The Babies was born (pun intended) from the friendship and union of two bands. It is the side-project collaboration of Cassie Ramone, lead vocalist/guitarist of the Vivian Girls, and Kevin Morby, bassist of Woods. While sharing many similarities between the two bands, The Babies definitely borrow more from the lo-fi garage rock sensibilities of the Vivian Girls, rather than the surf-folk leanings of Woods.
Our House On The Hill is The Babies‘ second full length studio record following their self-titled debut last year. It is decidedly less lo-fi sounding than its predecessor, which sounded as though it were recorded on an eight-track (it probably was). This more fully formed sound fits the band well as they progress from the environs of being a side-project into a more full-time band. Fans of both Vivian Girls and Woods will find plenty to like. Imagine the Vivian Girls with more boy-girl trade sing-offs, as well as some vocal male leads and you will get the idea.
Stream lead single Get Lost embedded below.
The Babies – Our House On The Hill comes out 11/13 via Woodsist (order here)