394. Barrage – In 3D

BARRAGE (1987)

In 3D

In 3D was a short lived band from the Midwest that delivered two very solid and compelling albums. I first heard about them a few months before their debut was released in a conversation with Glenn Kaiser of the Resurrection Band. Both of their releases actually make the list as these two very hard to find albums stood so far above their contemporaries that their short lifespan proved tobe a real tragedy.

It’s always been difficult to find comparisons for the band as their rhythms and some vocal tendencies remind the listener of a really heavy Police or a slowed down Van Halen without the guitar hysterionics. These are songs built around groove and feeling with a constant fuzzy guitar juxtaposed against the funkier and more world like beats and bass lines.

Barrage is a more consistent album than their debut, but does not quite have the energy as well. Now, that is not a bad thing as the consistency revealed a little more maturity in the songwriting. Barrage, Some Other Day and Holding On are real stand out with the latter possessing a real radio friendly quality, though I don’t recall if it ever made an impact on Christian Rock radio.

  1. Brian
    October 16, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    I actually liked NO GLASSES NEEDED better than BARRAGE
    NGN had a more California Rock feel and was solid on every cut
    BARRAGE lost something and the band lost my attention
    It ended up having a pop feel to it
    NGN is one album I never let go of while this one I had to reacquire. – still not too high on it

    • low5point
      October 16, 2010 at 3:32 pm

      NGN is yet to come…I loved Barrage based on its more commercial appeal and the need to bridge some musical gaps that were sorely lacking at the time of its release.

      • Brian
        December 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm

        Hey Ted..did not realize they became Yonderboy…..Missions of Mercy…. they had a great song.

      • Brian
        December 1, 2010 at 10:31 pm

        Understand your point. I was just disappointed that they lost what they had in moving toward what was needed.

  2. Ted Patterson
    October 20, 2010 at 4:16 am

    The band (or members) that later became Yonderboy!!!

  3. Brett C
    December 1, 2010 at 8:59 am

    A good album, but I too like “No Glasses Needed” much more. Shame they only made 2 albums.

  4. adam
    June 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I remember getting a copy of their newsletter. I think part of the problem was that they had rotating band members, with the vocalist/bassist and guitarist being the only steady players. When half the band changes from album 1 to album 2, that’s a sign things aren’t going so well. I agree, it’s a shame, because they were *amazing*!

  5. Marcos
    January 4, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I don’t even know how I found this band (probably through the late Napster), I got the two albums, but only in mp3, sadly. Don’t blame me, if these albums are hard to find for the average north-american listener, to a brazilian guy it’s ten times tougher.

    These two albums are really great soft rock gems, being christian or not. Great production in Barrage, great songwriting in No Glassed Needed. Wish more people could stumble upon these rarities.

  6. Tom Commons
    July 29, 2012 at 4:12 am

    I drummed for these guys a couple years before they did NGN. Great guys, Neal, James, John, Steve, our manager, and Marty, God Bless you where ever you guys are!! Tom (Still drummin at church in Waukegan, IL.

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