This spring LITTLE BARRIE darkens up its "60s soul in a 21st-century” (Billboard) sound with the release of their stunning new album SHADOW, released May 27, 2014 via Tummy Touch. In excited anticipation of the album release,Entertainment Weekly has premiered "SWORN IN", the first single from the album which can be streamed here: http://bit.ly/1bJ6wV2. Before the release, the rock trio is set for a handful of headlining East Coast dates beginning in Boston, MA on May 1, 2014 and wrapping in NYC's Santo's Party House a week later (dates below).
Amassing heaps of US praise along with an international cult following since its "bright, and poppy" (Entertainment Weekly) debut We Are Little Barrie in 2005, Little Barrie’s impressive sound is the result of three adept musicians: guitarist/vocalistBarrie Cadogan (who doubles as Primal Scream’s guitarist), bassist Lewis Wharton and drummer Virgil Howe (incidentally the son of Yes’ Steve Howe). Since their last album King of the Waves (2012) worked out so well, they once again called on Seb Lewsley (The Horrors) and Edwyn Collins (Orange Juice) to produce Shadow. As one the most influential indie rock figures ever, Collins has become a mentor of Cadogen, and their musical partnership has become a lasting one. There will be a revealing documentary on Collins' life that features Cadogen, premiering at SXSW next month.
"I don’t ever want us to repeat ourselves. We want to keep moving,” says Cadogan." Unlike its surf rock/rockabilly predecessor King of the Waves, Little Barrie added more fuzz, reverb and bluesy arrangements for this collection of slow burning garage-y songs. “[For this record], I wanted to think about some different guitar sounds, a different approach to playing… something darker," said Cadogen. The album oozes a brooding self-confidence, brilliantly combining menacing bass lines with Howe's powerful backbeat that pair perfectly with Cadogan's whisky-drenched tenor. There's truth in Pitchfork's opinion that Cadogen's "unimpeachable guitar virtuosity is their centerpiece," but songs like "Pauline" and "Everything You Want" showcase the development of their songwriting chops.
Between Cadogan's commitment as a regular touring guitarist with Primal Scream, Wharton's work as an illustrator, and Howe being itinerant drummer and DJ for both hip-hop and blues crowds, Shadow was recorded in a tornado of studio creativity in an exhilarating 17 days. With a greater element of spontaneity here with its ruminating guitar riffs, Little Barrie's gotten to a point in their career where their confidence is at a peak, unafraid of their own raw energy. With influences ranging from soul, funk, R&B & garage, Little Barrie cannot be pigeonholed to a solitary sound. "There's definitely been a watershed with us," says Wharton. "Now we're only interested in fulfilling our own criteria, so the album feels good for that."
Little Barrie has released three critically acclaimed albums, spurring an impressive collection of global sync deals with US networks CBS and FOX. Their riffs and grooves have been featured in major commercial campaigns for Nissan and Rimmel to the BBC's coverage of the Olympics. They've performed with internationally renowned acts like Mark Ronson, Morrissey, and Primal Scream. Little Barrie will tour North America this spring. More dates are to be announced in the coming weeks.
|May 1 Great Scott (Boston, MA)|
May 2 Knitting Factory (Brooklyn, NY)
May 4 The Space (Hamden, CT)
May 5 Jammin’ Java (Vienna, VA)
|May 6 Ram’s Head (Annapolis, MD)|
May 7 Ortleib (Philadelphia, PA)
May 8 Santos Party House (New York, NY)