Every once in a while an artist comes along who makes music so heartfelt and relatable that he or she become an instant sensation in the underground community—and that can certainly be said of 20-year-old Canadian singer/songwriter Braden Barrie who has been playing under the name SayWeCanFly since 2009. Fresh off a successful stint on the Vans Warped Tour's Acoustic Basement stage, Barrie is finally ready to unleash his Epitaph debut the Darling EP on the world. "The Warped Tour was something I dreamed of doing since I started SayWeCanFly and it was definitely surreal living out a moment I'd experienced so many times in my thoughts," he explains. "It felt like home but it also felt like the craziest place I've ever been and I couldn't believe I was able to play for a completely packed tent every day of the tour."
Things are inevitably about to get much crazier for the Lindsay, Ontario-based Barrie once his dedicated fan base of nearly 1.2 million social media followers—as well as the uninitiated—hear his third full-length, which was recorded at a cozy studio called The Green Room in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. "The whole recording process was just a long hangout with some microphones," Barrie explains. "The most important thing about bringing my songs into reality is good vibes. I need to be in a space where I can completely let go and get lost in my emotions with no negative vibes or stress around because the studio is the doorway between my heart and our world." That doorway stood wide open for Barrie who unbelievably wrote all of these songs in 24 hours. "It was just one of those days where I was able to pour my feelings onto paper without trying," he says. "I've always found that my best songs happen without knowing they're coming."
While SayWeCanFly has previously released four EPs, the Darling EP features his strongest material to date and also sees him expanding on the stripped-down instrumentation he's utilized in the past. "I think just because of how these specific songs were written they needed some heavier instruments to really amplify the feelings I put into them," he explains. "Acoustic music will forever be my passion and it will always come down to just me and my acoustic guitar, but I like expressing certain songs in different ways in the studio." This articulate aggression is illustrated in bittersweet songs like "High School" which illustrates how angry the world can make Barrie at times. "I definitely call out the system in that one," he explains. "The whole theme of this EP seems to be the journey through our darkness trying to find that little spark that makes us feel like we're okay."
That journey always contains an element of hope—and even when Barrie is singing about heartbreak during "High School" he eventually concedes that there's "sunshine in the rain." "I always try to look at the other side of the coin when it comes to love because pain usually stems from the absence of something beautiful," Barrie says. "For example the reason I say, 'I don't believe in love' in that song is because I do, but it's caused me so much pain that I don't want to believe it in anymore," he admits. "I just wanted to be completely honest about my feelings on this EP, even if I don't always understand them myself." That vulnerability has endeared him to fans who Barrie describes as "quiet kids" just like himself. "It's so important to write from the heart and do it like you're the only one listening," he adds.
That said, Barrie isn't afraid of tackling serious subject matter in his music as evidenced not only his lyrics on this EP but also the videos about depression and self-harm that he regularly makes for his YouTube page, which garner tens of thousands of views. "The reason it's so important for me to write about our pain is because humans have forgotten that we're all the same," he says of the videos which undoubtedly help people dealing with serious issues. "It's not about the cutting or the suicide or the depression, it's about the reasons those issues exist," he continues. "I just want to remind everyone that it's important we stare darkness in the eyes and continue to beware of its presence because that in itself makes us stronger."
SayWeCanFly's energetic live shows also embody this idea and prove that Barrie's catharsis is contagious. "When I get onstage I'm shelling my story, just me and my guitar," he says. "The reason I love playing shows is because everyone in the room is focused on the same thing and for a while who we are and how we're different stops mattering," he summarizes. "More than anything, I always like to leave everyone with thoughts that we don't like to think. I'm really excited to start playing these new songs live because I think they're some of my most relatable and honest pieces yet." Luckily for fans, Barrie plans on hitting the road as much as possible over the next year and has already began work on his next full-length album. In the meantime, hopefully these songs will help you heal.
TORONTO - Following a second summer on the Vans Warped Tour, Epitaph recording artist SayWeCanFly will return to more intimate settings this fall with The Somewhere Before Christmas Tour.
Joining SayWeCanFly will be YouTube sensation Johnnie Guilbert and special guest Social Repose.
