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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Nov 14th – Nov 20th

HAFDIS HULD Wednesday November 14th The Kettering Arts Centre Iceland’s premier acoustic pop/folk singer regularly performs around the world and is a BBC 6Music favourite. Accompanied on stage by the…

Wednesday November 14th
The Kettering Arts Centre
Iceland’s premier acoustic pop/folk singer regularly performs around the world and is a BBC 6Music favourite. Accompanied on stage by the beautiful guitar-playing of her English husband, Alisdair Wright. Doors 7.30pm, £11 tickets

Wednesday November 14th
The King Billy, Northampton
Four-piece alternative [post]rock band from Corby/Northampton. Music from 9pm, free entry

Thursday November 15th
The King Billy, Northampton
Cyber metal from Wellingborough, prog metal from Brum, grungey trio from ShoeTown, and hard rock from Oxford. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

Thursday November 15th
The Lab, Northampton
Featured artist this month at the popular urban night is Anonymous Impact. The night finishes with MC Cypher, and DJ Towner will be doing the mixing. Doors 8pm, free entry

Thursday November 15th
The Core At Corby Cube 
An evening with the award-winning singer-songwriter Hazel O’Connor, featuring a rare screening of the digitally re-mastered uncut version of the film Breaking Glass, followed by an intimate Q&A and live performance of some of the films best-loved songs. There’s a Meet & Greet immediately after the show too. Doors 7pm, £26 tickets

Friday November 16th
The Lab, Northampton
Glaswegian garage rockers, who toured with The Cramps and The Gun Club and did a John Peel session back in the day, are still a tour de force live. Support from Alex Novak’s dark wave duo, promoting new album Icon. Doors 8pm, £5 tickets

Friday November 16th
The White Hart, Corby
Birmingham-based cult skiffle cow-punk band Terry and Gerry have been reformed for over three years and are now more popular than ever. Support on the evening will be from Corby surf-twangsters. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

Friday November 16th
The Spread Eagle, Piddington
A local musical duo: expect lush harmonies and “heartfelt lyrics touching at both matters of the heart and encouraging a positive and optimistic outlook on society and life in its entirety”. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

Saturday November 17th
The Playhouse, Northampton
Long time friends and soul sisters, Carpenter & AA embark on a run of UK & EU shows this month. They’ll be celebrating releases, new & old, sharing the stage and revealing a brand new project, Blood Moon. Expect cinematic stompers, whimsical storytelling, and a whole lot of love. Plus, the ‘Masochist’ singer opens proceedings. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

Saturday November 17th
Club 43, Northampton
The Northampton hard rock quarter launch their album Sex Rock City at the ‘Rebel Waltz’ clubnight. Support from much-loved returning rap-rockers TWLS. Doors 8pm. Free entry before 9.30pm, £4 after that, £5 after 11pm.

Saturday November 17th
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
A solo performance from the former Left Hand Drive man. Clemo is a sixty something singer-songwriter, whose music contains elements of country, folk, and gospel. He will also be signing his new book Too Old For Punk. Music from 9pm, free entry

Saturday November 17th
The White Hart, Corby
Tribute band to Siouxsie and the Banshees, local purveyors of post-punk / alternative rock instrumental noise nuggets, and a Parisian-based three-piece doing 1979-83 U.S. punk-style material focusing on historical events and distant hardships. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

Saturday November 17th
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
ShoeTown metalcore outift promoting debut album hopeisnowhere, more metalcore from the East Midlands from DD, melodic post-hardcore band from Wolverhampton, and grungey Northampton three-piece with a passion for the dirty, weird and loud. Doors 6pm, £5 tickets

Saturday November 17th
The Old House, Wellingborough
The maraca-centric rock’n’roll duo from Northampton help The Old House celebrate their first birthday. Free entry

Sunday November 18th
The Lab, Northampton
Sheffield indie-popsters, on the road supporting debut EP ‘Sticky Sweet’, support from local singer-songwriter. Doors 7.30pm, £3 tickets

Sunday November 18th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
The beginning of the Sunday Solo sessions night. Each bringing something different: from trip-hop piano, electric guitar loops, to 8-bit chiptune electronic music. Including an EP launch from the recently featured Jasmine Burns. Doors 7pm, free entry

Sunday November 18th
The Boat Inn, Stoke Bruene
Audio Vendor presents a night of singers and songwriters. The event will be recorded and the recordings will be made available to event attendees at their request [sign up to their mailing list at the event and get sent a link to download the recordings]. Doors 6.30pm, £10 tickets

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Competition: Win a pair of tickets to see From The Jam at The Roadmender

From The Jam – comprised of legendary former bassist for The Jam, Bruce Foxton, as well as vocalist/guitarist Russell Hastings, drummer Mike Randon and pianist Andy Fairclough – will celebrate…

From The Jam – comprised of legendary former bassist for The Jam, Bruce Foxton, as well as vocalist/guitarist Russell Hastings, drummer Mike Randon and pianist Andy Fairclough – will celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Jam’s album All Mod Cons with a series of live shows, which will see them perform the record in its entirety. They play a sold-out show at Northampton Roadmender on Friday November 30th. New Boots has a pair of tickets for the show to give away.

