Gritty Progressive Metal from Jamaica!
Hi! Tell me about Barishi. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
We formed in 2010 and had a different name. We had to change our name in 2012 I think. I had been reading about shamanism in Mongolia. On the steppe there is a type of shaman called a barishi who practices bone setting. I thought it was a pretty cool name.
“Blood from the Lion’s Mouth” album was released several days ago. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
I have listened to the album a ton of times throughout the recording and mixing process. With our other stuff, at this point in the creative process, I would be completely burned out on the songs. I’m still able to listen to this latest record and enjoy it. There are a few little things i’d like to change, but they are really just little things.
Tell me more about “Blood from the Lion’s Mouth”? Album conception etc…
We wrote the record over a couple month period right after we signed to Season of Mist. We really tried to be critical and get the songs to a point where we were all satisfied with them.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
We take inspiration from all sorts of places. Obviously lots of music, but not exclusively metal. I was listening to a lot of The Cure, Led Zeppelin and Roxy Music while writing this one. I’d say we also take inspiration from our natural surroundings. Vermont is an incredibly beautiful place and there is not a whole lot to do, so playing music is pretty high on the recreation totem poll.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Barishi’s sound?
I guess it’s kind of like sludgy prog metal. I’m bad with genre tags.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
We are already writing new stuff. We are hoping to do some touring in the States as well as Europe at some point in the near future. In the meantime we are just plugging away at some new songs.
Wouldn’t you like to re-issue Barishi first self-titled album? What is the main difference between your latest album and self-titled?
I wouldn’t. I don’t like our first album at all. I think the songwriting is disjointed, the aesthetic is shitty and it is pretentious. I think ‘Blood from the Lion’s Mouth’ is more mature and the songs are better. I think we are now the band that we were trying to be back then.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
We have so many and their influence is paramount. We recently toured the U. S. with Weedeater, even though we dont really sound like them, they are a huge inspiration. They play incredible songs and have the most fun while doing it. Yob has been a huge influence. Tombs have also been really influential to us as well. Obviously bands like Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath are the bedrock for modern metal and they mean a lot to us as well.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
There are so many! Off the top of my head, I would love to work with Bruce Lamont of the Yakuza fame. I love so many of his projects and he brings so many new things to the table.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
It has helped signing to a record label. I think touring is probably still the best thing you can do for a band. I’m sure there are other things that tech-savy social media wizards can do, but that stuff is beyond me.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
I really enjoy cooking for my girlfriend and my friends. I’m trying to get better at it. I listen to music all day. I really like archery. I paint once in a while.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
We are super lucky in that we have incredibly supportive family members. All our girlfriends are into it as well so that’s pretty cool. I am lucky enough work at a record shop that lets me tour for extended periods of time because I have co-workers and bosses who are badass. We are super lucky.
How’s the metal scene in your local area right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
There is a thriving scene in New England right now. In western Massachusetts there are a ton of killer bands right now as well as the Boston area. Where we live in southern Vermont is rural. There are not a whole lot of shows or venues but there are a ton of closet metalheads. There are some sweet bands in our area of vermont right now, they are just spread out.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!