NARC. COMPILATION ALBUM: Sarah Johnsone – Pennies   | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Every year to celebrate our birthday, we curate a free compilation album which showcases some of our favourite artists from the last year. We hope you enjoy this year’s selection! Download the album in full for free from our Bandcamp. Here’s a peek at the track from Sarah Johnsone…

Pulling no punches from the off with its dramatic, reverberating intro, Pennies’ bitter vocals juxtapose brilliantly with a jangly guitar hook The Strokes would be proud of. Sarah says: “It’s about the pressure of trying to make something of yourself. I wrote it in a post-university jobless angst, with very little money, a lot of debt and a general feeling of inadequacy. I found myself shuttling between bar jobs, trying to find a place within Tory Britain.”

I’ve been predicting big things from Sarah Johnsone and her band since first seeing them in 2022, and on this evidence they won’t disappoint.

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