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The Barr Brothers - The Barr Brothers - out on Secret City Records

The Barr Brothers
The Barr Brothers - The Barr Brothers
(CD/2LP/Digital) Secret City Records SCR021, 2011-09-27

Well we've been telling you about The Barr Brother for a long time now. First with their former jam/jazz trio The Slip, who released one of the best albums of 2002, of 2003, of 2004, and of 2006. Then in 2008 we pointed out Brad Barr's solo album as one of the bests of 2008. And finally, we recently fell for their rock band Surprise Me Mr. Davis (with Nathan Moore and Marco Benevento). The album The Barr Brothers released in the USA last year is another gem in their ever-expanding discography. Those guys are the real Americana from today, with hints of blues and African rhythms, and they are coming to Europe next month with dates announced in France and England!! We sincerily hope to see you at the Café de la Danse in Paris on April 20th!

The Barr Brothers
The Barr Brothers - The Barr Brothers
(CD/2LP/Digital) Secret City Records SCR021, 2011-09-27

European tour announced! :

04/20 Paris FR @ Cafe de la Danse
04/24 Bourges FR @ Le 22 (Printemps de Bourges)
05/02 London UK @ The Slaughtered Lamb
05/03 Manchester UK @ Soup Kitchen
05/05 London UK @ The Camden Crawl

Beggar In The Morning by TheBarrBrothers

Tracklisting :
01. Beggar in the Morning 5:55
02. Ooh, Belle 3:49
03. Old Mythologies 3:34
04. Give the Devil Back His Heart 5:31
05. Cloud (for Lhasa) 5:38
06. The Devil's Harp 4:26
07. Lord, I Just Can't Keep From Crying 4:26
08. Deacon's Son 5:48
09. Held My Head 4:58
10. Let There Be Horses 4:27

Note : the LP version is a deluxe gatefold packaging with complete lyrics which includes download coupon for 320kbps mp3s of the album.

Links :
The Barr Brothers : official | discogs | facebook | myspace | parisdjs | soundcloud | twitter | wikipedia | youtube
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Press Release :
Montreal quartet The Barr Brothers' self-titled album debut is an opus of beautiful folk, gut-busting blues and far-out African rhythms, out Sept 27 on Secret City Records. The 10-song collection features brothers Brad (guitar, keys, vox) and Andrew (drums, percussion) Barr, Miles Perkin on bass and harpist Sarah Page.

From delicate pop melodies to growling delta blues riffs, 'The Barr Brothers' boasts a wide-ranging mix, heightened by an array of instruments including classic harp through a fuzz pedal, an air compressor xylophone, a toolbox converted into an electric guitar and more. "Beggar In The Morning" opens the album with a melted ambiance that unfurls into hushed, pensive folk. "Give The Devil Back His Heart" snakes around African thumb piano rhythms, collapsing into a Who-esque flurry of drums. "Cloud (For Lhasa)" is an ethereal waltz, a contrast to the dark, hushed blues that follows in "The Devil's Harp."

'The Barr Brothers' was recorded in a boiler room in Montreal and includes guest appearances from Andres Vial, Miles Perkin (Lhasa DeSela), Elizabeth Powell (Land of Talk), Nathan Moore, Jocie Adams (The Low Anthem) and Emma Baxter. The Barr Brothers recently opened for The Low Anthem and will be touring North America this fall, plus a date at NYC's Rockwood Music Hall on July 27.

Biography :
One of the first Christmas presents that Brad and Andrew Barr received were two pairs of red boxing gloves. They set up a makeshift ring in their basement in Providence, RI and hung a bell from the water pipes. When the bell rang, it was the signifier that all rules of decent brotherly conduct were suspended for 3 minutes. It was the one time they could unleash the latent fury of being bound to each other without the threat of mom and dad coming to break it up. Anything goes. No noses were broken, no ears bitten, but by the end of each match, the impact and recoil, there was always some blood left on the floor. Within a year or so, the gloves were nothing more than nylon rags covered in ripped plastic. Brad and Andrew, in search of a new outlet, discovered rock n' roll. It was 1983.

They taught themselves how to play, at first on cardboard boxes and home-strung imitation guitars, then on actual, zebra-striped electric guitars and drums. "Wipe Out" and "Johnny B. Goode" were among the first songs absorbed into the repertoire. With the same energy they used to attack each other with boxing gloves, they attacked the popular hits of the day and old blues songs they found in their father's record collection. A healthy diet of classic and esoteric rock paved the way to the discoveries that lay ahead.

Skip ahead to 2004. The brothers had spent most of the previous decade criss-crossing North America, playing music with their spirited, improv-based rock trio, The Slip. That Spring, the band was playing a small club in Montreal, QC when a fire broke out in the venue. They grabbed a few guitars/drums and rushed out onto the rainy street with the rest of the concert goers. As the club's mezzanine was swallowed by flames, Andrew offered his coat to one of the waitresses from the bar. One year later, Brad and Andrew Barr were living in Montreal. That waitress is now one of their managers.

In his first apartment in the new city, Brad shared an adjoining wall with Sarah Page, a classically trained harpist from Montreal with a propensity for the experimental. As tender and visceral as she is virtuosic, her melodies would seep through the cracks of the wall and into the music Brad was writing. From this nebulous relationship, a friendship developed and the brothers, with Sarah, began recording and performing around Montreal. Soon, their friend and multi-instrumentalist Andres Vial was brought in to lend his wide array of expertise to the outfit, playing keyboards, bass, vibes, percussion, and singing. They called themselves The Barr Brothers. With Brad's songs setting the context for the agile imaginations of the other musicians, a unique sound was born, one reliant on interwoven string arrangements, wide open spaces, and a multitude of musical traditions.

Though the boxing gloves have been long since retired, and the music, for the most part, is more refined than clobbering, there's always room for some blood on the floor.


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