New Street Adventure
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New Street Adventure

London, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | INDIE

London, United Kingdom | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2011
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"BBC6 Music interview with Craig Charles"

New Street Adventure join Craig to perform tracks from their album 'No Hard Feelings'. - BBC

"Get on the New Street Adventure Indie-Soul Train"

There's a line in their excellent song The Big AC where New Street Adventure frontman Nick Corbin declares his band have 'made it our goal to be the saviours of soul'. It's a cracking, Northern Soul-influenced track, and there is little doubt this exciting band are doing their bit to keep the soul flag flying nice and high.

You can hear and see it for yourself when they come to Northampton on Saturday night (Sept 24). New Street play live at the Picturedrome on the Kettering Road, and Corbin is very much looking forward to making his debut in Northampton. "We haven't played Northampton and we are looking forward to it a lot," said the front man. "The guys who are putting the gig on, Meds, Claude and Steve, have been coming to watch us for years, so it is nice to do something with them. "We know there are going to be a lot of people that know us and there should be a good atmosphere."

The band have been in existence since 2007, but there have been numerous personnel changes over the years, with frontman and songwriter Corbin the ever-present throughout, and he feels the current line-up is the best yet. "This line up has been together just under a year, and we seem fairly settled now," said Corbin. "Our drummer is really solid for the rhythm section which is the best it's ever been, and we are a lot tighter unit now. "Playing live is really important to us and this year we have made more of an effort to get out a lot more, and we have been busy. "In the past we've not gigged as much as I or anybody would have liked, but we have gone for it a bit more and are enjoying it, and we are looking forward to Saturday. "We play for an hour and quarter usually, and we have been playing mostly stuff from the new album, with six or seven songs from the old album, and the rest from the new one." The promoters of the gig said of Saturday's show: "If you like music from the soul , lyrics with a social conscience and love songs that sum up how you feel, then this is the band for you. These guys will make your feet, and indeed your heart, dance to their respective beat."

So, how does Corbin describe his band's sound? "I have always described us as a sould band essentially, but it's soulful indie I guess," he said. "When you tell somebody you are in a soul band, people think of The Commitments or something like that. "A lot of soul music has already been done, and because I am not a conventional soul singer by any means, you have to do something different to stand out a bit." The band were signed to the Acid Jazz record label in 2013, and released their first album No Hard Feelings. A second LP is already recorded and ready to go, with a release date set for early next year, but it is as yet unnamed as Corbin and the label have yet to settle on the tracklist. Corbin is very proud of all the songs the band have put together for the album, and says the band's sound has progressed since their debut. "The first album had songs on it that I had written years previously, but I have written most of the songs for the new album in the past 12 months or so," he said. "It will feel like an achievement when it comes out, and if you ask any band they always think their second album is going to be better than the first when it comes out. "I think it is definitely more refined, and there are a greater number of influences coming in, and style shifts in the soul spectrum as well." Anybody who wants to check out New Street Adventure's music can go to their Facebook page at Tickets for Saturday's gig at the Picturedrome are available at the door, priced £7. Doors open at 7pm, with support coming from The Hurricanes, while there are DJ sets from Hip Cat Express. The event is sponsored by Soul Junction Clothing. - Northampton Chronicle

"Soul & Jazz & Funk Album Review"

The Acid Jazz label refuses to give up! The latest release from the venerable UK label is 'No Hard Feelings' by London-based five piece, New Street Adventure. The quintet (Nick Corbin, vocals/guitar; Ashley Hayden, bass; Billy Farr, guitar; Charlie Myers, keys and Jeremy Paul, drums) all grew up in the indie rock era but preferred the soul sounds of icons like Curtis Mayfield, Bobby Womack and Smokey Robinson and the influence of all those maestros can be heard throughout this never-less-than-intriguing 13 tracker. However, New Street Adventure wisely, don't try to replicate the soul sounds of that golden era. What would be the point? There are any number of second rate tribute bands out there and 'No Hard Feelings' ain't no exercise in karaoke! Rather, what the group do is use classic soul (its rhythms, melodies, harmonies and changes) as a chassis on which to forge their own quite unique sound and here we go back to the band's formative years. You see, though the boys preferred soul, their music also shows the influence of UK bands like Squeeze and the Jam and though, yes, we should file 'No Hard Feelings' under "soul", the music is a very particular kind of soul... soul with a distinctive English sound; more specifically the sound of South East England. Add to that mix some gritty lyrics that offer plenty of social commentary and you have something that's quite different – quirky, irresistible and original.

Hear this special sound at its best on the opener, 'On Our Front Door Step'. This one's a loose, brassy soul saunter with a vocal that Paul Weller would be proud. He'd also, I'm sure, approve of the lyrics' social slant. The faster 'Be Somebody' has a hint of the Jam about it – but maybe the Jam doing Northern soul! 'She's An Attraction' has a Northern feel to it too, but again the vocal inflection places it in the Estuary (the Thames that is...not the Mississippi). 'The Big AC' is another pacey tune while the best ballads are the sparse 'Say You're Lonely' and the more dramatic 'Foolish Once More' which features a quite lovely melodic hook on the chorus. In truth some soul folk might baulk at the rocky riffing on 'Foot In The Door' but I guess we can excuse one aberration in the band's attempt to create something new, fresh and unique, 'cos that's exactly what they've done.

Radio tastemakers like Craig Charles, Gary Crowley and Robert Elms have already gotten into this band and if you're adventurous and like your soul fresh and quirky I'd urge you to do the same. Do so via the band's Facebook pages. - Soul & Jazz & Funk


Still working on that hot first release.


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