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Captain, We’re Sinking’s Bobby Barnett performs with fellow Scranton singers in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 24

Captain, We’re Sinking’s Bobby Barnett performs with fellow Scranton singers in Wilkes-Barre on Nov. 24
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Before Captain, We’re Sinking returns home for the annual NEPA Holiday Show with fellow Scranton punk band The Menzingers, vocalist/guitarist Bobby Barnett will play solo at The Other Side in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m.

He will be joined by Spenser Colmbs of Scranton/Philadelphia indie rock band Three Man Cannon, who are also playing the NEPA Holiday Show next month, and Scranton singer/songwriters James Barrett and Lily Maopolski.

The concert is all ages, and admission is $5 at the door (119 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre). For more details, see the Facebook event page.

Barnett released his first solo album, “Little Wounds,” in 2014 and followed up with a three-song EP, “Showing Teeth,” in 2015. During a 2015 U.K. tour with his brother, Greg Barnett of The Menzingers, he recorded the live album “Live From the Star & Garter,” which came out in 2016.

This year, Captain, We’re Sinking released their first full-length album in four years, “The King of No Man,” via Run for Cover Records, described by the label below:

Captain, We’re Sinking have always had a story to tell. For the decade they’ve been a band, their songs have always confronted life’s hardships in a way that feels lived-in and authentic. On “The King of No Man,” the band presents their best work to date – a punk album that is resilient in every sense of the word. Right from the start of “Trying Year,” “The King of No Man” confronts life’s seemingly constant defeats, and throughout navigates themes of desperation, debt, and death. The musical arrangements are just as complex as the issues challenged in the lyrics: the huge sing-a-long choruses of “Books” and “Water” are placed side by side with the manic discord of tracks like “Don’t Show Bill” and “The Future Is Cancelled Part 2.” In spite of the different moods expressed, the songs on “The King of No Man” come together like a hallmark record for Captain, We’re Sinking. It is an album made for trying times, which might be why the lyrics feel so vital right now: “It’s the end of days… but we’re all OK.” Well said.

Listen to Barnett talk about his acoustic tour, his music, creating the new Captain album, his family, the Scranton music scene, working as a substitute teacher, and more in Episode 42 of the original NEPA Scene Podcast:

Photo of Bobby Barnett by Amanda Dittmar Photography/NEPA Scene