Capturing the angst of the 21st Century with Karen Langley’s sharply observed lyrics, laced with the manically haunting guitars of Rob Williams and Jon Sharp on drums (plus guest musicians), BABAL delivers a thought-provoking, barbed performance that defies categorization.
BABAL reveal a dystopian, offbeat view of life; their cinematic, psych/art-rock approach calls up comparisons with Talking Heads, Zappa, Beefheart, Hendrix, Primus, Bent Knee, and Patti Smith among many.
The band has gathered great responses around the UK and Europe and has also played live soundtracks for Alternative Cinema presentations.
It’s been said
This is a wonderful amalgamation of progressive rock mixed well with Frank Zappa – like experimentation.
Progressive Rock Central
Karen, Rob, and Jon have yet again delivered something out of the norm and very special indeed.
Kev Rowland – Prog Archives
BABAL offers you more than a record, it’s a journey without any barriers or musical boundaries.
Wil – Chronicle
Babal easily switch between dark, light, gray, and dazzling. The band moves seamlessly through improvisation, taut precision, poetic fusion, political satire, eccentricity, and authentic raw power.
If you want a piece of music to play in the background to a dinner party, then you have come to the wrong place. But, if you want to sit down for an hour and be taken on a magic carpet ride through our fragile existence, with humour, sarcasm, and understanding. If you like great guitar, bass and drums all working together, so tight, you will think it is all the same person. If you like colour and light and meaning, then this is a must have….
Chris Gill – Band of Rain
About Who will I be when I leave?
BABAL has many carriages, and there are many stops along the way; sometimes the train is just too crowded and we have to get off and have a station break; a breather, while we wait for the next connection.
We never opt for the straight-through – it always speeds past, sending clouds of dust and screeching metal particles over us as we sit patiently on the bench, anticipating the arrival of the mystery train that will send us happily on our way, toward the next strange town of tunes. What wonderful places we visit, and are still visiting!
“Who Will I Be When I Leave?” takes us to some eccentric station stops on a network of infrequently used branch lines and complex intersections. Take the BABAL ticket once more, and sit back for the Corkscrew Ride…. we can’t guarantee a return trip; just taking the journey is the goal. X
Karen Langley 2022
1. 3 Minutes (7.12)
2. Sitting Pretty (6.54)
3. Corkscrew Rider (8.22)
4. Dead End Friends (4.35)
5. The Wolf Slips Up Quickly (6.17)
6. Made Without Instructions (5.00)
7. Baby Wants Freedom (7.59)
8. Doors (12.10)
9. Who Will I Be When I Leave? (3.52)
Total Playtime: 61’57
Karen Langley: vocals
Rob Williams: Guitars, synth, bass, programming
Jon Sharp: Drums
Paul Smith: Bass on “ Corkscrew Rider” and “Doors”
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Style: Cinematic, psych, art rock, prog rock
Artwork © Karen Langley, Rob Williams, Lord Iain Hawk, Nick Raybould
Label: Melodic Revolution Records
Microsoft Word – Babal Who Will I Be When I Leave? Press Sheet.docx
Who Will I Be When I Leave? (2022) CD, Digital & Streaming
Corkscrew Rider (Single) (2022) Digital & Streaming
Zombie Diary (Single) (2021) Digital & Streaming
Spirit In A Meat Suit (2021) CD, Digital & Streaming
Dreams For Imaginary Puppet Shows On The Radio (2020) Limited Edition CD, Digital & Streaming
Hellish Interlude (2020) Limited Edition USB
Frank’s Lament EP (2020) LP, CD, Digital & Streaming
The Big Everything EP (2019) CD, Digital & Streaming
The Glacier EP (2018) CD, Digital & Streaming
The Circle of Confusion of Tongues (2018) LP, CD, Digital & Streaming
Melodic Revolution Records: https://mrrmusic.com/project/babal/
Melodic Revolution Records Online:
Bad Dog Promotions
Phone: + 0044 793 266 4383 [email protected]