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

THE GREG COULSON BIG BAND Thursday August 22nd The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton Northampton’s own king bluesmeister, when he isn’t busy touring the world with Spiritualized, continues to wow us with…

THE GREG COULSON BIG BAND
Thursday August 22nd
The Charles Bradlaugh, Northampton
Northampton’s own king bluesmeister, when he isn’t busy touring the world with Spiritualized, continues to wow us with his own sounds, as heard on last year’s debut album, What’s New?.  He presents his big band with the big sound for the first time in 2019 tonight. Doors 8pm, £10 tickets

AUGUST ROCK FESTIVAL 2019
Thursday August 22nd – Monday August 26th
The King Billy, Northampton
No creative juice spared with that title, the second of the Billy’s 2019 garden extravaganza’s runs over five nights!  You get ODS SAXON, DIRTY DEEDS, BURNT OUT WRECK, THE BIG DIRTY, STILL REMAINS UK, SILVER STEREO , EL BRONSON, STAR LIZZY, DREAM DROP, WISHING WOLF, SAFEST SPACES, STANDING LIKE STATUES, CRAWLSPACES, CHARLIE TARRY & THE OUTLAWS, MOLLY KARLOFF, and more TBC. Thursday and Friday are free entry, Saturday to Monday is £5 on the door. A ticket for 3 days is £10.

THE PIG & APPLESTOCK FESTIVAL
Friday August 23rd – Sunday August 25th
Next to Naseby Reservoir
The last big weekend of the year for festivals in 2019, and this is a firm favourite on the calendar. Music is the main focus of the festival, so this year you get Friday delights from The Evil Usses, The Anteloids, The Yes Mess, Diego Brown & The Good Fairy, and Chris Duckett. The evening finishes with a late night Lay It Down special hosted by Troopz. Saturday brings Benny & The Jengo Massive, Dubi Dolczek, Zayk, Laetitia Sadier [ex-Stereolab], [sane], A Noble Ghost, Slide Machine, Ben Jennings, and James Grady. Finally the Sunday sees C Joynes, Nim Chimpsky, Wax Myrtle’s Special Structure, Nick Jonah Davis, Ji & The Rainbirds, and Nina Harries perform. Day tickets are £15 [Fri and Sun] or £20 [Sat], or £30 for a weekend camping ticket. See all the info here

KAYA UMBRELLA FAIR WORLD MUSIC WEEKENDER
Saturday August 24th – Monday August 26th
The Umbrella Fair, Northampton
Kaya breaks down the borders within the Arts and Music and celebrates World Music, Diversity, Community and Family. Showcasing many world music artists over three days, including Kiziah & The Kings, Thabani & The African All Stars, The Repro Jam Squad, Drones Club, and Jono & The Uke DealersTickets are £25 for the weekend, £50 for a family ticket, or £5 per child over six.

ACOUSTIC WEEKENDER
Saturday August 24th – Monday August 26th
The Sun Inn, Northampton
A Ni Ni Sessions hosted event over three days. Performances from Hannah Faulkner, Nigel Lewis, Rebecca Ryan, Dem urban foxes, Marieke Vink, ‪Andy Clarke, Ant Richards‬, Cameron Grace‬, Harrison Coleman, The Laura Baker Band‬, George Holmes, Amii Dawes, Way Bak Then, Break‬, Just Mike, Tom & Sophie‬, J D Blues , Uncovered‬, Tim Jon Brophy, Scott Walters, Lew Bear, Dan Hughes, and Terry Slade. From lunchtime each day, free entry

PLANETMAN + GOVERNOR TIGGY & THE ROOTS LAB BAND
Saturday August 24th
The Lab, Northampton
Big celebration and iration. Conscious reggae star Tiggy will be joining the roots reggae Londoner. Doors 8pm, £5 entry [£4 for members]

MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS + JOE WOOLEY
Saturday August 24th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
MLR was our first ever gig review two years ago, so we’re excited she returns from Los Angeles to perform upstairs at the Lamp. Support from her occasional folkie collaborator and talented NN mainstay. Music from 8.30pm, £7.50 entry

SHIRE FEST
Saturday August 24th
The Shire Horse, Corby
A great line-up of local musicians: Ethan Kenna, The 182s, Veins, Deeper Cut, Rock Follicles and Kushty. From 1.30pm, free entry

EMPYRE + DIG LAZARUS + JD BLUES
Saturday August 24th
The Red Lion, Brackley
The Self-Aware rockists continue their album campaign trail by returning to a favourite haunt, and are joined by the Nuneaton riffy trio, plus the Northants acoustic blues duo. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

PROJECT NOISE + TAKE REFUGE
Saturday August 24th
Raff’s Bar, Wellingborough
Special co-headline show from the two MK metal outfits. Doors 7pm, £5 tickets

RAVENFEST 19
Sunday August 25th
The Raven Hotel, Corby
An outdoor event, featuring Machines, The T100s, Prisoner, James Watt & The Avenues, and The Rising Suns. Doors midday. All proceeds go to Prostaid.

