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2019 live music preview

Hey it’s January, we know. Not too much to get excited about right this minute. So it’s time to look ahead to some of the shows that have been announced…

Hey it’s January, we know. Not too much to get excited about right this minute. So it’s time to look ahead to some of the shows that have been announced in Northants for the first half of 2019. All tastes catered for here with this top twenty…

Alison Limerick, February 2nd, The Picturedrome, Northampton

Al Lover, February 10th, The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton

Roni Size, February 15th, The Roadmender, Northampton

Incognito, February 16th, The Roadmender, Northampton

Martin Carthy, February 24th, The Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton

Shakin’ Stevens, March 2nd, The Royal & Derngate, Northampton

KT Tunstall, March 12th, The Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Corduroy, March 22nd, The Roadmender, Northampton

Sleeper, March 29th, The Roadmender, Northampton

Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind, March 30th, The White Hart, Corby

Gentlemen’s Dub Club, March 30th, The Roadmender, Northampton

Sleaford Mods, April 18th, The Roadmender, Northampton

Stereo MC’s, April 25th, The Picturedrome, Northampton

Rozi Plain, April 26th, The Black Prince, Northampton

The Urban Voodoo Machine, April 27th, The White Hart, Corby

Electric Six, May 14th, The Picturedrome, Northampton

UB40, May 16th, The Royal & Derngate, Northampton

Northampton Music Festival, June 16th, Northampton

Madness, June 28th, Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton

Vader, June 29th, The Black Prince, Northampton

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The New Boots Review Of 2018

It’s been a cracking 12 months for the Northants music scene, with musicians flying the flag for our county on a local, national, and international level. To celebrate, we’ve had…

It’s been a cracking 12 months for the Northants music scene, with musicians flying the flag for our county on a local, national, and international level.

To celebrate, we’ve had a run though of some of our favourite things this year. Before we get going, a quick caveat. We love all the acts we write about, but we can’t include everyone and talk about everything. If you or your favourite are not in there, just remember; there’s always next year…

So, without further ado here’s the ramblings of New Boots editors Phil Moore and David Jackson. Merry Christmas, and a prosperous New Year to all. [most photos by David Jackson]

Phil: “For me it’s Tom Grennan and ‘Barbed Wire’. Yes, Tom’s from Bedford but his backing band includes Northants musicians Danny Connors and Adam Gammage. Danny is a long-time local songwriter and musician and he co-wrote the single with Tom. I think it’s the best thing on his debut album Lighting Matches that came out earlier this year.”

Dave: “For me, it’s ‘The Modern Man’ by Ginger Snaps. Jay Brook has been putting out great records for years in Gingers Snaps, and with previous bands. I think ‘The Modern Man’ was an almost a perfect mix of what Ginger Snaps is about: great beats, scratching and guitar hook all rolled into one.”

Phil: “I also want to mention The Barratts‘ second comeback single from this year ‘The Garrison’. The band came back after a break from recording and that tune still has the essence of The Barratts but it’s moved the sound on with a bit of a harder edge. Luckily they’ve still got a brilliant way with a chorus.”

Phil: “This is a much harder category because we’ve had fewer albums out than singles, but the quality of those I’ve heard has been excellent. Three stood out most for me. Firstly Domino Blitz by Tim Muddiman & The Strange. It is a serious piece of art which he clearly put his heart and soul into. “It has a sort of Nick Cave / Tom Waits dark blues/noir rock feel, and has some great arrangements.

“Secondly Venus Fly Trap and Icon. This is possibly the best album they’ve done, which was a bit of a surprise. “It’s a diverse record with lots of memorable hooks, both guitar parts and vocal lines.

“It’s also worth mentioning P -Hex, who have been together for almost 30 years now and finally put out nan album, Quantum Funkanics, this year. I think they have previously not bothered to do an album because they thought they were predominantly a live act, but I’m glad they did because it is brilliant.”

