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

DON GALLARDO Thursday July 11th Little Country Smokehouse & General Store, Cransley Nashville-based singer-songwriter playing Americana/country/folk, with four albums to his name. Doors 8pm, £10 tickets NO WORTH OF MAN…

DON GALLARDO
Thursday July 11th
Little Country Smokehouse & General Store, Cransley
Nashville-based singer-songwriter playing Americana/country/folk, with four albums to his name. Doors 8pm, £10 tickets

NO WORTH OF MAN + aAnd? + DEVASTATOR + PRIMAL HOLOCAUST + ORKA
Friday July 12th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Funk-infused metal hailing from Farnborough, deathcore from Bournemouth, speed metal from Derby, plus NN stalwarts. Doors 6pm, £6 tickets

KETTFEST
Friday July 12th – Saturday July 13th
Various locations, Kettering
Annual creative arts celebration over two evenings in various venues. The Shire Horse has JD Blues, Stuart O’Connor, and The FeversThe Three Cocks has Midnight Honey Club and The Abrahams. There’s probably more too, we just can’t find it right now. http://www.kettfest.org

DAXTONBURY FESTIVAL
Friday July 12th – Sunday July 14th
Airfield Road, Podington [nr Rushden]
Located on farmland just beyond Santa Pod Raceway, 30 acts plays, including Electric Black, Naked Next Door, Saving Amy, The Boston Shakers, The Expletives, and many more. Day tickets are £15, weekend £40

ECTON INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Friday July 12th – Sunday July 14th
The Three Horseshoes, Ecton
Live sets from Fargo Railroad Co., The Vincent Vega Band, Stone Mountain Sinners, and Massy Ferguson. There’s food too. Free entry

SILVERSTONE WOODLANDS
Friday July 12th – Sunday July 14th
Silverstone Racing Circuit
The British Grand Prix has plenty of entertainment on offer outside the racing, including music. Ska Face and Candidates play the main stage, among others. The Under The Apple Tree area is curated by Northampton’s very own Whisperer, Bob Harris. Foreign Affairs, Howard Rose, Blue Highways, Curse Of Lono, Clara Bond, Harry Pane, Robert J Hunter Band, Izzie Walsh, and Loud Mountains all play there. Entry to the whole thing is £75

NN LOCALS MARKET
Saturday July 13th
NN Contemporary Art Courtyard, Northampton
Level Records & Hometown Projects present a day of local businesses, artists and music to celebrate all things NN. 12 hours of music, including DJ sets and live electronic performances from Soul Groove and Makobi. The day will include food, art/craft stalls and live art. From 11am, free entry

ACOLYTES + SHARKTEETH GRINDER + BERMUDA
Saturday July 13th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
The first New Music Friday feature we did was in January 2018 with this Rushden lot. The honour must have weighed so heavy, as they pretty much did nothing since then, and are now doing a farewell show. Balls. Support from Corby hardcore sexiness, plus long-presumed-dead experimental funkers from ShoeTown. Attendance is compulsory. Doors 8pm, free entry

PAT FISH
Saturday July 13th
The Black Prince, Northampton
He’s not dead yet! The man they call the Jazz Butcher has been enlivening these parts for many a year, and it’s never nothing short of wholly engaging. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE BLACKHEART ORCHESTRA
Saturday July 13th
The Sargeant Memorial Hall, Brafield-On-The-Green
Proggy Mancunian duo with lots of press praise. The band “blend musical styles in a non-conformist way seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create their unique classically driven, emotion-drenched music”. Doors 7pm, £10 tickets

BISONS + CANYONS
Saturday July 13th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Double feature of gritty and woozy alt/country/folk/rock from NN types who have a bit of experience at this sort of thing. Doors 8pm, free entry

WELLINGBOROUGH DIGGERS FESTIVAL
Saturday July 13th
Old Grammarians Sports Field, Wellingborough
A celebration of “the Poor Inhabitants of the Town of Wellinborrow”. Appearing: Renaissancecore and Baroque ‘n’ Roll with Barnstormer 1649 [feat Attila The Stockbroker], The Blue Foundation, rockin blues and Americana with Dawson Smith & The Dissenters, and local young ‘uns A Time Of Day. Doors 5.30pm, £10 tickets

HAZEYJANE
Saturday July 13th
Kettering Library
The local folkies will be playing two 45 minute sets. The band will be in quartet format with Chris, Kev, Steve and Anna. Doors 7.30pm

SOAP GIRLS + DIVERSION
Sunday July 14th
The King Billy, Northampton
Real, raw and revealing rock’n’roll from the popular sister duo. Support from Bedford punks. Doors 4pm, £5 entry

 

 

 

 

 

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New Music Friday: Greasy Diablos

Visceral rock’n’roll will never go out of fashion, and from Rushden come riding those Greasy Diablos to provide some. Back in the saddle for 2019 with new single ‘Sarah’s Nose’,…

Visceral rock’n’roll will never go out of fashion, and from Rushden come riding those Greasy Diablos to provide some. Back in the saddle for 2019 with new single ‘Sarah’s Nose’, New Boots spoke to singer Matt Bland and guitarist Ian Marshall.

How did you guys get together?
Matt: Difficult to pinpoint really; I would say around 2010. I  joined after spending many of my youthful years as a drum & bass MC. I fell out of love with the scene and wanted to do something different. I knew Ian through BMX when we were younger, I found out he had a band; that was it. Dan Stocker was destined to be in the Diablos, and Matt on bass we met through the local music scene around Rushden.

How would you describe your sound? Who are your main influences in music?
Matt: Definitely not happy hardcore, definitely not jazz. Its Rock & Roll, its Greasy Diablos!

