BARK is the new Belgian wonder. A really cool band that got my heart pumping. Interview replied by guitarist Martin Furia. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-It was actually not hard at all. The very first time we got together and starting jamming was actually for a previous band we used to have, but that band was not playing and had no plans.
So as we played, we noticed the stuff we were coming up with was pretty fast and short and we thought we needed a brutal singer, that could ‘bark’ on top of the music, that was the word we used. We immediately thought of Ron Bruynseels who we knew already from Hard Resistance. So, someone said ‘Actually Bark would be a cool name!’ we all agreed and so it stayed from day 1.
Is a short, simple and powerful name, same as our songs and sound, it just fits perfectly.
When somebody new to the band discovers you what is it that you want them to get from listening to the band?
-People can feel whatever they want. What I like to feel when I press play from a Bark album is a powerful fucked up sound, with killer guitars, thunderous bass and pounding drums carrying a strong message with a destructive voice.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Life itself, we put a lot of ourselves on this band. Experiencies, situations, feelings, we are very good friends and we talk about everything and sometimes someone comes up with a story or whatever and we say “oh! we should write a song about that!”
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-I do think it’s important to have a scene. I don’t know many cases of bands coming from nowhere, eventhough they exist, but it’s exceptional. Having a scene is inspiring, you go check bands, make friends, have a drink, talk, bla bla, all that influences you as a person and in the end that’s what you gonna put on your music.
We have a pretty good scene in Antwerp, many venues, like Antwerp Music City, Het Bos, Trix, Kavka and many others. There are a lot of very good local bands and you get regularly international bands coming to play. It’s a great scene, no doubt.
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?
-It’s an interesting question. The movement thing usually happens by itself, you know…when there’s a lot going on and you start to see the same bands at more and more festivals, and you play more and more with them you can start feeling “hey we are making a scene here”, but I don’t think that’s a purpose but more of a consequence when you play in a good band.
Being in a band is definitely something bigger than playing alone in your bedroom, you learn a lot about yourself, how to deal with people and how to deal with your own imbecility.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-What is a great work of art? What is a great picture? What is great song? As long as it makes you feel something, it’s good. Whatever feeling, sadness, euphoria, will to kill, happyness, SOMETHING. Whatever leaves you indifferent is not good.
What is your opinion on digital versus physical? Is digital killing music?
-Honestly, This is dated debate that in my opinion is not relevant anymore, digital is there for more than 30 years now. On the business side, it’s no secret that people buy less physical records since the internet made everything available everywhere for everybody, it maybe “injured” the music business, but I see more and more bands touring and releasing album, good or bad, it doesn’t matter, music is not dead.
On the sound side, I really don’t care much about that. As long as I can listen to music I’m fine. Of course there are differences with all formats but some things are better for certain purposes and some others not.
If I’m on a long trip on a train and I just carry my phone, digital is great to listen to music there. If I’m at home with a lot of time I maybe grab a nice vinyl and make the whole ritual happen.
On the recording side, also exists that debate analog vs digital…It’s all just different tools and like any tool you just have to know how to use them. I heard great albums recorded in digital, shitty albums recorded analog and viceversa. In the end all what matters is THE MUSIC, the rest is not music anymore and doesn’t really matter.
What kind of live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Anywhere where we get invited to play we’ll go, crush everything and get new people interested on what we do. That’s the way it happened so far with Bark and is gonna happen like that in the future.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Every show is different. Sometimes you play a show where everybody is into it and in a good mood and it turns into a party. Other times you play in what seems to be a more “hostile” environment and well, it’s a massacre!
What would you like to see the future bring?
-Whatever, bring it on. Thanx Anders for the interview and thanx to whoever might read it.