words: Michael Brooks
Cry Babe — the Portland trio comprised of Anaïs Genevieve, Madaline Putney, and Rose Reinholz — is indie rock at its most enigmatic, and hearing them for the first time is a breath of fresh air. Citing early Mitski as an influence, they seem to have adopted the reckless abandon of punk-rock in their sound, while also being able to paint a portrait of the mundanities of everyday life through a distinct and specific lens, creating something raw and truly original in the process. “Johnny”, our first look at Cry Babe’s forthcoming EP Be Cool (out 2/14 via Good Cheer Records), is a surging, eccentric slice of garage rock that’s as vibrant as it is unconventional. It’s kind of like if you were to take the fuzz-pop of The Beths, the essays of Roxane Gay, and the vocals to “Monster Mash” and shove them all inside a blender. Genevieve’s vocals ultimate steal the show here, with each dizzying yelp and squeal burrowing deeper into your ear canals until you can’t get them out of your head.