After 100-City Honeymoon, 5j Barrow Releases New EP
After a 100-city tour around the country, singer-songwriters and Broadway actors Eryn Murman and Jason Hite are bringing the music of 5j Barrow back to streets of New York City where their band was born. On May 19th, at Rockwood Music Hall, Murman (Spring Awakening, Broadway) and Hite (American Psycho) reunite with bandmates bassist Drew Jones and drummer Gerard Canonico (Groundhog Day) for the release of their newest EP "The Journey: Vol. 2.
And what a journey they've been on! Murman and Hite met on a San Jose stage playing lovers in Spring Awakening and over time discovered their shared passion for writing music. They jointly made the decision to leave Broadway's bright lights behind, give up their apartment on Barrow Street in the Village to live on the road in a conversion van, fondly named Mavis. And oh yeah, they got married along the way on their journey through the country.
The four songs on the new EP were written and recorded by 5j Barrow before the newlyweds set out on the road on their own. Murman says the lyrics have taken on new meaning with the passage of time. For example, the song My Call is about Murman's home town of Lakewood, Ohio, but it hints at "a new chapter of life terrifyingly unfamiliar."
"Now, we really don't define home the way we used to," says Murman. "We have been blessed to feel a real sense of belonging in all the places we've been, welcomed by warm and wonderful people. And we've learned that home is really with each other, wherever we are."
That message was telegraphed in the song Mercury in Retrograde,also being released: "In you I have found a home, a place where we will always be, forever you and me, in harmony."
Murman and Hite brought some new tunes home to their bandmates and 5j Barrow will be performing one of them when they appear at Rockwood Music Hall for the EP kick-off party. The song is called, appropriately enough, Gypsy Life: "Ain't no end to the road we're traveling on there; ain't no time to get comfy, only time to get gone."
Catch them before they get gone.