You had a busy 2017 and then took a break in 2018, and are now back strong gigging again in 2019. Has the break recharged the batteries?
Matt: Rotation of band members didn’t help, that’s probably been more stressful than doing gigs and travelling etc. Now though we have commitment to the cause, so 2019/2020 is looking good and hopefully we can do a lot more festivals and further afield gigs.

Tell us everything about this corking new single, ‘Sarah’s Nose’.
Matt: I believe in all music and arts it’s best to leave to the listener’s interpretations. If you force a subject to strongly it ruins the fluidity of the ride. It’s Rock n’ Roll, and I hope you like it.
Ian: I’d been listening to a lot of old Chicago blues scene stuff from the 60’s, had bit of the riff and Stocker and myself went to the Bunker [our man cave] and finished it off roughly lay-out wise. We took it to practice and Bland was straight on it. It came together really quickly after that! I really enjoy playing it live as has good energy and bounce to it; also everyone loves a story!

Describe the Greasy Diablos live show in less than five words?
Loud, filthy, greasy Rock’nRoll!

Are you part of a wider scene in Northamptonshire, playing with like-minded bands? Any favourite bands/venues/people you wanna give a shout out to?
Matt: We live on the Northants/Beds border and other than SBD Promotions we have mainly been supported from the Bedford side of things- The Pad Presents guys. As gigs go supporting The Spitfires at The Picturedrome was a great night, and with Salpa Sulpa at Roadmender also. Shout outs to Garden, Type 22, and Kenneth J Nash.

What has been your favourite band moment of the past year?
Matt: Getting over 5,000 hits of ‘Sarah’s Nose’ the first week on Spotify.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Matt: The Kumari [self-titled] – shout out to them, great band.

What is your burning desire for the band to do in the future? What plans do you have?
Ian: Get more of our songs recorded and released. I would love to play some iconic festivals next year; the smallest stage will be fine!
Matt: Enjoy ourselves & be happy! Keep progressing: new songs, and getting them out there.

Sarah’s Nose is out now via the usual digital platforms

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New Music Friday: Kenneth J. Nash

East Northamptonshire musician Kenneth J Nash has been a crucial cog on the scene this past decade, consistently putting out top notch albums, running festivals and recording bands. His New…

East Northamptonshire musician Kenneth J Nash has been a crucial cog on the scene this past decade, consistently putting out top notch albums, running festivals and recording bands. His New Boots interview time has been long overdue, so the release of his new EP ‘The Explorer’ gave us the excuse to get more solid nuggets on his journey so far.

You’ve been making music for a while now; solo since 2010 but before that too. For anyone uninitiated in the way of the Nash, is there a potted history you can give?
My first band was in 1984-6 where I played rhythm guitar. We were still at school and our first proper gig was at the end of term in front of the whole school. We had around a ten minute set of originals penned by our frontman Dominic and the rest were Bob Dylan covers. We didn’t really have a band name as I recall. From there I joined numerous bands, all with little success, but found success as a DJ. I’d grown up with the emergence of early hip-hop and loved cutting and scratching on my hand-me-down 1970s double disco decks (no speed control – just slipmats). My DJ sets were mainly hip-hop, with a bit of soul and reggae thrown in. Spending most weekends DJing and working daytimes meant that I had no spare time for bands. However I kept playing guitar and began to become interested in singer-songwriters. Over the next two decades during periods where I was taking a break from DJing I joined various rock, punk and metal bands as a guitarist or bassist, but it wasn’t till 2010 that I started writing songs for myself to sing. I wrote a song called ‘Tattoos Over Scars’ and added a YouTube video of a picture I’d drawn accompanied by a badly recorded version of the song. It got quite a few views and some great comments so it drove me to become a singer-songwriter.

I’d always used poetry as a means of expressing my feelings but had kept the poems to myself. I realised that poetry and songs are kind of the same thing, and began writing a series of songs that proved cathartic and helped me deal with the issues that spending a life ‘on the road’ had given me. Around this time I was asked to join a band as the lead singer and second guitarist; this was called The Ghost Chorus and featured Rob Reeves, Scott Warner and Cliff Lambert. We fashioned our sound on Nick Cave meets The National, and our first gig was supporting Blacklight Pioneer to a large audience. Unfortunately as these things go we only got to record a couple of tracks before we disbanded. I then made the decision to pursue a solo career.

Who are your main influences in 2019? Musically/non-musically…
I listen to a lot of music. My current favourites include Gregory Alan Isokov and Glen Hansard. Outside of music I would say that I’m influenced by nature and love.

What was the reaction like to your last full-release album Luna? Were you satisfied with the finished work?
It got a good reaction, with some lovely reviews, and the stream numbers now mark it out as my most listened to work. It was a long time in the making though: including being signed to a label, recording it twice for them and then them folding. Meaning the version I released was self recorded and produced. I listen back now and I feel happy with it, as it was a snapshot of the band and I at that time. It was recorded live, so has the feel I wanted. It is the soundtrack to an as yet unmade movie. I had plans to shoot a movie, but they’re still plans at this time. I am satisfied with it as an album, there is some excellent musicianship by my band which includes J M Jones on guitar, Max Mclean (of Miyagi Car Wash) on drums, Jamie Gilbert on bass, Alan Tang on keys and of course Fran Taylor providing beautiful backing vocals.

