Since the Barreracudas now have members living in Atlanta, Chicago, Nashville, and New York, the band has to make the most of its time together. A weekend in Atlanta leading up to the band's trip to SXSW is no exception, as the group continued working on its second album Saturday before headlining a show at the Star Bar. Sunday was not a day of rest and hangover recovery, as that's when the band got busy on a new music video. The video, shot at the Earl by Tim Song and Mike Moore, will be for a new song called "Be a Jerk." Singer and guitarist Adrian Barrera is mum on details, though he did say the title of the song and accompanying video is not deceiving: "We don't want to give away too much yet, but it's all about being a jerk."
If Saturday's set is any indication of what festivalgoers can expect later this week, the distance between members has not caused the Barreracudas to miss a step on stage. Their latest Atlanta performance saw the group sprinkle a few new, catchy numbers in with singalongs from earlier releases. The like-minded Atlanta band Dino's Boys, who are making the road trip to Austin with the 'Cudas, played next to last. They, too, are working on an album, so they busted out new material in time for this year's jaunt to SXSW.
Tonight, the Barreracudas' rock 'n' roll endurance race continues with a bill at the Siberia Club in New Orleans that also includes Dino's Boys, fellow Southern acts Turbo Fruits and Spider Bags, and Brooklyn rockers Vietnam. The band's SXSW itinerary is a marathon in itself. Four straight days of shows begin Wednesday, with the grand finale being Burger Records' Burgermania 2; a star-studded lineup that includes Dwight Twilley, Roky Erikson, the Spits, Nobunny, Apache, and King Tuff. No word yet on whether Bill Murray will emcee.
Barrera, always armed with a funny quip, summed up the band's full itinerary thus: "Work on the finishing touches of the album, Star Bar, video, New Orleans, Austin ... then detox."
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