To enter, email the answer to the following question to: competitions@newboots.uk
What is the title of the third song on the All Mod Cons album?

The subject field of the email must be ‘From The Jam Competition’
You must include your full name and daytime contact phone number.
Entries must be received by 11.59pm on Sunday, November 25.

Competition Terms & Conditions:
This competition closes at 11.59pm on Sunday, November 25, 2018. Entries submitted after this time will not be counted.
A winner be selected at random from all correct entries received by the closing date and notified within 24 hours of the competition deadline.
Responsibility for prizes lies with promoters AGMP and not with New Boots.
Only one entry per person is permitted.
Prizes are non–transferable and there is no cash alternative.
The competition winner is responsible for all travel and transport costs to and from the venue.
If the concert is postponed and the winner is unable to attend a rescheduled date, a new winner will be drawn.
New Boots reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if there are reasonable grounds to believe any of the rules have been breached.


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New Music Friday: Jasmine Burns

She lives on a narrowboat that travels back and forth between Northants and Bucks. She creates bluesy Americana. She has a fabulous new EP out. She is Jasmine Burns, and…

She lives on a narrowboat that travels back and forth between Northants and Bucks. She creates bluesy Americana. She has a fabulous new EP out. She is Jasmine Burns, and New Boots had a chat with her.

How did you get into music, and then begin to play an instrument and write?
I grew up in a family where no one was a musician or could sing, but my folks were lovers of music. From a very young age I could hold a tune. I vividly remember my Mum playing Blondie and David Bowie tapes in the car and I would sing along on the way to nursery. During primary school I took trumpet lessons, which I absolutely hated at the time. But there was a fellow student that could play guitar and I was instantly inspired. I begged my folks to pay for tuition, but they could only afford to buy me a guitar. So I took it upon myself and took out a book from the local library and sat down each afternoon after school and practiced simple chords until I could just about play a song. I still have said book at home! I’m scared that a librarian is going to find me one day at one of my upcoming gigs with a massive fine! From practicing simple chords I started learning favourite songs, and soon enough wrote my first song at the age of 13. It was god awful, but you’ve got to start somewhere.

How would you describe your sound?
My sounds is very much a mixture of a lot of genres. I take inspiration from a lot of sources, and not only music that is similar to what I write. I really struggle to put myself into that one box. My material varies so much from something that is distinctly country, to other songs that would be considered bluegrass or Americana. But, I feel I’ve really churned them all up and put my own stamp on it. My sound is sassy and strong. 
Who are your main influences in music?
My influences have changed so much throughout the years. In the early days of my writing I would listen to a lot of Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles and Neil Young. Recently, I have been heavily influenced by a lot of early blues artists, such as Otis Rush and Son House. But, most notably, Shakey Graves has been my main source of inspiration over the last four years. I’ll be seeing Shakey Graves on the November 13th at KOKO in Camden.
You live on a narrowboat – how does that effect your creativity?
A lot of my songs are based around my life and thoughts, so occasionally living on a narrowboat will come up in the subject of my songs. But I wouldn’t say its affected the style of my writing. I do a lot of other creative things, such as painting, sewing and crocheting, which are influenced by traditional canal culture. Music has always remained sort of separate. But I suppose there must be some kind of relationship, as boating is part of me, as is writing songs. 
Tell us everything about this new EP, Homesick.
My new EP came about when my local venue asked me if I wanted to put on an event with me as the headline. I jokingly said, “why don’t we make it an EP launch?”. At that point some of the songs weren’t even written, let alone recorded. Hah! But that’s how it all got started. I decided right there and then to release this new EP. Two years ago  I released a live EP that was really well received. So I figured, what the hell? It’s bluesy and it’s gritty. With a few tearjerkers thrown in for good measure. The EP is somewhat of a concept, in that all the songs reference the word Home. Everything that has gone towards making this EP has come out of my own pocket. It has all been recorded by myself on my Laptop using Garageband. The majority of it was recorded at home on my humble little narrowboat, and in my friend Craig’s living room. Featuring on the EP is Craig Stoker and John Cadden-Lawrence from local Northampton band Mojo Mules. They brought a really great energy to the record.
What are your live shows like?
I would say that my live shows are a space for people to have a good time and dance around. A lot of my songs reference a lot of life’s troubles. So I’d like to think it’s a space for us all to relate to one another. 
Are you part of a wider scene in Northamptonshire/Buckinghamshire? Any favourite acts/venues?
I have been frequenting a local open mic night called The Sunset Lounge, in Newport Pagnell, for the last three years now. It’s an incredible space for all musicians to showcase their music and themselves. The room always has a great vibe and welcoming feel. The guys that run the night have made me feel like a part of the family these last few years. I wouldn’t hesitate to say its my favourite music night or venue out there at the moment. Every Thursday at the back of The Cannon in Newport Pagnell. Be sure to check it out on Facebook for weekend events too.
What has been your favourite moment of the past year?
I’m going to have to say the process of making the new EP. I really threw myself into the deep end with that one. It was so much fun, but a real learning curve. One thing that I’ve really taken away from this situation is that it’s OK to ask for help.
What was the last album you bought/streamed?
I have been listening to Songs Of The Plains by Colter Wall a lot lately, and revisiting his back catalogue. His voice to me is so soothing. It’s like a warm coat on a winters day.
What is your burning desire to do in the future? What plans do you have?
I’m the sort of person that it’s all or nothing. So the plan is to just keep going. Keep pushing the EP and keep fighting the good fight. Oh, but if anyone can help me make it happen, I’d love to play some small stages at big named festivals in 2019.

