The Babies [Artist Highlight]

Artist: The Babies
Hometown: Brooklyn, NYC
Artists With Similar Fire: Pixies / Sonny & The Sunsets / Pavement

The Babies – Get Lost by WOODSIST

After their first full length album on Shrimper Records, a demos EP on New Images, and scores of singles on U.S. and international record labels, The Babies second album Our House On The Hill is their Woodsist Records debut and the first with new bassist, Brian Schleyer.

While the band was originally conceived as a side-project outlet for Kevin Morby and Cassie Ramone – along with drummer Justin Sullivan – to trade song ideas and play house parties, 2011 saw the project grow into a full time affair. The band spent much of the year touring the U.S. and abroad, all the while writing new material, both in their home of Brooklyn and during a two-month sojourn in Los Angeles.

In February 2012, the band swapped their usual environs of Brooklyn’s Rear House recording studio and spent two weeks in Los Angeles working with Producer Rob Barbato (Darker My Love, The Fall, Cass McCombs). The increased time and focus allowed them to explore musical directions only hinted at on their first album. Thus, Our House On The Hill features hushed dirges, melancholic traveling odes and squealing rave-ups, all made cohesive by Kevin and Cassie’s captivating songwriting and lyrical themes. Organ, piano, saxophone and even strings play a supporting role in enhancing the aural atmosphere, which finds the band finally realizing a sound that can be called their own. Simple yet thoughtful; familiar yet haunting. Sweet but somber.

The Babies sophomore album Our House On The Hill was released November 13, 2012 on Woodist Records.

Dec 03 – Reno, CA – Holland Project
Dec 05 – Oakland, CA – 1-2-3-4 Go Records
Dec 06 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
Dec 07 – Santa Cruz, CA – Crepe Place
Dec 09 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
Dec 10 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
Dec 12 – El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Saloon
Dec 14 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk
Dec 15 – Dallas, TX – Bryan St Tavern
Dec 16 – Memphis, TN – Hi Tone Cafe
Dec 17 – Birmingham, AL – Bottletree
Dec 18 – Atlanta, GA – 529
Dec 19 – Durham, NC – The Pinhook
Dec 20 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
Dec 21 – Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pong
Dec 22 – Philadelphia, PA – TBD

1) Alligator
2) Slow Walkin
3) Mess Me Around
4) Get Lost
5) Baby
6) Mean
7) On My Team
8) Moonlight Mile
9) See the Country
10) That Boy
11) Chase it to the Grave
12) Wandering

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