Tell us everything about this new EP, ‘The Explorer’.
Over the last few years I’ve been working with Musicians Against Homelessness [MAH], having being through some pretty bleak periods of my life. I have been homeless and suffered mental health issues. I wrote the song ‘The Explorer’ about this period, and hope that it can convey the message for those that suffer in silence. I approached MAH who are helping me to promote the release of the EP. There’s been two remixes of the title track so far: Max Mclean has put his Miyagi Car Wash touches on one, and Rob G Nichols has produced an electronica version. I’ve also included an acoustic version, and ‘Around Again’ with just myself and Veronika Rauchfussova, who is a Czech Republic classical violinist. She’s staying with a friend of mine and he introduced us. She is an incredible musician, and unusually for a classically trained musician she enjoys the free flow of playing without sheet music. Which is a bonus as I’m not very good at theory! I’ve also included a live recording of a song of mine, which is called ‘She’s The One That Saved Me’. This was recorded in a log cabin in Wales and is a song about my wife, who saved me from being homeless.

What can we expect from the next album?
I’ve got a couple of album projects on the go. I’m putting together an album of my most listened to tracks from the last ten years, but redone with my band as we are now. This will have the feel of the Miyagi Car Wash remix of ‘The Explorer’, as it’ll be produced by Max Mclean. Then the second album is all new[ish] songs, which will include the songs on ‘The Explorer’ EP, plus some other new ones – and two or three songs from the limited issue album ‘Room 7’ that I released to my core fans last year. This album will be very sparse, whilst hopefully being intimate and totally acoustic and live. I love Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska and this has been an influence, as well as Damien Rice’s back catalogue.

You run the “Old Hotel” record label and studio. Tell us how you operate and why you do it.
When I started releasing my own material I had some label interest, but after reading the small print I was shocked about what I was going to have to give away in order to be signed. I declined this, and further record label interest, as I felt I could do a reasonable job myself. I saw some of my contemporaries caught out by these labels and decided that there was a gap for an honest decent label. Old Hotel Records was born to take care of the artists and bands I knew. I would offer a low cost recording service specialising in live recordings, and coaching on performance and songwriting, then use my network in order to gain the artist recognition. It still operates in the same way to this day. I don’t pretend that I can give artists the rock star lifestyle, but I will help them release their songs and keep all the rights and royalties for themselves. I offer my artists festival slots, radio airplay and contacts to take them further than I can. We have a pretty eclectic roster, but all of them are excellent.

You are very much part of a music scene here in Northamptonshire. Any favourite acts, venues, or festivals you want to give a shout out to?
As a supporter of original music I would like to give a shout out to all original music creators, promoters, bloggers, journalists, radio DJs, venues and festivals. The live scene has been taken over in the towns by covers bands and tribute acts. It’s tough to keep going if you feel your work isn’t valued. But keep on keepin’ on. Art is art whether the public pay to see it or not.

What has been your favourite KJN musical moment of the past 12 months?
My favourite musical moment has been hearing the audiences singing along with my songs. It always gives me a buzz, and I’ve been noticing it happening more and more, especially during the last year.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Gregory Alan Isokov – This Empty Northern Hemisphere. I’m a fairly recent fan, but love this 2009 album.

What is your burning desire to do in the future? What plans do you have in the next few months?
My burning desire is to get both planned albums recorded and released within the next twelve months… I’m not sure if this is achievable! In the next few months I’m on the road playing festivals all over the country. I’d like to also get some demo’s recorded of some new songs that I’ve recently written. Plus I’m exploring some collaborations with other artists and producers.

The Explorer is out now

 

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New Music Friday: Ellision

Rushden chillwave man Henry Dymott aka Ellision has been building a name of himself over the past year, including roping in fellow NN stars Nailbreaker and Mio Flux to remix…

Rushden chillwave man Henry Dymott aka Ellision has been building a name of himself over the past year, including roping in fellow NN stars Nailbreaker and Mio Flux to remix recent single ‘No Smoking’. New Boots loves a fresh sound, so had to dig a little deeper. Cue this interview…

How did you start this project?
I would say that Ellision has had two different beginnings. Near the end of 2016 I had just started to get into more production, when I started collaborating with experimental guitarist and producer Curtis Jeffs on a track. Couple tracks later we released The Etherial EP under the name Ellision. When I moved away to uni in Guildford and started getting DJ slots at clubs and venues I started using Ellision as a stage name, and it just kind of stuck. Ellision became a solo project just after that first initial release, and since then I think I’ve found my sound and image. I’m a finger-drumming singer and producer. When I press buttons and it’s all live triggered in the moment – no playback – I like the reaction it gets. A lot could go wrong but that’s part of the fun of it.
I’ve released three singles so far: ‘No Smoking’, ‘The Hard Way’ and ‘Wreck Me’, with a lot of stuff crammed in-between. A beat tape, a few collaborations, live shows and a visual project. I’m planning on focusing solely on releasing music this year, and hopefully bringing out a project by the end of the year.

How would you describe your sound? Who are your main influences do you feel?
Genre flippant? A mix of chillwave, hip-hop, pop and lo-fi elements. My sound changes depending on who or what I’m working with , but it always has a particular vibe to it. My main influences at the moment are probably FKJ, Justin Vernon, Flume and Jeremy Zucker.

Tel us about new single ‘No Smoking’?
The name of the track comes from the “Coffee” sample at the start of the track. I sampled it from the 1980 movie Airplane! There’s a scene in the film where Ted Striker asks for a ticket, “Smoking or Non-Smoking”, “Smoking”. The track is about two people just starting to connect on an intimate level. It’s a “not quite in love yet” song, but who knows we might end up there.
I met AyiTe at a show where he was performing as part of Soul Purpose with O J. Hodding, and I ended up DJing for their set. I thought he was sick, so we met up for a session and worked on a track called ‘The Hard Way’ [my previous release], and I played him this track that I had recorded with Molly Nicholson and he said something along the lines of “Let me write something on this”. That’s how ‘No Smoking’ was made.

