If somebody asked me to name my three current favorite bands or artists – and, trust me, no one ever asks – I would say that they are: Australian Psychedelic Rock Project Tame Impala (aka Tim & Paula, who are just the Best), American singer/songwriter Kurt Vile (whom I consider to be a modern-day Bob Dylan) and British Rockers Little Barrie, whose 2012 release, King Of The Waves I reviewed very extremely favorably. But yeah, those are my Top Three.
I don’t often review albums these days, because, no time. But I do review the videos. So, imagine the level of ecstatic delight I experienced when Little Barrie’s publicist hipped me to the band’s latest viddy for a heavily-steeped-in-cool song called “Bonneville Ride.” Oh my, I do love this video.
Shot on Super 8 film so that it resembles a home movie from my childhood, “Bonneville Ride” is constructed visually around original footage of Little Barrie bassist Lewis Wharton’s father, also named Lewis, racing grasstrack motorbikes in the early – mid 1970′s. (Lewis senior is the gentleman hanging off the sidecar of number 69). Watching this clip feels like you are dreaming, or watching someone else’s dream. And I suspect it does not get much better than that. There are also a few clips of the band performing — and they are so good live. Aurally, the song is confident enough to let Wharton’s slinky bass line take the lead for a sweet ride that’s more akin to a mood-inducing flashback, or a slice of life, than a mere pop tune. In a word: Sublime.
“Bonneville Ride” comes from Little Barrie’s fourth album Shadow, which was released this past May on Tummy Touch Records. Like all of their albums, it is excellent listening. Enjoy!
Little Barrie are: Lewis Wharton (Bass), Barrie Cadogan (Guitar/Vocals) and Virgil Howe (Drums)