Dave: “There’s not much I can add to what you’ve said, but the album I’ve probably listened to the most has also been Domino Blitz. I really enjoyed Tim’s previous record Paradise Runs Deeper so was looking forward to this one and it really didn’t disappoint. As you said, a great, dark bluesy record which I really rate. It was great to have him here this year playing some of those songs as well.”

Dave: “Sharkteeth Grinder were one of the highlights at the Rocked Up Hootennany this summer, and one of the best local live bands I’ve seen this year. They were probably a band I saw photos of before hearing them live and knew they were someone I’d love.

“There’s a fantastic controlled chaos about them, and even with the disconnect of a main stage and barrier at the Hootenanny, Bobbo was out in the crowd, screaming his heart out putting everything into that performance. They’re just fantastic to watch live.”

Phil: “They refer to their performances as exhibitions and yes, they’re very passionate and seriously and in love what they do. They’ll play anywhere to anyone wherever there’s an audience. They’re one of the sincerest bands I’ve ever spoken to. If you like hardcore they’re absolutely a band for you.

“I’d also like to mention Karl Phillips and The Rejects. I’ve only seen Karl and krew a couple of times this year, but they are very tight and very entertaining. Karl has tons of personality, and the band went on a massive tour this year, which takes guts in this day and age. Each venue that books them seems to fall in love with them and want them back.

“More new songs in 2019 please Karl.”

Dave: “I’ve just mentioned it, but the Rocked Up Hootenanny was amazing and without doubt one of my highlights of the year. What Marc Collins and the Rocked Up team and other promoters involved achieved in 2018 was fantastic. 

“The Hootenanny has been growing year by year and the ambition to create something on that scale has to be massively applauded.
“There was a fantastic mix of local and national touring acts and to get the final full show by Arcane Roots was as huge coup.

“Yeah, it was a bit windy, but it was a great day and the organisers did a great job of pulling together a really diverse day of music with rock, alternative and hip-hop across three stages. Hopefully, despite his pending move to Hamburg, Marc and the team will be back next year with another Hootenanny.”

Phil: “The event of the year for me has to be the return of Bauhaus – if only under the name of Peter Murphy and David J. “The pair hadn’t played Bauhaus material together in this town for 36 years and that in itself was a huge moment for Northampton – and they played two shows!

“I went to the first and it was fantastic tour de force. Their music, which was always visceral and revolutionary, sounded great and I feel it was a moment you had to revel in.”

Dave: “We also have to mention Twinfest, as each year it goes from strength to strength.
“It opened for the first time on the Thursday in the Guildhall’s Great Hall, which felt really special. It was a great opening night, and I hope they’re able to do something similar again next year.”

Phil: “The organisers were very on it this year, and utilised each of the venues really well. It’s a very small-scale organisation working on a small budget and they are maximising the results. All power to them for achieving that – I hope they can keep it up in the future.”

David: “I think it’s been another strong year for bands coming to the county, and for me a couple stick out. It was great to see post-hardcore legend and former Far frontman Jonah Matranga play all of Water & Solutions at the White Hart in Corby.

“Jonah seems to be over in the UK every couple of years and besides being one of the nicest guys his work rate is incredible. It was the first time I’d seen Jonah play with a band as he normally just tours acoustically. Rob Reeves from Run Your Tongue also deserves a ‘thanks’ for making that gig happen.

“My second choice would probably be Gary Numan at the Roadmender. When you look at the size of shows Numan is playing it was a real coup for Northampton to get a show. He’s still writing fantastic songs and his last couple of albums I think have been among the best of his career. Another mention must go to Tim Muddiman representing Northampton on bass for Numan.”

Phil: “It was a big, big deal for him to come and play a show that size and we’re lucky. I’m sure Tim helped make that happen.

“I’d like to pick Don Broco. They’ve had a massive year with their album Technologyand they’re playing to packed audiences. The Roadmender gig sold out almost immediately and they’re from the region so a big shout out must go to them for their amazing efforts and great live show.

