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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jun 19th – Jun 25th

ROCK FEST The King Billy, Northampton Thursday June 20th – Sunday June 23rd No Sixfields festival this year from Blackbush, the replacement is two festivals at the Billy this weekend…

ROCK FEST
The King Billy, Northampton
Thursday June 20th – Sunday June 23rd
No Sixfields festival this year from Blackbush, the replacement is two festivals at the Billy this weekend and one in August. Thursday sees STEVIE JONES & THE WILDFIRES, FAMILY OF NOISE, and 100,000 HOURS playing. Friday means V8. Saturday welcomes JOHNNY THE FOX, 9 CARAT PURPLE , EMPYRE, MOJO CITY REBELS, RED HAWK RISING, FUELED HATE, CATALYST, LOKI, and GRAMMA VEDETTA. Finally Sunday brings out DIRTY JACK DC, MOTORPACE, PORCELAIN HILL and BLUESTONES. Times vary. Thursday and Friday are free entry, Saturday and Sunday are £5 per day [or a weekend ticket for £8]

SAM MORROW + MOUNTAINTOP JUNKSHOP
Thursday June 20th
Little Country Smokehouse & General Store, Cransley
Southern stomp and old-school funky-tonk from Los Angeles. Minimal country/Americana in support, from the slightly closer locale of Leicester. Doors 8pm, £10 tickets

THE NORSEHAMPTON VIKING FESTIVAL
Friday June 21st to Saturday June 22nd
The Black Prince, Northampton
A “celebration of Viking life” in Northampton, amazing. Musical delights from ATORC [folk meets metal from Bury St. Edmunds], GREENMAN RISING [Midlands folkies] SELLSWORD [Yorkshire metal], THE DIRTY TALES [celtic folk/punk band from Bedford], SCOTT SWAIN & THE SINNERS [acoustic alt-rock from Herts], BORN TO DESTRUCT [rock’n’roll from Cambridge], RALPH BEEBY & THE ELEPHANT COLLECTIVE [blues rock from London], THE WHISKY REBELLION [gypsy-punk from Leicester]. Tickets £8/£12

LAY IT DOWN
Friday June 21st
The Lab, Northampton
New Breed of open mic for the urban music scene. Impact, Hagglar, L30 Robinson, Paxx, RG The Baron, and many more perform. Doors 8pm, free entry

BRIAN STONE
Friday June 21st
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Stone [from Hampshire] is a lively, original singer songwriter known for engaging, entertaining performances. Doors 9pm, free entry

THE DRONES CLUB + CORINNE LUCY
Friday June 21st
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Solstice night, with a headliner mixing of ancestral and improvised music with eastern and dub rhythms. Supported by the hypnotising singer-songwriter. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE MISPELT
Saturday June 22nd 
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Solid punk rock of 21 years vintage [think Ramones, Rancid, Clash]. Plus solo support from Lee of Lhasa Calling fame. From 8pm, free entry

CANYONS + support
Saturday June 22nd 
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Re-branded from Real Live Owls, Canyons is a collective of seven musicians. Call it Anglicana, country and eastern, call it folky rock and roll. This is the stripped down four-piece version of the band, airing new tunes from a forthcoming ep. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE MUSIC BARN FESTIVAL
Saturday June 22nd 
A barn in Cranford 
Returning for its 6th year, they continue to donate most of proceeds of the event to a local charity, in particular a local palliative care hospice, the Cransley Hospice in Kettering. The festival showcases artists from across a broad range of genres including folk, rock, dance and electronic music. Artists include KOYOSWEET CRISIS, KING PURPLE, THE BRANDY THIEVES, JJ JECZALIK, and HAUSWERKS. Doors 2pm, £25 tickets

JOEL HARRIES
Sunday June 23rd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Solo set. 8pm, free entry

📸 of Sam Morrow by @lesliecampbellphoto

 

 

 

 

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Album review: Wishing Wolf

WISHING WOLF Violet Fire [self-released] I really enjoyed Wishing Wolf’s self-titled debut album [from 2016], so I was a little worried when their new effort landed in my hands. As…

WISHING WOLF
Violet Fire
[self-released]

I really enjoyed Wishing Wolf’s self-titled debut album [from 2016], so I was a little worried when their new effort landed in my hands. As in such cases I wondered if their new effort would live up to the expectations raised by its predecessor. No fear, because their sophomore long player Violet Fire hasn’t tinkered with the bands formula too much, but it’s immediately obvious Wishing Wolf have matured as both musicians and songwriters. The riffs and lyrics that echo throughout ensures their latest opus hangs together as a cohesive whole.

