their latest release Year of the Cicada. They define their style as “doom ’n’ roll”, with influences from classic rock ’n’ roll bands and doom metal groups. Bristol’s progressive grunge quartet Lord of Worms support. Doors 7pm, free entry

DREADZONE
Thursday December 14th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The dub heavyweights return to ShoeTown to promote their 2017 release Dread Times, which mixes their trademark heavy dub and roots reggae sound with fresh beats and electronic flourishes. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £16.50 

PARLIAMENTS + FOX CHAPEL + PHANTOM ISLE
Friday December 15th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Psychedelic groove-rock trio headliners have excellent new single ‘Red Sun Dead Moon’ to promote, with support from the superb Fox Chapel and London/Northampton psych-poppers Phantom Isle. Radio Northampton DJ Lal Muttock will be behind the decks too. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £5

THE KEEPERS + PRESLEY JOHNSON
Friday December 15th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
‘Another Night’ is the new single from the moddy/indie/Britpop/psych boys, and this is the launch. Support from local stalwarts Presley Johnson. Doors 8pm, free entry

FAMILY OF NOISE + THEE TELEPATHS + CHUCK THE POET
Friday December 15th
The White Hart, Corby
Instrumental racket merchants Family Of Noise join forces again with psychic fuzz marauders Thee Telepaths to bring a night of muzak and merriment. Also expect a reading from Chuck The Poet. Doors 8pm, free entry

CENTURY CITY + PUPPET REBELLION + PIECES
Friday December 15th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Classic-rock and alt-rock shapes and sounds from locally-adored headliners, plus Manchester rockers [with a hint of ShoeTown in them] Puppet Rebellion make the trip down. Openers are new band Pieces [ex-Army Of Lights]. Doors 8pm, free entry

BURROWING BEES + JOE PAYNE feat. DUNCAN MCLAUGHLIN + STUART BRUCE
Saturday December 16th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Winter warmer organised by smooth, minimalist r’n’b/pop duo headliners. Former Enid singer plays “a set of his favourite xmas R&B bangers”, whilst opener Bruce, former front-man of Sympathy State, Decibels and Lennoxx, plays a solo set. Doors 8pm, £4 on the door

GARDEN + MONARCHS + HUSSY
Saturday December 16th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The fast-rising alt-rock quartet celebrate the release of debut EP ‘City People Are Weird’ with a party, with stellar support from Kettering rockers Monarchs and south London’s Hussy. Doors 7.30pm, £6 tickets

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Dec 6 – Dec 12 2017

FIGURE OF SIX + NEXT TIME MR. FOX Wednesday December 6th The King Billy, Northampton A night of schizophrenic metal shenanigans with touring Italians Figure Of Six and Next Time…

FIGURE OF SIX + NEXT TIME MR. FOX
Wednesday December 6th
The King Billy, Northampton
A night of schizophrenic metal shenanigans with touring Italians Figure Of Six and Next Time Mr. Fox. Doors 8pm, free entry.

BLOOD VISIONS + ACOLYTES + LA FOLIVORA + BIG BAG OF SADS WITH THE LADS
Friday December 8th
The Garibaldi, Northampton
Local punks Blood Visions launch their latest EP in their favourite ShoeTown gig venue, with support from the equally uncompromising Acolytes, La Folivora, and Big Bag of Sads With The Lads. Doors 8pm, free entry.

AMY TRUE + LOGIC + BIG CAKES
Friday December 8th
The Ex, Corby
Amy True will be performing alongside drummer Giuliano Osella fresh from the new release of her debut album #11. DJ Snuff wil be providing the music for these artists plus creating the vibes to see out the end of the night. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £9

CANDIDATES + DEEP SEA MOUNTAINS + TEMPLE LAKE
Friday December 8th
The Black Prince, Northampton
New MK outfit Candidates bring their hard hitting indie rock and roll sound to the Prince, with local support from DSM and new London rockers set to open proceedings. Doors 8pm, £2 on the door

BROADBAY + POSSUM + FUTURE LOVE
Saturday December 9th
UFO @ The Pavilion, Northampton
Headline show from the Brighton/Northampton trio with raucous energy and heavy riffs, plus Possum from Leeds and melodic alt-rock from ShoeTown’s Future Love.  Doors 7.30pm, £4 on the door

