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BIOGRAPHY (Short)

Baby Jesus is the sound you want to hear when walking in to a rock club. This four piece band originating from Halmstad, Sweden, has managed to channel raw energy through an analogue tape recorder into a mash of rock, psych, surf, garage and punk. They have released two full length albums ”Baby Jesus” (2015) and ”Took Our Sons Away” (2017).

But even if they have managed to bottle their live energy onto records the band has to be experienced live. A live show with Baby Jesus is sweat, blood, tears, chants and dancing, or as Psychadellic baby Magazine puts it:

"This is gnarly garage psych in its truest form right here, folks. No bullshit, no fucking around."

BIOGRAPHY (Long)

Fiery, raw, and raucous, four-piece garage rockers, Baby Jesus, are keeping rock and roll alive and well in their hometown of Halmstad, Sweden, with psychedelic flare, a punk edge, and enough energy to heat up a hearty dinner of Sjömansbiff for 12.

Founding members and long time friends. Fredrik Kristoffersson (guitar/vox) and Elis Jäghammar (bass/vox), spent a few years together in various metal and hardcore punk projects.

It wasn't until they both moved to Oslo, Norway, in 2011 that they discovered and became infatuated with the 13th Floor Elevators— a legendary mid-sixties rock act from Austin, Texas largely credited with coining the phrase “psychedelic rock.” The Elevators’ music hit Elis and Fredrik like a rock. That experience opened their ears and writing sensibilities to the music of Night Beats, Black Lips, a range of Back From the Grave compilations, and—funny enough—Pugh Rogerfeldt, Träd, gräs och stenar, Philemon Arthur & The dung, and other great Swedish talents who made the rounds on their country’s turntables in the late sixties and early seventies with their wild and often experimental amalgamations of rock, psych, folk, and country music.

Channeling these newfound influences, Fredrik and Elis teamed up with Björn Axetorn to start cranking out some songs, culminating in a show in Oslo, followed by a trip to India where the idea for Baby Jesus was born, and a move back to Halmstad where Rasmus Högdin joined in on drums to help explore the project further. The resulting songs were eventually recorded mostly as live takes in their own studio channeling the energy of their hardcore punk days into walls of fuzz, gut-punching surf licks, and piercing organ melodies capturing the fierce and wildly fun rambunctiousness of their sweat-soaked performances across Sweden, France, and other parts of Europe. As a writer at Lo-Pie described it, it was almost, “... as if Billy Childish and Link Wray conceived a demon baby while on honeymoon in Halmstad.” A strange description perhaps, but certainly indicative of their unique take on the garage realm.

Shortly after the release of their 2015 album and tour, as well as a lineup change bringing on Svante Pålsson in place of Björn, the band wanted to move to tape recording for their follow-up album to give the songs they had been writing a deeper and more diverse feel.

Finding such equipment in their neck of the woods proved rather difficult, but the solution surprisingly came from a local Halmstad priest, who sold the band an old but functioning Teac 4 track recorder. Tackling both the recorder and tape in their own homemade studio proved tricky, but a highly rewarding strategy for fleshing out their new songs that had taken on a greater range in style, pace, and composition.

The result is Baby Jesus’s second and latest offering, “Took Our Sons Away”, out August 11th, 2017 on Yippee Ki Yay Records. Be it the manic howls of “Feel For You”, the pensive melancholy of “Even Though You Look So Good”, or the winsome airiness of “You and I”, Baby Jesus digs beyond the screeching fuzz of their self-titled debut to explore a variety of moods, moments, lyrical themes, and instrumental textures. Simultaneously, it picks up and expands from where they left off with the frat-rock throwback “Do What I Want”, a down-home hoedown in “Down South”, and other upbeat rockers.


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LIVE DATES

2019

  • Mar 17th    Dusseldorf, Germany, The Tube
  • Mar 18th    Cologne, Germany, Tsunami Club
  • Mar 19th    Bielefeld, Germany, Potemkin Bar
  • Mar 20th    Osnabruck, Germany, Club Bastard
  • Mar 21st    Berlin, Germany, Monarch Bar
  • Mar 22nd    Leipzig, Germany, Noch Besser Leben
  • Mar 23rd    Chemnitz, Germany, Zukunft
  • Mar 28th    Zurich, Switzerland, Gonzo
  • Mar 29th    Basel, Switzerland, Sommercasino
  • Mar 30th    Ubersee, Germany, Freiraum
  • Apr 2nd    Hamburg, Germany, Astra Stube
  • Apr 3rd    Odense, Denmark, Kansas City
  • Apr 4th    Aarhus, Denmark, TAPE
  • Apr 5th    Aalborg, Denmark, 1000fryd
  • Apr 6th    Copenhagen, Denmark, Lygtens Kro

2018

  • Nov 24th    Sevilla, Spain, Monkeyweek - Escenario Festival
  • Nov 23rd    Sevilla, Spain, Monkeyweek - Sala Studio 74
  • Oct 13th    Copenhagen, Denmark, Templet
  • Oct 12th    Hamburg, Germany, Molotow
  • Oct 11th    Mannheim, Germany, Kurzbar
  • OCt 10th    Passau, Germany, Zauberberg
  • Oct 7th    Milan, Italy, Spazio Ligera
  • Oct 6th    Locarno, Switzerland, Mono Bar
  • Oct 5th    Bern, Switzerland, Theaterplatz
  • Oct 4th    Viechtach, Germany, Altes Spital
  • Oct 3rd    Prague, Czech Republic, Kaserna Karlin
  • Oct 2nd    Pfarrkirchen, Germany, Club Bogaloo
  • Sep 30th    Les-Chaux-De-Fonds, Switzerland, Le Lac
  • Sep 28th    Lyon, France, Le Farmer
  • Sep 28th    Paris, France, Supersonic
  • Sep 27th    Charleroi, Belgium, Rockerill
  • Sep 25th    Rotterdam, The Netherlands, De Ouwehoer
  • Sep 22nd    Berlin, Germany, Berlin Beat Explosion
  • Sep 21st    Aalborg, Denmark, 1000fryd
  • Sep 20th    Hamburg, Germany, Reeperbahn Festival
  • Apr 14th    Hamburg, Germany, Garageville

2017

  • Dec 16th    Stockholm, Sweden, PSB
  • Sep 9th    Rennes, France, Melody Maker
  • Sep 8th    Paris, France, Le Zorba
  • Sep 2nd    Halmstad, Sweden, Tillsammans Festival
  • Aug 26th    Svartedalen, Sweden, Svartedalen Festival
  • May 19th    Copenhagen, Denmark, Lygtens Kro
  • Apr 27th    Gothenburg, Sweden, The Abyss
  • Feb 4th    Copenhagen, Denmark, Underwerket

LINKS

  • Baby Jesus on Facebook
  • Black River Delta on Spotify
  • Baby Jesus on Soundcloud
  • Baby Jesus on Instagram
  • Baby Jesus on Youtube

CONTACT

Booking
40 Feet Management
info[a]40ft.se

Label
Yippiee Ki Yay Records
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Management
40 Feet Mangement
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