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

TRIPLE J TRIO Wednesday November 7th The Malt Shovel, Northampton A night of classic blues from the power trio. Triple J features drumming powerhouse Jeff Rich, best known as a…

Wednesday November 7th
The Malt Shovel, Northampton
A night of classic blues from the power trio. Triple J features drumming powerhouse Jeff Rich, best known as a former drummer for Status Quo. Joined on blues guitar and vocals by Jamie Godfrey and Andy Pearson on bass. Doors 7pm, free entry

Wednesday November 7th
The King Billy, Northampton
Hard rock quintet from Nottingham and similar support from Rugby. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

Wednesday November 7th
Karmana Restaurant, Northampton
A return to the vegan restaurant of the Hull-based alt-folk singer-songwriter. “Drawing on influences such as John Martyn, Roy Harper and Laura Marling, Spencer creates modern folk music which owes as much to East Riding as it does to the American greats”. Doors 8pm, £10 tickets. Karmana is a small place and limited seating available, so do book.

Thursday November 8th
The King Billy, Northampton
Hard rock trios from Leicester and Burton Upon Trent embark on their ‘Magic Number Tour’. Doors 7pm, £8 tickets

Thursday November 8th
The Lab, Northampton
Folkie singer-songwriter Dan and friends help raise money for both Campaign Against Arms Trade and the Peace Pledge Union. Doors 7.30pm, donations of £5 or more requested

Friday November 9th
The White Hart, Corby
Matranga comes to Corby for a full band show as part of his ‘Water and Solutions’ tour, celebrating 20 years since the release of Far’s legendary album. Support from riffy trio from Bristol and the local alt-rock trio. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

Saturday November 10th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Andy Skank presents an evening of diverse and varied sounds featuring live electronic performance and DJ. Synths and samples from [sane], digital hardcore from Nailbreaker, ambient instrumental triphop from Zizany, and neck-cracking boom bap with live MC’s LJ You & Grene Rockafella. Doors 8pm, free entry

Saturday November 10th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
A night of roots and rockabilly. Existential urban cowboy songs from Bedford to begin, bluesy Americana singer from the Newport Pagnell area up next, and gritty blues rock to finish you off. Music from 9pm, free entry

Saturday November 10th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
The long-running baggy-funk conglomerate play their Quantum Funkanics ditties to many dancing feet. Doors 8pm, free entry

Saturday November 10th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The Crossing was the first studio album released by Scottish band Big Country, in 1983. The band broke massively worldwide with the release of the album’s classic singles ‘Fields Of Fire’, ‘Chance’ and signature song ‘In A Big Country’, which went on to become massive worldwide hits, selling over two million copies. Doors 7.30pm, tickets £22.50

Saturday November 10th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Darkwave duo from the north, and gothic-electro garage rock punk duo from Bedford.  Dancers later too [“be prepared for music, nudity and dancing”]. Doors 8pm, £10 entry

Saturday November 10th – Sunday November 11th
The Shirehorse, Kettering
Local artists all giving up their time voluntarily to raise awareness and funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Expect to see on Saturday: JD Blues, Humblebee, Epigone Jazz Ensemble, Cameron Grace, Hippolyta’s Moon, and The Touch. On Sunday it’s A Time Of Day, Jacob Braithwaite, Dan Boddington, Jo-Jo Newton, Eric Cobain, Liam Ferguson, The Fevers, Midnight Honey Club, The Abrahams, Aldous Pinch, Oddity Island, and Solarise. Doors 5pm on Sat, 1pm on Sun, free entry

Monday November 12th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Atkins was a member of Public Image Ltd and Killing Joke. He founded industrial supergroup Pigface, The Damage Manual, and Murder Inc., and has contributed to Nine Inch Nails and Ministry. He will be talking about his 35+ year music career, focusing on his time in PiL, and playing some drums too. Doors 8pm, free entry



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Interview: Heaven 17

Heaven 17 begin a ten-date UK tour this week with a sold-out show at Northampton’s Roadmender, performing their celebrated and acclaimed 1983 album The Luxury Gap. To mark the occasion Noel…

Heaven 17 begin a ten-date UK tour this week with a sold-out show at Northampton’s Roadmender, performing their celebrated and acclaimed 1983 album The Luxury Gap. To mark the occasion Noel Draper spoke to founder Martyn Ware about his past and present.

