The Widow Babies

Catching the ear of olFactory’s Jim Smith at The Smell’s last 21 And Under showcase, The Widow Babies have produced sounds well beyond their years. Forming in March of 2008, they released the Mike Watt E.P., a tribute to the legendary L.A. bassist who made not only a cameo appearance, but performed at their album release party.

The Widow Babies have played the underground L.A. circuit of venues including Pehrspace, The Smell, L’Keg, and The Echo, alongside such bands as Bad Dudes, The Mae Shi, Mika Miko and Foot Village.

Heavily influenced by the vigor of Minutemen’s econo jams, The Widow Babies rock intricate, jovial riffs and inspired vocals, much like prog poetess Marnie Stern. While their world music/tropical punk sounds are in close stride with fellow Smell/olFactory mates Abe Vigoda, The Widow Babies bring a style all their own. Tabor keeps the beats lively with diverse percussion, even inviting friend Andrew Pompay to play marimba on “Moon Milk.” Like the childlike chirping of Melt Banana and Altered Images, Elise’s impassioned voice shouts out charming lyrics with rhythmic cadence, as if each track were her favorite poem.

Stream two songs from Jetpacks:

Carmen Y Pipo

Harp of 1000 Strings

Danny Miller: Guitar
Elise McCutchen: Vocals
Neal Marquez: Bass
Tabor Allen: Drums