BABES’ UNTITLED (FIVE TEARS) OUT NOW ON BARSUK RECORDS
CURRENTLY TOURING U.S.
“UNDER THIS RUCKUS LIES THE BAND’S OOZINGLY SLOW SYNTH AND LEIGH’S TIMELESS VOICE.” —STEREOGUM
“THE RECORD IS AN EXERCISE IN ACCEPTING THE PAIN WE ALL FEEL IN OUR LIVES AS NATURAL AND SHIFTING OUR ATTENTION TO SOMETHING MORE BEAUTIFUL. IT’S A COMPLEX IDEA THAT MOST OF US STRUGGLE WITH CONSTANTLY, BUT BABES HANDLE IT MASTERFULLY.” —CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
“…OOZES WITH THE BEAUTY AND INNOCENCE OF POP’S PAST.” —BUZZBANDS LA
“NOW THE CITY OF ANGELS IS LAUNCHING BABES, WHO ARE A SELF-DESCRIBED ‘LOCOMOTIVE SEX DRIVE DOWN A TRAIL OF TEARS.’” —A.V. CLUB
“[I’VE GOT A REASON TO KEEP ON LIVING] CRESTS A SUNNY SURF-POP WAVE... THERE’S AN ELEMENT OF OBSESSION LURKING IN THESE BEACHY GROOVES.” —NOISEY
“[LONELY FOREVER] CHANNELS DECADES’ WORTH OF INDIE-POP GOODNESS INTO A TRACK YOU CAN’T HELP BUT SING ALONG TO.” —ALL THINGS GO
“THE LA-BASED QUINTET MAKES YOU FEEL ACCEPTED WITHIN THEIR STRANGELY COMFORTING SYNTH BALLAD ABOUT LOVE AND LOSS.” —FLOOD MAGAZINE
Babes’ new album Untitled (Five Tears) is out now on Barsuk Records. The full album is currently streaming on Consequence of Sound, hear the album HERE.
In celebration of the release, the family band is currently out on a full North American tour playing with Rubblebucket, Trail & Ways and the Stone Foxes in addition to their own headlining shows. Tickets for select shows are available now. Please see full dates below.
The band, siblings Aaron, Zach and Sarah Rayne Leigh, along with cousins Jeffrey Baird and Bryan Harris, have all been playing music together since they were children and recorded the new LP on a mobile rig in various places around Los Angeles.
“I just don’t want to cry so much anymore,” says the band of the writing process and theme behind the new album. “Lots of horrible things happen to us all—friends and lovers move on or drop dead, everything changes right under our feet, and just when you start to understand something, you realize that you have no clue and it slips away. But all this pain and conflict allows us to come back with a bigger heart, with the ability to laugh in the face of any demon, to expose yourself, literally and metaphorically, to anything and feel good about it and yourself. Life is shit and if we all wink and laugh, then we can enjoy the ephemeral moments that bring us pleasure. Music brings me that pleasure so I try and do it as much as possible.”
Babes honed their skills recording with producers and songwriters such as Steve Lindsey (Leonard Cohen, Elton John), Jeff Barry (The Dixie Cups, The Ronettes, Phil Spector), Benji Hughes (Jeff Bridges), Charlie Midnight (James Brown) and Matthew Wilder (Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus). Untitled (Five Tears) is Babes’ debut LP following their self-titled and self-produced EP on Harvest Records in 2014, which Buzzbands LA says “oozes with the beauty and innocence of pop’s past” and Stereogum raves, “…retro strains of girl-group pop and twee in a way that will resonate with Camera Obscura fans.”
For more information, please contact Steven Edelstone, Samantha Tillman or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.
BABES’ UNTITLED (FIVE TEARS) TRACKLIST
1. I Want Love
2. I’ve Got a Reason to Keep on Living
3. Lonely Forever
4. Nothing Left In My Heart
5. Wild Dreams
6. How Do You Make Love Stop
7. Come Back To Me
8. Totally Out Of Control
9. I Need Love
10. Life Come Into Me
BABES 2015 LIVE DATES
* with the Stone Foxes
† with Trails and Ways and Breakfast
November 1 /// Denver, CO /// Lost Lake
November 4 /// Chicago, IL /// Reggie’s Music Joint
November 5 /// Minneapolis, MN /// The Cedar
November 7 /// New York, NY /// Mercury Lounge
November 8 /// Vienna, VA /// Jammin Java *
November 10 /// New Orleans, LA /// Siberia
November 11 /// Dallas, TX /// Prophet Bar
November 12 /// Austin, TX /// Empire Control Room
November 20 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Bootleg Bar †