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Q&A: Rockers Barewire delivering relentless, melodic energy

May 16, 2014

By Kevin C. Johnson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

May 16--New hard-rock band Barewire releases its debut "Drive By Hi Fi" with a concert Friday night at Pop's. The band features singer Tim Cloyne, keyboardist Eli Phillips, bassist Colonel Tim Sanders and drummer Zach Frazier. Cloyne talked about the group.

Describe the Barewire sound. We're a hard-rock band, but what's really unusual is that we don't feature an electric guitar. We replaced it with keyboards. We were looking for something to separate us. We have a great keyboardist, and we decided to write songs that way and record songs that way.

How has that worked out? We don't feel anything is missing. I think we're definitely getting everything in there we want in there. We get put on death metal bills.

What bands are you fans of? We like Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden and the Beatles.

What are Barewire lyrics all about? A lot of hard-rock bands have a lot of throwaway lyrics. We don't have throwaway lyrics. Every line on there has a purpose. Even if we're going for shock factor, you can appreciate the profanity.

We're beckoning people to come together. The world is brimming with good and evil. We want to communicate that and get along with both, understand and recognize the differences in others. There's so many good stories in life. And everybody's got the same problems. They're worried about the family, they hate their job, got no money. We're trying to beckon people to look after each other.

And you're not going to hear a Barewire love song. If it starts out that way, it's going end up badly.

What are the songs on "Drive By Hi Fi" all about? We're always trying to set the audience up for the knockout punch. It's relentless and also very melodic. We also wanted the songs to be accessible, to lure people into the band.

What does the title "Drive By Hi Fi" reflect? It's a good title for it because the EP is an audio hit and run. It's 23 minutes of groovy fury.

What's a Barewire concert like? It's another way we are different. Our live show is really intense. It's a blistering live show. It's relentless. You might get wet.


What Barewire EP Release Concert with Divide the Empire, Amorath, Waterbed Yankees, Locrian Manor, Back for Tomorrow -- When 7 p.m. Friday -- Where Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget -- How much $3-$5 -- More info or

Kevin C. Johnson is the popular music critic and nightlife reporter at the Post-Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at kevincjohnson and add him on Facebook at kevincjohnsonstl.


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