A Brighter Beat preview 4 – Sam Barber & The Outcasts

Another day closer to A Brighter Beat and another profile of one of the acts playing on Sunday and it’s the only act on the day which hasn’t been the subject of some serious MPT stalking.

Sam Barber and the Outcasts first crossed the radar a couple of the years ago at a show organised by Murray Ramone which also included TV21.

Without knowing a single thing about them before that night I really enjoyed their set with Sam’s sense of melody shining through the occasionally dense sound of Henry’s Cellar Bar.

By that stage I was too late to get a hold of Sam’s most recent EP ‘Valley of Silence’ the first in a series of 3 highlighting his self styled astronomy pop.

‘Valley of Silence II’ was quickly purchased but I confess in the flurry of great stuff at the start of last year, it slipped out of the limelight undeservedly quickly.

So I was almost caught unawares by his explosive short set at the Fritz Memorial show back in March. That feeling carried into the ‘Valley of Silence III’ EP which is the most up tempo segment of the trilogy – yet still retaining that hallmark ear for a memorable tune.

Of the various soundbites I’ve written on here, the one I’m most proud of is the ‘more than enough melody to fill a barren universe’ to describe VOS III. It’s one that still stands but is actually equally applicable across the rest of the trilogy.

A collected deluxe CD of the 3 EPs is due in the near future but before that Sam brings his astronomy pop and his Outcasts to Cupar on Sunday afternoon.

He’s perhaps the act with the lowest profile on the bill, at least of those who have released records, but I’m convinced that his sometimes seventies tinged melodic rock  may even be the most accessible set for those, shall we say, older members of the audience! I know that I’m really looking forward to their performance.

Sam Barber and the Outcasts are playing ‘A Brighter Beat’ at Watt’s in Cupar on Sunday 11th November a show which also features the Bad Books, Cancel The Astronauts, Martin John Henry Kid Canaveral and TV21.

The show is a family friendly event which runs from 2pm until 9pm. Tickets are £10 in advance (£5 for Under 16s) from Watt’s, Avalanche in Edinburgh and Groucho’s in Dundee or online from Brown Paper Tickets.

Photo by Alan Fergus