Exclusive: Baby Bee Perform "High Heel Leather Boots" Acoustically & Talk "The Shaker"
Wed, 15 May 2013 08:05:15
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ARTISTdirect.com was lucky enough to host Baby Bee in our studios for an exclusive acoustic performance of their infectious track "High Heel Leather Boots."
Baby Bee, featuring New Orleans-based brothers Joe and David Stark, rip through the track with only a guitar, tambourine and those killer voices.
It's a bluesy track. If you dig Queens of the Stone Age or The Hives, but with a little NOLA soul, well then you need to check out the band's The Shaker EP...like now.
ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino calls Baby Bee, "Exactly what rock 'n' roll needs right now…Baby Bee bring a sultry Southern-fried energy that's utterly incendiary. The Shaker is going to shake up rock music for good."
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Watch the Performance Below!
See the Interview Below!
What ties The Shaker together?
Joe Stark: We'd written "High Heel Leather Boots". It might be over a year-and-a-half-old. That one has been around for a while. Then, we did "Jet Black". We re-recorded them for the EP. Those came during our early stages of defining the band. We put on "Another and Another" and "Bang It Out" too. "Bang It Out" is really cool. It's got a South Louisiana rhythm, and it sounds very swampy to us. "Another and Another" has the most rock with an "r-a-w-k" vibe going on. It's really fun to play live. It's relentless too, which we really like. It's got all point in between. It rounds us out pretty nicely.
David Stark: Those four songs are all different in their own right. They'll represent the record for all it's worth.
How locked in are you two?
David Stark: That chemistry has been there since the beginning.
Joe Stark: Even when we sucked at playing music, we were good at doing it together [Laughs]. We just practiced enough to get better.
David Stark: We played with our dad a lot. That was the first thing. We'd play with him at Mardi Gras parties and things on the weekends.
Joe Stark: We've been yelled at by him like, "Speed up" or "Slow down". Now, we just yell at each other [Laughs]. We can do it with a look now.
What's the story behind "High Heel Leather Boots"?
Joe Stark: When we demoed it out, it was more slow-paced. For whatever reason, that hook came to me first. I had the chord progression. It descended on the verse and got really low. It got super Queens of the Stone Age-y, and we sludged it out. It took shape as this high-energy early The Who-sounding thing with that Cajun beat in the verse. It pushed all of those elements of where we want to go with that immediacy out of the box. I love all the parts of the song. It's a party. It's our coming out. We want to play music that makes us want to go crazy. Hopefully, it will make other people want to go crazy. It's infectious like that.
What about "Another and Another"?
David Stark: When we brought it to Brendan O'Brien, he was like, "This car is in a muscle car right now. We need to reel it back into the shrimp boat" [Laughs]. We started to add that flavor to it.
Joe Stark: I remember working with Butch Walker in his studio and spitting any lyric that came to mind about have sex [Laughs]. I was like, "This is fun. Let's go. Press play!" We worked it up. Then, after we thought about it for a minute, we re-worked it up. That's always our process. We'll punch it out, and then go back a couple of days or weeks later and say, "Let's rein this in and make it something real".
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