CASKET FEEDER + CONSTRUCT + GARSHKOTT + APRIL IN ASHES + STEREO SKULL
Saturday December 9th
The Lab, Northampton
Soundman Ollie’s birthday bash: a night of rock and metal with Casket Feeder, Construct, Garshkott, April In Ashes, and Stereo Skull. Doors 8pm, free entry

JAZZ COLOSSUS 
Sunday December 10th
The Picturedrome, Northampton
If you feel like an afternoon of festive cheer the 20-piece Jazz Colossus play all the Christmas standards from Bing Crosby through to Frank Sinatra in a big band style. Special guest singers are promised. Doors 2pm. All ages show. Tickets £10

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Nov 29 – Dec 5 2017

Party season time. The gigs just keep on coming… Monarchs + The Barratts + Hussy Friday December 1st The Roadmender, Northampton Off the back of their latest single ‘Darker Shade…

Party season time. The gigs just keep on coming…

Monarchs + The Barratts + Hussy
Friday December 1st
The Roadmender, Northampton
Off the back of their latest single ‘Darker Shade Of Black’ Kettering alt-rock trio Monarchs headline a show at the Roadmender, with stellar support from locals The Barratts and south London grungers Hussy. This is sure to be busy, advance tickets recommended. Doors 7.30pm, £4 tickets

Drones + Loose Tooth + Calling The Kidd Wednesday + Wishing Wolf
Friday December 1st
The Ex, Corby
Exhilarating London punk/hardcore group Drones and Northampton grungey riffers Loose Tooth are hitting the road together in December for a handful of shows, including this one. Local support comes from Calling the Kidd Wednesday and Wishing Wolf. Doors 8pm, tickets £3

Unqualified Nurse Band + Moon Face
Saturday Dec 2nd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
On the back of the release of their critically acclaimed new album Trashland, Unqualified Nurse Band return to Northampton. Trashland serves up energetic, rampant, exciting rock’n’roll, as the band fuses 60s girl groups, late 70s punk, 80s new wave and 90s grunge. Plus support from psychedelic pop/minimal/drone soloist Moon Face. Doors 8pm, free entry.

The Blue Foundation + Hannah Faulkner + Corinne Lucy + MyJaike
Saturday Dec 2nd
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Acoustic/folk night from a selection of local delights. Starts at 8.30pm, free entry.

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New Music Friday: Hana Brooks, Deaf Trap, Jordan Mackampa

More new sounds for a Friday. Hana Brooks has released her debut single, ‘Leave It’. Watch the video below (shot in the US, no less). The anthemic synth-pop number has…

More new sounds for a Friday. Hana Brooks has released her debut single, ‘Leave It’. Watch the video below (shot in the US, no less). The anthemic synth-pop number has plenty of spark and personality, and will no doubt win her many plaudits as the Northampton singer/songwriter travels far and wide to work with the hottest producers and play more of her already-renowned live shows.

Brooks told the Urban Hustle site: “’Leave it’ is about being with someone who doesn’t know what they want. The feeling of being played hot and cold and when you try to walk away they try and stop you. I wrote the song coming to the point where I was ready to walk away and that’s what leave it’s about, walking away from something that isn’t good for you”.

Also out now is the second EP from Deaf Trap. The Northampton alt-rockers have put out a three-tracker entitled ‘Miscreants‘, featuring ‘From The Floor’, ‘Real Nice Night’ and ‘Guillotine’. The EP, recorded by Jon Martin at Stalkers Studios, contains more top notch emotional rock’n’roll with distorted guitars, rumbling rhythms and anthemic choruses. It’s available to download and stream from iTunes, Spotify, etc., plus there are CDs to be purchased from their upcoming shows (such as The King of Hearts Festival at The Black Prince tomorrow).

And finally another song has appeared on Spotify from Jordan Mackampa, ‘Battlecry’. It’s taken from the Live From The Grand Cru EP, out early 2018.