“Also, The Lovely Eggs. One of my favourite DIY bands, who also came to the Roadmender. They’ve been growing year by year and are releasing quality albums and playing quality shows. The atmosphere at their gigs is always extremely friendly, and you feel like you’re part of their family. Which is apt, as they also bring their kid on tour as well!”

Dave: “I think there’s two we need to talk about here: Sarpa Salpa and slowthai.

“The Sarpa lads put in an incredible amount of work this year. They played more than 20 festivals, countless regular shows and supported some big acts along the way, while also headlining the MaNo-Musikfestival in Germany, playing to about 2,000 people.

“They’ve released a couple of great singles and filled venues across the region.”

Phil: “They’ve had a fantastic year and are the whole package really. “They’ve gigged their asses off and are a great representation of what you can achieve. We love them and will continue to support them as much as we can.

“Next for them, I think, is start to get getting more national press/radio exposure, and then we can expect big things beyond conquering the east Midlands.”

Dave: “Onto slowthai – who currently is gracing the cover of numerous major publications while featuring in a lot of ‘2019 hype’ lists.

Phil: “While he’s not been working the local scene as such,  he is very much a product of Northampton and is heading for the stars as we speak.

“2018 has been a phenomenal rise and breakthrough year for him. He’s put out a succession of riotous singles, and the snowball just keeps getting bigger and bigger. We may not see him locally much more, but he’s a guy with bucket loads of charm and we should all love him.”

Dave: “Billy Lockett. He’s had a hell of a year, hasn’t he. Seeing the ELO tour poster with his name on, playing every major stadium in the UK and Europe was great.

“I went to one of the London O2 Arena shows and it was incredible to see Billy’s name in lights either side of the stage, and the reaction he was getting from fans. It was only a few years ago it seems he was still trying to work out exactly who he wanted to be, trying different line-ups and formats and it all seems to have clicked this year for him.

“He’s released some cracking songs along the way as well.”

Phil: “This year was a real moment for him. I think you could tell how much it meant to him to come and fill the Royal back in May I really think now the sky is the limit for him.”

Dave: “We must also mention Alistair Wilkinson who has been playing drums with him as well.”

Phil: “Yeah, he’s a great guy with a lot of talent. He’s very in demand as a session drummer and I hope they continue to work together because it will really feel like a Northampton band then.”

Phil: “We’ve already mentioned Adam Gammage and Danny Connors playing with Tom Grennan, and it’s worth pointing out guys have been rehearsing at Stalkers Rehearsal Studio in Northampton. It’s amazing when you think we have top ten artists on our doorstep like that.

Greg Coulson is now playing keyboards in Spiritualized, which is fantastic for him, and you have to continually mention Ben Gordelier and Andy Crofts recording and playing with Paul Weller.

“Weller released his best album in years in 2018 with True Meanings, and they played some fantastic gigs. I’m looking forward to hearing more from them two next year with the return of The Moons.”

Dave: “There’s then also people we’ve previously discussed like Tim Muddiman touring across the world with Gary Numan.”

Dave: “Two bands I’ve been really impressed with this year have been King Purple and The Keepers.

“It’s an interesting one, because both kinda occupy genres which aren’t my immediate ‘go to’. ‘Stuck In The Rough’ is a cracking tune and I know King Purple have been gaining a lot of traction. I’ve seen them a few times and every time they’ve really impressed.

“They’re clearly really talented guys and I hope they going to have a good 2019.

Phil: “I think their sound is very ‘now’ and a mixture of American and English influences and that always translates and travels quite well in this day and age.

Dave: “I met up with The Keepers recently and was very impressed with frontman Jordan’s drive and determination. He clearly knows exactly where he wants to take the band, and how he wants to achieve it.

“I just think with that drive and work ethic, they’re halfway there. They’ve got a good live show and are writing some good music.”

Phil: “I can see them getting better and better and I hope they get the support they deserve locally. They mix a few genres; there’s a bit of indie, psych and mod in there, and there’s enough going on in the pot there to satisfy anyone really.”

