Ire­land’s best-kept se­cret are look­ing to break out of their home­land – and here’s why you need to help them do it

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a young band trad­ing in heavy mu­sic, it’s fair to say the first part of this decade wouldn’t have been an easy ride for you. There are a lot of rip­ping bands that we lost be­fore they could reach any­where near their cre­ative peak in those years. But, de­spite the hard slog, the pas­sion for riffs is un­quench­able.

“I was in col­lege a few years ago and I was com­ing to­wards the end of my de­gree,” says Bailer gui­tarist Chris Harte. “I thought a lot about what I wanted to do with my life, and, although I love com­put­ers, it just hit me… I didn’t want to make a ca­reer out of that. I love riffs, I love heavy mu­sic, I love bang­ing tunes, and all the guys in the band are in the same boat as me. We’re a bit older now and we just want to leave our egos at the door, get our heads down and write heavy mu­sic. We’re not in­ter­ested in do­ing it part time or play­ing ev­ery other week­end. We want this for real.”

It’s an ad­mirable trait to have, es­pe­cially as Bailer’s home­town of Cork in Ire­land is, as Chris tells us, hardly a mecca for metal mu­sic. In fact, we should be grate­ful Bailer made it out of their home­land at all.

“It’s su­per-tough, I’m not gonna lie,” he sighs. “In terms of gig­ging there are about five or six venues in Ire­land where you can pull a crowd. And you can’t play those places more than a cou­ple of times a year. It feels like things are mov­ing a bit for us now; we’ve had great re­views for our new EP, es­pe­cially from your­selves in Metal Ham­mer, but the prob­lem for us is how do we cap­i­talise on that when the per­cep­tion is that we’re stuck on this rock over here?”


has helped Bailer get their mu­sic into the ears of more peo­ple, but it’s not enough for Chris. He, and the other guys in the band, want more.

“You can go on­line and watch a video of a band and it can look great,” he says. “But you don’t get that rum­bling bass shak­ing through your body. We need to be put in front of peo­ple, it’s where this mu­sic lives or dies. So, we’re spend­ing as much time as we can try­ing to work out how we can cap­i­talise on this mo­ment and get in front of as many peo­ple as we pos­si­bly can.”

Hav­ing lis­tened to their lat­est self-ti­tled EP, it’s not just Bailer who are keen for live dates – we are, too. Lean­ing heav­ily on the blue­print of Ev­ery Time I Die or Can­cer Bats’ won­der­fully riff-heavy hard­core, the mu­sic they’ve cap­tured is ut­terly throat-throt­tling on record. We can’t imag­ine how much it’ll go off live. But we want to see it.

“A lot of peo­ple do com­pare us to Ev­ery Time I Die,” Chris smiles. “They’re my favourite band, so I have zero prob­lem with that. But you look at the way that they’ve built up, and that The Bronx are get­ting big again, and Come­back Kid, too; there’s a real re­nais­sance in this genre, and hope­fully we can scratch that itch when peo­ple do see or hear us.

With hard­core on its way back up, don’t let Bailer slip be­tween the cracks.


Bailer need to bail out of Cork, for all our sakes

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