This week’s featured playlist comes from New Hampshire experimental rock outfit, Babylawns. The playlist is a collection of influential pieces as well as a few, current personal favorites. “As a songwriter and an avid drummer I tend to obsess over the points where these two elements cross paths. Hearing innovative drum-work on well written songs with small intricacies and quirks are what really excite me about modern guitar music.” – Ryan Egan
Babylawns is an experimental rock outfit based primarily out of New Hampshire. We have been a project for about a year, led by songwriter Ryan Egan, who has released music previously under the name Pleasure Gap, accompanied by Davey Michelle, Michael Phillips, Chris Tremblay, and Conor Powers. We execute a poppy sound with fuzzy, distorted, scribbling guitars, fretless bass hooks, jazzy trombone swirls, and ranging vocal melody. Our debut full-length release titled, “Sorry it’s like This” is a collection of nine tracks detailing loss, mental illness, and living within the socially divided landscapes of our collapsing atmosphere. Our band just wrapped up an east coast tour and we plan on hitting the road again in 2018.
These songs are partly a collection of influential pieces but also just some of my favorites as of late. As a songwriter and an avid drummer I tend to obsess over the points where these two elements cross paths. Hearing innovative drum-work on well written songs with small intricacies and quirks are what really excite me about modern guitar music. I also love what I’d call “naked” lyricism, which I describe as not dancing around the subject as artfully with metaphors and similes to maybe soften the blow of a tense or personal theme. I love the blunt delivery that crushes you instantaneously. Words are complicated and I think communication is key, my goal is to avoid being a politician in my songs.
I find a lot of comfort in overly depressing music; when I listen to songs as such it helps me feel less alone in my pain. Hearing stories of sadness from other people is oddly comforting when I’m feeling impossibly low. So with babylawns I try to do things like that. I’m happy to maybe help somebody get through similar issues or just anything at all. A lot of this playlist are either representative to that or just in a realm of sonically pleasing rock music that has inspired me.