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““We want to create good feelings and good times.” That’s what Hanna Barbarians’ frontman Blake Parish recently told us (“Hanna Barbarians Feel Good,” Nov. 3). To see if he’s lying, catch them Saturday at The Grotto (517 University Dr., Cultural District, 817-882-9331), with two other up-and-coming Fort Worth outfits: Automorrow and Secret Ghost Champion. Visit http://thehannabarbarians.com.”
“The six guys in the Hanna Barbarians are hippies, indubitably, but they have put a decidedly practical spin on their freewheeling peace ’n’ love aspirations. The music is Southern-fried, psychedelic, and open to improvisation, but this is no jam band. Rather, the Barbarians are working hard to let each band member be his natural self while achieving a focused unity as a group. With two EPs and a three-state tour already under their belts, they are on the verge of recording a debut full-length and see lots of good music and good times in the future. “We know it is a long process,” said guitarist Raef Payne. “But we feel like this is a job well started.””
“The stage act was nothing short of a carnival sideshow. The band was decked out in costume, with feathers, face paint and body paint that reacted with the black lights and laser show. Sonically, we're talking solid psychedelic rock. There was lot of Jim Morrison in the vocals, and often the band's overall sound was like a harder-driving, more staccato-sounding The Doors. There was some also Howlin' Wolf and some Dr. Hook in there as well (the band did an excellent cover of the Medicine Show's Freakin' at the Freakers Ball). One of the last songs it did was a cover of Willie Dixon's Evil, a fitting wrap-up for a Halloween show.”