Via: Barvikha is the brainchild of Belfast musician Chris Leckey.
Following the demise of his former band PigsAsPeople, Leckey decided to start a band that would involve himself and a constantly rotating cast of backing members, each bringing a different style and approach to the songs. After 2 small single releases and a hand full of shows, Leckey moved to the far east to experience a different type of life in China, writing a new EP at the same time as eating exotic food and teaching children English. Arriving home in February of 2017, Leckey and Robocobra Quartet member Chris Ryan went into a studio and recorded the EP which would become 'Chengdu', released on Ryan's label.
The music has been described as melancholic but optimistic, jarring but lyrically soothing. Part emo, part Albini influenced noise rock and part country, Via: Barvikha attempt to create original but familiar music.