Nov 21, 2012

The Babies [2012]

The weird thing about being in a band right now is you can record one song and then suddenly have all eyes on you at once. It’s made some band’s careers and destroyed others before they even had a chance to start. The Babies, which is made up of Woods’ Kevin Morby and Vivian Girls’ Cassie Ramone (they’ve since added bassist Brian Schleyer) had the luxury of beginning as a loose side project and avoiding some of that intense scrutiny. Though it’s their sophomore release, the upcoming Our House on the Hill, which is out November 13th on Woodsist, feels like their true arrival. The album is strong and tight, moving from uptempo jammers to more somber, mature tracks like album closer “Wandering,” which grapples with some pretty complicated emotions: Fall in love and then I hate everything I see, and this other time-bending nugget: Become what/ Become what/ Become who you are. As defeated as the song is, there’s some real life changing truth there too. But it’s not just a downer of a record—”Moonlight Mile” feels like an instant classic and a statement of purpose sung through gritted teeth: Isn’t that the train that I’m on?/ You don’t want on, then get off/ It’s just who I am. For a band with such casual beginnings, there’s plenty of artfully written songs and heavy moments to be found here. fader

Tour Dates

Wed-Nov-21    Des Moines, IA        Vaudeville Mews
Fri-Nov-23        Kansas City, MO        Riot Room
Sat-Nov-24    Denver, CO        Hi Dive
Sun-Nov-25    Salt Lake City, UT    Kilby Court
Mon-Nov-26    Boise, ID            Neurolux
Wed-Nov-28    Portland, OR        Holocene
Thu-Nov-29    Vancouver, BC        Media Club
Fri-Nov-30        Seattle, WA        Barboza
Sat-Dec-01    Olympia, WA        The Northern
Mon-Dec-03    Reno, CA            Holland Project
Tue-Dec-04    Sacramento, CA    Bows and Arrows
Wed-Dec-05    Oakland, CA        1-2-3-4 Go Records
Thu-Dec-06    San Francisco, CA    Bottom of the Hill
Fri-Dec-07        Santa Cruz, CA        Crepe Place
Sat-Dec-08    Pomona, CA        VLHS 
Sun-Dec-09    Los Angeles, CA        The Echo
Mon-Dec-10    San Diego, CA        Eleven  
Tue-Dec-11    Tucson, AZ        Topaz Tundra
Wed-Dec-12    El Paso, TX        Lowbrow Saloon
Thu-Dec-13    San Antonio, TX    Korova
Fri-Dec-14        Austin, TX            The Mohawk
Sat-Dec-15    Dallas, TX            Bryan St Tavern
Sun-Dec-16    Memphis, TN        Hi Tone Cafe
Mon-Dec-17    Birmingham, AL        Bottletree
Tue-Dec-18    Atlanta, GA        529
Wed-Dec-19    Durham, NC        The Pinhook
Thu-Dec-20    Richmond, VA        Strange Matter
Fri-Dec-21        Washington, DC        Comet Ping Pong
Sat-Dec-22    Philadelphia, PA        Kung Fu Necktie

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