Bass Drum of Death is a two-piece garage band from Mississippi. They’ve just released their first album, GB City, through Fat Possum and toured the US. We emailed a few questions to John Barret, the band’s singer and songwriter; you can read them, along with their curt responses:
Where did the album name GB City come from?
GB stands for gravity bong. I was really high the whole time I made the record.
What was the recording process for the record?
I made it in a series of basement apartments using a USB microphone. Whenever a song came to me I tried to record it.
Has GB City matched your expectations?
Yes. I had very low expectations.
You’ve just finished your first major US tour. How did it go?
Very well. Some people knew the words and shit, which was pretty cool. That’s never happened before.
Can you describe your ideal show?
Playing for 1000 naked girls spraying Jack Daniels on us while floating on a barge made of cheesecake down a river of beer.
Who are the bands main influences?
Black Sabbath, Ramones, Nirvana, The Stooges, Sonic Youth. Pop songs with loud guitars.
Is there much of a scene in Mississippi for what you do? Can you recommend any other local bands?
There’s a pretty good scene despite the size of the town we’re from (30,000 ppl). Flight, Dead Gaze, Black and Whites, Unwed Teenage Mothers are my favorite bands from Mississippi.
Do you have any plans for a UK tour in the future?
Yes, it’s in the works. Hopefully early fall.
Is there anything you¹d like to say to the UK?