The work of Los Angeles group Broken Baby has always been filled with an acerbic wit, a vitriol toward inequity and an affection for classic alternative rock rhythms. Often venturing into territories more closely resembling post-punk and glam-punk – all underpinned by a deceptive pop elasticity – the band’s music doesn’t really care much for aesthetic familiarity, opting instead to act of its own unburdened volition regarding influence and genre expectations.
They’re able to blend those rumbling tones most commonly associated with the mid-‘90s with a more modernist interpretation of how rock and roll fits into a broader musical perspective. Collecting and adapting inspirations has been something Broken Baby’s done since its inception, finding new ways to explore the rocky chasms and craggy underbelly of their collective histories and melodic predilections. And they’ve done it with a curious grace rarely found within this kind of lo-fi experimentation.
We most recently heard from the band when they released their self-titled debut record last year. It was a caustic bombardment of pop, punk, rock and glam impulses, a whirring miasma of amplitude, catchy melodies and devastating riffs. They’ve now shared a new singe called “Royal Pigs,” and it’s a breathlessly electric burst of garage-pop rapture, mixing singer Amber Bollinger’s punk snarl with whiplash rhythms that recall the atmospheric noise of New York in the late ‘70s. It’s a gleeful riot of twisting musical movements built upon the band’s proficiency for cross-genre arrangements, and it sounds more than ready to fill a handful of stadiums.
The cover art for the single was created by Hayden Menzies of the rock/noise band METZ. “I think his art and our song were born out of the same fucked up ooze,” Bollinger says.