THE TOUCH
Sunday August 25th
The Prince Of Wales, Kettering
In superhero costumes no less! Stick around after the jam to watch their rock moves. Doors 4pm, free entry

 

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Album review: Krysthla

KRYSTHLA Worldwide Negative [PHD] Formed in 2013 Wellingborough’s Krysthla have been carving out their own niche in the realm of extreme metal. Their first album A War of Souls dropped…

KRYSTHLA
Worldwide Negative [PHD]

Formed in 2013 Wellingborough’s Krysthla have been carving out their own niche in the realm of extreme metal. Their first album A War of Souls dropped in 2015 and was followed in 2017 by the critically acclaimed Peace in Our Time. Their third full length Worldwide Negative comes hot on the heels of a triumphant main stage appearance at this years Bloodstock Open Air festival, and this record is the sound of a band confidently reaching maturity and standing on the verge of world domination.

By way of an introduction opening salvo ‘Negative’ is the perfect calling card. Beginning with a brief, cascading guitar motif that gently reels in the listener, it creates a moment of serenity that means when Krysthla arrive as a band they hit with the force of a hurricane: a blast beat that’s overlaid with a tortured scream breaks the still, and heralds a musical maelstrom. The guitar motif recurs throughout as Liam Turland’s powerhouse drumming dictates the pace and gives proceedings a groove metal feel as the group constantly shift gears and effortlessly switch tempos. The incendury ‘Negative’ would make a great set opener for Krysthla’s live show, and it seems destined to ignite mosh pits wherever they play. Next track ‘Reawaken’ is bookended between two punishing riffs, and the mid section evidences an intelligent use of light and shade as clean vocals juxtapose the more guttural – while the intricate guitar lines highlight the hammer blow riffs.

‘Grief is New Love’ has a real industrial, surgical feel, kinda like Fear Factory on amphetamine, the drums fire like pistons while the guitars capture the cold, brittle atmospherics of black metal. Next cut, and lead single, ‘Zero Sum Game’ continues in a similar vein, relentless without being repetitious. Krysthla have a modus operandi similar to Killing Joke, but whereas the Joke use the same riff as a battering ram Krysthla have more in their arsenal and attack your senses from different angles. Guitarist Neil Hudson also produced Worldwide Negative and his wizardry unobtrusively brings different instrumentation to the fore at various junctures, and subtly repositions the listeners perspective. Despite the band drawing on different strands of extreme metal this album has a unified feel. That’s partly due to the production, but primarily it’s the introspective lyrics that deal with alienation and the impact of our actions on ourselves and the planet. Linking all the songs thematically gives Worldwide Negative the feel of a concept album, and ensures it hangs together as a cohesive whole.

‘White Castles’ is like facing an artillery barrage as vocalist Adi Mayes tackles his lyrics with hardcore fury and sings with indignation. However the band aren’t all about pure bludgeon, as some nice guitar work provides brief respite; the band lulling us into a false sense of security before we’re attacked sonically once more. On ‘Psalm of Heartlessness’ the band have created a song that simply sounds huge and towers over the listener – threatening with a monolithic enormity. Penultimate track ‘Aurea Mediocritas’ swirls in a musical tempest with sinister guitar flourishes that suggests we’ve arrived at a dystopian future. Befitting of an album closer ‘The Gift’ is truly epic and neatly pulls all the bands influences together. It begins by thrashing like Metallica’s ‘Battery’, before undergoing a transmogrification and then sinking like Immortal’s ‘Beyond the North Waves’ which ensures the album ends of a rather ominous tone.

Artists often speak of the ‘difficult third album’ but obviously Krysthla haven’t had that problem. By refining their sound and playing to their strengths they’ve produced an album in Worldwide Negative that could propel them into metals top tier.

