Australia has seen a handful of bands come about in the last 7 years or so. The Alternative and Psychedelic scenes have been blossoming down under, and The Babe Rainbow are major contributors.
About a year and a half ago, I was traveling around the continent of Australia. When you are romping around a place like that, you come to realize a lot of what you hear about Australia (as a foreigner to the country) seem to hold true. It’s a massive piece of land, baked in sunshine, with long haired youth walking around barefoot. Regardless of how well these things represent the country as a whole — bands like The Babe Rainbow embody this kind of style as well as freedom of self-expression. From the way their music videos are filmed to the type of style each member exudes, The Babe Rainbow represent the revival of 1960’s Psychedelia to a T.
The Babe Rainbow released their debut self-titled record worldwide on September 1st, and it is a great debut to say the least. After a fabulous outing on their ‘The Babe Rainbow – EP’ from 2015, it is no surprise how catchy, funky and contagious the hooks are all throughout the track listing of their new LP.
From the breezy ‘Peace Blossom Boogy’ to the lackadaisical ‘Survival Into the 21st Century’ every song has slick production, fun songwriting and engaging atmospheres. ‘Sunflower Sutra’ sounds like ‘Rubber Soul’ era Beatles, where the Aussie trio jam and carry on into the sunset. This is certainly a group you need to familiarize yourself with.
The Babe Rainbow have just recently hit the road on their tour through Europe, and are currently in Germany. They will be continuing their tour into North America starting in October, and will be playing in Indianapolis on October 8th at Square Cat Vinyl! You can check out some of their other dates here.
Listen to The Babe Rainbow’s debut record below.