You’ve got four people remixing it, how did you choose them?
I had to get my partner in crime LUPUS on it. We’ve been doing music bits together for a while, playing festivals and shows together all around the place. We even made it out to Barcelona playing music. His ‘Autopilot Disengaged Remix’ is H U G E. Nailbreaker and Mio Flux, another two Northamptonshire-related artists, came up with two completely different remixes for the release. Nailbreaker’s remix is a heavy, glitchy track which fits the “plane crash” concept I decided on for this release. Mio’s track is a darker sounding remix; we’ve been looking for an excuse to collaborate for a while now. Dan J. Wilcox decided to just flip the script and make a spacey future bass track, having fun with AyiTe’s flow and Molly’s vocal. It was sick to have these guys work on this release, and I’m looking forward to seeing people’s reactions!

Have you played live with the current sound? Any plans to?
Yeah, I’ve had quite a lot of shows, especially last year. My Live setup is always changing but always centres around my MIDI Fighter 64 or 3D and Ableton Live. I like to have a lot of guests come up during my live sets, feature rappers, singers and even producers sometimes. I try to have a continuous stream of music throughout a set, I think that’s the DJ in me, I don’t like talking while I play I just want to play music and have a blend from track to track.
I recently played at an underground show in London at an event called Tasteneon where they live stream the whole thing in VHS somehow? Was definitely my favourite show I’ve played in a while cause the vibe was so high and the place was packed out!

Are you part of a wider scene in Northamptonshire? Any acts you wanna give a shout out to?
I’m fresh back to the Northampton scene after being away for a bit, but I’m ready to get some live sets booked and work with more artists around here. Shout outs to Krankhead [Mio Flux and Patchy The Rockstar] and Nailbreaker.

What has been your favourite Ellision moment of the past year?
Probably shooting the series of videos leading up to ‘The Hard Way’ release, particularly the shoot I had to sort at a butchers. Was a good time and the result looked sick and finished the story off as intended. Also the fact ‘No Smoking’ got a spin on BBC Radio 1xtra was a highlight for me!

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Last album I streamed was Hi This Is Flume by Flume. But the last album I actually bought was a copy of Uh-Oh! by Tennyson, from their show in Hoxton.

What is your burning desire to do in the future? What plans do you have?
I’m planning my next single release for this year. Hoping to get some more shows in and try get a video made for ‘No Smoking’. If anyone has a plane, hit me up!

No Smoking [The Remixes] is out now on the usual digital and streaming platforms. Watch the original version on YouTube below

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide May 8th – May 14th

PIQUED JACKS Wednesday May 8th The Lab, Northampton Alt-rock band from Italy. With a secret support act…Doors 8pm, free entry SONARS + SAD DRONE Thursday May 9th The Lamplighter, Northampton…

PIQUED JACKS
Wednesday May 8th
The Lab, Northampton
Alt-rock band from Italy. With a secret support act…Doors 8pm, free entry

SONARS + SAD DRONE
Thursday May 9th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Two-piece electro-psych outfit from Brighton/Italy, plus improvised ambient soundscapes from the team of Joshua Ryan, Joel Harries and Joe Brown. Doors 8pm, free entry

NORTHAMPTON FOLK FESTIVAL
Friday May 10th – Sunday May 12th
The Black Prince, Northampton
Three days of acoustic strumming and real ale. Perfect for these Game Of Thrones end days. Times vary, £2 per day

SECRET AFFAIR + SQUIRE
Friday May 10th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Glory Boys 40th anniversary tour for the mod revivalists, whose debut single ‘Time For Action’ reached number 13 in the UK chart. Squire released the first single of the genre, ‘Get Ready to Go’, in March 1979. Doors 7pm, £20 tickets

CAPTAIN ACCIDENT & THE DISASTERS + THE BIGHEAD + JIMMY PIKE & THE REDSTARS
Friday May 10th
The Lab, Northampton
Cardiff ska/reggae headliners come to Northampton for the first time to get people up and dancing. Support from Northants pop-reggae group, and the left-leaning political dub/reggae instrumentalists. Doors 7pm, £5 entry

MONARCHS + BLOOD-VISIONS + NAILBREAKER
Saturday May 11th
Club 43, Northampton
Loud and heavy Kettering three-piece headline the ‘Rebel Waltz’ night. Support from ShoeTown “technicolour hardcore” band and the NN10 digital hardcore man of the moment. Doors 8pm; free before 9pm, £4 after

ORANGE CLOCKS + TRIPSPACE
Saturday May 11th
Windmill Club, Rushden
A night of psychedelic delights, with all proceeds going to Rushden Mind, a local charity. Doors 7.30pm, donations

EXPETYA + PRIMAL HOLOCAUST + THE CREATURE WITHIN + WOVENLUNG
Saturday May 11th
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Bloodstock Festival’s Metal 2 The Masses gives unsigned acts the chance to play the New Blood Stage at the festival. Doors 6pm,  £5 tickets

THE ELECTRIC SIX
Tuesday May 14th
The Picturedrome, Northampton
One of the best live bands around, the band have a range of influences from new romantic to metal and a bit of disco thrown in for good measure. The Jack White-featuring breakthrough single ‘Danger! High Voltage’ was a disco-laden indie club banger that thrust the band into international acclaim and MTV stardom. The band followed up with one of the most quotable songs of all time, ‘Gay Bar’, and it’s tongue-in-cheek video took the band into another stratosphere completely. Doors 7.30pm, £16.50 tickets

 

 

 

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New Music Friday: Nailbreaker

Digital hardcore artist George Hammond aka Nailbreaker has set the cat amongst the pigeons a little with his early recordings and performances. The Acolytes singer has just released his first…

Digital hardcore artist George Hammond aka Nailbreaker has set the cat amongst the pigeons a little with his early recordings and performances. The Acolytes singer has just released his first EP, entitled Spectrum Songs. New Boots locked him in a basement for a thorough interrogation.

