Interview: Babe – 'I think our "struggle" as musicians will be a relatively inconsequential one'
- Keira Brown
- 10 April 2017
Babe founder, Gerard Black, gets real about the practicalities of working in a multi-citied band
The music industry relies on freedom of movement, with touring and recording often taking place in different cities and countries. Then there are bands that have members sparsely located across the globe, who find fresh new approaches of working together. Babe is such a band.
Founded by Gerard Black (François & the Atlas Mountains) and Michael Marshall (Findo Gask), the intention of Babe was to take Black's tracks and see an organic progression to the end. With Lauren Mayberry (CHVRCHES) on backing vocals, Thomas Ogden (London), on guitar, Marshall (London) on drums and Amaury Ranger (Brussels), on bass and percussion, as well as Black (Glasgow) it is easy to see why the music has bounced back and forth from city to city via Dropbox.
Considering that the band's members are strewn across Europe, Black touched on the repercussions the current political changes might have on the band. 'We've yet to experience anything of note,' he says. 'But I think our "struggle" as musicians will be a relatively inconsequential one.'
After the acclaimed Volery Flighty, there is, no doubt, great expectation for their new release, Kiss and Tell. 'It's the most accessible thing we've done as yet,' says Black. 'And it documents a rupture in my life. If the first album was about me upping sticks and starting a new adventure, this album sees me coming out the other side. It has a nostalgic glance to the past and stares in wonderment at an uncertain future.'
The release of single, 'Ecce Poque', indicates a movement to the dancefloor, a synth-heavy delight supporting Black's falsetto vocals, along with a more confident R&B groove. As for what Babe fans have to look forward to: 'We've already demoed a bunch of songs for the next album so we'll be cracking on with that. Otherwise we'll be turning up and causing chaos in a town near you.'
Kiss and Tell is out on Fri 28 Apr via Kartel.