If you were to walk through Greenwich Village in the late 50’s through the mid 60’s, chances are you would encounter a people who were driven by their passions. Singers, musicians, painters, poets, writers, and other creatives building art together. It is this spirit that still remains in our floorboards, and stained on our windows that face the Hudson.
Sprouting from a series of serendipitous meetings and mutual friendships, New York’s 5j Barrow came to fruition when Eryn Murman (lead vocals) and Jason Hite’s (lead vocals and guitar) musical collaboration joined forces with Eric Namaky (keys), Michael Hunter (violin), Ian Hunt (percussion), and Hayden Frank (bass). Now, the “Earth folk/rock” sextet is gearing up to release From the Dim, Sweet Light on June 24th, 2014.
Influenced by the band members’ individual and diverse backgrounds and relationships with the city and nature, 5j Barrow creates a sound reminiscent of The Civil Wars, Of Monsters and Men, The Avett Brothers, and Ani DiFranco. The ensemble also brings a theatricality born from the core members time in theater – Murman spent over a year on Broadway as a swing in Duncan Sheik’s Spring Awakening, playing every female character, including the leads, and Hite starred in Bare, off-Broadway.
During the summer of 2012, original duo Murman and Hite teamed up with Namaky and Hunter to record a self-titled EP, which was released the following January. Once Hunt and Frank joined the family, the six piece began gigging frequently and have been gaining buzz throughout NYC’s most notable venues, such as Rockwood Music Hall, Bowery Electric, The Bitter End and The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR.
To support their forthcoming debut full length album, From the Dim, Sweet Light, and first tour, 5j Barrow launched a 30 day Kickstarter Campaign in December 2013. The band received an overwhelming response, surpassing their goal with over 200 backers. Most recently, the group was honored to be selected as the winner of The Battle of The Boroughs: Manhattan by WNYC’s The Greene Space.
In just two short years, 5j Barrow have taken their hometown by storm and blossomed into a band to watch.
Eryn Murman (Vocals)
Jason Hite (Vocals, Guitar)
Eric Namaky (Vocals, Keyboard)
Michael Hunter (Violin)
Ian Hunt (Percussion)
Drew Jones (Bass)