James Barrett with 'Harmony Woods' and 'A Fire with Friends'


Scranton Cultural Center presents

James Barrett

with Harmony Woods

and A Fire with Friends

Friday, September 24, 2021 at 7:30pm

Shopland Hall, 4th Floor | Doors at 7:00pm | General Admission, Standing Room Only | Tickets $15.00 in Advance, $20.00 Day of Show | Full Capacity Seating

Visit James Barrett Music at JamesBarrettMusic.com


James Barrett’s “before” looks a lot like yours. After releasing his debut LP The Price of Comfort, the Scranton singer-songwriter moved onto his next planning phase, stuck between eras labeled by plaintive acoustic tracks and the ringing clarity of a full-band effort. In October 2019, Barrett began writing what would become his sophomore record. It’s a love letter to the hushed splendor of The National and the spaced-out bombast of Angels & Airwaves, embellished with a theatrical identity boosted by live strings, horns, and good friend Amanda Rogan lending vocals to many moments. Barrett intends to release the record later in 2021.


Harmony Woods has always been about dynamics. When this Philly project began a
regional rail stop away, Sofia Verbilla wrote songs about the ways people see each other on either end of disaster. Across two records that spoke to the quietest of bleeding hearts, Verbilla expanded on processing grief, trauma, and other aftermaths while her band climbed and collapsed around her, turning ordinary circumstances into visceral reflections.
GRACEFUL RAGE—the band’s third LP—basks in the sheer magnitude of letting
revelations and recoveries blossom on their own terms. Produced by Bartees Strange, it’s an extension of trademarks and an exploration of new ground. Verbilla often lets moments stack and shiver like a wobbly house of cards, and the sparse vocal-led freeze of opener “Good Luck Rd.” continues that trusted thread. But it’s in the explosive nuance of tracks like “God’s Gift to Women,” a smoky and jagged pop-punk sneer, where Harmony Woods jets far from their most comfortable alcoves. What’s found in this growth is resolve and power, snug behind a radio-ready punch.
Across stopovers in pop-country’s swaying embrace (“Rittenhouse”), tear-stained calls for absolution (“Easy”), and the lockstep of booming percussion (“Holding You to You”), GRACEFUL RAGE regains footholds on forgotten pathways, shouldering the pain but destroying the doubt that smolders in its wake. It’s Harmony Woods at their most aware and assured, where towering relief and welcome confidence have finally converged..


A Fire With Friends have been independently recording, producing, and
performing their unique mix of indie-rock, math-rock, and alternative music
for over a decade. Together the six-piece NEPA band have toured the
east coast and midwest, sharing the stage with both local and national



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