By Andrew Bardsley
CALGARY – Barry Mason and Kyle Tenove are best friends, having played together for over 10 years. The two musicians have been a staple of the Calgary indie scene and have contributed to a plethora of bands but are now back, having formed their own group Sweet Barry Wine and The Thunder, a nod to their respective nicknames.
Both Mason and Tenove are here to have a good time but in a more serious way then previously. “With our old band [Zackariah and the Prophets] we were there to have a good time and we didn’t take any of it super seriously. We were 18-19.” said Mason.
It was their recent time at Calgary based OCL Studios that allowed them to build up reform, like a sweaty phoenix rising from the ashes.
The two have been performing in various groups for a number of years but finally the two have reunited to perform under a band name, a modern day super group.
“The goal this time is to not only take it more seriously but to bring together musicians from around Calgary and just have a good time. “It will be the two of us but we want to bring together some of the best of what Calgary has to offer.” said Tenove.
Blending a mixture of several genres, Sweet Barry Wine and The Thunder offers a unique psychedelic musical experience that is sure to be different every time. They offer a mix of soul, blues, jazz, world music and funk.
Tenove and Mason work off each other and their closeness translates to their music, these are two men, sweating it out and having a good time. “We want people to leave our shows thinking about how they had a good time and we want them to be sweaty.”
“Our music is a weird mix of genres but we think it is a good time,” said Mason. Both Mason and Tenove are deeply passionate about what they create and who they create it with. “We have definitely grown as musicians over the past couple years.”
The two are also part of The Prophets of Music, a not-for-profit organization created by Barclay Hunter in reaction to the tragic deaths of Barry and Kyle’s fellow bandmates in 2014. The organization helps emerging artists navigate the bumpy waters of recording, releasing and promoting an album. The organization has helped multiple emerging artists over the past 2 years, and is currently proceeding with the next round of their emerging artist program with Edmonton artist Josh Sahunta.
“In the end, we just want people to dance,” Mason added.Sweet Barry Wine and The Thunder