With a string of classic, am rock radio-friendly hits like “Isn’t It Time” and “Every Time I Think of You” The Babys created some of that era’s most memorable “arena anthem” hits and had a jolly good time doing it.
Now, after an absence of just over three decades, the band’s original members Wally Stocker (on lead guitar) and drummer Tony Brock are set to return to doing what this band was famous for: creating well-crafted, catchy songs and delivering dynamic live performances. Furthermore, they have recruited new members whom they feel are more than up to the daunting task of filling some mighty big shoes to make the ‘magic’ happen once again for this band.
For many of their fans, the single most important “shoes” to fill are those left behind by the band’s charismatic singer and front man, John Waite. “No problem!” says Tony Brock, they have just the man for the job: John Bisaha.
Says Brock, beaming proudly at his band’s new singer, “John Bisaha is an incredible singer! When we held the auditions, we had singers who were literally lined up around the block to join the band. John was simply head and shoulders above the rest.” Bisaha joined The Babys at the band’s first ‘comeback’ performance, held last July.
Wally Stocker is no less thrilled with his brand new axe mate, Joey Sykes. Declares Stocker, “Joey Sykes is adding a whole new dimension to this band, with a style that works well and in tandem with myself!” Sykes has penned the band’s first single, “I See You There.” He has also enjoyed a long-standing publishing association with Warner/Chappell.
However, fans need not fear that the band is looking to change their sound from its original, winning formula. Says Stocker, “In recording this new album, [I’ll Have Some of That!] we discussed the fact that the songs must have the ‘flavor’ of what we were known for.”
Looking back at the making of this new album, Brock is sure they did precisely that…and more. Tony Brock: “By the time that we’d finished, I knew we had ‘the goods.’ It was just a magical process!”
In achieving that ‘flavor’ new lead singer John Bisaha was an essential ingredient. When I listened this week to an advanced copy of the album (official release date set for 6/24/14) the single greatest fear I had was that the band’s new singer possibly couldn’t cut muster. Happily, my fears were ungrounded. Bisaha manages the neat trick of evoking Waite’s unique sound, while introducing a thrilling, personal touch that’s all his own. That he manages all this while simultaneously slapping out out some mean bass guitar was truly the icing on the cake…and I ate it right up, song after song.
Adding to Stocker and Brock’s delight is the fact that three of the band’s former members-John Waite, Jonathan Cain and Ricky Phillips-have given their former bandmates their full blessings and best wishes for success with the band’s new lineup. That lineup has already begun-starting last November-an extended slate of tour dates which will increase around the June 24th release of “I’ll Have Some of That!” Los Angeles area dates are soon to follow.
On a scale of one to five stars, I’m giving this one four stars, and looking forward to seeing The Babys bring their ‘magic’ to the Los Angeles concert stage. The sooner the better. When they do, I’ll definitely have some of that!”
1. Every Side of You
2. All I Wanna Do
3. Sunrise & Goodbyes
4. After Midnight
5. I See You There
6. Grass Is Greener
7. These Days
8. Uncivil War
9. You Saved My Live
10. It’s a Gas
11. Stay the Night
12. I’ll Have Some of That!