Premiere: Meet Stupid Baby, who share a clip for their latest single, Feline
After supporting some of the country's most exciting names in rock, the Central Coast indie-rock band focus on their own work.
Over the last year, Central Coast-based indie-rock four-piece Stupid Baby have become a local favourite of the New South Wales live circuit, touring with some of the country's most exciting names in rock's many sub-genres - The Chats, Pist Idiots, Skegss, Ocean Alley, Polish Club and WAAX - amongst the odd festival slot here and there, the latest being the Hilltop Hoods-topped Rolling Sets Festival in Coffs Harbour over the weekend. Despite not even having a song out at the time, this extensive touring led to the group becoming one of the area's most promising newcomers, something they finally delivered on with the release of their first single Feline at the start of this year.
Released a few weeks back, Feline is a ripper introduction to the group's recorded material and their era-joining sound, capturing the energy of the 80s and 90s' rock output but translating it through a refined, more modernised lens; Sonic Youth meets some of the aforementioned bands they've toured with, to paint somewhat of a loud and brash comparison that fits their work. "We felt Feline was a good introduction to what’s to come from Stupid Baby. We wrote it pretty quickly in the room together, starting with the riff," says the band on the single. "The lyrics were a stream of consciousness between Jake and I, which we liked. We wanted to hone in on the dual vocal thing, and for all the parts of this song to be driving, and alluding to some kind of intense relationship dynamic. It's probably one of the moodier, darker Stupid Baby songs."
Today, however, we're premiering the single's official video clip, showcasing on Pilerats today ahead of its official release later this week. Shot, directed, and edited by Tom Hackett, the video clip is one that's equal parts thriller film and comedy, interrogating a mannequin doll in between glimpses of their live show craft filmed on a property in Laguna, New South Wales. "We decided we wanted to interrogate our friend who is a mannequin," the band explain. "The idea was to imply that we were going to hurt him and make him feel really shit, but we were actually just planning a cute birthday surprise for him."
Dive into the clip below, and introduce yourself to the band-on-the-rise while you're at it:
Tell us about yourself?
Stupid Baby is an exercise in making serious music, while having fun and not being too serious. The most important thing to the four of us is being together, in the same space sharing ideas and laughing at all the dumb shit we can come up with.
We’ve spent the last 12 months recording and we are finally ready to start sharing our little baby with the world.
What’s the vibe music-wise?
We all come from different backgrounds musically but our shared obsession with Fiona Kitschen, Gareth Liddiard, Fuzz pedals and just general doom and gloom have led us to carving out what we feel is a pretty unique sound in the post-punk / shoegaze space.
Feel free to have a listen and tell us we’re wrong.
What are your production and writing processes like?
Unlike anything I’ve personally been involved with before musically, Stupid Baby is 100 per cent collaborative, and everything is written together in our rehearsal space. Everything starts with the riff or concept and we work from there. For example, with Feline, Liz came to a rehearsal with the opening guitar part and the flood gates opened and the song manifested itself. There’s something that happens when we are in the same room making music.
Can you tell us about your new single, Feline?
We felt Feline was a good introduction to what’s to come from Stupid Baby.
The lyrics were a stream of consciousness between Jake and Liz, which we really liked. We wanted to hone in on the duel vocal thing, and for all the parts of this song to be driving, and alluding to some kind of intense relationship dynamic. It's probably one of the moodier, darker Stupid Baby songs.
Any tour dates coming up?
We’re playing a show called Snake Pit on the 27th March at The Entertainment Grounds in Gosford. It’s with Smith Street Band, Deadshowws and a bunch of other great bands.
What does 2020 have in store for you?
We have so much ready to go that we are almost overwhelmed by choice, but most importantly this year will see a number of tracks, clips and just general creative projects from the Stupid Baby camp. We’re growing the family and excited for everyone to be a part of it.
Where can we find more of your music?
We are on all streaming platforms and services, but the best way to find out what Stupid Baby is all about is to come to a show.