Where it all began
ARTC are an alternative indie Rock band from the Northeast, they were were brought together by a mutual respect for the same genres of music, Atmospheric/Epic/ Indie Soundscapes, influenced by such bands as Arcade Fire, Sigur Ros, The Editors & Explosions In The Sky, Abel Raise The Cain aspire to create & mould their own sound to reach people in the same way.
They spend their time, creating wall of sound, Euphoric, indie rock/pop songs, that soar and float through the airwaves like a tidal wave of emotion and energy, this is mirrored in their live performances which are something to behold with a 6 strong team taking to the stage to build a huge wall of sound that comprises an eclectic mix of instruments, samples and melodies. With a string of singles and an album named ‘For Strangers Only’ under their belt the band continue to work on new material with the sound evolving from release to release.
Releases so far have been met with widespread critical acclaim with support coming from influential people such as Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing in the Northeast to making waves as far away as Brazil when a Brazilian National Radio station play listed the single ‘Too Late’ which also went on to be featured by channel 4 on A prime time TV show.
The single Black Swans went straight to the top of the beat 100 world chart and later led to the band receiving the coveted ‘Outstanding Artists Award’ , the latest release ‘Every Rise’ ,was picked up by BBC Introducing and chosen as their track of the week and later chosen as one of the best tracks of the year on the BBC Introducing best of Christmas list.
For Strangers Only
Work was finally completed on the bands first album in early 2017 the album was to be called ‘For Strangers Only’ with a release date of 31/03/2017, the news came as music to the ears of many who had long requested a full LP following the success of the singles, the album contains 8 songs in total –
- One Thing
- We’ll Never Know
- Black Swans
- Darkside Of The Street
- Million Dollar Night
- Every Rise
It is a mix of atmospheric, euphoric building songs, which ebb and flow from one to another never stopping to take a breath, cinematic soundscapes, which encompass Orchestras, lap steel, brass sections post rock and the voices of Dead Presidents, Revolutionary movement leaders and mixed up youth.
The album is available to buy from all of the usual sources iTunes, Deezer, Amazon Play and this website.
Press and Opinion
‘Opening with theatrical strings and culminating in a riot of instrumentation and soaring vocals it’s a seamless release’
– Narc Magazine
‘The album sweeps across the senses with a melodic breeze, each track an insight to emotion soaked lives and familiar situations.’
– Ringmaster Magazine
‘For Strangers Only is more than just a collection of songs, it is a musical experience – a relentless sensory overload that may appear chaotic on the surface but, in reality, is imbued with a magnificent depth that cries out for repeated listens.’
– Musical Moron
‘What takes this into far more interesting musical realms is their blending of drifting ambience and smoky resonance’ ‘Abel Raise The Cain prove to be the most skillful of sonic architects.’
– Dancing In The Architecture
‘Even closer to home are Abel Raise The Cain and they seize their moment in the sun. A powerful atmospheric performance reveals clear and present signs of life on the Teesside music scene.’
– Gods in the TV zine on Stockton Weekender