FEATURE: NARC. Compilation Album #15 – Onlooker – Isolation | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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As we celebrate our 15th birthday this month, we’re continuing our tradition of giving you, dear Constant Readers, a very special gift in the form of our annual Compilation Albumavailable to download via our Bandcamp page for free!

Here, we focus on the track contributed by Onlooker

Having recorded the original demo track just before Covid hit last year, it didn’t take long for Middlesbrough garage rockers Onlooker (post lockdown #1) to, as they say, “home record some new vocals adopting the current mood and frustrations as the world spiralled into a state of confusion”.

Ending up with a lo-fi pop/rock piece sounding like The Small Faces’ Lazy Sunday if it had been remixed for Blur’s self-titled album, Isolation brings guitars, pop, anger and frustration in equally crafted parts. A well-composed pop/rock track that can seemingly fit with any world changing event.


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