Baby Shakes return! From NYC to Brighton


Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Stay Sick Presents: Baby Shakes and Bruno And The Outrageous Methods Of Presentation. The Prince Albert, Brighton, 4 July 2022.

Baby Shakes: New songs. New(ish) Album. New Show! Brighton Shakers are growing in numbers and they turned out for a blinding night of rock, roll and Tequila!

Baby Shakes are a rock n’ roll-punk band from New York City. Mary on lead vocals and guitar, Judy on lead guitar and vocals, Claudia on bass and vocals, and at the back you will find Ryan on drums. Loaded to the hilt with catchy melodic vocals over dirty guitars and a killer rhythm section, their influences range from The Ramones, The Undertones and Slade to Chuck Berry and 60’s Motown girl groups. Formed in 2005, they have released a fistful of singles, Eps, a 10” heart-shaped EP, a singles collection, and a set of terrific albums.

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

They have toured the US, Japan, China, Ireland, UK and Europe. Baby Shakes have shared the stage with The Boys, The Undertones, Buzzcocks, Barracudas, Rubinoos, Flamin’ Groovies and Iggy Pop, to name just a few!

Baby Shakes had just released their last album Cause A Scene just as the pandemic hit, they were scheduled to play Brighton to promote the album, but lockdowns etc. prevented that from happening. Now, at last, they are back in the UK, and stopping off in Brighton on the last night of their UK tour before heading off to Europe.

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Baby Shakes were rewarded with a good Monday night turn out. Well-deserved as this really is a top outfit.

The Band

Mary – lead vocals/guitar

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Judy – lead guitar/vocals

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Claudia – bass/vocals

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Ryan – drums

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

I first heard of these guys when they released a single in 2015 called “Summer Sun”. If you crossed Ramones with The Ronnettes and The Crystals you get an idea of the sound these guys create. It is unique. It is special. I loved the video shot around Coney with the iconic Wonder Wheel – as seen in classic The Warriors movie. The girls are on skates, bikes and in leather jackets and playing the song on the beach and with hula hoops – what’s not to like?

The venue for their show tonight was The Prince Albert in Brighton. It was almost a sell out crowd that greeted the band as they took to the stage. So lucky to grab a few words with Mary and Claudia before they strapped on their guitars.

Tequila!

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Sadly Neil, Stay Sick promotions, had been hit with a nasty bug and was unable to attend his own gig! I know he, like me, loves Baby Shakes and Claudia raised a toast, with a recently delivered set of Tequila shots, to Neil. Nicely done guys. I just wish he had been there to enjoy your set. We then had the toe tappingly gorgeous Baby Blue. These guys have seriously raised their already high bar since the last time we all met. This was turning out to be an epic performance.

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

The guys settled themselves in as they hit up Do What You Want. Then THE summer song from back in 2018 for me is the belting Summer Sun, this was loved by the crowd as we hopped and bopped with this damn fine tune. Such a classic video for this song, and the vibe matched the Albert perfectly as Brighton was in the middle of a mini warm spell and it was pretty warm in the Albert tonight. We then had Baby Blue from their last album and then the mighty fine All The Pretty Things. Next up was the title track from the brilliant newest album Cause A Scene. We were shakin’ it and a rockin it now!

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

A big shout to Ryan, sat at the back working those sticks giving the band full on fills and some damn fine drumming. Claudia put in some hefty bass work on her Rickenbacker while supplying backing vocals. Mary in charge of what went on up there playing some great guitar whilst delivering an point vocal performance tonight. Judy was nailing it down tight on her Rickenbacker, some great fret work from her and Mary, and also delivering vocal support. Some fabulous harmonies tonight from the band. The sound in The Albert was spot on tonight. Excellent job on the sound desk.

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

A wonderful cover erupted from the speakers with American Ruse, a track by MC5. Awesome job on that for this 4th of July gig. Wasurenai Wa from the latest album featuring some Japanese lyrics and a wonderful set of guitar leads.

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Baby Shakes continued to roll out some of the best pure power punky glittering pop going.  Some great playing, Mary and Judy picking out the cool solo slots and rhythm, Ryan slamming it out on the kit with Claudia bouncing herself, and her bass around the stage.

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Turn It up and Cruisin’ were in the set, again another set of cracking rock and roll tunes! We had some 14 tunes for us to chew out that rhythm on bubblegum.

Baby Shakes created a record label (Lil’ Chewy Records) in order to release their own records and every order is packaged and shipped by a member of the band. They also design all of their merch, T Shirts, stickers and badges etc. and most of the artwork. Pretty busy then!

