Interview: Barbara

…not Streisand. No, this is something very different. Toronto band Barbara is comprised of brothers Raynor and Tyler Semrick-Palmateer, and if you’re looking for an alternative to the blog saturation of indie boy bands, then you’ll find Barbara to be the perfect tonic.

With a mission statement of ‘exciting you, disgusting you, seducing you, confronting you, and making you laugh’, Barbara is unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. And it’s terrifying. Why do artists insist on ‘pushing boundaries’ all the time, hmm? What’s wrong with monotone auto-tune singing about dancefloors set to a house beat? It worked for Katy Perry and her Madgesty. And whatever happened to Dido? She seemed like such a nice girl.

Anyhoo, these boys are currently recording their debut EP and are looking for help to record their full length album later this year. To that end, we sat down with Barbara and put them through the rigours of a Spindle interview.

Is your name Barbara or Brahbrah?

It’s Barbara, but we are definitely brahs, emotionally and genetically.

How did you guys form?

In the same womb. Then later, as a band, whilst biking beside a corn field and singing in harmony. The resulting song, Greg Road, is on our soon-to-be-released EP, Stuck To The Ground.

What was the first record you bought?

(Tyler) “Silver” by Moist. (Raynor) “Mer de Noms” by A Perfect Circle. LOLOLOLOL … Boohooohoohooo.

What were your earliest musical influences?

Meatloaf, Harry Nilsson, Tchaikovsky (1812 overture WITH cannons), The Supremes, Linda Ronstadt, The Beatles, Bach, and the men of the Palmateer family.

When did you first start making music?

(Raynor) When I was 9, on the piano. (Tyler) In junior high. My first band and song were both called Onion.

If you could meet the Queen and ask her one question, what would it be?

What kind of things do you eat?

Here’s a tough one – describe your sound.

Bottom 40

If you’d like to really challenge yourself, which section would your music be in if it was stocked at HMV?

Bargain bin

What’s the best Canadian city for music?

There are cities other than Toronto?… >:D

Favourite Madonna song?

(Raynor) Toss-up between Human Nature and American Life. (Tyler) Frozen and Hollywood.

What’s up next?

We’re in the studio, finishing up our first EP, then following it up with some music videos in the fall, which we will also direct. An LP to follow in the early new year!

What’s the biggest obstacle facing up and coming musicians today?

In addition to nothing at all, MONEY. Musicians currently have every avenue available to them to create anything they desire.

 Why should people part with their hard-earned cash to help you?

No one should part with their hard-earned cash to help us. They should only part with their cash if they like what we do. Take a glimpse at our IndieGoGo campaign for a better idea. Also, stay tuned with us on Facebook and Twitter for complete sample tracks in the near future! Luv Barbara.

Check out Barbara’s campaign video below, and for the love of God please chuck some dollars, pounds, shillings and pence their way.

Thomas Dearnley-Davison is Spindle’s Canadian Correspondent. You can follow his insane trans-Atlantic ramblings on Twitter @such_doubts

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