Band Interview: Baby Shakes

Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life are pleased to bring you an interview with punk ‘n roll band, Baby Shakes.

1. How did you get started as a band?

Baby Shakes formed in 2005. Judy and Claudia met at a punk show at CBGB’s when they were teenagers. They both had studded jackets, pink/blue hair and collected UK ‘82 and ‘77 punk singles so it made sense that they’d become good friends. They used to jam out to Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers songs together in their living rooms. A friend of ours (the artist Avi Spivak) knew that we were looking for bandmates so when Mary moved to NY from Seattle he introduced us at his DJ night. We all got along so well and when we heard Mary sing we knew it was the perfect style for the kind of music we all wanted to play and she played guitar too. As for Ryan… we’ve had many drummers in the past but he was definitely the missing puzzle piece. We met him through mutual friends when we needed a drummer for a show.

2. How would you describe your sound?

Rock’n’roll punk band from NYC with some powerpop, glam, glitter and girl group sounds thrown in the mix.

3. What bands/artists would you say have influenced your style of music?

First and foremost, Chuck Berry but also 77 punk including The Undertones, Buzzcocks, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers. Also Tom Petty, Phil Seymour, the Go-Go’s and Slade just to name a few.

4. Has the rise of YouTube & music streaming helped or hindered you as a band?

They’ve helped with our worldwide reach for sure. We post all of our music videos on Youtube and people like to stream music so it’s nice to have that option as a band.

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5. What do you enjoy doing when you’re not making music?

Drawing, making art, riding bikes, watching movies and listening to records.

6. What are your future plans musically? Tours?

We just had a release on Dimple Discs that is one 2 singles from the EP collaboration with Billy and Damian of the Undertones. So, look out for the follow up coming your way pretty soon, it’s just a catchy and will knock your platform boots off!!! In the meantime, we’re writing some new songs of our own and hope to record and release an LP by the time this pandemic lets up and it’s safe to tour again. We want to tour Australia for the first time but we’ll also be going back to the U.K, Europe and Asia as soon as we can!!!


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