“They carry the utmost chill throughout, but don’t be mistaken – these guys are going to hit the states hard.” -All Things Go
“This is gnarly garage psych in its truest form right here, folks. No bullshit, no fucking around.” – Psychedellic Baby Magazine
“The band has somehow managed to violently smash every instrument together with a ferociousness that’s still pleasurable to the human ear.” – Lo-Pie
Halmstead, Sweden-based, psychedelic garage rockers, Baby Jesus, release “The Beat” video and announce their follow-up LP, Took Our Sons Away, due out September 8, 2017 via Yippee Ki Yay Records (Soaked, Las Piñas).
Today, All Things Go premieres the band’s lead single and music video, “The Beat,” stating, “With low light and minimal focus, the band are sharing what seems like a lyric video, but hit hard with punk-twinged sonic madness.” The track comes off the forthcoming release, Took Our Sons Away. The album has distinct psychedelic flare, a punk edge with enough energy to heat up a hearty dinner of Sjömansbiff for 12. Second single, “Even Though You Look So Good,” presents the strange dichotomy of feeling both alive and aware, and gone, simultaneously. The band wrote the song in Stockholm during a series of live shows. The 14-track LP pushes beyond the self-titled debut album’s fuzzy, chaotic instrumentation, by exploring new moods, moments, lyrical narratives and sonic textures. It picks up from where the band previously left off, capturing the high energy of their sweat-soaked live sets via a range of frat-rock anthems and surfy punk melodies. The album was recorded at Studio Vansinnet. It was mixed by Joel Arwidsson and mastered by Michael Sållström. Vinyl was pressed in Addison, Texas via Yippee Ki Yay Records and distributed by Redeye Worldwide (Burger Records, Warp Records, Luaka Bop, Kill Rock Stars).
Baby Jesus was born out of inspiration by sixties and seventies tastemakers like The Doors and The Clash, the bands that followed, such a,s The Elevators, Night Beats, and The Black Lips and other popular Swedish acts. Founding members and long time friends, Fredrik Kristoﬀersson (guitar/vox) and Elis Jäghammar (bass/vox) spent a few years together in various metal and hardcore punk projects, and later teamed up with Björn Axetorn and Rasmus Högdin, who joined in on drums, to help further explore the project. The resulting songs were eventually recorded as live takes in their own studio, channeling the energy of their hardcore punk days into walls of fuzz, gut-punching surf licks and piercing organ melodies. The band has previously performed across Sweden, France and other parts of Europe, and the new album works to capture their fierce and wildly intoxicating live show. In support of the release, Baby Jesus takes to the UK and France in Fall 2017 and the US in Spring 2018.
01. Feel For You
02. Over and Over Again
03. All Out
04. Down South
05. That’s Alright
06. Knew It All
07. You & I
08. Hold My Hand
09. Even Though You Look So Good
10. Feel So Good
11. ’Til This Day
12. Ain’t Got No Place to Go
13. Do What I Want
14. The Beat
Fiery, raw, and raucous, four-piece garage rockers, Baby Jesus, are keeping rock and roll alive and well in their hometown of Halmstad, Sweden, with psychedelic ﬂare, a punk edge, and enough energy to heat up a hearty dinner of Sjömansbiﬀ for 12.
Founding members and long time friends, Fredrik Kristoﬀersson (guitar/vox) and Elis Jäghammar (bass/vox), spent a few years together in various metal and hardcore punk projects. It wasn’t until they both moved to Oslo, Norway, in 2011 that they discovered and became infatuated with the 13th Floor Elevators— a legendary mid-sixties rock act from Austin, Texas largely credited with coining the phrase “psychedelic rock.” The Elevators’ music hit Elis and Fredrik like a rock. That experience opened their ears and writing sensibilities to the music of Night Beats, Black Lips, a range of Back From the Grave compilations, and—funny enough—Pugh Rogerfeldt, Träd, gräs och stenar, Philemon Arthur & The dung, and other great Swedish talents who made the rounds on their country’s turntables in the late sixties and early seventies with their wild and often experimental amalgamations of rock, psych, folk, and country music.
Channeling these newfound inﬂuences, Fredrik and Elis teamed up with Björn Axetorn to start cranking out some songs, culminating in a show in Oslo, followed by a trip to India where the idea for Baby Jesus was born, and a move back to Halmstad where Rasmus Högdin joined in on drums to help explore the project further. The resulting songs were eventually recorded mostly as live takes in their own studio channeling the energy of their hardcore punk days into walls of fuzz, gut-punching surf licks, and piercing organ melodies capturing the ﬁerce and wildly fun rambunctiousness of their sweat-soaked performances across Sweden, France, and other parts of Europe. As a writer at Lo-Pie described it, it was almost, “… as if Billy Childish and Link Wray conceived a demon baby while on honeymoon in Halmstad.” A strange description perhaps, but certainly indicative of their unique take on the garage realm.
Shortly after the release of their 2015 album and tour, as well as a lineup change bringing on Svante Pålsson in place of Björn, the band wanted to move to tape recording for their follow-up album to give the songs they had been writing a deeper and more diverse feel. Finding such equipment in their neck of the woods proved rather diﬃcult, but the solution surprisingly came from a local Halmstad priest, who sold the band an old but functioning Teac 4 track recorder. Tackling both the recorder and tape in their own homemade studio proved tricky, but a highly rewarding strategy for ﬂeshing out their new songs that had taken on a greater range in style, pace, and composition. The result is Baby Jesus’s second and latest oﬀering, “Took Our Sons Away”, out September 8th, 2017 on Yippee Ki Yay Records. Be it the manic howls of “Feel For You”, the pensive melancholy of “Even Though You Look So Good”, or the winsome airiness of “You and I”, Baby Jesus digs beyond the screeching fuzz of their self-titled debut to explore a variety of moods, moments, lyrical themes, and instrumental textures. Simultaneously, it picks up and expands from where they left oﬀ with the frat-rock throwback “Do What I Want”, a down-home hoedown in “Down South”, and other upbeat rockers. In addition to the album, the band has August and October dates planned in Sweden, France, and the UK with US dates in the works for March of 2018. Their third studio album is currently being mastered, and on the horizon for early 2018.
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