Aaron Asher Barrett (born August 30, 1974) is an American musician. He is the lead singer, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter for the ska-punk 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 Pomona, California, 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.
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. Barrett later referenced the incident in a blog entry. The show was also reviewed by Punknews.org
He has a tattoo of a skull and crossbones on the back of his arms.
He also plays an Ibanez guitar in the videos for "Everything Sucks", "Sell Out" and "She Has A Girlfriend Now". He is also shown to be playing an Ibanez on the sleeve of Reel Big Fish's first album Everything Sucks. On tour recently he has been playing an Epiphone Les Paul.
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.
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 two bands (Chase Long Beach and Half Past Two) and it has been announced that Half Past Two's full-length album will soon be recorded.