How did you start this project?
I started playing around with the idea of doing something more electronic-centric around August-September 2018, in the downtime of my other band Acolytes not really doing anything. I don’t think there was anything particular in my listening habits that inspired me to start this project. I had just come out of a really difficult period in my personal life, I didn’t have anything interesting to say in Acolytes, I just wanted to make something different and unique and not look back. I put out my first single, ‘Shawn Michaels Circa 1999’, and the reaction was way more positive than I was expecting, so I just kept moving.

How would you describe your sound? Who are your main influences?
Generally I find it difficult citing main influences for my music; I have a pretty broad taste in music and film so I pick up lots of different things from different places. I think my music fits most accurately under subgenres like digital hardcore or cyberpunk, so I reckon there’s some inherent influence from bands in those styles; bands like Atari Teenage Riot, Death Grips, Machine Girl, Deli Girls, etc. It’s the energy and ethos of hardcore punk put through a filter of industrial, harsh noise, breakcore, power electronics, maybe some rap. I don’t know, it’s very impulsive.

What has the reaction been like to your singles so far? Great to see BBC Introducing behind ‘Friday Aesthetics’.
Yeah it was well weird seeing BBC Introducing be so positive about it. In a good way obviously, it just wasn’t something I expected. I’m really grateful for all the support I’ve received so far from everyone; sometimes I have a hard time viewing my music in a context outside of ‘me dicking around and maybe some people might like it’. So seeing people say all this positive stuff, and seeing how many people have reacted well, has been really reassuring. Had a dude in America send me some anime fan art, which was wild for a project where I mostly work on my phone. But it’s shit like that that’s so cool about doing this project; that people feel inspired to create after hearing this stuff. That’s why I’ve also been really grateful for receiving requests for collabs and remixes and stuff. If I want people to take away one thing from my music, it’s to create their own art and creatively push themselves as much as possible.

Tell us everything about this ‘Spectrum Songs’ EP
I recorded, mixed, and mastered the EP in my house over an eleven day period. I didn’t leave the house, drink, smoke, use social media, or listen to other music until it was finished. As much as those things can help fuel creativity, I thought it was important [especially with a self-imposed deadline] to not put any kind of filter on my ideas so I could be as artistically raw as possible. That probably sounds bare pretentious, but it worked for me.
I wanted to make sure that every song on the EP had its own distinct sound and style, without sounding out of place in the context of an overall piece. When I put out ‘Friday Aesthetics’ as a single, I didn’t want people to take it as a teaser track because [other than being aggressive and noisey] none of the other tracks sound like that. Lyrically I didn’t want to be as message-orientated as I am in Acolytes; I think there are a lot of social and personal things that aren’t addressed in that band that I wanted to address here. On the EP I wrote about internet culture, sexuality, personal issues I face, whatever else. The lyrics are available to read on my Bandcamp page. I’d encourage anyone interested to read them themselves and come away with their own interpretation.

What are your live shows like?
I don’t really put a lot of thought into gigs in terms of things like, I don’t know, particular movements or whatever, I don’t want it be choreographed. I see bands do that kind of thing and it completely takes me out of it. The only thing I think I stay aware of is interacting with other people. I try to talk as little as possible during my sets, so making people feel personally involved in what’s going on is important to me, so physically I’m always as upfront and confrontational with the people there as possible. Other than that I like to climb and jump off of stuff. I bleed quite a lot during my shows. I normally have a drummer playing along live as well, either Marcus [from Acolytes] or Dan [from La Folivora]. I don’t know. Every single set I play is different so describing them is difficult; if anyone wants a better idea of what my shows are like then they should come join the party themselves.

Tell us a bit more about the NN10 Noise Club? Is Acolytes likely to come back at some point?
I’ve been asked the Acolytes question a lot recently and I’ve not really been able to give a proper answer. Right now none of us really have any desire to do anything Acolytes related. That doesn’t mean we’re not gonna play more shows or release more music at some point, but right now we’re all more interested in doing other things. Bewlay’s releasing music under the name Dylon Dean, Marcus has just started releasing his own solo material, Tom is playing bass in his brother band, Dan Pigeon.
NN10 Noise Club was an inside joke that got out of hand. Now it’s a collective of Rushden-based musicians. We use that name to put on shows, as a label name for releases, to shitpost on social media. We’ll figure out what it is eventually.

What has been your favourite Nailbreaker moment so far?
My second ever gig was a highlight. It was a house show in Bournemouth and was probably the most intimate space I’ve ever played in [the address of the house is also the title of the closing track on ‘Spectrum Songs’]. I also played a show at The Library in Oxford last month which was probably one of my favourite shows ever. Honestly I don’t reflect on things a lot, I just keep moving. I think I probably should reflect on things more often but it’s always more important to me to think about the present and the future. Maybe I’d call myself a futurist if I wasn’t so pessimistic.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
The last album I bought was a cassette copy of Veteran by JPEGMAFIA, it’s my favourite album from 2018 and I’d been meaning to get a physical copy of it for a while. The last album I streamed was We Choose Pretty Names by Kermes, another one of my favourites from last year. Can’t recommend either of those albums enough. I think Kermes have some new material on the way from what I can tell, so keep an eye out for that.

