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Every once in a while an artist comes along who makes music so heartfelt and relatable that he or she become an instant sensation in the underground community—and that can certainly be said of 20-year-old Canadian singer/songwriter Braden Barrie who has been playing under the name SayWeCanFly since 2009. Fresh off a successful stint on the Vans Warped Tour's Acoustic Basement stage, Barrie is finally ready to unleash his Epitaph debut the Darling EP on the world. "The Warped Tour was something I dreamed of doing since I started SayWeCanFly and it was definitely surreal living out a moment I'd experienced so many times in my thoughts," he explains. "It felt like home but it also felt like the craziest place I've ever been and I couldn't believe I was able to play for a completely packed tent every day of the tour."

Things are inevitably about to get much crazier for the Lindsay, Ontario-based Barrie once his dedicated fan base of nearly 1.2 million social media followers—as well as the uninitiated—hear his third full-length, which was recorded at a cozy studio called The Green Room in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. "The whole recording process was just a long hangout with some microphones," Barrie explains. "The most important thing about bringing my songs into reality is good vibes. I need to be in a space where I can completely let go and get lost in my emotions with no negative vibes or stress around because the studio is the doorway between my heart and our world." That doorway stood wide open for Barrie who unbelievably wrote all of these songs in 24 hours. "It was just one of those days where I was able to pour my feelings onto paper without trying," he says. "I've always found that my best songs happen without knowing they're coming."

While SayWeCanFly has previously released four EPs, the Darling EP features his strongest material to date and also sees him expanding on the stripped-down instrumentation he's utilized in the past. "I think just because of how these specific songs were written they needed some heavier instruments to really amplify the feelings I put into them," he explains. "Acoustic music will forever be my passion and it will always come down to just me and my acoustic guitar, but I like expressing certain songs in different ways in the studio." This articulate aggression is illustrated in bittersweet songs like "High School" which illustrates how angry the world can make Barrie at times. "I definitely call out the system in that one," he explains. "The whole theme of this EP seems to be the journey through our darkness trying to find that little spark that makes us feel like we're okay."

That journey always contains an element of hope—and even when Barrie is singing about heartbreak during "High School" he eventually concedes that there's "sunshine in the rain." "I always try to look at the other side of the coin when it comes to love because pain usually stems from the absence of something beautiful," Barrie says. "For example the reason I say, 'I don't believe in love' in that song is because I do, but it's caused me so much pain that I don't want to believe it in anymore," he admits. "I just wanted to be completely honest about my feelings on this EP, even if I don't always understand them myself." That vulnerability has endeared him to fans who Barrie describes as "quiet kids" just like himself. "It's so important to write from the heart and do it like you're the only one listening," he adds.

That said, Barrie isn't afraid of tackling serious subject matter in his music as evidenced not only his lyrics on this EP but also the videos about depression and self-harm that he regularly makes for his YouTube page, which garner tens of thousands of views. "The reason it's so important for me to write about our pain is because humans have forgotten that we're all the same," he says of the videos which undoubtedly help people dealing with serious issues. "It's not about the cutting or the suicide or the depression, it's about the reasons those issues exist," he continues. "I just want to remind everyone that it's important we stare darkness in the eyes and continue to beware of its presence because that in itself makes us stronger."

SayWeCanFly's energetic live shows also embody this idea and prove that Barrie's catharsis is contagious. "When I get onstage I'm shelling my story, just me and my guitar," he says. "The reason I love playing shows is because everyone in the room is focused on the same thing and for a while who we are and how we're different stops mattering," he summarizes. "More than anything, I always like to leave everyone with thoughts that we don't like to think. I'm really excited to start playing these new songs live because I think they're some of my most relatable and honest pieces yet." Luckily for fans, Barrie plans on hitting the road as much as possible over the next year and has already began work on his next full-length album. In the meantime, hopefully these songs will help you heal.

SAYWECANFLY ANNOUNCES SUPPORT SLOT ON 'FIGHT FOR SOMETHING TOUR' WITH TONIGHT ALIVE, SET IT OFF AND THE READY SET

Image: SayWeCanFly, Braden Barrie, MazurPR, Michael MazurTORONTO - SayWeCanFly will usher in Spring with another journey across American, this time supporting Tonight Alive, Set It Off and The Ready Set on the "Fight for Something Tour."

Braden Barrie, the man behind the one-man singer/songwriter act, will be supporting his first EP for Epitaph, Darling, which was released in October.

