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The Barr Brothers

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | MAJOR | AFM

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | MAJOR | AFM
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Alternative Americana


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"The Barr Brothers - Album Review & Stream"

....Their tremendous talents shine through in this album and capture an Americana folk that keeps up with today’s demands for a fresh sound.... - Paste

"The Barr Brothers - Album Review"

....Thus, when Brad describes himself as "one-half child, the other ghost" on "Old Mythologies," the sense of being dislocated from time is reinforced by the cabin guitar and salon harp. When he describes himself as "a beggar in the morning, a king at night" on the album's first single, "Beggar in the Morning," the dreamlike ability to assume one identity and discard it for another is made plausible by droning, bowed bass and the chiming hammered dulcimer. - The Washington Post

"Recap: The Barr Brothers at World Cafe Live (December 9th, 2011)"

Live, the members of The Barr Brothers strike a balance between tried-and-true Americana and startling creativity. Their self-titled debut, which features harp-centric lullabies and also whole-hearted forays into country and blues, certainly suggests eclectic tastes and non-traditional song writing. However, the stylings of The Barr Brothers’ album merely hint at the surprises of the live show. Improvising song renditions that involved the five-person band of opening act Jocie Adams, playing an instrument invented from a roof shingle and a peanut bowl, and employing a traditional gypsy guitar technique that requires tying polyester sewing strings to Brad Barr’s guitar, The Barr Brothers ensured that there was never a predictable moment in their set. - WXPN

"The Barr Brothers undergo quiet evolution"

Seven years ago, Brad Barr found himself living alone in a city where he didn’t know anyone. He had just followed his brother, Andrew, up to Montreal to get away from a life in Boston and, though there was a vibrant and extremely eclectic world of music right under his nose, the new location marked a chance for a personal reset.....It’s a hushed, textured take on folk music that has a lot in common with fellow Providence natives the Low Anthem and, to an extent, the fine-tuned ear for atmospheric detail in more well-behaved Tom Waits recordings. For the Barr Brothers, which includes multi-instrumentalist Andrés Vial and harpist Sarah Page, the strategy is to connect with audiences through disarmament. - Boston Globe

""Give the Devil Back his Heart" Pickathon 2012 (Portland, OR)"

Published on Mar 4, 2014 Presents The Barr Brothers live from the Woods Stage on the Pendarvis Farm. Filmed on August 5, 2012

Song: Give the Devil Back his Heart

Executive Producer: Zale Schoenborn, Eric Schoenborn, Terry Groves, Ned Failing, Michael Dorr.
Producer: Ryan Stiles
Video Manager: Andrew Verhoeven
Director: Kimberly Gehl
Camera Operators: David Bryan, Jenny Greyson, Skyler Stevenson, Robert Pallotta
Camera Assistants: Maya Rowland
Lighting: Daniel Meeker
Audio Engineer: Garrett Jorewicz - Pickathon

"KEXP @ Iceland Airwaves"

Acoustic performance with KEXP of song "Even The Darkness Has Arms" - new, yet-to-be released song on upcoming late 2014 album. - KEXP

"Late Night with David Letterman"

Appearance on Late Night with David Letterman Jan 5, 2012 - NBC

"The Barr Brothers - Album Review"

The Barr Brothers
by Brendan Murphy

The Brothers Barr, whom you might recognize as the core of well-respected Boston rock trio The Slip, have been sucked up into Montreal's musical community and have spit out a beautiful, subtle and joyously listenable album. The album is low-key but so pro: Brad Barr's growing rep as one of the city's tightest guitarists is on full display, and his brother and the great players he's assembled (who've played with Land Of Talk and Lhasa among others) are utilized expertly. Quiet ballads, like the near heart-breaking Cloud (For Lhasa), and the textured build and warm vocals of opener Beggar in the Morning, set you up to be floored by the electrified devil-at-the-crossroads cover of Lord I Just Can't Keep From Cryin'.

- The Hour, Montreal


The Barr Brothers (Secret City Records) 2011


Beggar In the Morning
Old Mythologies
Lord I Just Can't Keep From Cryin'



One of the first Christmas presents that Brad and Andrew Barr received were two pairs of red boxing gloves. They set up a makeshift ring in their basement in Providence, RI and hung a bell from the water pipes. When the bell rang, it was the signifier that all rules of decent brotherly conduct were suspended for 3 minutes. It was the one time they could unleash the latent fury of being bound to each other without the threat of mom and dad coming to break it up. Anything goes. No noses were broken, no ears bitten, but by the end of each match, the impact and recoil, there was always some blood left on the floor. Within a year or so, the gloves were nothing more than nylon rags covered in ripped plastic. Brad and Andrew, in search of a new outlet, discovered rock n' roll. It was 1983.

They taught themselves how to play, at first on cardboard boxes and home-strung imitation guitars, then on actual, zebra-striped electric guitars and drums. "Wipe Out" and "Johnny B. Goode" were among the first songs absorbed into the repertoire. With the same energy they used to attack each other with boxing gloves, they attacked the popular hits of the day and old blues songs they found in their father's record collection. A healthy diet of classic and esoteric rock paved the way to the discoveries that lay ahead.

Skip ahead to 2004. The brothers had spent most of the previous decade criss-crossing North America, playing music with their spirited, improv-based rock trio, The Slip. That Spring, 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.

In his first apartment in the new city, Brad shared an adjoining wall with Sarah Page, a classically trained harpist from Montreal with a propensity for the experimental. As tender and visceral as she is virtuosic, her melodies would seep through the cracks of the wall and into the music Brad was writing. From this nebulous relationship, a friendship developed and the brothers, with Sarah, began recording and performing around Montreal. Soon, their friend and multi-instrumentalist Andres Vial was brought in to lend his wide array of expertise to the outfit, playing keyboards, bass, vibes, percussion, and singing. They called themselves The Barr Brothers. With Brad's songs setting the context for the agile imaginations of the other musicians, a unique sound was born, one reliant on interwoven string arrangements, wide open spaces, and a multitude of musical traditions.

Recorded in their makeshift studio in an old boiler room at the foot of Mount Royal, the ten song album The Barr Brothers recently finished, self-titled, was written over the course of the brother's time in a city full of strangers, lovers, old ghosts and new friends. Along with Sarah(Lhasa DeSela/Amon Tobin) and Andres the record also features Miles Perkin(Lhasa DeSela), Elizabeth Powell (Land of Talk), Nathan Moore, Jocie Adams (The Low Anthem), Elvis Perkins and Emma Baxter. It reads like a dusty journal of a traveler at the crossroads of good and evil. Hushed Americana lonesome and future-primitive delta blues clear the path for West African polyrhythms and classical motifs. Its all tied together by the commitment to the sources of the styles and their inherent connections to each other.

Though the boxing gloves have been long since retired, and the music, for the most part, is more refined than clobbering, there's always room for some blood on the floor.

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