Monday, April 1, 2013

Barricades Rise

Barricades Rise are another current largely acoustic duo from Coventry that I really like.

Their website is

"Performing with intense energy and delivering their unique
raspy, rugged and dark vocals" BBC C&W

Barricades Rise -
"create vibrant musical fire and brimstone with only two acoustic guitars and bongos on their new album You and Your Adored. Coventry's distinguished musical heritage is not all the past - the city is once again ablaze with musical talent and Barricades Rise bring drama, soul and dynamics to the acoustic arena.

They just do not sound like your average acoustic due! The sound grabs your attention from the first bar and holds it with dynamic interweaves of vocal grit and harmony and the rhythms build and rage and fade and build again. It is at once a professional sound, full of energy and integrity that would hold its own against electric bands.

These two lads have definite talent and drive and add a distinctive sound to the range of music that is spilling out of the city these days." Trev Teasdel - Hobo Magazine

Barricades Rise are a two piece acoustic act hailing from Nuneaton, Warwickshire, UK that formed in December 2007. They have been compared to the likes of Turin Brakes, Starsailor, Puressence and Elbow. Jonathan’s voice rips through each track with a passion and power that is rarely heard with today’s front men, whilst Michael's guitar playing is the perfect match and with over ten years of playing together they compliment each other flawlessly.

From their website -
" With over 15 years together honing their musical partnership, Barricades Rise AKA Jonathan Coates and Michael McEntee have mastered the art of sounding like a 9-piece band encased in 2 acoustic guitars and vocals, taking the over-ripe Acoustic folk scene and turning it on it's head.

They infuse each song, each performance with that life-affirming partnership they have, effortlessly gliding from glorious harmonies to stomping, head-banging riffs. Forever involving the audience in their gigs they feel it's the most vital part of being in a band.

Michael - "It's great going to a gig and hearing new music, but if the person on stage doesn't want to have a chat and interact with the audience, they're missing a trick."

After going through several different musical incarnations, Jonathan, lead vocals and Michael, lead guitar fell on the acoustic scene by accident.
Jonathan - "Previously we played in a 5-piece indie band but it was so much easier just the two of us playing together. We played a few open mics and instantly fell in love with it"

The rock-driven energy of their previous band was carried through to the acoustic stage, and this is what the audience absorbed. At most gigs the pair leave the stage covered in sweat and minus a few guitar strings. Since hitting the acoustic scene they have supported Roddy Woomble (Idlewild), Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly, Gabriella Cilmi and more.

In 2012 Barricades Rise signed to one of the biggest Independent record labels in the USA, Spectra Records and their new album 'All I Have Is Here' is to be released in Spring 2013.


You and Your Adored (2009) - CD Sold Out, Download only
No Love Lost EP (2010) - Download Only
All I Have Is Here (Spectra Records release, 2013) - Release Date TBC

Their albums are available on Bandcamp - Here

More videos on their youtube channel -

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