NARROW HEAD’S wall of riffs add stark contrast to their best quality– deceptively sweet pop melodies. Rising from the Texas underground/DIY scene, NARROW HEAD quickly amassed a devoted following for their standout live performances and open-hearted, emotionally naked songwriting. Their sophomore effort ‘12th House Rock‘ is the distillation of the greatest moments in 90’s alternative and hard rock with a fresh set of ears, thirteen tracks of NARROW HEAD’S signature brand of bludgeoning lullabies bursting at the seams with creative ideas, new directions and huge, monolithic riffs.
Delving into deep-seated themes of self-loathing, desolation, self-medication, the loss of loved ones and hopeful redemption, ‘12th House Rock‘ is, as the title suggests, a rock-focused LP themed on transition– exploring the vast abyss of darkness just before the sun cracks upon the horizon. Today the band has revealed a track by track guide that dives into the album’s concepts, themes and production via Stereogum – read it HERE
’12th House Roc’k is out today on Holy Roar.
About Narrow Head
NARROW HEAD formed in 2013 but became fully realized as a band in Houston with the release of their 2016 debut LP Satisfaction and the lineup of Duarte, guitarist William Menjivar and drummer Carson Wilcox. Playing in the TX scene instilled a can-do attitude, an ability to explore several different ideas along with a strong set of DIY ethics, qualities that still form the basis of the band to this day. Though the primary trio was present throughout the entire cycle, fate would intervene on bass as the undeniable chemistry between the band and then strictly producer Ryan Chavez led to his inclusion in Narrow Head.
The newly minted four-piece would handle the bulk of the remainder of the LP, bringing in Erica Miller (Big Bite, Casual Hex), vocalist/lyricist on “Delano Door,” and mastering guru Sarah Register (Big Thief, U.S. Girls, Protomartyr) to put the final touches on the record. Guitarist Kora Puckett (Bugg, ex-Sheer Mag), who previously logged hours as a live member in the tours preceding the LP, would join Narrow Head as a full-fledged member following the album’s completion.
“…a reminder that rock music can be catchy without really scanning as pop, and that it can be scuzzy while remaining not just accessible but deeply magnetic.” – STEREOGUM
“As the album title suggests, truly is a world of its own – and its emotional weight and power will transport you, whether you like it or not, into the darkest parts of Jacobs mind, as well as your own.” – KERRANG!
“For an album whose influences are so explicit, 12th House Rock still manages to feel vibrant, breathing life into an established sound.” – METAL HAMMER
“As a celebration of the golden era of alternative rock and metal this is a (fucking) brilliant version of all the bands I grew up loving'” – RIOT ACT (PODCAST)
“90s fans, Narrow Head are here so you no longer need to pretend that any of the Helmet, Quicksand or Smashing Pumpkins reunion material is actually good.” – DECIBEL
“Putting a unique spin on the grit and gravitas of 90’s alt rock, this Texas crew are taking us all on a journey to the dark side. In a good way.” – ROCK SOUND MAGAZINE
“The Texan shoegaze styled grunge makes for the kind of record that years to come will be noted for its ability to define the true sound of the 2020’s” – DISCOVERED MAGAZINE
“Acclaimed for their shimmery pop melodies and feedback-soaked shoegazery, the quintet evoke the bittersweet alt-rock of Smashing Pumpkins, Nothing and their ilk.” – REVOLVER
“…their combination of nu-metal and ’90s grunge makes for pleasurable sonic immersion”
“a catchy dose of ’90s shoegaze and grunge worship” – BROOKLYN VEGAN
“With ‘12th House Rock’ Narrow Head have delivered a fresh spin on a classic sound, and created one of the albums of the year in the process.” – PUNKTASTIC