Barrie Cadogan (ex-Primal Scream) and co, Little Barrie, make their long awaited return with a run of gigs including a date at Manchester’s Deaf Institute following the release of their first album in four years.
Death Express, Little Barrie’s fifth studio album, was released in July as the band announced a run of live shows. Made up of Barrie Cadogan (guitar/vocals), Lewis Wharton (bass) and Virgil Howe (drums), Death Express, packs a heavy punch, channelling the three members’ ferocious musical chops into a raw, DIY response to today’s atmosphere of confusion and division. “In downtime at our rehearsal room, we’d be looking at the news – everybody’s gone nuts!” says Lewis.
The album’s genesis kick started, when Little Barrie were invited to provide incidental music for ‘Better Call Saul’, a spin-off series from hip TV phenomenon ‘Breaking Bad’, for which they’d already cut the theme tune. With no time to book a studio, they were forced to do it themselves, in their practice room. The response was favourable, and they began to feel that such DIY takes had a vibrant quality often lacking from ‘proper’ productions. Says group leader Barrie, “Such amazing records have been made when people are breaking the rules – weird, stripped-down, self-made records like ‘Oar’ by Skip Spence, and ‘There’s A Riot Going On’ by Sly & The Family Stone. There’s a bedroom aspect to it, and a street aspect, too, which felt right for what we wanted to say this time”.
Little Barrie are guitarist and vocalist, Barrie Cadogan, bassist Lewis Wharton and drummer extraordinaire, Virgil Howe.
Where and when do Little Barrie play in Manchester?
Little Barrie headline at Manchester’s Deaf Institute on 19 September 2017. The Manchester gig is one of 14 UK-wide dates in September.