Phil: “I want to mention Weirdoe and That Joe Payne. “Weirdoe is a local rapper who seems to be a great character, and has built an impressive YouTube following. Aaron’s got some mad rhyming skills and his flow is always on point. His music is truthful, with some gallows humour, which inevitably brings [healthy] comparisons to Eminem.

“With Joe Payne – I think you are obligated to say ‘Joe Payne, former vocalist of The Enid‘ to give him some context! He left The Enid a couple of years ago now though. He already has fans and the press on his side from those times, he has a great voice and great piano skills. He’s got enough self-awareness to take everything with a pinch of salt, and that’s really important in this industry.

“Joe, and everyone else, New Boots hopes you have a kick-ass 2019.”

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Dec 12th – Dec 18th

SKIRT + MUNDAYS + EX-PETS Friday December 14th The Lab, Northampton Corby indie-punks come to ShoeTown, plus excellent stoner-psych and punk supports. Doors 8pm, price TBA SKINDRED + SONIC BOOM…

Friday December 14th
The Lab, Northampton
Corby indie-punks come to ShoeTown, plus excellent stoner-psych and punk supports. Doors 8pm, price TBA

Friday December 14th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Welsh ragga punk metallers promote new album Big Tings. Support from London ska rockers and local rap rockers. Doors 7.30pm, £21.50 tickets

Friday December 14th
The King Billy, Northampton
Three albums in, East Anglian classic rockers who tour a lot. Doors 9pm, free entry

Saturday December 15th
Club 43, Northampton
Two bangers at the Rebel Waltz clubnight. The ‘These Kids’ band make pop-punk with every fibre of their beings, taking from bands such as Microwave, Boston Manor, Seaway, Fleetwood Mac, Green Day. Support from new ShoeTown alt-rock trio. Doors 8pm. Free before 9pm, £4 after

Saturday December 15th
The Lab, Northampton
“Some Christmas songs, joy and merriment with the least merry musicians ever to grace the streets of this town”. Former ShoeTown resident Malco brings an old telecaster and her voice along. The singer-songwriter has since been in the studio writing and recording her as-yet-untitiled debut album. Velvet Engine is the brainchild of Latina Northamptonian San-D Godoy, described as “yearning pop folk, with a sprightly but reflective soul”. Harries is a well-know local musician and songwriter. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

Saturday December 15th
The White Hart, Corby
Christmas party as two local bands join forces: one brings the “glunk rock”, the other the twanging riffs. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

Saturday December 15th
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
Atmospheric post-hardcore from Oxford, metalcore from Nottingham, five-piece ShoeTown thrash metal band, and a rock trio from Milton Keynes. Doors 7pm, free entry

Sunday December 16th
The Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Eight-piece band from Birmingham, made up of brothers and sisters and twins and saxophones and trumpets and cute, weird dancers. Their music is an eclectic mix of jazz, lounge, psychedelia, two tone, pop and punk. Plus support from three brothers from Rugby who mash up funk, disco, and hip-hop, and local solo guitar indipopper.
Door 7.30pm, £8 tickets

Sunday December 16th
The Drunken Duck, Kislingbury
Songs from Rosie Swayne’s eco-political satirical show, newly evolving into a super exciting musical double act with long term singing collaborator Rachel Duncan. Dawes folk/pop debut album ‘Little Blue Book’ is out now Opening is a singer-songwriter who offers a jazzy style. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

Sunday December 16th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Bringing you solo vibes including country music, ambient cello jams and a downtempo korg volca set. Doors 7pm, free entry

Sunday December 16th
The Three Horseshoes, Ecton
The troubadour – of Bennett Wilson Poole / Grand Drive / Danny and the Champions of the World fame – plays a solo show at 2.30 pm. Free entry




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

TC & THE BOBCATS + MATT CARTER + DAVE CLEMO & KAREN ANGELA Wednesday December 5th Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby Another Kontra Roots acoustic night. Open mic slots available between…