Cascading guitars are a motif that recur throughout Violet Fire and here, on the quiet storm that is album opener ‘Endless’, they frame an apologetic, beseeching telephone message. The vulnerability of the words spoken create a rather ominous tone and provides a nice foil for next track ‘Stardust’. In complete juxtaposition it fairly races out of the blocks with pedal firmly to the floor. However Wishing Wolf are a band who employ a lot of light and shade, even on a track like ‘Stardust’ there are brief, almost ambient, interludes which only serve to make the faster passages more frenetic.

Drawing influence from artists like My Chemical Romance and The Used there’s, perhaps understandably, a definite American flavour to Violet Fire, but it’s more in homage than any nefarious copycatting. ‘White Rose’ is permeated with intricate guitar lines which intertwine with six stringers Ben and Kyle firing off each other. Evidently the band have spent a lot of time on achieving just the right tone for their instruments and this is complemented by vocalist Danny who, with a nod to his Stateside influences, uses his larynx like an instrument, rising in octaves at will to complement the dissonant melodies of the guitarists. This is most notable on next cut ‘Closer’, as ethereal guitars swirl, with the vocals delivered somewhere between the defiant and self-effacing. But the dynamics are again evident in the conflict of soft and loud passages.

It’s definitely an album of two halves; perceptive listeners will note a change from ‘The Last Time I walked You Home’ onwards, as the high octane fuel that powered the early cuts is supplemented by something more emotive. Sure the majestic title track contains a chugging riff but it’s tempered by a reflective tone that dominates the second half of the album. Not only is there a shift musically but also in the confessional lyrics of ‘Only Nightmares’, a truly epic track that finds the band flexing their musical chops over seven minutes. Bringing things full circle is final cut ‘Black Beauty’, which connects with the phone message of opener ‘Endless’ but lyrically ‘Black Beauty’ counterpoints the “white ghost” mentioned in ‘Only Nightmares’. It’s these dots that join throughout which makes Violet Fire such a rewarding listen on each subsequent spin.

Wishing Wolf are the kind of band with a mélange of influences as nu metal and punk elements rub shoulders with indie rock intention that owes much to the current mid-90s-emo revival. While these disparate prepossessions could leave Wishing Wolf in a kind of musical limbo what holds Violet Fire together is a strong song (and dare I say pop) sensibility that underpins the album. Even at their most sombre the songs contained herein are real earworms that’ll haunt you for days. In the genre of alternative rock that’s a rarity, and something worth celebrating.

Peter Dennis

Violet Fire is out May 29th; order below via Bandcamp

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New Music Friday: EGO

Milton Keynes/Northampton trio EGO is the new brainchild of Sean Grant, the man behind growly rockers S.G. Wolfgang. Joined by Phill Andreas on guitar and Darren Stephens on drums, the…

Milton Keynes/Northampton trio EGO is the new brainchild of Sean Grant, the man behind growly rockers S.G. Wolfgang. Joined by Phill Andreas on guitar and Darren Stephens on drums, the band are on a mission to get down and dirty with your rock’n’roll desires. Their new eponymously-titled EP, featuring lead single ‘Gurl Is Gunna Kill U’, is a real treat, and New Boots went and got all the background titbits from Mr Grant.

How did you guys get together?
EGO was born from a love of heavier music and boredom. It was an inbetweeny moment of having some free time and throwing together some music which I really enjoyed. Originally it was me and Mark, but it had no future unfortunately, so I recruited some mates that just so happened to play the required instruments. Three mates playing in a band having a laugh, just like when we all aspire to start our first band with starry eyes.

How would you describe your sound? Who are your main influences?
Angry sexy shouty punky rock. Definitely if Jamie Lenman had a gangbang with Idles and Frank Carter.

What was the reaction like to your ‘Social Media SUX’ single last year? It seems the social media backlash is in full effect these days…
Yeah it was good; I think people were digging it as it was a bit different. BBC Introducing gave it some love, which we’re always appreciative of. Ah social media, we all love and hate you. It’s still a great platform to reach a fan base, although now you mainly have to pay for advertising to reach that fan base. Although I can’t see it going anywhere.

Tell us everything about this new EP
It is mind blergh from my brain. Whatever’s in there comes out in my writing. It’s heavy, but it’s melodic and screamy – but hopefully in the right places. It’s angry and it’s cheeky, but it has its sombre moments. It’s the whole flipping spectrum in five tracks. It’s fundamentally EGO. It’s not taking itself too seriously, it’s having fun. It’s remembering why you want to make music, and loving it again. I fundamentally write all the tracks with embellishment from the lads, and in the same way I record and produce all of it too. It’s something that I’ve played at before, and with this project wanting to to have complete control it just made sense to to do it myself. That’s why we’ve birthed Alt:Disco Records too; it’s all our vehicle and we’re looking forward to being at the steering wheel. ‘Gurl Is Gunna Kill U’ was from Friday nights DJing the club night Alt:Disco [at The Craufurd Arms]. Seeing the endless pursuit by men of the women on the dancefloor, and thinking “man that girl is going to kill you”…or “that girl is literally going to kill you”. I love a play on words, a double-edged sword… And a song was born.

