If you will, think of any moment in metal when every ounce of your being wants to explode and a devilish grin forms – you know what I’m talking about. Right there, at that moment, is where Bather exists and on their self-titled debut, released earlier this year, they plow through six tracks of death, sludge, and caustic grooves that because of their blunt force, some have sidled it with the -coreisms of metal. After experiencing this thing for hours on end, I can see where that correlation comes from, it’s like a wall of napalm that lays waste to everything in its path but just enough melody to keep that head moving. Good. Stuff. Period. Anyway, we recently posed our set of Profile questions to the band and drummer Mike White gave us the rundown. Head inside to check it out and hit those links to snag your own copy.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
I discovered heavy music on my own from a pretty young age and have grown in so many ways from it. From learning drums to making an incredible amount of friends, heavy music has done so much for me. I’ve achieved more than I ever could have imagined and I hope to keep growing from this.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
I can’t say I’ve ever done anything to debase myself to get anything music related (maybe I’m doing this all wrong?). I’ve never really been asked anything like that before honestly. With Bather being a pretty new band, we haven’t really had too many embarrassing events happen to us (YET). I’m sure our vocalist is pretty embarrassed any time we dog on him in a group of people though.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
A great thing that I’ve noticed is that people seem to be giving heavy music more of a chance and fans of it seem to be opening up to different genres/sub genres. Mixed bill shows are a very cool thing happening and I think those are super important for all parties to get a chance to be exposed to different things. On the bad side, I’d say more people need to be in local bands and go to smaller shows. That is one of the most important things to keep any scene breathing.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
We, as a band, try to stay away from most things political and really try to focus on being ourselves and different in a way. We want to do exactly what we want with this project and don’t really care if it hits with someone or not you know? Politics and any selective issues seem to be more for hardcore and thrash bands in my opinion.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
I discovered hard rock and heavy metal at a pretty young age. I was about 9 years old and the first band I got into was Korn. I never really had any guidance in this other than a family friend back then who really pushed the nu metal thing on me and I just ran with it. At home, it was always just my mother and I and she was all for it. She bought me CDs, dvds, drums, etc. to push me as far as she could with music because it truly made me happy and could give a shit less if it was a style that she didn’t really understand at the time.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Be interesting, be different, have your own opinions. I hate reading the same shit from critics and reviewers on albums. I like when people dig deep into why they love it or hate it (whatever it may be).
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
I just want to rock out and talk shit to my band mates. Cruise some roads and sweat in front of weirdos.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
Daughters – YWGWYW
Big Business – The Beast You Are
Restless Spirit – Lord if the New Depression
Torche – Admission
Don Broco – Technology
3TEETH – Metawar
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
We are hopefully doing a short tour in November and then recording some new material in 2020. We want to play as far out as we can!
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for publication)
Many thanks to Mike for his time!