Alessio Casalini

Alessio Casalini

Alessio Casalini


Title
BARK - Band member
Bio
BARK came to life in New York, New York when, in a string of coincidences, the members all relocated there around the same time. Casalini from Italy, Artemov from Ukraine, and Potts from Georgia. Out of all places, in a way the band met through Craigslist. Casalini was working on an industrial project at that time, and they were looking for a drummer. They posted a listing, and at just that moment Artemov was settling into his new home and looking for someone to make music with. The two have been working together since. One afternoon, Casalini sitting in the lobby of his studio building in Manhattan, when he heard a compelling voice coming from one of the practice rooms. It turned out to be Potts, teaching a class and singing a to a group of kids. It was an instant match. 

In 2016 BARK release their self-titled debut EP, a collaborative effort featuring various singer-songwriters, talented musicians and composers. This was followed by a pair of singles: “The Liar (feat. Aidan Flores-Hall)” in 2017, and “Cold and Silent (feat. Krystal Hawes)” in 2018. The “Cold and Silent” Remix EP was released in April 2018, a collaboration with Italian electronic project Okland and producer Loris Massera. “Gridlines (feat. Melinda Camille)” was released in May 2018, with a music video that December. “Medicate (feat. Marcus Potts & Melinda Camille)” was released in December 2018 as well. The band started off 2019 with a West Coast tour with Justin Symbol and DJ Swamp. The band released the “Live in San Francisco 2019” LP in August of that year. BARK closed the year out touring Eastern Europe. When the pandemic shut down touring the band quickly arranged for several online streaming performances.

Our contact info and social pages:
Website: http://bark.band
Facebook: https://facebook.com/barkcollective 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bark_band
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bark_collective
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/53ekZaMcVAEcQLN29cJNph
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/BARKMusic 
iTunes/Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/bark/203654603


Some Press:
Dark Beauty Magazine
“They are the soundtrack to our dreams and what musicians aspire to be…”

Mystic Sons
“The US duo mix post-rock with trip-hop on dark and brooding beats”

Obscure Sounds
“Nocturnal and unsettling…”


We Are The Guard
“…unsettling vibe driven by a dark eerie vocal that seems perfectly fitting for an equally unsettling visuals”

A&R Factory:
“Dark-wave Art-rock at its finest”

Howl & Echoes
“The production is beyond slick, touching so many of your aural buttons all at once”

Music Emissions
“Experimental in a way in which few artists would attempt today in a musical landscape dominated by pulp pap pop of the lowest common denominator”
Website

Recent Submissions

Alessio Casalini submitted media.

Grind by BARK

Jen Dan

Wow, another shape-shifting atmospheric track from your upcoming album. This foreboding composition sidewinds with industrial grime (and, yes, grind) and buzzing noise at first, then becomes rife with deeper resounding guitar reverb, a bright flow of horns that add urgency and lift, as well as the sinuously delivered, but emotive and pressing vocals.
Definitely takes the listener into another headscape, displaced from reality and pushed into a dystopian view (although maybe this actually isn't too far from what it's like now!).
Thanks for creating another striking song!

Mike Mineo

Buzzing back and charismatic vocals exude a vibe nicely reminiscent of Perfume Genius. The industrial-friendly bassy buzzing and guitar injection at 00:53 play alongside the haunting vocal for excellent effects, rising passionately past 01:08 alongside further guitar work. The distant-sounding vocal effect in the closing moments further exemplifies a high-quality production with nuance. Some very cool Bowie-esque vibes here in the vocals. Please send me an email at mike@obscuresound.com when this track releases, and I'll be sure to share. Also don't hesitate to inquire about my PR services via email as well, since you marked needing help with promotion. Thanks for submitting! -Mike

Benjamin Groff

Hey BARK!  I really liked this - the production and some of the dark indie vibes really spoke to me.  Also reminds me "a little" in the vocal department of KINGS X (which is a compliment).  I'm not sure if this is quite right for my properties but I see that the album is out 4/2.  Could you send me a link / let me know then (or an advance link) at my contact form at www.BenjaminGroff.com - would be down to explore some more.  In the meantime, i enjoyed the direction of the project!

Alessio Casalini submitted media.

