Re-introducing themselves among the new music releases last Friday was the Cork, Ireland-based, indie-electronic outfit Babylamb. This was a band first brought to my attention with their 2020 song “Icky.” As it’s been a while between releases. The first thing I noticed since writing about Babylamb in their infancy, they’ve evolved into a duo of Rían Stephens and Tobias Barry. Should “The Weapon,” their debut track as a duo, be anything to go by. Authentic lyricism teamed with anthemic pop joyousness should be anticipated from them going forward.
Whereas previous track releases saw the band only hint at and not explicitly open up about their queerness. In their latest incarnation, Babylamb is notably more authentic in its lyrical approach. This is highlighted by the opening line of “The Weapon,” “I was just a queer farm boy, finding Jesus in the countryside,” thus, setting the tone of the trailblazing anthem.
In this song, Babylamb speaks openly about the reality many young LGBTQIA+ persons have faced. Sharing feelings about owning identity and thoughts on perception and social acceptance by others.
Speaking with Hotpress Magazine, when premiering “The Weapon,” they said…
“It’s a fierce and righteous bop about growing up queer, figuring out your place in the world, and discovering what drives you to keep living truthfully.”
As with previous releases, the new Babylamb is as keen to serve their thoughtful bops alongside a healthy dressing of bombastic pop styling while injecting an element of fun into everything they do. They do not shy away from amplifying a sense of fun for the Jamie Hooper & Conor Hooper-directed music video. The duo are seen embracing the guises of wrestlers, a farmer and a cow, sword-fighting knights and supermarket cashiers. And yet the somewhat eclectic mix of characters works well in terms of engaging and captivating music video content.
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