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Tim Barry: Rivanna JunctionRivanna Junction (2006)
Suburban Home Records

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Let's clear the air right now. Tim Barry is widely recognizable for fronting the south's mightiest hardcore band, Avail. However, other than the distinctive vocals, you won't find much comparison to Tim's main gig within his solo debut full-length, Rivanna Junction. The album kicks off with "Tras.
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Let's clear the air right now. Tim Barry is widely recognizable for fronting the south's mightiest hardcore band, Avail. However, other than the distinctive vocals, you won't find much comparison to Tim's main gig within his solo debut full-length, Rivanna Junction.

The album kicks off with "Trash Inspirations," one of the more upbeat tracks that immediately establishes the overall country/bluegrass tone of the album. The twang from Josh Small on the resonator guitar provides the extra bluegrass appeal to this song, and Tim's vocal range goes from gruff to harmonic melody and back several times. Following is the slower and more personally reflective "Avoiding Catonic Surrender." Lyrically, a vibe similar to Tim's Avail songs is noticeable, however, the apathetic undertone and straightforward abrasiveness is dramatically mellowed by the soothing violin of Tim's younger sister, Caitlin, who is also the subject of the fictatious story in the next song, "Dog Bumped," which could be the best track on the album. Tim sings of being locked away for the death of his sister's abusive ex-husband in a manner very similar to the late, great Johnny Cash. I won't give away the ending, but here's a couplet pair that just stuck out to me:

Well, I took my last breath of fresh free air,
found that piece of shit asleep in his relaxin' chair,
I hit him good, a solid right, a solid left,
And forced him to his feet for his last breath
What really sets this album apart is the eclectic variety in the songs, tempos and subject matter. As previously mentioned, Josh Small frequently contributes on the dobro, and the family spirit is kept in tact with his sister Caitlin on violin, and brother James on piano. Tim also joins with instrumentation to accompany his vocal duties, handling duties on the acoustic guitar. On "C'mon Quinn," he is once again joined by sister Caitlin for a love song reaching into the depths of care-free love; tales of train-hopping and carrying beers in a bag while riding a bike paint quite the vivid picture.

Tim Barry seems to have taken a very relaxed approach in this effort. None of the songs seem forced, conceited or half-assed -- symptoms that seem to plague many frontmen opting to take the solo road. Instead, Rivanna Junction is a humble offering of life, love, and a few good stories to entertain. The influence of country, bluegrass and folk are all present and blended in a manner that just hums of the obvious southern influence. For those unaware, the south has more to offer than racism, bible-thumping and backwoods/toothless/both rednecks. Lost in the midst of these stereotypes are the amazing qualities southern life has to offer: genuine hospitality, amazing food, beautiful landscapes and a much slower and relaxed way of living. But the summer humidity is horrific...

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Capesiderecords (December 2, 2007)

kickass

almostpunkenough (January 6, 2007)

simply awesome shit.

letmego (December 4, 2006)

5/5

must-have 2006 record.

cuapunkradio (November 26, 2006)

killer, wait at milano and the piano number in the middle are two of the best tracks this year. thanks tim and co suburban home for releasing this. va!

nicodemus (November 24, 2006)

So fucking good. Lets hear it for Suburban Home for bringing the twang to all of us punk kids...Ghost Buffalo, Drag the River, Tim Barry...they know exactly what we want.
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Fuzzy (November 23, 2006)

Chris-
Which ones are you referring to?
NAME NAMES

-Justin

ChokingVictim (November 22, 2006)

Great album, "Dog Bumped" is fucking outstanding.

sickboi (November 22, 2006)

People seem to whine about "all these solo projects" but seem to gloss over the fact that these guys are just getting old.

Yeah, but some of them are just terrible, and nothing more than a vehicle for an inflated ego.

Fuzzy (November 22, 2006)

People seem to whine about "all these solo projects" but seem to gloss over the fact that these guys are just getting old. It's weird to me that people expect someone to be able to maintain the same amount of energy or enthusiasm several years later. Who wants to be 35 singing the songs about the girls you loved or the bonds that would never break (but did) when you were 18?

Anonymous (November 22, 2006)

i havent gotten my paws on this record yet. but im listening to the stream... and its great just like i knew it would be.

Tim is an outstanding songwriter... and he is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet.

Anonymous (November 21, 2006)

Checking out the stream now. Getting my lilly ass kicked by this album, wow.

capitalist_pig (November 21, 2006)

"On 'C'mon Quinn,' he is once again joined by sister Caitlin for a love song ..."

It is a southern-themed album, afterall!

notfeelingcreative (November 21, 2006)

When will Beau be releasing a solo album?

ben_conoley (November 21, 2006)

Jesus christ this album is good.

sickboi (November 21, 2006)

Its is loosely based off someone he knows, thoughI'm not sure if the guy is locked up for taking the blame for killing his sister's husband...

Anonymous (November 21, 2006)

both this album and the demo are really worth picking up. though i believe the review is incorrect about "Dog Bumped". if i am not mistaken, it is a true story about someone Tim knows (Ken I think is his name) who is doing time right now because of the situation unfolding that way described in the song (the song of course being written in 1st person). atleast that is the way the story was told, when i saw him play down in richmond. it is a shame that people are getting so overloaded with solo spin off projects, cause there is definitely some really good stuff out there.

Anonymous (November 21, 2006)

I quite enjoyed the last few lines of this review very much and I think they are things that get overshadowed when talking about the south because everyone is focused on the racism.

Mute98 (November 21, 2006)

lol @ the last few sentences

GlassPipeMurder (November 21, 2006)

i love tim barry's voice.

misterspike (November 21, 2006)

Great review. I met Tim when Avail was opening for Rancid over the summer, and have been waiting for this release ever since.

Great cover picture too.

Anonymous (November 21, 2006)

long live avail. hardcore/heartcores finest.

Cos (November 21, 2006)

I haven't thought much of Avail's last two albums, but this seems interesting...

Anonymous (November 21, 2006)

idle idylist is still one of the best songs i've heard in a long while. i should pick this up at some point.

SloaneDaley (November 21, 2006)

Good riview.

Avail is the shit but the solo demos I've heard didn't do much for me. Maybe I'll give this a chance if I can find it,I'll check out the stream now though

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