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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 Dunes.

So, how was your 2018?
Like an abomination of the last supper of Christ, in a good way. We’ve been really busy this year even though we’ve eased off the gigs a little. We released our second EP which has gone down really well and we released a video for the song Seapig which was a lot of fun. We’ve also finished off writing and have recorded our debut album which is currently being mixed.

What was your best moment?
Completing the recording of our album, we’ve put a lot of time and effort into it and we’re really proud of what we’ve done and are buzzing for people to hear it next year. Apart from that we’ve had two fantastic headlining gigs at Think Tank this year, one near the start of the year with Creature and Ashes Of Iron and one near the end of the year with Too Close For Missiles and Ten Eighty Trees, two great nights and all the bands were class, so big shout out to those lot for making it really bloody difficult to follow.

And your worst moment?
The loss of the legendary Aran Glover, he is and will be greatly missed.

Your favourite band of the year?
Tough one, locally we’ve really enjoyed Creature, Go Go Midgets, Kraken Waker and Ten Eighty Trees. Then further afield we love the new Clutch, and F*cked Up albums and that Sleep album is ridiculously good.

Your favourite song of the year?
Got to be a fight between The Botanist by Sleep, How To Shake Hands by Clutch and that Iggy Pop/Underworld one where he’s on about tabs on planes and also Ten Eighty Trees’ Stop Asking is an absolute banger.

Favourite TV of the year?
Got to be Cunk On Britain or Stewart Lee’s Content Provider (that’s right, we’re proper highbrow us). And although it’s not strictly ‘TV’ that video of Ross from Friends taking the piss out of that Beer stealing bloke in Lancashire deserves a mention, Friends is about as funny as getting the clap, so fair play to him for doing something that was genuinely hilarious.

Your favourite film?
Apostle, although I now suffer from an intense fear of trees and grans.

Favourite venue of the year?
Little Buildings, it’s the venue/space that Newcastle has needed for so long. Allan’s done such a fantastic job with that venue and we were gutted when we heard that it’s going to be closing down, but sounds like the new location will be announced soon.

What was your favourite gig of the year?
For our own gigs that’s a tough one, the two gigs at Think Tank were obviously both really memorable and a lot of fun and then we had two fantastic support slots with The Picturebooks and Eureka Machines respectively, both at Cluny 2, both gigs were brilliant and the headliners were on top form each time.
As for the gigs we’ve watched?
Bossk supporting Black Peaks at The Cluny, had to go away and assess a few things after seeing them. Idles was pretty special as well.

And finally, what has 2019 got in store for you?
2019 is going to be a busy one for Dunes. We’re going to be releasing our debut album and really happy to finally let people know that it’s going to be released by Sapien Records, so we’re obviously really excited about. The album is going to be released late in the year but we’ve got a bunch of singles/videos lined up for release before then so sure you’ll be hearing plenty from us.
So far we’ve got a tour lined up for March with GU Medicine and Steel Trees from South Yorkshire, we’re going to be playing Huddersfield, Barnsley, Sheffield, Newcastle, Liverpool and London, then we’ve got a couple local gigs lined up and we’re in the middle of booking more stuff for later in the year.
We’re starting the Dunes year off on Saturday 12th January at Cluny 2 with a special night in memory of Aran Glover from We Are Knuckle Dragger, all the proceeds are going towards the Suicide Support charity If U Care Share Foundation. It means a lot to us to have been asked to play this. The gig is going to feature us, DRAGNET, WAHEELA, RICHARD MCMAHON and a special DJ set from STEVE JONES.

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