‘Yawnin’ in the Dawnin’’
Folk Rock / Rock
By C.W. Ross
To give you a little background on the group Barry they’re a folk rock group from Hume, N.Y. made up of brothers: Patrick (vocals, guitar, harmonica & keys), Benjamin (bass, vocals), and Bradford (drums, vocals) Barry.
Brother’s Benjamin and Patrick were in the regionally successful alt. rock band NAVAR that released 4 albums, before forming Barry in 2011. The brothers also built their own studio in a barn in Western NY and run their own record label, 100% Records.
Barry brother Bradford recently contacted me about reviewing their debut 7-song EP with the unusual title, ‘Yawnin’ in the Dawnin.” Things start off on it very folk like in style with the a cappella title track that deals with the morning after a rough night and showcases the bands 3-part harmonies.
After that opening track though the bands starts to spread their musical wings going in several different directions including, pop and rock.
Track-2, “For Your Own Good,” is an up tempo alt. meets folk rock track featuring nice harmonica work and even features a few punk like- ‘hey, hey’ shouts on it.
“Carnival(e),” offers up an interesting arrangement that has a brooding vibe found on it. It’s followed by the lost love track, “Three Years in Carolina,” that offers up some more nice harmonica playing.
Next up is, “Drink One More,” a straight up story song about the brothers that once again showcases their crisp vocal harmonies.
Track-6, “Love Something Too Much,” is a poignant, Jim Croce like, folk rock song about a daughter and father and growing up and apart.
The track, “Great Unknown,” brings things to a strong finish with its modern rock sound that includes a background organ part that frames the song out perfectly.
Do yourself a big favor and get Barry’s, ‘Yawnin’ in the Dawnin’’ EP because it offers up some really good music.
(Review also published on The CD Reviewer)