December 12, 2015

It’s beginning to look a lot like barricades – FREE Christmas EP

You know it has been a pretty uneventful year for the band when the last blog was back in January. To be honest, that shocked me and made me realise how slack we have been this year…Kind of

Outside of the band we have been extremely productive. Michael’s shop had it’s one year anniversary and he is doing amazingly well both as a bookshop and as a music venue. Check out The Big Comfy Bookshop now and see what he has been up to. I’m about to finish my first year as a wedding photographer (see Coates & Stain) and building my family photography up too. Add that all to the fact we have kids, wives and personal lives, it hasn’t left much room for music this year.

The good news for the band is that we are ready to start recording for album 3. We both have songs that we are excited to get out and I expect recording to commence early next year. The aim is to get a late spring/summer release but hey……..don’t hold us to that.

With all that aside, we really wanted to keep the tradition of our free Christmas download release going. So I give to you… It’s beginning to look a lot like barricades

It's beginning to look a lot like barricades

This year we have recorded a cover of the classic ‘A Winters Tale’ originally performed by David Essex. As always, we have bundled that together with our previous festive covers and you can now download all 9 tracks free of charge from our bandcamp store here.
Please feel free to share the love and post about it on social media and we hope this gets you in the festive spirit.

If we don’t blog before then we wish you all a very merry Christmas

Jonathan (& Michael)

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January 7, 2015

Happy New Year and Album Sale

Before I get to the meat of this blog, we just want to tell you all that for January, you can download our two albums for ‘Pay What You Want’ from our Bandcame store. Take a look and pay £0 or pay £1,000,000 – Your Choice


With that out the way – Happy New Year you wonderful people. Did you have a great Christmas?
Us BR boys enjoyed a few nights in each other’s company over the festive period. The annual McEntee Christmas shindig was once again the place to be and we also had a more relaxed and chilled New Years Eve round my house. Despite being ill from the day I broke from work until the day I went back to work, I had a great Christmas

BR at New Year

BR at New Year

2014 was a pretty uneventful year for the band due to us having a massive year in everything other than the band. We both welcomed new additions to our families. Michael opened The Big Comfy Bookshop and is at the shop 24/7. I started taking my photography to the next level and also started Coates & Stain Wedding Photography.

Our thoughts are now turning to what will happen to Barricades Rise in 2015……..
Truth be told we are excited to meet up and start writing and recording for album 3. It would be great if this is ready for release before the year is out too. There’s no pressure on us doing this but we want to do it. We will gig a little more than last year but until we have the new album out, we will be selective on that front.

We will of course update you with our progress and we hope 2015 brings you all you want from life.



ps, a massive thank you to all that came to our last gig of the year at Michael’s shop on 19th December. We were rough, we broke strings and we sang like it was going out of fashion. A proper BR gig.


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