What are your live shows been like so far?
Amazing noisily horribly fun. It definitely has a more interesting stage dynamic with myself just screaming / singing, a guitarist guitaring and a drummer drumming. We have our own little bubble, and I’ve certainly enjoyed the freedom of just being a frontman.

What has been your favourite EGO moment of the past year?
Mark and I did a northern tour which was pretty cool and 100% laughs, and I’m just looking forward to this new release and unleashing the new live setup for the world to see!

Are you part of a wider scene in Northants/Bucks, playing with like-minded bands? Any favourite bands/venues you wanna give a shout out to?
Definitely; I’m always open to collaboration and helping each other out. Definitely The Craufurd Arms in Wolverton, and the most recent band who’ve jumped on the bill at our EP show Loose Tooth – SICK BAND.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
I’m a big fan of local music, so it was actually the new release from Big Loss! Bloody lovely stuff by three lovely people. Apart from that then the new Crows album Silver Tongues is colossus.

What is your burning desire for the band to do in the future? What plans do you have?
All we aspire to is to be bigger than Ginger Snaps.

The EGO EP is out now on Alt:Disco Records via the usual download and streaming platforms

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New Music Friday: Broken Empire

Broken Empire are rockers from the Towcester and Oxford area. Ieuan Owen is on vocals, Matt Stevens on guitar, Marco Arena on bass, and Ricky Hill on drums. New Boots…

Broken Empire are rockers from the Towcester and Oxford area. Ieuan Owen is on vocals, Matt Stevens on guitar, Marco Arena on bass, and Ricky Hill on drums. New Boots celebrates their recent two singles by asking them what them tick in our patented in-depth conversation/interview.

How did you guys get together?
Ricky Hill: In 2017 Ben [band manager] put out an advert online about starting a new band project and that we require a guitarist, bass player and vocals. Matt got in contact and we had a jam together which just clicked straight away. A few months after that we found Marco and we knew he would fit perfectly. After starting to put together a few complete songs we found Ieuan. His influences on the songs we had roughly written was spot on for what we were looking for.
Marco Arena: I remember it was one day before my birthday! The day before I had a chat with Ben, and he asked me if I was available to join the guys for a jam the next day!

How would you describe your sound? Who are your main influences in music?
Ieuan Owen: I’d describe our sound as hard rock/metal, although we don’t tend to fit into a set subgenre. We’re a very riff driven band!
Matt Stevens: Our sound is modern but with plenty of influences from history. It’s a sweeping range of bands from Killswitch Engage to Alter Bridge, and I personally like throwing in Petrucci and Jason Becker touches.
Ricky Hill: Personally my main influences are Alter Bridge, Disturbed, Periphery, Tremonti…the list could go on and on! I think our sound reflects on all of our influences and creates a great combination of heavy metal and hard rock.

What was the reaction like to your self-titled EP from last year?
Ieuan Owen: The reaction was exceptional. Considering it was recorded quickly just to get it out there, it has exceeded our expectations, and the songs themselves are still largely staples in our set!
Ricky Hill: I was blown away from the reaction that we have received for our EP. It definitely helped having a lot of online radio stations playing it, which gave us a wider audience, and as for the streams on Spotify I think it’s done extremely well for a self promoted and produced EP.
Marco Arena: As a new, self promoted band in the music scene I would say we got really decent feedback from our previous record. Hopefully it’s going to be even better in the future! Fingers crossed!
Matt Stevens: The reaction was awesome as we self promoted, and over several months picked up almost 20,000 streams across the record. Really appreciate the promotions from local radio and online radio stations and Facebook reviewers.

Tell us everything about these new singles, ‘No More Light’ and ‘Hearts Of Damaged Men’.
Ricky Hill: ‘Hearts Of Damaged Men’ is definitely the most commercial out of the two I’d say: quick fast, short and punchy with meaningful lyrics – which of course can be interpreted in different ways and would mean different things to different people. ‘No More Light’ has a touch of our heavy side but still stays true to our sound, both portraying the battle people have with mental struggles.
Matt Stevens: From a music standpoint we wanted ‘Hearts Of Damaged Men’ to be in your face, make you listen and keep driving all the way to the end. ‘No More Light’ goes through a range of emotions, from steady rhythms to staccato, to minor/major feels and dark dissonant sections to really portray the difficulties people suffer internally.
Ieuan Owen: Both of these singles are fun to play, and to listen to. Both are lyrically coming from the battles people struggle with, a war of the mind as such, and I hope that people who delve into the lyrics can find there own meaning, for whatever hits home for them.

