Barker branches out

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Music -

JOEL Barker will re­lease his third EP Un­charted on Fri­day, af­ter giv­ing fans a taster with the re­lease of sin­gle Make it Good in Novem­ber last year.

Barker, of Fre­man­tle, has col­lab­o­rated with three other mu­si­cians to be­come Joel Barker and the Low Com­pany for this EP, which is “a bit more 70s pop rock and not as much singer song­writer” as his pre­vi­ous re­leases.

The 35-year-old has worked with drum­mer Caleb Quar­ter­main for a cou­ple of years while Sam Gib­son on gui­tar and Alex Cooke play­ing bass joined them for the

first time at the Nan­nup Mu­sic Fes­ti­val last year.

“Since then we’ve done the Wheat­belt tour­ing cir­cuit, State of the Art Fes­ti­val at El­iz­a­beth Quay, Hid­den Trea­sures fes­ti­val in Fre­man­tle and the Fre­man­tle Arts Cen­tre where we played in front of 1000 peo­ple,” Barker said.

“This EP is more band ori­en­tated, there’s more in­put from other peo­ple. I’ve been writ­ing songs for a year and we recorded a sin­gle (Make it Good) in July last year and put that out in Novem­ber.

“We recorded the rest of the al­bum – five songs – in De­cem­ber. “It took us six days to record. “I’m re­ally happy with how it all came to­gether.”

Un­charted was recorded at Andy Lawson’s De­baser Stu­dio where Eskimo Joe has recorded.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d466281

Joel Barker is about to launch his new EP.

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