Tuesday 1 August 2017

VIDEO PREMIERE: Barrabus deliver an angular vein bursting assault with "Porn"

Fucked up times demand a fucked up response. Unfortunately, every Tom, Dick and Tarquin wants to form an angry metal band and most of them are about as scary as a cheese sandwich. As a result, the return of unhinged weirdo riff warriors Barrabus should be a cause for mass celebration.

Fronted by swivel-eyed polymath Paul Catten, they are simply one of the gnarliest and most distinctive bands to emerge from the UK underground over the last 20 years. This band of beautifully besuited bastards first appeared as a brief but thrilling flash in life’s shitty pan a decade ago, popping up as main support to My Ruin, SiKth and several more notables, but then promptly disappeared in a puff of noxious disdain. Gloriously, the best ideas absolutely refuse to.

As furiously fresh and snot-fuelled today as they were when they were first penned, the songs on Barrabus’ self-titled debut album are nothing short of an all-out, vein-bursting assault on the senses. A lurching, flailing blur or fuzzed-up sludgecore riffing, art rock angularity, whiplash-inducing detours and thick wads of acrid, squirming eccentricity, it’s a powerful metal record, but one infused with an exhilarating sense of unease and malicious mischief. Most importantly, perhaps, Barrabus sound nothing like anything or anyone else, not least due to the unique lyrical vision and vocal madness of their frontman demonstrated in the new video for album track ‘Porn’.

Paul Catten describes the video as 'life through the eyes of a porn addict. Like a drug, waiting to get more extreme with each hit’, while adding 'Personal experience? Who knows, but I don't know many guys who haven't had a brief experience of addiction. It's too easy! No more mags stashed on a wardrobe, its right there, on your phone, on your TV, on your laptop. A disaster waiting to happen. The video, created by genius Will Hutchinson, sums it up perfectly. Filmed on phones for the true 'amateur' feel, Barrabus appearing in your worst porn clip viewing may just be your best/worst wet dream'

Barrabus released their self titled album in June via Undergroove Records. Order now