Drunk Dial #5 - Cry Babe (black vinyl) - New 7"
Pressing of 200 black vinyl.
Portland dream-punk trio Cry Babe with a sprawling study of haunted sounds seemingly designed for gray winter days and long, lonely nights. The original on the A-side is backed with a lovely little surprise: a cover of Hole’s “Violet” that transforms the nineties classic into a wrenching, reverb-soaked showcase for the vocal work of Cry Babe frontwoman Anaïs Genevieve, whose stricken, soaring croon is one of the best things happening in Portland music right now. And why the Hole cover? Anaïs explains: “Rose and Maddie have been fans of Hole for quite some time, but I am a more recent fan. We also thought of doing a Mitski cover, but thought we might not be able to pull it off while on [REDACTED], so we opted for something a little messier so that we would feel comfortable playing around. I think in the end we just wanted a really badass song that we could make our own.” And that they most definitely did.
The Portland Mercury called Cry Babe “one of the city’s most promising new bands,” and the fine folks at Fish Hickey described their sound as “music that settles into your bones and makes your heart shake.” We are in full agreement with these highly accurate assessments. Which is why we had to get Cry Babe into the studio ASAP.
For those who don’t know, here’s how Drunk Dial Records operates: we invite artists we adore into a recording studio to write and record an original song and cover a classic tune in one session. But there’s a catch! The artist or band in question must compose and perform these songs while inebriated. The recordings are then released as a 7” vinyl single.
The news is spreading, the label featured in an article in NME.
For their dreamy Drunk Dial debut, Cry Babe opted for a chemical enhancement we probably shouldn’t mention here. But let it be known that it definitely delivered them into new realms of creativity. “It made me more open to suggestion and less likely to take comments personally,” says singer Anaïs Genevieve. “It was super experimental and informal. Super stoked we decided to branch out.”