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Kettering’s alternative rock venue reopens

Only a month ago it closed its doors. Now The Prince Of Wales in Kettering has reopened under new stewardship. The team that have taken over the Prince have history…

Only a month ago it closed its doors. Now The Prince Of Wales in Kettering has reopened under new stewardship.

The team that have taken over the Prince have history with the pub. Harry Kelly, of HK Taverns, ran the Prince and 52 other premises in the east Midlands until his death in 2013. His son Martin Kelly and his wife Leah Kelly, the new landlord and landlady, still hold the venue in high regard as it was one of Harry’s first venues.

New Boots spoke to the new team, who like Harry’s other family members, “have drank here, heard live bands here and know the Prince has a history of being the go to place for alternative music – and wish to restore that again”.

Nina Hammond was the outgoing publican, who ran it from 2015 until last month. “It’s not for us to disrespect Nina; she tried her way with there being a heavy helping of emo/ screamo and it hasn’t worked so well. The ‘POW’ franchise she envisioned failed for whatever reason”.

So what’s the plan for venue now, asked New Boots. “We believe the main stable diet of the Prince of Wales should be more appealing classic rock / rock/ metal, with a diverse influx with the fringe metals/ music from all genres in one place. Diversity we believe will be the key. We are willing to try our best and bring a more appealing, wider range of entertainment to the area – be it tribute bands, more mainstream rock, metal, hard rock, blues, punk, ska, D&B, with a hint of punk rock 101 with a feel good cheese sprinkling. We want to appeal to the all ages of music lovers.”

“We want customers to feel safe, welcomed and like its a home from home; not like they are an inconvenience”.

The Facebook page remains the same. The venue will this weekend host three nights of rock DJs. Keep an eye on social media for more of what’s to come, and no doubt you’ll see some of its gigs in our weekly county gig guide, out each Wednesday.

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New Music Friday: Garden, Izzie Gibbs, Howlin’ Owls, The Abrahams

The year may be drawing to a close, but the music doesn’t. Here’s four Northants corkers to, erm, uncork. Young alt-rock four-piece Garden release their much anticipated debut EP City…

The year may be drawing to a close, but the music doesn’t. Here’s four Northants corkers to, erm, uncork.

Young alt-rock four-piece Garden release their much anticipated debut EP City People are Weird today. Available on iTunes, Spotify, etc. There will be CD copies to buy at shows too. The tracks – recorded at local studio The Lodge – are ‘Such A Shame’, ‘White Wolf’, ‘I Love You And I Want You To Stay’,  and ‘We Need Guns’.

Rising grime star Izzie Gibbs always gives it both barrels, as displayed on ‘Obviously’. The mercurial and prolific 21 year-old Northamptonian won ‘Best Newcomer’ at the UK Urban Music Awards in 2016. Check the video below.

Rootsy rockers Howlin’ Owls have dropped the first single ‘Lucy’s Lagoon’, from the forthcoming self-recorded debut album Until The Moon Goes Blind – all while gigging across the region on a regular basis. Howlin Owls comprise of drummer Dave Webb, bassist Graham Park, lead singer and guitarist Morad Samaloussi, guitarist Stuart Paterson, percussionist Jamie O’Neill and keyboard and banjo player Chris Startup. You can download the song for free here, but only for a limited time. Credit to Wobblylobster for making the accompanying video.

And last but not least come Kettering’s The Abrahams, with their woozy, Flaming Lips-channelling song ‘Darling’. The four-piece “progressive folk rock skiffle beat combo” release their debut album very soon, and on this evidence that’s an exciting prospect.

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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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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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Charlotte Carpenter offers us ‘Shelter’

[Excuse that groan-worthy title, but no one has used it yet and that is a grave oversight] Kettering singer-songwriter Charlotte Carpenter has had a pretty good opening scene so far,…

[Excuse that groan-worthy title, but no one has used it yet and that is a grave oversight]

Kettering singer-songwriter Charlotte Carpenter has had a pretty good opening scene so far, releasing EPs and singles digitally since 2014, to much acclaim. And now she releases her best song yet, ‘Shelter’, as the lead track from her first vinyl release, the 10″ Shelter EP.

New Boots had a quick chat whilst she is on her whirlwind promotional trail

New Boots: This new song is something special. What’s is about?
Charlotte Carpenter: ‘Shelter’ is about the push and pull of the early stages of a new relationship, the moment you know you’re about to go into this big life changing event but part of you is still holding back. It’s ultimately about letting go, and just embracing new change. The video embodies that along with my growing confidence – as a musician and a woman.

NB: You have referred to ‘Shelter’ as your “unofficial James Bond theme”.
CC: Awkwardly, I’ve never watched a Bond film! They don’t tickle my fancy, but the songs always have. I love those big Bond numbers, with uneasy strings and chords to make you feel on the edge. My favourite Bond songs are ‘Skyfall’, ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ and ‘Diamonds Are Forever’.

NB: ‘Hey Mr. Cowboy’ feels so intimate. Do you find this intimacy plays to your strengths?
CC: The funny thing with ‘Hey Mr. Cowboy’ is that its quite different to what I’ve done before. Firstly, It isn’t about me, and my songs usually are. The feel/tone of the song is a slightly different style to previous releases too. I think the intimacy in this song shows that I can bring both light and shade to the table, and that’s a strength on its own. So I guess, to answer the question: yes.

NB: Who’s in your band?
CC: Lee and Matt! When I’m playing headline or festival shows I’ll have the guys with me; they’re wonderful people and completely respect my songs. Lee plays slide, baritone and Moog (he’s also my producer) and Matt is my drummer who literally takes on anything I throw his way.

NB: How do you find touring? Must be finally nice to have some vinyl to sell at the upcoming shows
CC: I love touring, it’s the best part about it all. You get meet those who you talk to online and thank them in person; visit cool venues, cities and countries and eat some great food. I am over the moon to have some vinyl, it’s a complete dream to hear these songs on my record player at home.

NB. Best and worst things about the Northants music scene.
CC: Best – There is some serious talent. Worst – Not enough variety of good size, good sounding music venues.

NB: What do you have planned for 2018?
CC: I’m planning on recording every week, touring my ass off and making my way across Europe!

CC live dates:
Oct 23 The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
Oct 24 Open, Norwich
Oct 25 The Star Inn, Guildford
Oct 26 Record Junkee, Sheffield
Oct 27 The Cookie, Leicester
Oct 29 Surf Cafe, Tynemouth
Nov 01 St Pancras Old Church, London
Nov 10 The Roadmender, Northampton (with Hana Brooks)

The Shelter EP is out now. Watch the videos for ‘Shelter’ and ‘Hey Mr. Cowboy’ below. Order the Shelter EP here, and stream/download it from the usual outlets.

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