Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop, Rock


Sounds like

The Dandy Warhols, Angel Olsen, Brian Jonestown, Mazzy Star, Cate Le Bon


band members

Rhea Caldwell, Fabian Hunter, Nathanael Riley & Dave Mudie


Website

www.babybluemelbourne.com

Bio

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Baby Blue have been around for longer than two years given their prolificacy in the Melbourne music scene. Having quickly become a staple of the local scene through their relentless gigging, the band have been turning heads with their infectious melodies and live show which is a joy to behold.

Lead singer and songwriter Rhea Caldwell performs with an ease few can claim to possess, tapping into sounds of 60s surf rock with a sprinkling of Americana and indie pop. The result is charming and considered concoction from an exciting new talent to watch.

Inspired to purchase an old parlour guitar while in the States, a determined Caldwell decided to write her own songs after years of never fully committing. These first attempts at songs would form the basis of Baby Blue and establish Caldwell’s trademark candid and relatable lyrics, which once she got started, flowed from her effortlessly. The band’s first EP In My Mind is a result of Caldwell finding both a voice and peers within her music.

Now with her talented band in toe featuring Dave Mudie (Courtney Barnett, L.A. Mood, Gumboot), Fabian Hunter (Coastbusters, China Beach, Madeline Leman and The Desert Swells) and Nathanael Riley (19th Century Strongmen, Captain Apples) Baby Blue has become a powerful and compelling live act.

In the band’s short existence they’ve been invited to open up 2017’s Boogie Festival and play at Bello Winter Music, and have supported the likes of international bands Chastity Belt and The Courtneys, and fellow Melbourne luminaries Jordie Lane, Ella Hooper, Oh Pep! and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever.

Topics dissected in a Baby Blue song range from non-committal romances to self improvement, all delivered through Caldwell’s refreshing sincerity. Alleviated from the project’s humble folk beginnings, the force of the band is evidenced through sparkling backing vocals, flourishes of Hunter’s guitar and Caldwell’s breezy yet impactful vocals. Each song takes the listener on a journey, striking the perfect balance between satisfaction and wanting to hear more.

Baby Blue is ultimately a marker for Caldwell’s progress as both a songwriter and human, the trials and triumphs she faces finding their place in songs that appeal from the first instant. There’s zero pretension at play here, just a desire to connect with others and make sense of the world through music.

“From the first note of their debut EP In My Mind, Melbourne’s Baby Blue spark your curiosity and keep it. A breath of fresh air in a musical climate that can often get singular and stale, the band have been a constant fixture in the local music scene, delighting with their catchy surf rock hooks and endearing lyrics.” 9/10 Beat Magazine

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

16 Jan 2018

Triple J
40

digging that 60s warble and steady rhythm. feels like a real trip from start to finish.

digging that 60s warble and steady rhythm. feels like a real trip from start to finish.

Review

Review by Tommy Faith Tommy Faith

12 Jan 2018

Triple J
40

I've been trying to find the right soundtrack to my ayahuasca tourism for years and I think it's finally arrived!

I've been trying to find the right soundtrack to my ayahuasca tourism for years and I think it's finally arrived!

Review

Review by Claire Mooney Claire Mooney

11 Jan 2018

Triple J
40

YES! New BABY BLUE, and another golden-wrapped gem to dive right into. You guys always nail it.

YES! New BABY BLUE, and another golden-wrapped gem to dive right into. You guys always nail it.