Wednesday December 5th
Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
Another Kontra Roots acoustic night. Open mic slots available between acts. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

Thursday December 6th
The Carriage House, Higham Ferrers
Northampton folk-rockers take a small trip east to bring the good times. Doors 8pm, free entry

Friday December 7th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Psych-driven fuzz four-piece from Kettering play tracks from their forthcoming LP The Velvet Night. Plus special guests, the Cambridge-based kraut-funk space rockers Psychic Lemon. Doors 8pm, free entry

Friday December 7th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Northampton’s very own small faces do the headline show thing at the Roadmender, ably supported by fellow local rock boys. Doors 7.30pm, £5 tickets

Friday December 7th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Lush harmonies on the original songs of this local duo. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

Saturday December 8th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Watford-based quartet who take in a wide range of influences from reggae and ska through to punk and soul. Third album ‘Year Zero‘ came out last July. Last ShoeTown show rocked, and this will do likewise. Support from former New Street Adventure frontman. Doors 7.30pm, £13.50 tickets

Saturday December 8th
The Black Prince, Northampton [front bar]
Local, 1980s-formed anti-fascists with a nice line in rocking songs. Doors 8pm, free entry

Saturday December 8th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Relatively new alt-rock trio bring the Xmas spirit to the Lamp. Doors 8pm, free entry

Saturday December 8th
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
Energetic pop-punk/emo from Kettering, alt-rock from the south-west, and “easy-core” from Newbury. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

Sunday December 9th
The Lab, Northampton
Metal night. Headliners are launching their new record When I’m Breathing Without You, with fine ShoeCounty support. Doors 7pm , £6 tickets

Sunday December 9th
The Drunken Duck, Kislingbury
Acoustic folk ambience from the Kettering-based project. Music 6.30pm-8.30pm, free entry

Tuesday December 11th
Zapato Lounge, Northampton
Get the festivities started with a mid-week song and food extravaganza. Doors 7pm, free entry




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Live review: From The Jam

From The Jam / Nine Below Zero Northampton Roadmender November 30th 2018 Some bands age like fine wine and that’s certainly the case with Nine Below Zero. Opening their set…

From The Jam / Nine Below Zero
Northampton Roadmender
November 30th 2018

Some bands age like fine wine and that’s certainly the case with Nine Below Zero. Opening their set with an energetic version of fan favourite ‘Riding on the L&N’ the band deliver a masterclass in rhythm’n’blues. ‘I’m in the Doghouse’ follows and simply swings while evergreen vocalist Dennis Greaves makes his guitar sing on a hard edged rendition of blues standard ‘Killing Floor’. With his partner-in-crime, the harmonica maestro Mark Feltham the pair have been performing together for four decades and share an obvious chemistry – as evidenced by a tight but fun rendition of ‘Tequila’. Nine Below Zero turn in a crowd pleasing, greatest hits set with ‘Wipe Away Your Kiss’ and ‘You Can’t Say Yes, You Can’t Say No’, both from their seminal Third Degree album, following in quick succession. As you’d expect a fiery run through of ‘Eleven Plus Eleven’ sets the venue alight and ensures they end on a high.

From The Jam are touring the classic All Mod Cons album to celebrate it’s fortieth anniversary. Nowadays a word like ‘classic’ is thrown around casually but All Mod Cons is certainly worthy of such a title. More than just an album it really captured the spirit of the times, both musically and lyrically, and the triumph of tonight’s show is that some of that essence is replicated. The short, sharp shock of opener ‘All Mod Cons’ is performed with the aggression it warrants, before the band ease off the throttle with ‘To Be Someone’. In the live environment it becomes evident what a kaleidoscopic album All Mod Cons is. From the power-pop of ‘David Watts’ to the neo-psychedelia of ‘The Place I Love’ to the primitive punk of ‘Billy Hunt’, From The Jam paint each song with the appropriate shade.