Peter Dennis

Worldwide Negative is out on Friday. Pre-order here

Feature Photo credit: Amplified Gig Photography

 
 
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New Music Friday: Props

It’s good when the music scene surprises you. Wellingborough’s idiosyncratic Props popped up out of nowhere earlier this year. Off-kilter lo-fi digital pop-psych might cover it as a description, with…

It’s good when the music scene surprises you. Wellingborough’s idiosyncratic Props popped up out of nowhere earlier this year. Off-kilter lo-fi digital pop-psych might cover it as a description, with various reference points from the 80s, 90s, and 00s thrown in the mix. It’s great that this is where music can go in 2019, and still sound gloriously fresh.

Curiosity got the better of New Boots, so we got the keyboard working for an interview…

Hello Props. Who are you, and where are you based?
I’m Mark. I’m in and out of London a lot nowadays, but most of my music is still made in my old bedroom at my mum and dad’s house in Wellingborough. There’s something nostalgic and comfortable about being there which makes being imaginative and experimental easy – and they don’t mind me making noise too much…

How/why/what/when did you get this project together?
This should have happened years ago but I think laziness, ironically, had a positive part to play. I’d write an idea for a tune and then just abandon it, because I thought I had something better to do. But then I gradually started stitching the good bits together and decided it sounded okay!

How would you describe your sound? Who do you feel are your main influences?
Weird alternative psych pop I guess. Odd sounds, cheerful melodies, sarcastic and usually pessimistic lyrics. When I was younger, classic US emo-pop was my jam, which I think influences my desire to find a killer hook. Nowadays my Spotify playlist covers everything from new indie bangers to weird new jazz… My new favourite artist is Hobo Johnson. He’s so fun.

What was the reaction to those two song releases earlier in 2019 [‘Wired’ and ‘House on Fire’]?
Considering I did all the production/artwork/mixing etc. myself and the fact that hardly anyone I know is aware that I’ve been releasing songs, it’s been quite good!

Tell us everything about this new one, ‘You Don’t Care’.
This one’s only been in the pipeline for about a year and a half [everything else is way older]. It’s pretty miserable, political and a bit stupid. When I wrote it, I’d just come across the band Superorganism and I accidentally (on purpose) copied their kind of trippy and colourful production style.

Any plans for live shows?
Eventually. I’ve only got so many limbs, so I’m working out how I can play my stuff live. And obviously I don’t want to be employing musicians, because I’m skint enough as it is!

Do you identify with a wider musical scene in Northamptonshire? Any favourites?
I’m a self confessed bedroom musician at the moment, but Slowthai is absolutely killing it. Such a vibe for the times.

What has been your favourite Props moment of the past year?
I’ve been sitting on these tunes for a while, pretty nervous about putting anything with my voice on into the world. Getting some pretty positive industry responses has been a boost…

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
I’m really good at discovering stuff that other people have known about for years and getting hooked on it. So Frank Turner Positive Songs For Negative People.

What is your burning desire to do in the future? What plans do you have?
I’ve always wanted to put an album of my own stuff out. I’m about half way there…

You Don’t Care is out now via the usual digital spots

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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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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide Jul 3rd – Jul 9th

SUNSINGER & THE HIGH SEAS + PHIL DOLEMAN + KENNETH J NASH Wednesday July 3rd The Rooftrop Arts Centre, Corby Bedford Americana headliner, plus ukulele virtuoso, playing roots/jazz, and opened…

SUNSINGER & THE HIGH SEAS + PHIL DOLEMAN + KENNETH J NASH
Wednesday July 3rd
The Rooftrop Arts Centre, Corby
Bedford Americana headliner, plus ukulele virtuoso, playing roots/jazz, and opened by one of Northants’ most distinguished singer-songwriters. Open mic slots available between acts. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

THE HERRON BROTHERS
Thursday July 4th
Albion Brewery Bar, Northampton
To promote the release of their new EP ‘The Next Ones’, The Herron Brothers will be touring an intimate, “two voices, two acoustic guitars” show. From 8.30pm, free entry

MUNDAYS + KIAN RUSSELL + TRAGIC
Friday July 5th
The Lab, Northampton
The local stoner rockers Mundays are relocating to Leeds [boo!], so one last chance to wish them well. Bluesmen Russell wowed everyone at the Northampton Music Festival, and here’s another chance to see him in ShoeTown. Teenage punky types open proceedings. Doors 8pm, £5 entry