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

This short, but very sweet set was coming to a close and Baby Shakes delivered everything they promised closing with Love Song and Stuck On Blue. It was fun tonight, great songs and just a joy to be there and watch them perform again.

This was a top hour of in-your-face, tuneful, punk, inspired by the likes of Ramones, Clash, Undertones and The Go – Gos, the set slipped down a treat. Well played Baby Shakes. Good luck on the tour and thanks for the gig, chat, laughs, no Tequila for me this time – still recovering!, and photos. Hope to see you back in Brighton again soon. Take care, and look after yourselves x

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Baby Shakes: photo by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Baby Shakes are on Facebook here.

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Bruno And The Outrageous Methods Of Presentation

Bruno And The Outrageous Methods Of Presentation: pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Bruno And The Outrageous Methods Of Presentation: pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

“If Mark E. Smith, Captain Beefheart, and Kim Fowley were all raised from the grave by a tweaking necromancer and charged to raise a babe from infancy to teenhood, you might get something akin to Bruno Wilkinson.”

Well, this was a surprise! A new band for me.

Bruno And The Outrageous Methods Of Presentation: pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Bruno And The Outrageous Methods Of Presentation: pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

“RUNO AND THE OUTRAGEOUS METHODS OF PRESENTATION is a situationist / aktionist un-group masterminded by the precocious teenage brat Bruno Bof Wilkinson. Bruno is a multi-faceted neuro-amazing proto-superstar, splatter-gunning golden gems of power-pop, garage-punk, nihilistic electro-void darkness and plain super-catchy teeth-rattlers. Created in Bristol in 2006 from Brazilian/English motherfatherlodes he’s played with The Nightingales, Damo Suzuki, Adulkt Life, Babyshakes, Beak and a whole bunch more. Tonight it was a thrill seeing him fronting his own band, The Outrageous Methods Of Presentation.

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Bruno starts it slow, with some conversation and then, lift off! Some five minutes into the set he is like a coiled spring! Bouncing all over the stage, and also seems to enjoy those leaps into the crowd. I think he easily produces enough energy via his vocals and guitar playing to power a small town. Extraordinary performance.

Set List: New band for me, sadly I didn’t know the material this time – so here is their song line up.

The audience comfortably fills the Albert but there’s still enough room to breathe and for Bruno to pile into the crowd. They kicked out the tunes tonight and leave the rest to the audience. They did not disappoint. Exciting, fresh and rather unique. The guys put on a seriously good performance slowly building but pulling in the audience and their attention as they progress. A classic short set.

A storming set this turned out to be. This is punk / rock as it should be: loud, angry, played with power and passion, and the band shone with their musicianship.  This is a four piece who play punk and tunes with huge hooks to pull you in. One minute we have with a clean electric guitar sound and then the next Bruno is powering out a fuzzed up catchy, grunge punk riff. He really does set some sparks flying to the overall mix.

Bruno And The Outrageous Methods Of Presentation: pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Bruno And The Outrageous Methods Of Presentation: pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

They won over the crowd easily with a set which climaxed in a run of frenetic punk/grunge/rock tunes. Baby Shakes joined Bruno for the last song. Brilliant!  Bruno And The Outrageous Methods Of Presentation leaves you wanting more! The band got a rousing reception as they left the stage.

Bruno And The Outrageous Methods Of Presentation: pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

Bruno And The Outrageous Methods Of Presentation: pic by Ian Bourn for Scene Sussex

I was extremely impressed by their short set, and I need to hear more! Go see them play and then then try to tell me this isn’t the real deal…

Bruno And The Outrageous Methods Of Presentation can be found on their Facebook page here.

And Finally…

Thanks to Mary, Claudia, Judy and Ryan – BABY SHAKES!

Thanks to Bruno and The Outrageous Methods Of Presentation.

Thanks to Neil, Stay Sick Promotions.

STAY SICK!

Stay Sick are promoters based in Brighton. They have been around for a while now.  Great night and well organised Thank you Stay Sick.

Established in 2008, now a Brighton institution for the ones in the know, these Cramps obsessed guys have put on such greats as Billy Childish, Kid Congo from the Cramps, Monotonix, Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster and Thee Oh Sees. With bands from Japan, Germany, USA, France and even Croatia (to name but a few), STAY SICK has made it their mission to track down, kidnap and present you with the best bands from all over the globe.

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Words and Pictures: Ian Bourn

 

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