You're a breath of
fresh air within the Montreal technical death metal scene of such bands like
Kataklysm, Quo Vadis and Cryptopsy. Was this a conscience effort on your
part to play a different style, or are your influences just different from
funny thing is, I actually used to play in a technical grind core band when
I lived in Vancouver but when I moved to Montreal, I started playing in Barn
Burner. It's kind of ironic that as soon as I moved to the tech death metal
mecca of the world, I stopped playing it. Regardless, I still listen to tons
of death metal, Cryptopsy being one of my favorites, but yeah I got tired of
trying to cram as many riffs into one song as possible and wanted to start
writing songs that were a bit more memorable.
Can you please name the band members and describe
what each one brings to the sound of Barn Burner.
KK: Well, we have Taylor on drums
who has been compared to Keith Moon in his wild man antics behind the skins.
I have a love/hate relationship with Taylor's playing. He'll show up two
hours late for everything and I'll be furious with him, but as soon as he
starts beating the shit out of his drums, all is forgiven and I want to move
to the countryside and start a life together. Nick, although he suffers from
acute "fear" as he calls it and often will go weeks without uttering a
single coherent word, is the most solid dude in the band. He's the dude that
if this band went belly up tomorrow, he'd still manage to keep spirits high
with a simple, "Alreeet brother, party on!" Marc is who we call the "foreman"
because he is the dude who keeps everything going like clock work. We
wouldn't have been organized enough to tie our own shoes without Marc taking
care of much of the business. Myself, I have the good fortune of writing
songs and having these dudes stick around and play them with me.
When I listen to "Bangers," I hear Thin Lizzy,
Black Sabbath, Priestess, Fu Manchu and Corrosion of Conformity. Is this an
accurate assessment of your influences? Can you describe your style and
KK: We have been getting those
comparisons and I think they are pretty accurate for the most part. None of
us were actually big fans of COC or Fu Manchu necessarily, but the
comparison makes sense. Our sound has been fluctuating since day one. We
started out with a definite Thin Lizzy vibe but we have been moving more and
more towards classic sounding metal like Maiden and Judas Priest. Between
that and a constant rotation of melodic death metal like Carcass and At the
Gates, things are getting heavier by the day.
Explain your joy of being picked up by Metal
KK: We were joyful indeed. We got
overly excited at first and thought our lives were going to change overnight.
However, eventually we realized that we still have tons of work to do on our
own and just hope they don't drop our sorry asses.
Was "Bangers" already out on New Romance For Kids
and then Metal Blade re-released it? Did you have to remix any of the songs?
KK: Yes, Bangers came out
originally on Canadian label New Romance for Kids, but it was a very limited
release within Canada. Metal Blade decided to release it worldwide and give
it the push I think it deserved. The Metal Blade version is different, it
has two extra songs and is completely remixed and remastered.
What do you hope to achieve with the re-release of
KK: We hope to be able to tour
like mad men and perhaps make enough money to buy a bag of potatoes and a
Can you tell me about the artwork? It looks like
the skeleton dude wearing a toque is holding a huge bamboo bong. Who created
it and what's the concept behind it?
KK: Haha, that is what we call a "wizard
stick" that he is holding. It's a drinking game we like to play in which
every time you finish a can of beer you tape it to the last beer you drank
until you have a giant staff. The one with the longest staff at the end of
the night wins! Our friend Cody Fennell created it, he is the mastermind
behind the figure you see on the cover, our mascot: Bernard Burner.
Hailing from Bongtreal, as you state on your
mySpace page. You guys must really like the sweet leaf!
KK: Actually we are kind of frauds
in that department, although we dabble in the leaf, we are more prone to
drinking heaps of beer instead.
What tours do you have planned?
KK: We are headed down to SXSW in
Texas in a few weeks with some U.S. dates along the way. After that we have
a Canadian tour planned for June, some east coast U.S. dates, as well as a
European tour in August.
Any last words, comments or statements? Speak your
KK: Peace in the pit!
Thanks so much for answering my questions and I
wish Barn burner the best of luck.
KK: Thank you!
Interviewed by Kelley Simms