What are your live shows like?
Matt Stevens: Our live shows are all about the music; we focus on making the sound and the tracks as good as possible so people will want to listen!
Ricky Hill: Full of high energy and definitely keeps people interested throughout. We all have a unique stage presence and this definitely comes across when we’re playing live. Come and see us and find out for yourselves!
Ieuan Owen: They are fun, and as a band we pride ourselves on being tight and polished live. We enjoy performing and hopefully it shows.
Matt Stevens: We try as much as we can to have the most similar sound that you can hear when you listen to our studio songs. We also used to add some live intros and some interludes in our live show which you can’t find in the studio songs.

Are you part of a wider scene in Northamptonshire/Oxfordshire, playing with like- minded bands? Any favourite bands/venues to play with?
Marco Arena: O2 Academy Oxford is a cool venue for sure! Stormbringer is definitely a band that I would gladly play again with. Which is good as we are playing with them again very soon!
Ricky Hill: We play at a variety of venues with loads of different bands. It’s always good to get gigs with similar bands so that the energy is in the room throughout the night. But equally playing with different bands is just as good. Playing at the O2 Academy Oxford was amazing but I really enjoy playing at small, intimate venues as well – one of my favourites being Fat Lil’s, Witney.
Matt Stevens: Northants and Oxford are doing a lot to support rock music. Of course things could always be better, but there’s a lot of dedication from the rock promoters out there. Dedicated rock venues are always killer.
Ieuan Owen: Some of our favourite venues are The Wheatsheaf in Banbury, Fat Lils in Witney, and Wheatsheaf in Oxford. I personally enjoy going to local and larger gigs as and when I can, inspiration and influence can come from anywhere! Stormbringer were probably my favourite band to play with so far, they are such nice guys, and our music fitted well together. We’ll always enjoy gigs supporting them!

What has been your favourite band moment of the past year?
Ieuan Owen: Probably headlining the 02 Academy, because not only was it awesome to do, but we didn’t feel out of place being there!
Ricky Hill: Marco deciding to set fire to someone else’s bass amp on stage – albeit not his fault, but still a hilarious moment.
Matt Stevens: Marco showing us what is under the hood! You won’t see him without a hat.
Marco Arena: Playing the Finals of Metal 2 The Masses was probably my top moment!

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Ricky Hill: Of Mice and Men – Restoring Force: Full Circle
Ieuan Owen: Reverence by Parkway Drive – can’t get enough of that album!
Marco Arena: Pantera discography. (I felt a bit nostalgic!)
Matt Stevens: Twelve Foot Ninja – Outlier

What is your burning desire for the band to do in the future? What plans do you have?
Matt Stevens: Download Festival main stage with a three-part harmonised solo with Jason Hook, Mark Tremonti and Matt Stevens!
Marco Arena: Trying to share a stage with Alter Bridge would be pretty good!
Ricky Hill: Would love to play some big festivals and just generally get our name out there a bit more to a wider audience. Would be amazing to record a live session in a world famous studio and if I’m not asking too much, then maybe go on tour with Alter Bridge as well! Loads of gigs coming up and plenty of recording happening though so who knows what the future holds for Broken Empire.
Ieuan Owen: In the future we hope to play further away, as well as bigger local shows. We’d love to do a small tour of some sort should we get the chance. But one step at a time, we’re proud of how far we’ve already come!

‘No More Light’ and ‘Hearts Of Damaged Men’ are out now via the usual digital platforms

 

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New Music Friday: SkyFlood

Northampton rock quartet SkyFlood have been on the edges of the music scene for a bit of time now, but firmly seem set on making a name for themselves in…

Northampton rock quartet SkyFlood have been on the edges of the music scene for a bit of time now, but firmly seem set on making a name for themselves in 2019 with a revised line-up and a series of singles, starting with the marvellous 70s-style rock-pop of ‘Destiny’. New Boots spoke to the band about how they got here and where they go next.

How did you guys get together?
Craig O’Donnell: SkyFlood started about two years ago and not long after we released our first single ‘Flawless’. Since that time we’ve played many shows in and around Northants, but we’ve only recently began to gain some momentum as our current line up. We had a couple of band member replacements, but now it’s the strongest as a group it’s ever been. Rob and Lewis joined in November after advertising online, and Oli and I met through our old bass player over a year ago. With Oli it was love at first sound for me; he really kicked some of the songs up the backside and got them moving.

How would you describe your sound? Who are your main influences in music?
Craig O’Donnell: I would say it’s upbeat and colourful, as well as being quite dark at the same time. One of my main influences over recent years is Hans Zimmer – there is so much feeling in his scores and sometimes it’s nice to hear music without lyrics to make your own world up in a piece of music. My other influences include Radiohead, London Grammar, and Muse.
Oliver Law: Our sound is very different to anything up-and-coming. We have a wide variety of influences and sounds which all mash together to make something unique. My main influence is Queen which hopefully shows through my style of playing a little.
Lewis Else: Some stand out drummers for me are Jon Beavis [Idles]. He has such an driving and relentless sense of energy. Of course Players like Stewart Copeland too, filled with feel without overplaying ever.
Robert Hughes: Music taste? I like to keep it varied. As much as I love spag bol, I wouldn’t want to eat it every night and I try to keep it that way with music too – a nice varied diet. As players I like John Mcvie and John Deacon because they both focus on serving the song, but both are capable of adding some of the most memorable touches. Think ‘The Chain’ or ‘Another One Bites The Dust’ – in both cases simple but trademark bass lines.

