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Born from the bedroom demos of a Blue Mountains teenager, Brisbane quartet Hey Baby! are back with a fresh feel-good and mosh-ready guitar jam about embracing the best parts of imminent adulthood with their raucous sophomore single ‘Kids’.
Recorded and mixed at Empire Studios by Konstantin Kersting (The Belligerents) and mastered by Andrew Edgson from Sydney’s 301 Studios, Hey Baby’s latest release sees them yet again deliver a catchy, guitar-driven anthem about what it means to be young and growing up in the ‘burbs.
“The song picks you up instantly, like a fast forwarded high-speed tour of the CBD in its brisk 2 minutes and 32 seconds… this track makes you want to do things. It makes you want to clean the house; it makes you want to go on that run in the morning, it makes Monday morning seem doable.” Speaker TV
With a similar sudden rush of euphoria as your first Wizz Fizz high, ‘Kids’ explodes out of the gates and just keeps on running with a boisterous mix of crashing drums, overdriven guitars, and a cheeky “YEEEEAAAH” from frontman Kacper Majchrowski’s charmingly raspy vocal pipes.
“Boasting an infectious guitar line and classic punk vocals, the song bursts out of the gates and never lets down.” Savage Thrills
Kacper says ‘Kids’ is a nostalgic throwback to the decadence of his youth; drinking in the park, not needing to stress over full-time job, and relishing in the strongest and best relationships he has ever experienced.
“Everything was new and everything was exciting, our lives were kind of chaotic, and we didn’t know what we were doing or what we wanted to do. But, that situation kept us on our toes and had its own strange yet exhilarating buzz… I think our new single highlights the fact that conventional education doesn’t really work for everyone, or correctly evaluates everyone’s intelligence. Some of my best friends didn’t continue with school, but at the same time they had such a clear grasp of the world and what’s going on… We read and studied things that interested us, we played music or created art through other mediums, and we expanded our minds in a lot of other non-conventional ways. We weren’t dumb, we were just a bunch of kids having fun!” Kacper Majchrowski
Hey Baby! began eight years ago when 16-year-old Kacper Majchrowski first learnt how to record his musings on a computer, using a simple drum machine and running guitars and basses through a preamp.
When Kacper made the move from Sydney to Brisbane he met drummer Jaeger Brodie while jamming at a house party, bonding over a similar music tastes. Wanting to form a band, they put a call out on the Internet for another guitarist, which was answered by local shredder Sam Wilson – who impressed the pair with her lightning fretwork. Jaeger enlisted Daniel Chlonta, the bassist of his other band The Jumpkicks, and the quartet launched straight into writing energetic tunes – described by the band as “dirty indie-rock”.
Hey Baby! released their debut single ‘1-800 WEED’ in mid-2017, with the music video perfectly capturing Kacper’s ode to the band’s favourite herb with an Uber-esque bicycle delivery system.
Over the next few months Hey Baby! will take ‘Kids’ along Australia’s east coast, before dropping a couple more singles ahead of releasing their debut EP in late 2018.
FUN FACTS about HEY BABY’S new single ‘Kids’
– ‘Kids’ was the first song frontman Kacper Majchrowski wrote when he made the decision to move from his childhood home in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, up to Brisbane
– Bassist Daniel “Chicken” Chlonta jumped at the chance to be part of Hey Baby! after hearing the demo for ‘Kids’ on Kacper’s Soundcloud
– Hey Baby! re-wrote more than half the song the night before recording, stripping back the more intense punk sections to prioritise dynamic flow
HEY BABY! ‘Kids’ Tour Dates
THURSDAY 22 MARCH – Rad Bar, Wollongong
FRIDAY 23 MARCH – Valve Bar, Sydney
SATURDAY 24 MARCH – Record Crate, Sydney
THURSDAY 29 MARCH – Old Bar, Melbourne
THURSDAY 12 APRIL – The Bearded Lady, Brisbane
FRIDAY 27 APRIL – Mos Desert Clubhouse, Gold Coast
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