Kris Barras Band today reveal ‘These Voices‘, the third song to be taken from their upcoming album, ‘Death Valley Paradise‘ which will be released on 4th March 2022 via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group.
The band will also be taking on their biggest tour of the UK to date in March 2022 playing 15 shows, beginning in Exeter for the first of two shows at the Phoenix on 8th March and finishing at London’s Electric Ballroom on 26th March. You can buy tickets from here.
‘Death Valley Paradise‘ started life as a song before it was dissected and spread across the album. Death Valley is a place of extremes, where living things are said to not be able to survive. “To survive and thrive in those circumstances and find your paradise in it. For me, it sums up the journey I’ve been through. As a musician, you were put into a place where it was hard to survive, and you had to do different things to keep it moving.”
Produced by Dan Weller (Enter Shikari, Bury Tomorrow, SiKth) and recorded at VADA Studios in Alcester, they return darker, more introspective but enormous at the same time. ‘These Voices‘, perfect encapsulates this side of Barras. The song opens with the lyrics, “In my head, turning deaf from the silence. Abandoned hope, all alone, I’m lost in a crowd, and I’m burning out,” as it builds to the anthemic chorus, “scream out distant memories, they’re reminding me I should let go.”
This is one of the self-penned songs on the album and talking about it he says: “This song is one of my favourites from the album and perhaps one of the most personal to me. I wrote this over the Xmas period of 2020 and it’s about those niggling voices that you get in your head. The one’s that tell you, you can’t do something, the one’s that make you second guess every decision you make. We love playing this one live, the riff is always a classic head banging moment of the set!”
Elsewhere on the album Barras began collaborating with songwriters for the first time, such as the heavyweights; Jonny Andrews (Three Days Grace, Fozzy), Bob Marlette (Alice Cooper, Airbourne, Rob Zombie), Blair Daly (Halestorm, Black Stone Cherry) and Zac Maloy (Shinedown, Tyler Bryant).
The albums high voltage calling card is ‘My Parade‘ – the bands’ protest song. “It says this is my parade, but it’s collective, it’s our parade,” Barras says. “This is my life, and this is how I’m gonna live it and if you don’t like it. Fuck off.” Album opener and first single, ‘Dead Horse‘, shakes the foundations delving into broken relationships.
The band features a new rhythm section of Billy Hammett (Drums) and Kelpie Mackenzie (Bass) along with Kris Barras (Lead Vocals/Guitar) and Josiah J. Manning (Rhythm Guitars/ Vocals).
Tickets here – www.krisbarrasband.com/tour
11 Dec “Kris-Mas” Show, The Foundry, Torquay
08 Mar Phoenix, Exeter
09 Mar Phoenix, Exeter
11 Mar Tramshed, Cardiff
12 Mar Rock City, Nottingham
13 Mar KK’s Steel Mill, Wolverhampton
14 Mar Marble Factory, Bristol
16 Mar Academy 2, Manchester
17 Mar Hangar 34, Liverpool
18 Mar Saint Luke’s, Glasgow
19 Mar The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
21 Mar Boiler shop, Newcastle
22 Mar Leadmill, Sheffield
23 Mar The Waterfront, Norwich
25 Mar The Brook, Southampton
26 Mar Electric Ballroom, London
28 May SSE Wembley Arena, London w/Thunder