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We’re delighted to present you with the latest edition of our annual compilation album, celebrating our 17th birthday! As ever, we’ve hand-picked a mixture of artists – from new faces to veterans alike – that we feel have had an amazing twelve months. Head over to our Bandcamp page to listen and download the tracks for free.

Newcastle’s stoner rockers Dunes turn their attentions to bleak subject matter, alongside a typically punishing soundtrack. As guitarist and vocalist Ade Huggins explains, By A Thread is the antithesis of seeing the light in the dark.

It’s about someone drifting through life carelessly that slowly starts noticing, then focusing on, the cracks in an otherwise carefree world. Musically and lyrically it treads a thin line between euphoria and despair, the verses are atmospheric and laid back but there’s an ever present dark and vulnerable edge which is blown wide open in the choruses, and by the end of the song you’re left with a relentless, repetitive and menacing riff.”


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