REPRO JAM SQUAD + P-HEX + LITTLE BITBOY
Friday July 5th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
Get ready to be funked up! Funk fusion, baggy funk, and a lil’ bit of Chiptune at the start. Mega! Doors 7pm, free entry

TANNERFEST
Friday July 5th – Saturday July 6th
Loddington Grange, Cransley
The long-running “best party ever”. Main stage acts on Friday are Family of Noise, Unorfadox, Thee Telepaths, Yur Mum, and Electric Cake Salad. Wildfire Sessions stage is Stevie Jones, Wildflower Rogue, Doz, Ideal Forgery, and The Brandy Thieves. On the Saturday Main Stage you get The Abrahams, Jouska, Leisure Tank, Orange Clocks, Sacred Geometry, Spirits of the Earth, Paradise 9, Flutatious, and The Ukrainians; Wildfire Sessions stage involves Steve Birks, Markus Reeves Brotherhood, John Gibbs, Monica and The Explosion, Rob Matheson, JD Blues, Kenneth J Nash Band, Jess Orestano, Paul Henshaw, Modern Age, and Jono and the Uke Dealers.  Tickets are £31 for the weekend.

SKIRT + BENNY P
Friday July 5th
The KK Club, Corby
Birthday special from the spiky indie kings and queens of the Corby underground. Rapper in support. Doors 8pm, £5 tickets

NORTHAMPTON TOWN FESTIVAL
Saturday July 6th – Sunday July 7th
The Racecourse, Northampton
The annual town festival always has a music stage. This year catch Repro Jam Squad, Future Love, GoGo Loco, [sane], Bushpigs, Pure Genius, Ash Tu-Kay, Dee-Ja Vu, and Deep Sea Mountains on the Saturday. Then it’s The 2 Tones, Lunaxis, James Watts & The Avenues, The Very Lazy Sundays, Canyons, and Similar Jones on Sunday. Doors 11am, music from 1pm. Free entry

BOSS CAINE + ODDITY ISLAND
Saturday July 6th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
Americana in the evening, indie psych/folk in the daytime session. The latter is 3-6pm, the evening session begins at 9pm. Free entry

LUNAXIS + JESS ORESTRANO
Saturday July 6th
Coach And Horses, Wellingborough
ShoeTown dwelling, folk and blues-influenced, festival-vibed indie pop from Carly and her gang. Support from NN singer-songwriter at this Retro-Beat night. Doors 8pm, free entry

ARNOCORPS
Monday July 8th
The Lab, Northampton
Heroic Proportion Tour Launch Party. The San Fran Bay Area band take ancient Austrian myths such as “Predator,” “Commando,” “Terminator” and “Total Recall” and set them to a sonic onslaught known as action-adventure hardcore rock ‘n’ roll. For nearly 20 years the anti-Austroploitation combatants continue to garner international critical acclaim for their inclusive and empowering live performances. Doors 7pm, tickets £10

 

 

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New Music Friday: Krysthla

Emerging in 2012 from the ashes of Gutworm, Krysthla bring you intense heavy metal, emanating from the Wellingborough area. They released their debut full length album, A War Of Souls…

Emerging in 2012 from the ashes of Gutworm, Krysthla bring you intense heavy metal, emanating from the Wellingborough area. They released their debut full length album, A War Of Souls And Desires, in September 2015, and speedily following it up in 2017 with Peace In Our Time. Krysthla’s powerhouse delivery is brought by Adi Mayes [vocals], Neil Hudson [guitars], Carl Davis [bass], Noel Davis [guitars], and Wayne Minney [drums]. On the verge of album number three coming out New Boots shares the new video for single ‘Zero Sum Game’, and spoke to bassist Carl for more juice.

How would you describe your sound, and how has it evolved over the three album cycle?
It’s basically the groovy end of extreme metal. The sound has evolved over the albums and we’ve introduced more melody, texture and layers as we’ve progressed.

What was the reaction like to the last album from 2017, ‘Peace In Our Time’? You seem to have gotten great press and radio support.
The reaction was amazing. To be sat at number two in the Amazon rock and metal charts was pretty mind blowing. We received some great reviews, and the support from the industry and the fans has been great all along.

Tell us about this new single, ‘Zero Sum Game’. Who directed the video?
‘Zero Sum Game’ is about life, death and everything in the middle. The constant pursuit of a way of life that ultimately doesn’t fulfil yourself, either emotionally or spiritually. The video was directed by Josh Gurner from Hacktivist. He did a great job.

