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Baby Jesus

September 8, 2017


LISTEN & SHARE: Took Our Sons Away

“Blistering guitar-led garage-rockers I can kick up some sweat to? Check. Hazy surf and country inflected jams for cozying up next to a PBR in a wood paneled dive? Double check.”
– Impose Magazine

“They carry the utmost chill throughout, but don’t be mistaken – these guys are going to hit the states hard.”
-All Things Go

“This is gnarly garage psych in its truest form right here, folks. No bullshit, no fucking around.”
– Psychedellic Baby Magazine

“The band has somehow managed to violently smash every instrument together with a ferociousness that’s still pleasurable to the human ear.”
– Lo-Pie

Halmstead, Sweden-based, psychedelic garage rockers, Baby Jesus, release their follow-up LP, Took Our Sons Away via Yippee Ki Yay Records (Soaked, Las Piñas). Yesterday, Impose Magazine exclusively streamed the record stating, “Took Our Sons Away runs the gamut of styles for anyone in the mood for searing solos, rollicking rhythms and a throwback sound.”

The album has distinct psychedelic flare, a punk edge with enough energy to heat up a hearty dinner of Sjömansbiff for 12. All Things Go premiered the band’s lead single and music video, “The Beat,” stating, “With low light and minimal focus, the band are sharing what seems like a lyric video, but hit hard with punk-twinged sonic madness.” Second single, “Even Though You Look So Good,” presents the strange dichotomy of feeling both alive and aware, and gone, simultaneously. The band wrote the song in Stockholm during a series of live shows. The 14-track LP pushes beyond the self-titled debut album’s fuzzy, chaotic instrumentation, by exploring new moods, moments, lyrical narratives and sonic textures. It picks up from where the band previously left off, capturing the high energy of their sweat-soaked live sets via a range of frat-rock anthems and surfy punk melodies. The album was recorded at Studio Vansinnet. It was mixed by Joel Arwidsson and mastered by Michael Sållström. Vinyl was pressed in Addison, Texas via Yippee Ki Yay Records and distributed by Redeye Worldwide (Burger Records, Warp Records, Luaka Bop, Kill Rock Stars).

Baby Jesus was born out of inspiration by sixties and seventies tastemakers like The Doors and The Clash, the bands that followed, such a,s The Elevators, Night Beats, and The Black Lips and other popular Swedish acts. Founding members and long time friends, Fredrik Kristoffersson (guitar/vox) and Elis Jäghammar (bass/vox) spent a few years together in various metal and hardcore punk projects, and later teamed up with Björn Axetorn and Rasmus Högdin, who joined in on drums, to help further explore the project. The resulting songs were eventually recorded as live takes in their own studio, channeling the energy of their hardcore punk days into walls of fuzz, gut-punching surf licks and piercing organ melodies. The band has previously performed across Sweden, France and other parts of Europe, and the new album works to capture their fierce and wildly intoxicating live show. In support of the release, Baby Jesus takes to the UK and France in Fall 2017 and the US in Spring 2018.