UK alternative rock band Narcs give one last reminder of the potency of their eagerly received debut album Two Birds, One Stone Later of last year with the release of a new double A-sided single. Consisting of the tracks Coast To Coast and Souvenir, it reinforces the strong emergence of a band which is brewing up a rather healthy buzz around itself. Completed by three live cuts from a live session at Leeds College of Music, the release shows all the potential which has marked the band out and made their album a thoroughly engaging proposition.
Hailing from Leeds, Narcs makes an immediately tasty provocation with their adventurously feisty yet relatively undemanding sound, Coast To Coast proving the point with its coaxing entrance and rasping melodic endeavour. It opens with a welcoming rhythmic incitement soon joined by fuzz kissed flames of guitar and expressive vocals. There is a slight stoner lilt to the sonic enterprise within the track but merely a choice spice as the song settles into a heads down rampant stroll before raising its elegant creative weaves again around the never deviating lure of the drums. It is not a forceful song, nor one which explodes within the ears, but it is a constant persuasion which seduces without restraint, especially when the group vocalise together before the more intensive if still reined in climax of the song.
It is a strong temptation of a song which you cannot escape making an Arctic Monkeys comparison to but as shown by the excellent Souvenir, the best track on the pair with ease, there is much more at play within the band. A distant scrub of guitar is soon boldly enticing the senses as a more psychotic breath wraps the song, the predatory bass and manically flirting backing vocals courting just as much attention. The song is a totally different beast in sound and intent to the first, the bass alone a leading protagonist whereas it was held in check in the first track. Yes that comparison offered by its predecessor has a place in this song but more so there is a richer essence of the demised Welsh band My Red Cell, the track snarling and brewing up a maelstrom of invention and psyched causticity to ignite imagination and passions in song and listener. The track is quite glorious and with its companion has all the reasons why Narcs is highly thought of.
As mentioned the single comes with a trip of live session cuts, the raw sonic schizophrenic might of Sandchild impressing potently though matched as powerfully by the dramatic Collisions, and the long meandering captivation of Tall Grass; all three showing that Narcs is a band to be engaged live at least once.
Though Souvenir outshines Coast To Coast with ease, the pair of songs confirm Narcs as one of the exciting emerging propositions within British rock whilst breeding eager anticipation for their future endeavours.
Coast To Coast/Souvenir is available now through Clue Records
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