Hello friends! Today we have a bit of a vintage interview, this is one that was originally written for The Music Site, but with the closure of the platforms news and reviews section, it seemed a shame to let all of the posts die a death, so you may see some of the bits I wrote finding a new home on the very much alive Daveygranger.co.uk.
Today, or rather, last January, I had a chat with Charlie Barnes, music maestro and all round top guy. Since this interview went live, I had the pleasure of seeing Charlie do his thing at Manchester’s The Eagle Inn (criminally underrated venue), he smashed this venue, then went on to smash a similar set at the bloody Royal Albert Hall as part of Bastille’s ReOrchestrated tour, catch my review of that on TMS, maybe it’ll end up here one day too.
He’s a very talented fellow and his latest album, Oceanography, quickly became one of my favourites in 2018. Without further ado, enjoy the interview and remember that it’s a year old!
It’s been a busy couple of years for Leeds’ Charlie Barnes. Hot off the back of his last album, Barnes ended up touring worldwide as live guitarist for massive British band Bastille. In between all of this, he’s somehow found time to not only start a whole other band (The Society Pages) and complete his next album.
Oceanography is already destined for greatness, based on the suit worn in promo and the ‘All I Have’ video alone! Ahead of it’s release in March, Charlie’s let us in a bit on what we should expect.
Hello friends, music lovers and people who accidentally clicked this link whilst scrolling through Twitter but have now been ensnared by my devilish good looks and my fancy new blog interface.
A few weeks ago I kicked off a new series all about the songs that I’m actually listening to all the time, as presented to me via my favourite online gizmo, Obscurify. Last time’s made sense, it was generally all current tracks and stuff that’s been around recently or from my favourite artists. One slight adjustment I’ve made is to only feature one song from each artist, as the recent album releases from The Wombats and Charlie Barnes did begin to dominate.
This time I’ve kinda gone all over the place, from murderous album tracks to one of the greatest karaoke songs of all time.
1) STRANGERS – SIGRID
This song featured as number 4 in my last post, it’s been a slow burn for me. You know, from listening to almost all the time to ‘I can’t sleep with good conscience unless I listen to this song whilst brushing my teeth before bed’. If that’s not the mark of an earworm, I don’t know what is.
Last year I wrote about my favourite new tracks each and every month, there were so many, it was a lot of fun to listen to and collate all these new bits of music. For 2018, I thought I’d switch it up a bit and focus on what I am actually listening to the most.
Using Obscurify I found out the top 10 songs I listened in the six weeks leading up to 08/02/18 and have written a little spiel on each below. I find any and all Spotify data completely intriguing so I spend far too much time on this site.
1) ALL I HAVE – CHARLIE BARNES
I’m a really big fan of Charlie, he’s such a talented musician and songwriter and this track is where he really shines. ‘All I Have’ is the first single from his upcoming album Oceanography, which comes out in a few short weeks. If you like upbeat acoustics, this guy is for you.
I recently interviewed Charlie for work, he is very genuinely one of the kindest and most thoughtful people I’ve had a chat with.