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Babe Report Unleashes Debut Album ‘Did You Get Better’ with Explosive Lead Single “Turtle of Reaper”

  • April 15, 2024
  • 2 min read
Babe Report Unleashes Debut Album ‘Did You Get Better’ with Explosive Lead Single “Turtle of Reaper”

Babe Report, Did You Get Better, turtle reaper, indie rock, alt rock, audiofuzz
Two years following the electrifying debut of their EP, the Chicago-based band Babe Report has announced their first full-length album, “Did You Get Better,” scheduled for release on May 31 via Exploding In Sound Records. This album includes ten fresh tracks, all condensed into less than thirty minutes, marking a dynamic and swift entry by this emerging band consisting of ex-FCKR JR members Ben Grigg (Geronimo!, Whelpwisher) and Emily Bernstein, along with drummer Peter Reale (Yeesh) and bassist Mech.

With the album announcement, Babe Report also released their lead single “Turtle of Reaper,” which debuted today on FLOOD as a first listen. The opening song of the album explodes with a mix of noisy intensity and high energy, offering a two-minute thrill ride of raw vocals and vigorous drums. Discussing the single, Ben Grigg of Babe Report explains, “The song critiques the alarmist tendencies of click-bait media. I specifically reference Nadig News, known for their consistent crime coverage. Although fascinating, it sometimes appears to stir fear and xenophobia. While I doubt that’s Nadig’s aim, and I respect the survival of a family-run newspaper in 2024, their approach can feel unsettling. The chorus references the Y2K media frenzy as a metaphor.” Initially a duo formed during lockdown, Babe Report expanded to a four-member band with the release of their “The Future of Teeth” EP, growing into the robust lineup featured on “Did You Get Better.”

Recorded in just a single weekend in November 2023 at Radon Ranch—Ben and Emily’s modest basement studio—the album uses unique prototype microphones, delivering tracks that are immediately captivating and deeply immersive. Babe Report channels their eclectic influences into a potent mix of chaos and excitement, like capturing a thunderstorm in a bottle. The album reflects a significant evolution in the band’s sound, featuring an intoxicating blend of ’90s inspired guitars and melodic rhythms. Check out “Turtle Of Reaper” below:

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