When it’s metal you want, Steel City has a shitload of it – all kinds of it. This town likes it rough, tough and real, no quarter either taken or given. Within the genre, the brand that sells best around here has its roots in the classics, the masters and the halcyon days when Seattle was only known for coffee and hippies. SINBURN has worked the formula of a cocksure frontman in Squigg, the prerequisite axe ripper played by Brad Foisy, the metal money thunder bass courtesy Dave Green and a hard driving, ass kicking drummer by Billy Spencer to perfection – a very real shout out to all that is proper in the hard rock universe. Working hard on arrangements that swirl and build to frenzies, sweat soaked and wild eyed, anthemic rockers with hooks galore, the nuance of the ballad, the infectious drive of SINBURN have made them many fans, loyal fans who like what they see and love what they hear. Recording some of the best for a record at Junction and BOXO Studios has yielded a great record that hits all the spots square on the head – metal on steel.

Barber Shop Podcast is the place this fine, frothy Wednesday night and SINBURN is the band. Loud – proud and good to go. Really good.


Colour Film

Music can be in the background, it can serve as a fanfare – or it can be front and centre as is the case with Colour Film, the Kodachrome vignette from Matthew de Zote that is at once both a vehicle and an identity. Drawn from the spools of cellulose that captured the ghosts of the past in a familial landscape with songs rich in poignant imagery. Long a darling of the thinking-mans songwriting school, de Zote has toured extensively and has wasted no time or effort in making the world his stage. Crafting tubes that hark to a traditional time and sensibility, the new world crooner can whisper or murmur a passage rich with history lessons that must be given, open voicing a to a tale both real and surreal. Take a moment and consider the musician, the tone crafter, the sound shaper within the poet. For him, the palate that holds the words can never reach the audience without the canvas, without the brush, without the eye. Likewise, the music needs the hooks and lines a true musical empaths empaths on the tale. Notes rise and fall in swells, the melody and rhythm a tight tapestry of shapes and colour to enthral and entrap the listener.

We were thrilled to have this cat drop in on a Wednesday night along with his new CD “Colour Film” and a guitar. Sharing stories and takes from the record, de Zote gives as good as he gets. And trust me, it gets pretty damn good.

Dont take my word for it, trust your ears and find out something new – this week, on Barber Shop Podcast.


The Bandicoots

Sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all the good, new, original music out there these days, what with all the choices we can find on the web. Like it or not, the Internet is today’s record store, library and fan mag all in one. If you want to get noticed, want to get heard, want to break out to the world, you’ve got to have something really cool and the ability to share it with us.

Skater punks and video gamers in their youth, the sage wisdom of time showed these boys that the natural abilities could easily be transferred to instruments and the collective sound that began to emerge marked this foursome as one of the ones to watch.

Justin Ross had the songs and the gumption and sorted out the missing pieces with Nic Kozel on lead guitar, converted Andrew Parkinson to a drummer and finally got the right bass player in Lorant Polya to create The Bandicoots, a name that means as much or as little as you want it to. Together the mad fusion of rock, jazz, blues and good old Guitar Hero gelled into carefully crafted songs, each a slightly and wonderfully weird take on not the same old same old. Laying vocals that speak to the listener and shout at the senses into a slick production, a new EP due in June, a couple of nifty, creative videos and a live performance in the face of influenza won the respect of the old coots here at The Barber Shop and their story is a good one to share. So here it is.

New music, every week – from Barber Shop Podcast.