‘English Rose’ affords the opportunity for an acoustic interlude and the band deviate from the original track listing to include ‘Smithers Jones’ and ‘Private Hell’. The latter, when stripped bare, reveals a lyrical depth hidden in the original. Then it’s back to All Mod Cons for the Orwellian ‘A Bomb in Wardour Street’ and the poetic ‘Down in the Tube Station at Midnight’.

What follows is a ‘best of’ set full of songs that defined a generation. ‘A Town Called Malice’ turns the venue into a huge dancefloor, before we’re treated to the “too good to be a b-side” ‘The Butterfly Collector’. Vocalist Russell Hastings sounds uncannily like Paul Weller, but he still manages to impart his own stamp on proceedings. Bruce Foxton has cut down on the trademark leaps and bicycle kicks but he still turns in an energetic, lively performance and his vocal on ‘News of the World’ sounds vital and fresh.

The band return for three well-deserved encores: ‘In The City’, ‘Eton Rifles’ and a rousing ‘Going Underground’. Purists may dismiss From The Jam as a glorified tribute act (albeit with an original member), but they obviously haven’t seen the joy their performance brings. Thankfully Bruce Foxton cares enough about his past so we can relive a little of ours.

Peter Dennis

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Nov 28th – Dec 4th

THEE MVPs + BLOOD-VISIONS Thursday November 29th The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton Repeatedly being called the best live band in Leeds, Thee MVPs have a pounding rhythm section, punch-to-the-gut guitars and…

Thursday November 29th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Repeatedly being called the best live band in Leeds, Thee MVPs have a pounding rhythm section, punch-to-the-gut guitars and gusto-filled choruses. They provide rock’n’roll that’s “caked in krautrock rust, protopunk grease and ’77 powerpop spit”. Support from back-from-the-dead, revered local punkish sorts. Doors 8pm, free entry

Friday November 30th
The Black Prince, Northampton
A big bad filthy hardcore show at The Black Prince: mathcore from Corby, metalcore from Ireland, post- hardcore from NTown, digital hardcore from Rushden, and synthcore from NTown. Doors at 7pm, £4 entry

Friday November 30th
The Lab, Northampton
Hatstar has spent the last 20 years on the UK and European festival and cabaret circuit, playing the accordion and honing her own unique brand of musical entertainment. With a trio of local, ramshackle and lovable supports. Doors 8pm, £3.50 entry

72% + LDMR
Friday November 30th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
ShoeTown’s three-piece instrumental noise rockers return to the stage, with Marburg’s four-piece instrumental shoe-gaze post-rockers returning to Northampton after their triumphs at Twinfest last summer. Doors 8pm, free entry

Friday November 30th
The Yards, Kettering
Pop-punk party! Headliners from Stoke, with sumptuous ShoeCounty support. Door 7pm, free entry

Friday November 30th
The Stitching Pony, Kettering
They never know when to stop, and that’s why folk love the classic rockers. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

Friday November 30th
Manor School And Sports College, Raunds
After a period as a covers band, the youngsters release their first EP of original material today. Doors 6pm, £5 entry

Friday November 30th
The Red Lion, Raunds
Hard rock from Rugby, and grungey trio from ShoeTown. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

Saturday December 1st
The Black Prince, Northampton
Northamptonshire Health Charitable Fund is the charity that supports Northampton General Hospital and all profit from this years festival will go to the Dryden Cardiac Ward. The King Of Hearts Festival started last year in memory of Rob King. Acts this time: Century City, The Barratts, Monarchs, King Purple, Drinsipa, Jack vs Hotdog, Hyll, Corinne Lucy, LDMR, Kilamojo, and Keiron Farrow. Doors 12.30pm, £5 entry

Saturday December 1st
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
A night to focus on live electronic music from NN. Doors 8pm, free entry

