The Babies

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The Babies
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The Babies performing at Death By Audio in Brooklyn, New York, September 9, 2012
Background information
Origin New York City, New York, USA
Genres Indie rock, garage rock, lo-fi
Years active 2009–present
Associated acts Vivian Girls, Woods, Bossy, Bent Outta Shape
Members Cassie Ramone
Kevin Morby
Justin Sullivan
Brian Schleyer
Past members Nathanael Stark

The Babies are an American rock band from Brooklyn, New York City.[1]

History[edit]

In 2008, Kevin Morby of Woods and Cassie Ramone of the Vivian Girls shared a small apartment in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn for a few months and wrote some songs. After meeting again in a house party, the two decided to start a band.[2][3] The idea was to recapture the early, stress-free days of playing music before they were both in groups that had gained some success and created accompanying pressures. Despite the intention, nothing much came of the idea until the next winter when both bands again had a break. Justin Sullivan, who had played with Ramone in Bossy, began practicing with them on drums, and The Babies debuted as a three-piece in March 2009 at Dead Herring, their friends’ loft in Brooklyn.[4][5] They played a few times before asking Nathanial Stark, formerly of Bent Outta Shape, to join on bass, and the full lineup’s first shows were in that summer.

The band released self-made tapes and singles for the small Wild World and Make a Mess labels before releasing their self-titled debut album for Shrimper in February 2011.[6] They toured for much of the year, eventually replacing Stark with new bassist, Brian Schleyer.[7] In early 2012, they left their Brooklyn home to record their second album in Los Angeles.[7] Our House on the Hill was released on Woodsist late in the year.[6]

In 2014, Cassie Ramone stated that the band is going to be "largely inactive" due her focus on her own, as well as Morby's, solo careers.[8]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
The Babies
Our House on the Hill
  • Released: November 13, 2012
  • Label: Woodsist
  • Formats: CD, LP, MC, digital download

Live albums[edit]

Title Album details
Live at the Smell
  • Released: October 25, 2011[9]
  • Label: Kill/Hurt
  • Formats: MC, digital download

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
Cry Along with The Babies
  • Released: January 10, 2012[10]
  • Label: New Images
  • Formats: LP, digital download

Mixtapes[edit]

Title Album details
Tour Tape
  • Released: 2010[11]
  • Label: self-released
  • Formats: MC
Tour Tape 2
  • Released: 2010[12]
  • Label: self-released
  • Formats: MC

Singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"All Things Come To Pass"[13] 2010 The Babies
"Meet Me in the City"[14]
"The Wilds"[15] 2011
"Here Comes Trouble"[16] N/A
"My Name"[17] 2012 N/A
"Moonlight Mile"[18] Our House on the Hill
"Got Old"/"All I Know"[19] 2015 Our House on the Hill Outtakes 7"

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director
"Baby" 2012 Timothy Fiore[20]
"Mess Me Around" 2013 Scott Jacobson[21]

Band members[edit]

Current members

  • Kevin Morby – vocals, guitar (2009–present)
  • Cassie Ramone – vocals, guitar (2009–present)
  • Brian Schleyer - bass (2012–present)
  • Justin Sullivan – drums (2009–present)

Former members

  • Nathanael Stark – bass (2009–2011)

References[edit]

  1. ^ brandon (January 5, 2011). "The Babies – "Wild I"". Stereogum. Retrieved November 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Kevin Morby of the Babies on bodegas, beer and the background of the band.". Fox and Sound. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ Klimchak, Amre (June 23, 2010). "Where The Babies Comes From". New York Press. Retrieved May 19, 2012.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ Barshad, Amos. "Let’s Go to the Audiotape", New York Magazine, New York, 20 September 2009. Retrieved on 18 May 2012.
  5. ^ Stoeffel, Kat. "Copy Cats: The Secret Art Cabal Inside The New York Times", New York Observer, New York, 7 March 2012. Retrieved on 18 May 2012.
  6. ^ a b Rathe, Adam. "The Babies Grow Up, Kind Of", MTV Hive, 10 January 2013. Retrieved on 30 December 2013.
  7. ^ a b Sendra, Tim. "The Babies Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ Ramone, Cassie (January 22, 2014). "If yr wondering...". Cassie Ramone Twitter. Retrieved February 5, 2014.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ "KH008 – THE BABIES "LIVE AT THE SMELL" NOW ON SALE!". Kill/Hurt. October 25, 2011. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  10. ^ "New Release: The Babies: Cry Along With the Babies". Pitchfork Media. January 3, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Tour Tape". Discogs. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Tour Tape #2". Discogs. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  13. ^ "The Babies – All Things Come to Pass 7". Stereogum. January 5, 2011. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Meet Me In The City". Discogs. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  15. ^ "The Babies – "Wild I"". Stereogum. January 5, 2011. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Here Comes Trouble". Discogs. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Moonlight Mile". Discogs. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Moonlight Mile". Discogs. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  19. ^ "Our House on the Hill Outtakes". Woodsist. Retrieved January 25, 2015. 
  20. ^ Goble, Corban (November 29, 2012). "The Babies – "Baby" Video". Stereogum. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  21. ^ Breihan, Tom (April 18, 2013). "The Babies – "Mess Me Around" Video". Stereogum. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 

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