What is your burning desire for Nailbreaker to do in the future? What plans do you have?
Play as many shows as I possibly can, I wanna bleed in as many venues and houses as possible before the year’s up [so if you’re reading this and you put on shows, contact me via social media. I would call that a shameless plug but this is an interview about my EP anyway, so fuck it]. Other than that, I’m recording new music but it’s not gonna be out for a while. I might be involved with another project this year, but I can’t talk about it yet. I’ll probably keep posting stuff on Acolytes’ Instagram account without having any plans to play or record music. Maybe there’ll be some collabs in the works, who knows.
All I’ll say is keeping watching. I said it was impulsive music and I wasn’t lying.

Spectrum Songs is out now on BandCamp and the usual digital platforms. Feature photo by David Jackson

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New Music Friday: Dan Pigeon

East Northamptonshire artist Dan Pigeon has given 2019 one of it’s most esoteric and avant-garde releases already, in the form of the ‘Milky Grey’ EP. Trying to describe this skittering,…

East Northamptonshire artist Dan Pigeon has given 2019 one of it’s most esoteric and avant-garde releases already, in the form of the ‘Milky Grey’ EP. Trying to describe this skittering, snaking, abstract lo-fi beast is a tough one; best to just read the interview with him and head to the streaming link below, yeah.

How/why/when did you start this project?
I started Dan Pigeon around March last year, when I bought my laptop. I’ve always wanted to start making music and had loads of ideas in my head, but never actually got round to it because I had no proper means of getting it recorded and mixed. Teaching myself to produce has been a really interesting challenge and I’m actually really happy with how quickly I’ve picked it up. I’m not amazing, but I’ve got the basics I guess!

How would you describe your sound? Who are your main influences in music?
I’d describe it as atmospheric, intimate, almost haunting. My EP is probably a bit of a weird listen to a lot of people. It fits into the whole alternative rock/lo-fi region, but I cant place exactly where. I haven’t really got round to defining it just yet, because it’s in its early days. I’m really hoping to evolve my sound for the next EP – refine my skills and really hone in on creating an atmosphere that no one else has done before.
I’m into a whole range of music. I spent a lot of time trying to expand my music taste last year and I’m really glad I did. I’d have to say my favourite band is Teen Suicide. I’m also really into The Wytches, Earl Sweatshirt, King Krule, Radiohead, etc. Don’t think I’ve ever related to an album more than DC Snuff Film / waste yrslef [albums by Teen Suicide]. I’m into a whole range of genres: experimental hip hop, jazz, hardcore punk, post rock, etc. But mostly I listen to a lot of dreary lo-fi and anti-folk stuff.

You’re part of the Acolytes world, correct?
Yeah I am actually. My brother’s the lead guitarist. I’m really close with all the members, and two of them play in my band when I perform as Dan Pigeon. We’re all part of the ‘NN10 Noise Club’, which is more of an inside joke between us but I guess it’s a music collective. Shout out to Nailbreaker and Dylon Dean – two of the solo projects from Acolytes. They’re really making some sick stuff at the moment, and I’m too excited to see where they go. From what I know Acolytes are gonna be back at some point, but its a mystery to know when exactly.

Tell us about this ‘Milky Grey’ EP.
The EP is something I spent about nine months on. It’s six tracks long and about 20 minutes in length. It’s a collection of songs I’ve written about some of the stuff that’s been going on in my life. It’s mainly about my mental illnesses and just some observations I’ve made about life in general. The world’s a really messy place and I’ve had a difficult time adjusting to how shit everything is, so having the opportunity to express myself has been great. It’s really important to me that people don’t just put it on shuffle because otherwise it doesn’t flow. The songs are really contextual to the actual EP, so just taking random snippets really doesn’t do it much justice in my opinion. I want people to listen to it when it fits their mood. It’s not something I’ve made with the intention for people to have it on as background music, it’s much more intended for when you’re feeling a bit gloomy about everything. Listening it out of context or on the wrong day could ruin it in my opinion, so if you’re gonna give it a listen take in what I’ve just said.
One of my main intentions with it was to make something that’s a bit quirky and experimental, so I’m actually quite happy with how it turned out in that sense. I don’t want to sound like everyone else. I’m so bored of hearing the same sound time and time again. It does make it harder to find the right audience though – alternative music isn’t for everyone, so I can imagine a few people listened to it and thought it was boring or whatever, but I’m fine with that.

What was the first live show like? The music on the EP is quite intricate and lo-fi, was it an easy thing to translate to a band environment?
I did a launch night at The Garibaldi Hotel on the 5th of January, and live shows tend to play out differently, which is something I’m almost glad about. I tend to do more energetic, punky covers of my songs because it’s more fun and I think people are more likely to watch it and get involved. I don’t really have that much if a fanbase, so I’m worried people wouldn’t really get it if I played the songs exactly like the EP.

Are you part of a wider scene in Northamptonshire?
Yeah I guess I am. Over the last few years I’ve been to a load of local gigs in Northampton, mainly at The Lab and the Gari. I’ve only really pulled myself together and organised gigs of my own recently but I have met and seen some really great artists in and around Northampton – shoutout to the NN10 Noise Club especially, but also big shoutout to I’m Just Really Sad, Sharkteeth Grinder, Grynn. So many great bands in Northampton, and it’s great to see a scene of something you’re passionate about.

What has been your favourite Dan Pigeon moment so far?
Probably releasing the EP. I’ve had a real love/hate relationship with it but over the last few weeks I’ve really become a lot more proud of it, and I’m progressively getting happier with the stuff that I’m making. It’s really exciting for me that I’m able to be doing this, so anything’s a plus!

