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Here at After Nyne, we like things that are a little bit different, writes After Nyne’s music editor Lulu Jones, and My Baby are just that. A fusion of Dutch and New Zealand blood, the band are made up of equal parts brother-sister-duo Cato and Joost van Dyke (drums) and guitarist Daniel Johnston, Q Magazine described them as a ‘sleazy, groove-laden uprising’ which is a pretty good starting point to describe this band. Following a successful stint touring around the UK with American blues legend Seasick Steve, the trio played their first headline London show on Tuesday 12th May.
After Nyne were lucky enough to be invited down to 229 The Venue on Great Portland Street to witness the madness unfold.
Being the efficient adult that I am, I got down to the venue fairly early, but it quickly filled up and became quite apparent that the band have a good following over here, and appeal to a wonderfully diverse range of people.
Against a back drop of beautifully trippy visuals, an ethereal cacophony of bird and swamp sounds kicked off the set for ‘No Depression’, drummer and guitarist creating what sounded like a ritualistic beat, warming up the crowd for the arrival of singer Cato. The minimalistic start teasing the room quickly got the crowd going and it wasn’t long until people started losing their inhibitions and moving to the infectious groove.
‘6×2’ had a definite Queens of the Stoneage edge to it, the bands’ presence reminding me of Josh Homme’s confidence. The set up being 2 guys and a girl also lent itself to Brit rock band The Subways, driving beats, strong vocals and rough around the edges guitars.
The sixth song ‘Uprising’ was the first song I ever heard from My Baby, and listening to it on my laptop does not do it justice in comparison to hearing it live.
With their slow building riffs and strong reverb, the band have concocted a sexy, sinfully enjoyable sound.
The bands new album ‘Shamanaid’ was out on May 25th via Embrace Recordings in the UK. This has already seen chart success on home turf in the Netherlands, and serves as a worthy successor to their debut LP ‘Loves Voodoo’. Personally I can’t wait to see what this band do over the coming year, if you can I highly recommend seeing them live.