Right now, Tim Barry is detoxing. Not from drugs or alcohol, but from his own music. “When the record’s finally done, and the master is approved, I erase every file that’s been sent to me and I throw out all the CDs with all of the rough mixes. I get rid of everything,” says Barry. And that’s exactly where he’s at, in the middle of cleanse from his own work. He sat down with his new record, High On 95 (Chunksaah Records), for the first time. Like all of his albums, High On 95 was recorded by Lance Koehler at Minimum Wage Studios in Richmond Virginia. High On 95 carries the raw, emotional catharsis that’s become synonymous with a Tim Barry album.
Lovelorn, conversation-like lyrics, guitars jangling over pounding rhythms, an idiosyncratic vocal style, and a healthy nod to any number of old-school indie-pop and post-punk acts; Smalltalk takes the finest aspects of Echo and the Bunnymen and the Cure’s less lethargic emotions and propels it thirty years forward for a new audience.
Smalltalk Plus! collects all four out of print e.p. releases on double 12” Vinyl (w/ Digital Download Card). Features custom die-cut jacket and available in multiple color versions – collect them all! Also available on CD.
Seaside Caves are a dreamy smear of sticky lipgloss across a sullen, shadowed face; hazy androgen neu-wave pop from the New Jersey shore. This is their debut EP. Five tracks of big 80s John Hughes pop choruses, melancholic vocals, weltschmerz synths, bleak chorused bass, glittering guitars and tight, burly drums. These songs detail a hopefulness that begs to crest the bleak, nethermost depths of life, but is often beaten back; a stargazing crawl through the underbelly. This is music that dwells in the darkness but does not wallow in it.