"I think it will be cool opening the shows and having the chance to get kids pumped for the rest of the bands," Barrie said. "It's tough being the opener on such a great package because I definitely have to match the energy level of these bands, but it's giving me a reason to work as hard as I can to make my set the best it can be. I think coming right off a headlining Europe tour into this will be a nice little adventure."

A road veteran at just 20 years old, Barrie has toured continuously since before his self-released debut album, Between The Roses, earlier this year. SayWeCanFly has performed everywhere from coffee houses to the Vans Warped Tour, where Barrie spent the entire summer of 2015.

Whether small and intimate or at a huge festival, the one constant is Barrie's connection with each and every fan. Having built a devout following through the use of social media, Barrie makes it a point to connect personally while touring.

"Social media has been a huge part of my life," he said. "Talking to people online makes me just as happy as it makes the people I interact with. Being reminded of how much I am loved and that my music actually means something to people is very important to me because sometimes it's easy to forget. I love sharing my journey with everyone, because everyone is a part of my journey. I want everyone who cares about SayWeCanFly to know they are an important piece my life."

The "Fight for Something Tour" will allow Barrie to reach an even broader base of music fans, and impact them the way his loyal core following already has been.

Image: Fight For Something Tour, SayWeCanFly, Braden Barrie, MazurPR, Michael MazurTour dates are as follow:

03/01/16 Tue. Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL

03/02/16 Wed. The Rave, Milwaukee, WI

03/03/16 Thu. The Crofoot Ballroom, Pontiac, MI

03/04/16 Fri. Waiting Room, Buffalo, NY

03/05/16 Sat. Irving Plaza, New York, NY

03/06/16 Sun. The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA

03/08/16 Tue. Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore, MD

03/09/16 Wed. Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA

03/10/16 Thu. Greene Street, Greensboro, NC

03/11/16 Fri. The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA

03/12/16 Sat. The Beacham, Orlando, FL

03/14/16 Mon. Walters, Houston, TX

03/15/16 Tue. Trees, Dallas, TX

03/17/16 Thu. Nile Theatre, Mesa, AZ

03/18/16 Fri. Soma Side Stage, San Diego, CA

03/20/16 Sun. Slim's, San Francisco, CA

03/21/16 Mon. Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA

03/23/16 Wed. Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR

03/24/16 Thu. Neumo's, Seattle, WA

03/26/16 Sat. In the Venue (Club Sound), Salt Lake City, UT

03/27/16 Sun. Marquis Theatre, Denver, CO

 

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TORONTO - Singer/songwriter act SayWeCanFly tackles the many harsh realities of the state of the human race all within less than four minutes in the new animated video for “High School,” the first single from Darling, SayWeCanFly’s debut EP for Epitaph, available today.

"The song is really about how I feel the world has lost its mind, and humans have completely lost touch with each other,” said SayWeCanFly’s Braden Barrie. “People treat each other poorly in high school and it continues on a much larger scale in war, politics and racism. I really wanted to capture the feeling of being alone in a foreign place that makes no sense to the character because he feels hurt by the way things are around him. He just wants to feel loved and he wants others to be happy, and doesn't see a reason for the chaos and pain.?"

Using simple images, the video makes a huge visual impact. “From the very start of the video’s production, I really wanted to combine the strong message behind Braden's lyrics with the theme of its title, 'High School,'” said director John Howe. “Braden describes how the world is full of atrocities, and that it is important to bring awareness to these happenings.”

The video follows a character as he embarks on his first day as an outsider in a new school. The high school represents a miniature society featuring individual students depicting the world’s problems. The character acts as a passenger, allowing the audience to follow his day and witness the contrast between him and the rest of the students. In the end, the sun slowly gravitates towards the Earth before swallowing it whole.

“The ending was very clear to me, thanks to the fact that Braden's lyrics are packed with imagery,” Howe said. “The sun has been seen as a sentient being since the dawn of humanity’s reign. So what would be more fitting end to have the very thing that gave us life take it all away?”

Howe is the director of numerous animated videos and countless lyric videos. The UK-based director previously focused on corporate work before stepping over to music. “It made me realize how much creative freedom the music business has to offer,” he said. “It really makes every project a joy to work on, especially when the artist has a strong core message within the song. What I particularly like about ‘High School’ is that it's daring to speak up about very real issues in our society today. Thanks to the rise of internet culture, I believe that musicians have more of a podium to share their voice than ever before without the fear of being censored.”