What can we expect from album number three, Worldwide Negative?
It’s another progression and it’s a darker album than the first two. There’s a lot of personal elements and it’s probably more relatable to the average person. It’s going to be heavy. Very heavy.

You are a strong part of the music scene in Northamptonshire. Any favourite bands/venues/people you wanna give a shout out to?
The Northampton scene is very strong at the moment and there’s loads of great bands. From Eden to Exile are one of our favourites.

Looking forward to Bloodstock 2019? Have you played before? What other festivals do you love to play?
Yes we played with Gutworm back in 2004 and Adi played with Deadeye in 2005. We played it with Krysthla in 2016. It’s an amazing festival and we can’t wait to hit up the main stage. We are also playing HRH Metal in February [in Birmingham].

What was the last album you bought/streamed?
Adi and I both bought the new Wildhearts album. It’s a great straight up rock record. The latest Vola album Applause Of A Distant Crowd is awesome too.

What is your burning desire for the band to do in the future after the album is out? What plans do you have?
We’d still love to play Donnington as that’s a box we’ve not ticked as yet. The plan is to spread our wings and hit as many cities as possible. There’s plenty of countries that we are still to cover so we’ll be back on the road in support of the release that’s for sure.

Zero Sun Game’ is out now via the usual digital/streaming platforms. Worldwide Negative is out August 16th

Krysthla live this summer:

13th July – WOLVERHAMPTON, The Giffard Arms
20th July – AMPLIFIED FESTIVAL, Eastington
10th Aug – BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR (Mainstage), Catton
25th Aug – NOTTINGHAM, Ye Olde Salutation Inn
27th Sept – GLASGOW, Nice N’ Sleazy
28th Sept – DUNDEE, Hordes X
29th Sept – INVERNESS, The Market Bar

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

NICK CORNEY & THE BUZZ RATS + ODETTE MICHELL + GLOVE COMPARTMENT Wednesday, June 5th The Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby Peterborough group playing intelligent, catchy, hook-laden songs, a new English…

NICK CORNEY & THE BUZZ RATS + ODETTE MICHELL + GLOVE COMPARTMENT
Wednesday, June 5th
The Rooftop Arts Centre, Corby
Peterborough group playing intelligent, catchy, hook-laden songs, a new English folk singer with a remarkable voice, and a new solo project from the Candle Thieves keyboard wizard. Certified pop music for grown-ups. Doors 7.30pm, free entry

TWISTED WHEEL + THE KEEPERS + NAKED NEXT DOOR
Friday June 7th
The Roadmender, Northampton
Twisted Wheel are back on the road with the ‘Nomad Hat Tour’. Twisted Wheel has grown into its name more than any other band. The real rock ‘n’ roll outfit had hit the kerb, was discarded by the one-size-fits-all industry and then self-sabotaged before bouncing back on a groove last year. Following on from a 90% sold-out ‘Snakes and Ladders’ tour, a Number 1 in the UK physical charts, Liam Gallagher support slots, Leeds Reading festivals and many more, the band hammered the year off with the phenomenal ‘Jonny Guitar’ tour. Without losing momentum, an album was recorded in Manchester in January and festival dates already confirmed for 2019: Leeds / Reading, The Highest Point, Kendal Calling, Y Not, Mosfest, and many more. The Nomad Hat Tour kicks off nationally on the 3rd May and finishes on the 15th Nov at the 1500 Capacity Manchester Ritz. Plus support from ShoeTown indie-psych quartet and indie rockers from Milton Keynes. Doors 7.30pm, £10 tickets

DIRTY SOUND MAGNET + THE DRONES CLUB + KATIE PATON + J KELLS
Friday June 7th
The Lab, Northampton
Psychedelic Rock power trio return to the Lab, “Medieval Drum & Bass” from Pat Fish and friends, sensual ShoeTown singer and songwriter, and Jason Kells to kick things off. Doors 7pm, £3 members/£4 guests

BIG LAD + 72%
Friday June 7th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Big Lad are a “crushing electronics & drum duo” from London playing “high octane party bangers to the max”. 72% are “mostly horrible”. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE MARKUS REEVES BROTHERHOOD + THE ABRAHAMS
Friday June 7th
The Pomfret Arms, Northampton
The brotherhood deliver a combination of outstanding vocals, homemade guitar-esque inventions and driving, pounding rhythms backed by a seasoned vet of the drums. Supported the Kettering four-piece progressive folk rock skiffle beat combo. Music from 9pm, free entry

