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Below is our complete Narrows news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Narrows Announces New Album

When international hardcore group Narrows christened the debut album "New Distances" back in 2009, the title described the geographic challenge faced by the band--vocalist Dave Verellen (Botch, Roy) and Ryan Frederiksen (These Arms Are Snakes, nineironspitfire) reside in Seattle, bassist Rob Moran (Unbroken, Some Girls, Over My Dead Body) and drummer Sam Stothers (Makeout Boys, Quarantine) live in San Diego, and guitarist Jodie Cox (Tropics, Rohame, Bullet Union) lives in London.

But the title also indirectly referenced Verellen's recurring lyrical themes of loss. Both meanings made their mark on the band; the logistical obstacles of distance and the pervasive tone of grief lent a sense of immediacy and volatility to their angular hardcore songs. The band's publicist has now issued the following statement about the upcoming "Painted" album:

"While every bit as sonically vitriolic as their past endeavors, Painted attempts to focus its energy rather than lash out blindly. Songs like 'Greenland' and 'It's the Water' till weigh in with bottom-heavy instrumentation, but lyrically look towards brighter horizons. Though the band seeks to close the emotional divide it basked in on their debut, the primary meaning behind New Distances couldn't be more pertinent to the band's sophomore album. The U.S. Department of Immigration recently denied entry to Cox, forcing the recruitment of temporary guitarist Mark Holcomb (Aeges, Undertow, Shift) for Narrow's 2011 tour with Helms Alee. While the global nature of the band already limited their opportunities for touring, this additional roadblock further exacerbated the difficulties of writing and recording an album with members spread across the United Stated and Europe.

"Despite the difficulties of recording across two hemispheres, Painted sounds like a band locked into a singular vision. Matt Bayles (Mastodon, ISIS, Minus The Bear) recorded the album at Red Room Studios with Cox's guitar overdubs tracked by Wayne Pennell at Bunker Studios in Brentford, England during late night Skype sessions with the stateside members of the band. Due in part to the constraints of time and distance, Painted is a streamlined record. With eight songs clocking in at just over 27 minutes, the album wastes no time exorcising its demons. And while part of New Distances allure stemmed from it's marriage of primal metallic hardcore with the effects-laden art rock approach of guitarists Cox and Frederiksen, Painted harnesses power from curtailing more of their experimental moments in favor of big meaty riffs and voracious tempos." More...

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Narrows Announces European Tour

Narrows has revealed the following batch of dates for its forthcoming European and U.K. run. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:

05/14 Copenhagen, DEN – Stengade
05/15 Hamburg, GER – Hafenklang
05/16 TBA, NET – TBA
05/17 Gent, BEL – Frontline
05/18 Brighton, UK – TBA
05/19 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
05/20 London, UK – Old Blue Last
05/21 Paris, FRA – TBA
05/22 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
05/23 Berlin, GER – Lovelite
05/24 Prague, CZE – Klub 007

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Narrows Radio Performance Available For Download

Deathwish has released the sixth installment in their Live Series, featuring Narrows performing live on Hannah Levin's "Seek & Destroy" Radio show on KEXP 90.3 FM Seattle, September 26th, 2010. The recording was engineered by James Nixon and features the songs "Chambered," "Gypsy Kids," and "Life Vests Float, Kids Don't." You can download the release for free here.

The Deathwish Live Series is a series of free live recordings of Deathwish/Malfunction affiliated artists. These recordings are from a variety of sources: Radio shows, official live recordings, bootlegs, and more. They are giving these recordings away as a thank you to the listeners who continue to support independent music. If you dig what you hear, please support these artists by seeing them live and by purchasing their releases and apparel in the Deathwish Estore.

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Helms Alee On Tour w/ Boris, Red Sparowes, More

Helms Alee is on tour now, sharing the stage with Boris, Red Sparowes, Young Widows, Akimbo, Narrows and others between now and mid September.

The band is working on a new album (produced by Matt Bayles again) that they hope to finish by the end of the year, ready for realease in early 2011.

Here are the latest Helms Alee tour dates:

8/23 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s w/ Boris, Red Sparowes
8/24 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre w/ Boris, Red Sparowes
8/26 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall w/ Boris, Red Sparowes
8/27 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater w/ Boris, Red Sparowes
8/28 Pomona, CA @ The Glass House w/ Boris, Red Sparowes
8/31 Albuquerque, NM @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge
9/03 Louisville, KY @ Z bar w/ Young Widows
9/04 Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st Pub w/ Young Widows
9/05 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie w/ Young Widows
9/06 Brooklyn, NY @ Cake Shop w/ Young Widows
9/07 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop w/ Young Widows
9/08 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen w/ Young Widows
9/09 Miluwaukee, WI @ The Borg Ward
9/11 Bismarck, ND @ Project Noise
9/16 Seattle, WA @ Neumo's w/ Akimbo, Narrows, The Dark

You can stream their debut "Night Terror" here.

