Little Barrie: Shadow (Tummy Touch)
The supergroup is a thing of the past. But don't tell that to Little Barrie, a British band consisting of singer-guitarist Barrie Cadogan, bassist Lewis Wharton and drummer Virgil Howe. Howe is the son of guitarist Steve Howe of the legendary progressive rock band, Yes, while frontman Cadogan has toured with the likes of Primal Scream, Morrissey and Paul Weller. The result is a band that fuses many different genres, such as blues, funk and alternative/indie rock. The group's new album gravitates toward intense, high-energy rock 'n' roll — a bit of a departure since their earlier records drew their influence from funk and soul. The opening guitar riff on "Fuzz Bomb," for example, sounds just like some of John Squire's work on the Stone Roses' last album Second Coming. The overall sound of the record is gritty and hard-nosed, yet at the same time, psychedelic and trippy.