"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."
"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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."