Gentle Kind Of Lies
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Melty Rock. Lava. AgroSoul.
BARQ are a high energy four-piece, shoving groove into the belly of the rock-beast and creating agro-soul. This is music to dance dangerously to.
In March 2016, BARQ released their debut single “Gentle Kind of Lies” to critical acclaim and a surge of media attention. The track was picked up Spotify’s new music playlist in both the UK and Brazil, as well as being included on IASCA’s playirish USA, and two of Goldenplec’s Goldenstereo playlists.
BARQ have been one of the most talked about bands in Ireland over the last 12 months, after wowing crowds at a number of leading festivals across the country. Lead singer, Jess Kav featured on the front cover of Ireland's premiere music-magazine, Hot Press and and in January they were featured in The Irish Times "Top Fifty To Watch in 2017". BARQ are now preparing for their first tour in London and Ireland, then travelling to Toronto for Canadian Music Week in April.
BARQ, without a doubt, have hit the ground running since their debut release in 2016. Expect big things from this four-piece this year.
“The tightness of a thoroughly experienced live band is heard in the production, and the song has a sound reminiscent of Erykah Badu in a psychedelic R&B rock style. Jess Kav’s bellowing soul voice shines through.” - Nialler9
"BARQ stopped me in my tracks, delivering a tight set of psychedelic R&B-influenced rock. They were positively mesmerising to watch". - Hot Press
With a voice as velvet as the furnishings of the Jerry Fish stage, Kavanagh was a mesmerising diva of Beyonce proportions carrying the audience on a journey of psychological disorder. - Hot Press
“Impossibly tight grooves over otherworldly guitar lines and aggressively soulful vocals” – dublinconcerts.ie
“A meeting place between experimentation and control BARQ’s is a masterclass in how to define who you are muscially and not simply define who you aren’t.” - The Last MIxed Tape
“Their sound betrays all the tell-tale hallmarks of seasoned musicians that know exactly what they’re doing and how they’re doing it” - The Thin Air
If you’re looking for an Irish act bringing a groove informed by records such as The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, To Pimp A Butterfly and New Amerykah and bands such as Hiatus Kaiyote, you’ve come to the right place. - Jim Carroll, The Irish Times
“BARQ made their live debut at our #GoldenBeck showcase in The Workman's Club...and it was instantly evident that BARQ are the real deal.” -Ros Madigan, Goldenplec
“BARQ are definitely one of the most exciting new acts on the Irish Music scene.” -RTE 2XM
“One of the hottest new Irish acts of 2016” - Hot Press
“New Artist of the Week” – The Irish Times
Track of The Day – TXFM
Wednesday’s Twist – Dan Hegarty 2FM
Vocals / Jess Kav
Guitar/ Stephen Mchale
Bass / Neil Dorrington
Drums / Tommy Gray