How did you and Glenn first meet?
We met at an arts workshop that was created by the Labour council in Sheffield called Meatwhistle, and it was an opportunity to meet a lot of different people from different backgrounds who were interested in being creative. I was introduced to this by an old friend called Paul Bower, who was responsible for sending our original demo of ‘Being Boiled’ to Fast Records. We were both trainee managers at the Co-Op, and through Meatwhistle I met Glenn. We were kindred spirits from the off. I found out later that the Co-Op job, that I had left 6 months previously, Glenn had taken. How weird was that?

Is it true that Glenn was supposed to be the original singer for The Human League?
Yes. It was bad timing really. Just before we were forming The Human League he had decided to go to London to seek his fame and fortune as a photographer/musician. He was the natural choice as he was full of charisma but as he wasn’t around, and we couldn’t ask him to come back up to Sheffield as he had only just settled in, we asked my best mate from school, Philip Oakey, I heard he could sing a bit, he looked great and to be honest he always looked and acted like a rock star so that’s how we formed.

How do you get on with The Human League/Philip Oakey now, considering you had quite a well publicised split ?
We see each other once or twice a year now, It’s always nice to see them. We live in London now and he lives in Sheffield, he’s quite a private person, but it’s nice to see him when we do meet up.

Where did the name Heaven 17 come from?
From the film A Clockwork Orange. When Alex walks into the record store on the wall is a chart with ‘The Heaven Seventeen’ on it. It’s actually mentioned in the book as well, which was written in 1960 and, according to Anthony Burgess, about a time around 20 years in the future which was the time we formed Heaven 17. Kind of a poetic self-fulfilling prophecy.

Did you want an unusual name?
I just loved that name. In the charts on that wall were names like ‘The Sparks’, ‘Johnny Zhivago’ and ‘Goggly Gogol’, all sorts of weird names, and that was favourite film at the time, it probably still is my favourite film actually, and I just really liked the name. Not the ‘Heaven Seventeen’ but ‘Heaven’ and then the numbers, ’17’. To me it sounded like a really obvious pop group name, cheesy, but the content had a bit more edge to it. I quite liked that dichotomy.

What made you decide to use synths and not guitars?
I was always obsessed with electronic music from an early age. I was always fascinated with anything that sounded futuristic. My sisters are a lot older than me, and had a big record collection, and I was always keeping a look out for things like the theremin in ‘Good Vibrations’ or ‘Sparky’s Magic Piano’ and anything that sounded like the future. It might have been because we were used to hearing industrial sounds in Sheffield growing up.

Why did you make the decision not to tour in the 1980s?
It was a conscious decision on our part. We had toured extensively with The Human League, and it cost us a lot of money, not directly but through the record company and we were living on advances from them. It just seemed that we were getting further and further in debt, so when we started Heaven 17 we decided to just make videos. It was near the start of MTV, so we could service every territory individually and spend good money on expensive videos. We didn’t tour live until 1995 but we did do TV shows and live television, stuff like that, but not proper live concerts.

What is the favourite song you have written?
‘Let Me Go’. It’s the best song we have written. Both myself and Glenn agree. It’s something about the melodic structure of the song, the vocal harmonies, the melody, the funkiness of it, it’s also got a haunting chord to it. I honestly believe that the greatest songs that have the most emotional impact are the ones that sit on the edge between major to minor. Is it a happy song, is it a sad song, you are never quite sure. It gives it poignancy. You can take that song and play it on guitar, piano or acapella and it still sounds fantastic and I don’t think you can say that about any of our other songs.

You are probably best known for the song ‘Temptation’. Does this annoy you, considering your other output?
No. There have been several “Greatest Songs of the 80’s” compilations and we always seem to crop up in there with ‘Temptation’ which I find incredibly flattering. We always try to make a song timeless. Being able to use a big orchestra means you quite can’t pin it down when it was made, and you could probably re-release that song with a few tweaks and it would be a hit.

Who were your musical influences growing up?
Too many to mention but definitely Bowie, Roxy Music, Georgio Moroder and then all the German experimental pop bands like Can, Amon Duul, a lot of prog rock, loved King Crimson, ELP, all sorts of amazing stuff.

Who excites you today musically?
There’s quite a lot of exciting hip-hop I like and there’s a few bands that I’m quite fond of, like Everything Everything. I also like Frank Ocean and D’Angelo.

Do you think that with a lot of today’s music being drip-fed cheese pop that you have to go and find good music yourself?
Yes, although I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I am completely anti-Spotify but I use it all the time: it’s a great thing for research, and I know that makes me a hypocrite. I like finding new music and music is just as good if not better these days. The trouble is, when we were growing up you only had a few channels of TV or radio and so everyone was listening or watching similar sort of things. Out of a class of 30 you knew that probably 23 of them saw Top of the Pops the night before, for instance, but now everyone listens to their own stuff. It’s very hard to create a common purpose, like the punk movement, as it’s hard to get a critical mass these days, which is what the whole of popular music was based on, right up until the early 1990s. You built up a head of steam, released a record and then were catapulted into the charts. That model doesn’t work any more. Britain has always been historically very good at creating new scenes quickly because it’s a densely populated small island where ideas spread quickly, but that has been dissipated by the new technologies. 90% of the people that you and I love musically are struggling to make a living in the music industry now.

