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Aaron Asher Barrett (born August 30, 1974) is the lead singer, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter for the band Reel Big Fish. Prior to forming with Reel Big Fish, Barrett played trombone in another ska-punk act, The Scholars, along with future Reel Big Fish bandmates Scott Klopfenstein and Grant Barry. More recently he formed The Forces of Evil with former members of Jeffries Fan Club, The Scholars and Lone Raspberry. In terms of sound, The Forces of Evil sounded similar to Barrett's main band although lyrically, were much more negative and pessimistic. The Forces Of Evil appeared to cease touring and playing in early 2005, although members have gone on to play with Reel Big Fish.

Barrett is also featured in Serious Awesomeness, a DVD by The Aquabats, interviewing attendees of an Aquabats show outside of The Glass House in Pomonamarker, Californiamarker, calling himself "Joe Famous" and is also seen briefly on stage with the band. He also did backing vocals on "Irie", a song by The Hippos featured on their album Forget the World. He made a cameo appearance in the music video for "Come Back Home" by Suburban Legends. He also features in the video for MxPx I'm OK, Your OK video.

Barrett gained notoriety in 2004 when he appeared onstage with Reel Big Fish at a concert in Syracuse, apparently intoxicated. After around 45 minutes, Barrett flew into a frenzy mid-song, destroying equipment onstage and leaving the venue. The show was reviewed by

Stage equipment

Barrett plays a variety of guitars. Of his more famous guitars are his white Gibson Les Paul Studio with a decal of the devil smoking a cigar on the body (now owned by Brian Klemm of Suburban Legends); his black, sticker slapped Gibson SG; and his U.K. made sunburst Gordon Smith Graduate with matching headstock, which he currently plays. On their live DVD commentary, Barrett comments that he paid $2000 for his Gordon Smith, and it is the best sounding guitar he has ever had. Monkeys for Nothin' and the Chimps for Free was recorded with both Barrett's Gordon Smith and an ebony Les Paul. The clean guitar on Reel Big Fish's newest album, Fame, Fortune and Fornication was recorded with both Brian Klemm's Fender Telecaster and Max Beckman's (formerly of Half Past Two) American Deluxe Fender Telecaster. Other guitars that Barrett has played include a blue double-neck Ibanez, featured in the videos for "Take on Me", "The Set Up (You Need This)" (albeit briefly), and on the cover of the album Why Do They Rock So Hard? as a silhouette. He also plays various Ibanez guitars in the videos for "Everything Sucks", "Sell Out" and "She Has A Girlfriend Now", and on the sleeve of Reel Big Fish's first album Everything Sucks. More recently, Barrett played both a black Fender Jazzmaster (which he recorded parts of We're Not Happy 'til You're Not Happy with). He also played a dark blue Gibson archtop and a fender '98 black toronado in the video for Don't Start a Band.

His effects pedals include: A Dunlop Cry Baby 95Q wah pedal, a Marshall GV2 Guv'nor Plus Distortion Pedal, an Ibanez TS9DX Turbo Tubescreamer, a Boss DD-6, and a Seymour Duncan SFX-01 Pickup Booster.

He uses Marshall JCM-900 amp with Marshall speaker cabinet.

Other projects

In the commentary of the Reel Big Fish live DVD Our Live Album Is Better Than Your Live Album, Matt Wong says that Barrett once auditioned to be the guitarist of Limp Bizkit.

Aaron Barrett is also an Aquacadet, a member of the The Aquabats official fan legion; he can be seen wearing a cadet patch in the music video for Reel Big Fish's "Party Down."

In 2006, Aaron Barrett began recording and producing Southern California ska bands with engineer David Irish. So far he has recorded three projects: a full-length album with Chase Long Beach and both an EP and full-length album with Half Past Two. Aaron Barrett is also featured on the newest Chase Long Beach album, Gravity is What You Make It, released on June 23, 2009.


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