live ’n’ loud: Barlow in a backyard
PHIL Barlow is tuned in to two sides of music. As a solo performer, he’s come up with an interesting concept, Barlow In Ya Backyard, where he fulfils his desire to play intimate solo gigs by performing in people’s backyards.
When he’s jamming with his band, Phil Barlow & The Wolf (pictured), the singer-songwriter says he’s found his place playing reggae, rock and blues. ‘‘The backyard gigs are unbelievable,’’ he says. ‘‘I feel I have unveiled the curtain of something pretty special, in terms of how I would like to present myself as a solo artist.
‘‘It’s an intimate, pin-drop atmosphere. I play a really different type of music. It’s more revealing of my storytelling side, where the music came from and more about the music and setting the vibe.
‘‘The backyard gigs are a better way of getting to know people. It breaks down the barrier.’’
As much as he enjoys Barlow In Ya Backyard, the troubadour will never turn his back on the stage.
‘‘One side is raw and exposing and about telling a story, the other is about having fun and getting people to let go. When we play as Phil Barlow & The Wolf, it’s a platform to let go and get lost in the music.’’
After spending winter immersed in Melbourne’s music scene, Barlow is looking forward to joining his bandmates – bassist Karl Evans, drummer Cvitan Barac, guitarist Joe Fallon and saxophonist Fiona Cossill – for an east coast tour.
The group will deliver the unique blend of blues, rock, reggae and funk flavours that features on their latest album, Phoenix Rising.
‘‘I am really fond of my group. We enjoy exploring together,’’ Barlow says.
‘‘ Phoenix Rising goes through so many different styles. It’s music that you feel. The songs are a snapshot of my mind’s journey – from sadness and suppression to liberation and freedom. I love to express it all and I don’t hide negative emotion.’’
Phil Barlow & The Wolf play Miami Marketta, at Rabbit + Cocoon, Miami, tomorrow night.