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Inland & Otherwise

by The Barnacles

It's not pop enough to be pop. It's not exactly rock but it rocks. It's folk enough not to call it rock yet it rolls right through the fields of alternative country and lands in a place called all of these things and more.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. She's Fine
3:49 $0.99
2. Arizona Tonight
3:32 $0.99
3. Want It To Be
3:24 $0.99
4. Constellation
2:52 $0.99
5. Radio
2:39 $0.99
6. Blue Sky
4:40 $0.99
7. Riviera
3:39 $0.99
8. Tide Beckons Me
3:12 $0.99
9. Third Degree Burn
2:58 $0.99
10. True
3:45 $0.99
11. Eden Avenue
3:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
This band has re- formed as Barley Station:

The old band bio is left intact below:


The Barnacles are a double-fronted band and have a distinctly American musical style blending rock and pop sensibilities with folk, alternative country, retro sounds, and at times with other elements. The band was formed in Missouri, U.S.A. and has toured both regionally and nationally.

The Barnacles have three vocal contributors in Brian Olen Kious (Guitars, Vocals) offering a warm resonate voice, Randy Belt (Bass, Vocals) adding a dynamic vocal range and smooth tones, and Steve Meyers (Drums, Vocals) offering an extra baritoned voice as he sits behind it all on his drums voicing out the beats needed to make this melting pot of sound come alive with rhythm.

Playback magazine has said of their latest CD INLAND & OTHERWISE, "The disk, a flavorful mix of alt-country, pop, and rock, has several amazingly good songs."

The UK website has said of the new CD, "Songwriting is back!"


From its first inception in 2000, The Barnacles were picked to receive video-play of a live performance on the CBS affiliated program Mid-Coast Mania which airs on Channel 4 in St. Louis, Missouri. The band has thus far received airplay on 204 radio stations in just about every state in the U.S. and has received airplay in Australia, Belgium and Brazil.

This Barnacles release, a full-length CD titled INLAND & OTHERWISE, when promoted to radio had been at #1 for 4 weeks on the Radio Charts for station pick-up percentages at their radio promotion. The promotion for The Barnacles first release WIRELESS also attained the #1 slot.

Sheheshe Music Services, The Barnacles' radio promotion firm, had this to say about Inland & Otherwise: "We recently received the latest album and it's a winner! I highly recommend this album! You will agree that there are many good reasons why The Barnacles made #1 on our Radio Charts twice!"

Featuring voices that blend in harmony extremely well and an interchange of musical ideas, this group offers a diversely blended sound of original music that sticks to its roots of influence while also seeking to discover new horizons.

You may or may not find many crazy stage antics but you will encounter a very energetic and enthusiastic band containing three prolific songwriters with tunes that are memorable, and even perhaps unforgettable. You'll find yourself either singing along, dancing, tapping your toes, or maybe even - crying. You can expect to hear carefully placed two and three part harmonies and a driving rhythm section from this band as well as an engaging live performance!



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Elisabeth Peters

A High Tide of an Album
I must say, these Barnacles are doing exceptionally well in this MidWest droughthole, distant from their maritime biosphere. They are no ordinary sea-faring creatures, mind you! ‘Inland & Otherwise‘, the most recent addition to their discography, brings in the substantial high tide, subduing the low tide of the musical craftsmanship that occupies the mainstream of today.
For all of you Bubble-gum pop enthusiasts out there, there is hope for you yet. This album contains a delicate orchestration of tunes, with a large enough potpourri of Alternative Rock, Alternative Country, Folk and Pop rhythms to go around for any type of listener.
With three songwriters working together to form a plethora of rich lyrics and harmonising vocals, their sophomore album is, without doubt, highly worthy of such praise.. ‘Want It to Be’ is a resonant tune that is presented with more simplicity in the technical work done. This creates a pleasurable balance with others as ‘Arizona Tonight,’ a song with intrinsic buoyancy and individuality in sound and feel. ‘Riviera’ and ‘Eden Avenue’ complete INLAND with fearlessly dynamic vocalisation and instrumentation by all four members who possess performance of such a high-calibre. I can only imagine what we have to look forward to in the coming of a third release from the Barnacles!

Laura T Lynch of

Flavorful mixes that will stick with you!
The Barnacles are a talented trio who are joined by two guest drummers. All three musicians write and sing. Their sound incorporates solos, two and three part harmonies set to compelling rhythms. The harmonies are a strong part of their unique energetic sound. Their style is a blend of rock, pop, alternative county, folk and retro. This eleven-track collection is self-produced and includes diverse arrangements. Their music is a cornucopia of imaginative sounds, crisp clear vocals and creative lyrics. 'Third Degree Burn' juxtaposes upbeat pop vocals with dark visual lyrics. It melds genres as the song opens with feisty instrumentation that has a country retro sound followed by a rock steady beat, solid guitars and dynamic vocal blends. 'Arizona Tonight' is a songscape of bright fluid harmonies and graceful guitars 'Constellation' includes stellar instrumentation including some nice guitar work. The song has an almost mystical feel with deep reflective vocals, beguiling beats and compelling lyrics. The Barnacles have created a flavorful blend of music that will stick with you!


Hard to define, Very impressive
The Barnacles are very easy on the ears, but never too easy. To define this album with a genre seems- to me- a misleading notion. Pop? NO! Alt country? A little. Folk? Hmm. Rock? Well, yea, but... a retro-Americana-pop-rock... sorta.
Inland & Otherwise, with its solid base of homegrown singer-songwriters, successfully samples all of the aforementioned influences. Never short on emotional content, the album draws on upbeat, retro pop-rock crowd pleasers (Third Degree Burn and She’s Fine) and juxtaposes them nicely with soft, rolling tunes (Riviera, True and Constellation). Enter the long forgotten waltz with bittersweet Tide Beckons Me and the hypnotic Blue Sky. Inland and Otherwise broods, swoons, reflects and relaxes- not necessarily in that order. The album is musically interesting enough for casual listening, yet strong enough lyrically to pay attention to. Very impressive.