WOW. For a mere trio of drums, bass and guitar, these gents can really knock it out. This is old-school Brit jamming rock meets disciplined verse-chorus structure, with hefty doses of garage, surf, psychedelia, and soul-tinged harmony vocals thrown in. (Ugh, describing music is always impossible!)
Barrie Cadogan (guitar, vocals, and chief songwriter) is Little Barrie's guiding light. A creative and accomplished guitarist on both the heavy jam and the melodic riff, his vocals are also great -- in that snarly, slightly nasal rasp that perfectly signifies classic Brit rock 'n' roll. The other band members (Lewis Wharton on bass and Virgil Howe on drums) also shine on their instruments, helping create the band's fabulous sonic swirls of sound and melody -- and of course keeping the beat front, center, and irresistible.
Standout tracks include "Surf Hell" (I defy you to keep your seat), "Tip It Over," (unbelievable live!) and "King of the Waves," which has a compelling psychedelic tinge a la Brian Jonestown Massacre.
This record has been out for 3 years already -- and a new one, "Shadow," is due out in late May 2014.
Also of interest: Barrie Cadogan also tours as lead guitarist with Primal Scream (since 2006); Virgil Howe is son of Yes's guitarist, Steve Howe.