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The Island’s newest clothing brand, ACID CTRL, is now collaborating with a number of up and coming bands from around the country including NO:IR and Downfall.

Merging alternative imagery with a fusion of modern streetwear, the latest range of t-shirts are inspired by designs from Topman and WHO Clothing.

ACID CTRL was created in 2018 by Kristian Murphy, originally as a musical project. After 2 EP’s and album – and with help from a team of friends – Kristian started up as a clothing company focused on selling quality t-shirts, hoodies, and beanies.

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The business made its first collaboration with Bristol punks Ashestoangels, who have performed at Download Festival and toured throughout the UK, US and Europe. Following this, the local firm was approached by Bath prog metal outfit NO:IR to design and release a limited run of tees.

Now, Downfall – a metalcore band from Lancashire – have just finalized the design of the limited run of t-shirts. This run of tees will only be available via the ACID CTRL store and at future Downfall shows.

The design process starts with the creative teams coming together to discuss the bands and themes and ideas. The designs are often styled from real-life photos or graphic illustrations, depending on the collaboration or initial theme. The Downfall collaboration is styled with the band’s lyrics written on both the front and reverse along with both ACID CTRL and Downfall’s logos.

Plans are already in place to release more clothing in the near future, working with more local charities and organising live music shows in the Ryde and Newport area.

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