The Barrens

Artist/Band: The Barrens

Album: The Barrens

About the Artist: This is the latest release fromNew  York5 member Alternative Rock band “The Barrens.”  Band members include: Colin Fitzgerald (Vocals, Guitar, Bass), Debbie Chou (Vocals, Keyboard), Mike Koene (Guitar, Vocals) and Chris Gersbeck (Drums, Vocals. Jay Sharp (Bass).

Review: What does a band like Radiohead have that The Barrens don’t have? Not much if you ask me save the multi million dollar promotional machines and major record label support. In this overly saturated genera/market a plethora of artists coming out of the woodwork, armed with nothing more than a PC, Microphone, a guitar and nothing special to offer. They manage push their music out to the world and much of it do I dare say is substandard to say the least. The Barrens are the perfect band name for these 5. It defiantly has an Indie-Rock swagger with a deep seeded suburban aftertaste. Musical overtones that will remind you of acts from The Xx, The Pixies and Irfan. On the other end of the sonic spectrum I can even hear influences like Pink Floyd, Arcana or This Mortal Coil. Musical styles presented: Punk elements with Alternative Rock. All in all a well rounded CD that has much to offer the listener.

Top 3 tracks “Out of the Rain” Claw Remains” and “Felt.”

Criticism: I can’t help but wonder what more guitar solos or solos in general would sound like in meshed into the sound.

Song Samples from the CD: Song samples from THE BARRENS debut album available on I-TUNES

Conclusion: The Barrens stand out from other Indie-Alt Bands within this saturated market. Their answer to mundane music is to deliver something unique with a unique signature sound to call their own. The strong suit of The Barrens are their passion, solid musicianship and thought provoking melodies. One would be wise to keep a watchful eye on them over the years to come.

Rating: 10 star rating average – This CD gets 8.0 stars

Rory Richardson edited by Drew Blackwell


  1. Very Interesting! I just went through their Myspace page to check some of their songs. Not bad actually. I personally like their “The Green Room” and “Drop Sea”. Nice sound , nice arrangement. Not too loud and not too soft either. I also want to commend them for not screaming too much. They were able to balance their songs effectively that’s why it sounds good to me. These are the type of songs that i would like to listen with whenever I’m in a bar or disco or even when I’m driving. Good luck to this talented kids and I’m going to look forward to the rise of your career! Cheers!
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  2. I checked out their Myspace page too ( I really did the tune “Felt”. Rockin and creepy at the same time.
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  3. I couldn’t really tell them apart from other indie alternative bands out there, save for the vocals. I think they made a valiant effort to stand out from the crowd.

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