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Haybaby - "Pig" (Stereogum Premiere)

Brooklyn band Haybaby are stretching their creative muscles with Blood Harvest, their new EP that comes out at the end of the month, and exploring where they could go next. Lead single “Joke/Rope” was a jagged, crackling escalation of the sound they laid out on last year’s debut Sleepy Kids, and now  “Pig” stretches that wiry tension out past the five-minute-mark, blending bubbling post-hardcore restraint with an extended stretch of post-rock catharsis. Leslie Hong’s raw screams stay planted in the background, seceding to the noise. In terms of directions the Brooklyn three-piece could go, this one could be the most exciting, and “Pig” demonstrates that these musicians are more than up to the task of transforming into something completely different from what was on their debut while staying undeniably great.

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The Brooklyn-based three-piece Haybaby is a self-proclaimed “band of total babes that play honey-ass heartbreak, crooning sometimes screamy, sludgy pop & slop rock.” Also check out their song “Animosity” leans particularly into the honey-ass heartbreak and sludge factors.

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Leslie Hong has the ability to sound vulnerable and completely unfuckwithable simultaneously, an attitude that translates into an explosive and engaging live show. The Brooklyn trio has been voted one of the Hardest-Working Bands in New York, and it’s clear all of that work is paying off. 

Judging by the Brooklyn-based Haybaby’s forthcoming EP, Titled Blood Harvest, the trio might want to try their hand at psychological thrillers. The band play with suspense on the five-track release, came out back in April 29th via Tiny Engines, through ever-foreboding melodies and fluctuating murmurs and howls. Following their debut full-length, 2015’s Sleepy Kids, the EP takes the group’s melodic construction two steps further, harnessing their slop-rock stylings while amplifying intensity, drawling honestly and disinterestedly, “I’ll get over it when I feel like it.”

We’re premiering the track Blood Harvest now, but before you give it a spin, make sure you’re prepared for the continuous build-up that will leave you wondering when the squeals and heavy riffs will hit. 

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