APF Records final signing of 2017 was Mancunian quintet Barbarian Hermit. We’ve been stalker-level fans of these riff dealers for several years, and had a moist trouser moment when they approached us about joining the APF family. Messrs Campbell, Regan, Robertshaw, Fafner and Manning will be releasing their first full-length album during the late summer of 2018. We’ve heard a couple of riffs from it. They are filthy. You’ll get to hear at least one of them at the APF Records Showcase at The Bread Shed in Manchester on 3rd February. In advance of that, we spoke to front man Ed Campbell.
APF: What was your highlight of 2017?
Ed: Honestly, every single gig is a pleasure and an privilege. Though, Id have to say the highlight of 2017 (aside from Fieldy’s Birthday bash, of course!) was playing at HRH Doom vs Stoner with so many great acts; from Boss Keloid to Orange Goblin, Pist to the mighty St Vitus. Absolute honour.
APF: As a member of Barbarian Hermit what’s your proudest achievement so far?
Ed: My proudest achievement in Barbarian Hermit has to be the writing we are currently doing – it’s come a long way since we first formed all those years back. It will all be laid down at Skyhammer Studio shortly and we’ll be handing out stonking eargasms soon after.
APF: Which of your label mates are you most looking forward to seeing at the 3rd February APF Records Showcase, and why?
Ed: That is probably the hardest question on the list, as they all make things go very hard. I honestly can’t pick a single one out so I’ll go for the ones I haven’t seen yet having been abroad for some time before returning to the band, such as; BongCauldron and Tronald. Beautiful filth for enthusiastic ear love all round.
APF: What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?
Ed: Best gig I have ever played has to be the aforementioned HRH gig though a close second was in Korea with my previous band FatalFear supporting Arch Enemy in a huge arena. Was fun to play to a big crowd.
APF: What are your plans for 2018?
Ed: Debauchery. Decibels. Destruction.
APF: Tell us something we don’t know about you or your band?
Ed: You might not know that I was originally the singer before the most excellent (Scarlett P) Simon replaced me, or that we have harnessed the power of the brown note, to deliver with only a moments notice. That and we were all fans of Blue Peter. Not the show though, the stripper.
APF: Anything to declare?
Ed: Not unless you’ve got it on camera.
APF: We have, Ed. Oh god we so have.
The APF Records Showcase takes place at The Bread Shed in Manchester on 3rd February. Tickets available from: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/418903