The Barettas - The Horseshoe by Lonley Vagabond “Get away from my boyfriend!”shouts guitarist/vocalist Katie Bulley.The Barettas aren’t looking for a fight. Not yet anyways. This Hamilton-based trio are the best exponents of bouncy...
SPIN.com by 20 Mar 2009 "Recently, SPIN and music community website Sonicbids teamed up to bring worthy new bands the attention they deserve. Tonight at midnight (EST), Boston radio station WFNX will broadcast...
The Barettas - The Horseshoe by Lonley Vagabond “Get away from my boyfriend!”shouts guitarist/vocalist Katie Bulley.The Barettas aren’t looking for a fight. Not yet anyways. This Hamilton-based trio are the best exponents of bouncy psychobilly-pop…an all-out collage of fuzzy garage-rock, rockabilly, ska revival, jangly pop-hooks, and 50’s girl-group harmonies. Beware. You may fall victim to their take-no-prisoners attitude, infectious charm, and musical chops. Breakneck rock n’ roll from Steeltown doesn’t get any better.
SPIN.com by 20 Mar 2009 "Recently, SPIN and music community website Sonicbids teamed up to bring worthy new bands the attention they deserve. Tonight at midnight (EST), Boston radio station WFNX will broadcast the sixth installment of the SPIN/Sonicbids Emerging Artists' Showcase, featuring seven cool unsigned bands from around the world, hand-picked by SPIN.com staffers from more than 500 submissions. (Tune in to 101.7 FM in the Boston area or listen live online via wfnx.com). " "I dig the ally, but not the birds" will be featured on the show for 4 weeks.
Hometown: Ontario, Canada
Recommended if you like: The Black Keys, Luscious Jackson
Why we picked them: Bluesy power-trio rock and '90s riot grrrl snarl -- why didn't anyone think of this before?
Blog TO by Tue Jan 05: THE EDGE 102.1 DAVE BOOKMAN’S Nu Music Nites
‘The Big Deal’ @11:40p, ‘The Barettas’ @10:50p, ‘Hey Brother’ @10:00p & ‘Adam Jesin’ @9:10p. No Cover
"Pinktober" Breast Cancer Benefit Gig at Hard Rock Cafe Toronto featuring The Barettas, Magneta Lane and Holly McNarland by Music Vice editor Brian Banks I wish life was always like this. This happy feeling after a rock show, fading slowly as my hearing recovers. The sweet comedown before the crash and then the numbness until the pre-show buzz of the next show kicks in. Ah... too poetic? Anyway...
On a very wet and windy evening the streets in downtown Toronto were scarcely populated compared to an average Friday night. Some of those brave enough to face the elements made it to the Hard Rock Cafe for an evening of music under the banner of Pinktober: the global restaurant chain's campaign for breast cancer awareness. The weather clearly had an impact on the turnout, and even looking outside the window at Yonge-Dundas Square there weren't that many people outside at Toronto's equivalent of NYC's Time Square.
There was a low attendance but those who did make it came in good spirits. Many also came in a generous mood and by the end of the night a silent auction, consisting of various goodies including concert tickets and box sets, had raised several hundreds of dollars for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
There couldn't have been more than thirty people scattered around the bar and lounge as The Barettas started off the evening's fare. Unfazed by having so much empty floor space in front of them, this trio of ladies played with an unabashed enthusiasm. Led by singer and guitarist Katie Bulley, attired in a vintage style black dress, she has the style of a seventies diva which is reflected in the music of her band. Completing the line-up is Kate Kimberley on bass/backing-vox and the tattooed drummer Carly Killotta.
The Barettas at Hard Rock Cafe, Toronto, 23 October 2009 = photo by Brian Banks, Music ViceThe Barettas are three rock chicks with rock chic. With a turn of a dial their music can hop from plod-a-long surfer rock to bluesy-jazz beats to more grittier and faster moments. All the while the music is carried by the doleful crooning of Bulley.
Midway through The Barettas set comes Steel City Sleeze, an anthem from their hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. This song was sung with a lip-curling snarl by Bulley, and carried by a dirty beat, and growling guitar and bass. However, much of The Barettas music is an audio adventure that is far removed from the industrial decay of the town they come from. Quit Snakin' My Waves is one such example of this escapism - Snakin' is a tune that sounds like it should be stuck in the tape deck of a 1960's cadillac convertible while cruising around the beaches, diners and dives of California.
I've been following the progress of The Barettas since first hearing about them last summer, shortly after the band had formed. They are still very much a work in progress, but already they have a sound that is quite separate to everything else happening in Southern Ontario right now.