Saturday December 1st
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
The hip-hop and grime night with open mic returns to the Pom. Grime cyphers with DJ Towner. Featured artistS this edition: HarQ, Reality, Anonymous, and more. Also featuring a live hip-hop band, plus a graffiti workshop. Doors 6pm, free entry

Saturday December 1st
Raff’s bar, Wellingborough
Rap-rock from Norfamtun with a scintilla of funk are your headliners, followed by an international bluesy hardcore/metal band from Leeds. Then dirty grunge from ShoeTown and opening up are a five-piece black metal band from “the sluggish pit of Northamptonshire”. Doors 6pm, £5 entry

Saturday December 1st
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Urban rail punk from Brum/Northants. This show supports Family Support Link`s Christmas Toy Appeal and asks people who are attending the gig to bring a new toy or make a donation. Doors 8pm, free entry

Sunday December 2nd
The Roadmender, Northampton
The Pete’n’Dave Bauhaus roadshow returns to ShoeTown, whence it all began. The Roadmender website says sold out, but there’s a handful of tickets left on third party sites, such as here.

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Nov 21st – Nov 27th

KARL PHILLIPS & THE REJECTS Thursday November 22nd The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering Acoustic show from the ‘Plastic Gangsta’ singer. A completely original mashup of ska, punk & grime with a hip-hop…

Thursday November 22nd
The Three Cocks Inn, Kettering
Acoustic show from the ‘Plastic Gangsta’ singer. A completely original mashup of ska, punk & grime with a hip-hop nod at luminaries like The Clash, The Specials & Mike Skinner. Karl’s refreshingly honest lyrics test the boundaries of the human mind and the English etiquette, coming from a place most people can relate to but never dare to mention. Doors 8pm, pay as you feel (suggested £4). All profits go to Johnny’s Happy Place.

Thursday November 22nd

The White Hart, Corby
Alt-country singer from London promoting his brand new, fourth, album Modern Man. Support from local alt-rockers. Doors 8pm, £9 tickets

Friday November 23rd
The Lab, Northampton
Skankdown volume 2. Unknown Era are a collective of party heads from Nottingham, mixing ska, reggae, hip-hop, and funk. Bandits!! formed in 2013 in Newbury, and bring their high energy hip-hop styled ska-punk to ShoeTown. Hinckley act open with an acoustic performance. Doors 8pm, pay as you choose entry

Friday November 23rd
The Roadmender, Northampton
Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970’s, the Feelgoods have become one of the most popular live rhythm and blues acts in the world, enjoying a string of hit singles including ‘Milk & Alcohol’, ‘Down at the Doctors’, ‘Roxette’, ‘She’s A Wind Up’ and ‘See you later Alligator’. The current line-up is led by their drummer Kevin Morris, and features Steve Walwyn on lead guitar, Phil Mitchell on bass and charismatic vocalist, Robert Kane. Doors 7pm, £18.50 tickets

Friday November 23rd
The Yards, Kettering
Alt/indie night of four local acts. Doors 7pm , free entry

Friday November 23rd
The White Hart, Corby
After a year of solid touring around the U.K. and Europe, Sharkteeth Grinder will play their last hometown exhibition of the year. Support involves metallic hardcore out of Cork, Ireland, and a couple of local heavy hitters. Doors 8pm , £5 entry

Friday November 23rd
Althorp Coaching Inn, Great Brington
Northampton singer-songwriter of repute plays at the oldest pub in the shire. Doors 8pm, free entry

Saturday November 24th
The Roadmender, Northampton
British electronic act Blancmange first broke through in the early 1980s with their mix of synthesizers and surrealism, fused in groundbreaking singles such as ‘Feel Me’, ‘Living On The Ceiling’, ‘Blind Vision’ and ‘Don’t Tell Me’. They returned in 2011 to great acclaim, and tonight the latest album Wanderlust is launched. Support from member of the Anti-Ghost Moon Ray collective. Doors 7pm, tickets £19.50

Saturday November 24th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Unrivalled folk-rock-dance since 2010 from the headliners. And similar from the support! Doors 8pm, free entry