Who have been your favourite people to work with?
Firstly the Phoenix Horns who are the Earth, Wind and Fire’s horn section. We used them on the ‘Luxury Gap’ and ‘How Men Are’ and they were just phenomenal, the best horn section I have, and will ever, work with. Secondly Tina Turner, she was the ultimate professional, her performance on ‘Let’s Stay Together’ was all first take. Then Terence Trent Darby, he was just an incredibly talented guy at the peak of his powers.

Are you still in contact with Ian Craig Marsh and is he still never working again with Heaven 17?
Ian is doing his own thing, and that’s it. He’s not spoken to us for years, we still have the same phone numbers, email etc., but we’ve haven’t heard anything from him. We still care about him, we know he’s OK, he’s just doing what he does.


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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Oct 31st – Nov 6th

DISEASE ILLUSION Wednesday October 31st The King Billy, Northampton Melodic death metal via Italy, on their first UK tour. For fans of Arch Enemy, The Haunted and At The Gates….

Wednesday October 31st
The King Billy, Northampton
Melodic death metal via Italy, on their first UK tour. For fans of Arch Enemy, The Haunted and At The Gates. Doors 8pm, free entry

Thursday November 1st
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Krautrock legend and lead vocalist of pioneering German band Can brings his evolving ‘Damo Suzuki’s Network’ project to Northampton. Damo’s network will be made up of local musicians, otherwise known as sound carriers, with the aim of creating a completely improvised set. NN sound carriers are Josh Ryan, Joel Harries, Sophie Williams, Dave Crawford, and Adam Gammage. Doors 7pm, £10 tickets

Thursday November 1st
Club 43, Northampton
Massive pop rock with hooks and riffs and support from the four-piece alt-rockers. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

Friday November 2nd
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
A rare chance to see The Drones Club with their brand of wild ancestral and improvised music played to a backing of eastern and dub rhythms. With support from the P-Hex singer. Doors 8pm, free entry

Friday November 2nd
The Lamplighter [upstairs], Northampton
The Domino Blitz singer-songwriter returns to his favourite haunt The Lamplighter to play tracks from his new collection, Train Tracks. Doors 8pm, £15 tickets

Friday November 2nd
Kettering General Hospital Social Club
The classic rockers celebrate the release of their second EP Runaway, with rad local support. Doors 7pm, £5 on the door

Saturday November 3rd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Kettering dude Samuel Toms [ex-Temples] and cohorts bring their art-rock stylings to ShoeTown. Doors 8pm, free entry

Saturday November 3rd
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Four fiercely keen characters from MK/Northampton bring their enthusiastic neo-gothic beardyman angst in promotion of their The Shadows Are Lengthening LP. Support from a pair of quality ShoeTown alt-rock outfits, and  a solo Morad from blues rockers Howlin’ Owls. Doors 7pm, free entry

Saturday November 3rd
The Black Prince, Northampton [front bar]
Marabar Caves have reformed since the release of the Have Guitars Will Travel volumes 3 and 4 [they currently trade as Bush Pigs]. Expect Paisley Underground style pop-rock. Doors 8pm, free entry

Saturday November 3rd
The Black Prince, Northampton [back room]
MK Metal 2 The Masses winners in 2018 headline, with thrash groove metal from London and from MK, prog metal from Cambridge, and death metal from Northampton. Doors 6pm, £5 tickets

Saturday November 3rd
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Relatively new Northampton act who bring the funk and mix up swing , Latin, and groove into their melting pot. Support from brand new ShoeCounty band playing their first show! Doors 8pm, free entry

Saturday November 3rd
The Sargeant Memorial Hall, Brafield-on-the-Green
West Coast inspired folk-rock from Cambridge, with support from the Northampton-based British-German singer-songwriter. Doors 6.30pm, £10 tickets

Saturday November 3rd
The White Hart, Corby
Five piece sci-fi punk rock from Coventry, three-chord skate punk straight outta South Wales, and monkey punk from Leicester. Doors 7.30pm, £7 tickets

Sunday November 4th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Having spent the best part of two years living out the back of a van and gigging across Europe, Will Whisson has returned to his Kentish roots to concentrate on writing new material while also gigging around the county. With two EPs under his belt, numerous festival appearances and a no-rest-for-the-wicked touring schedule, Will’s profile has grown considerably in a relatively short amount of time and he can be heard on all major digital platforms.
His recent solo live sets feature a brand new electric sound which sees him triggering samples and beats from his loop pedal to provide a rich foundation for his custom Fender Stratocaster and vocal to sit on top of. This, combined with his acoustic guitar playing offers an unpredictable and dynamic element to his gigs. Expect new tricks, sounds, and songs before Will heads into the studio to begin recording his much-anticipated debut album. Doors 4pm, free entry

Monday November 5th
Club 43, Northampton
Monstrous UK metalcore, with supports TBA. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

Tuesday November 6th
The Old White Hart, Northampton
Cornwall-based folkie singer-songwriter, promoting fifth solo album If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous. Doors 8pm, free entry

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New Music Friday: Born Stranger

The dark electronic pop made by Northampton man David Maddox Jones is better known as Born Stranger. The former frontman of noughties post-punkers The Departure has been busy refining the Born…

The dark electronic pop made by Northampton man David Maddox Jones is better known as Born Stranger. The former frontman of noughties post-punkers The Departure has been busy refining the Born Stranger sound over a series of singles, the latest of which is the undeniably catchy ‘Last Night On Earth’. New Boots asked a few questions about the project and single.