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Narrows Announces Split with Heiress

Narrows has announced a split 7" EP with Heiress (featuring Pettibone from Undertow, Himsa, Botch, etc.) in 2010. Narrows have also announced the following tour dates:

03/25: Los Angeles, CA @ The Smell w/ Kerretta
04/24: New York, NY @ Cake Shop
04/26: Vienna, Austria @ Arena
04/27: Prague, Czech Republic @ Klub 007
04/30: Paris, France @ Glaz'Art
05/01: Brussels, Belgium @ DNA
05/02: Nottingham, UK @ Old Angel
05/03: Gla sgow, UK @ Captains Rest
05/04: Manchester, UK @ Star and Garter
05/05: London, UK @ Underworld

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Narrows Posts Live Video Online

Narrows has posted a video from their recent show in Brooklyn and the accompanying show review on Brooklynvegan.com. The video was shot by Unartig and can be watched below:

Narrows will be releasing a split 7"EP with Heiress (featuring Pettibone from Undertow, Himsa, Botch) in 2010 through Deathwish Records. More...

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Cave In Announces More Free US Tour Dates

Massachusetts' Cave In has announced the following additional free US tour dates:

11/19 - The Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY w/ Narrows & Trap Them
11/20 - First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA w/ Narrows & Trap Them
11/21 - Club Hell - Providence, RI w/ Narrows & Trap Them
11/22 - The Middle East Downstairs - Cambridge, MA w/ Narrows & Trap Them

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Revolver Offers Compilation For Free Download

When you are at Mayhem Fest this year, you can visit the Revolver tent to pick up your free Limited Edition Revolver/Mayhem special mini magazine. The magazine is just like the regular Revolver magazine, only smaller. It is 42 pages and features 26 bands such as Job For a Cowboy, Anthrax, Darkest Hour, Baroness, and Dying Fetus. The magazine is jam packed with exclusive interviews, but what is not included is the exclusive 21 track compilation, which you can download online in it's entirety for free.

Here's the compilation's tracklisting:

1. Job For A Cowboy “Regurgitated Disinformation”
2. Impending Doom “More Than Conquerors”
3. For Today “Saul of Tarsus (The Messenger)”
4. Baroness “Wanderlust”
5. Dying Fetus “Homicidal Retribution”
6. Narrows “Chambered”
7. Reign Supreme “And Come What May”
8. The 69 Eyes “Dead Girls Are Easy”
9. Living Colour “Behind The Sun”
10. Sugar Red Drive “One More Time”
11. Bigelf “The Evils of Rock & Roll”
12. Suicide City “The Best Way”
13. Graves of Valor “Locusta”
14. Tombs “Gossamer”
15. Darkest Hour “No God”
16. Bury Your Dead “Without You”
17. Carnifex “In Coalesce With Filth and Faith”
18. Wretched “Aborning”
19. Within The Ruins “Extinguish Them”
20. Corpus Christi “Fight For Your King”
21. Arise and Ruin “Doom Sentence”

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Narrows Releases New Video

Deathwish Band Narrows recently released a video for their song "Gypsy Kids," which on their newly released album "New Distances." This harrowing and visually striking video was conceived and directed London born / Spain based filmmaker Craig Murray. See it after the jump. More...

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Deathwish Inc. Releases Free Spring Sampler "MMIX"

Deathwish/Malfunction along with Six Feet Under Records have produced "MMIX," their most ambitious and ridiculous free digital sampler to date. "MMIX" features 19 songs (15 unreleased) and two behind the scenes videos from some of the most anticipated hardcore/punk/metal releases of the 2009. Many of these songs/videos have never heard/seen before by anyone, anywhere before.

Here is the complete tracklisting:

1. In The Shadow Of God - The Hope Conspiracy
2. Chambered - Narrows
3. Nightcrawlers - Lewd Acts
4. Last Wave - Coliseum
5. Breaking Out - Victims
6. Slipping Away - Reign Supreme
7. Flesh and Below - Trap Them
8. Lies - Nails
9. Coyotenia - Rot in Hell
10. Divide - Mother of Mercy
11. Spirals - Carpathian
12. Forever Is Destroyed - 108
13. Culture - Ressurection
14. Walter Miller Jr. - End of a Year
15. Do You Like To Slam Dance? - Doomriders
16. Bloodwolves - Pulling Teeth
17. Learn To Love The Lie - Integrity
18. Bitter Cold - Supermachiner
19. Heavy Blood (Empty Version) - J. Bannon

You can download the Deathwish Spring 2009 Sampler free from the following links:

Check out the back cover art for a special discount in the Deathwish Estore, valid through the month of March.

