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Song Premiere: The Barr Brothers - "Half Crazy"

July 21, 2014  |  11:00am

The Barr Brothers have been hard at work since the release of their debut album in 2011. Now, the Montreal-based foursome has shared “Half Crazy” off their forthcoming album Sleeping Operator.

The new album comes as an exploration for the band, which includes brothers Brad and Andrew alongside Sarah Pagé and Andrès Vial. Known for their creative instrumentation (they even use an instrument made by a fan on this album), The Barr Brothers push the limits of traditional folk music on Sleeping Operator.

“This song, ‘Half-Crazy,’ could be described as the tenacious offspring of the North African desert music of Mali/Morocco and the sweat and electricity of the Chicago and Mississippi Delta blues,” Brad said. “That music is like a stem-cell, really open to going in many directions. On this track, we wired the harp through a dirty little amplifier. I played my early 40’s Oahu lap-steel. Andrew uses a loping high-hat feel, and the electric bass pushes the whole thing. The lyrics got a nudge from our friend Nathan Moore – we’re all half-crazy, half clear as a bell.”

Sleeping Operator will be released Oct. 7 via Secret City Records, but until then, take a listen to “Half Crazy” above.

The Barr Brothers Tour Dates:
July
22 – Würzburg, Germany @ Uni Würzburg
23 – Mannheim, Germany @ Marktplatz Mannheim

August
1 – Happy Valley, Ore. @ Pickathon ^
3 – Happy Valley, Ore. @ Pickathon ^
23 – Burlington, Vt. @ WYSIWYG Farm, Food, Music & Art Festival *
29-31 – Salisbury, England @ End of the Road Festival

September
5 – Berlin, Germany @ First We Take Berlin
12 – Laval, Quebec @ MRCY Festival #
27 – Santa Monica, Calif. @ Newport Folk Presents Way Over Yonder ±

October
9 – Boulder, Colo. @ Fox Theatre ^
10 – Denver, Colo. @ Ogden Theatre ^
11 – Lawrence, Kan. @ The Granada Theatre ^
14 – London, England @ The Lexington
15 – Cologne, Germany @ Studio 672
16 – Hamburg, Germany @ Prinzenbar
17 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
19 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Bogen F
20 – Brussels, Belgium @ Witlofbar
23 – Manchester, England @ The Castle Hotel
24 – Dublin, Ireland @ Whelan’s
25 – Bangor, England @ Beach House
26 – Sligo, Ireland @ Sligo Live Ireland
28 – Edinburgh, Scotland @ Voodoo Rooms
29 – Birmingham, England @ Hare & Hounds

November
5 – Toronto, Ontario @ Danforth Music Hall %
6 – Montreal, Quebec @ Metropolis %
7 – Sherbrooke, Quebec @ Theatre Granada %
8 – Quebec, Quebec @ Imperial de Quebec %
14 – Chicago, Ill. @ Empty Bottle
15 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Cedar Cultural Center
18 – Washington, D.C. @ Sixth & I
19 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Boot & Saddle
21 – New York, N.Y. @ Bowery Ballroom
22 – Cambridge, Mass. @ The Sinclair

^-w/The War On Drugs
*-w/Patrick Watson & Kishi Bashi
#-w/Neutral Milk Hotel
±-w/Jackson Browne
%-w/Bahamas

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