Jul. 11, 2012 - Issue #873: The Big Cover-Up
Sat, Jul 14 (9 pm)
With Energetic Action, sKin, Morals
Armed with a new drummer and an arsenal of proto-punk tracks roving between mellow '60s melodies and '90s hair pop, Babysitter is continuing its ascent in the Canadian indie scene.
The trio from Victoria, BC welcomed drummer Aden (last name withheld by request) a long-time friend of founding members Kristian (last name withheld by request) and Andy (last name withheld by request) into the fold this spring.
"I think it's the perfect fit," says Kristian, who does guitar and vocals, adding that while the band's been fortunate to have good drummers from the start, there's been quick change over each time. "It's never really slowed us down in between. It seems like as soon as somebody leaves, a new one comes along that's even greater."
Babysitter's drawn on an eclectic mix of influences from the likes of Neil Young, Nirvana and Royal Trucks to cultivate its own brand of rock. Kristian says they've always maintained an interest in capturing analog sound on tape and seven inch records that's true to what's done live off the floor.
"We've always been interested in analog sound and a certain purity that we felt was missing maybe in modern music," Kristian adds. "We've actually voyaged into the world of digital recording a little more recently, just out of convenience."
The recording process is a seemingly never-ending one for Babysitter. The band is currently working on the next installment of its ever-evolving saga. Babysitter Tape VI is currently in the works, but Kristian says there's no set release date, as it's been an ongoing recording along with the band's other projects. A seven inch of re-recordings was released on Dub Dutch Records as well as a split seven inch with Korean Gut on Student Loan Records.
If that weren't enough, Babysitter has a forthcoming collaborative tape with friend JLK from Montreal. A second tape that's been an experimental project over the past six months has also been released, which includes recordings prior to adding Aden to the lineup. Not having a drummer required Kristian and Andy to get creative, which saw them experiment with saxophones, clarinets and different percussion elements. Recordings from the period where Aden was getting up to speed were also added for a diverse mix of jams.
"It's all mixed together sort of collage style, so it's like a 60 minute long non-stop song," Kristian adds.
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