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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 alt music maker Penance Stare.

So, how was your 2018?
This year was quite good for Penance Stare, I put the Scyring tape out and recorded another. I met lots of kind people and played some shows around England, dragging my suitcase and guitar on the Megabus. Hopefully I’ll get to do a lot more of that next year too.

What was your best moment?
Extremely late-night Star and Shadow / Old Police House show as part of Tusk Fringe. I played in the small hours to a trve kvlt crowd with a nice big amp and lots of smoke machine. Sometimes gigs have a strange mood to them, or I have technical problems or whatever, but this one went perfectly.

And your worst moment?
My 1970’s Vox amp broke at a gig at the Gosforth Hotel’s Sumner Suite, where it’s rumoured that the ghost of Sting still haunts to this day.

Your favourite band of the year?
Sleeping Peonies/Bismuth/Lingua Ignota/Robert Ridley-Shackleton/Puce Mary.

Your favourite song of the year?
Death Enthroned in White Marble – Part i ii & iii by Candelabrum

Favourite TV of the year?
I think we’re lucky to have TV like Bojack Horseman. 

Your favourite film?
ContraPoints on Youtube?

Favourite venue of the year?
Star & Shadow (Newcastle), The Old Police House (Gateshead) & Chunk (Leeds) are my top 3 right now.

What was your favourite gig of the year?
Mayuko Hino / Mariam Rezaei / 1727 at The Old Police House. The TOPH crew have been doing some of the best experimental shows this year and this one was really special.

And finally, what has 2019 got in store for you?
My next album Solanaceae will be finally released via Crow Versus Crow in February after some delays, I will be playing more dates around the country, and recording a split with Sleeping Peonies and an album for Tridroid Records. I will also have the debut tape release from 1727 coming out via Liquid Library in the new year as well.

Solanaceae is released via Crow Versus Crow on cassette and digital Friday 1st February 2019.

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