For anyone who thinks indie dream pop is dead, Barrie is here to prove you wrong. With the first singles Canyons and Tal Uno in 2018, followed by a tour of the United States, Barrie solidified their status as one of the best emerging groups in America.
Barrie Originally started as Barrie Lindsay’s project herself, but quickly gained momentum when she was joined by her current band members Noah Prebish, Sabine Holler, Spurge Carter and Dominic Apa. Now, the five-piece group continues to put their musical differences to work, sculpting familiar pop sounds with more abstract textures and soundscapes. The result was a series of dream pop singles teasing the release of their full album, which is set to debut on May 3.
Although this is 2019, the age of pop stars, rappers and solo artists, Barrie reminds us that it’s always cool to be in a band! Music, after all, is all about collaboration–working collectively to produce something beautiful despite artistic differences. Below, we talk to the members of Barrie about their music, the dynamics of the band and the importance of honest communication between members.
Barrie is said to be one of the most multicultural bands in Brooklyn’s indie scene today. How did you meet and how did the group start?
Barrie Lindsay: “We originally met through Joe van Moyland, who was managing me at the time. He introduced me to Spurge and Noah, who worked at Lot Radio in Greenpoint. Noah and Joe knew Dom, the drummer of Is Tropical in London, and then we found Sabine on Tinder.
Sabine Holler: “I just slipped right.”
This project started out as your own project, Barrie, and has taken on a very collaborative nature as it has grown. What do you think the creative process looks like now?
Spurge housing: “We’re all pretty blunt about what we think is tasteful and what not. Barrie is already a phenomenal designer, but like everyone else, she limits herself to her individual perspective. The fact that she opened up her ideas to filter through us stretched the sounds on the record beyond what a person would do. “
What are the individual strengths of each player? How does this add to the overall production and recording process?
BL: “Everyone in the group is a great writer and producer individually. Dom is an amazing drummer, Sabine has a great voice and great guitar skills, Noah is a talented producer and synth lead, and Spurge has great taste and creative / production judgment.
You are probably asked this question a lot, but Tal Uno is one of your first singles and one of my favorite songs (ever). What is the history / writing process of this song? Lyrically, it’s a little melancholy, associated with 80s dance-style synths …
BL: “Thank you! I wrote it in early 2016; I downloaded the Tal-U-No LX synthesizer plug-in and this song was the first thing I wrote. I was living in Boston before I met the band, feeling a bit isolated and frustrated trying to get my music project going.
What are each of your favorite songs to play live?
BL: “I am thinking of geology.
SP: “Chinatown has very good live energy. “
SH: “I think Clovers is one of the most special moments of the set.
Dominique Apa: “My favorite is also Chinatown.”
You’ve been on tour for a while now, and are heading to Europe next month! It is probably very trying and very exciting at the same time. How did you all treat spending so much time together? How to keep morale up?
BL: “We consult and talk a lot about our feelings. In addition, you have to make an effort to eat real food and go out. “
SP: “We’re all good enough at typing individually, going for walks, crying and so on. The dynamic is very family-friendly, so even though we’re all fried and annoyed, it doesn’t feel permanent. It’s also the atmosphere with the label. We’ve been very focused for the past couple of years on our goal of getting the project going and we got pretty comfortable with each other pretty quickly, so it’s been nice to learn more nuanced elements of education. and everyone’s worldview at this stage of the group. love relationship.”
AD: “The little mushrooms keep my spirits up. I also go in a strange, zen, non-human state on the road. It’s also, as a British person, very important for me to make fun of people, and the band respects that a lot. They see it’s my oxygen.
SH: “The tour was really important in improving the chemistry of our live shows. I think it’s important to respect everyone’s space and individuality. I think we did a good job, we all get along really well.
In the same vein, but not as we often say, what are the disadvantages of touring?
BL: “It’s exhausting. It’s a lot of sleeping on the floor, carrying gear, driving, and you have so little time and space to yourself. But I’m so grateful to do what we do and so grateful to do it with my band mates.But also the music industry is screwed up and musicians need to be paid better!
SH: “It’s like living on the brink; it’s really fun, but also emotionally and physically draining. You wonder why you do it multiple times, because the rewards are often too abstract. But the experience is definitely enriching.
Do you have rituals before the shows?
SP: “We started to meditate and express our intentions for the night, both individually and as a group. “
SH: “We warm up our voices and practice harmonies a lot. It helps us feel confident and ready to take the stage. We also talk to each other a lot, often trying to make sure we’re in the best frame of mind to play.
AD: “If I can help him, I take off my shoes. It really makes me feel connected and present.
What did you listen to in your free time?
SP: “Tierra Whack, Sea Moya, Toro y Moi, Francis Bebey, Cautious Clay, Ariana Grande and lots of background music like Hiroshi Yoshimura, Jonny Nash and Gaussian Curve.”
SH: “Holly Herndon, KÁRYYN, Laurel Halo, Sedona and boygenius.”
AD: “Lots of our friend Sacred Bones’ label.”
After all these tours, what’s next for Barrie?
SP: “Our onethe album will be released on May 3! So all of these tours are a push towards that. For the summer, I hope we will all write and develop ourselves and each other. We all have a great community of music friends in the city so it will be time for the pendulum to swing the other way and after constant movement we will all want to settle for a little bit to create, travel for pleasure, etc. “
SH: “I am excited to release the album. On top of that, the tours are really fun. I like to be in a different place every day.