Fans of Atlanta’s snarky power pop band the Barreracudas are granted a significant bit of rejoicing this week, as the quintet breaks a seemingly lengthy recording gap with the release of a brand new 7-inch vinyl single on New York-based Oops Baby Records.
A popular act in Atlanta’s rock scene for going on six years, the Barreracudas take inspiration from bands like Cheap Trick and the Ramones as well as lesser-known forebears like the Flamin’ Groovies. Following the release of their debut album, Nocturnal Missions, in 2011, the Barreracudas became less active after several of its members relocated to other cities. Lead singer Adrian Barrera, for one, moved to Nashville, where he briefly joined Those Darlins, touring heavily with that band and playing on their third album, Blur the Line.
Barrera’s back in Atlanta now, and the hope is that crowd favorite “Promises, Promises,” along with its B-side, “Young and Dumb,” foreshadow the eventual release of a long-in-coming second album.