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Exclusive Premiere: Watch The Barrel Boys’ New Video for “Upgraded Love”

By: Staff –

Toronto-based bluegrass/folk band The Barrel Boys are back with a new live video for their track “Upgraded Love”, which you can watch exclusively via Aesthetic Magazine below.

“Upgraded Love” is the third single from the group’s new album, Mainline, which came out on September 18th. A heartbreaker of a song, “Upgraded Love” was written by the band’s banjo player Rob McLaren who got the idea for the song from a friend. 

“A friend of mine went through a breakup a few years ago that left him feeling unsure whether he wanted to continue with where he was living and working,” says McLaren. “However, in a short time he had started a new job, met someone new, and bought a house. It’s a happy story, but makes for a sad song, as told from the opposite perspective.”

A gem of Toronto’s bluegrass scene, The Barrel Boys are an acoustic string band with a tight sound built around rich vocal harmonies and virtuosic instrumentals. Their instrumentation lends itself to traditional bluegrass, but their diverse array of original material also shows their fondness for old-time, classic country, and Americana music. The band is a dynamic collective of seasoned professionals, with all five members contributing powerful, earnest songwriting and strong lead vocals to the whole and weaving together their instrumental skills into a seamless unit. They wind their way around a single vocal mic in their live shows, making for a natural sonic blend and an energetic and engaging performance. The Barrel Boys honed their craft through a long-running weekly residency at Toronto’s Cloak and Dagger Pub, and over years of performing, writing, and recording together, they have endeared themselves to folk and bluegrass audiences across Canada. Notable performances include Mariposa Folk Festival (ON), Folk Fest sur le Canal (QC), and Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old-Tyme Music Festival (SK). 

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