"I know we all have a hard time addressing the darkness we know exists in our world,” Barrie said, “but I had to do my best to put those issues in front of everyone in a way I think we can all understand."

“High School” premiered Thursday exclusively on MTVu. The video is now available to view on YouTube at https://youtu.be/9bCDgLey17w.

Image: SayWeCanFly, Darling, MazurPR, Michael MazurTORONTO - Darling, SayWeCanFly’s first EP for Epitaph, hits shelves today, October 23.

Darling, the follow-up to the one-man acoustic act’s debut Between The Roses, shows a more mature and developed side of 20-year-old Braden Barrie, who has been recording music since his early teens.

“Darling has been a great opportunity for me to dive a little more into my sound, and definitely helped me step a little closer to where I want to take SayWeCanFly,” said Barrie. “It's a little stepping stone into the next chapter, which I now have a much clearer idea of.”

Barrie’s career has developed through poignant songs that connect deeply with listeners, which has, in turn, build a strong personal relationship between the artist and fans via social media. Between The Roses was released by Barrie himself, then reissued later in the year in a Deluxe format.

“This EP has definitely been an interesting part of the SayWeCanFly story,” Barrie said. “I think the best part about Darling is that I had absolutely no idea I was creating it when it happened. I wrote the entire thing in one day, and was under the impression that these songs were going to be the deluxe edition of my last album.”

The interest from Epitaph caught Barrie by surprise, but it’s a relationship he is excited to enter into. “It was completely out of nowhere,” he said. “I'm certainly honored to be working with them because they are one of the few labels that I know honestly cares about the music and hard work of the bands on their roster. It's my first time ever working with a label, and the timing feels perfect.”

SayWeCanFly has been featured regularly on MTVU, MTVHits!, Alternative Press, MuchMusic, BryanStars, Fuse and more.

SAYWECANFLY'S 'HIGH SCHOOL' TO PREMIERE ON MTVU THIS THURSDAY

Image: SayWeCanFly, MazurPR, Michael MazurTORONTO - Singer/songwriter act SayWeCanFly's latest video for the track "High School" from the Darling EP, out October 23, on Epitaph will premiere tomorrow exclusively in the Unite d States on MTVu, MTVu.com and MTV.com.

"High School" will debut on MTVu at 6 a.m. EDT on October 22 and will air once per every hour of programming for the following 24 hours. The video will then air in regular rotation on the channel.

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SAYWECANFLY ANNOUNCE 'DARLING' EP OUT OCTOBER 23 ON EPITAPH

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SayWeCanFly is one-man acoustic act Braden Barrie from Lindsay, Ontario. Today, the 20-year-old musician has announced his first EP with Epitaph Records. The Darling EP will be released digitally on October 23. CDs will be available athttp://found.ee/SayWeCanFlyBundles.

Image: Say We Can Fly, Mazur PR, Michael MazurEvery once in a while an artist comes along who makes music so heartfelt and relatable that he or she become an instant sensation in the underground community-and that can certainly be said of Braden Barrie who has been playing under the name SayWeCanFly since 2009. With nearly 1.2 million social media followers, and fresh off a successful stint on the Vans Warped Tour's Acoustic Basement stage, Barrie is finally ready to unleash his Epitaph debut the Darling EP on the world.

"The whole recording process was just a long hangout with some microphones," Barrie explains. "The most important thing about bringing my songs into reality is good vibes. I need to be in a space where I can completely let go and get lost in my emotions with no negative vibes or stress around because the studio is the doorway between my heart and our world." That doorway stood wide open for Barrie who unbelievably wrote all of these songs in 24 hours. "It was just one of those days where I was able to pour my feelings onto paper without trying," he says. "I've always found that my best songs happen without knowing they're coming."

While SayWeCanFly has previously released four EPs,and theDarling EP features his strongest material to date. It also sees him expanding on the stripped-down instrumentation he's utilized in the past. "The whole theme of this EP seems to be the journey through our darkness trying to find that little spark that makes us feel like we're okay."

Luckily for fans, Braden Barrie plans on hitting the road as much as possible over the next year and has already began work on his next full-length album. In the meantime, hopefully these songs will help you heal.

'Darling' Tracklist:

01. Darling
02. High School
03. Better Off Alone
04. When I Come Home
05. Driftwood Heart

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