Fiery, garage-surf UK darlings Little Barrie have announced a string of rare North American dates in August.
The band most recently released 2012's King of the Waves, on Tummy Touch Records, which has garnered accolades from publications around the globe including NME, The Sun, Magnet Magazine, and Relix.
As Seattle's The Stranger deftly said, "Once in a while, a modern band will ape retro gestures and just nail 'em so righteously that you toss out all your hard-won reservations about derivativeness and revel in the zealous, on-point replication of it all. That's the case with Little Barrie." The band has also become known for their impressive live show, as Campus Circle enthused, "Little Barrie put on one hell of a show that elated the souls of the audience and had them screaming for more... it seemed the crowd couldn't get enough of the band."
Over the past several years, the band has dedicated themselves to honing their musical reputations, doing everything from appearing live with Primal Scream to collaborations with the likes of Morrissey and Mark Ronson.
Guitarist/frontman Barrie Cadogan and bassist/vocalist Lewis Wharton are joined on album King of the Waves by the new addition of drummer/vocalist Virgil Howe, son of renowned Yes guitarist Steve Howe.
The resulting sound calls to mind an old school Detroit rock 'n' roll showdown between Link Wray and The Creation, with the MC5 and Motown's best in attendance to cheer both sides, and the omnipresent threat of a killer wave lurking just overhead.
Longtime friend and collaborator Edwyn Collins co-produced the album with Little Barrie, just as he did their first, 2005's We Are Little Barrie. Engineer Sebastian Lewsley also returns on King of the Waves, recorded at Collins' West Heath Studios in North London.
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Little Barrie August 2012 US tour dates:
(Dates and information subject to change.)
8/19 - Asbury Park, NJ @ The Saint
8/20 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kungfu Necktie
8/22 - Washington, DC @ DC9
8/24 - Nashville, TN @ The Basement
8/25 - St. Louis, MO @ LouFest
8/26 - Chicago, IL @ Reggies Music Joint
8/28 - Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe
8/30 - Boston, MA @ O'Brien's
8/31 - New York, NY @ Bowery Electric
"Swaggering, soulful and cocksure...[King of the Waves is] a charismatic record... and one whose charms are hard to resist" - Magnet
"Raucous, funk-tinged tracks that just feel very British (in a good way)" - RCRD_LBL
"King of the Waves... seems to have lit a fire under Little Barrie" - Brooklyn Vegan
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