LITTLE BARRIE rides their “WAVE” of success into North America

Already causing such a huge splash in Japan that they’ve had to block out entire floors of hotel rooms to keep their obsessive fans at bay, the UK’s LITTLE BARRIE are riding their wave of unique brand of fiery, surf-infused rock ‘n’ roll into North America in February on a string of dates with Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires (tour dates below). With their third album, King of the Waves out on in America on Tummy Touch Records on February 28th, 2012, the band has garnered accolades for the European release from publications around the globe including NME, Uncut, and The Sun. The renowned electricity of Little Barrie’s live performance guarantees to bring their songs to a whole new level.

Early US press for King of the Waves has been nothing short of stellar. PopBlerd! hails the album by saying, “On King Of The Waves, the band effortlessly mesh surf rock with the indie garage aesthetic to create an album that has roots in the past but steadily moves headfirst into the future,” while Infectious Magazine raves, “Little Barrie means business on a level bordering that of bands like The White Stripes and The Rolling Stones.” Bring On Mixed Reviews agrees, saying “This record brings the band into the light, with a focus on groovy riffage and swervy effects, teamed with the heart-beat driven bass thumps and Barrie’s signature fuzzy spoken vocals.”
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Since their last release, 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 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.

tour dates

Feb. 03 Portsmouth, NH Music Hall
Feb. 04 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
Feb. 09 Burlington, Vermont Higher Ground
Feb. 10 Montreal, Quebec Corona
Feb. 11 Toronto, Ontario Lee’s Palace
Feb. 12 Ferndale, Michigan Magic Bag
Feb. 14 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
Feb. 15 Madison, Wisconsin High Noon
Feb. 16 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line
Feb. 17 Milwaukee, Wisconsin Turner Ballroom
Feb. 18 Chicago, Illinois The Metro
Feb. 19 Bloomington, IN Bluebird
Feb. 21 Louisvile, Kentucky Headliners
Feb. 22 Columbus, Ohio Skully’s
Feb. 23 Cleveland, Ohio Beachland Tavern
Feb. 24 Pittsburgh, PA Rex Theater
Feb. 25 Buffalo, New York Town Ballroom

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