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GET TO KNOW: Baby Got Back Talk
After establishing themselves with a wealth of rich and captivating gems these last few years, emerging outfit Baby Got Talk Back return once again with their shimmering new single 'Opposite Of Imposter Syndrome'.
Capturing more of that bright and dynamic indie-pop aesthetic they are known for, 'Opposite Of Imposter Syndrome' makes for a fun and lively listen throughout. With its bold and upbeat textures, soaring atmosphere, and infectious vocals from start to finish, they are certainly getting us ready for summer with this one.
So with the new single available to stream now, we sat down with them to find out more about their origins and influences over the years.
What was the first band or artist you fell in love with?
I fell down the rock ‘n’ roll rabbit hole because of Little Richard’s appearance on Sesame Street. I had no idea what I was seeing or hearing but I knew right away he was vibrating on my frequency.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
We were all in steppingstone bands when we were younger. Jake, our guitarist, was the instrumentless lead vocalist in a metalcore act. I, BGBT’s singer and bassist, played guitar in a neon-era pop punk band. Rhi, our synth op, played in a top 40 cover group. All of those experiences and influences combine–Captain Planet style–to inform what we’re doing now as Baby Got Back Talk.
What has been your primary inspiration in writing music?
I always come back to one scene in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. The actor playing record producer Sam Phillips stops Cash’s band in the middle of an audition and gives this earth-shattering monologue about playing songs that have actual stakes, depth, and intensity. Phillips asks Cash what he’d play if he had one song to let G-d know how Cash felt about his time on Earth, what he’d say in one song for people to remember him by before he’s dirt. All of our songs aren’t quite that serious, but when we sit down to finalize something we intend to put out into the world, we try to approach it with that same sense of urgency, sincerity and specificity. We rock to capture the texture of experience on this rock.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
I wish we wrote SZA’s “F2F.” The song thumps and it would fit right in with our existing discog. Plus, SZA is from St. Louis, Missouri just like I am. I’d like to think we’re probably tapping into a similar creative wellspring.
If there was any moment in your career you could relive, what would it be?
Playing AfroPunk Festival 2019 in Brooklyn was an incredible experience. At one point during our set, we looked into the audience and saw none other than Blake Schwarzenbach, frontman of punk legends Jawbreaker, bopping along to our tunes in the pit. Jawbreaker are a tremendous influence on what we do. Blake’s lyrics in particular were a major catalyst for my interest in writing songs. Having that experience at a festival that celebrates alt black kids was a high point. For the most part our band focuses on moving forward, but we wouldn’t mind rehearsing that glorious, pre-pandemic day.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Magnolia Park and Baby Got Back Talk would go together like gin and tonic.
And is there an artist you would love to collaborate with as well?
We’d be super into Hudson Mohawke producing one of our tracks. Rage Against The Machine and Baby Got would make an epic crossover event as well.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Five years from now, BGBT will continue to do what we do best: kick out the jams and deliver high drama, hijinks and high fives to stages across the globe. Our band name could get a little more literal by that time in the sense that we might be toting infant car seats in the tour van.
Baby Got Back Talk's new single 'Opposite Of Imposter Syndrome' is available to stream now. Check out the new video for it below.