"Nightdreamer Magazine" (July 09' issue) by Danielle Plester Barettas @ Casbah
Friday June 5th
With the usual mix of aspiring artists, too cool trendsetters and music junkies alike, the Casbah was packed again on a Friday night for the Barettas record release show for "Bang Bang". With a set list that covered everything from garage-punk to tropical bohemian riffs, the eclectic crowd would not be dissapointed.
I arrived a little late, and after trying to catch up with a few cheap Jager shots, The Barettas began their set. The band so kindly supplied me with a hand-written set-list, and even did a check-up mid show to make sure I was keeping up. With a stage presence that could battle the big boys, these ladies had the crowd locked down to their every note.
There are not many bands that could give a cover of "love potion #9" street cred, but with the romantic rawness of Katie Bulleys lead vocals, (tink Jessica Rabbit meets Sonic Youths' Kim Gordan) they ripped apart the stage, Katie taking aim at the audience while holding her guitar...well like a beretta. Songs like the blues driven "Catman" made it hard to beleive the Barettas have only been together little over a year. The chemistry between the three could really be felt, and heard. It was a refreshing change to hear songs that were cleaver and catchy, not prdictable and played out.
I was so impressed with how these ladies played (and partied) that I didn't even stay for the headlining band (sorry Pumps, we'll catch your next show) and opted to head to an after party with the band instead, but that's another story.
Girl Power all the Way (September 09' issue) by Raquel Rakovac Girl Power is making a come back (and I don't mean The Spice Girls) with local girl group's The Barettas and Rackula. Both girl group's are bringing a unique and edgy sound to the Hamilton music scene while battleing it out in a sea os competing boy bands; "We get to inspire women who might not think they can persue their dreams. We get to make a tangible difference in the world by changing how people view women in music and like it or not, when you say "all girl" people notice and that's to our advantage." adds Patty from Rakula.
These two group's are showing boy band's how music should and can be played and proving themselves around Ontario as true musicians. "We like to promote the fact that women are just as capable of doing a great job as men are. We can carry our gear. We can hold our own at shows, and we help other bands." says Molly from Rakula.
Both groups are providing different sounds with very dynamic twists. You have The Barettas integrating a unique combo of jazz, cabaret and rock and Rakula rocking out with hard-hitting metal sound that will keep your heart pounding and your feet stomping.
What you can expect from these girls are their abilities to give quality music and to keep the audience enthused; The Barettas: Carly (drums/vocals) Kate (bass/vocals) and Katie (vocals/guitar) are a deadly trio that are focusing on producing authentic and quality music that mirrors that 70's cool cat image while introducing their own neat spin on it, "All three of us come from different musical backrounds so we don't necessarily have a specific genre. We try to make every song a little different, it helps with society's A.D.D problems." says Katie from The Barettas.
Rackulas Lisa (bass), Patty (drums/vocals), Molly (guitar) and Alyssa (guitar) are getting their hands dirty with dark and eccentric riffs that hit harder then dad's belt on your rear; these girls are not just and girls, they are true rockers. "We have many different influences. We love punk rock. We love to rock" adds Molly. These girls are ready to giveit all they have just for their fans pleasure; they can surley rock harder than most guy bands I know.
So when I asked The Barettas how being a girl group differs from being in a guy group, "It's just like bring in a boy group. We write, practise, load-in/out, play shows, and have fun...the only difference is that we're in heals the whole time.
The View Magazine by Ric Taylor It was a little over a year ago that Katie Bulley (vocals, guitar), Kate Kimberley (bass, vocals) and Carly Kilotta (drums, vocals) came together to form the Barettas, but almost immediately, the trio started turning heads. Sure people might see the movie starlet with a guitar, the tattooed rocker behind the drum kit or the girl next door on bass and become, well, interested — but once they start playing everyone takes notice of the music.
They’ve spent the last year honing their craft and proving themselves time and time again on stages, but this weekend the Barettas take aim at introducing themselves to new fans with a new CDEP, aptly entitled Bang Bang.
“I was trying to start a band, I jammed with a lot of people but nothing seemed to fit,” recalls Bulley on the early days. “I actually was trying to avoid being in an all–girl band. I had it in my head like a lot of people that all–girl bands aren’t good and I figured it would be way easier to get along with a bunch of guys than girls. I was wrong about it all. Even though we could barely afford to go to a jam space, we knew we had to make it happen somehow. After trying to be in a band for so long, I was so relieved when I found these girls. I knew right away that they were the ones.”
The trio don’t hide their femininity but don’t hide behind it either. With a double entendre melding the more feminine hair accoutrements and the more aggressive make of gun — The Barettas were born and seemingly born to rock. While anyone who sees them ends up becoming fans, as an all–female trio, the Barettas still must wage war to battle stereotypes virtually every time they take to the stage.
