What started as a side project between members of prominent lo-fi Brooklyn bands Woods and Vivian Girls has turned into a full-time band with Babies, which has released two albums and toured consistently over the past two years. And while both groups mentioned above have made stops at the Hi-Tone Café before, Sunday night marks the first time Babies will play Memphis.
Cassie Ramone (Vivian Girls) and Kevin Morby (Woods) started Babies to bounce song ideas off of each other, and that practice is very apparent on the group's second album, Our House on the Hill. Although Babies sticks to a much cleaner style of recording than the fuzzed-out approach that made Vivian Girls one of the most popular garage bands of the decade, the songs on the band's latest album touch on a lot of different styles without veering too far from what you'd expect from these two songwriters, melding country guitar, female backing vocals, and lyrics that are often filled with more angst than appreciation.
Also playing at the Hi-Tone is local act Toxie, which features members of Magic Kids and Coasting and is rumored to have a debut single out next month. Opening the show is Little Rock's RadRadRiot, a newish alternative-rock duo who are also playing Memphis for the first time. Babies play the Hi-Tone Café on Sunday, December 16th. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $8.