Michael Barker formed two-man band Swamp Thing with Grant Haua in 2010. To date Swamp Thing has recorded and released three studio albums – ‘Balladeer’ (2012), ‘Primordium’ (2014) and ‘Rumors & Lies’ (2017).
Swamp Thing’s energetic live performances are renown for inspiring concert goers to dance and have fun while showcasing a wealth of musical experience and engaging their audience at all times – the ability of these two men to entertain and captivate an audience is testament to the dedication and passion Barker and Haua have for their music. Swamp Thing play every show like it is their last, making a sound that reaches far back into the musical DNA of roots music.
Haua’s unique vocal sound is deep and gravelly in timbre and has earned high praise from his contemporaries, his guitar style on both electric and acoustic exudes passion for the blues.
Barker’s drumming has been heard on a wide range of OZ & NZ artists – The John Butler Trio, Split Enz, Neil Finn, Alex Lloyd, Vika & Linda Bull to name a few. Michael lays down a solid foundation and full sound that drives Swamp Thing through soundscapes from brooding tension to high energy dance inspiring grooves.
Rotorua – New Zealand
Michael Barker – drums, vocals
Grant Haua – guitar, keyboard, percussion