“I’ve always been partial to the songwriters,” said Brett Barley, bassist for Son Of A Bad Man, “Paul McCartney, Mark Hoppus, Mark Rose, Jim Adkins, and Claudio Sanchez. To me, a lot of musicians can tear up a guitar or a drum set or whatever, but it’s a knack for great songwriting that has always caught my attention.”
His musical influences aren’t restricted to any one type of music. “Mainly a lot of 90’s skate-punk, but I’ve always been obsessed with anything catchy, regardless of genre, Hip-hop, Soul, Metal, Jazz, or whatever. Listening to one genre of music is like only eating one type of food.”
The bass player believes his playing style is just one part of the package he brings to the band. “I would say it’s less of a thumpy-thump, ‘slappin’ da bass mon’ style and more of a solid, basic backbone to the music. Our songs require a good deal of stability and that’s where I come in. As far as live shows, I like to think I bring energy, clean hair and great jokes.”
Barley has an interesting way of dealing with mistakes while performing. “I usually look around like it was totally someone else’s fault. It seems to work.”
The Jacksonville based musician feels that what sets Son Of A Bad Man apart from other bands is their combination of influences and their dedication to the band. “I think it’s the influence that each member brings to the table on a daily basis. We don’t all listen to the same music all the time, so while it makes for irritating van rides sometimes, it also brings a dynamic to our band that I think is hard to match. We basically take all the main influences from the four of us, throw them in a big blender, and out comes Son of a Bad Man. It’s a very unique sound. Also, live shows have always been a crucial part of our band. We pride ourselves on staying consistently solid live, and we can definitely say we’re not a ‘studio magic’ band.”
Barley understands that bands have a certain responsibility to the music scene and to each other. “I am a firm believer that bands have got to help one another. We’re all going through this together. Building a strong local scene breeds more bands, more influences, more shows, more fans, and more support. Leave the ‘dog eat dog’ stuff to businessmen. That’s garbage here. We’re a family.”
He feels the fans can connect with the band through the music and enjoy their time spent together. “A lot of people can relate to the things we’re talking about. We want them to know that they’re not alone. We want them to pop in our record or come to our show and totally forget about their daily troubles. Just getting people to sing along and have a great time, that’s really our only goal as a band.”
Son Of A Bad Man, Shawn Fisher (lead vocals, guitar), Jordan Allen Davis (guitar, vocals), Brett Barley (bass, vocals), and Brad Moxey (drums), has a new CD out this month, Here’s to the Falling In…. Their CD release show scheduled on January 28th at Jack Rabbits in Jacksonville, FL has sold out and the band has scheduled a second date on Friday, January 27th.
Music fans can follow along with the band on their Tumblr, Facebook page, You Tube channel, and new Twitter feed.