After the dissolution of The Departure you started NewIslands in London, before settling into Born Stranger. How did the final transition to Born Stranger come about?
Hi there! Well, when Newislands disbanded it was clear that me and Raife, the drummer in Newislands didn’t want to stop making music together. It was around the time that Hurts were coming out as a two piece and I think it inspired us to go it as a duo rather than having a conventional band set-up. Me and Raife worked together for 10 years [including his time in Newislands], and it was only the start of this year when Born Stranger became my solo project. Raife is pursuing more of a DJ/producer path with his partner Kelda.

Obviously the music stylings shifted, to this more Bastille-meets-Depeche Mode synth-pop thing. Was it an easy, natural shift?
I’ve always loved dark pop, particularly 1980s pop: stuff like Duran Duran, Chic, to more darker bands such as The Cure, Echo & The Bunnymen, etc. So I guess the sound became more streamlined and focused when there were less people involved in the music.

Who are the main influences on Born Stranger, do you think?
A big influence is music I’ve never heard before. I love hearing a new song or band or artist, that’s what excites me. I remember hearing The Weeknd ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ and then writing a Born Stranger song straight after. I like spontaneity in creativity and also to constantly be moving forward.

The last three years has been a continuous release of singles. Do you beaver away in the studio and simply release another when it’s ready? Has the positive reaction of each driven you onto the next one?
Yes. Although we did have a batch of songs ready with Yoad Nevo before we released our first single – maybe 20 songs – but in between singles we actually ended up writing new ones that would become the next single. We have had some cool collaborations – Caitlyn Scarlett, Vivienne Chi, Louise Setara – that have all added their own vibe onto some of our singles.

Tell us everything about this newest one, ‘Last Night On Earth’.
‘Last Night on Earth’ was written around a friend of mines house who sadly isn’t with us anymore. The world has lost a few amazing people recently that were seemingly happy on the surface but battled with depression on the inside. ‘Last Night on Earth’ is about living in the moment, being there for each other and celebrating humanity. We used to work with this French producer who was Yoad Nevos’ assistant called Anthony Chivers. He came up with the original beat and guitars and we wrote the melody over it. It has evolved over time and I am buzzing with how its turned out.

Do you keep one eye on the Northamptonshire scene?
I still live in Northampton, though I’ve just finished a season in Cyprus [but I am moving back, at least for a few months]. I don’t really know whats going on in the scene, is there a healthy local scene? I know Billy Lockett is doing well and Danny Connors and Adam Gammage with Tom Grennan are smashing it. I would be interested to see some of the new local bands for sure.

What has been your favourite Born Stranger moment so far?
Hearing a new tune finished for the first time is the best feeling.

What was the last album and single you bought/streamed?
Probably something by Drake or Khalid. I’ve been going pure pop lately: I like to keep my vocal melodies on point. I love the phrasing of some of the new pop that’s going around.

What is your burning desire to do in the future?
Have a bonafide hit – that’s what I want.

‘Last Night On Earth’ is out now on the usual digital platforms

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Video premiere: The Keepers ‘You’re All I Need’

Northampton quartet The Keepers release their fifth single ‘You’re All I Need’ tomorrow, Friday October 26th. New Boots is the place to exclusively see the accompanying video first. Shot by Alex…

Northampton quartet The Keepers release their fifth single ‘You’re All I Need’ tomorrow, Friday October 26th. New Boots is the place to exclusively see the accompanying video first.

Shot by Alex Bass [and with single artwork by Nallie Simpson], there is a limited edition 7” version of the single available by contacting the band themselves on social media [£7 plus postage and packaging].

We asked singer/guitarist Jordan Jones about the song. “‘You’re All I Need’ was written back in February and we added it into the setlist that same month. We really knuckled down with releasing music this year. We recorded it in June and decided to do it properly and release it on vinyl.” 

He continues: “2018 has been a fantastic year for us so far. We’ve still got a few more months to go until we can crack open a bottle of wine and put our feet up for a few weeks. We always make a list each year of things we want to achieve and so far they’ve all been ticked off – I’m really quite exciting for what we’re planning for next year!”

You can catch the band play a hometown show at The Roadmender on Friday December 7th.

