Coco Barracuda
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Coco Barracuda

St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2015

St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Established on Jan, 2015
Solo Electronic Experimental





Mark Anthony Brennan
March 27, 2016

A slinky vibe and an other-worldly feel allows “All For Nothing” to transcend pedestrian contemporary R&B fare. - Ride the Tempo


We’re new to the otherwordly bedroom electronic pop of Halifax‘s Jenny Gillespie, otherwise known as Coco Barracuda. Her latest single, “All For Nothing” is a shimmering, meditative pop piece that dazzles with its austere beauty, Gillespie’s voice towering above a lush sound-world. The nuance and complexity in the arrangement and production demonstrates we’ve got a huge talent on our hands here. We’ll be watching closely for more, check out Coco Barracuda Soundcloud for the back catalogue in the meantime. - Silent Shout


July 27, 2016

For our final week of The Doiron Questionnaire, we had Halifax's own Jenny Gillespie A.K.A. Coco Barracuda tackle the questions in true style. Check out what she had to say below and catch her set at SappyFest XI on Sunday, July 31st at 1PM on the Main Stage.

What is the principle vibe of your music?
"A serum of sour grapes. A rubber sand dune that jiggles as you jiggle. Running free in a virtual body. Dream rider: L'Ange de la nuit. Baby-grade pineapple juice. I'm always crying."

If you weren’t in your band, who’s band would you be in?
"I'd wanna collaborate with Jun Togawa during her Yapoos phase... right now, I dig/respect Lido Pimienta from Toronto so much, and would be so sick to sing with her one day."

What defines a good base line?
"Bass that makes you clench your teeth like your squeezing a cute puppy."

What are the worst qualities of the best musicians?
"Artists being absolved of racism, sexism, etc. because of their creative output."

Your idea of the worst live show?
"Sausage fest. And no windows when it's hot!"

What talent would you sell your soul for?
"When I was a kid, I used to wish the same thing every time: 'I wish I had all the powers that elves have in Elfquest.'"

Your idea of the best stage outfit?
"A body suit with an absurd amount of layered, coloured chiffon, making me into a big fluffy, flowing monster!"

Your idea of the worst stage outfit?
"Anything that restricts movement, or leather pants?"

What would make you quit a band?
"A creative direction where being offensive for the sake of being "edgy", rather than for an underlying message. Do whatever you want, but that's not my thing."

What are you afraid of?
"Not being productive enough--stagnating into oblivion. Purgatory???? It's something I'm trying to let go of because the pressure of that can get too much sometimes."

What quality as a musician do you most wish you had but don’t?
"Being able to function without adequate sleep. I can be a cranky baby."

Which musician, political figure or event of the past did the most damage to music, be gentle?
"I could write an essay about this."

Which musician, political figure or event has done the most good?
"In recent memory, women of colour who are asserting themselves and their art unapologetically. More representation, please!"

Would you rather a child, a dog, or a toyota privia?
"A pupperoni."

Favourite small town other than Sackville?
"I grew up in Deep Brook, NS. I wouldn't say it's totally my favourite, but those special childhood spots are pretty sacred to me."

What is your motto?
"I don't know... a mish mash of stuff. Learn your boundaries, be empathetic and kind-hearted. Be genuine and only fuck with people who truly care about you. That last one takes awhile to figure out."

What do you wish everyone else’s motto was?
"~PLUR~" - SappyFest

"Coco Barracuda"

"Every song is about this internal good versus evil. I'm really into religious allegories as a metaphor for dealing with depression and anxiety. I'm working on one where the lyrics are 'I hate myself' and just saying that out loud–I was crying when I was writing it, it's incredibly cathartic. I'm finally making the music I want to be making." Jenny Gillespie (AKA Coco Barracuda) is talking about the intensely personal subject matter of her upcoming album. Gillespie talks about this album being her soul, and the songs are pouring out as a result. Coco Barracuda is 100 percent under Gillespie's command–she produces, writes, records and composes, playing around with melodies and pedals and synths and samples, layering and layering until the gossamer wisps come together into a web of song.

"Everything is an experiment," Gillespie says. Inspired by the performances of Jun Togawa and David Byrne, Gillespie is moving from her bedroom recording studio to the stage with a fully realized show. Visuals are important, and her OBEY performance will feature a spliced together slide show that Gillespie created, as well as a more orchestral live representation, with backup vocals and choreography. "It's really important to me to work with primarily women," says Gillespie, collaborators Amanda Griffin and Amy Vinnedge will be on hand for Saturday's show.

"Art has an incredible way to be able to unload mental and emotional baggage, and that's exactly what this is, it feels sort of selfish in a way," says Gillespie. "People have related to it so much already. I'm really kind of shy and reclusive, it's coming from this root of insecurity and bedroom music, but I want to turn it into something for people struggling with depression to come out of their shells.

"I really want to do something different in Halifax, I can feel we're ready for it." - The Coast


Coco Barracuda ‎– HPX Demo
Label: Self Release
Format: Cassette, Single Sided, Mixtape, Stereo
Released: 20 Oct 2014
Genre: Electronic, Pop
Style: Trip Hop, Modern Classical, IDM, Experimental, Downtempo

A1 Intro
A2 The Moon
A3 Growing Out
A4 I Went Before Him
A5 Fear Nothing of the Night
A6 Deep Skin
A7 Amie
A8 Genius on High

Written-By, Recorded By, Mixed By, Artwork – Jenny Gillespie
Self-released mixtape created for Halifax Pop Explosion in 2014.



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