"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."
Following their debut single last year, BARQ have wowed audiences at a number of leading festivals across the country. They are about to embark on their first nationwide tour and have dropped their new single and video.
Tipped by many to go on to massive things, this is a band to keep an eye on.
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.
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.
""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."
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.
"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."