What is your name and role within the band?
John Barrett, principal songwriter/guitar/vox.
Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
NYC. It’s really good right now, there are a bunch of bands like Surfbort and Dirty Fences that are really smoking it at the moment.
How did Bass Drum Of Death form?
In my room in Mississippi like 11 years ago. I started recording by myself and it just kinda went from there.
How did you first start playing music?
My parents got me an electric guitar for christmas one year; I had been fooling around with guitar for a minute before that, but getting an electric guitar really ramped it up.
How has the music and dynamic changed since the early beginnings?
The production/sound quality has gotten a little bit cleaner, but I always try to keep the same energy songwriting-wise that I’ve had since the beginning.
What’s been happening recently?
We just finished up a big fall/spring touring cycle, which included 2 US tours and 2 EU tours.
Your album Just Business was released late last year, what influenced the sound and songwriting for this album?
I tried a few things that were kinda out of left field compared to my past stuff (“heavy”), and we put a lot of time into crafting the production to be as interesting as possible, with backing vocals/percussion etc.
How did you go about writing the music?
I had written a bunch of the record kinda gradually over the previous 2 years, but we did a couple in the studio on the spot.
What programs/instruments did you use?
We had a pretty simple setup. i only used one guitar i believe, and we did it in a studio to pro tools.
How has the album been received by your fans?
It’s been great! it was nice to try a few new things and have people dig it.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
Faux Ferocious, Strand of Oaks, Young Dolph.
What do you like to do away from music?
You last toured Australia in 2015 with DZ Deathrays and Hockey Dad to raving reviews, you’ll be hitting Australia again in October 2019, what do you have in store for these shows?
Well I think we have 2 more albums of material since we were last there, so it’ll be good to rip some of the newer stuff for people that haven’t seen it live yet.
What are you most looking forward to?
How do you prepare for each show?
2 beers and a shot of tequila.
Any shows that you’re most looking forward to playing? If so, why?
Farmer and the Owl fest will be fun, we played it in 2015 and it was amazing!
What’s planned for the remainder of 2019?
Working on a new record, and continuing to tour after that’s wrapped up.
Favourite food and place to hangout in Australia?
Meat pies, the Brightside in Brisbane.