First single from Don Babylon is out there

Don Babylon Gets Gritty In New Song

“Whether they’re broke as a joke or stuck in a new city, Don Babylon won’t stop rockin’.

The indie trio started in Richmond, VA and call Philadelphia home today. But “Lose Sometimes” the debut single from their LP due this fall shows they haven’t lost touch of their roots.

While their 2017 debut, Babe was gritty at heart, it leaned towards sweeter melodies and delicate lyrics. “Lose Sometimes” shows off a heavier side of the group, returning to their original garage rock feel and the days Don Babylon rocked the Richmond DIY show scene.

“It didn’t matter who we were playing in front of, we just wanted to play,” drummer David Gaither tells BTRtoday. “Richmond has a strong music scene and it kept us looped in on the endless house shows.”

Now, they’re playing much bigger shows, including three sold-out dates with Car Seat Headrest Sept. 14-18 in NYC before hitting the road with fellow rockers Cold Beaches.

Yet even with the sold out venues, they’re not afraid to go back to their punk rock roots and be inspired by everything around them. “There’s always going to be something I want to write about,” guitarist and singer Aubrey Neeley says. “I’m always worried about something or another.”

“Lose Sometimes,” is fast and impassioned. It’s foreboding from the start, with distorted guitar and raspy, almost spoken word vocals. By the end, the track has added drums, guttural background chants and heavier guitar chords that climbs Don Babylon to a new level of garage rock.

Listen to the premier of “Lose Sometimes,” the debut track off the upcoming LP from Don Babylon, below and read the entire interview with the trio.”

Read (and hear) more at http://www.btrtoday.com/read/tuneup/don-babylon-gets-gritty-in-new-song/

Medical breakthrough

We’re delighted to announce the signing of Don Babylon to Medical Records, and the imminent release of the follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Babe.

Formed in 2013 and hailing from Richmond, Virginia, Don Babylon cranks out drunk, sad rock’n roll in between kitchen shifts and last call. After recording a number of EPs, in 2017 the group released their debut album, Babe, tackling suicide and substance abuse with the wry wit of a barstool prophet. Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest called it “one of the best albums of 2017” and another reviewer compared them to a drunk punk Elvis Presley. Following the completion of their first national tour, in 2018 the band moved to Philadelphia.  Their tracks “Country Song” and “Ow, My Tiny Heart” were recently featured on the Showtime series Billions, and the band announced they’d be joining Car Seat Headrest on tour. 

Babe was never off the turntables at Medical, with its potent blend of drunk rock, incredible hooks, humor and raw invention. So, we’re stunned that its follow-up will be on our label. It’s one of those moments that seems too good to be true. 

The much-anticipated follow-up to Babe, Foul, will be released at end-September, with pre-sales beginning September 14th. We’d recommend you get the skin swabbed in anticipation… 

For more information, emails are mike@medicalrecordsltd.com or michael@medicalrecordsltd.com

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Blaze McKenzie on NPR’s Heavy Rotation

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing


Blaze McKenzie, ‘Think A New Thing’

  • from Born a Shadow

Born A Shadow is the solo debut from Blaze McKenzie, following nearly a decade with Brooklyn indie rockers The Can’t Tells. The Berklee College of Music alumnus says he’s been criticized in the past for being too earnest, but that tendency came in handy when writing “Think a New Thing.” Facing a creative block, McKenzie dipped into what he knows best — his own life. The result has lyrics weaving through a dysfunctional relationship and bouts of drinking, sobriety and relapse. Amid pounding drums and a killer guitar riff, the Oklahoma City native sings about emerging from a period of numbness and the confusion of those early days of sobriety (“But I’m alive now / Am I alive now? / I think that I’m alive now / Yeah, I’m alive now”). A chaotic swirl of sounds and screaming takes hold toward the end of the song, representing the helplessness felt when mistakes seem inevitable. You can call it dread, but it’s also a level of self-awareness that some never attain. — Ryan LaCroix, KOSU

Blaze McKenzie – Born A Shadow

We’re so proud to be supporting the release of this remarkable album, the solo debut from one of the front men from The Can’t Tells. An album that combined The Can’t Tell’s style rock, deeply beautiful acoustic, and a rich sense of foreboding and introspection

Go to Blaze’s website, buy the vinyl, indulge: https://www.blazemckenzie.com (or stream at https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/born-a-shadow/1352214328)

Long Time Winter tour

“This tour will serve as a reminder that as we travel through some of our favorite rooms and bring together our dearest family, cherished friends, dedicated fans, and favorite bands, none of us are alone. That even in the middle of some dark times, there’s always something to look forward to.”

JAN25
JAN26
26 January–27 January
Allston, MA
JAN27
Winooski, VT
FEB1
Thurs 20:00 EST
Providence, RI