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David Quon (guitar/vocals)
Derek VanHeule (bass/vocals)
Nathan Warkentin (drums/vocals)

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WE BARBARIANS

Upon hearing the thunderous rhythms and waves of echoing guitar the band creates, We Barbarians sucker many listeners into thinking the collaboration is anything but a three piece. In fact, the band is a trio of long-time friends and recent Brooklyn transplants that builds upon a foundation of simplicity.

We Barbarians formed in 2007, its members having played together in various incarnations through their years around Long Beach, California. The band took their name from an early 20th century German war play that explored the concepts of humanity and industry. The same thoughtful minimalism is central to the group’s aesthetic, from their post-punk leanings to their album art created by hand.

Early in their career, We Barbarians developed a reputation throughout the west coast for its raucous live shows, garnering praise from outlets including the Los Angeles Times and KEXP in Seattle. The band quickly headed into the studio to capture their expanding repertoire, recording two EPs before the release of their first record, There’s This There’s That, in 2009.

Like Springsteen’s New Jersey and Joy Division’s Manchester, the industrial coast of the band’s native Long Beach inspires a starkness and urgency within the We Barbarians sound. This immediacy is apparent in We Barbarians’ new EP Headspace, a collection of songs the band developed while preparing for their move to Brooklyn. Produced by Dann Gallucci (of Modest Mouse and Murder City Devils), the EP combines the band’s propulsive sound with a bold new clarity of melody and structure. In addition to highlights including the driving title track and the entrancing “Chambray,” the EP also features a cover of David Byrne and Brian Eno’s “Strange Overtones.”

Having spent much of the last year on the road with bands including Cold War Kids, Local Natives, Passion Pit and Foster The People, the band is embarking on an extensive headlining tour in support of Headspace, with additional dates to be announced soon.
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We Barbarian's "Headspace" premieres on Filter Magazine

Fresh off of making some serious waves at this year's CMJ fest, the Brooklyn-based trio has unveiled a new video for their EP title track, "Headspace." Check it out filtermagazine.com target="_blank">HERE via Filter Magazine, or watch above!
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Dine Alone Welcomes We Barbarians

WE BARBARIANS TO RELEASE ‘HEADSPACE’ EP ON DINE ALONE RECORDS
ANNOUNCE LATE SUMMER TOUR AND FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD OF “HEADSPACE”


TORONTO, ON (August 29, 2011): Dine Alone Records is set to release the new EP from Brooklyn-via-Long Beach trio WE BARBARIANS. The epic and propulsive five-song collection titled Headspace will initially be released digitally starting August 30 before a physical street date, which will be announced shortly. In support of the digital release WE BARBARIANS will be hitting the road for a late summer tour with ANR including two Canadian dates.

Headspace, recorded after the band relocated from Long Beach, CA to Brooklyn, NY, is a bold step forward in WE BARBARIANS songwriting with its rich vocals, soaring guitar lines and pounding rhythms. Said vocalist/guitarist Dave Quon, "We all grew up in California and have always been drawn to the idea of living on the opposite coast. For a few reasons, it just felt like the appropriate time to leave California and go east for a change of pace. As a band, we draw a lot of inspiration from where we are based. Every time we have toured through New York, we felt momentum and a strong sense of culture that we really admired. So, we decided to move to Brooklyn to see how it would affect our lives and mindset as a band. A few months into our move, it's interesting to experience first hand how choosing to put yourself in a different environment really does effect the art you produce and how you think about it.” Headspace is the first fruits of all that labor.

Headspace includes a cover of the David Byrne/Brian Eno song “Strange Overtones,” On the decision to tackle the Byrne/Eno song, Quon stated, "While religiously listening to Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, we were drawn to the rhythms and melodies on the album. “Strange Overtones” was a stand out track and struck a certain chord with us. During our writing process, the song continued to inspire us so it seemed fitting to try and tackle it. The idea of life experience, change, and how getting old add this interesting overtone to how you look at things.”

Fans can preorder Headspace and related merchandise here: www.districtlines.com />


Headspace Track Listing:

1. Headspace – free MP3 Download
2. The Wait is Over
3. Stroke by Stroke
4. Strange Overtones
5. Chambray


Upcoming Tour Dates:

08.31 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
09.01 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
09.02 – Montreal, QC – Casa del Popolo
09.03 – Toronto, ON – The Drake
09.05 – Detroit, MI – Lager House
09.06 – Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme
09.07 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
09.09 – Urbana, IL – Canopy Club
09.10 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry
09.12 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile
09.13 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
09.15 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
09.16 – Fresno, CA – Audie’s Olympic
09.17 – Los Angeles, CA – The Satellite
09.20 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar

All Dates w/ ANR
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