The Keepers on Facebook. Cover photo by Neil McCarty


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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Oct 24th – Oct 30th

MADAMAN’S LULLABY + FLESH TUXEDO Wednesday October 24th The King Billy, Northampton Old school metal band on tour from the USA, plus newish ShoeTown power trio in support. Doors 8.30pm,…

Wednesday October 24th
The King Billy, Northampton
Old school metal band on tour from the USA, plus newish ShoeTown power trio in support. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

Wednesday October 24th
Club 43, Northampton
Progressive metal five-piece from Birmingham play the new midweek alternative night down at the Gold St venue. Doors 10pm, £3 entry

Thursday October 24th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
The acoustic folk pop duo of Bee and Kenny return from France, The Barratts go acoustic for a night, and Sey from Deep Sea Mountains will play a unique solo set. Doors 8pm, free entry

Thursday October 24th
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
It’s the annual return of the Ctrl Alt Fest Delete in Kettering! All profits go to Johnny’s Happy Place. The weekend kicks off in a laid-back style with sensitive indie-folk from Gardner and renowned poet Ambler performing, with an open mike situ beforehand. Doors 8pm, free entry

Friday October 26th
The Prince of Wales, Kettering
Anarcho punk legends headline, high octane rock’n’roll from Sheffield, punk fury from Northampton [in acoustic mode, no less!] plus the mysterious psychonauts bring up the rear. Music from 9pm, free entry

Friday October 26th
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Long-running local ska/new wave troupe headline, instrumental post-punk workouts in the middle, and punk-funk quartet open. Doors 7pm, free entry

Friday October 26th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Alternative blues-rock trio from London, and intelligent indie types from Leicester. Doors 7pm, free entry

Friday October 26th
The Yards, Kettering
Pop-punk Halloween party, fancy dress encouraged. Doors 7pm, free entry

Friday October 26th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The Northampton indie-popsters aim for a third sell-out show in the Underground room, with help from the super ShoeTown/London psych-pop quartet and alt-rockers from Bedford. Doors 7.30pm, £6 tickets

Friday October 26th
The Lab, Northampton
Electronics and drum duo from London bring the party bangers, there’s New Jersey genre-bending punk rap, experimental beats and noise from Holyhead in North Wales, and non-binary ambient drone from Kettering. Heady stuff all round. Doors £5 entry

Friday October 26th
The King Billy, Northampton
The hard-working rock quarter play their hometown with a unique set combining their own material with covers of some tunes that have helped them become who they are today. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

Friday October 26th
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
HOP Events present a Halloween weekend of music over two nights. This first one offers pop punk from Hertfordshire, heavy’n’sad grunge from ShoeTown, localish post-hardcore/metalcorers, melodic metal from Bedford, and five-piece black metallers from the “sluggish pit of Northamptonshire”. Doors 7pm, £5 entry or £10 weekend ticket

Friday October 26th
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
After nearly eight years at the Horseshoe, No Rest Promotions will be taking break from gigs. They finish with punk served up four ways: from Birmingham, Northants, London, and Bristol. First band 7.45pm, £5 on the door

Saturday 27th October
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Day two at Ctrl Alt Fest Delete begins with the psychedelic preachers from Leicester headlining, former Dem Urban Foxes, Northampton’s sweary baggy-funk conglomerate, acoustic rock from ShoeTown, and also Northants’ only surf band [you’d imagine]. Doors 7pm, free entry

Saturday 27th October
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Local progressive folk quartet headline, alongside Americana from York, Corby alt-rockers, local new wavers, and more locals playing indie/psych. Doors 7pm, free entry

Saturday 27th October
The Prince of Wales, Kettering
Iron Maiden covers band and New-Wave-Of-British-Heavy-Metal style support. Doors 8pm, free entry

Saturday 27th October
The Roadmender, Northampton
Big Halloween party time. Slamboree are the anarchic pack of revolutionary performers and musicians based in Bristol helmed by Mike Freear, Kathika Rabbit and Lizzie West. Passion and pure insanity every time. Dutty meanwhile are a 14-piece jazz-trained big band fronted by hip-hop/grime MC’s and backed by a DJ and a producer with a taste for the bass. Fancy dress requested! Doors 10pm, £18 tickets

Saturday 27th October
The Lab, Northampton
Metalcore band from Coventry, melodic hardcore from Leeds, metalcore from the East Midlands, more metalcore-meets-electronica from the Midlands, and ShoeTown metal to open. Doors 7pm, £6 entry

Saturday 27th October

The White Hart, Corby
Rocked Up and YUK team up for a Halloween Party. Doors 8pm, free entry

Saturday 27th October
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Day two of the Halloween weekend. Very intense heavy metal from Northampton, hardcore from Milton Keynes, and a five-piece metal group from Corby. Doors 7pm, £7 entry or £10 weekend ticket

Saturday 27th October
Finedon Lodge, Finedon
Artists include The Hanging Bandits, Rogue State Circus, Hazeyjane, Jeff McCall, Jonathon Reynolds, Diego Dew, and Seth Oraeki, Whale, Riley Doran, and Rebecca Ryan. Profits from this year’s ticket sales will be going to the Poppy Appeal. Doors 6pm, £8 entry

Saturday 27th October
The Red Lion, Raunds
A night that crosses all genres of heavy metal. Kicking off the night is death metallers Earthbound from London, fresh from their conquering of the New Blood Stage at Bloodstock, followed by the vampiric death tones of the Crimson Brigade who march in from Chesterfield and set up camp before destroying the stage. Corby’s Fueled Hate add to the metal craziness with their full on energy jump around show, and the event finishes with thrash metal band Helgrind from London. Doors 7pm, free entry

