(Live At Whelan's)
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 agrosoul. 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 by Spotify’s new music playlist in both the UK and Brazil. Since then, BARQ have been one of the most talked about bands in Ireland. Lead singer, Jess Kav, featured on the front cover of Ireland's premier music magazine, Hot Press, and BARQ were included in The Irish Times "50 People to watch in 2017".
Throughout the last 18 months, BARQ have left audiences in awe with their energetic and dynamic live show. In 2017, BARQ completed their first tour, with dates in the UK and Ireland, and travelled to Toronto for Canadian Music Week. After returning to Dublin from Mondo New York, BARQ began touring as part of the Smithwicks Soundtrack Series, recreating the soundtrack of Pulp Fiction in their own agrosoul style.
BARQ, without a doubt, have hit the ground running. Expect big things from this four-piece in the coming months.
“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