“We all agreed the name was perfect,” smiles Bulley. “It’s badass but classy at the same time – kind of like us.”
“It’s weird — we haven’t had any haters yet,” ruminates Bulley on their growing fan base. “Everyone who comes out to see us, or just happens to be there, digs us. A lot of people have it in their heads, like I did, that all–girl bands just aren’t that good so I guess they’re surprised to hear one that has something. After they hear us, they give us more respect. I remember one guy saying, ‘you girls are so hot up there that I actually had to close my eyes to hear if your music was good or if I was just blinded by the hotness — but you sound hot, too.’”
Recorded at Vibe Wrangler Studio, the music on Bang Bang is hot — and confident enough to veer into garage rock, pop, punk and even a little ska without fear of marketing concerns. The Barretas write and perform with grit and style and it oozes on every track.
“We went in there knowing how we wanted it to turn out,” explains Bulley. “Exactly how we sound live, no bells or whistles — just three voices and three instruments.”
“I usually like to leave lyrics up for interpretation but they’re mostly about being a hooligan, people trying to snake my waves, or my heart,” offers Bulley on the song writing. “Every song is taken from a specific night or moment I’ve had in Hamilton. I think any artist could roll by downtown and easily get inspired.
“But as soon as you try to make music, or any art, with the market in mind, you are lost,” she adds. “We play different styles of music because we have different musical influences. I listen to, write, and play the music I like, and I don’t worry about how it’s going to be received by the market. Someone will get it, not everyone has to.”
Even before their official recorded debut, Spin.com got it in March — offering the Barettas as one of the top seven unsigned bands in North America ‘Worth A Listen’ out of a list of 500–plus applicants. Now with a completed CDEP, the Barettas begin a new journey with more accolades sure to follow. Sure, it’s going to be a struggle, and yes, they’ll have to prove themselves but Bulley confirms the Barettas are unquestioningly determined.
“We have a long term commitment to this,” underscores Bulley. “The notice from Spin was a good thing because it helps break the ice with industry people, I guess, but we’re not looking for any quick fixes or contest prize money.
“I live and breathe this band — I think I scared Carly one time when I said, ‘If anyone is leaving this band, it’s going to be in a body bag,’” laughs Bulley. “But seriously, I have to make this work or I’m just going to die.”
Mickey Elsworth by Mick Elsworth In a virtual flea market of ego-pop indie and wannabe garage bands, the Barettas come through like a fresh breath of smoke-strewn air. Founded in May (08'), this three-piece began to carve out a name for themselves, playing around the GTA at any club ambitious enough to take them on. Their aggressive, no-holds-barred approach to the live show inspires equally powerful crowd reactions, and these girls frequently find themselves garnishing more energy from the audience than the show headliners. Frontbabe Katie Bulley blends raunchy guitar tones with her smart, smoky vocal sleeze, while drummer Carly Killotta alternately pounds out driving rhythms and blistering rock beats. Kate Kimberley rocks the bass, working up the low-end and throwin down her groove. With too many influences to name, The Barettas please everyone from those damn punks in the pit, to your dad tapping his toes and watching from the bar. Ohhh, the all-important 'sounds-like' reference; think circa 1990's Gwen Stefani and pre-rehab Pete Doherty had a daughter fed on surf-rock, champagne and cigarettes. Matching infectious guitar hooks and heavy-as-hell breakdowns with an understated penchant for writing killer songs, the Barettas fire their signature rock n' roll sound off at the industry - and they're aiming right between the eyes.
Steel City Music by Tyler It's that time of year again where everyone starts spewing out their top picks and favourite moments of the year. While we're waiting for you to tell us your favourite things, we decided to sort through our logs and see what you were looking for this year. Google searches account for just under 50% of our traffic so I thought it might be fun to share some of the most popular keywords found on Steel City music this past year. Here is a listing of the top 10 search terms.
1. hamilton music
2. the arkells
3. Frankie Venom
4. cam malcolm
5. the barettas
6. down with webster
8. dark mean
10. Surly Young Bucks
The number one search term, "hamilton music" is a given, the site is called Steel City Music afterall. The Arkells were a pretty big search for most of the year after achieving success outside of the city and releasing a solid album on Dine Alone records. It's no surprise that Frankie Venom was also in the top 3 after his passing in October caught Teenage Head fans across Canada by surprise. Dark Mean seems to be the biggest mover this year with most of the hits coming between the months of August and October and I'm fairly certain Lovebolt only made it on the list after hundreds of vanity searches by the band's two egotistical guitarists.
Other searches just outside of the top ten for 2008 were Matt Paxton, Dine Alone Records, Vibewrangler, Mississippi Kings, Down by the Point Records and Porcelain Youth.