In 2007, a quartet of Italian musicians consists of Guescio Carnarelli (voice / Farfisa organ) Walker (guitar), Guescio (bass) and Il Sindaco (drums) form the Barbacans (from Barbacan, a term which in local parlance means lazy person attitude and aggressive): then the Boss Hoss Records notices them and in 2008 produced their first single 7 "vinyl entitled Phantom Opera / What's Fantastic and its video.
A year later they recorded in Spain at the Circo Perrotti in Gijon, their first LP entitled "God Save The Fuzz" (2009 Boss Hoss Records, distributed by Godown). Three years later, after some participation in various compilations and a series of tour that saw them perform around Europe, Mexico and China supporting bands like The Morlocks and The Seeds and finally released the second official album "NO HITS FOR THE KIDS", accompanied by a change of formation (Walker left the band, replaced by Mary at the guitar).
Two years later they propose a 10 "vinyl entitled "Mai Sepoliti"with six magnificent excerpts from the famous American collection" Back From The Grave ", with lyrics in Italian and published by Boss Hoss Records, Pirata Area and Dead Music.
The Barbacans' third album, titled "A Monstrous Self-portrait", out soon on vinyl-only for Boss Hoss Records Italy, Coypu Records, and Area Pirata Records, collects songs ranging from garage, to rock and punk. Characterized by their classic Farfisa sound, it will be presented with a Mexican tour in October 2016.
God save the fuzz and The Barbacans!
THEE PSYCHEDELICATESSEN WRITES ......
With a gigantic wave of fuzzed up guitar, wailing Farfisa organ and a cool rhythm section, The Barbacans are a Garage band........they come from Garageland........they have the spirit of The Seeds and ? & The Mysterions, the essence of Nuggets, the Psych/Punk vibe of the Damned appearing as Naz Nomad & The Nightmares and the Tone of both Flesh and Fuzz. Coming to a groovy record store near you very soon is The Barbacans' third album, titled A Monstrous Self-Portrait, it is a blast of classic and timeless Psych, Surf and Garage Rock.
As with their previous albums, Italian Garage Punks The Barbacans have a sound that has seeped through a crack in time from the suburbs of Anywheresville USA sometime around 1966........raw, psychotic and very snotty........and it's brilliant. The Barbacans are kindred spirits to the wave of 80s Post Punk Psych/Garage bands that had just stumbled across Pebbles and had their minds blown. It is obvious that they have a love for the music from the mid 60s, however they put their own spin on it and are not trying to rewrite '96 Tears'. The stand out tracks have to be the swirly tripped out 'Apocalypse Horses', the very groovy 'Next Garden', the fuzzed to max with added sax Surf Rock stomper 'Black Friday' and the berserk '4-2-BBQS'........A Monstrous Self-Portrait may be short and sweet clocking in just around the 30 minute mark but what's not to love here??? With rolling bass and fantastic drumming creating a solid foundation for spiralling organ and more fuzz than Don King's afro, if you dig Lenny Kaye's original Nuggets compilation and the other classic Garage/Psych records that followed in its wake, then you need to check this.