live ’n’ loud: Bar­low in a back­yard

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY CONTENTS - – ROSE SADLEIR

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.

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