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Celebrate our 13th birthday with a brand new compilation album featuring some of the region’s most exciting artists and bands – all for free! Head to our Bandcamp site to grab your free copy, and read on to find out what inspired the artists behind this year’s compilation.

Part band, part brutalism awareness project, NOVYI LEF’s Euan Lynn and Tom Reah’s architectural ardour and combative political stance reaches something of a zenith on this, the standout from last year’s debut EP Ethic or Aesthetic. Bristling and indignant, the duo’s ire focuses on the systematic purge of our region’s brutalist landmarks, set before the type of creeping analogue synths which could have scored a dystopian ‘80s sci-fi flick.

“So much of our 20th century architecture is being systematically destroyed, from Gateshead’s Trinity Centre car park to Durham’s under-threat Dunelm House. These buildings, the physical manifestation of the era which gave us free university education, the welfare state, the NHS, are being scrubbed from our landscapes, replaced instead with privatised spaces and PFI quasi-public buildings.” Says Euan. “Removing them completely is part of an attempt to erase this chapter of our history – the Death Of History – and a refusal to acknowledge that an alternative to our current system was a reality.”


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