What was the reaction like to ‘Flawless’ single, from 2017?
Craig O’Donnell: ‘Flawless’ was strange just because we released the song before playing any gigs and also had it played on BBC Introducing, so for anyone who listened to it that would have been their first time hearing it before they had even seen us perform it. The initial reception was great; we managed to get a few gigs just from that song alone, and it really helped us to build a platform to progress.

Tell us about this new single, ‘Destiny’.
Oliver Law: ‘Destiny’ was the first track I jammed with Craig. It started off very Supertramp, but it gradually became more dynamic and stronger to get the live shows going with a bang. It’s probably my favourite track.

What are your live shows like?
Craig O’Donnell: I would say, energetic and emotional. Our set starts off quite energetic and we try and carry that through the whole set but with the lyrics of some of the songs it balances out quite nicely

Are you part of a wider scene in Northamptonshire, playing with like-minded bands? Any favourite bands/venues to play with?
Craig O’Donnell: Yeah, my favourite place I think is probably The White Hart in Corby. It can be quite an intimate but explosive venue and when everything is just right it can make for some amazing shows there. My favourite band is Sarpa Salpa: we played our very first gig with them, and they were so lovely and kind to us and ever since I’ve been a massive fan of them, and their music is great too. My other close favourite is definitely King Purple – we haven’t played with them but really want to, they’re again so lovely and make amazing tunes.
Oliver Law: I’m more familiar with the Northampton venues than local bands. We’ve played a few local venues. I Always love the King Billy because it’s quite well known. Hopefully we can move up to the Roadmender before the year is out.

What has been your favourite band moment of the past year?
Craig O’Donnell: My favourite moment is actually hearing ‘Destiny’ on BBC Northampton, because there was nearly a point it wasn’t going to see the light of day and to top it off Lal had very lovely words to say about it, which I was ecstatic with.
Oliver Law: Favourite moment of last year was finally getting ‘Destiny’ and a few of our other tracks recorded. We went through a couple of producers because we were very picky about the mix, and we drove them out of the country. But we eventually got there with a company called Damage Audio, who has absolutely knocked it out the park

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Craig O’Donnell: Mine was an Icelandic Artist called Olafur Arnalds, called Re:member
Oliver Law: The last album I bought…25 copies of our unreleased EP, because it’s that good.
Lewis Else: The last EP I bought was Flamingods ‘Kewali’. It’s a crazy mix of eastern folk mixed with psychedelia and electronic music

What is your burning desire for the band to do in 2019? What plans do you have?
Robert Hughes: To play some gigs, write some anthems, entertain the masses and have some excellent fun.
Craig O’Donnell: Destiny is going to be the first release of 2019 and definitely not the last from what we’ve got lined up.

‘Destiny’ is out now across the usual digital platforms. Photo credit: Hana Smith

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New Music Friday: Drinsipa

Corby mathcore trio Drinsipa have just released a new single, ‘DOP’. Hear it below, along with an interview with singer/guitarist Beb Reed. How did you guys get together? Why the switch…

Corby mathcore trio Drinsipa have just released a new single, ‘DOP’. Hear it below, along with an interview with singer/guitarist Beb Reed.

How did you guys get together? Why the switch to a three-piece after so long as a duo?
Beb: Josh and I are cousins, and basically in 2013 he came down from up north to live here! And we didn’t really know any other musicians in the local area who wanted to do the same sort of stuff we wanted to do, and had no connection to the local music scene, but we enjoyed jamming and rehearsing, so we started a band with our mate Arran. We played a few gigs, and we were really in to it. We started to write some songs on our own aside from that band, and then we got a gig and had to think of a name, thus Drinsipa was born. We started getting a lot of gig offers quite soon which we’d never had before, and we haven’t really stopped since then. We just love playing gigs and being around the people involved in the music scene. We started writing some more complex and experimental songs mainly due to different influences from different bands we were listening to. Having recorded a full length album, we felt it was time to switch things up a bit. We recorded the Poppy Fields EP from home at our old flat in Poppy Fields in Kettering. We played some gigs with the new songs and we had a really good response, but felt we’d benefit from a bass player to fill some of the more chordy and harmonic parts of the songs from the EP. We had toyed with the idea of having our mate Myles come and play bass for us, so when we decided we were going to get a bass player, we instantly thought of Myles. We taught him the songs and he picked up on them really quickly. We started playing some more shows and writing some new stuff and here we are now.

