NARCS unveil new track ‘Empathy The Dog’ ahead of new album ‘A Thinking Animal’

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NARCS have shared a new track, “Empathy The Dog.”

The track is lifted from the band’s second album, A Thinking Animal, scheduled for release on the 8th of July via Clue Records and available to pre-order here.

A brooding yet ferocious track with the brutal line “Every day I pray for civil war, for that moment I can nail your fucking head to the floor”, “Empathy The Dog” feels particularly relevant given the current social and political climate in the UK.

Speaking about the recent EU referendum result, NARCS’ bassist John explains: “A simple equation summed up my fear for the EU referendum result. Boris + Trump + Brexit = impending doom. A few years ago this sum may have seemed a campfire ghost story told by one leftie to another, but this dystopian horror story is bizarrely possible now that we’ve left. Two scapegoats were offered, the immigrant and the unelected bureaucrat in Brussels. Take your pick. Both said to be to blame for the financial and employment downward spiral suffered by the working class.

He adds: “Personally I would rather the United Kingdom was formally tied into the regulation of the European Union than allow the Tories to have any more free reign than they already do to hack away at what’s left of The North. No amount of Wetherspoons beermats or Farage pretending he cares about fish could sway me otherwise.

“All in all, the final result is a loss for progressive beliefs, a loss for multiculturalism and a footstep into uncertain times for all.”

Check out “Empathy The Dog” below.

Catch NARCS live:

Jul 08th: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds [ALBUM LAUNCH]
Jul 09th: 2000 Trees Festival
Jul 16th: The Green Room, Stockton
Jul 25th: Tramlines Festival, Sheffield
Aug 06th: Humber Street Sesh, Hull

Support tour with Kerbdog
Oct 14th: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Oct 15th: Boston Music Room, London
Oct 16th: The Globe, Cardiff

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TRASH share new single ‘Workout’ ahead of April 1st release

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Chesterfield based indie rock band TRASH have shared a stream of their new single.

“Workout” is due for release as a digital download via Clue Records on the 1st of April and you can listen to it below.

Eschewing their grungy wall of guitars for a more delirious dream-pop sound, the Alex Greaves produced, Robin Schmidt mastered track delivers four delightful minutes that will cement TRASH’s fast growing reputation as a very exciting indie prospect indeed.

The release of “Workout” comes hot on the heels of TRASH’s appearance on independent music TV show, Black Square Sessions, the first episode of which sees the band appear alongside Baby In Vain and Demob Happy.

TRASH’s upcoming live shows:

Apr 09th: 2Q Festival, Derby
Apr 30th: Live At Leeds Festival, Leeds
Jun 11th: Ulltra Festival, Hull
Jun 24th: Tramlines Festival, Sheffield

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NARCS unveil mind-bending video for their new single ‘Pig’


Leeds-based four-piece NARCS have shared their trip-inducing video for new single “Pig.”

The track is scheduled for release this month via Clue Records and the accompanying clip has been no less than two months in the making, delivering a discombobulating, angst-fuelled journey through a mind-bending mix of animation and reality.

NARCS guitarist Joe explains: “’Pig’ started off as an anecdote we heard about a chance meeting between a man and his childhood idol in a supermarket. This idol was the reason the fella had gone into the same line of work (I think it was acting) and this guy was starstruck. When he finally plucked up the courage to go and speak to him, he noticed that the guy just had a crate of booze. He asked him: ‘Are you so-and-so?’ And the guy didn’t even look up, he just said: ‘What’s left of him, yeah.’

“It morphed into this sort of self-loathing, angry song about wanting to mould someone into something that suits you better and how that’s a bit of a violent process,” he adds. “John (bass) wanted to call it ‘I Won’t Kill The Pig, But I’ll Eat The Meat’ which we liked but felt was too much for a title, so we shortened it while we were working on it. We were on the verge of changing it until revelations that the Tory scum used to fuck pig’s faces for fun. Pretty ideal really.”

Check out the video – which contains flashing images and stroboscopic sequences – below:

“Pig” was filmed, animated & edited by Tommings and Sean Pearce and was recorded by Ed Heaton.

The track will be released via a download code, available in 90 ‘Pig Crackers’ from NARCS’ live shows. These pulling crackers contain a paper hat, joke, pig ornament & download code for “Pig” and other songs.

NARCS will play the following live dates:

12th Feb: KU Bar, Stockton
13th Feb: Head Of Steam, Newcastle
15th Feb: Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London
16th Feb: Tunbridge Wells Forum, Tunbridge Wells
17th Feb: Green Door Store, Brighton
18th Feb: Cafe Indiependent, Scunthorpe
19th Feb: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
27th Feb: Gullivers, Manchester

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Listen as Yorkshire grungers Allusondrugs stream debut EP in full!


Yorkshire grunge rockers Allusondrugs are streaming their eponymous – and awesome! – debut EP in full.

You can listen here at Skin Back Alley by clicking below.

The EP will be released via Clue Records on the 21st of July. If you like what you hear, you can pre-order your copy of the six track monster, here.

The band will be playing an extensive string of live shows throughout the summer and early autumn, so there’s really no excuse not to check them out! Tour dates are as follows:


11 Keighley Exchange Arts Centre
12 Leeds Works Skatepark
17 Camden Proud Galleries
19 Huddersfield Bar 1:22
20 Sheffield Rocking Chair
25 Sheffield Tramlines Festival
26 Barnsley Coalfields Festival
26 Workington Lounge 41
27 Wakefield Clarence Festival


1 Sowerby Bridge Puzzle Hall
2 Leeds Temple of Boom
7 Glasgow Bar Bloc
14 Leeds Wharf Chambers
23 Maidstone Rafters


5 Halifax Dog House
8 Wakefield Warehouse 23
11 Glasgow Hairdressers
12 Aberdeen Downstairs
13 Long Division Festival Wakefield
13 Liverpool Pickett / Division
14 Newcastle Think Tank
15 Swansea Static Bar
16 Nottingham Red Rooms
17 London Upstairs The Garage
18 Brighton Sticky Mikes
19 Milton Keynes Crawford Arms
20 Huddlefest Huddersfield
21 Guilford Boiler Rooms
22 Southampton Joiners
27 Carpe Diem Leeds

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