Jersey Surf Destroyers

Posted: November 14, 2010 by Mike in John Fuckin Denver

Here it is, as promised, Surf Sundays With Ivan proudly presents my review for Jersey trash rockers, Ba Babes, and their first-released EP

“HATE THE BEACH”

Let’s start by talking a little about who Ba Babes is and where they came from. Prior to this band, James and Mike had another surf/garage act called Nomad Chromski (www.myspace.com/nomadchromski), aka the “one-show wonders” as they blew away everyone’s minds with their one and only show, and then immediatly broke up, despite the jump to popularity and demand for more shows. Then they fell off the map completely for 3 solid years… until now.

Out from the ashes of the lo-fi rockers rose a new band, pushing in a different direction. Ba Babes was born in a fit of fury with the brittle existing surf rock scene, and taking  a stab at wannabe surf rockers by hitting with an album titled “Hate The Beach”, a more mature-sounding step up from their last incarnation.

“Hate The Beach” is full of dirt, grit, and straight up hard-driving surf/garage riffs and pounding drum beats. It’s a clear demonstration of just how far these two young men have come as musicians, definitely having vastly improved their skills in the last 3 years, making the wait for them to give us something like this well-worth it.

What I like most about this album, besides the very catchy tunes, is how the band Ba Babes, while most definitely a surf/garage band, plays their own take of the genre and redefines it. All the elements are there (cranked reverb, Fender twang, tube amp vulgarity, snare drum snapping), but they don’t just go and play conventional surf, they completely throw out the conventions and just blast away viciously, hence the title “Hate The Beach”

This is a totally solid album from a great upcoming band that will hopefully stick around for a good while. Because we need bands like Ba Babes to show everyone surf still has a place in music.

You can get it for free by following a link on their myspace at

www.myspace.com/bababes

James on Guitar

-Ivan

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Comments
  1. enshogirl says:

    Nice review! I knew this was coming because you won’t shut the hell up about this band. I actually listened to them on last.fm a few days ago. I can see why you like them. Definitely catchy!

    I liked this part of your review:

    …”but they don’t just go and play conventional surf, they completely throw out the conventions and just blast away viciously, hence the title “Hate The Beach””

    Nice job!

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