The November issue of NARC. is out now, available free of charge from over 200 outlets across the North East.
This month’s cover star is enigmatic musician and artist Kingsley Chapman. Linsey Teggert chats with him about his new exhibition at ARC this month (with a messy photoshoot courtesy of Nick Wesson).
There’s a bumper crop of musical goodness for November in the News section, including gigs from Falls, Soham De, GNAW IV, Ten Sticks, Muncie Girls, Half Man Half Biscuit, The Candy Vortex, Earth, Seeing Hands, Ben Caplan, Cinematic Orchestra, Julia Holter, Prose, Allusondrugs and more, plus release news from The Black Sheep Frederick Dickens, Kobadelta and Good Friend.
The Culture pages are packed with comedy, film, theatre, art and everything in between. Highlights include interviews with ‘comedian, magician, psychopath’ Jerry Sadowitz, playwright Matthew Miller and Old Police House Collective’s Mariam Rezaei, plus there’s previews of Side Cinema’s reopening, Harriet Martineau Dreams of Dancing at Live Theatre, Oreet Ashery at Tyneside Cinema’s Gallery, Key Change heads out on tour across the region, Coal at Gala Theatre, Tuhutzs at Middlesbrough’s Felix The Gallery and we have a huge comedy round-up!
Interview-wise, David Saunders talks about DIY ethics and futuristic soundscapes with Newcastle duo Massa Confusa; Tom Hollingworth talks with Giogos Xylouris about his forthcoming appearance alongside Dirty Three’s Jim White; Helena Jung talks to South Shields-based songwriter Eve Simpson about writing songs with a political edge; Adam E Holton talks about direct action and rebellion with Mancunian neo-punks Cabbage; Becca Fergus talks to indie hero Dave Tattersall from The Wave Pictures about being known as the strange outsiders of the alternative scene; Claire Dupree asks some probing questions about Biffy Clyro’s new album, arena tour and what it’s like to become a mega-band; Adam E Holton discusses the perils of Artificial Intelligence with Sunderland band The Gods of Small Things; Steve Spithray finds out more about this year’s Wintertide community festival and artist Alexander Miller tells us about his favourite tracks in Mixtape.
Review-wise, we tackle demos from Dose, Hightide In Tokyo, The Less Than Animal, Vito and Portola; album reviews of Lambchop, Sad13, Trev Gibb, Belly of Paris, Robocobra Quartet; single reviews of Nifty Struggle, Lord Swans, Metaquorum, Rebekah Fitch and more; plus there’s live reviews of Tusk Festival, Swans, Slurs, Jack Webb’s The End, Marcus Brigstocke, Wild Beasts, Drifts, Red Fang among others.
Why not check out this month’s Soundcloud playlist, and listen while you read!