Show Review: The Babies @ Mohawk (12.14)
With the recent release of Our House on the Hill, the Mohawk was filled to the brim to catch the Babies in action. A line-up fueled by Austin acts only added to my personal anticipation, so we happily made our way out on the town.
Read on for our thoughts and photos…
Opening the evening was Gal Pals, the Austin duo banging out their dueling harmonies and folk-tinged garage-pop in a riveting fashion. Having only caught the act once before, I was impressed out how far along they had come in the short time. Every one I was with marveled at the duo’s penchant for off-beat lyrics and toe-tapping tunes. If you were looking for a group to set the bar high, the group definitely delivered for all of us in attendance.
For me, Deep Time was sure to be a highlight. After changing their name, and at least for the time-being, adding a new member, I was anxious to see how successful their set would be, personally holding their self-titled record from this year very dear to my heart. Now, I ran into Adam afterwards, and he didn’t seem to impressed with the group’s performance, which only demonstrates the high standards the trio has for their music. Jennifer’s voice sounded just as incredible, especially when shifting from different pitches and tones. The addition of the third member, only fleshed out their sound, bringing songs like “Homebody” and “Gilligan” to life. Whether they were pleased or not, I know the entire audience had nothing but enthusiastic praise for the performance.
Honestly, I was worried for The Babies, having been completely won over by Gal Pals and Deep Time. Austin brought its A-Game, and the question to be answered was whether or not The Babies could follow it all up. Well, they lived up to the night, and more. Jams like “Alligator” and “Get Lost” were excellently brought to life, giving the more folk-y feeling of the recent album a vibrant live rendition that had everyone shaking their hips and singing at the top of their lungs. Kevin Morby of Woods did an excellent job stepping into the lead role, while Cassie Ramone seemed content to sit back and tear apart her guitar lines. All the showmanship and execution of the night only led me to conclude that although the group might be considered a side-project, they’re not treating it as such.
There are a few more pics at the photo site…