Charleston powerhouse alternative rockers Babe Club have just dropped their debut EP today, two full years of work encapsulated in ‘Remember This Feeling’, five tracks of pure indie goodness; almost a world away from their first ever single Hate Myself in 2018.
Although the band are influenced by Blondie’s 70’s new wave sound and the 90’s pop-rock gods The Cardigans, there are many other notable amalgamated genres sprinkled generously throughout their debut EP.
However, it doesn’t sound confused, if anything, the complete opposite. From clean synths to gritty grungy guitar tones, the melting pot of sounds set the band on the path to break free from the chains of genre many bands find themselves unable to.
The latest single Automatic Love is accompanied by a beautifully shot music video with the themes of the song bleeding into the creative direction. The idea of phones and social media having so much control over our lives is conveyed not only through the lyrics of the song but through the use of the band’s latest technological development, the “Flip-Flap” phone.
We spoke to the group about their debut EP before the release of the EP and here’s what they had to say about the process:
Speak Soft Magazine: To kick things off, producing ‘Remember This Feeling’ has encompassed two years of your lives, how does it feel to finally set this project free into the world?
Babe Club: “It feels pretty weird honestly! The recordings themselves were made in a span of 5 months, and we’ve been waiting about 1.5 years to put it out. So you could imagine we were just eager to let it live. It’s really cool to finally have a body of work to point to that represents us, but it’s also nerve racking because naturally we get really excited about the music we’re making right now! It’s easy to identify with what you’re doing in the moment, and can be hard to relate to songs that were written as long as 4 years ago! Holy shit.”
SSM: You just dropped the music video for ‘Automatic Love’, how has the reception been to the single and most importantly, the flip-flap phone?
BC: “The song & video has been received well! All the feedback we’ve gotten so far has been positive. Very grateful for that.”
“Most importantly, the flip flap has been sweeping the globe. We’ve been hard pressed to keep up with all of the orders flooding in. We’ve been in talks with manufacturing plants in every corner of the world to see who’s going to take up the production. It’s just gotten too overwhelming to do ourselves any more. It’s actually not a phone btw, it’s an alternative to your smartphone. It’s the Flip-Flap.”
SSM: Following on from the last question, you both play a massive part in creating your own incredible music videos, do you as artists feel this important to get hands on? Do you feel it is easier to convey the song’s message more authentically?
BC: “Yes, and yes. It’s very hard to speak through someone. It’s much easier to talk for yourself. At the end of the day, no one is going to care about your vision & art as much as you do. We get very picky, and we go through a lot of revisions, which is not an exciting request to make of another professional (especially when you ask for multiple revisions). Always perfecting and making slight adjustments. By picking up new skills, we’ve enabled ourselves to really iron out the vision.
SSM: ‘Remember This Feeling’ is the perfect alternative angsty EP, what music, media, or real life experiences influenced the record?
BC: “Personal existential-dread, isolation, and conflict with loved ones are all emotional sources for the songs. Sonically speaking, there’s a lot to get to. We were listening to Bully, Sunflower Bean, Mitski, Joni Mitchell, Amber Coffman, and Vampire Weekend. It’s all a melting pot of punk, indie pop, and indie rock vibes.”
SSM: Finally, although 2020 is almost over (thankfully), what can we expect to see from Babe Club in the near future?
BC: “More music! And hopefully live events. Since a year and a half has passed since finishing this EP, we have new songs that we’re really wanting to put out into the world. And we’re desperately wanting to diminish the time between finishing the recordings & release day. On top of all of that we want to start playing some socially distant shows in the not so distant future. And hopefully once we get into a pattern of socially distant shows, maybe the world will start to approach some form of normal before 2021 is over.”
At the very core of the group is powerful and existential lyrics, and their ability to produce relatable songs that explore realisation, raw emotions, friendship and love shines beautifully through this EP. To hear for yourself as any album should be heard, on vinyl that is, ‘Remember This Feeling’ is available for pre-order here.