How would you describe your sound?
We find it hard to describe our sound as we try to make the songs sound as non-traditional as possible. We play with a lot of time signatures and obscure song structures, mainly for a laugh and to keep it interesting not just to perform, but to play, or in some cases just to listen back to ourselves. I’d say dynamics are a big part of the sound, as we have a lot of different sounding sections in songs, so they can go from oober brutal to melodic clean within the space of 4 bars, or in our case every 1 and 3/4 bars [that’s a joke]. But if someone asks, I usually say mathcore because it’s the probably the biggest influence of ours.

What was the reaction like to your debut album 42, from 2016?
The reaction was fantastically amaze balls. The album launch show was especially good. We played at The Hut in Corby, and it went fuckin’ mental!!! We didn’t push the album as much as people thought we should have done, but in all honesty, we only do things as a band we think are fun, because we really don’t want it to turn in to a chore for us. We just appreciate that people loved what we were doing and bought our album. We still get comments about it today, and it’s really cool that people dig it. We were quite out of touch with social media back then too, but it’s a lot easier to do now we have an extra helping hand.

Tell us everything about the new single, ‘DOP’.
It’s titled after the practice studio in which it was written; shout out to the The Pod in Corby! It was the first song we wrote after the Poppy Fields EP. We were going for a more visceral, aggressive sound and with the added help of Myles we were able to work out some pretty interesting sounds. The track is full of fuzzy bass and crazy weird riffs and time sigs. It has a cool major-key riff that floats in and out of the track between the more aggressive section and really stupidly stupid heavy section at the end, which is always fun to play live.

Are you part of a wider scene in Northamptonshire, playing with like-minded bands? Any favourite bands/venues to play with?
We play with a lot of different kinds of bands in Northampton, too many to name all of them! We don’t let a difference in genre stop us from playing with bands so it’s just one big mates fest! Skirt, King Purple, Monarchs, Sarpa Salpa are just a few of our local favs!

What has been your favourite band moment of the past year?
We just recently played The Guildhall as part of Twinfest, that was crazy! Huuuuuge hall with huge sound, had a great time! We also flew over to Germany as part of Twinfest and played some gigs over in Marburg, which was phenomenal. Probably one of the highlights our musical lives let alone the past year! We made some great friends and connections over there and it’s cool to be part of the Twinfest family.

What is your burning desire for the band to do in the future? What plans do you have?
We don’t have too many burning desires for the band. We love playing gigs and hearing feedback about our intentionally confusing music. We know it’s not for everyone, which is part of the reason we write the music we do. I think writing and recording is a big part of why we do what we do, and we like to have a physical copy of music that we have written and recorded, there’s something quite special about that. I guess we will have to see what happens, but for now it’s just a barrel o’ laughs!

DOP is out now for ‘name your price’ here

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Photos: The Schizophonics

San Diego fuzz rock trio The Schizophonics returned for a second Northampton show last night [August 6th], this time at The Garibaldi Hotel. It was the hottest of nights, in…

San Diego fuzz rock trio The Schizophonics returned for a second Northampton show last night [August 6th], this time at The Garibaldi Hotel. It was the hottest of nights, in both senses. They left town with a even more fans than before, with another jaw-dropping incendiary performance.  Here are a few photos taken by David Jackson.

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide May 2nd – May 8th 2018

DON BROCO Wednesday May 2nd The Roadmender, Northampton Bedford’s versatile rockers continue to plug second album Technology. Doors 7pm, SOLD OUT [check for returns] ICE CREAM HEADACHE + BLACKMAIL BOX…

DON BROCO
Wednesday May 2nd
The Roadmender, Northampton
Bedford’s versatile rockers continue to plug second album Technology. Doors 7pm, SOLD OUT [check for returns]

ICE CREAM HEADACHE + BLACKMAIL BOX
Wednesday May 2nd
The King Billy, Northampton
Captain Beefheart/Zappa-style rock from Peterborough, plus grimy post-punk hailing from Nottingham. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

SURGE + GARDEN + SKIRT
Friday May 4th
Club 43, Northampton
‘Green Carnation’ clubnight, hosted by The Barratts. Headliners are Clacton angular garage-rockers Surge, featuring a couple of ex-Northampton Uni students, with able support from the exciting alt-rockers from Northampton [promoting new single ‘Hate Me’] and Corby [promoting their debut EP] respectively. Doors 9pm, £4 on the door.

