NARC. E-ZINE #1 | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

Narc. Magazine Online

Reliably informed

Our brand new bi-monthly digital ‘zine will contain exclusive video interviews and sound clips, curated playlists, reportage, reviews, performance and much more, spanning music, theatre, comedy, film, art and everything in between. Designed as an antidote to doom-scrolling and with the aim of entertaining and informing, the NARC. E-ZINE will be a constant source of exciting, surprising and unusual content continually evolving throughout its lifespan, meaning every time you check back there will be something new to enjoy…Dive in!

Richard Dawson vs Circle’s Janne Westerlund

Finnish experimental rock band Circle and Geordie avant-garde troubadour Richard Dawson team up for a collaborative album entitled Henki, released on 26th November; Richard’s storytelling lyrical style sits comfortably alongside Circle’s weighty riffs, resulting in an album which straddles genres and exceeds expectations.

Here, in a rather unique take on an interview format we’re calling ‘Mr & Mr’, Richard and Circle guitarist Janne Westerlund take it in turns to answer questions about each other, with interesting and surprising results. Expect discussions about imaginary plants, the comfortable nature of corsets as stage attire and the sounds of the human nervous system…

NARC. TV Episode 12 – Luke Royalty

Inspired by the activity surrounding COP26, Gateshead gallery BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art have been busy preparing their own response to the climate crisis in the form of a five-part podcast series.

Climate Frequencies explores climate change through sound, presented by musician Natalie Sharp. Their latest episode, When Forests Speak, journeys into the heart of the Amazon rainforest to listen to the chorus of its inhabitants. There’s also contributions and commentary from sound artist David Monacchi, urbanist-architect Paulo Tavares and artist and writer Maria Tereza Alves.

The full series will be online wherever you get your podcasts by Monday 22nd November.

BALTIC Climate Frequencies Podcast

Inspired by the activity surrounding COP26, Gateshead gallery BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art have been busy preparing their own response to the climate crisis in the form of a five-part podcast series.

Climate Frequencies explores climate change through sound, presented by musician Natalie Sharp. Their latest episode, When Forests Speak, journeys into the heart of the Amazon rainforest to listen to the chorus of its inhabitants. There’s also contributions and commentary from sound artist David Monacchi, urbanist-architect Paulo Tavares and artist and writer Maria Tereza Alves.

The full series will be online wherever you get your podcasts by Monday 22nd November.

Brave Exhibitions playlist

Newcastle’s Brave Exhibitions festival, which takes place at The Cluny from Friday 19th-Sunday 21st November, offers a chance for audiences to enjoy live performances from regional and national artists and genres typically marginalised from the mainstream. The likes of noise rock titans Part Chimp, psych collective GNOD, avant songwriter Richard Dawson and experimental polymath Kapil Seshasayee among many others will be performing.

For those gearing up for a weekend of weird and wondrous sounds, check out this playlist put together by the BE team.

Benjamin Fitzgerald talks about his reworking of Reflekt’s Need To Feel Love

Contemporary classical composer Benjamin Fitzgerald’s new release is a reworking of Reflekt’s Need To Feel Love. In his version of the song, Benjamin celebrates the emotions and power of music, and here he talks about what the track means to him, his love of dance and trance music music and the accompanying Generator-funded music video. Listen to the single here.

Artist Layla Khoo walks us through the Celebrating Hidden Middlesbrough exhibition

Celebrating Hidden Middlesbrough aims to uncover heritage stories from buildings, people and places in the town, with an initial exhibition at The Masham on Dundas Street until 27th November, managed by Navigator North and Tees Valley Arts. Artist in Residence Layla Khoo talks us through some of the pieces currently on display, and appeals to those with stories relating to the Royal Exchange building, Middlesbrough brickworks and potteries to get in touch via khoolayla@gmail.com

Lewis Jobson talks about his new play, Redcoat

Lewis Jobson is the writer and star of Redcoat, a hilarious, honest and human show debuting at Live Theatre in Newcastle from Wednesday 27th-Saturday 30th October. Loosely inspired by Lewis’ experiences as a Redcoat, he chats with Cameron Wright about the inspirations behind the production, and why everyone needs a little bit of happiness right now…

Unprecedented Times: A Doodling Diary of Lockdown

Newcastle musician Bridie Jackson spent most of lockdown penning topical doodles while shouting at the news. This led to the creation of Unprecedented Times, a book of humorous observational cartoons, created by Bridie and designed by Clare Brown. All profits from the sale of the book – handily out in time for Christmas! – will be donated to arts mentoring charity Arts Emergency and Rainbow Home, a small local charity that aims to reduce the difficulties experienced by LGBTQ+ asylum seekers in the North East.

Check out their Indiegogo fund here, and buy a copy (or two)!

MXYM takes us behind the scenes of new single, Starfire

North East songwriter MXYM brings yet more “rock, shock and emo glamour” to his ambitious new single Starfire, released this month. The track is accompanied by a short film in which the intrepid musician stars in his own 1950’s science fiction monster movie throwback, which was created by long-term collaborator TJmov and features cabaret collective The House of Love. MXYM gives us an exclusive peek behind the scenes on set…

Field Music talk about their new EP, Another Shot

Sunderland’s indie pop favourites Field Music release their new EP this month. Here, David and Peter Brewis chat with NARC. editor Claire Dupree about the themes on the release and their creative process. For a full transcript of the interview click here.

ivorything North East playlist

Non-binary DJ and all-round music obsessive Ivan set up ivorything in 2015 to showcase new music from North East artists, free downloads from around the web, and a little bit of ‘ivorything’ else. Having started a degree at Sunderland University, they moved the programme to Spark Sunderland last year, which airs on Sundays 7pm-9pm. They also do monthly shows for Method Radio and curate a monthly playlist called Le Miel du Mois for the New York-based music blog Et Musique Pour Tous. “This playlist features tracks I’ve debuted on my radio programme, have had as exclusives, and other recent favourites I’ve played on air.” They say. Enjoy!

Poetry Exchanges: Mark ‘Mr T’ Thompson & Ellen Moran – Competitive Oppression

Newcastle-based spoken word organisation Born Lippy team up with London’s Spoken Collectives to present a series of hard-hitting collaborative spoken word pieces by poets from different communities, with the aim of inspiring social change. Mark ‘Mr T’ Thompson and Ellen Moran’s collaborative poem explores the way people are pitted against each other based on identifying characteristics. Watch the full set of five videos here.

Hen Night by Vici Wreford-Sinnott

North East writer and director Vici Wreford-Sinnott’s latest work is inspired by the book Crippled by Francis Ryan and is one of the first pieces of disabled women-led scripted drama broadcasting in the UK; the solo piece debuted as part of the BBC iPlayer’s Culture in Quarantine series. Hen Night features fiercely independent Jessica, a young disabled woman, training to be a teacher and dreaming of being a writer, whose ‘rush job’ hen night on the cusp of the emerging pandemic and as lockdowns loom is far from what she could imagine, as she returns home to discover her care package is to be cut. Jessica fights for survival and faces the loss of the independent life she’s worked hard for.

Like this story? Share it!

Subscribe to our mailout