BARBARAS, THE: 2006–2008: LP

I am so happy this record is finally seeing the light of day! Originally slated for release on In The Red some years ago, the recordings were thought lost on Jay Reatard’s computer after his death. It’s sad that this band hasn’t done more (except for a three-song EP on Goner, all of which is represented here.) I think it had to do with some of the guys being in Jay Reatard’s touring band for a few years. Other members of the band went on to form The Magic Kids, who I liked enough but nowhere near as much as The Barbaras. Good rock’n’roll pop, with a touch of mystery, balloons, and inside jokes. One look at the pictures (and remembering the one time I saw ‘em) tells you that The Barbaras were best experienced live.

 –Sal Lucci (Goner)