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The last twelve months have had the NARC Magazine pages filled with the best creative talent, so we asked a few of them to be kind enough to share some words on the year coming to a close. Next up, it’s Be Quiet. Shout Loud!.

So, how was your 2018?
Chris: Somehow longer than expected.
Dave: Awesome, exciting and exhausting.
Jamie: Full and fast.
Paul: Far too short, but never the less fantastic. 
Ste: Busy. Full of ups and downs. I feel like I haven’t had chance to breathe really. That’s a good thing though!

What was your best moment?
Chris: On stage in Germany in the sunshine.
Dave: Remembering I had paid extra for a flexible ferry ticket on our trip to Germany.
Jamie: Another Commotion”‘s launch gig. It was like a party.
Paul: The entire time in Germany together. 5 big blokes. 4 days squashed in car. Total banter. 
Ste: I’m going to have to buck the trend here, it’s not that I don’t love you lads but I spent 10 days in New Orleans which just so happens to be the greatest place on Earth. So that was it for me!

And your worst moment?
Chris: Getting back from Germany and having to go to work on three hours sleep.
Dave: Realising I had booked our ferry to Germany for the wrong day.
Jamie: Forgetting my lace for the No Hope shoot 🙁
Paul: Every time I crack a cymbal it’s just the worst.
Ste: I had a bit of a breakdown on my birthday this year, so that pretty much sucked. Things are a lot better now thankfully. 

Your favourite band of the year?
Chris: Estrons.
Dave: Gang of Youths.
Jamie: Pale Waves. Where have they been all my life?
Paul: Mostly listened to my own band to be honest. But with a sprinkling of some classic Bee Gees and Fleetwood Mac.
Ste: Jungle.

Your favourite song of the year?
Chris: Right now it’s Now Or Never Now by Metric, but it’ll be something else tomorrow.
Dave: Razorlight – Carry Yourself
Jamie: The Aces – Fake Nice
Paul:  No Hope bybus but as that’s a bit naughty I’d have to go with The Prodigy. Light Up The Sky
Ste: Oh dear, there are too many to choose from – I’ve probably had Heavy California by Jungle on more than anything else, so let’s go with that. 

Favourite TV of the year?
Chris: Bojack Horseman.
Dave: Challenge TV’s 24 hours of Bullseye (RIP Jim)
Jamie: Discovering Brooklyn 99.
Paul: F is for family.
Ste: Better Call Saul. I can relate to Jimmy McGill. I think that’s probably a bad thing.

Your favourite film?
Chris: Avengers: Infinity War .
Dave: A Quiet Place. It might be the only film I have seen this year though.
Jamie: Coco.
Paul: Deadpool 2. 
Ste: I honestly don’t think I’ve watched a single film all year. Okada vs Omega at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Dominion went about as long as film. Can I have that instead?

Favourite venue of the year?
Chris: Bubbles – Ashington.
Dave: Bubbles, Ashington. The craziest little venue in the North never disappoints. 
Jamie: Druckluft, Oberhausen. What an experience.
Paul: …. Bubbles. It’s just a massive curveball of a club. Love it.
Ste: Bubbles. Bubbles. Bubbles. Bubbles.

What was your favourite gig of the year?
Chris: Play – Olgasrock – Oberhausen, Germany. 
To watch – Gaslight Anthem at Manchester Apollo.
Dave: To play – our EP launch party.
To watch – Avalanche Party at Twisterella.
Jamie: To play – Stockton Calling. When you feel like you’re losing, a room full of people finishing one of your songs for you soon picks you up.
To watch -Avalanche Party at Twisterella. It was my first time seeing them live. I’m in.
Paul: To play – Germany OLGASrock. 
To watch – Kochkraft durch KMA @ OLGASrock.
Ste: To play: we’ve honestly had so many good ones this year but I probably enjoyed Evolution Emerging the most, just for the collective look of horror on the audience’s face when I climbed on top of that shipping container.
To watch – Avalanche Party at Twisty was a big sexy riot. Twisterella was probably the best one yet, Henry and Andy do one hell of a job bringing bands to Middlesbrough. 

And finally, what has 2019 got in store for you?
A single release, an acoustic EP featuring some of your favourite BQ.SL! songs, a brand new EP with brand new songs, sequins, sparkles and gigs gigs gigs. 
We are supporting Toyah at Arc, Stockton on February 1st and Fling on March 2nd at The Westgarth SC, Middlesbrough so we are very excited about those as well as a few shows that we aren’t allowed to announce yet. So keep your eyes peeled!

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