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