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Narrows' "New Distances" Player and Video Online

Ryan Frederiksen (guitarist for Narrows and These Arms Are Snakes) has completed the artwork for the long awaited Narrows' "New Distances" album, which can be seen here. Additionally, Narrows' "New Distances" CD/LP audio player is online now featuring songs "Chambered" and "Newly Restored."
Be sure to check it out now at the link below.

Lastly, you can check out the live video for "Chambered" by Jodie Cox (the other awesome guitarist for Narrows) below. More...

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New Narrows Audio Player Online

Narrows has a new audio player on Deathwish Inc.'s site for their new album, "New Distances." You can listen to the new song "Chambered", taken from the forthcoming Narrows "New Distances" CD/LP, out soon on Deathwish.

Here are the latest Narrows tour dates with Trap Them and These Arms Are Snakes:

12/11: Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
12/12: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
12/13: Santa Rosa, CA @ The Casbar
12/14: San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
12/15: Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
12/16: Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory
12/17: San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe

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Narrows Finishes Recording New Album

Narrows hass issued the following update:

"..."Yes, the album is now officially completed. It was mastered this past Friday by Matt Bayles and we are very excited for everyone to hear it. We will be posting a track from the album in a few weeks, and hope you all enjoy it.

"We are finalizing the album name and will begin on artwork soon. We had wanted to get this out before the end of the year, but this whole distance thing can get a bit complicated at times. It would have been nice to tour on something besides a 7", but what can you do, it's punk rock right? We think the record will now be released around March-ish..."

Here are the latest Narrows tour dates:

12/11: Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey w/ Trap Them, These Arms Are Snakes
12/12: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre w/ Trap Them, These Arms Are Snakes
12/14: San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill w/ Trap Them, These Arms Are Snakes
12/15: Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction w/ Trap Them, These Arms Are Snakes
12/16: Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory w/ Trap Them, These Arms Are Snakes
12/17: San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe w/ Trap Them, These Arms Are Snakes

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Trap Them Readies New Album

Trap Them is readying their new album, "Seizures In Barren Praise," for a November 11 release. Vinyl will follow shortly thereafter.

Once again engineered by Kurt Ballou at Godcity Studios, "Seizures In Barren Praise" shows Trap Them at their most vicious.

"Barren Praise" is a fictional ghost town version of every non-fiction town" says McKenney. "Lyrically, previous Trap Them releases are all stories from people who had lived in "Barren Praise" before deciding to up and leave. This is the story of those who stayed behind to tell the stories of watching everything unfold..." states McKenney.

The band is currently rounding out the final dates for an extensive east coast tour of the U.S. and Canada and has announced a record release show and European tour dates as well. The latest Trap Them tour dates are as follows: More...

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Deathwish Releases Free Fall 2008 Sampler

Deathwish/Malfunction Records has released yet another free digital sampler. This time around not only do you get free songs from classic/new/upcoming releases, but also newly announced artists and their affiliated labels (Eyeball, Lockin' Out, A389, 1-6-Oh/Animal Style, Narshaada, and more) have donated songs to this project, making it possible for you to check out these label's releases while you get familiar with artists currently working on their anticipated Deathwish releases.

This free Fall Sampler 2008 features 21 songs from bands including: Trap Them, Blacklisted, Cold World, Narrows, 108, United Nations*, The Carrier, Carpathian, The Hope Conspiracy, Victims, Killing The Dream, Lewd Acts*, End of a Year*, Rot In Hell*, Rise And Fall, Reign Supreme, Bitter End, New Lows*, Shipwreck a.d., Pulling Teeth, and Supermachiner.

* Songs appear courtesy of their respective labels, see insert for details.

Be sure check out the back cover artwork (included in the zip file) for a coupon code good for 10% off your next DW Estore purchase, valid until the end of November. Just enter this code during checkout to receive your discount.

You can download the Deathwish/Malfunction Records Fall Sampler 2008 here.

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Deathwish Posts Free Summer 2008 Sampler

Deathwish/Malfunction Records has released a free collection of new and unreleased songs from some of their most anticipated releases of the year. Bands include: Killing The Dream, Blacklisted, Cold World, Reign Supreme, Narrows, Trap Them, Bitter End, The Carrier, Life Long Tragedy, Meltdown, Shipwreck a.d., and Pulling Teeth. The download also includes a coupon code good for 10% off your next Deathwish Estore purchase on the back cover artwork, valid through the month of June. Just enter this code during checkout to receive your discount.

You can download the Deathwish Summer Sampler 2K8 right here.

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Narrows Signs To Deathwish Inc.

Deathwish Inc. has officially added Narrows to their roster. The group features Dave Verellen (Botch), Rob Moran (Unbroken, Some Girls), Ryan Fredereksen (These Arms Are Snakes), Jodie Cox (Tropics), and Sam Stothers (Makeout Boys). Deathwish will soon release the band's 7" EP, to be followed by a new full-length later this year. An MP3 of the song "Life Vests Float, Kids Don't" from the EP can be downloaded here.

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