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INTERVIEW: Nobody’s Baby

Hi folks, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hungry and a little hung over.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Life Of A Thousand Girls”?

We’re all excited that we’re finally releasing some material out to the world. Its off our new EP, and we all went through and listened to the songs together and agreed “Yeah, thats the one!”

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

It started out as a collaboration between me (Peter) and Katie. She had this lyric bouncing around in her head and she mentioned it to me. We tried out a few ideas that didnt quite click, and then one day I was sitting around with my guitar and came up with the melody for the verse, and then it kinda snowballed from there once Katie put the lyrics to it and we brought it to the rest of the band

The single comes off your new self-titled EP – why name the record after the band?

Well, its our first EP, and we didnt want to get too fancy with anything. Short and to the point, thats how we like this band. 

How was the recording and writing process?

Not to be too cliche, but San Francisco kinda sucks these days. But the San Francisco of forty years ago… we love that! The Church of Satan, Dirty Harry movies, first wave punk bands, all the good stuff. RIP.

It was really fun. “Wolf In Sheeps Clothing” was one of the first songs we did, Katie had written the bulk of it before the band had even formed. And the rest of them came together over a period of six months or so, just jamming out the songs in the hourly rehearsal spaces around San Francisco. Our drummer Ryan owns a studio in San Jose called District Recording, and we did it all there. Its a funky old warehouse and the main room sounds incredible, its a really inspiring space to work in. It was recorded live for the most part, with the exception of vocals and a few overdubs, and Ryan recorded and mixed the whole thing.

What role does San Francisco play in your music?

Not to be too cliche, but San Francisco kinda sucks these days. But the San Francisco of forty years ago… we love that! The Church of Satan, Dirty Harry movies, first wave punk bands, all the good stuff. RIP. 

What is it about the 60s that you enjoy so much?

I saw the movies “Hairspray” and “Crybaby” when I was 16, and thats pretty much shaped my life ever since.

What aspect of this decade did you get to explore on this record?

We kept on trying to write Phil Spector, Barry/Greenwich and Goffin/King style girl group style songs, but somewhere along the way they would get fucked up and then turn into our own thing. 

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Ryan and myself have another band called The Atom Age (gotta do all the plugs!) thats heavier and more aggressive, so this band was a chance to lay back a bit and write some poppier songs. Early girl groups, power pop and bubblegum is all stuff I love, so I really wanted to get a chance to take a crack at that. With Katie as the other main songwriter, she brings a darker, moodier side to things, and its really fun to hear those sounds mix together. 

What else is happening next in NB’s world?

Lots of writing and recording, and hopefully some tours starting next year.

LISTEN: Nobody’s Baby – “Life of a Thousand Girls”

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LISTEN: Nobody’s Baby – “Heartache”

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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