THE KING BISCUIT BOYS
Friday June 7th
The Olde England, Northampton
Acoustic guitar and blues harmonica from this MK duo. Music from 9pm, free entry

ROLLING THUNDER
Friday June 7th
Peggottys Lounge, Fosters Booth
Original up and coming rock band from Northants playing a pub near Towcester. Go support them. Doors 8pm, free entry

WHSACC Summer Music Festival 2019
Friday June 7th – Sunday June 9th
Woodford Halse Sports & Community Club, Byfield
Multiple bands and acoustic performers appearing over the weekend, check out the Facebook event here

ORKA + WOVENLUNG + FACES OF EVE + EXPETYA
Saturday June 8th 
The Black Prince. Northampton [back room]
Bloodstock Festival’s Metal 2 The Masses gives unsigned acts the chance to play the New Blood Stage at the Festival. This is semi final part one. Doors 6pm , £7 tickets

TRY SUBVERSION
Saturday June 8th 
The Black Prince. Northampton [front bar]
Alternative punk rock from Leicester. Door 8pm, free entry

GOGO LOCO + DEM URBAN FOXES
Saturday June 8th 
The Coach & Horses, Wellingborough
ShoeTown rock’n’roll maraca’d trash goes eastwards for the Retro Beat night. Support from energetic Kettering acoustic duo. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE WITCHDOKTORS + PUSSYCAT & THE DIRTY JOHNSONS + THE SNAKERATTLERS
Saturday June 8th 
The Kingfisher, Corby
Formed in 1992, the headliners have long established themselves as one of the UK’s leading rock’n’roll punk bands. Pussycat prowls both stage and audience to spread her infectious rock’n’roll. The ‘rattlers is a band comprising married couple Dan Oliver Gott and Naomi Gott, who bring deathpunk, rockabilly, country, and traditional greaser rock and roll. Doors 7.30pm, £8 tickets

ROZISM + NIGEL LEWIS + LEW BEAR + CAMERON GRACE + ZAHRA LUCY MEG SULLIVAN
Sunday June 9th
The Racecourse Pavillion, Northampton
Acoustic performances as part of the art and craft holistic fair. 2pm-6pm, free entry

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New Music Friday: Stereo Skull

Stereo Skull, the four-piece prog metal band from Wellingborough [via Latvia], have concocted something special with new single ‘Play God’, not to mention the accompanying video. Inspired by the likes…

Stereo Skull, the four-piece prog metal band from Wellingborough [via Latvia], have concocted something special with new single ‘Play God’, not to mention the accompanying video. Inspired by the likes of Fear Factory, Lamb Of God, Coal Chamber, Mudvayne, and American Head Charge, the band consists of Arthur Sambars [vocals, guitars, programming], Aivars Sambars [guitars, programming], Carlos Fandango [vocals] and Mat Williams [bass]. New Boots had to find out more, so spoke to Arthur. 

How  did you guys get together?
The founding members, myself and Aivars my brother, have been into music since childhood. We arrived in the UK in early 2009 and four years later met Ethan [ex Decadent, Still Remains UK, Motorpace, Black Rose Society]. Another two years later we met Carlos who took some time off vocal duties after departure from Black Ink Sun, then another year passed and we met Mat who just left disbanded Black Ink Sun. The drummer left last summer and after an active search, we’re still auditioning people. Our love for heavy music, being in front of the audience, getting better and bigger are the main reasons for what we do. 

How would you describe your sound? 
The musical background for each band member is different. Everyone adds something to it. The end result is the mixture of industrial, death, and progressive metal.

What was the reaction like from the public to the ‘Madness’ EP from last year? 
Our friends and followers were excited and supportive. We streamed a live Facebook video from the studio the day we released it, and it had whoppi ng thousand views during the stream. Everyone could watch us at home from their mobile devices anywhere around the globe. The EP is entirely self released, it’s available on all streaming platforms, but we’re putting together the physical copy as well, it’s going to be a nice surprise for our fans. Can’t reveal too much at the moment. 

Tell us everything about this new release, ‘Play God’.
There was this track sitting on the shelf for around ten years, and we decided to polish it up. Carlos added the lyrics and with help of our former drummer we improved the track dramatically. It’s a nice blend of black, thrash, Nu, prog and cyber, with orchestral elements – and with a triple layered death metal vocals! We wrote and recorded at our home studio [currently branded ‘Salamander Media Works’].  

