A few things first off- if you like what you hear from Little Barrie, I suggest you buy their entire catalog and (definitely) go to a live gig if you have a chance. Their most recent release (King Of The Waves) is one of the great LP's of recent years, hands down! Also, in the interest of full disclosure, Barrie's a good mate of mine; in fact, we became fast friends before I even KNEW of his amazing work (we met while on tour- him holding down the lead guitar slot with Primal Scream, me guitar teching with The Stooges). When I did hear what he was up to, I became a fan instantly, and it was a super cool instance of meeting a fellow musician as a pal first, then really digging the sounds in a big way!
While the lineup of Little Barrie has changed over the years, the power trio concept remains, and the focal point is Barrie Cadogan's blazing guitar work. Now, blazing guitar work only goes so far and thankfully Barrie's got the SONGS to match, and the vibe of the records and band have ingredients that include the intense swing of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the sparse electric blues of the likes of JB Hutto and Lightnin' Hopkins, a whole lotta soul and funk, and cooks it into something entirely original and REAL.
"Reply Me" is the b-side of the group's debut (2000), and it spells out from the get go that these guys are here to COOK. Over a slow burning groove, the band lays it out thick (at this time ithe trio was guitar-organ-drums) and the live feel sounds as if we're sitting in on something very private yet very appealing. So many records with a "jam session" vibes fall flat due to sheer boredom; not this record! It's one of those rare cases where 6 minutes goes by WAY too fast, and they could have easily stretched it out longer. Note to wise-enheimers; yeah, this record plays at 33 RPM. So what.
"Give Me A Microphone" is found on the b-side to Barrie's second 45 (2001), and starts out with a riff that sounds like a lost Eddie Hazel/ Funkadelic intro (yeah, it's THAT good) and introduces what came to be a Little Barrie trademark of duo call and response vocals (I think it's Wayne Fullwood here, and the role is presently handled by the amazing Virgil Howe on drums).