Sunday October 28th
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
The final day of Ctrl Alt Fest Delete. Heavyness from the local psychedelic cosmonauts, “new-wave krautrock jazz madness” from Market Harborough, and space rock poetry from Leicester. Doors 7pm, free entry

Sunday October 28th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Hosted by Chuck the Poet and Rob Reeves on an outdoor stage, expect performances from Humblebee, Jacob Brathwaite, Courtney Askey Band, Will Bates-Harrison, Sam Draper, Daniel Wardrop, hazeyjane, Dem’ Urban Foxes, Alex Gardner, Matt Adams, Aldous Pinch, Hippolyta’s Moon, and Helen Verrill. Doors 2pm, free entry

Sunday October 28th
Northampton Golf Club
“The lovechild of Joni Mitchell and Karen Carpenter” plays a lunchtime set at the Kingsley venue. 1-3pm, free entry


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New Music Friday: Mio Flux

Mio Flux (aka Jacob Bartoli) is a Northampton electronic producer, who is working alongside Patchy, The Rockstar on many of his collaborations. ‘SNL’ is the latest single to drop, and…

Mio Flux (aka Jacob Bartoli) is a Northampton electronic producer, who is working alongside Patchy, The Rockstar on many of his collaborations. ‘SNL’ is the latest single to drop, and it’s such a great tune [and Northampton love-in] that New Boots had to have a few moments with him.

How/why did you start the Mio Flux project?
I started the Mio Flux project when I was about 17. Before then I was a frontman for indie bands and indie solo projects. My laptop and software changed everything for me musically, I started to appreciate the electronic side of music and ended up totally indulged and obsessed with it. The reasoning behind Mio Flux was to be able to collaborate with as many artists as possible from all genres and mix my two musical loves together. I always wanted to do something different and original.

How would you describe your sound?
Atmospheric. I like to add multiple layers and create my own sounds that are unexpected. I think the intro for ‘Catch My Hook’ describes my sound the best; catchy melodies with bells and airy synths as an under layer. Hopefully interesting for the listener.

Who are your main influences in music? It seems to be everything from Diplo to David Bowie…
I have a wide range. I am very influenced by producers like Murda Beatz, Mike Will Made it, Diplo, Pharrel, Mark Ronson and George Martin. They are all game changing producers in their own right. However one of my strongest influences is definitely Scritti Politti from the 70/80’s. In my eyes they have a perfect combination of outstanding songwriting, production, catchy guitar/synth/bass riffs, and memorable choruses.

What was it about Patchy that attracted you to working with him?
We met working at Toys’R’Us, and he was my manager. He first did a verse on a track I was cooking up with Marcus and George from Sarpa Salpa, and from then we just clicked and began working on ‘Balmain’, and others. Our collaboration has been going on for well over a year now, and I feel we get stronger and better with every track. His hooks are unreal; every single one of them is as catchy as the last.

What was the reaction like to [previous single] ‘Sabo’?
Fantastic, every show without fail people know the chorus [it’s not too complex], so it seems to be a really uplifting song in our set that injects energy into the crowd. It’s a song I always compare our new tracks too, to see if they have the same energy on stage.

Tell us about this new release, ‘SNL’.
The single started by Patchy and I wanting to sample guitars and really demonstrate there’s more to rap than just the beats and repetitive melodies. So we went through a few bands we know in Northampton and ‘She Never Lies’ by Sarpa Salpa stood out. SNL consists of Sarpa’s guitar recordings over the top of a trap beat. Even Marcus’ vocals make an appearance at the end of the streaming versions of the song. We wanted to really break through new ground and collaborate with an interesting mix of genres. The video is also directed by ourselves, and edited by our regular collaborator in the States, Lil Adlib. The video carries on our theme of retro gaming. There are even scenes of me and Patchy fighting in Street Fighter 2.

What are your live shows like?
Energetic and fast paced. We like to keep a continuous flow of music so Patchy and I will talk in intros or filtered outs. This ensures the crowd are kept on their toes. It’s made for every music lover.

What has been your favourite Mio Flux moment of 2018?
Without a doubt it was mine and Patchy’s headline show at the Garibaldi. The atmosphere was unreal, everyone chanting our lyrics, I won’t forget that night for a long time. The line up was so strong too; Leo Robinson, Charlie Borthwick and Kiao opening the show and Ginger Snaps providing the after party. I can’t thank everyone enough for that night, a night I really wasn’t expecting.

What was the last thing you bought/streamed?
Anderson .Paak ‘Tints’ [featuring Kendrick Lemar]. The single has got me really excited for his new album to drop. He’s definitely someone I would love to work with.

What is your burning desire to do in the future? What plans do you have?
Patchy and I are building up enough quality music to be able to release a joint mixtape, and hopefully go on tour with it. I want to keep our momentum flowing with singles and videos beforehand. Also I have nearly finished a collaboration with The Barratts: if you love ‘The Garrison’, I hope you love the remix too.

SNL is out now on the usual digital platforms

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