Sunday, January 3, 2016

Song Of The Week: 1/3/16

Song: "222"

Artist: Tim Barry

Album: "Manchester"

Year: 2008

Place Of Origin: Richmond, Virginia

Years Active: 1990-present


"222" appears to be a song about someone who has passed on, maybe a best friend or even a big brother. Definitely someone that the vocalist looked up to. It seems no matter where the vocalist travels, he feels his friend is there, or has been there. In other words, he's always with him and that tends to fend off his lonliness. It also helps that he remains in contact with the person's girl, his friends and his family. By the end of the song, the vocalist expresses that he can't wait to see him on the other side, but that he ain't going anywhere soon and he isn't giving up on life easy.

TIM BARRY DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2006 - Laurel St. Demo (Suburban Home Records)
2006 - Rivanna Junction (Suburban Home Records)
2008 - Manchester (Suburban Home Records)
2009 - 28th & Stonewall (Suburban Home Records)
2012 - 40 Miler (Chunksaah Records)
2014 - Raising Hell & Living Cheap: Live In Richmond (Chunksaah Records)
2014 - Lost & Rootless (Chunksaah Records)


If you heard the Tim Barry of 1996, and then heard the Tim Barry of 2006, you'd be like, wow, that's the same guy?!! Of course, when Tim Barry got started back in 1990, he was the frontman of hardcore punk band Avail, hailing from Richmond, Virginia. He spent 18 years in that spot, releasing 6 full length albums with Avail as well as several EP's and live albums. In 2004, Barry began to focus more on his solo career, which basically featured himself and his acoustic guitar performing folk, roots-y music. Now, most times I enjoy these artists' former bands to their solo material, not that I don't like their solo stuff. But, if you asked me if I like Joey Cape's solo stuff or Lagwagon stuff better, I'd choose Lagwagon. Tony Sly's solo stuff or No Use For A Name, I'd take No Use. Tim Barry is one of the few where i'd take his solo stuff over his work with Avail. There's something just so raw and personal about his solo material. I'd say Tim Barry and Hot Water Music's Chuck Ragan have really perfected the punk rock vocalist goes acoustic genre. Barry spent the early part of his solo career on punk rock label Suburban Home Records where he released 4 solid albums, 2006's "Laurel St. Demo" and "Rivanna Junction", 2008's "Manchester" and 2009's "28th & Stonewall". When it came time to release 2012's "40 Miler", Barry hooked on with The Bouncing Souls label, Chunksaah Records, where he remains to the current day. Barry's style is more reminiscent of Johnny Cash than any punk rock artist. His songs are very personal accounts of living day to day, overcoming struggle or perhaps embracing struggle. His songs often involve life on the road, the weary traveller and his lyrics often paint a picture of the places he has been. No matter how far he travels, it always seems that he comes back to Richmond, Virginia and he has great pride in where he's from. His shows seem to turn into great sing-a-longs. Good people enjoying good songs and good beer! I could easily see Tim Barry owning an acoustic stage at a Warped Tour and just as easily, and perhaps more comfortably, playing a local bar in a small town. Barry's most recent release was 2014's "Lost & Rootless" and he did perform live shows in the summer of 2015. I'm sure he's hard at work on the follow up to that album.


1. Avoiding Catatonic Surrender
2. Thing Of The Past
3. Idle Idylist
4. No News From North
5. This November
6. Driver Pull
7. Shed Song
8. Dog Bumped
9. The James
10. Lost & Rootless

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