Saturday November 24th
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Drum exclusive from Ward, plus a selection of fine singer-songwriters. Doors 6pm, £4 tickets

Saturday November 24th
The White Hart, Corby
Three piece indie rock band, The Lids have made a real name for themselves in their home town of Leicester, selling out a headline show at The Cookie. Support comes from young ShoeTown quartet who trade in fuzzy guitar psychedelic pop, and edgy guitar pop/rock from Corby itself. Doors 8pm, £4 entry

Saturday November 24th
Rushden Athletic Club
Five-piece band from Bedford who use the sounds and traditions of 1950s skiffle and combine it with the energy of punk and a splash of reggae. This is their first major headline gig in Northants. Doors 8pm, £10 tickets

Saturday November 24th
The Walnut Tree, Blisworth
Respected Northants ska-reggae outfit perform a mix of originals and old favourites. Music from 9pm, free entry

Sunday November 25th
Club 43, Northampton
One Last Daybreak are an upcoming emo/post-hardcore quintet hailing from Romford, Essex. Pop-punk and grungey local supports. Doors 7pm, £7 entry

Sunday November 25th
The Albion Brewery, Northampton
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist living in Sweden. Former member of Oysterband, he sings with a cello. Cooper is currently promoting third album Between The Golden Age & The Promised Land. Doors 8pm, £12 entry

Sunday November 25th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Londoner George returns for his first ShoeTown show in three years. Doors 8pm, free entry

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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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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 17th – Oct 23rd

TURIN BRAKES + ELIZA SHADDAD Thursday October 18th The Roadmender, Northampton After 19 years together and over a million records sold worldwide, the London quartet released their eighth studio album…

Thursday October 18th
The Roadmender, Northampton
After 19 years together and over a million records sold worldwide, the London quartet released their eighth studio album Invisible Storm in January. One of the finest songwriter bands of the last decade or so, they have seven top 40 hits to their name. Support from acoustic/electronica singer. Doors 7pm, £20 tickets

Thursday October 18th
The Lab, Northampton
Firmly established and doing the business for the urban music scene in NN, this edition sees featured artists Har-Q, Melody Man, and Kalma & RG The Baron, plus plenty more rappers and poets. Doors 8pm, free entry

Thursday October 18th
The King Billy, Northampton
Think Enter Shikari mixed with Avril Lavigne and you have Killatrix. Support from alternative post-rock band from Corby. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

Saturday October 20th
Royal & Derngate, Northampton
The long-standing post-punk/art-rock stars play the Derngate in support of the release of new album The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon. Enation singer in support. Doors 7pm, tickets are £29.50 to £39.50

Saturday October 20th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
The hip-hop/grime night adds something else on top of it’s regular Thursday session and heads down Cotton End for a Saturday night party, starring Har-Q, Leo Robinson, Reality, Napps, and more. Doors 4pm, free entry

Saturday, 20 October
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Lloyd Cole/Richard Hawley/XTC-esque indie from the headliners. Meziah is Chris Pettifer, experimenting with dub, techno, electronica, and psychedelia. Opening with some excellent summery pop from Aaron. Doors 7pm, free entry

Saturday October 20th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Performing their celebrated million-selling 2006 album Twelve Stops And Home. This show has sold out, check venue for returns. 

Saturday October 20th
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
Worcester metallers, doom/sludge from Rushden, noisy punks from Northampton, and old-school sounding metal to open. Doors 7pm, £6 entry

Sunday October 21st
The Roadmender, Northampton
Much-loved surreal psych-punk rock duo from Lancashire return to ShoeTown with their biggest headline show yet. Mod punks from Medway also return to the town, ensuring much glorious noise. Riveting post-punk early doors too. Doors 7pm, £10 tickets

Sunday October 21st
Delapre Abbey, Northampton
The folk duo play live at Delapre Abbey’s Autumn Festival. Autumnal food, crafts and activities promised. From 1pm, free entry

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