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
The Party Suite by Dan Blake. One of those albums I just stumbled across and I’m so glad I did. Some really funky, vibrant coffee shop jazz with some really engaging sections throughout – definitely worth a listen.

What is your burning desire to do in 2019? What general plans do you have?
To be honest I really wanna start building a fanbase and playing a load more gigs. Starting Dan Pigeon has been so fun so far and I cant wait to see what else it has in store for me. It’s something I really care about and want to share with people, so writing more music and evolving is gonna be really fun. I’m hopefully going to London to do a philosophy degree later this year, so I’m gonna really throw myself in at the deep end and try and spread my music as much as possible. It’s something that’s truly special and it’ll help me build my confidence massively.

The Milky Grey EP is out now via the usual places

 

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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…

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 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.

BENJAMIN FOLKE THOMAS + LUNA ROSA
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

KARL PHILLIPS & THE REJECTS + UNKNOWN ERA + BANDITS!! + THE SOCIAL IGNITION
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

DR. FEELGOOD + JIM RILEY’S BLUES FOUNDATION
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

ODDITY ISLAND + INLIMBO + A TIME OF DAY + SIAN LEIGH ROBERTS
Friday November 23rd
The Yards, Kettering
Alt/indie night of four local acts. Doors 7pm , free entry

SHARKTEETH GRINDER + BAILER + DRINSIPA + GARSHKOTT 
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

KEIRON FARROW
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

BLANCMANGE + BERNHOLZ
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

KING’S GAMBIT + JONO & THE UKE DEALERS
Saturday November 24th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Unrivalled folk-rock-dance since 2010 from the headliners. And similar from the support! Doors 8pm, free entry

MAT WARD + JACOB BRAITHWAITE + JAMIE DARNELL + SIAN & GINA
Saturday November 24th
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Drum exclusive from Ward, plus a selection of fine singer-songwriters. Doors 6pm, £4 tickets

THE LIDS + THE KEEPERS + YODACLUB
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

THE OUSE VALLEY SINGLES CLUB
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

THE BIGHEAD
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

ONE LAST DAYBREAK + THRIFT STREET + THE CREATURE WITHIN
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

RAY COOPER
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

VOID
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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New Music Friday: Orange Clocks

East Northants collective Orange Clocks have decided to release the audio from their appearance from the Sonic Rock Solstice festival this year, and this seemed like a good opportunity to find…

East Northants collective Orange Clocks have decided to release the audio from their appearance from the Sonic Rock Solstice festival this year, and this seemed like a good opportunity to find out a bit more about them.

How would you describe the Orange Clocks sound?
It’s psychedelic at heart but it can go in any number of directions, depending on who’s pulling it. All of us bring different biscuits to the barrel. Everything apart from techno biscuits.

What was the reaction like to the Tope’s Sphere 2 album from 2017?
It got a reaction way beyond our expectations; the album received great reviews online and in print. Everyone we’ve met has said they loved it, with the exception of the inflatable slide operator at Leeds Town Show, who made it quite clear that he didn’t.

This new release is the recording of your 2018 Sonic Rock Solstice gig. Tell us about the show. Why release it?
SRS was the first festival we got to take Tope’s Sphere 2 to, and it was the perfect home for it; it’s a festival packed full of psychedelic space cadets and the sounds to match. We were lucky enough to be filmed by a crew on site – Howling Mad Productions – who sent us the tapes after we’d played. Right out of the blue a few weeks later, the sound guy from the festival (Pete Wibrew) gave us the full audio from the show in 16 tracks for us to mix. After we’d pieced everything together as a full video, it just seemed like a good idea to let everyone else see and hear it. Bad Elephant Music [our label] were good enough to promote it for us.

Are your live shows what spur you on?
It’s a really fun part of what we do, especially having a slightly theatrical element to the performances – but we love the creative part just as much; jamming, writing and recording…

Are you part of a wider scene in Northamptonshire?
Not really. We’d been confined to a shed for about eight years, until Tope was born, when we decided to come out for some fresh air. You could say we’re part of the ‘#RushdenBeat scene’ – coined by James Turner at Bad Elephant, due to several of our labelmates originating in Rushden and the surrounding area.

Aside from Sonic Rock Solstice, what has been your favourite band moment of the past 12 months?
Occasionally being able to get the whole band together (eight of us) in one rehearsal room at the same time for a three hour practice.

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Chas and Dave – Gold

What is your burning desire for the band to do in the future? What plans do you have?
We’ll make something new soon… but we don’t make firm plans, just let it happen naturally and record it when it’s ready. We’d also like to play at Glastonbury, then be abducted by aliens…

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jul 25th – Jul 31st 2018

THE FERRETS + BIRD’S EYE VIEW Wednesday July 25th The King Billy, Northampton Hailing from Italy, the pop-punk band visit the UK for the first time, in support their new…

THE FERRETS + BIRD’S EYE VIEW
Wednesday July 25th
The King Billy, Northampton
Hailing from Italy, the pop-punk band visit the UK for the first time, in support their new album Another Planet. Bringing a European flavor to their Cali brand of pop-punk, the band ooze fun and energy. For fans of Blink 182, Sum 41 and Simple Plan. Doors 8pm, free entry

TWINFEST DAY ONE
Thursday July 26 
The Guildhall, Northampton
Twinfest kicks off 2018 with a special event in the The Great Hall of The Guildhall. From Marburg witness The Flims and Hyll, from Poitiers comes Mantras, and representing ShoeTown are Sarpa Salpa, The Barratts, Drinsipa, and Keiron Farrow. Doors 7pm, £6 for a weekend wristband

