A Music Blog, Yea? BITCH FALCON, BARQ, AND AILBHE REDDY @ THE DRAKE UNDERGROUND – TORONTO

A Music Blog, Yea? BITCH FALCON, BARQ, AND AILBHE REDDY @ THE DRAKE UNDERGROUND – TORONTO

"BARQ, a band I discovered the last time I took a trip to Ireland, brought the crowd right up to the stage with their “agrosoul” tunes. The lead singer/lyricist Jess Kavanagh is electric. She commands the room and teases her audience. Jess vibes to her music as much as the audience, and it is a rare treat to see her brand of enthusiastic, no-holds-barred performance. The funky arrangements of their three singles, especially “That Thing You Love,” had the crowd totally involved."

District Magazine: BARQ share new visuals for their track ‘Bear’

District Magazine: BARQ share new visuals for their track ‘Bear’

BARQ have had a fantastic debut year in 2016, playing festivals across the country, collaborating with fellow Irish artists and releasing standout singles throughout.

In November BARQ released ‘Bear’ as a free download and launched the single in The Bowery. The Irish group have now released a video for the track.

Goldenplec: Check Out New Video From BARQ – BEAR

Goldenplec: Check Out New Video From BARQ – BEAR

Check out the new video from Plec Picks 2017 act Barq for their latest single Bear. The video for Bear was created by visual artist James Sheridan and acclaimed videographers Crooked Gentlemen.

The imagery contained within the video and the song’s lyrics are inspired by the dreams singer Jess Kav experienced in the wake of her mother’s death. Barq are set to tout the country in support of Bear and will be representing Ireland at Canadian Music Week later this year.

The Last Mixed Tape: Watch | BARQ's visually striking video for 'Bear'

The Last Mixed Tape: Watch | BARQ's visually striking video for 'Bear'

""Cut to the quick-shifting beat and blended musical canvas that is BARQ’s sound, the video for ‘Bear’ takes on a stylized, almost off-kilter look that compliments the same vein of genre warping artistry that goes into the single itself."

A Music Blog, Yea? EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: BARQ – “BEAR”

A Music Blog, Yea? EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: BARQ – “BEAR”

Need soul? Need new music? AMBY’s got it. We are extremely excited to premiere the second music video released by Dublin four-piece BARQ.

“Bear” is a song about loss and growing up, written by lead member Jess Kavanagh about the dreams she had during the tumultuous time of her mother’s passing, so it’s fitting that the video for this song sits somewhere between nightmare and dreamy fantasy.

BARQ collaborated on this project with artist James Sheridan and videographers Crooked Gentlemen. Sheridan interpreted the lyrics with his own cartoons, creating a dark, dreamy, psychedelic vibe for this emotional single.

Hotpress review Bow St Sessions at The Sugar Club

Hotpress review Bow St Sessions at The Sugar Club

"The in-yer-face appeal of songs like 'Gentle Kind of Lies' and the jarring emotion of most recent single ‘Bear’ are partly why Barq are so on the button; but above all of this, it’s their raw power that shines through. Reverberating guitars and the strength of vocalist Jess Kav add weight to their already emotive lyrics. Barq have clearly landed on their sound."

Live Review of Bow St Sessions @ Sugar Club

Live Review of Bow St Sessions @ Sugar Club

"Next to grace the stage was Dublin band Barq, who specialise in making Alt R&B music or “agro-soul” as they describe it. Barq is fronted by the bouncy and quirky Jess Kav along with Stephen McHale, Tommy Gray and Neil Dorrington and let me tell you, they played an absolute stormer. Jess has such a unique presence on stage which is highly infectious, causing many to up off their seats and dance the set away with the help of Jameson and Ginger Ale and Franciscan Well.

GoldenPlec name BARQ as one of their Plec Picks of 2017

GoldenPlec name BARQ as one of their Plec Picks of 2017

"Every year the GoldenPlec community of writers and photographers (50+) come together to vote on their ones to watch for the upcoming year. After pulling the votes together, we select our 'Plec Picks' for 2017. We have classical artists alongside rap, jazz, funk, grunge and anything in between. Our list strives to encompass a broad spectrum of music in order to highlight the thriving music scene that exists in Ireland."

BARQ named in The Irish Times 50 people to watch in 2017

BARQ named in The Irish Times 50 people to watch in 2017

"The sound Barq are creating is unique: a tough-as-they-come mash with elements of hip-hop, jazz, r’n’b and funk rubbing shoulders with rock and pop.

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."

Nialler9's Best Irish Songs of 2016

Nialler9's Best Irish Songs of 2016

"Gentle Kind Of Lies" in at number 29 in Nialler9's best Irish songs of 2016. 

"Here are my top 50 tunes made from Irish artists in 2016. If you discover something you love, do buy a record direct or from a record shop. Go to a gig, go to many gigs, tell your friends and support the many, many Irish musicians featured here and not featured here who are making great art."

TPOE's 17 Irish Acts to watch in 2017

TPOE's 17 Irish Acts to watch in 2017

"There are a couple of stars-in-waiting on this list, and perhaps none have a voice that can soar like that of Jess Kav. She’s the frontwoman of Dublin four-piece funkers Barq. They slowly but surely built up a loyal following in 2016, releasing one of the songs of the year in the form of the layered, skyscraping ‘Bear’, and have big plans for 2017."

OTHER VOICES DAY 1: THE MUSIC TRAIL IN ASSOCIATION WITH HEINEKEN

OTHER VOICES DAY 1: THE MUSIC TRAIL IN ASSOCIATION WITH HEINEKEN

"Dublin’s Barq isn’t necessarily the new-kid-on-the-block band, but that doesn’t mean to say we can’t shout out from the rooftops how damned good they sound. At this venue (and what a terrific venue this is, by the way) last night, they rattled the rafters and the rooftops (quite literally) with a funk/soul vibe that highlighted not only nifty intersecting lines in rock, soul and hip-hop, but also in lead singer Jess Kav an assured vocalist of power, fury and tenderness."

Other Voices Diary - what happens in Dingle...

Other Voices Diary - what happens in Dingle...

"With no set agenda on Friday night, we strolled into the first pub we came across. Dublin four-piece Barq started the weekend off with buckets of energy from singer Jess Kav. They describe their music as ‘agrosoul’ – for me the music reminded me of Gossip... who also had a strong female lead in Beth Ditto."

BARQ stormed the Jerry Fish tent

BARQ stormed the Jerry Fish tent

The more one hears the amazing voice of Barq's lead singer Jess Kavanagh, the more one becomes convinced that she has one of the best voices around today. Ever since Barq's epic headliner in Whelans,Hot Press has been an avid admirer of the exciting young band. Therefore, it would have been remiss, if not rude to not catch them at EP.

If you need a dose of badass music, look no further than BARQ. 'That Thing You Love' and 'Gentle Kind of Lies' set up the macabre alt-rock vibe with their synth heavy, oddly discordant tonal structure and snapping rap.