Eva Bartok’s Next Move, Chess Club

Eva Bartok

Post punk-metal band Eva Bartok will release their self-titled debut EP on 23rd August.

Watch their insane new video ‘Chess Club’ here

Recorded in Cardiff at Corner House Studios with Liam Ross (Sylosis, Monuments, Hark) with production by Fudge Wilson (Exit International) and mixed by Kurtis Bagley of Luna Crown Audio (Holding Absence); Eva Bartok’s four track ep is unapologetically assertive, confident, willing to take risks and gets in your face in a blink of the eye. Clocking in at under 10 minutes, the EP has no time for delicacy. This is urgent. This is purposeful.

Brought together with a love of noise, metal and punk and a dislike of current pop and shallow mainstream music of our current scene, the South Wales group are striving to break conventions and help society vent their frustrations with the world.

“A lot of the songs are about what’s affecting so many people in our society; mental health being a huge discussion, because that’s a really big part of my life and music is one of the only things that has stopped me losing my mind”, says vocalist/guitarist Chris Hampson. “We also feel very strongly about equal rights. Whether feminism, trans rights, gays rights etc. I love the idea of our band being able to stand up for people”, concludes Hampson.

Not for the faint hearted, Eva Bartok IS real life, real issues; the songs tackle subjects like feeling trapped in ourselves and within relationships, living with the enemy, settling for normal life and not taking risks, and the dark side fallout of politics. Each song has its own story to tell, each song has a reason to exist. This isn’t about “making it” in a cynical age of worldwide vanity… this is about doing something of worth and not giving up on it.

Eva Bartok’s new EP is loud, it’s brash, and it’s much needed in a time where vanilla needs to make way for new flavours.


About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!