"I'm really stoked for this tour because I finally get to play new music," said SayWeCanFly's Braden Barrie. "I'm looking forward to having a super raw set with no crazy time constraints so I can just get super intimate and spend time with everyone watching. Johnnie Guilbert has become a very close friend and I've known him since before he really started releasing music, so it'll be great spending some time as musicians on the road."
Barrie has taken SayWeCanFly from his native Toronto to the southern United States and all across the country numerous times since the release of his debut album, Between The Roses, and follow up EP on Epitaph Records, Darling, last year.
The young singer/song writer bares his soul in his music, creating a connection with fans that goes beyond the average musician-fan relationship. Barrie's enormous social media presence has introduced droves of young listeners to his music, while his personal interaction has turned them into lifelong fans.
"Since some of the guys I'm bringing out have a strong social media presence, I think it'll just be fun sharing our time with all the kids collectively," Barrie said. "I spent so many years working on building a following and have so much respect for anyone who does the same. I'm planning on doing the usual Snapchat journey along with pictures every night from the show. I'm sure Johnnie and I will end up jamming a song together at some point."
For the first time ever, SayWeCanFly will also offer a VIP experience where fans can spend time with Barrie beyond the usual meet and greet format. "I always strayed from the 'VIP' thing because I never ever want to make anyone feel like they are set apart or separated," he said. "The reason I am choosing to do it this time around is so that for anyone who wants to, there is a more intimate experience available that simply can't take place during a regular show. I'll be playing an acoustic song or two, taking pictures, sharing some of my new music, and be there to hangout one on one."
The Somewhere Before Christmas Tour will begin November 3 in Toronto. Tickets for all shows are available at http://somewherebeforexmas.wun.io/.
Dates are as follow:
11/3/16 Thu. Hard Luck Bar, Toronto, ON
11/4/16 Fri. Voltage Lounge, Philadelphia, PA
11/5/16 Sat. Middle East Downstairs, Cambridge, MA
11/6/16 Sun. Studio @ Webster Hall, New York, NY
11/8/16 Tue. Park Street Saloon, Columbus, OH
11/11/16 Fri. Reggies Rock Club, Chicago, IL
11/12/16 Sat. The Garage, Burnsville, IN
11/13/16 Sun. Fubar, St. Louis, MO
11/18/16 Fri. The Boardwalk, Orangevale, CA
11/19/16 Sat. White Oak Music, Van Nuys, CA
11/20/16 Sun. Chain Reaction, Anaheim, CA
11/22/16 Tue. Nile Theatre, Tempe, AZ
11/23/16 Wed. Blu Phoenix, Albuquerque, NM
11/25/16 Fri. Korova, San Antonio, TX
11/26/16 Sat. Tomcats West, Ft. Worth, TX
11/27/16 Sun. Scout Bar, Houston, TX
11/29/16 Tue. Backbooth, Orlando, FL
11/30/16 Wed. Local 662, St. Petersburg, FL
12/1/16 Thu. The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
12/2/16 Fri. Rocketown, Nashville, TN
12/3/16 Sat. Arizona Pete's, Greensboro, NC
12/4/16 Sun. Game Changer World, Freehold, NJ
TORONTO - SayWeCanFly is honored to once again be invited to take part in this summer's Vans Warped Tour.
This year, singer/songwriter Braden Barrie is moving up from the Acoustic Basement Tent to the Full Sail University Stage. "Last summer felt like a huge camping trip," he said. "I'll definitely miss the intimacy of that cozy orange canopy, but I can't wait to walk up there and be able to see everything that's going on. I'll be hangin' at my merch table every day at some point, and of course playing my heart out for anyone who wants to listen."
The Vans Warped Tour is the perfect setting for Barrie, who built SayWeCanFly through personal connections with fans, via social media and in-person.
"Vans Warped Tour is its own world," said Barrie. "It's an environment completely unique to itself. I'm really stoked to feel that air again. It's an amazing chance to push yourself, observe, and tell your stories to thousands of people. I honestly see it as a challenge. It's not just about playing music, it's about personally connecting and hanging out with as many kids as possible."
SayWeCanFly self-released the full-length, Between The Roses, last year, which soon caught the attention of Epitaph Records. Following last year's Vans Warped Tour, Epitaph snatched up the young musician and release the Darling EP.
