‘Carry the Wounds’ music video

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Let me start off by saying this: I hope you and your family have been safe and healthy during this pandemic. The world has been pretty crazy – more than normal, as I’m sure you’ve noticed.

A lot of artists have been trying to create things during the COVID-19 quarantines. In fact, since we have not been able to practice, BARRENS has been working on stuff by sending each other tracks (along with releasing a cover of Pedro the Lion’s “Bad Diary Days” on YouTube.)

I released my newest solo album back in early March and then – BAM! – quarantines and stay-at-home orders and no more live shows. I haven’t done any livestream events so far, either. But hey, I’m a filmmaker as well as a musician, so I had to do something. And this is it: The official [quarantine] music video for the title track from my most recent album Carry the Wounds.

Normally, I tend to veer more towards music videos with a storyline – more of a short film type thing, like the “Unalienable” video I directed for my friends in Brineaboy or the BARRENS’ “Jumper” video. Or even the previous “Liquid Heart” video from my new album.

The challenge here was more of an answer to the question: “What can I film by myself in isolation (and still make look… decent)?” So here’s the video, with me barefoot, as usual, and desperately needing a haircut while all the salons are closed. I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks for watching, reading, and supporting. Much love. (Imagine Facebook’s new “care” reaction emoji here.)

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BARRENS covers Pedro the Lion

Hey everyone!

So, during this quarantine, as everything is being canceled and schedules are crazy in completely different ways than normal, and social distancing is upending band practice, your boys in BARRENS have still been working on stuff – just individually.

Yep. We’ve been recording pieces and sending them to each other, and one thing we decided to do was cover a song, which ended up being “Bad Diary Days” by Pedro the Lion.

We did an acoustic version of it and put it on YouTube yesterday:

I did the photography for the cover art as an homage to the original album that the song came from. You can see the original art and hear the original version on YouTube as well.

Anyway, we hope you enjoy it, and we hope to be able to share more stuff with you soon. In the meantime, stay safe out there, and thanks for reading.

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‘Carry the Wounds’ album art + release show (and more)!

As mentioned last month, my 4th studio album Carry the Wounds will be released on Friday, March 6.

That evening, I’ll be performing at Goat Haus Biergarten in downtown Montgomery. Details here. (Side note: you should catch their weekend brunch – it’s so good!)

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And below is the Carry the Wounds album cover:

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So yeah, I hope to see you at Goat Haus on March 6. And like my other albums, this will be available from all digital retailers on that date (Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, Bandcamp, etc.) so you can hear it in full prior to the release show that evening.

In other news…

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BARRENS is performing as part of the Punk Rock Art Show vol. 11 on Saturday, Feb. 29. That event is at Brennan’s Irish Pub in Birmingham, AL’s five points area downtown. Details and full lineup here.

We’ve also been working on some new songs, so we’ll begin testing out some new jams soon.

And Foolish Henry Films is working on a new project. That’s all I’m going to really say on that front at the moment, except to say that it brings back a couple of Death to the World alumni for the project.

Let’s see… what else…

The new play at the Cloverdale PlayhouseThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – opens this Thursday.

And our buds in Abusements, Skeptic?, and the McRyatts are playing at Black Market Bar and Grill in Birmingham this Saturday, Feb. 15 at 9pm.

There’s probably more stuff, but that’s all I can think of right now. So… make plans. Get out of the house and do stuff.

Much love.

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One year of ‘Commit to the Song’

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Commit to the Song: The Joe Thomas Jr. Guitar Pull, my first feature-length documentary, has been available publicly for an entire year now! In light of this, I want to say something:

Thank you!

To everyone who has rented or purchased it, thank you. To everyone who has taken the time to write a review, thank you. To the people who agreed to be interviewed on camera in order for this to happen, thank you.

If you haven’t yet seen the film, it’s on Amazon. And the event the film is based on continues to this day and is part of the Cloverdale Playhouse‘s upcoming 2020 season.

And one of the stars of the film – Robert “Bubba” Hall – is continuing the spirit of the film by hosting Commit to the Song “SongRighters” series aaaaaannnnndddd…. he even made some t-shirts. I purchased one a while back from him, and he went all-out, getting the highest quality shirt he could find. You can purchase one from him here. (It’s the shirt I wore when BARRENS performed for the Montgomery Advertiser, as seen below.)

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Photo by Shannon Heupel, Montgomery Advertiser.

So again, thank you. And if you haven’t seen the film, check it out and leave a review.

Much love.

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CloverJam 2019

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On Saturday, Royce Williams (producer, Remembering Anarcha) and I headed out to CloverJam in Montgomery’s Cloverdale area to test out some camera gear. We figured it would be a good area to shoot some video, especially with it being a street party.

