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The best kept secret in music


"NME Live in Sunderland"

“ It’s quite possible that if the late, great Joey Ramone were still with us today, London cartoon-punk-pop quartet The Barbs would be da brudda’s favourite band. Combining nerdy wit with the kitschy high drama of classic 60’s girl-pop and administered with the bubblegum punk smirk of Joey’s own band, one imagines that the chief Ramone would approve wholeheartedly of The Barbs’ ability to spew forth one spunky razor-edged pop treat after another.
Low on finesse but high on ultra-disposable neon B-movie pop, The Barbs come armed with the three-chord ballroom blitz of “Massive Crush” and tooled up to the nines with the Hammer horror schlock of recent single “Bury You”, then proceed to smear the widest of smiles on the faces of tonight’s crowd by actually fulfilling pop’s primary obligation to entertain through ridiculous guitar solos and towering choruses. And in singing guitarists Tim and Amy they have a cutesy dual-pronged vocal assault that would turn the sternest of punk rock bores into believers. It’s this simple: if you don’t like The Barbs, you don’t like fun.” JAMES JAM.
June 2004

"Feb 2004"

“As marketing ploys go, “something for the girls” clearly worked for Westlife and Blue. “something for the boys” meanwhile, has made a career for Britney Spears. But this is rock We’re talking about here and rock is intelligent stuff. Which is why, in true Meg and Jack style, London’s The Barbs are one of the most PR savvy bands you’ll find. If in frontman Tim Box they’ve got dashing indie boy charm, then in streetwise guitarist Amy Casey they’ve got effortless punk chic. More importantly though, they’ve got boy/girl chemistry and it’s this that brings the cartoon rock of “Nowaitaminit” or the super-charged pop of “Massive Crush” to life. Here lies the scuzzy punk ethic of Nirvana’s “Bleach”, the rebel glamour of Blondie, the camp melodrama of Electric Six. Quick, clever, witty and fun, The Barbs aren’t a band who play, they perform – and for that we should be very grateful indeed.”
- RockSound

"Massive Crush Single Review"

“It’s as brilliant as rolling down a hill in a barrel full of grapes. It’s as funny and as true as being tickled. It’s punk rock, Barbs-style, and if there’s any justice in the world it will be number one for a year.” - The Fly

"The Fly Live Review"

“The Barbs have crabs. No doubt about it: crabs. Imagine B52s with a sever case, itching themselves stupid – their collective pubic regions hopping-mad like the author of “Frog in a Sock on Speed: and Autobiography” – whilst attempting to forge a volcanic punk/pop cocktail of stop/start ditties as infectious as a double VD and coke. Case in point: opener “Idle Hands” fondles its bits like Elvis trying to extract a catheter from his cock (“A-hurgh a hurgh”), while songs like “Massive Crush” and “Bury You” agitate the senses like a hard-on sprinkled with pepper and left to marinate in a tramp’s bum. This is itchy music indeed. Scratch and you’ll only wanna scratch some more.” - The Fly

"Kerrang Live"

“Despite only having been together for just over a year, The Barbs already possess an impressive set of short and thrashy punk songs. Led by dual vocalists/guitarists Tim Box and Amy Casey, their frantic boy/girl vocal trade-offs lend the spiky barbed-wire attack of debut single “Massive Crush” a unique and thrilling edge, made all the more potent by the fact that as a band, they look fantastic. Tim stands centre stage, thrashing at his guitar and howling from under a mass of wild curly hair, while bassist Jim Tucker and Drummer Simon Hartop lock together and hold down the rapid tempos and grooves. It’s Amy, however, that gives the band a shot of sneering glamour. Armed with a battered guitar and legs that just keep on going, she’s a female punk rock icon of the type not seen since Debbie Harry last captivated a whole generation of obsessive teenagers. Now watch The Barbs entrance another.”
- Kerrang

"Kerrang Live 2"

The Barbs do colourful, spiky punk rock – the same kind that your parents may have regularly purchased on seven-inches of shiny vinyl back in the late ‘70s. Don’t however write The Barbs off as some good-ole-days revisionists: although “Massive Crush” understands and draws on the infectious energy of first generation punk, it also has a mind of its own and - with its contagious melodies and sense of fun – is just waiting to get into yours. Submit yourself now.” - Kerrang

"NME Album Review September 2004"

A razor-edged punk-pop triumph 7/10
Making sense of the art of transglobal brattish punk rock types The Barbs is a piece of fucking piss. Take one loud guitar, two chords, bash the shit out of them and repeat for three minutes. The Barbs make music as thrilling as your first drunken snog and as illicit as the consequent rempaging fumblings. Blonde Australian snapdragon Amy squaks like Joan Jett on sherbert, while guitarst Tim's cheap and nasty rockabilly riffs help make choice cut 'Massive Crush' the best song about killing your parents, stealing guitars, and humping 'til dawn ever penned. And it's this snotty punk which makes The Barbs such a thrilling listed. James Jam - NME

"9/10 Album Review September 2004"

If you like your rock introverted, subtle and self-analytical, then bugger off and shove Leane's 'Hopes and Fears' up your arse. People seem to forget ythat sometimes rocks's supposed to be fun, exhilerating and completely ridiculous. Fortunately The Barbs haven't forgotten, and they've crafted an inch-perfect, cartoon-come-to-life album crammed with oodles of aliens, drugs, ghouls and superheroes. Musically inspird by The Pixies, The B-52's and Jon Spenser Blues Explosion, 'Lupine Peroxide' hits you hard with fuzzy three-minute punk-pop songs brought to life by Tim Box and Amy Casey's playful boy/girl vocal exchanges. Every track, from the addictive single 'Massive Crush' to the screeching 'Nowaitaminit', is frenetic, chaotic brilliance. There's just no two ways about it, The Barbs dispense of all pretentions for the sake of thrilling anthems, full of colour and adorable insanity. A bloody marvellous debut. 9/10 Mick Haydock - RockSound


MOTH 1 Massive Crush EP August 2003

MOTH 3 The Importance of Being Evil /
Alien Abduction Double A Single
March 2004

MOTH 5 Bury You Single June 2004

MOTH 7 Lupine Peroxide LP Sept 2004


Feeling a bit camera shy


From London, England and the Outback, Australia, The Barbs formed in 2002. Tim, Amy, Jim and Simon mix together the B52's, The Blues Explosion and the best of British punk, and their high energy, pop-rock take on the whole damn thing started getting noticed around debut single 'Massive Crush' released on tiny indie Mother Tongue, in August 2003. Rave reviews and a national UK tour later and the band began work on their first album, Lupine Peroxide, released this September.

Two more singles, and two more tours followed in the first half of 2004, which saw The Barbs support The Darkness, headline the Evil Rocks UK
tour, receive national Radio One airplay, have great reviews in NME and Kerrang and have TV exposure on MTV2, Scuzz TV and Kerrang TV.

Tim, Simon and Jim first met at college sharing a love of music and created the first incarnation of The Barbs, a demo somehow reaching the sheep-shearing capital of New South Wales, Oz , inspiring Amy to hang up her shears, she took the next flight to London determined to join the band - how could they refuse?

The 15 track debut long-player is actually a quick-fire salvo of three minute punk-pop classics, rifftastic, hook laden and chorus heavy. A re-release of Massive Crush follows the album in October in the UK, and from now to the end of the year, The Barbs tour the UK, northern Europe, The USA and Japan.