Babe Report – “Allergy 2000”


Chicago-based act Babe Report channel a heady rock nostalgia, reminiscent of Yo La Tengo, on their new single “Allergy 2000.” Hypnotic bass currents, enveloping distortion, and a playful guitar chirpiness align with compelling qualities amidst sporadic vocal enticement. “The song to me is a vehicle for that soaring guitar lead line, which gets reprised after the tempo change,” says member Ben Grigg. “I think this one might have started as a ‘Let’s try to make a Yo La Tengo song’ experiment.”

Certainly, that soaring guitar line exudes a triumphant tonal grip throughout, moving with feverish intent into brisker rhythms and accelerated tonal ferocity in the final minute. “Allergy 2000” is a showcase in climactic, nostalgic rock charisma from Babe Report.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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