Tim Barry - Raising Hell & Living Cheap -- Live in Richmond (Cover Artwork)

Tim Barry

Tim Barry: Raising Hell & Living Cheap -- Live in RichmondRaising Hell & Living Cheap -- Live in Richmond (2014)
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"My name is Tim Barry, I live here in Richmond, Virginia. For those of you who traveled to the show, welcome to this beautiful city." It's a simple enough introduction. For those not familiar with Tim Barry, shame on you. Founding member and vocalist of legendary Richmond punks Avail, Barry .

"My name is Tim Barry, I live here in Richmond, Virginia. For those of you who traveled to the show, welcome to this beautiful city."

It's a simple enough introduction.

For those not familiar with Tim Barry, shame on you. Founding member and vocalist of legendary Richmond punks Avail, Barry has certainly paid his dues. After six full–lengths, Avail took a "hiatus" in 2006 and Barry went to work armed with only an acoustic guitar and the voice that had carried him for years with his former band. Laurel Street Demo marked his solo debut in 2005, with Rivanna Junction just a year later in 2006. Three more full–lengths later, Barry has put out his first live set with Raising Hell & Living Cheap – Live in Richmond.

Opening with fan–favorite "Dog Bumped," it's obvious from the get–go that Barry is loved in his hometown. The moment he starts singing, the crowd's adoration is evident, singing/shouting back almost every word to him. By the time he bellows, "I shot him fucking dead in his relaxing chair," the crowd is shouting back with the same venom. Introducing the next song, "Driver Pull," Barry explains its origins: written on the top of a loaded coal car on a freight train from Lynchburg to Richmond, VA. The song's somber, slow tempo is a contrast to the set's opener, and the crowd responds in kind, singing lowly, and taking over for Barry as he steps away from the mic.

The interplay between Barry and the audience is a big part of Raising Hell & Living Cheap. Asking, "Is anyone here having relationship problems–" before 28th & Stonewall's "Walk 500 Miles", "?. If a man onstage asks publicly if y'all are having relationship problems, do NOT publicly acknowledge it, man. That shit makes it worse." Barry strums a few more chords before asking, "So I got an honest question for y'all. Anyone having relationship problems–" For the record, the correct answer is "Hell, No."

His solo catalog is well–represented. Rivanna Junction ("Dog Bumped", "Avoiding Catatonic Surrender"), 28th&Stonewall ("Walk 500 Miles", "Downtown VCU") and Manchester ("Ronnie Song) all take turns being rotated into the live set, with 40 Miler receiving more coverage (the album was recorded at the end of six months of touring). Avail fans may be disappointed that there are no acoustic versions of their faves ("Lombardy Street" would be a particular welcome addition), but it's a Tim Barry show, and he clearly prefers to stand on his own, rather than take a nod and wink to his past.

Live albums are hit or miss, as they are frequently stopgaps between studio albums, or contractual obligations. While Raising Hell & Living Cheap make mark time until the next Tim Barry release, it's a welcome souvenir of what was undoubtedly a great night. Those that were there should own this as a memento of a great night. Those that weren't will be inspired to check out his back catalog. And then, you know, maybe hop a train or two.


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ethanreyes (June 30, 2014)

Tim Barry to this day is my favorite live show. He kills it.

moop (June 27, 2014)

love it..

nothingtoadd (June 26, 2014)

Also, anybody know if that Avail documentary that was being worked on forever ago is ever coming out?

nothingtoadd (June 26, 2014)

He talks a little about why he doesn't play Avail songs live here:

notfeelingcreative (June 26, 2014)

I'm pretty sure Avail is finished as opposed to remaining on hiatus.

misterspike (June 25, 2014)

That's so cool to know. I've only been able to see him once solo (I live in South Florida). Avail's music translates pretty well acoustically, and "Lombardy St." is a particular favorite of mine. I'm certainly not faulting him for not playing any Avail material, it's completely understandable.

But man, "Lombardy St."

badbrain (June 25, 2014)

I should add that both times after the string broke, he didn't proceed with playing the song once he re-stringed, he just moved on. If that wasn't already implied

badbrain (June 25, 2014)

I've seen Tim Barry live 23 times (not including Avail) since he started doing his solo stuff, and he's never covered an Avail song. I'm not complaining at all, I'm just addressing that portion of the review. Out of those 23 times he has attempted to cover Lombardy Street twice (both times he tried it were in 2007 when he was touring off Rivanna Junction), and both times a string broke a few notes in. The second time, he said something like "every time I've went to do an Avail song I break a string, I'm taking that as an omen". I've never heard him attempt it since.

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