HARMFOOL + TYPE 22 + BROKEN EMPIRE
Friday May 4th
The Lab, Northampton
NN stands for New Noise, right? Hardcore, indie and hard rock sounds from Northampton and Towcester. Doors 7pm, £5 on the door

SKULL ABOVE THE CANNON + ZOIC + LOOSE TOOTH + BLACK GABANZA + KYNGS
Friday May 4th
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
Metal to the Masses heat one, courtesy of HOP. Sicilian power trio headline, Leicester hardcore just before them, NN grungers one spot below, with South-East and Manchester bands opening proceedings. Doors 7pm, £5 on the door

MOTH + LJ, YOU & GRENE + ROCAKFELLA + SANE
Saturday May 5th
UFO Pavilion, Northampton
‘Club Eclectica’ is a brand new night from Andy Skank at the Racecourse Pavilion. Expect diverse and varied sounds, featuring top DJs and live electronic performances. Doors 10pm, £5 on the door

A-HEADS + SURGERY WITHOUT RESEARCH
Saturday May 5th
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
Wessex`s A-Heads formed in 1980 from Wiltshire`s punk scene, with support from Kent’s noughties-formed agit-punks. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE BIG DIRTY + MANAKING + WAKE IN THE WATERS + GOODNIGHT VENICE + DARK SKY PARK + SALTLAKE + CHARLIE INDESTRUCTIBLE
Sunday May 6th
The King Billy Rock Bar, Northampton
Alldayer with various shades of rock and pop represented from all over the UK, headlined by recent New Boots interviewees The Big Dirty, playing their first show of 2018. Doors 2pm, free entry

SKIRT + SHADOW OF THE SUN + LUNA ROSA + FLASH PEASANTS +  SKYFLOOD + THE MODERN AGE + FAMILY OF NOISE
Sunday May 6th
Corby Town Bar [Steel Park], Corby
The Corby scene bands together this bank holiday weekend in aid of the NightLight homeless charity. NightLight seeks to relieve poverty among rough sleepers and other homeless adults in Corby and surrounding areas by providing a night shelter and other support services. Doors 1pm, £5 from the venue/on the door

WISHING WOLF + SPRING.FALL.SEA + LAST CHANCE + HILLWOOD + ACOUSTIC ACTS
Sunday May 6th
The Olde England 2, Wellingborough
HOPS bank holiday bash, with a nice bunch of alternative, post-hardcore and pop punk bands playing, and numerous local acoustic acts earlier in the afternoon. Doors 1pm, free entry

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Apr 25th – May 1st 2018

GENDER ROLES + 72% + DOS PLUTO GANG Wednesday April 25th The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton Brighton-based alt-rock three-piece Gender Roles have received support from Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Daniel…

GENDER ROLES + 72% + DOS PLUTO GANG
Wednesday April 25th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Brighton-based alt-rock three-piece Gender Roles have received support from Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Daniel P Carter for singles ‘Plastic’ and ‘About Her’ as well as heading out on a full UK tour with Jamie Lenman. This UK April headline tour coincides with the release of second EP ‘Lazer Rush’. Support comes from local instrumental noise trio 72% and blues country rock chaos outfit Dos Pluto Gang. Doors 7pm, free entry

NUMB + BROKEN EMPIRE + ANDY VAN GARRETT
Wednesday April 25th
The King Billy Rock Bar, Northampton
Local fierce hard-driving rockers continue to promote their self-title 2017 debut album, with Oxford/Towcester metallers in support. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

FOXE + FOX CHAPEL
Thursday April 26th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Headliners are fab Guildford itchy-indie-popsters who bagged recent supports with The Magic Gang and Rat Boy. Support from the reverb-loving funky post-punk NN faves. Is the name thing a co-incidence..? Doors 9pm, free entry

KRISSY MATTHEWS
Thursday April 26th
The Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
Following a run of shows in Italy, Oxford-based blues rocker Matthews and band play in the centre of ShoeTown for your pleasure. Doors 9pm, free entry

STORMBRINGER + LILITH & THE KNIGHT + OVER THE INFLUENCE + WE ARE GIANTS
Friday April 27th
The Roadmender, Northampton
ShoeCounty metallers who go from strength to strength, with a trio of equalling hard-hitting combos providing support. Check ticket availability before attending, this might be sold out. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

UNITRA + REAPER + KHASIA
Friday April 27th
The White Hart, Corby
The final Rocked Up Hootenanny crowd vote heat sees performances from Kettering NWOBHM, Corby thrash metallers, and MK grungers. You decide who goes through to the final! Doors 8pm, free entry

EMPYRE + THE TOUCH
Friday April 27th
The Red Lion, Brackley
Chest-beating intense Midlands rock and hard-working Kettering 80-style rockers in tow. Brackley has never experienced such noise before this. Doors 7pm, free entry

STILL REMAINS + THE DARKHORSE + SHADOW OF ACOLYTE + FOSTAIR
Friday April 27th
The Red Lion, Raunds
A night of local metal and hard rock in a pub that probably won’t know what hit it. So you best go. Doors 8.30pm, free entry

