We delved a little deeper into the story behind Canadian band The Barr Brothers as they hit UK shores for a string of gigs and festival shows and they told us about a few tracks they’ve been listening to on their travels.
Brothers Andrew and Brad Barr spent most of the 90s criss-crossing North America, playing music with their spirited, improv-based rock trio, The Slip. In the spring of 2004, 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. Still based in Montreal, The Barr Brothers released their 3rd critically acclaimed album ‘Queens Of The Breakers’ on Secret City Records in 2017. The album’s opening track begins with a drum pattern that mimics the sound of two heartbeats out of sync. It was written by Andrew Barr while holding the hand of a loved one in the hospital, where he heard two EKG machines beating slowly in and out of time with each other, occasionally aligning, but destined to dither. The following album consists of 11 hypnotically fluid songs that speak to the raw, elemental power of reflection, forgiveness, loss, and growing up.
The video above was filmed live at Union Chapel at the band’s sold out headline show there earlier this year. We caught up with the guys to find out about a few tracks have made up the soundtrack to their recent travels.
Tokyo – The Books
Beautifully crafted organic, experimental music by one of the most underrated bands of the early 00’s. Great music for driving through the Welch county side.
She Came Along to Me – Billie Bragg and Wilco
This is one of my favourite tracks off the Mermaid Avenue sessions. Woody Guthrie’s impressionist chronicle of the suffragette movement, great slide guitar arrangements, big open drum sounds and just a great vibe.
Gimme Some Truth – John Lennon
What can we say about this one. Solid. Solid. Solid.
I Want to Be With You Always – Lefty Frizzell
His simple, elegant melodies and sly delivery were his trademarks. All are in full effect in this classic track from 1951.
Red Tan – The Raveonettes
I love their vocal harmonies and recording style. It’s retro without being self conscious about it. I hope these guys keep making records, because they’ve always been in to something special.
View the band’s upcoming live dates here.