David Barrett Trio Faces In The Stones is our most ambitious record to date, to quote Spinal Tap's David St. Hubbins - "We finally had time to bring to life our very own collection of acoustic numbers with the London Philharmonic, people should envy us…” The album features black and white artwork and will be pressed on 140 gram white vinyl! Crowdfunders who contribute $100 Gallery Level or more will receive a signed album and postcard plus an invite to our special listening party. In addition, contributors of $250 Balcony Level or more will also receive a 90 minute Zoom guitar lesson. Contributors of $500 Orchestra Level will have an entire David Barrett YouTube Episode dedicated to them!
Here's some history:
By now most of you are familiar with my Crucial Taunt story and how Mike Myers used the name of my first band for the name of the band in the movie Wayne’s World. Scott Matthews invited Mike down to a rehearsal to audition us for a local high school concert, Mike and I got into a heated argument, he said that it was over for bands like Rush and Led Zeppelin, that that was the past and we had to look forward to the new wave. We had dreams of becoming like Rush, we could identify with them because they came from where we came from, but after years of epic basement jams and a handful of concerts Scott moved away and quickly had some success on his own - going solo and releasing vinyl with tons of airplay and a CFNY Best New Artist award nomination. In true Spinal Tap fashion our drummer Doug Hall passed away many years ago - this album is dedicated to him.
Faces In The Stones
Faces In The Stones is a collection of old and new music written by myself and orchestrated by Scott: Dark Matter originally appeared on Isolated Guitar but I thought we could do a bigger better version on my D’Angelico; The Elegant Universe is a remake from DB3 II - you can almost see the Orcs attacking as you listen; Turquoise is one of my most requested tunes and I thought it would be great with an orchestra. Side two opens with our epic Faces In The Stones, everything is in there - if you look hard enough you’ll see it. The album closes with Roots Of War - the song I first wrote as I embarked on an instrumental career many years ago, receiving some encouraging words from Steve Howe about that track kept me going when no one was listening!
Thanks to my brother Stephen for the album title taken from his poem of the same name, my niece Laura for the super cool album art, Stephen Parry for the fantastic photography, and to the Grammy award winning Peter J. Moore for mastering - Peter is so committed he listens to vinyl that he’s kept in the freezer because it sounds better cold! Special thanks to Terry for pointing us in the right direction and for making sense of the hundreds of WAV files sent his way. It’s been 42 years since we hauled that PA back from Long & McQuade on the TTC with Doug, he would have never believed that one day Terry Brown would be producing us under the name David Barrett Trio, but everyone knows it’s really Crucial Taunt!
To the amazing and unique group of family and friends that have spent hundreds of hours listening, chatting and goofing off online to the sound of my echoey guitar - thank you, your support has been truly otherworldly!
David Barrett Trio Faces In The Stones
The Elegant Universe
Faces In The Stones
The Roots of War
Written by David Barrett except Faces Interlude composed by Scott Matthews
David Barrett: guitars, laud, mandolin, steel, bass, and software instruments
Scott Matthews: orchestration, sound design, and synthesizers
Mixed by Terry Brown at Vis-à-Vis Entertainment Inc.
Mastered by Peter J. Moore at The E Room
Artwork by Laura Barrett at Barrett Art & Design
Photography Stephen Parry