Turn on, tune in and drop out with The Babe Rainbow!
Australia has been a steady supplier of some very impressive talent in terms of psychedelia lately, almost making us wonder what it is they put in the water down there (one thing is for sure, it must be some pretty potent stuff). Ranging from hard rockers Wolfmother in the mid-noughties to modern icons Tame Impala and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, the stream of kaleidoscopic music just does not seem to end (and why would we want it to?). The Babe Rainbow, a three-piece outfit from notorious hippie town Byron Bay in New South Wales, are proudly carrying this great legacy on with their eponymous EP released in 2015 by Flightless Records.
The band’s aesthetic positively oozes of the 60’s, leaving the listener longing for a new Summer of Love. Songs like ”Love Forever” and ”Planet Junior” deliver wonderfully vibrant and technicolor-y grooves, as if Sgt. Pepper would have had an Australian love child with Brian Wilson before forming the Lonely Hearts Club Band. All in all, The Babe Rainbow EP evokes memories of classic albums such as Odyssey and Oracle by The Zombies, or The Monkees' More of the Monkees, without ever feeling irrelevant or out of sync with life in the 21st century. The only disappointing feature of the release is the length, only clocking in at just under 12 minutes with four songs, but we remain hopeful that the album will be out shortly and thus fill that big sitar-sized hole we are left with in our minds after the last note has been played.
Having come to Europe for a tour in 2015, it might be a while until The Babe Rainbow comes back to the Old continent to play their trademark folk-rock to European fans. While we wait, however, you can listen to more of their music on Soundcloud or Bandcamp as well as follow the band on Facebook or Tumblr.