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It’s A Shoe In: gig guide Nov 22-28 2017

Continuing the new gig guide theme, here’s a selection of shows that may interest the Northants gig goer this week. Armed for Apocalypse + Conjurer + Ba’al + Absentees Thursday…

Continuing the new gig guide theme, here’s a selection of shows that may interest the Northants gig goer this week.

Armed for Apocalypse + Conjurer + Ba’al + Absentees
Thursday November 23
The Lab, Northampton
Down-tuned metallers from California headline with suitably heavy-hitting UK supports. Doors 7.45pm, £6 in.

King Of Hearts Festival 2017
Saturday November 25
The Black Prince, Northampton

A festival in memory of Northampton gig goer Rob King, with all proceeds going to Papworth Hospital. Live sets from The Drunken Mandem, Century City, Sarpa Salpa, Future Love, Deaf Trap, The Wax Lyrical Sound, The Mobbs, Pieces, The Keepers, Corinne Lucy, and Jack Doyle. Doors midday, £5 on the door.

The Zipheads + The Witchdoktors + Spitting Feathers + The Bophins
Saturday November 25
The Kingfisher, Corby
A night of rock’n’roll madness, with a headline set from the St Albans trio who mix up 50s rock’n’roll with touches of punk, surf, swing, ska, soul, and reggae. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £7.

Laurence Jones + The Aiden Pryor Band
Saturday November 25
The Raven Hall, Corby
A night of quality blues rock. Laurence was introduced into the “Hall of Fame” in the “British Blues Awards” for winning “Young Artist Of The Year 2014, 2015 & 2016”, and voted “Best European Guitarist” in the “European Music Awards” in 2015. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £13

The Keepers+ Lunaxis
Saturday November 25
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
The much-loved Retro Beat night this time round welcomes Northampton hard-working indie-mod rockers The Keepers back, ably supported by newly established folkie blues-rock sextet Lunaxis. Doors 8pm, free entry.

Grinder Records Half Dayer
Saturday November 25
The Lab, Northampton
The Corby independent record label for alternative rock throw a party: get your records stocked up, buy some clothes, watch some bands. Sets courtesy of Sharkteeth Grinder, A Werewolf, Drinsipa, Acolytes, Skirt, Wishing Wolf, and Peaches, with one or two more TBA. Doors 4.30pm, tickets £4.

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It’s A Shoe In: gig guide Nov 15-21 2017

New Boots begins It’s A Shoe In, an attempt to provide a succinct guide to the toppermost shows in the county over the coming week… THE LEN PRICE 3 +…

New Boots begins It’s A Shoe In, an attempt to provide a succinct guide to the toppermost shows in the county over the coming week…

THE LEN PRICE 3 + THE MOBBS + THE HURRICANES + BETH MUNROE
Friday November 17
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
Up from the Medway delta are garage / power-pop types The Len Price 3, playing songs from their lauded fifth album Kentish Longtails. Support is from county tearaways who ply a similarly exciting garage / mod / punk hybrid. 7.30pm, tickets £6

EASTFIELD + SPRING PARK
Friday November 17
The Lab, Northampton
Northants/Brum punksters Eastfield – 20 years and counting – make a rare live performance in Northampton. Support from newish Spring Park, who released their second LP Blow UP Your TV! last year. 8pm, £5 on the door.

ROCKED UP’S BIG MON THEN ALLDAYER
Saturday November 18
The Ex, Corby
Rocked Up put on an all-day event to raise awareness and money for SDR for Cain. Acts performing on the day include Press to MECO, ACODA, Signals, Veins, King Purple, Calling the kidd Wednesday, Flash Peasants, Drinsipa, Family of Noise, and Skirt. 2pm. Tickets £10

DEAF TRAP + KILAMOJO + PRIME
Saturday November 18
The Black Prince, Northampton
Alt-rockers Deaf Trap celebrate the release of their second EP Miscreants with a free live show. Doors 7pm.

THE LORDS OF THYME
Tuesday November 21
Upstairs at The Lamplighter, Northampton
A very infrequent opportunity to witness a Northants performance from the Midlands psych-folk quartet is not to be passed up. Playing songs from their recently re-released album Pellets [Sunstone Records]. 8.30pm, £5 on the door

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