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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Baron Four - Silvaticus

"Silvaticus" is the sophomore full length by UK's garage/beat quartet THE BARON FOUR.
Tracked at State Records’ 8-track recording facility in glorious mono, these 12 tracks demonstrate the band’s ability to combine gritty R&B-based material with garage-punk raunch, capturing at least some of their raw, live, chaotic energy onto tape.Ten new, original songs by singer/bassist Mike Whittaker and two covers: the recently unearthed “Wild Angel” by James Bond & The Agents from 1967, and a reworking of the Bo Diddley classic “I Can Tell”

1) For the viewers of this blog who don't know you, What would you tell about The Baron Four to introduce yourselves? How long are you guys together as a band? And what can you tell us about the origins of the band's name? Who is playing what instrument in the band?

Well The Baron Four are a band. Hopefully a good band but it's not for me to say... We enjoy playing music a lot and have been doing it for around 4 years now (i'm guessing).

The band is: Mike - Bass / Main Vocals; Joe - Guitar / Vocals; Kev - Guitar / Vocals; Mole - Drums / Vocals

2) The Baron Four are described by some people as a 60's garage band à la BACK FROM THE GRAVE. Do you agree with this description or do you consider there is way more than that? 

I'd like to think there is a lot more to it than that! But we can't hide influences and I suppose it's not at all a bad thing to have that defined sound as that's certainly a sound we all love. To be honest I don't like to be put in a box but it's obviously going to happen and can understand that. Next record i'm thinking to do 70s disco to throw people off!

3) About the latest full length record "Silvaticus",  what can you tell about the recording process? Was this a live in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs? 

It was recorded live at our drummers recording studio (State Recordings) well actually I say studio, he has actually built one now but at this time it was in his living room. So let me start again... we recorded the album in our drummers living room. It was all live except for vocals which were done after. It took 1 day to get it done.

4) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?

Well I write all the songs at the moment but everybody is definitely involved, usually I write all songs on my own and come into practise with it but when it comes together it definitely falls into it's own. There are a little bits here and there which definitely adds massively to the songs.

5) To what kind of music did you listen to as a teenager and does it still influence your today work? What was your favourite band as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have an influence on your own work today.

As a teenager I loved a lot of pop punk, Greenday is one to name, The Hives were the greatest thing ever to me when they came around and then moved onto british punk (The clash, the damned etc) - that stuff has definitely stayed with me as I still listen to a lot of that today. My dad was playing the velvet underground to me when i was a kid growing up so that would have to be one of the biggest influences to stay with me.

6) Do you have a video on youtube featuring a track from the latest release? 

7) What can concert goers expect at a gig of The Baron Four? Besides "I can tell", Are you playing any famous cover songs?

Expect the unexpected. Sometimes it will go well but sometimes everything will just kind of collapse after all our leads are fucked... its normally wild and fun though!

8) How did you guys end up on the BEAT SCENE '65 compilation on Alley Club Records?

I literally have no idea.

9) What are the plans for the rest of 2018 as far as The Baron Four are concerned? Are you guys planning to tour Europe soon to promote this latest released record?

We have a few things lined up, the next gig is with The Mummies which should be a lot of fun @ The 229 Venue on 31st March. After that we are in Hamburg playing Garageville in April, we also are going to South of France for a couple of gigs in June but all details aren't yet confirmed.

10) Anything you wanna add?

Please check the facebook page for any info, thank you!

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