SARPA SALPA + CENTURY CITY + NAKED NEXT DOOR
Saturday April 28th
The Roadmender, Northampton
After selling out the Underground room back in October the SS boys are back to do the same again. Latest single ‘She Never Lies’ wowed everyone when it dropped back in November. NB hears there’s a stack of new tunes going to be previewed tonight too! Check ticket availability before attending, this might be sold out. Doors 7.30pm, £6 tickets

IVORY WAVE + SKIRT + GARDEN
Saturday April 28th
The White Hart, Corby
Rapidly becoming renowned for their contagious acid house and dance-style tunes, Birmingham five-piece Ivory Wave are carving out their own indie, house-style, as heard on current single ‘Cool Kids’. Fans of The Twang and Happy Mondays will be licking their lips in anticipation. Super-duper support too, in the form of Corby indie-punk and ShoeTown alt-rock. Doors 8pm, £3 tickets

RISKEE & THE RIDICULE + KARL PHILLIPS & THE REJECTS + MILLE MANDERS & THE SHUTUP
Saturday April 28th
The Lab, Northampton
Celebrating their album Blame Culture plus the latest EP ‘They Need Us To Believe’, Kent’s R&TR bring the grime punk, whilst KP and his crew provide the skarry-eyed rap-rock. Londoner MM opens with her crossover acoustic rap. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

MARK MORRIS [THE BLUETONES]
Saturday April 28th
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
The lead singer of ’90s Britpop band The Bluetones returns to Northampton to perform a solo set of old and new material. Doors 8pm, £10 tickets

GINGER SNAPS + FOX CHAPEL
Sunday April 29th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Continuing his flair for off-kilter indie pop, Northampton’s Jay Brook and co is a British amalgamation of sounds inspired by a brain racked by Beastie Boys, Beck & De La Soul. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

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New Music Friday: The Big Dirty

Northampton’s hard rocking quartet The Big Dirty are on the comeback trail, and celebrate this with new tracks ‘Safeword’ and ‘Queen Of Hearts’. New Boots catches up with bassist James…

Northampton’s hard rocking quartet The Big Dirty are on the comeback trail, and celebrate this with new tracks ‘Safeword’ and ‘Queen Of Hearts’. New Boots catches up with bassist James Cutler.

How/when/why did you guys get together?
We have been in bands together in some form for the past 15 years! Dave and Chris were played together at school/college and myself and James have been in a few bands since the age of 15. We gave it a rest for a few years until we started to get the itch for the rock n roll lifestyle again. So we started up The Big Dirty! We called on Dave to play the drums as our previous guitarist had played with him before and couched for his abilities. It was only this year that Chris joined as our new guitarist. Chris composed the score for the Rhythm Of My Drum music video and we have been working with him on an up and coming collaboration project with local rapper Tony Ceasar. We instantly clicked and haven’t looked back.

How would you describe your sound?
We like to say it’s Sex Rock! we all have massively different influences which we like to think gives us a fresh sound! We like to sing about all things sex, drugs and rock’n’roll.

Who are your main influences?
We all have a wide range of influences such as He is Legend, Underoath, Pink Floyd, Matt Corby, Emery, Breathe Caroline, Buck Cherry, Pendulum, Led Zep, Dead Sara, Alter Bridge, Ozzy, Dream Theatre, The Beatles, Foo Fighters, Bon Jovi, Bloc Party & The Libertines.

Tell us about the new songs
‘Safeword’ is the first track we have written with new guitarist Chris. In our first practice he showed us the riff and two hours later we had the track! Everything we’ve written has just felt natural and fun which we think shows in the music. ‘Safeword’ is a good example of how our sound has changed and what to expect.

We are releasing ‘Queen of Hearts’ this Monday so make sure you pop in and check it out.

What are your live shows like? They look pretty wild from some of the footage we’ve seen…
For us music is about the live show! It’s no good having a great energetic track then standing there like lemons while playing it live. Nothing is planned, we just get up on stage and whatever happens happens! Things do get pretty wild!

What has been your favourite band moment?
This is a tough one! Being on tour with Synergy Protocol from Denmark was an amazing experience, it showed us that being in a band can be hard work and we loved it! All our live shows are our favourite moments, it’s why we do it! We have amazing loyal fans and watching them go nuts is the best!

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
JC…Underoath ‘Erase Me’
Chris…Deadmau5 ‘Wheres The Drop?’
James…Marshmellow’
Dave…Justin Bieber ‘Baby’

What plans do you have for the rest of 2018?
We have a lot of great shit going on already this year! We are working on a colab track with Northampton rapper Tony Ceasar and Giant Dwarf, who directed and filmed our Rhythm Of My Drum music video for us. Keep an eye out for this cause its different than anything else you’ve heard! We have a new booking agent so loads of shows to come and we’re currently working on a new EP which will hopefully be released end of summer/autumn time!

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