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 Hillis 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 set opener, “Alligator,” is conversational in tone and acts to disarm the hardened listener with its pop confection and curve ball time change signatures on a check of solid Gang of Four gold. “Yo, I dig your hair, I gotta tell you about these holes in my pants, I would rather not hold yer hand. You get the drift.”
Cassie evokes Anna Karina if she were in The Shangri-La’s instead of Godard films in “See the Country” and then married throughout the entire record are those otherworldly harmonized “oohs” & “aahs” by Kevin & Cassie that’ll make the stubble on your spine take notice if you are still one of them folks in need of oxygen to breathe. The switchblade knives & butterfly stitches that paint the heartache and conflict throughout this long player will sharpen you for your next lovelorn argument, stumbling bar brawl between you & a reflection of your 17 year old self in the face of a tinfoil plated locket or for the working stiffs, that 3am Saturday drive home from the bad side of the tracks back to the sad side.
Put the needle on the flip and throw that break up layer of tears away: we got a ride to catch to that house on the hill.” – Dennis Callaci
Low Flying Owls
Comprised of Jared Southard on vocals and guitars, Andy Wagner on guitars and keyboards, Michael Bruce on bass, and Sam Coe on drums,
Low Flying Owls' music evokes early Pink Floyd, T. Rex, The Dandy Warhols, The Stooges, Mercury Rev and even The Doors, yet is uniquely and utterly their own. Low Flying Owls are the intersection at which British shoegazer rock and California psychedelic pop meet, their music a "beautifully crafted sonic landscape" (CMJ New Music Report).
Together since 2001, Low Flying Owls have forged a reputation as one of the best bands in Northern California, drawing sold out crowds to their shows on the Sacramento, Bay Area and Southern California club circuits. The band has shared the stage with luminaries such as Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Clinic, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Creeper Lagoon, The Warlocks, The Stratford 4, Eyes Adrift, Jonathan Richman and Mike Watt, to name but a few.
Low Flying Owls' critically-embraced "Take The Scenic Route" album, released in 2002, marked the band's first full-length release, followed by the release of a self-titled EP, both released through The Americans Are Coming Records, the label owned and operated by the band and their manager. Then, in early 2003, singles label Isota Records released a 7" special limited edition single featuring a Low Flying Owls track called "Georgie Shot Johnnie", taken from Low Flying Owls' first album for Stinky Records, "Elixir Vitae".
"Elixir Vitae", released in North America on Stinky Records in August 2003, marks Low Flying Owls' national album debut, and showcases Southard's lyrical penchant for approaching morbid subject matter with an ironic, satirical twist -- which Southard describes as a sort of "dark happiness" -- and marrying this "happy-go-unlucky" approach with a musical mélange of explosive guitar-driven rock, British-influenced pop and swirling psychedelic grooves. Ranging from the eerie yet epic "Looks of A Killer", to the balls-out rock & roll groove of "Glad To Be Alive", to the twisted romanticism of "Strange Connection", to the dark odyssey of "Mama Said", to the Beatles-esque grandeur of "Georgie Shot Johnnie", "Elixir Vitae" is hypnotic and richly textured, its lush and complex melodies complimented by idiosyncratic and irreverent lyrics that would do psychedelic rock icons Syd Barrett and Roky Erickson proud.
Having garnered both critical acclaim and college radio play throughout North America for "Elixir Vitae", Low Flying Owls are now poised to make their mark in the UK, where legendary British DJ Steve Lamacq has been spinning their record on his influential BBC1 program.
In the Fall of 2003, Low Flying Owls mounted their first ever national US tour, culminating in a blistering performance at the CMJ Music Festival in New York City in October. The band will be hitting the road again, starting in January 2004, for an extensive U.S. tour, to include an appearance at the 2004 South By Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. For more information regarding Low Flying Owls' upcoming tour dates, click here. Also, for more information regarding Low Flying Owls, check out the band's website, at www.lowflyingowls.net
Warships are an indie pop band from Los Angeles. The quintet's mix of laid back pop grooves and earnest, playful song-craft is a contrast to many of their contemporaries. Soon after forming, they attracted the attention of producer Raymond Richards (Local Natives), and enlisted the help of mixing engineer Darrell Thorp (Beck, Air), to create a forthcoming debut that is full of heady lyrics, and haunting choruses dressed in dreamy atmospherics.