Bandmates Adam Brandt and Jeffrey Earl came up with the name "National Barks" to honour their first demo recordings as a newly created Cincinnati band. Each track unintentionally included Brandt's dogs barking in the background as pedestrians passed their practice space. Fortunately, the music matched the hounds' haunting howls, so the name stuck. With a retro, spooky vibe, National Barks explores a side of rock that will make you feel like you're riding along with the gang solving mysteries or watching a closeup shot of Uma Thurman's Feet. National Barks features Adam Brandt on guitar and vocals; Jeffery Earl on drums and vocals; and Joe Memory on bass.
Take a look at killer track 'Beverly Chills'
The band explain the inspiration behind the EP:
“The goal of our latest set of songs was to have the listener feel like they found a long lost rock’n’roll record from their cool uncle’s collection. The retro vibe, combined with our constant quest to find new modern tones and textures helped us create a set of songs that captures what we like about both generations of music. Lyrically, the goal was to create imagery to place the listener in spaghetti westerns, psychological thrillers, and retro creature-feature films – all while maintaining a modern and relatable connection to each story.
The song ideas were inspired from authors like Edgar Allen Poe and Chuck Palahniuk, Quentin Tarantino films, Spaghetti Western films, and Scooby Doo. The foundations of the songs draw from classic surf and psychedelic rock bands like the Beach Boys, the Kinks, and the Zombies. We also pull from more recent indie rock bands like the Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Cage the Elephant, Tijuana Panthers, Oh Sees, REM, Broken Bells, Mystic Braves, Shannon and the Clams, & Spoon. We also like to inject our sense of humour into our songs, channeling bands like They Might Be Giants and Barenaked Ladies.”
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