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The June issue of NARC. magazine is out now, available in print from outlets across the North East, and digitally via our website.

Our cover stars are Teesside’s lo-fi queer-punk duo Mouses. Matthew Brown delves into how their sophomore album is a rallying cry for self-expression and a critique of societal pressures.

In the Previews section, we check out live shows from Goat Girl, Pillow Queens, Dana Gavanski, Richard Hawley, Barry Adamson, Villagers, Mannequin Pussy, Hieroglyphics, Karine Polwart & Dave Milligan, Fat White Family, Ferocious Dog, NikNak, Coast Fest, Andrew Nolan, Bubamara and more; stand-up comedy from Laura Smyth at The Stand, Joe Kent-Walters at ARC, Laurel’s Comedy Club and more; theatrical delights courtesy of Frognal & Fox at venues across the region, The Death & Life Of All Of Us at Alphabetti, Many Lifetimes at Dance City and Luke Wright at ARC; plus exhibitions including Jeremy Deller: The Battle of Orgreave at NGCA, New Light Art Prize at Biscuit Factory, alongside much more.

Interview-wise, Dawn Storey talks to Newcastle-based alt. indie trio Bear Park about their genre-hopping debut album; Damian Robinson talks to North East metalcore band Manørs about the defiant energy on their new EP; Kate Relton talks to Drag Castle’s Frida Sapphic about the drag troupe’s aim to tear down preconceptions and create engaging art with heart; Ali Welford uncovers the genesis of the chaotic whirlwind that is Bitchfinder General; multi-instrumentalist Faye MacCalman talks us through Invisible, Real: an ambitious audiovisual project developed as part of The Glasshouse’s Artist in Residence programme; David Saunders dives into Middlesbrough’s Sonic Arts Week to discover roaming soundscapes, live performances, interactive installations and lots to do for all the family; Ben Lowes-Smith talks to Newcastle noise wave outfit No Teeth about the terse tales of greed, fear and humiliation on their debut album; Dawn Storey chats with Teesside songwriter Joe Hammill about his first foray into solo songwriting; Phoenix Atkinson checks out Northern Stage’s new production Underdog: The Other Other Brontë, a play exploring the sibling dynamics that drove the Brontë sisters to fame, driven by jealousy; David Saunders talks with songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Wild Spelks about turning introspective lyrics into positive mental health stories on his debut EP; Steve Spithray delves into the Teesside alternative underground to see what scenes are flying under the radar; Laura Rosierse talks to Kate Fox about her latest show which imagines a neurodivergent-affirming world through the eyes of Doctor Who; and ahead of their Hedley Fest event this month, the DJ team and musos at Percy Hedley Foundation pick some of their favourite tunes in Mixtape.

In the review section, we report from live performances by Melanie Baker, Nadine Shah, Fast Blood, Baxter Dury, Handsome Family, Your Aunt Fanny, Jodie Nicholson, Lottery Winners and more; there’s demo reviews of Liam Hiatt, Elliot Leonard, Ambient Bones, Nacho Dog and Dennis Barkass; reviews of singles and EPs by local artists including Jade Mia Broadhead, Breakaway NE, Jamilah, Blockdata & Tooms, Josh Atkinson, Cultivo, Goodsprings, The Ilfords, Binaries, Chris Hair & Wild Circle, Wolfred and Sarah Johnsone; and reviews of new album releases from The Decemberists, The Mad Walls, O., The Mysterines, Swim Deep, SUMAC, Bored At My Grandmas House, Walt Disco, Hockey Dad, Mary Ocher, Living In Shadows, Mabe Fratti, John Grant and more.

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