Anyway, I put this video together with footage from the event, and I decided to use a BARRENS track for the music in it because, well, why not? So check out the video footage set to the song “Stay” from the album <Content>Obsolete.

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RSVP, Munchie, and more!

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Many thanks to RSVP Magazine for including me on “The List” for their Sept/Oct issue!

Read the article here.

You’ll also see my friend Charles Williams of Lush Photography on there. He did the producer headshots for the Remembering Anarcha team (myself, C. DeWayne Cunningham, and Royce Williams.)

In other news, I spent this past weekend in Alex City, AL helping on a film project. It’s a short horror film called The Munchie II, written and directed by Cedric Hatcher. I was a gaffer on this project, mainly, but I also helped as 2nd AC and boom op when needed, and they even let me be camera op on one scene. Great cast and crew. Fun times.

Aaaaaand… tomorrow (Friday the 13th!) BARRENS is playing with Abusements and the Chodes (from Panama City, FL) at Bomber’s Pub. Details here.

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‘Jumper’ – music video and live version!

The official music video for “Jumper” by BARRENS is out today! Check it out!

Check out my previous post for more information on the video.

Also…

We recently stopped by Lisenby’s Music Shop in Prattville, AL to be part of an event with the Montgomery Advertiser. That story is online now.

Read: “Barrens bringing ‘Content Obsolete’ downtown Friday

And… the album obsolete is out this Friday. We’re having a release show at Commerce Beerworks with our friends in V-8 Death Car and Electric Blue Yonder. Info here.

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Preview more snippets from <content>obsolete below:

Jumper… and lots more!

 

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Last weekend, a music video was filmed for the song “Jumper” by Barrens. As with any film project, it was a group effort, and I want to take a moment to thank the folks who helped us out:

Thanks to my fellow band members – J. Slickwood and Clay Smith – for supporting my vision as director. Many thanks to my friends Jeff McKinney and C. DeWayne Cunningham for coming through as assistant director and assistant camera.

Special thanks to the stars of the video – Greg Loggins and V. Serrano. Y’all did a wonderful job.

Thanks to Johnny and Beth Veres and James Weddle for providing locations for the shoot. Y’all be sure to check out Johnny and Beth’s band Electric Blue Yonder and go get some food and beer at Goat Haus Biergarten. (Ooh, their weekend brunch, y’all… so good.)

Thanks to Yvette Hochberg and Glenn Grant for helping us out with props for the shoot. Thanks to Sharon Sanders for coming through for us at the last minute, to Rod Williams for helping us get in the last location, and to Lou Wood for helping out on set.

On behalf of Barrens and Terrible Master Films, thank you all!

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Now, since I mentioned Electric Blue Yonder, that happens to be one of the bands – along with our buds in V-8 Death Car – that will be performing with us at our album release show on Friday, Aug. 16. That’s coming up at Commerce Beerworks. Click here to see the Facebook event.

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In film news, the Foolish Henry Films short Bad Deal, by writer/director Shane Gillis, is premiering at Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham this month. It’s in the “Alabama Narratives” short film block on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 4:55 p.m. See the full schedule here.

The writer/director of The Song You’ll Never Hear – Stephen Poff – has started an IndieGoGo campaign to raise film festival submission funds. (Any indie filmmaker will tell you – those get expensive.) You can see the campaign and take a look at the perks here.

And Secret Weapon from writer/director Christopher S. Hubbard will be part of the Lanett City Film Festival and the Central Florida Film Festival this year, so congrats to him and the entire cast and crew on that!

And… check out some new music and video performances from my friends in the Abusements and The Last Thing You Remember, courtesy of the Montgomery Advertiser. Links to those below:

Punk rock child care: Hanging out with Abusements’ ‘Uncle Dude’

Facing mortality with originality: The Last Thing You Remember’s ‘Home’

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‘Have you ever felt… unclean?’

Some of the videos linked on this post may be in the NSFW category due to language. Just a heads up. I mean… they’re funny though.

The title of this post is a line from one of the spots that aired during the Montgomery Film Fest X intermission, which is now online:

I got to be in a couple of those spots – the one this post title comes from is for Autumn’s Dusk. The extended version of that spot is on YouTube.

The Christian Mingle X parody is on the Terrible Master Films YouTube channel.

Also, I helped out writer/director Sharisma Bell in the audio department on her web series Adulthood Cancelled. She held a special screening party for the first two episodes recently. Check out the YouTube channel for that. Here’s the first episode:

And in music news…

BARRENS has announced a release date for <content>obsolete. The album will be released on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, and that night, we’ll be joining V-8 Death Car and Electric Blue Yonder at Commerce Beerworks to celebrate! Here’s the Facebook event.

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And shout out to Charles Williams from Lush Photography for the new head shot:

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