Artist Interview – Barely Modern

Barely Modern are a punk inspired rock and roll band from London. After checking out Barely Modern’s latest songs we were delighted when they agreed to complete a feature interview for Song Revelation. Read on to find out about what their musical background is, what current artists inspire them to do what they do and what they’re hoping to achieve for the rest of 2011.


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Q: If you could classify your music in a genre or a number of genres what would it be?

Garage Rock’n’Roll.


Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?

Vigorous, punk-flavored and elegant Garage Rock’n’Roll.


Q: What is your musical background?

We, Miha Kononenko (bass), Žiga Petkovšek (vox, guitar), Jan Vihar (drums), formed in 2008 in Slovenia. After recording our first three demos, we got on board of the largest unsigned club tour in Slovenia in autumn 2009, organised by Radio Student, playing ten shows in one month and getting some exposure. After that, we played all across Slovenia until late 2010, when we decided to move to Britain. Since arriving in London in November 2010, we’ve been playing shows on a regular basis.


Q: How was 2010 for you?

2010 was quite big for us, because we moved to London in November. We really didn’t know if things would pick up the way we wanted them to, but everything turned out alright and we’re still here.


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Q: Who inspires you musically?

Lots of bands actually, from Led Zeppelin, Kinks, The Who to Nirvana, The Strokes, Libertines, Hives, Tame Impala… I could go on and on.


Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?

It’s not like we really look up to to a specific artist, but we do love The Strokes, Tame Impala, The Hives. Actually, most of the bands that we look up to, are no longer together, such as The Libertines, The Smiths, Nirvana, The White Stripes,…


Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?

Well, apart from our favourite bands, we’d love to do a gig with Sex Beet and Brown Brogues. Both bands are from UK and we think they’re really awesome. Though I’m pretty sure they’ve never heard of us.


Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?

There’s lots of ‘em. Right now, Tame Impala – Skeleton Tiger, Kinks – You really got me, Django Reinhardt – Minor Swing, David Bowie – Heroes, The Shins – Caring is Creepy, The Smiths – This Charming Man,…


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Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?

There’s not much of a process really. Sometimes we just jam and something good comes out of it, other times someone comes up with a cool riff or whatever and we go from there.


Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?

Melody, definitely. Lyrics aren’t that important to us. We usually write them before we record the track.  Before that, Žiga (vocalist) simply comes up with something to sing during rehearsals and gigs. And it usually doesn’t make much sense.


Q: Where are you based?



Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?

Well, it’s a huge city. If you look at it like that, we moved from a country with a population of 2 million people, to a city with 8 million. It’s quite a difference, but we tuned in just fine.


Q: What are you currently working on?

We’re currently just gigging a lot. We’re also doing some open mics at the New Cross Inn almost every Tuesday and that can get pretty interesting.


Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?

The best thing that happened to us so far, has been the tour that we had in Slovenia, when we got to play ten shows in a month, records some tracks and get quite a lot of exposure from lots of different radios and magazines. Good times.


Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?

Right now we’re sort of trapped beneath a frozen lake. A large frozen lake actually. And we somehow manage to breathe in every now and then. We’re hoping to break that ice just a little bit, you know, get noticed by people who’re ice-skating on top.


Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?

Yeah, we’ headlined Café 1001 on Brick Lane on Wednesday the 3rd of August. It’s a cool little venue. We’re also played at The Queen’s Head in Brixton on Friday the 26th of August.


Q: What do you do to relax?

Nothing really. Just chill out at our place or go to the park and throw frisbee.


Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?

I think we’ve said it all.


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Editor’s Note: Barely Modern combine the best of modern punk and vintage rock and roll to produce an appealing and commercial sound.


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