An Interview With 'Bark Mailey'
Who are the band members and what do they play?
Bark Mailey is an acoustic songwriter. His real name is Mark Bailey; he just switched the initials because it sounds a tad more interesting.
How and where did you get together?
Bark Mailey began at the start of this year (2020) having recorded three songs at his local studio Universal Thrift Club (UTC)
What are the band's main influences?
The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Anton Newcombe, Early Verve, Mac DeMarco
Have you played any notable gigs, festivals or other events? Likewise radio or TV appearances?
The project began at the start of this year. I had a few gigs booked, however they were cancelled due to the current epidemic.
Are there any other interesting or amusing happenings – no matter how small – that the band have been involved with that would be of interest to those who like your music?
The project's inception was created as a coping mechanism with my newborn twin girls! Playing around on my acoustic guitar was very therapeutic. It then grew and grew and before I knew it I had a few finished songs that were ready to record.
Do you have any favourable quotes from previous reviews of the band that you'd be happy to share?
"His voice is nostalgic, and that is a rare quality" "Sounds like the movie playing in your head"
Where was the single/EP/album recorded and who was involved in its production?
Shoot up the Sun was recorded at UTC Studio in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent with Tom Bath, a local sound engineer who was influential in the Stoke-on-Trent indie scene in the early 00's with his band Big Cash Prizes. The song was recorded live in the studio.
Can you briefly describe what the song/each song is about? If you are releasing an album them either describe the thinking behind the project or choose a couple of lead tracks to focus on.
Knocking on an Empty House is about general frustration in everyday life. "Haven't got a lot to say, but a lot to think and do" is a nod to everyday stresses and overthinking certain things. The lyric "So many chips on shoulders, it's like Harry fucking Ramsden's" is a nod to people in general and how sometimes opinions are ill-informed or bigoted. They're told what to think by the news, the media or their parents and they stick with that opinion without thinking for themselves.
Were there any notable or amusing happenings surrounding the recording/production of the EP? As above, list whatever might be of relevance.
I wanted to make honest music, which sounds cliche - but not adhere to any particular style or say "I want this to sound like this", just write from the heart and see what came out. Lyrically I draw influences from literature and the books/authors I have read. I particularly enjoy Bukowski and dirty realism, as well as the sardonic style of Browning and Beckett.
Please provide a one or two-line personal quote that can be attributed to a band member, about either the band themselves or the release. Obviously the more eye-catching this is the better.
Ordinary name, ordinary noise.