On Our Radar: Babe Corner’s debut album, Crybaby, is perfect alternative pop

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      Nobody puts (Cry)baby in a corner. The dreamy melodies of rock band Babe Corner feel just as good as Patrick Swayze delivering that iconic line in Dirty Dancing, and now the Vancouver quintet has released their highly anticipated and very excellent debut album, Crybaby. Talk about having the time of your life. 

      Following up on 2020’s EP, Killer, the new record is an exercise in perfect alternative pop. The overall sonic vibe lands in a satisfying place somewhere between the Jesus & Mary Chain and Veruca Salt, pairing angular guitar riffs and intricate walls of sound with blissful vocals and dynamic backing harmonies. It’s a soothing combination, especially considering most of the songs deal with heavier subject matter, like loss, grief, and heartache. 

      Some of the album’s (many) standouts include “Caught on the Double,” “Bound To,” and “Summer Slaughter”—that last track accompanied by a slasher flick-riffing music video.   

      Babe Corner is celebrating Crybaby with a release party this Saturday at the Cobalt, with support from Pastel Blank and Frets. If you want to learn all the words ahead of time, the album is available now.

      Babe Corner play the Cobalt on March 25. Tickets can be purchased here.