Raw Meat’s not-so-secret girl crushes Baby In Vain have finally bestowed upon us mere mortals their colossal debut album, More Nothing. The oxymoronically-titled record is made up of eleven tracks pieced together in just eleven days (woah), and let’s get this straight now; More Nothing is absolutely everything that we could have possibly hoped for. (And our expectations were already pretty damn high). Did we mention that we love them?
Few things make us happier than seeing a fully-female comprised rock band receive the acclamation that their talent warrants, and there is unlikely to be a more pertinent example of this than Baby In Vain. Their bone-rattling riffs and luxurious vocals knock the cliche out of “girl power”, giving it a radically awesome new definition. We want to be them so badly.
Gushing aside, More Nothing is an astounding album even from an objective perspective. The angsty passion that we saw from the band back in their 2016 EP For The Kids surfaces again in this release; ‘Not For You’ is crawling, feisty and seductive in all the right ways. Not long after comes shredding ‘Thank You’, exuding relentless power through rapid pace with raw vocals whilst occasionally slipping into unexpected, teasingly slowed-down breaks.
However, this album is far more than its gutsy outbursts. Alluded to through the streaming of ‘Transcendent’ and ‘Low Life’ earlier in 2017, parts of the record demonstrate a previously unknown side to the three-piece. The latter track contains moody, rasping vocals as well as a sense of acute poignancy, a very different tone and energy to the more typically raucous and dirty Baby In Vain that we have seen over the past few years. Despite this, it comes as no real surprise that the ladies have mastered their chemistry and precision after having played together since they were at school, with their formation being way back in 2010.
The longer pieces on More Nothing are what really showcase the sheer brilliance and ability of the band; keeping a track snappy and engaging for five minutes plus is no mean feat. ‘She’ pairs heavy, reverberating bass with subtly commandeering vocals, while the mesmerising penultimate track ‘Apoca’ dares its listener to not get sucked into tunnels of dreamy, abrasive rock.
From punchy opener ‘To Heaven and Back’ to soft, concise closer ‘I Have Your Eyes’, More Nothing is mature, intricate and stupidly cool. With a debut record of this calibre and an upcoming UK tour, we aren’t going to stop obsessing over Baby In Vain any time soon (not sorry).
Get the full deets on when and where you can see the trio live, here.