Email List

Enter your email to sign up for our email list


The Barr Brothers

The Barr Brothers 1 Photo

 To begin their third album, The Barr Brothers weren't writing any songs. For the first time, the Montreal outfit's three members - namesake siblings Brad and Andrew Barr, harpist Sarah Pagé - went empty-handed into the studio. No plans or preconceptions, no books of lyrics or sheets of chords - they went down miles of snowy road to a cabin on a frozen lake, a place full of windows and microphones and starlight and sunshine, with amplifiers in the bedrooms, their volumes turned up loud. On the fringes of Saint Zenon, Québec (pop. 1,1150), a 30-minute snowmobile ride to the nearest grocery store, the band spent seven days making things up. Improvisations that lasted hours at a time - noons and midnights, dusks and dawns, with grooves inspired by India, West Africa and 808s; by Brad's scorching electric guitar; and by Pagé's new inventions, hacks to turn her harp into a versatile, sub-bass-booming noisemaker.
 
Queens of the Breakers was born at that cabin in the country. Then the band took that racket and distilled it into songs: 11 tracks of blazing courage and failing resolve; suffused with groove, melody and the Barr Brothers' wide-open sense of the blues. At times the sound's all twinkling, the score for a lost John Hughes film; at other times it's whetted, searching, like the stuff of Lhasa de Sela or Led Zeppelin's III. These are tales of teenagers prowling through Rhode Island mansions (the title track), coming to Montreal and falling in love ("Song That I Heard"), tattered patriotism and clenching fists ("Kompromat", "Ready for War"). There's also "Defibrillation", a mournful letter from a father to his son, inspired by the broken rhythm of a pair of hospital heart monitors - and a drumbeat based on that dither.
 
It's this tension, this dither, that lives at the centre of Queens of the Breakers. Three players - friends, comrades, music-makers, all of them trying to play in sync. Three bandmates - each of them fumbling, remembering, trying to invent something together. A band still playing, even occasionally reimagining, their rock'n'roll.

 
 
 

 

The Barr Brothers's Upcoming Events

There are no Upcoming Shows listed for this artist.

The Barr Brothers's Videos

No Videos Available.

Just Announced

  • Midnight Tyrannosaurus Sat, August 10, 2019 9:00 PM

    All Ages Admitted

    Buy Tickets

    $20.00 for Advanced: General Admission ,$25.00 for Day of Show: General Admission,$20.00 for Sound Garden,$25.00 for Day of Show: Walk-Up


  • Fruit Bats Sat, November 09, 2019 8:00 PM

    All Ages Admitted

    Buy Tickets

    $17.00 for Advanced: General Admission,$20.00 for Day of Show: General Admission,$20.00 for Day of Show: Walk Up,$17.00 for Sound Garden


  • After Dark & Creative Concerts Presents: Crown The Empire - Rage Fest with Attila Tue, August 06, 2019 6:00 PM

    All Ages Admitted

    Buy Tickets

    $25.00 for Advanced: General Admission ,$28.00 for Day of Show: General Admission


  • Between The Buried & Me Sun, July 21, 2019 7:00 PM

    All Ages Admitted

    Buy Tickets

    $23.00 for Advanced: General Admission,$25.00 for Day of Show: General Admission ,$25.00 for Day of Show: Walk Up ,$23.00 for Sound Garden ,$69.00 for 4 Pack - Memorial Day Weekend Special ,$25.00 for Murder In Rue Morgue


  • A Killers Confession & Eve To Adam Tue, June 25, 2019 7:30 PM

    All Ages Admitted

    Buy Tickets

    $12.00 for Advance: General Admission,$15.00 for Day of Show: General Admissoin,$12.00 for Sound Garden,$15.00 for Day of Show: Walk Up ,$14.00 for Cleansed In Embers,$14.00 for Less Than Hate ,$14.00 for Less Than Hate,$14.00 for Symmetrical Defiance


  • Chris Webby Sun, July 28, 2019 8:00 PM

    All Ages Admitted

    Buy Tickets

    $25.00 for Advance: General Admission,$30.00 for Day of Show: General Admission,$30.00 for Day of Show: Walk Up,$25.00 for Sound Garden ,$75.00 for MEET & GREET,$225.00 for "ALL ACCESS" PASS,$27.00 for The Easy,$75.00 for 4 Pack - Memorial Day Weekend Special ,$27.00 for BUCK


  • After Dark & KROCK Presents: New Years Day Fri, June 28, 2019 7:00 PM

    All Ages Admitted

    Buy Tickets

    $15.00 for Advanced: General Admission,$20.00 for Day of Show: General Admission


  • Corrosion of Conformity Sat, July 27, 2019 7:00 PM

    All Ages Admitted

    Buy Tickets

    $25.00 for Advance: General Admission,$30.00 for Day of Show: General Admission,$30.00 for Day of Show: Walk Up,$25.00 for Sound Garden ,$75.00 for 4 Pack - Memorial Day Weekend Special


  • Dweezil Zappa: Hot Rats Live! Plus Other Hot Stuff 1969 Thu, September 12, 2019 8:00 PM

    All Ages Admitted

    Buy Tickets

    $47.50 for Advanced: General Admission,$85.00 for VIP Soundcheck ,$47.50 for Sound Garden


  • Annie In the Water Fri, June 21, 2019 8:00 PM

    All Ages Admitted

    Buy Tickets

    $20.00 for General Admission: Advanced ,$20.00 for General Admission: Day of Show,$20.00 for Sound Garden,$60.00 for 4 Pack - Memorial Day Weekend Special



Tweet Feed

Instagram Feed

#thewestcotttheater @thewestcotttheater Previous
  • Image posted by @thewestcotttheater
  • Image posted by @thewestcotttheater
  • Image posted by @thewestcotttheater
  • Image posted by @thewestcotttheater
  • Image posted by @thewestcotttheater
  • Image posted by @thewestcotttheater
  • Image posted by @thewestcotttheater
  • Image posted by @thewestcotttheater
  • Image posted by @thewestcotttheater
  • Image posted by @thewestcotttheater
Next