Malady by BARK

Jen Dan

Wow, what an intriguing mash-up of sounds, that are actually meticulously layered and shifting over the course of the atmospheric composition. 
I love the tug of war between the mainly gritty and urgent vibe and some calmer sonic elements.
I'm tuning into the alt-rock, electro/industrial precision collision, where parts recall the track "Perfect Drug" by NIN (IMO) - probably due to the opening and continuing restless and limpid rippling of guitar (?) notes that are peppered with scratchy percussion and lightly beeping electronics.
And then the soulful, but pressing vocals materialize, with emotions under pressure, and vivid lyrics about the passage of time ("memories changing" and "darkness to light").
There's a definite ominous feeling to much of the instrumentation (the low-register grind of bass line or similar sonics), but in the mid-section of the song there are a couple of lulls in the tension, where a languorous guitar line is injected, as well as more expansive synths - but it's a very brief respite, and soon the menacing feeling creeps in again with the occasional subdued blare of vehicular horns and industrial noises, which give the impression of downtown city streets.
The crafting of all these different sonic aspects into a whole song that moves along with mesmerizing power is 
really exciting to hear. Wonderful job!

Mike Mineo

"Malady" evolves with atmospheric intrigue, aesthetically reminding me with fondness of Wild Beasts. Quaint, guitar-based clanking and rising vocals expand with buzzing infection past the one-minute mark, with string-laden creepiness playing delectably in the background in the minute+ thereafter. I'm very fond of this track's numerous structural twists and turns, within a darkly captivating aesthetic infusing orchestral-tinged components with buzzing, Bowie-esque rock. I added this track to my best-of monthly playlists on Spotify and Soundcloud, and look forward to sharing on OS. Feel free to reach out via email to mike@obscuresound.com if interested in my PR servicing's rates and success stories, and definitely give me a shout when the album's out in April! Thanks for sending this gem. -Mike

Benjamin Groff

Hi Bark - thanks for the submission. Personally I really liked this song on an artistic level.  The song and the production vibes are really intense and different - nice work there.  For what I'm going on my end either on the blog or the label / publishing I think the song and project is a little more on the indie art side of things.  Super appreciate the intelligence and everything on this song but not sure if it's quite a fit for what I'm working on these days. However, as far as help or comments on marketing and promoting - I have tons of information that might be helpful. On that note, I just released a book on Amazon (#1 in 7 categories) but as a bonus - feel free to get it free for a download here if you like: https://www.benjamingroff.com/get-the-book  Thanks and good luck with the project - I like it overall and the intensity of it, etc.  

Alessio Casalini submitted media.

Benjamin Groff

Hey BARK!  It's nice to finally get a submission that we like and can do something with!  I'll instruct for this to be included in our Best of Indie Pop post...might have to wait for next Wednesday but wanted to say nice work on this  video and the song is really cool too!   I love that breaks section / change of pace 2/3rds of the way through.  

Jen Dan

Hello Alessio and Alexey!  Wow, what a cool track and eerie video!  Super job on the cutting edge, story-telling mini-movie and your music fits perfectly with the unwinding of the plot line.  Well, I guess it's vice versa, and the video rundown was filmed and edited to fit the song.  Either way, its a mesmerizing and immersive cinematic experience.
I love how "Cold and Silent" starts off with spare instrumentation and an ominous atmosphere brightened by lighter guitar and electronics.
Krystal Hawes' yearning, slightly anxious vocal tone goes just right with the video's theme, which is a cross between the set-up of the film Ex-Machina and a detective novel turned upside down.
What a super reveal in the video near its end, and the shift to full-blown sonics in the song, as it whips up with restlessly buzzing electronics and an agitated beat.
I don't want to give away the plot of the video, but it is a must-see.  Bravo!

Pieter Winkelaar

Great song and very nice video. Loved the drum%bass influences at the end. More of that please!

Mike Mineo

The soundscape to this track and nocturnal and unsettling, beginning with ominous, industrial synths that buzz inward, with jagged vocals adding a chilly, icy exterior. Twangy guitars add a bit of serenity around 01:30, with audible enhancement shortly thereafter as buzzing synths and amped-up percussion show more prominence. Synth-laden bridge at 02:15 is infectious and provides some nice structural variation. Increased distortion in guitars as track reaches conclusion adds to the fun, climatic allure. This is a well-done track aesthetically and atmospherically, able to pique my interest from the get-go with its atmosphere and intriguing music video. Thanks for the submission! I look forward to sharing via OS. Since you marked down needing help with promotion, feel free to send me an email at mike@obscuresound.com for my PR servicing's rates and success stories. Thanks! -Mike