The Barrens: Hypnotizing Psychedelic Rock
Formed in upstate New York and then transplanted to New York City, The Barrens are currently blazing their way through the underground scene with a raw and powerful sound.
Ranging from heavy, grungy rock to colorful, soaring psychedelia, The Barrens draw on a vast lexicon of addictive hooks and melodies to stun audiences at their explosive live shows. They have been featured on the Deli Magazine, Indie Darkroom, and Glide Magazine.
In addition to being in rotation on over thirty college stations all over the US, they were also selected to play the CMJ Festival in New York City and NXNE Music Festival in Toronto. They consist of Jay Sharpe, Chris Gersebeck, Colin Fitzgerald, Debbie Chou, and Mike Koene.
Their self-titled album is amazing! I think "Leave of Absence" is one of my favorites. It really expresses how even minutes seem like forever when you love someone. I personally think that it's about how absence makes the heart grow for someone else. It's very simple, yet, it really touched me in a way that few songs ever have. Another song I like is "Never Knew". It has a very haunting, Hendrix-like quality that you don't hear much nowadays. There is a certain equilibrium in all of their songs that is very mellow and relaxing, yet powerful.
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