"With its tug-at-heartstrings twang and frontman Tom Hamilton’s melancholy vocals, American Babies’ “Goddamn” is a sentimental rocker to drown your sorrows in. And yet, as the track from American Babies’ 2013 album Knives & Teeth attests to, there’s some solace to be found in giving voice to those under-your-breath mutterings that know too much about hopes slipping away and regretful regrets.”
Slip Bassist Marc Friedman To Join American Babies
We are excited to announce that Slip/Surprise Me Mr. Davis bassist Marc Friedman will start touring with the band next month.
From Tom: “After platooning the bassist position for the last year, we are happy to say that we found ourselves a steady buddy to fill out the rhythm section. Starting on Feb. 1, The Babies and I will be welcoming Marc Friedman from The Slip as our new Captain of the Low End. As many of you already know, Marc is one of the most talented musicians our scene has known and we are all extremely excited to see where the music goes from here. Catch ya out there!”
Final Night of the American Babies Brooklyn Bowl Residency on 10/21
Well folks, here we are the final night of our residency. It sure went quick and has been a lot of fun so far. We’re viewing this final night as a celebration of our new album, “Knives and Teeth” as well as a send off party as we head out on tour for the next 5 weeks. This will be our last show in the Northeast for a bit and we’re gonna close this thing out right!
This week’s musical theme is PINK FLOYD, and we will also be playing all of the tracks from “Knives and Teeth”, as well as some favorite BP tunes. To help us bring this party to a close, we will have Clay Parnell from Brothers Past and Steve Molitz from Particle stopping in to add some bass and keys, respectively. We’ve also sent out the invite to our past guests, so we have a feeling we’ll have a few more friends stop through to help out as well.
Starting the night off at 8pm will be the band Hollis Brown and the Babies hit at 9pm.
Special Guests Announced for Night 3 of Brooklyn Bowl Residency on 10/14
This amazing night of music will feature special guests: Furthur/Shpongle/Duo drummer Joe Russo and Railroad Earth bassist Andrew Altman. The set will feature a retrospective of songs from all of the different groups Tom and Joe have played in throughout years along with lots of American Babies favorites. Its gonna be a really really special event. Don’t miss out!!
Special Guests announced for Night 2 of Brooklyn Bowl Residency on 10/7
The night will feature Disco Biscuits guitarist Jon “The Barber” Gutwillig, bassist Andrew Altman from Railroad Earth and Nicos Gun guitarist Nick Bockrath. The set will feature songs by The Jerry Garcia Band.
Stay tuned each week for special guest announcements!!
Special Guests announced for Night 1 of Brooklyn Bowl Residency on 9/30
American Babies are excited to announce the first night of special guests for their weekly Brooklyn Bowl Residency starting this Monday, 9/30.
The night will feature the great blues guitarist Jamie McLean, Railroad Earth’s bassist extraordinaire Andrew Altman and jumping on the 2nd drum kit will be Wolf!’s Taylor Floreth. The set will feature an Allman Brothers mini set along with lots of new and old songs from the extensive American Babies catalog.
Stay tuned each week to find out who the surprise special guests will be.
Every Monday for the next 4 weeks, American Babies will be celebrating the release of their new album “Knives and Teeth” with big time shows at the world famous Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, NY. Every week will bring in many special guests and lots of surprises. Don’t miss out and get your tickets today!!
Most of you on here know me from music. Fans, colleagues, or folks I grew up with. After releasing 6 albums (four with Brothers Past, and two with American Babies) I think most would agree that when it comes to making records, I have a pretty good rep.
At the moment, I am about 3/4 finished making a new album, and it’s a beast. It’s the most complete picture of who I am as an artist that I’ve managed to make to date. A cross between BP’s moody, psychedelic, beats ‘n synths production mixed with The Babies’ rolling and raw songwriting. This record is angry, scared, and out for blood.
Today, American Babies and myself have launched a KickStarter campaign to fund the rest of the recording, as well as the release of this new album. Please check it out and help in any way you can.
The relationship between an artist and their fans is special, and I have experienced that first hand for a decade now. Your support is what has gotten me to where I am, as well as what keeps me going in a forward direction both in my musical life and my personal. I’m a lucky fucker to have you all.
We are very excited about some fun shows this week around PA and NJ. First off, in Philadelphia this Thursday, is a special headlining slot at WXPN’s Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival at The Fire. On the bill are some other great Philly bands, so come and spend your Valentine’s Day with us!! Then on Friday, we head over to one of our favorite venues in PA, River Street Jazz Cafe in Wilkes-Barre, PA. These are alway great shows and this one we are excited to have Miz opening up. Its gonna be a whole lot of fun.
On Saturday we are honored to played the 100th show at Concerts in the
2013 is gonna be a good year, can you feel it? We are extremely excited about the the next few months as we make the final touches on the new record and get back out on the road. We will definitely keep everyone updated on the status of the album and hopefully get to sneek you all some new music before the release later this year. For now, we are playing some fun shows around the northeast over the next month, starting with this Wednesday at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia. Come say hi!
Upcoming Tour Dates:
1/16 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s (w/Jessie Malin)
1/19 - Herndon, VA - Breakers Sky Lounge
1/25 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl (Freaks Ball XIII)
November Tour With Tea Leaf Green Starts Thursday!
Beginning this Thursday, November 8, 2012 at World Cafe Live in Philly, American Babies will leave the studio and hit the road for a run of shows on the east coast with Tea Leaf Green. Trevor and Cochrane from TLG recently opened for the Babies at Mill Valley, CA’s Sweetwater Music Hall and Cochrane also sat in with the band at Phil Lesh’s Terrapin Crossroads. This tour includes stops at Brooklyn Bowl, Westcott Theater, State Theater and more.
Tom commented in a recent inteview, “It’s always a good time doing an extended run of shows with the same band. Everyone is always crossing paths on the road, but it’s usually a short affair. Tours like this give the opportunity for us to really get to know each other musically and personally, and have a great hang. We’re all looking forward to a lot of great nights of music.”
Beginning this Thursday, August 23, 2012 at Teaneck, NJ’s Mexicali Live, American Babies will leave the studio and hit the road for their final dates of the summer. This cross country trek includes stops in Ft Collins, CO for a performance at New Belgium Brewery’s traveling “Tour de Fat” festival, Bob Weir’s Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, CA, as well as two shows at Phil Lesh’s San Rafael based Terrapin Crossroads.
“We’ve been working on a lot of new material, and we figure testing this stuff out on the road for a few weeks will give us some good perspective on making decisions in the studio” - Tom