The video is incredible. Tell us about it 
The story goes on. Just when we got to the end of composing of the song, there’s this lady, Scarlet Phoenix, from Leicester asking for help from the bands with her uni Art and Performance project. We respond straight away and she gives us the raw video material she and her model friends Gabriela Sindel and Edgars Karklins filmed in Nottingham, if I remember correctly. Our job was just to add the band footage, but eventually we took over the whole production thing. Mat our bassist is a talented guy in making professional-looking videos. He worked mainly on lyric videos in the past, but with my, pre-production and editing skills we managed to produce a decent music video ourselves. The band shoot has been done at my place; you’ll see how it came about in our upcoming Making Of video. 

You work hard travelling and playing shows. Is that Stereo Skull’s best strength, the live show? 
It definitely is. Carlos is amazing frontman. We don’t stand out too much image-wise: we don’t have our own uniform, the only thing we wear is our passion for music on stage. There are some elements we use that help us to stand out among other bands though, and it’s the sampled synths and live video projections if the venue is big enough. We used to have a live VJ in the past, but now with the help of technology it’s all synced up with our performance. The next step is… nah, I’m not gonna reveal it for now. It’s a work in progress, don’t wanna jinx it. Also we happened to have our own meme in the band which was our drummer, his baseball bat incident particularly. Definitely gathered more people around the Skulls, and kinda changed us a little. We continue revealing our funny side, and life on the local scene in our gig report videos. Everybody loves stupid shit. And it’s fine. 

You are part of the music scene in Northamptonshire. Any favourites you want give a shout out to? 
Big shout out to Andy Green from Blackbush Promotions, we had a great time sharing the stage with the Still Remains UK some years back. Our first out of town experiences were a lot of fun thanks to him. He manages the live gigs in the King Billy: needless to say it became our second home. HOPevents, Lost Island Bookings, Attic Promotions and Castle Mountain Promotions gave us great platform locally. Roadmender, Athletic Club, Zombie Hut, Black Prince, Prince Of Wales, Castle Theatre, Picturedrome, Horseshoe, Raff’s etc, we love them all. 
Favorite local bands are Krysthla, From Eden To Exile, Haema, Siderian, ReaperX, Mutiny UK, Ashborn, Fleisch, Fueled Hate, Primal Holocaust, Darkhorse to mention a few. 

What has been your favourite band moment of the past year? 
The video shoot, and getting back on stage after a long break without a drummer and still cracking it. One proud moment we had just this week; we managed to put our very first tour together by ourselves. It’s been a very busy and exciting year so far.

What is your burning desire for the band to do in the future? What plans do you have? 
For now to finish off the special edition of the EP, and cracking on to the debut album. The concept, album artwork and tracks are pretty much ready, we just have to record it – and probably even sign with some label. We’re going on a UK tour with German/Latvian band Māra as a main support at the end of June; that should be a lot of fun. We will try to get to some bigger stages next year. Will definitely try our luck in Metal 2 The Masses again.

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide May 29th – Jun 4th

THE EVIL USSES + JEANA Thursday May 30th The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton The headliners are a Bristol-based four piece playing “rocky not-jazz, jazzy not-rock, and post-op pop”. Support from MK feel-good…

THE EVIL USSES + JEANA
Thursday May 30th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
The headliners are a Bristol-based four piece playing “rocky not-jazz, jazzy not-rock, and post-op pop”. Support from MK feel-good alt-pop [and produced in ShoeTown by Ginger Snaps]. Doors 8pm, free entry

BISONS + VELVET ENGINE
Friday May 31st
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
A new gritty and groovy ShoeTown band consisting of Gregg Cave, Wes Manning, Duncan Coverdale, Kev Cox and Brendan O’Neil. Support from talented local singer-songwriter. Doors 8pm, free entry

KELLY JANE
Friday May 31st
The Hopmaster General, Rushden
Upbeat powerful soul-pop sounds, delivered with summer vibes. Music at 8.30pm, free entry

KRANKHEAD + L30 ROBINSON + POETIC HORROR + KIAO + XOV
Saturday June 1st
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
A big party with a soundtrack provided by the loosely-defined ‘NN808 Collective’, made up of upcoming artists within the NN hip-hop/electronic music scene. Doors 8pm, free entry

WISHING WOLF + DEAD RESTLESS + GET YOUR HEAD STRAIGHT
Saturday June 1st
The Prince Of Wales, Kettering
Violet Fire album release show from the KTown pop-punkers. Support from similarly-inclined acts from ShoeTown and MK. Doors 7pm, free

