When Raleigh’s Cross Laws broke up in 2007, Matt and Daniel went on to form Devour, but Dennis (bass and vocals) took an entirely different path, serving two years as part of the Peace Corps in Turkmenistan and then returning to North Carolina to be a high school teacher in Asheville. While he wasn’t actively playing in any bands, Dennis had his guitar with him through this entire period, crafting and refining a huge backlog on songs. In the summer of 2013 Dennis got together with fellow Cross Laws alumnus Daniel as well as Cameron Craig (Logic Problem, Double Negative, Skemí_ta) on drums to make raw 4-track recordings of 4 of these songs. The results are quite a bit different from Cross Laws – more complex, refined, melodic, and subtle, Narcoman recalls the best of ambitious, catchy 80s hardcore like Articles of Faith, early Husker Du, and Upright Citizens. This release is limited to 150 copies with a screen-printed j-card, pro-duplicate tapes and download code.
- The Flame
- Bag Men