February 2, 2013 by Dan Swinhoe
Formed in the mid-nineties, Taint were a Welsh power trio that played a unique brand of sludge. The UK’s answer to Baroness, their two albums, “The Ruin Of Nova Roma” and “Secrets & Lies” were brilliant; aggressive, mesmerisingly rhythmic and catchy all at the same time. By the summer of 2009 they were touring in support of their newest EP, “All Beas To The Sea”. Sadly, the band called time a few months later, playing their last show in their hometown of Swansea just before Christmas that year. No real explanation was given, and nothing more was heard anyone in the Taint camp.
Fast forward to today and frontman Jimbob Isaac is back with Hark. Featuring former Whyteleaf rhythm section Nikolai Ribnikov and Simon Bonwick, the look to be picking up where Taint left off and pushing it even further. So far Hark have only released a 7″ single, entitled “Mythopoeia”. Two tracks of angular hardcore sludge, the single manages to straddle Stoner, Punk and Sludge in the way only Taint could.
In this interview JB Isaac talks about why he left Taint, his new outfit Hark and his future ambitions with the band.