REAPER X + FETUS DESTRUCTION + THE KANZ + FUELED HATE
Saturday June 1st
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Bloodstock Festival’s Metal 2 The Masses gives unsigned acts the chance to play the New Blood Stage at the Festival. This is heat 5. Doors 6pm, £5 tickets

NINA HARRIES
Sunday June 2nd
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Inventive grooves and experimental sounds accompany Nina’s revelatory songwriting, which utilises her unique voice and double bass playing. Fact: Nina studied classical double bass at the Royal College of Music. 9pm, free entry

 

 

 

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It’s A Shoe In: Northants gig guide May 22nd – May 28th

RUFUS GOODLOVE + BLACK SURF + ANDREW VAN GARRETT Thursday May 23rd The King Billy, Northampton Original trio of acts: anthemic rock from the Banbury man, rising London trio with…

RUFUS GOODLOVE + BLACK SURF + ANDREW VAN GARRETT
Thursday May 23rd
The King Billy, Northampton
Original trio of acts: anthemic rock from the Banbury man, rising London trio with hooks dangling everywhere, and alt-rock from Leicester. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

DEJA VEGA + CANDIDATES
Friday May 24th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
Manchester-based trio playing gritty, guitar led psychedelia that it first-rate. Support from MK indie rockers with a reputation for great songs and charisma. Doors 8pm, free entry

CAST
Friday May 24th
The Roadmender, Northampton
The Britpop veterans didn’t head off for long in 2001, reuniting to tour in 2010 and releasing album Troubled Times in 2012. Expect All Change classics and more. Doors 7.30pm  £25 tickets

ALL BETTER + BOXING DAY + TRAVERSE
Friday May 24th
The Garibaldi Hotel, Northampton
Real Ghost Records special. Headliners from Brighton are a dirty pop trio with infectious melodies. Boxing Day are a five-piece pop punk band from Belgium. Openers are an indie punk band from Paris. Doors 8pm, free entry

THE DARKHORSE + BRING THE ONSLAUGHT + A TITAN, A DEITY + FACES OF EVE
Friday 24th May
Raffs Bar, Wellingborough
Bloodstock Festival’s Metal 2 The Masses gives unsigned acts the chance to play the New Blood Stage. Heat 4 brings bands from Aylesbury, Birmingham and Hertfordshire, as well as ShoeCounty. Doors 6pm, £5 tickets

PAPER STREET SOAP COMPANY
Friday May 24th
The Malt Shovel, Northampton
“The Pogues of the Midlands with a paddy punk twist”. Music from 8.30pm, free entry

DUFF PADDY
Friday May 24th
Bradden Village Hall, nr Towcester
An acoustic duo consisting of Paul Tuthill on accordion, bodhrán and vocals, and Paul Mitchell on guitar and vocals. They play a blend of modern and traditional acoustic music combining instrumentals with ballads, both covers and original material covering Celtic and Alt.Country/Americana styles. Doors 8pm, £12 tickets from 01327860800.

HUMAN LEATHER + CHESTBURSTER + HACK JOB + VOIDLURKER + MORI LUCRUM
Saturday May 25th
The Lab, Northampton
Raw bass punk noise from Brighton, thrash grind from Braintree, hardcore from Portsmouth, sludge doom from Birmingham, and noise drone from Kettering. Doors 6pm, £5 entry

HANNAH FAULKNER + CORINNE LUCY + TIM JON BROPHY + CAMERON GRACE
Saturday May 25th
The Shire Horse, Kettering
NI NI Sessions in Kettering, showcasing great NN singer-songwriters. 3pm til 6pm, free entry

JAYKAE
Sunday May 26th
The Loft Club, Kettering
One of the hottest names in the grime scene, from Birmingham, will play ‘Toothache’, ‘Moscow’, ‘Heartache’ and more. V.I.P packages/tables available. Doors 10pm, £7 tickets

DAN DAVIES + JOE WOOLLEY
Monday May 27th
The Lamplighter, Northampton
An evening of folk blues. Dan Davies is bassist for Wolf People, and He has recently finished recording his debut solo album. Guitarist and singer Joe Woolley has worked some seriously talented people, Bonnie Dobson, Tim Harries and Davy Graham, among others. He will mostly be performing material reminiscent of Mississippi John Hurt and JS Bach. Music from 9pm, free entry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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