Yet another band to have risen from the ashes of the dearly departed Yves Klein Blue, Babaganouj was formed by guitarist Charles Sale in 2011 – just months after YKB split due to ‘creative differences’. Named after a ridiculous 12-second song by Sydney legends Smudge (not to mention a delicious eggplant dip) Babaganouj has something of a Brisbane all-stars line up. Originally featuring Jack Gleeson of Inland Sea on drums and Harriette Pilbeam from Go Violets on bass, they’ve recently added a second Violet, Ruby, who’s also part of lollypop behemoth Johnny and the Fembots.
Babaganouj draw on bands that represent the rougher side of twee pop: the Lemonheads, the Pastels, the Vaselines. In fact, they’d just about pass as a Lemonheads tribute band, with their boy-girl harmonies, 90s hairdos and derpy sense of humour (the line ‘I fell for you and I hurt my knee’ could rival any of Evan Dando’s silly puns) – if it weren’t for Sale’s genuine knack for writing power pop hooks.
Having released their debut EP, Sife Lucks, last March – two years after it was recorded – Babaganouj are about to tour the east coast in support of brand new 7″ ‘Too Late For Love’ b/w ‘4U’. Catch them on these dates:
Friday, 14 March – Public Bar, Melbourne with The Spazzys and Velcro
Sunday, 16 March – The Tote, Melbourne with The Good Morrows and Skyways Are Highways
Friday, 21 March – World Bar, Sydney with Chicks Who Love Guns and The Cathys
Saturday, 22 March – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney with Bell Weather Department and A.D.K.O.B.
Friday, 28 March – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane with The Good Sports and Love Signs