Hidden Gems, Music, The Revue — January 18, 2016 at 7:00 am

Dutch delight: MY BABY


The Netherlands has a rich and diverse music history. Lately, though, like in many countries, the mainstream music scene is populated with DJs, electronic producers, and international pop stars. There is, however, one band that has carved out a sizable following in the northwestern European country. Meet MY BABY, a three-piece band based out of Amsterdam who make some of the most infectious and immersive psychedelic music in the business.

Formed by Cato van Dyck (bass/vocals), Joost (Sheik) van Dyck (drums), and Daniel (Da Freez) Johnston (guitar) some four years ago, MY BABY have released an EP and two full-length albums, including last year’s fantastic Shamanaid. The 10-song record is the trio’s best record to date, receiving widespread acclaim in Europe and abroad. Their music bleeds of the southern-rock of The Black Crowes and the psychedelia of T. Rex, but labeling MY BABY as a psychedelic rock band would be an injustice to their complex, layered sound.

Aborigine (Australia) influences can be heard at various points of Shamanaid, particularly in the tribal-like rhythms that reverberate on songs such as “Seeing Red”, “Meet Me at the Wishing Well”, and “Remedy”. The latter, which has been remixed several times, is the album’s star. A rhythmic, hip-gyrating number, the song spectacularly fuses the multiple influences heard throughout the record. The finale track, “Pangagjo”, similarly is hypnotic and like “Remedy” blends a number of different sounds. The song begins with a heart-pounding, electronic beat before slowing down and weaving in the sound of the South Pacific and Polynesia. It’s an unexpected surprise in pace and rhythm, as the song is transformed from a physically-moving number to a lush, captivating dream.

There is also a Laurel Canyon-era, folk-rock elegance that emanates throughout the album, particularly on “The Doors of Your Mind”“Hidden from Time”, and “Mary Morgan”. van Dyck’s soft, sultry voice fills the air on these tracks, easing one’s soul like Joni Mitchell did over three decades ago. And like the music that was coming out of Los Angeles at the time, MY BABY tell moral stories through the lens of fictitious (or maybe real) characters.

It’s not difficult to realize why thousands of fans in Europe have gravitated to MY BABY. This isn’t a band with a single approach or even a sound that one would even label as familiar. But what they’ve created on Shamaniad and their debut LP Loves Voodoo! is music that is intelligent, creative, and truly special. It’s not like anything you’ve heard in a very long.

MY BABY is heading back out on tour, hitting Australia this week before moving to New Zealand and back to Europe. Tour dates are below.

Website – www.mybabywashere.com
Facebook – MY BABY
Twitter – @mybabywashere
Instagram – @mybabywashere


MY BABY Tour Dates

Date Venue City
Fri 22 Jan 2016 Hotel Brunswick Brunswick Heads, NSW, Australia Tickets
Sat 23 Jan 2016 The Brewery Byron Bay, NSW, Australia Tickets
Sat 30 Jan 2016 The Penguin Club Oamaru, New Zealand Tickets
Tue 02 Feb 2016 Mussel Inn Onekaka, New Zealand Tickets
Fri 05 Feb 2016 Golden Bear Brewing Company Mapua, New Zealand Tickets
Sat 06 Feb 2016 Park Cafe Motueka, New Zealand Tickets
Thu 11 Feb 2016 Riverside Bar Wanganui, New Zealand Tickets
Sat 13 Feb 2016 The Yot Club Raglan, New Zealand Tickets
Fri 19 Feb 2016 Wine Cellar Auckland, New Zealand Tickets
Sat 20 Feb 2016 Splore 2016 Auckland, New Zealand Tickets
Mon 22 Feb 2016 Schnappa Rock Tutukaka, New Zealand Tickets
Fri 26 Feb 2016 The Cabana Napier, New Zealand Tickets
Sat 27 Feb 2016 The Laundry Wellington, New Zealand Tickets
Sun 28 Feb 2016 Le Cafe Picton, New Zealand Tickets
Sat 05 Mar 2016 Where The Wild Things Are 2016 Zeewolde, Netherlands Tickets
Sat 19 Mar 2016 Gebr. de Nobel Leiden, Netherlands Tickets
Sun 20 Mar 2016 Mezz Breda Breda, Netherlands Tickets
Fri 25 Mar 2016 Poppodium Grenswerk Venlo, Netherlands Tickets
Sat 26 Mar 2016 Paaspop 2016 Schijndel, Netherlands Tickets
Sun 27 Mar 2016 Doornroosje Nijmegen, Netherlands Tickets
Thu 31 Mar 2016 VERA Groningen, Netherlands Tickets
Sat 28 May 2016 Dauwpop Festival 2016 Hellendoorn, Netherlands Tickets
Fri 03 Jun 2016 Vestrock 2016 Hulst, Netherlands Tickets
Thu 07 Jul 2016 —
Sat 09 Jul 2016
Pohoda Festival 2016 Trencin, Slovakia Tickets
Thu 14 Jul 2016 —
Sun 17 Jul 2016
Colours Of Ostrava 2016 Ostrava, Czech Republic Tickets

My Baby by Don Crusio

Photo by Don Crusio

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