GREG COULSON
Thursday July 26th
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
Coulson’s What’s New? album launch show. Greg will be playing the album in it’s entirety. He will be joined by his band: Stuart Dixon on guitar, John Thompson on bass, Adam Gammage on drums and Miles Hancock and Ryan West on horns. Doors 8pm, £8 tickets

TWINFEST DAY TWO
Friday July 27th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
We move onto The Lamp for day two, with party rockers Century City headlining, rap star Leo Robinson in effect, plus the three visitors again: The Flims, Hyll, and Mantras. Doors 7pm, free entry [donations requested]

JONO & THE UKE DEALERS + THE VINCENT VEGA BAND
Friday July 27th
UFO Pavilion, Northampton
Interesting and original folk-rockers with ukes plug new single ‘Beautiful Young Things’, plus the return of the slightly skewed lo-fi indie rockers. Music from 9pm, pay what you can entrance fee [proceeds go to the Umbrella Fair Organisation]

THE DARKHORSE + TEMPLE RENEGADE + EVEREST QUEEN
Friday July 27th
The King Billy, Northampton
Rushden doom sludgers headline. Dutch alternative rockers, drawing on influences from the likes of Karnivool, Audioslave, Alter Bridge, and Twelve Foot Ninja, stand in the middle. Prog metal from Stevenage opens proceedings. Music from 9pm, free entry

MEDICI + ROTHMAN JACK + THE TOUCH + THRIFT STREET + KAT GOUGH
Friday July 27th
The Lab, Northampton
Midlands indie boys make their way back to Northampton, car crash blues-rock from Manchester, Kettering rock-pop-punk, an acoustic set from the ShoeTown pop-punkers, and opening with a sweet lyrical voice mixed with some mean ukulele playing. Doors 7pm, £3 entry

TWINFEST DAY THREE
Saturday July 28th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
The weekend brings all the alldayers. Deaf Trap, Deep Sea Mountains, Michael Kinder, Duncan Bisatt, Kilamojo, Crybb, Kenneth J Nash, The Straw Horses, The Flims, Hyll, and Mantras play the Cotton End venue. Doors 1pm, free entry [donations requested]

TWINFEST INTERNATIONAL JAM & AFTER PARTY
Saturday July 28th
Club 43, Northampton
A new event on the Twinfest calendar; the International Jam. Hosted by local band The Barratts, the jam/ open mic session will run from 11pm – 1am, followed by DJs until the small hours! Doors 10pm, free entry for Twinfest wristband wearers, or £4 on the door

TAYLOR SMITH + MUDDY BOOTS + THE RANDOM MURPHY + BILLY NOMAD + LEW BEAR
Saturday July 28th
The Lab, Northampton
The Bardic Chair hosts an evening of live music in aid of The Bardic Picnic 2018, which takes place at Becket’s Park on August 5th. Doors 8pm, donations requested

PRESCRIPTION HAPPINESS
Saturday July 28th
The Black Prince, Northampton
London industrial metal quartet play alongside DJs and burlesque performers. Doors 9pm: free entry, but you need to add yourself to the event guestlist and the dress code is goth/fetish/alternative.

FUELED HATE + REAPER + XYHON + THE FANGS OF THE DODO
Saturday July 28th
The Hut, Corby
Metal, hardcore and heavy rock bands assemble in Corby at the newly reopened Hut. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

GARDEN + ODDITY ISLAND
Saturday July 28th
The White Hart, Corby
Recent single ‘Hate Me’ provided proof that indie rock is very much alive and kicking within the county in the hands of Garden. Support from psychedelic-folk quintet Oddity Island. Doors 8pm, £3 entry

3D + BLACK WAVE + THE 182s + MIX TAPES + THE MODERN AGE + ENABLERS + GOOD APPLES + TOM WALLINGTON + SCOTT LATTA + RICHARD CRABB
Saturday July 28th
The Shire Horse, Corby
Third annual event, raising money for a local boy with cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Midday doors, donations requested

SILVERSHORES + SHAUN GAMBOWL WALSH & THE PLAGIARISTS
Saturday July 28th
The Horseshoe Inn, Wellingborough
Headliners from Birmingham bring their eclectic mix of indie and shoegaze, with support from fellow Brummies, who ply audiences with dirty rotten space punk. Doors 8pm, free entry

I SEE HAWKS IN L.A.
Saturday July 28th
The Three Horseshoes, Ecton
Cosmic California country-rock stylings from some powerhouse LA musicians, with several albums and soundtracks to their name. Doors 7.30pm, free entry [donations requested]

SCOTT WALTERS
Saturday July 28th
The Hopmaster General, Rushden
Indie-folk singer-songwriter from Northampton plays Rushdens best drink stop. Live Music from 8:30pm, free entry

TWINFEST FINALE
Sunday July 29th
The Black Prince, Northampton
The second alldayer to finish off the weekend utilises the two outside areas of the Prince. Expect to see and hear and marvel at Tom Rose And The Heathen Orchestra, Pieces, Yodaclub, The Keepers, Monarchs, King Purple, Skirt, Mio Flux & Patchy The Rockstar, The Flims, Hyll and Mantras. Doors 1pm, £5 weekend wristband

THE SOAPGIRLS + THESE FIVE YEARS
Sunday July 29th
The King Billy, Northampton
Armed with unforgettable melodies and catchy choruses, The SoapGirls energy, rawness and authenticity live has earned them a formidable reputation. Support from Cardiff pop punkers. Doors 4pm, £5 entry

MARK HARRISON
Sunday July 29th
The Olde Forge Tea Room, Cranford
A couple of hours of rootsy blues, original and unique songs & stories. 2pm, £5 entry [call 01536 330014 to reserve your spot]

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