Interviews: BarCreeps

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In this new occassion we have had the opportunity to interview the Hardcore Punk band BarCreep from UK. Check out the interview and this band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1.Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that? 

WARRICK: Before we had even started the band, we put a message on facebook saying we'd started a band and wanted help naming it. Apparently, naming a band is something that a lot of people want to do - it became like a game, where hundreds of people were trying to outdo each other with ridiculous suggestions. BarCreeps was one of the few reasonably sensible suggestions.

2.Why did you want to play this genre? 

MARK: A sense of nostalgia, we were all in punk bands in our youth so this helps us to stay young. A resurgence of 90s punk band reunions and tours definitely relit a few fires in bellies. 

WARRICK: It's also very formulaic, and it's fun to write songs using these 'rules'. The ironic thing about punk music is that it's really not very 'punk', it's super conservative. Everyone who grew up listening to it has a kind of religious attachment to it, like it's a faith. It's comforting in its familiarity and predictability. 

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed? 

MARK: Yes, except Stef, we bought him on Ebay. 

WARRICK: Me, Mark and Amin went to school in Hong Kong. We're the products of the end stages of British colonialism. On the day of the handover from the UK to China in 1997, Richard Branson showed up unannounced with a bottle of wine at a friend's house for a party - he got off at the wrong floor (the party was in the flat above). And we bumped into Tony Blair, just elected Prime Minister, in the mall. We stood on the harbour wall waving Prince Charles sail off into the sunset. 

4. Each band member favourite band? 

Mark – Thin Lizzy
Warrick - Paul Westerberg
Stef - The Ramones
Amin - Screeching Weasel

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs? 

WARRICK: A lot of people think we're living through pretty eventful, chaotic times. There's this sense that technology, and particularly communications tech, is really changing our perceptions of life and what it means to be human - for example, could humans and machines merge and make living forever possible? So I guess we're trying to write songs about the meaning of life and death in the face of technological change! Sometimes through the eyes of different characters to ourselves. John K Samson, the Canadian singer-songwriter, who used to be in the Weakerthans and Propagandhi, is a big influence in terms of this character-based approach to writing lyrics.

6. Where was your last gig? 

MARK: Camden Lock Tavern...

WARRICK: ...in London, which is where we all live. We played with a band called ASTPAI from Austria. Before that, we played at the Brixton Windmill, with the Bombpops from San Diego, who are on Fat Wreck. Live in a classic London dive.

7. Where would you like to act? 

MARK: Wembley of course. 

WARRICK: Yes Wembley, ever since I had a taxi driver who told me he used to be a limo driver, and one day he was asked to pick up a guy called Mike at the airport and take care of him for the day. So he picked Mike up, asked him what he wanted to do, and he said he wanted to drive around London for a bit, then get some lunch, then briefly stop in at his hotel. The driver spent the day with Mike, keeping him company, chatting about their kids. Then in the mid afternoon, he asked him to take him to Wembley. He said, 'my band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, are playing there tonight'. Unbeknownst to the driver, who wasn't a fan, he'd been hanging out with Flea all day!

8. Whom would you like to feature with? 

MARK: We’d have Bad Religion supporting us. 

WARRICK: After the show we'd ask Greg Graffin to mark our essays.

9. Whom not? 

MARK: MXPX. 

WARRICK: Not because they're Christian rock, just because they're really bad.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that? 

MARK: Our old bassist would get major stage fright, so much so that he couldn’t face the audience and would play looking at the back-wall of the venue. Best way to beat it is be as prepared as you can (practice) and enjoy yourself, playing live is a blast, if it goes well.

AMIN: As the new bassist, my job is to be a total beast; I lives for the live show and it often causes us problems. I'm very enthusiastic but not that strong, so sometimes I accidentally hurt himself. Always remember who you are and what your body can and cannot do. 

11. What bands have inspired you the most? 

WARRICK: A lot of bands have influenced us, but bands / artists are really just a small part of what makes music cast such a spell on people. It's also about the magazines, music tv shows, movie soundtracks, being able to walk down the street listening to music on a walkman / Discman / iPod, personal experiences. For me personally, it would be a list that looks something like:

Smash Hits magazine, Top of the Pops, Michael Jackson, Madonna, New Kids on the Block, the American PX in Bremen, Germany, where I found NWA, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, Kerrang, MTV, Guns n Roses, Metallica, Nirvana, Cinema Beer Goggles VHS tape with NOFX, Blink 182 etc, Fugazi playing at my school on my birthday, Sigur Ros playing in a church in Brighton, Adventureland the movie, driving around the South of the US listening to the best of the Replacements, driving in Poland hearing Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP for the first time, and obviously sex.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for? 

STEF: An encore!

MARK: Once, whilst I was playing percussion in Warrick’s old band at the Shepherds Bush Empire a girl shouted at me to show her my dick. I didn’t oblige, mostly because she was about 12.

13. What do you think of your fans? 

MARK: Our fans are mostly our wives, so we love them. Although we did have a FB stalker for a while who liked everything we posted but never came to our shows. 

WARRICK: He was probably a malfunctioning sockpuppet that liked the wrong page. 

14. What do you think of our site?

WARRICK: It's amazing that you do so much in-depth stuff on the bands, built around promoting music in a way that's interesting to read. Most sites just publish press releases, which is like reading classified ads. Your site is what good music writing should be like - more interesting conversations than marketing copy.

15. Something add?

WARRICK: Sure, check out our album 'Human Remains' here: https://barcreeps.bandcamp.com/releases

STEF: And if anyone wants to book us some shows on the Iberian Peninsula we'd be happy to play them!

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