The Grand Union, Leamington Spa, 17 January 2014
Nuneaton duo Barricades Rise
took their unique acoustic folk rock sound to the south of the county, with a headline slot at Leamington’s Grand Union
It was the first gig of 2014 for the duo – Jonathan Coates and Michael McEntee – who are well know locally for their rockier take on traditional acoustic folk music.
Star guests of the Leamington venue’s weekly Melody Lounge, which gives a platform to acoustic singer/songwriters, Barricades Rise livened up the local scene with a foot-stomping performance of perfect harmonies and duelling guitar riffs.
The duo have been playing music together for over 15 years, having previously played in an indie band – which perhaps explains their more raucous sound.
Their set at the intimate Grand Union venue included two new songs, ‘Mexico’ and stand-out track, the memorable ‘All I wanted was a lover’, which sat perfectly alongside others from their energy-filled songbook, including tracks from their latest album, ‘All I Have is Here’. This was released internationally on one of the biggest independent USA labels, Spectra Records, in September last year.
All songs went down extremely well with regulars from the Leamington folk scene, many of whom took part in the evening’s open mic session, including talented 17 year old singer/songwriter and ‘one to watch’, Joe Dolman
With their first studio session of 2014 complete, Barricades Rise will soon be demo-ing new music as they start writing and recording their third album.
It’s great to see Nuneaton musicians taking their sound to different parts of the county and really interesting to listen to and watch Barricades Rise’s completely different take on acoustic folk.
It was definitely a different sound for Leamington and the intimate venue meant the audience, many of whom were musicians themselves, could appreciate the music from close quarters.
The new songs sounded great and, if they’re anything to go by, 2014 should be an exciting year of new music from this duo, who are determined to make acoustic folk music upbeat and accessible.
It’s going to be a big year in other ways for the pair, with another baby on the way for Jonathan and Michael opening his new venture, The Big Comfy Bookshop
, in Coventry.
Watch the video of Barricades Rise’s live version of ‘Animals’:
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