See SayWeCanFly at the Vans Warped Tour:
July 22 Fri. The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
July 24 Sat. Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, Tinley Park, IL
July 24 Sun. Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN
July 26 Tue. Marcus Amphitheatre, Milwaukee, WI
July 27 Wed. Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights, MO
July 28 Thu. Providence Medical Center Amphitheater, Bonner Springs, KS
July 30 Sat. Utah State Fairway, Salt Lake City, UT
July 31 Sun. Pepsi Center Arena Lot, Denver, CO
August 1 Mon. Balloon Fiesta Park, Albuquerque, NM
August 4 Thu. Phoenix Event Complex, Phoenix, AZ
August 5 Fri. Qualcomm Stadium at Jack Murphy Field, San Diego, CA
August 6 Sat. Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
August 7 Sun. Pomona Fairplex, Pomona, CA
August 9 Tue. The Backyard Outdoor Events Center at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
August 11 Thu. Ford Idaho Center, Nampa, ID
August 12 Fri. White River Amphitheater, Auburn, WA
August 13 Sat. Portland Expo Center, Portland, OR
TORONTO - SayWeCanFly will debut a brand new video for "When I Come Home" from the Darling EP, available on Epitaph Records, this Wednesday, June 15.
The concept for the clip came to singer/songwriter Braden Barrie while in the midst of a 10-hour drive between tour stops. "It was a beautiful moonlit night in Arizona," he said. "My phone was dead, so all I could do was stare out the window and think. That's when the universe gave me the idea for this music video."
The video was filmed by Reel Tang Films, marking their sixth video collaboration, and edited by Barrie in a coffee-fueled overnight editing session. "I love editing my own videos," said Barrie. "I feel like it's the best way for me to convey my point. I'm really proud of this one."
"When I Come Home" is an uplifting, hopeful track, with a video that stands in sharp contrast. Driving in his car all alone on deserted roads, Barrie sings those positive words while he wrestles with the shadows lurking deep within his soul.
"I've always felt that contrast tells my stories in the most powerful way," said Barrie. "I wanted to dive a little deeper into the darkness within. The skeleton character I play in this video is the continuation of the character in my previous video for 'Driftwood Heart.' He has transcended the pain and become part of it. He accepts it. Just like we all have to at some point."
TORONTO - The latest video from Epitaph recording artist SayWeCanFly, "Driftwood Heart," will be unveiled on January 14.
The clip for the second single from Canadian singer/songwriter Braden Barrie's Darling EP focuses on freezing a moment in time.
"There are so many things that come along with connecting with another human being," Barrie said. "I wanted to dive into the first time two people fall in love and tell the story before it happens."
Barrie worked closely with director Micah Adrian, editing footage for nearly 10 hours, looking for the perfect combination of colors, slow motion movements and the marriage of visuals to the song.
"I wanted to fill this video with metaphors and leave it open to individual interpretation, while still creating the vibes I felt when I wrote the song," he said. "It was fun to work so closely on a SayWeCanFly video, and I don't think I've ever been so stoked to release a music video. 'Driftwood Heart' is a special one, and a story that isn't over quite yet."
TORONTO - SayWeCanFly is honored to receive a nomination for "Most Animal-Friendly Band" in peta2's 10th Annual Libby Awards.
Every year the organization nominates the best brands, celebrities and companies that are making the world a greener, healthier and kinder place for humans and animals alike. SayWeCanFly was chosen along with three other artists to represent animal-friendly musicians.
Votes may be placed online at http://features.peta2.com/libby-awards-2015/. Voting will end at 2 p.m. EST on Friday, December 11, with winners announced on Tuesday, December 15. Winners are chosen by peta2 based on equal consideration of three factors - the nominees' enthusiasm about being animal-friendly, interest shown by the nominees' fans (as determined by fan-generated traffic to the website) and number of votes received.
Winners in each category will receive a personalized certificate and a year's worth of bragging rights.
SayWeCanFly's Braden Barrie has actively promoted peta2 and animal-awareness while on this summer's Vans Warped Tour.
SayWeCanFly's debut, Between The Roses, was self-released earlier this year, followed by an EP, Darling, for Epitaph last month. SayWeCanFly will support Darling with a US tour early next year.
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