With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to ATARKA. Answers by Daniel McCarthy (Guitars/Vocals). Anders Ekdahl ©2019

You have one of these names that tell me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
DM: Names came and went, Atarka stuck. It’s from a card game called Magic the Gathering – he’s this large Dragon creature. We thought that would be a good representation and it sounds cool also.

The competition is a killer these days so please tell us why people should buy your latest album?
DM: We make tunes we enjoy and they resonate with certain people, i think. But then, I wouldn’t sit and try to convince people to buy our album or listen to our music. It’s different strokes for different folks.

Do you notice that there anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
DM: We’ve felt an anticipation, which has been great. As for the second question, i think an album is something you put out when you’ve got the material, i don’t think bands strictly have to start with EP’s etc. We released a single before we started recording the full thing just over a year back, and just carried on from there. Weirdly, the word at the moment is that we’re going to do an EP next.

When you started the band did you do so with a clear intent of what kind of music you wanted to play? How hard was it to come up with a sound all your own?
DM: Yes, we did start with a clear intent, but i think it was wrong for us to do so. We were listening to shitloads of Baroness and Mastodon at the time, and that is what initially made myself and Adam want to start putting ideas together into songs. That being said, we sound NOTHING like Baroness, so i’d advise against having any intention.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
DM: Yes, the movement of bands that were unlucky enough for their album to be released in the middle of a Pandemic…

When you play the sort of music you play do you feel that you can have whatever you like as art work for the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
DM: I don’t think there are rules on any genre of music to that end. I’m pretty huge on album art, i think it helps when it ties in with the music though.

I have a great fear that the change in how people consume music today will eventually kill music as we know it. What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
DM: I don’t think digital is killing music as such, but it does cut the income. But as long as there are still people turning out good stuff, it’ll be grand. It makes it harder financially though.
….And i’m a total nerd for physical, in response to your other question.

Is the era of great arena tours as thing of yester? What kind live scene is there for bands like yours? What does the touring circuit look like today?
DM: I don’t think so. There are still bands on the up, that are playing these places.
There’s a great live scene for bands like us, We played a few shows last year before we geared up to get the album ready, and now we’re kind of just waiting for everything to hopefully blow over before we can go out again.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
DM: Both.

What would you like to see the future bring?
DM: Some shows in the UK and Europe as soon as possible. We’re ready to go. We’ve been talking about some live streaming stuff lately but that’s still on the ‘to-do’ list.

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