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Our House On The Hill out now on Woodsist  

 VIDEO: The Babies – “Mess Me Around” (Scott Jacobson) –


The Babies had previously shared a video for “Baby,” from their latest album, Our House On The Hill. Now, you can watch a new video for “Mess Me Around” over at FADER. The video was directed by Bob’s Burgers writer, Scott Jacobson. The Babies are also starting a North American tour tomorrow, followed by a European tour that kicks off in May with an appearance at Primavera Sound Festival.

About The Babies:

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 Hill, is 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


04/19 Somerville, MA – Starlab
04/20 Middletown, CT – Wesleyan University
04/21 Winooski, VT – Monkey House
04/22 Montreal, QC – Il Motore
04/23 Toronto, ON – Silver Dollar
04/24 Chicago, IL – Schubas
04/25 Columbus, OH – Rumba Cafe
04/26 Baltimore, MD – Golden West
04/27 Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands
05/03 Albany, NY – Valentines
05/04 Bennington, VT – Bennington College Sunfest
05/26 Grenoble – Le Ciel
05/27 Strasbourg – Le Troc Cafe
05/28 Paris – Le Point FMR
05/29 Nantes – Stereolux
05/30 Limoges – La Fourmi
05/31 Switzerland Lausanne – Le Romandie Club
06/01 Italy Modena – Mattatoio, carpi (modena)
06/02 Switzerland Luzern – Radio 3Fach Voliere Bar
06/03 Germany Munich – Kafe Kult
06/04 Austria Vienna – Arena
06/05 Czech Republic Prague – K4
06/06 Germany Dresden – Ostpol
06/07 Germany Berlin – Monarch
06/08 Sweden Malmo – Debaser
06/09 Stockholm – Debaser
06/10 Gothenburg – Roda Sten
06/12 Denmark Copenhagen – Huset-KBH
06/13 Germany Hamburg – Astra Stube
06/14 Germany King Georg
06/15 Holland Utectht – Ekko
06/16 Holland Amsterdam – Paradiso
06/17 Belgium Kortrijk De Kreun
06/18 Holland Groningen – Vera
06/19 Bristol – Start the Bus
06/20 London – Lexington
06/21 York – The Duchess
06/22 Brighton – Greenstore

The Babies
Our House On The Hill
Street Date: Nov 13, 2012 

1) Alligator
2) Slow Walkin
3) Mess Me Around
4) Get Lost
5) Baby
6) Mean
7) On My Team
8) Moonlight Mile
9) See the Country
10) That Boy
11) Chase it to the Grave
12) Wandering


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