Little Barrie – “King of the Waves” – 3.5 (out of 5) By Patrick K. Sister

Little Barrie’s third record, released about five years after their debut and with a new drummer, right at the beginning you get resemblance with Stone Temple Pilot. As “Surf Hell” front man and guitarist Barrie Cadogan’s vocals recalls Scott Weiland and his guitar riffs with Lewis Wharton (bass) and Virgil Howe (drums) who all contribute to set the mood for the rest of the album.  This English power trio accelerates with a lot of distortion and raw rock and roll that mixes elements from Detroit’s MC5 and Link Wray, with New York’s revived rock scene. Songs like the album title, “King of the Waves” you’ll hear the tempo drops to a bluesy vibe or the jazzy “Dream to Live”.  You still get the distortions and the powerful bass lines on songs like “Now We’re Nowhere” and “I Can’t Wait”, and on “New Diamond Love” you can even hear some Motown influence. Speaking of influence, new drummer Howe definitely helps Little Barrie’s “King of the Waves” album get it’s beats which makes me happy with this clean and straightforward  rock and roll. Watch the video interview below with Little Barrie and then watch the music video  for “How Come”. Sample and download, “King of the Waves” from iTunes.