The Babies

THE BABIES

In the winter of early 2008, Kevin Morby moved into Cassie Ramoneʼs small apartment in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, for a few months. Kevin, who plays bass in Woods, and Cassie, who sings and plays guitar in Vivian Girls, wanted to start a band. They both missed the sweaty loft shows they used to play before their bands moved on to larger venues and longer tours. So they wrote some songs on acoustic guitars and casually talked about playing some house parties.
The next winter, when both Woods and Vivian Girls had a longer-than-usual break from touring, they came back to their idea. Justin Sullivan, who had played with Cassie in Bossy, began practicing with them on drums, and the Babies debuted in March 2009 as a three-piece at Dead Herring, their friendsʼ loft in Brooklyn. They played a few times before asking Nathanael Stark, formerly of Bent Outta Shape, to join on bass, and the full lineupʼs first shows were that summer.
The Babies recorded and played shows in fits and spurts, whenever they all happened to be in town for a week. They recorded their self-titled debut album with Jarvis Taveniere at Rear House Studios, which doubles as Kevinʼs home; his vocals were done in his own bedroom. (Jarvis, Kevinʼs bandmate in Woods, has also recorded Real Estate, Vivian Girls, and Woods.) The debut album follows 7″ singles on Make a Mess Records & Wild World.
The Babies’ songs are roughed up jewels that come from the same cloth as Hazlewood/Sinatra, VU/Nico, Pisces/Linda Bruner & other dream marriages. The band will tour the West Coast again in January, where theyʼre temporarily relocating for the winter to write their second record, before going to Europe in the spring of 2011.

Waxahatchee (In-the-Round)

Katie Crutchfield is a natural at writing confessional pop songs. Since picking up the guitar as a teenager she has spent the better part of her young adult life travelling the country to play basement shows for feminist punks with bands like P.S. Eliot, Bad Banana and The Ackleys, all of which she sang for. Crutchfield and her twin sister Allison started these bands in high school, inspired by touring bands that would pass through Alabama, as well as a local community-run show space called Cave 9 where they both volunteered. The sisters were best known as P.S. Eliot, a band that developed a cultish underground following until disbanding in 2011. Deciding to go it alone, Crutchfield became Waxahatchee and released her debut album American Weekend in 2012 and its lo-fi acoustic guitar-pop songs made for one of the year’s best unsung records.

Las Rosas

Las Rosas, the roses, began in the back room of the back room in the back of an non-legal living establishment in Long Island City Queens New York. Drummer and erstwhile smoker Christopher (now reformed) declared his idea to start playing the songs that Jose had written in Texas following the liquidation of his previous band, called Harlem. The two spent six late nights in the non-legal studio, consistently lessening the quality of sleep of the young couple upstairs who truly and adorably only wanted the return of their stolen playstation.

It became clear to the pair of men that what they truly needed was a bass player and there was only one player it could be; with their notorious subtlety and care they succeeded to convince Jose Aybar of four Wild Yaks of Brooklyn into a binding co-arrangement with las Rosas and in mere moments the two Joses and the one Christopher were playing semi-legal shows to clusters or crowds for mile(s) around.

It (las Rosas) became known to Burger Records of California, whose jovial proprietors demanded/acquiesced to a non-legal agreement whereby they (the record company) released las Rosas’ debut Extended Play Cassette “Flower In The Sun”, in October of 2013. Since that time, they have been busy traveling the United States in their sea-foam van and recording new songs concerning the heart, police, foul moods, and True Friendship.

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