Enjoying This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things by Barleyjuice


When I write a post about an album I am usually stuck in my bedroom relishing every divine note that comes out of each speaker. Today I did something different. I took the album with me as I made my way across the city, relishing the atmosphere of productivity and randomness. Guess what. It made a big difference. There are two types of music: Private and public. Celtic rock is always the ‘out there’ kind of music. Such energy has to be unleashed and I think that’s what all the guys in the band want. They want listeners to enjoy themselves while listening to the music.

There is no slowing the down the creative guys behind the Barleyjuice. I like the sound of the new album This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things.I know what to expect and so much more. Yes there are differences as well as evolution of their music but it is still them: energetic, catchy and utterly exciting.

The album has ten original songs. Most of them are rock oriented. With the exception of Lost On a Foggy Afternoon which I think is their finest instrumental track. It’s magical and very visual. Parish Jig is also fantastic.

Sheets to the Wind (part1)”Let’s go down to Whiskey Town”… is my favorite because of the vocals and the fiddle. I can listen to it the whole week and I can’t imagine getting tired of it. This is my ‘mainstream top 40’ kind of tune. I am not surprise if this song makes it to college radio one of these days.

This is not to say that the rest aren’t as good as this song. It really depends upon your mood. And this one happens to be played while I was out and about. So it captures that spirit. This album has elements of punk, ska, pop and folk. It has things that you will love. It’s like Bailey’s on a cool Friday night.

Barleyjuice performs St. Patrick’s Day from their latest CD     “THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS”


Press release from Barleyjuice:



Officially Releases Seventh Album


To tour US and Ireland


While on the road for three years performing their critically acclaimed album, ‘Skulduggery Street’, Barleyjuice managed to record a new collection of music along the way.  They are now officially releasing their seventh album ‘THIS IS WHY WE CAN’T HAVE NICE THINGS’. With the start of the New Year they are ready to bring their brand of excitement back to the stage.


In an article for the Irish Voice, writer Mike Farragher noted “The band’s shows are the stuff of fiery, sweaty folklore, with beer splashing, glasses clinking and arms flailing. These new songs will be more fodder for the proverbial musical cannon, right from the opening number.


On how the album, got its name and the direction they chose, Band lead singer Kyf Brewer says, “We were in the van on the road to somewhere, where a multitude of apt and clever sayings were being bandied back and forth. When it [the title] got a chuckle from [band mate] Swanny, we knew it was meant to be. There’s no conceptual thread to these songs. Really just more of what we do best, done better. We’re at the point with the band where the only challenge left is to write a new song that’s as good as the last favorite without sounding too much like it!  Same with the covers. Just keep the creative edge sharp.”


This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things is Barleyjuice’s  contains ten new songs from band members Kyf Brewer, Keith Swanson, and Eric Worthington and two covers from Gillian Welch, Mike Nesmith, Carole King and Jerry Goffin.



To purchase the CD online: http://www.barleyjuice.com/store/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=93


For additional INFO on the band: http://www.barleyjuice.com



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