Barns Courtney called has shared details of his forthcoming debut EP ‘Hands’ that will be released May 27th on Virgin EMI. It’s title single is a fist pumping rocker of infectious grunge blues, with echoes running from The Dandy Warhols to The Killers. Keen to hear more? Barns plays Cambridge’s The Portland Arms on May 5th, tickets here.
Barns is quickly gaining notice on both sides of the pond, he’s currently top ten in the Triple A radio chart in the US with the track ‘Fire’ after playing at SXSW and doing a coast to coast US radio tour. His breakout track from the end of last year, ‘Glitter & Gold’, went to #1 on the UK Spotify Viral Chart, #2 on the iTunes Alternative Chart, was added to the BBC Introducing Playlist and got hundreds of thousands of plays on YouTube. He’s got lots of shows coming up this summer too.
Barns was born in Ipswich but spent most of his childhood living in Seattle, before returning to his native UK aged 15, a transatlantic upbringing which comes across in his eclectic mix of US blues-rock, hip-hop and grunge with British indie melodic sensibilities. The forthcoming four track ‘Hands’ EP includes the title track, the Johnny Cash and Tom Waits-channeling ballad ‘Goodbye John Smith’, a remix of Barnes’ breakout track ‘Glitter & Gold’ by London trio Zibra, and a cover of the track ‘Somebody To Love’ by Jefferson Airplane, showcasing the different facets of his sound.