Amazing Baby | Mercury Lounge | 6.12.2008

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Another good show from one of Brooklyn's most promising new bands. This was Amazing Baby's fourth show in their short existence — but as I said about their live debut a month ago — they seem to have it pretty much figured out. Heavy, glammy psychedelic rock with plenty of melody, by people who know how to play their instruments and hold an audience's attention. Singer Leah Carey was back with the band this time (she missed her band's first show!) and the chemistry between her and the band's other singer, William Roan, just added to the show.

I do wish they'd kept the backup singers they had at Union Hall, though. Without them, my initial description of "heavier, more psychedelic Roxy Music" seems less appropriate. (And the band just a skootch less distinctive.) And I like describing them that way. It was more straight up psych-folk-rock (if there is such a thing) akin to prime Brian Jonestown Massacre. There were also projections this time, though I can't say they added a whole lot. Set highlight was the closing number, "The Narwhal," which is so much bigger, louder, more epic, more awesome than the recording of it that's been floating around. Those singer would've come in handy on the "ahhs."

MP3: Amazing Baby- The Narwhal

Despite the photos on their MySpace, they don't play shirtless with
tribal makeup smeared on their bodies… which is a good thing. Between MGMT and Man Man and Apes & Androids, there's enough of that.

Apparently Mark Ronson was there checking them out. This was their last scheduled show for a month, but they've got shows in July.

Jul 11 – The Glasslands Gallery Brooklyn, New York
Jul 23 – The Paradise Rock Club w/ MGMT (sold out!!!!!) Boston, Massachusetts
Jul 24 – The Paradise Rock Club w/ MGMT Boston, Massachusetts
Jul 25 – First Unitarian Church w/ MGMT Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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