APF Showcase Interviews: Ed Campbell of Barbarian Hermit

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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.

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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.

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The APF Records Showcase takes place at The Bread Shed in Manchester on 3rd February. Tickets available from: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/418903

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APF Showcase Interview: Dave Rowlands of Pist

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It’s less than five weeks until the APF Records Showcase All-Dayer at The Bread Shed in Manchester on 3rd February.

In the first of a series of short interviews with members of bands signed to APF Records Dave Rowlands – vocalist in Pist – talks about the Showcase and the band’s past, present and future.

APF: What was your highlight of 2017?

Dave: Not dying, Mo Salah signing for Liverpool FC, the new Midnight and Marilyn Manson records.

APF: As a member of PIST what’s your proudest achievement so far?

Dave: Still being together 4 years on, the killer shows we’ve had the opportunity to play, all the cool bands we’ve got to meet, all of it really, even the lows that makes the highs even better!!

APF: Which of your label mates are you most looking forward to seeing at the 3rd February APF Records Showcase, and why?

Dave: BongCauldron obviously, and I think why is pretty obvious…we love them! Also special mention to Battalions and Mastiff – the Hull contingent – who are absolutely crushing! I remember playing a show in Scunthorpe, I think, when Dennett was still playing in Mastiff and it was the first time we’d seen them, Dennett punched his flight case in and they put on a right rowdy show, loved ’em since then! We’re friendly with most of the bands on the bill so it’ll be cool to see everyone! Shout out to Redeye Revival, Desert Storm, Diesel King, Barbarian Hermit, Under and Nomad too.

APF: What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?

Dave: Bloodstock 2015 was pretty cool although I’d shat my pants the night before due to excessive drug use and too much trust in farts. I think HRH Doom V Stoner Sheffield will take some beating, the crowd were fucking incredible, absolutely loved that show!!

APF: What are your plans for 2018?

Dave: We’re writing a new album at the moment and have a shit ton of ideas!! We’ve got a new EP coming out, a UK tour with the Battalions lads, Desertfest London and I’m sure there’ll be a fair bit more.

APF: Tell us something we don’t know about you or your band?

Dave: We like to drink occasionally.

APF: Anything to declare?

Dave: They have the right what fuckin’ right? To say I must fight in their fuckin’ wars They declare it! Why should I fight in their fuckin’ wars? When they never show realities of war They declare it! Why should I fight in their fuckin’ wars? Why should I do their killing and be killed? They declare it! It ís down to them there’s no doubt in my mind All they want is lots of glory They declare it! They! They! They declare it! They! They! They declare it! They! They! They declare it! They! They! They declare it! War! War! War!

Pist’s new EP will be out on APF Records in the Spring.

For more information on the APF Records Showcase happening in Manchester on 3rd February visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/791925504312658/

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BongCauldron Vinyl Update – 20.12.17

Sorry, no easy way to break this news: it’s been delayed again. Was due with us yesterday or today (19th or 20th). Just received the following email from our vinyl supplier:
“I have been trying to track the BongCauldron delivery all morning and I have been advised that the last truck to the UK from Czech Republic has been delayed and is not shipping until 3rd January. I am extremely sorry, I was assured the stock was shipping this week but due to issues with the courier service there are no trucks leaving for the UK. I have expressed my disappointment to the plant and am very sorry that you will not receive the stock until the new year”.
Gutted. Sorry everyone. Frankly I don’t believe what I’m being told, so am away to get right up a few people’s noses. 😡
Merry fucking Christmas
Fieldy

BongCauldron Vinyl Update

BongCauldron’s “Binge” was released on 30th November. It was available on that day through digital downloads, streaming sites, and on CD. Vinyl pre-orders were invited from early October with shipping of the records announced for the first week of December 2017.

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On Friday afternoon (1st December) we were informed by our vinyl supplier that, due to an unspecified issue at the pressing plant, we won’t receive the records until 19th or 20th December. We are investigating with both the London-based vinyl supplier and (through them) the Czech Republic-based pressing plant why this delay has occurred. APF Records ordered and paid for the vinyl back in September with a promised delivery date to APF of 30th November.

We’re disappointed on so many levels, but mainly for those who pre-ordered the album as far back at 9th October. It’s embarrassing for us as a label, especially as APF prides itself on having items with pre-orderers in advance of the release date – and always ships orders for released products within a couple of days.

The only upside to this is we’ve been able to get some more of the green vinyl for you on accelerated delivery. It should be with us early in the new year.

Those who ordered the vinyl record through our Big Cartel store have already been sent a download code so they can at least download and enjoy the album digitally whilst they wait for their LP.  If you have bought the vinyl and not received your download code, please drop us an email (info@apfrecords.co.uk) so we can sort this for you.

When the vinyls arrive at APF HQ on 19th or 20th December we will have them posted out to buyers the same day. All things being equal UK-based buyers will have “Binge” in their hands before Christmas. I’m afraid oversees buyers are unlikely to receive them until early January.

Whilst the vinyl delay was not of our making, we are sorry for it. To go someway towards making this up you, there will be a BongCauldron merch item sent with the vinyls to anyone who has ordered one. This item will only be available to those who have ordered the vinyl.

Please accept our apologies for this delay. Feel free to get in touch should you wish to discuss your order further.

Cheers

Andrew Field

On behalf of APF Records