Exclusive Premiere: Baby Got Back Talk Level Up With the Driving “Season Premiere”
By Nathan Leigh
August 4, 2022
Led by songwriter G’Ra Asim, Brooklyn’s Baby Got Back Talk remains a jewel in the borough’s crown. The singer/bassist has a talent for trading the lyrical tropes of pop-punk for real substance without losing any of the joy or songcraft that makes the sound endure. On their latest, the unfairly catchy “Season Premiere,” the quartet turns to possibly the least pop-punk lyrical themes, wisdom and maturity, and in doing so crafts one of their best songs to date. Adding synths and drum machines to their sound has expanded it in exciting ways, but not lost the rawness that’s been at the heart of their music. Instead, the aptly named “Season Premiere” functions as exactly that: an introduction to the next stage of Baby Got Back Talk. A little wiser, a little more polished, but still anchored in the same joy, wit, and drive that they’ve always championed.
G’Ra tells us: “I had just started a new job as an English professor, and the opening couplet of Season Premiere came to me during office hours: ‘I was searching for a guide/in the pages of poets/But I’m still not bonafide/as a sage or a stoic.’ I’d spent so much time studying literature in the hopes that the bards of old held the wisdom I could use to orient my own journey. Students were looking to me to share that wisdom, yet I was keenly aware that I had so much left to figure out myself. The eureka moment we sometimes think we’re pursuing doesn’t necessarily deliver. The closest you can actually get is accepting that there’s no grand design to uncover, which means you’re free to make your own. ‘Season Premiere’ is the sound of four weary but still wide-eyed weirdos doing exactly that, and inviting the listener to do so in their own right.”
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