Barney Greenway reflects on his life with Napalm Death

Barney Greenway
Barney Greenway (Image credit: Getty)

Mark ‘Barney’ Greenway has reflected on humanity and his career with Napalm Death.

The vocalist, who has long been outspoken on politics, religion and social issues, says he’s tried to live a “good and varied life” – and the majority of good times he’s had have been during his tenure with the band.

He tells FreqsTV: “Life isn’t always easy for anybody. I’ve tried along the way to have a good and varied life. Variety is definitely the spice of life.

“If I can look back on my life and say I’ve done it and lived it – and by doing Napalm, I’ve done pretty much a large percentage of all the good stuff that I could do – then I can be pretty fucking content.

“I’m only in my 40s and I’ve got lots of life left to live – hopefully a very varied and exciting existence.”

In the wake of tragedies happening across the globe, Greenway adds that he’d like to remind society that everyone is a human being, “first and foremost,” and that “everything else comes after.”

He adds: “Identity, what does that mean? I see people as people.

“It’s a fucked up world out there, no question. We’re just trying to make the best of it.

“If we truly understand what it is to be a human being, the root of that, hopefully we can move on from this idea about having no boundaries, and what you’d do to another person to get ahead – sometimes literally killing.

“I wanna get away from that – I wanna live in a world where everyone can live in dignity, happiness and peace. That means a lot to me.”

Napalm Death will play a run of shows in Japan before hitting the road in France later in the month.

Napalm Death tour dates 2016⁄2017

Sep 03: Ishinomaki Blue Resistance, Japan
Sep 05: Tokyo Club Quattro, Japan
Sep 06: Nagoya Club Quattro, Japan
Sep 07: Osaka Club Quattro, Japan
Sep 09: Fukuoka Be-1, Japan
Sep 16: Rexpoede Festival Du Metal Campagne, France
Sep 17: Lyon Support Festival For Refugees, France
Sep 18: Colmar Le Grillen, France
Sep 19: Savigny Le Temple L’Empriente, France
Sep 20: Saint-Jean-De-Vedas Secret Place, France
Sep 21: Cannes La Puce A L’Orielle, France
Sep 22: Nancy Chez Paulette, France
Sep 24: Vallet Musicadeath, France
Sep 25: Brussels Magasin 4, Belgium
Oct 31: Las Vegas LVCS, NV
Nov 01: Farmington Top Deck, NM
Nov 02: Mesa Club Red, AZ
Nov 03: Santa Ana Observatory, CA
Nov 04: Los Angeles Regent, CA
Nov 05: San Diego Chapel, CA
Nov 07: Salt Lake City Depot, UT
Nov 08: Denver Summit Muusic Hall, CO
Nov 09: North Kansas City Riot Room, MO
Nov 11: Cleveland Agora Ballroom, OH
Nov 12: Philadelphia Underground Arts, PA
Nov 13: Baltimore Soundstage, MD
Nov 14: Allston Brighton Music Hall, MA
Nov 15: New York Les Poisson Rouge, NY
Nov 16: Greensboro Arizona Pete’s, NC
Nov 17: Atlanta Masquer, GA
Nov 19: Houston Numbers, TX
Nov 20: San Antonio Rock Box, TX
Nov 21: Dallas Gas Monkey, TX
Mar 17: Limerick City Dolans Warehouse, Ireland
Mar 18: Dublin Voodoo Lounge, Ireland
Mar 19: Belfast Limelight, UK
Mar 25: Muskego Hammerfest, WI

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