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NARC. #143 out now!

The September issue of NARC. magazine is available now, available free of charge from over 200 outlets across the North East.

Our cover stars this month are . Ahead of the launch of their second highly anticipated album, Ali Welford talks to the Newcastle quintet about turbo-charged riffs and themes of guilt and sin. Exclusive images by Janina Sabaliauskaite.

You can also read about ’s Between Waves at Cobalt Studios; ; at Gosforth Civic Theatre; the mini-festival in Durham; with Maximo Park, Field Music and Du Blonde at Sage Gateshead; – at Star & Shadow Cinema; at The Cluny; at Westgarth Social Club; at The Boiler Shop; at Ku Bar; at Riverside Stockton; at Sage Gateshead; at Cobalt Studios; at Star & Shadow Cinema; at Northumbria University and much more.

Culture-wise, find out more about & ; there’s Profile interviews with artist and theatre maker ; ; ’ & ; at Northern Stage; Roddy Doyle’s at Live Theatre; at ARC, Live Theatre & Gala Theatre; at various venues; & at Holy Biscuit; at NewBridge Project; at Tyneside Cinema; at Gala Theatre & ARC; : at Star & Shadow Cinema; at Great North Museum: Hancock; at Saabat Gallery, Middlesbrough; at Alphabetti Theatre; plus reviews of , , , , and more.

Interview-wise, Damian Robinson looks into the future and discovers it’s an electronica dance party thanks to ; Claire Dupree chats to improv bands ’ and about the release of their split EP; Linsey Teggert talks to ’ Lande Hekt about Plath, politics and punk; Ben Lowes-Smith talks to David Littlefair about capturing beauty and tragedy on the new ’ EP; Mark Corcoran-Lettice asks rejuvenated death metal experimentalists about their surreal and subversive new EP; Nad Khan talks to irrepressible punks who continue to forge their own musical path; and Sammy Sadler finds out more about indie rock band ’s new EP. There’s also a stage by stage guide to Darlington’s newest music and comedy festival, , and the festival’s co-organiser David Saunders tells us about his favourite songs in Mixtape.

Review-wise, we take a listen to demos by , , , and ; albums by & , – , , and more, plus track reviews of , , , , among others. There’s reports from the front row of , , , , , , and more.