THE BABE RAINBOW

The band behind the music behind the 'Night Dip' clip.

 Our story for The Babe Rainbow begins innocuously enough: a cool, psychedelic Byron Bay band that's unafraid to rock its hippie roots provides the soundtrack to 10 people stripping off and going skinny dipping in the name of Stonemen. 

While more on that later, we would be doing our readers an injustice if we didn't introduce you to this cool local band. 
Here is a world of good times and retro 60’s vibes, with their first self-titled album released on June 2nd 2017 and a second album to be dropped some time in April. Their track ‘Losing Something’ was the undercurrent of tunes that brought the latest SurfStitch Wintermission campaign to life, and the lads already toured in the states with the Allah-Las, and their time filming with Kristofski in New Zealand.

Stonemen: Hi Angus,
The Babe Rainbow: Hi Alina.
 
Really loving discovering your sound (and clips) through your Stonemen collaboration!

Merci.
 
I would describe your sound as playful surf rock.... what would you say are your other influences? Psychedelic pop? 

I don't know how I feel about psychedelia anymore, now that I've graduated. I would say folk funk or punk mushroom. I like pop music lots like the Carpenters and Earth, Wind & Fire. 
 
What informs/inspires your video clips and aesthetic in particular? Are you genuine hippies, or is there a sense of irony to your clips?

We're hippies.
 
Also, how did STM rope you into being the sound of their midnight skinny dip?

Mario from Howl and Moan was like g'day.. it's Mario from Howl and Moan.. Marc from Stonemen Comfy Undies wants to talk to you about using your song in a video... can I pass him your nu- SORRY one second (he said, and then served a customer who's just walked into the record store. I think they bought the last copy of Francis Bebey African Electronic Music 1975-1982, and two Babe Rainbow band shirts, a small, and a medium. Paid and then left the store) - sorry about that.. your number? And I said, sure. Pass him my number. So he did and later that day I was in the palliative care thrift at Mullumbimby and Marc called me and I said sure we'd like to be the soundtrack of a midnight skinny dip movie promoting comfy undies. And now we're great friends all of us chaps. 

Clearly, I'm writing a story on your here, so please bear with me while I ask these questions...
That's really ok I love stories, lots.
Do you own Stonemen personally? If so, what is your favourite print and why? And if you don't have any... why the hell not!?
I don't HOWEVER, Marc has boxed and sent me and the chaps a few pairs to try out. As hippies though, we don't wear undies at all (strictly). But this time next week we'll be giving them a real nice young crack.

Just for the record, I have spent the afternoon listening and watching you on YouTube / Spotify... so far, I am loving Monkey Disco, although it's hard to pick a favourite and I am still exploring.

If music be the food of love, 
... play on.

What was your favourite song to write? Film a clip for? Perform? And why?

Best song to write so far and the first song we wrote together which you might of heard was Love Forever. 
The best clip to film was also the first clip we ever filmed and was also called Love Forever.
My favourite song to perform would also be Love Forever. Because it lasts forever, while dust falls from old patterns.

How do you spend your days? I imagine it's playing the guitar in a field somewhere before tuning out with some wild psychedelics... 

Mostly though sometimes we play no instruments at all and just sing unison at the creek.

How else can Babe Rainbow devotees engage with your sound? Any upcoming tours? Is your second album dropped?

We are taking a working holiday to Tokyo soon to play at a beach festival which shall be a good time fancy! And our second album called DOUBLE RAINBOW comes out next month, which shall also be a good time fancy!

I am stoked to do this story for Stonemen, and hope to meet you when I'm up in Byron.
See you here!
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