Barringtone is a band that is fast becoming known for their enchanting and complex sonic arrangements. Bursting with angular arrangements and synth wizardry, the band is set to amaze with their debut album Bonanza Plan set for release later this month (21 August). We sat down with drummer Boomer to talk about the upcoming album, their music and much more!
OSR: How was Barringtone formed?
Boomer: I was playing drums in a band called Plugs and Barry Dobbin saw us play a few times. Then I think we did the last Club Clor at the Brixton Windmill, just before Clor split and he called me up and asked me to join. I remember him referring to me as Bruno. Then he recruited the master of the five-string Connan Coledge (our old bass player) and we became Barringtone, no actually Lord Barringtone, back then. Then Connan jumped ship to become a tax exile in Jersey and we convinced Aaron Doyle into joining. He was playing drums in a great band called Cantaloupe.
OSR: What is your creative process?
Boomer: We all bring ideas to the rehearsal room and then stitch them together to form a Barringtone patchwork quilt.
OSR: Is there a hidden meaning in any of the tracks on Bonanza Plan?
Boomer: Not one that can be revealed.
OSR: What inspires your writing?
Boomer: Lunacy, dreams, hopes and fears.
OSR: Do you create your music as a band or are single members more predominant?
Boomer: Barry and Aaron live in Brixton but I’m now up in Sheffield. So they are spending more time together working on new stuff. Then I come down and the process continues, never afraid to rip it up and start again!
OSR: If you were pack animals, what would you be and why?
Boomer: A pack of Dzo’s. They are a hybrid of a yak and a cow.
OSR: Why did the band change its name from Clor?
Boomer: It’s a completely different band essentially. A brand new superorganism formed from the remains of Clor, Plugs and more.
OSR: How do you handle overzealous fans?
Boomer: Bully them in to learning a new instrument and get them to join the band. Or convince them into releasing our music.
OSR: What are your plans for the next year?
Boomer: Hopefully we’ll get to play live, but it’s not looking great. Yeah, playing and write another album.