BARQ are back with a follow up to their hit song 'Bear' which we featured earlier this year. Following a successful collaboration with the very gifted Crooked Gentlemen on the 'Bear' video, they got them to do this one too and the results are fantastic.
Meet BARQ - the high energy four-piece (Jess Kav, Neil Dorrington, Stephen McHale and Tommy Gray) shoving groove into the belly of the rock-beast and creating their own unique brand of 'agro-soul'.
The Dubliner, 31, fronts rising Irish band Barq and has been a backing singer for Hozier
Earlier this month, Jess Kavanagh prowled the stage in front of thousands of punters at a big outdoor concert at Dublin's Royal Hospital Kilmainham - and she looked completely in her element. Her band, Barq, were supporting the ever-popular Coronas, and she's winning fans at every turn.
"Live performance is a great way to connect with people and when you're doing support slots, you get the chance to make an impact with people who may not have known your stuff before."
Her half-Nigerian mother gave her a great grounding in both music and feminism - and Jess has been keen to use any profile she has to raise awareness for the Repeal campaign. She appeared topless on the cover of Hot Press last year with the word 'Mine' written across her chest.
"Recent Hot Press cover star Jess Kavanagh and BARQ (pictured here at the recent Hot Press covers exhibition launch party) showed exactly why they deserved to open Longitude's gargantuan main stage with a killer set of their self-described aggro-soul. The charismatic Kavanagh's stunning voice drew quite the crowd despite the early time, kicking off singalong before the clock hit three.
"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."