(2019) KRIS BARRAS BAND - LIGHT IT UP
The rise of the Kris Barras Band continues with the announcement of their brand new album ‘Light It Up,’ which is to be released on the 13th of September via Provogue, a month before their biggest UK headline tour to date.
It follows a whirlwind 18 months since the release of ‘The Divine and Dirty’ in March 2018, where he sold 75 tickets for the London album launch at Thousand Island, and only 11 months later returned to play to 500 people at the main room of the Garage, London with an incredible ride to get there.
‘Light It Up’ sees him at his most expressive yet, forcing himself out of his comfort zone. “I kinda forced myself to write songs a different way. The biggest difference for this album was that I didn’t pigeonhole myself in any way, I didn’t feel like I had to conform. I just sat down and wrote songs I wanted to write, with a sound I wanted to produce, not thinking about genre whatsoever.”
Produced by Josiah J Manning at Momentum Studios in Plymouth, UK, it whips you into action from the opening heart of sleeve song ‘What You Get’ which cries, “You want the best of me, but can’t take the rest of me, well my mama packaged me whole, if you can’t take one little mistake, I think I’d rather be alone.” Right from the beginning it delivers no holds barred emotion and exposes itself as raw, resilient, fragile and protective. The high octane and euphoric ‘Broken Teeth’ is about not being afraid of getting your hands dirty and get a little bit hurt, keeping the pace with an infectious groove is the living on the edge, risk taking ode ‘Vegas Son’ whilst ‘Ignite (Light It Up)’ has already became an insatiable live favourite and ‘6am’ offers a beacon for hope.
Most of the songs on the album were written during the night between 11PM and 6AM. “I write most of my songs best through the night” he says. “I think it’s the de-clutter aspect, I’m quite a hyperactive person. During the day I find myself thinking of a million different things and at night I find that my mind doesn’t wander as much and I can just access the more creative part of me.”
1. What You Get
2. Broken Teeth
3. Vegas Son
4. Ignite (Light It Up)
7. Counterfeit People
8. Let The River Run
10. Wound Up
11. What A Way To Go
12. Not Fading
13. Pride Is Forever
Release date EU: September 13 , 2019
Available formats: LP Gold Marble (web exclusive), Gold LP, CD digipack and Digital