American Babies

American Babies

Since 2007, American Babies has been the mouthpiece for Philadelphia based musician Tom Hamilton. After spending the early 2000s building a national fan base fronting the electro-rock band Brothers Past, releasing two critically acclaimed albums, and averaging 150 shows a year, a change was in order. "Musically, I wanted to get back to the basics" he explains, "Get the song right, first. Then worry about the live show and how the music opens up from there."

Hamilton went back to his roots, rediscovering the Outlaw Country, Motown, and Grateful Dead records he grew up with, and assembled a pool of musicians to pull from for recording sessions and live performances. After two full-length LPs, an EP, and three years of touring, the American Babies are hitting their stride. The live band has been solidified with David Butler (Lee "Scratch" Perry) on drums, Adam Flicker (The Brakes) on keys, and Nick Bockrath (Nico's Gun) on bass. The band has shared the bill with numerous like minded acts such as Derek Trucks, Sheryl Crow, Umphrey's McGee, Railroad Earth, and The National to name a few.

Hamilton entered a Philadelphia studio in January of 2013 to start work on what has become the Babies' third long-player "Knives and Teeth" (via The Royal Potato Family). When asked to describe his new record, his answer is short and compact but, like his lyrics, is loaded with deeper meaning: "It's a 40-minute existential meltdown."

"When you're in your 20's," he says, "you worry or focus on things that don't seem to maintain their importance as you get older. Chicks, partying, finding a place. Shit, all of my albums back then were about girls, in one way or another. Then you grow up and you realize none of it actually matters, so you dig deeper. I spent a lot of time with some activist friends and the Occupy movement. That pushed some buttons but, I kept digging. Then I had a couple of close friends pass away within a few months of each other and that made me really dig in. I started to think about my own mortality. Reconsidering what was really important to me."

Throughout the course of the album, from the Lou Reed-inspired "This Thing Ain't Going Nowheres" to the inspired punk energy of "Bullseye Blues" to the head-shaking acceptance of "Goddamn," Knives & Teeth speaks of fragility, cruelty, frustration, and the search for what makes a life worth living.

Tom and company will be taking American Babies' re-energized live show back to the road this fall, and all through 2014.

LEGS IS A BAND THAT MAKES MUSIC FOR THE BODY.

Legs is 100% guaranteed to make you feel athletic, kinetic, sexy, benevolent, cosmopolitan, declamatory,
exotic, extroverted, hungry, naive, nocturnal, and possibly wry. Legs is considered highly absorbent,
effervescent, warm and slightly funky. Legs comes on strong and always leaves you satisfied.

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
Listening to Legs may potentially produce sweaty palms, deflation of ego, complete and absolute rapture,
admiration for friends, dry mouth, extreme thirst, neglect of responsibility, and spontaneous bodily
eruptions. Listening to Legs may also result in adult companionship. Legs is not responsible for any
negative side effects that may occur.

Legs is a Brooklyn based band, formed in 2013 by Tito Ramsey, his brother Jack, their childhood friend Charles Larson, and Ecuadorian brothers Juan Miguel and Herman Marin. Legs made their debut at Arlene's Grocery in April, and recently released a self ­titled five­ song EP recorded by Nick Stump at Saltlands Studios. An upcoming tour of the east coast is planned for Fall 2013.

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