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Barracks - Barracks Newsletter Interview

16 Oct 2010 // An interview by Shade

Barracks formed in early 2010 when Simon, Martin and Kane, having previously been playing together in bands, joined together with long-time friends Hunter and Keir to complete the line up.

Defining their style as Post/Melodic Hardcore, Barracks offers music with depth that maximises the use of every instrument within the band. The use of interesting tempo changes, melodies and hooks, combining with lyrics and vocal styling's that add to the overall effect, Barracks create musical diversity throughout their songs to give the opportunity to discover something new in the music every time you listen.

The first offering from Barracks ('We are the Lions' EP) is an EP featuring fourtracks of melody ridden hardcore. Recorded in Tauranga, over six days in a two month period, with Nathan Sowter (Take The Willing) producing, engineering and mixing the EP, and  Zorran Mendonsa (New Way Home) mastering the tracks, the final product is just a glimpse of what Barracks is set to unleash in New Zealand and beyond.

Barracks are looking forward to packing their bags and getting out on the road, sharing the passion they have for their music coupled with an energetic stage show.

What can we expect to see from Barracks over the next year?

We have just released our first EP called 'We are the Lions', so promotion of that and lots of shows.

What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?

Don't be shit

What is in your CD collection at home?

We all have quite an eclectic taste in music. Collectively we have bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan, Glassjaw, Poison the well, Take the Willing and The Gaze. Individually there is a varied collection of Jazz, Hardcore, Acoustic, Drum'n Bass, Pop, Hip Hop, Dub etc

What is your favourite place in NZ to be?

At the beach. We love the Coromandel, especially a place called Hahei. We even named a song after it ('Ha!Hey!').

What can you never leave home without?

Toothbrush- We are very oral hygienic.

What NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?

There are heaps, but Take the Willing and New Way Home (That has nothing to do with the fact that Nate and Zorran produced/mastered our EP).

How do you believe Barracks fits into the NZ music industry?

Come to a show and find out.

Who would you most like to support live?

Bands like Comeback Kid, Architects and Poison the well would definitely make us happy to support and also we fit more into that high energy hardcore category.

What rumour would you like to start about Barracks?

Justin Bieber is our guitarist....... its not a tumour

How do you keep in contact with your fans?

Facebook is the new Myspace. You can message us there if you would like a copy of our 'We are the Lions' EP.


About Barracks

Barracks are a four piece post-hardcore band from Bay of Plenty / Hamilton, New Zealand. Their 2014 album Ghosts debuted at #1 on the iTunes metal charts and has since had over 5000 downloads on BitTorrent's new bundles platform. They have just finished recording their new EP, Lovestay.

Ghosts was featured in BitTorrent's and AbsolutePunk's best of 2015 lists.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Barracks


Lovestay EP
Year: 2016
Type: EP
Year: 2014
Type: Album
We Are The Lions
Year: 2010
Type: EP

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