Please introduce yourself.
Our band is called Narcotic. We are a five-piece metal band based in Chicago, IL, United States.
When your band was created?
We formed in August of 2012.
What the style do you play?
We play death metal, old school death metal, specifically. Many of our influences range from old school metal from a variety of genres, but our audible influences include death metal, thrash metal, and some crust punk.
How could you describe your music by several words?
We strive to write music that has an equal mixing of old school death metal, thrash metal, and crust punk. We use a variety of fast and slow tempos that feature interesting, simplified, groovy riffs. However, we do not skimp on technicality, which we prefer to use tastefully and creatively. We like to write music that is easy to latch onto and relate with, plain and simple.
What is the main theme of your lyrics?
Most of our lyrical content focuses on human misery while avoiding gore and horror themes. Lyrical focus includes mental disorders, human suffering and negativity, war, and a variety of social aspects drawn from everyday life.
What would you like to achieve with the band activity?
Ultimately, we would like to join a record label that respects us as individuals and respects what we bring to the table. We’d love to live on the road and play the world over while continuing to craft the finest old school death metal that we are able to.
How many gigs you have played so far and maybe you visit another countries with concerts?
We have played 15 + shows in the Chicago and tri-state area. So far, we have not played in any other countries or outside of the Tr-State area (Wisconsin, Indiana, and Missouri).
Is there anything very important about your band what SHOULD know fans and labels?
We formed as a group of strangers brought together by a Craigslist ad. It was a huge shot in the dark, but we have persevered and grown as a band at a very quick pace. The stakes were raised against us, but we have been pushing on ever since, and will continue, as long as we are able.
What the formats you would like to see your releases, CD, Vinyl, Tape…? And how do you see future of physical releases?
Vinyl would be the ultimate goal. CD’s are easy and convenient to make in terms of DIY, so we’ll stick to that for the time being. Tape and vinyl are expensive to the unsigned artist, haha.
When you will get label deal, would you like to help to the label with promotion from your side, or you want label do all without your help?
When? Haha, we like to think in terms of “if”. Keeps our heads firmly secured to our bodies and helps us not to lose focus / comprise musical output. If it happens, we’d love to work with a label. We have ideas, and so do they. It only makes sense to want to work together and achieve the highest audience possible. Teamwork and cooperation is the way.
What’s your reaction towards negative opinions about your music?
We take negative opinions about our music constructively. Negative opinions help us improve. If anyone hates our music, please let us know. We want to get better! Haha.
And last question, how do you like our webzine, do you have some remarks towards its look or functionality?
I have heard the name of the zine before, and we have looked over it to see what you are all about. The format is nice, the site is easy to navigate, and the whole idea of helping out unsigned bands is very admirable. Keep up the great work, all! Cheers!
Drummer / Manager