Bandmates Adam Brandt and Jeffrey Earl came up with the name “National Barks” to honor 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.
The band have recently released an EP ‘Something I Can’t Shake Off’ which is available to listen too on all music platforms. Something I Can’t Shake Off started off simply as a set of songs to follow National Barks’ second EP PUPCAKE. This plan was derailed by numerous roster changes and a global pandemic forcing Adam Brandt and Jeffrey Earl – the founders of the band – to re-evaluate the purpose of their third EP. With a new bassist, Joe Memory, and a renewed sense of direction, National Barks dives deep into a retro sound creating songs that hint at the dark and macabre while carrying fun, groovy, surfy, and spaghetti western elements to give each song a spooky yet inviting vibe.
This incredible EP will immediately have your full attention, each single is a joy to sit and listen too. The strong vocals, layered guitar riffs and brilliant instrumentals will have you hooked within seconds and you will be up on your feet dancing around as if you are at one of the bands gigs.
The band high energy and memorable songs instantly grabbed your attention, their unique sound packs a punch and draws you in. The guitar riffs capture your attention and help to give each track their own unique sound.
This EP is impossible not to listen to from beginning to end, from the vocals to the brilliant instrumentals. They have managed to write the kind of songs you find yourself singing along to on first hearing. The lyrics will capture you imagination, they draw you in and you cannot help but sit and listen to every word, they really help to make each single stand out, they really help to make this EP sound so special.
By Ollie Cooper