After putting on a killer show to a packed Hi Fi Bar here in Melbourne recently, the Baby Animals will hit the road again for national Feed The Birds tour. Their new album, This Is Not The End, debuted in the Top 20 ARIA Album Chart, and the tour will be filmed for the band’s first ever live DVD, Feed The Birds (Live). You can pre-order the DVD, or grab a limited release bundle that includes a ticket to the show and a signed copy of the DVD upon its release for Christmas, from thebabyanimals.com
You should really check out This Is Not The End – it’s been a long time between drinks for the band – this is only their third album in over 20 years – but their sound is largely intact despite all that water under the bridge and a 50% line-up change. If anything, Baby Animals have became harder-edged and a little more urgent in tone, which is no small feat since urgency and edge were always words that applied to their sound. Part of this is probably down to the tumult that the new songs deal with (namely Suze DiMarchi’s divorce from Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt), and part is probably due to the sheer exuberance of plugging in and rocking out again. Guitarist Dave Leslie (read his post about his Grubia Merlin guitar here) gets quite a few decent kicks in, whether riffing or jangling or soloing. It’s not all driving rockers though: Invisible Dreamer is downright atmospheric, and Priceless is a great mid-tempo moment. But mostly this album serves as a strong, confident reminder that Baby Animals are back, and they rock!