Some flames are only ever the roar of a local bonfire for the few and never the light-bulb for all.
Bartok finally got the razor sharp line-up the songs needed. Anthony (singer) along with longtime friend Dave (bass) had crafted Bartok through various monikers and peoples from across the M8 motorway between Edinburgh and Glasgow.
It finally settled with Daves brother Scotty on drums and Dave on guitar - both age 16 but with chops to shame musicians twice their age. Bartok blossomed in this quartet and the famous CaVa Studios in Glasgow, Scotland captured them at their best. It was the kind of fire that park benches were used to top up.
Their operatic rock and love of Doorsian improvisation fused with angular pop inspired by dEUS, Pixies and Talking Heads made for a sound that predated much of the alternative rock that came after them like Arcade Fire and Muse.
Anthony (now Drongomala) says "Digital came and clobbered all those record company w*nkers so we can finally distribute our record to you".
We are Your Friends
Anthony Mullen (voice, guitar)
Dave Arnott (bass)
Dave Bernthal (guitar)
Scotty Arnott (drums)
Production - Robin Rankin
Production Assist - Geoff Allan
Recorded at CaVa Studios, Glasgow
Artwork by Antknee
All songs by Anthony Mullen
Copyright Flying Mountain Productions