What do you get when you cross Alt-Pop with a pair of bellends? YES BABEZ!
That’s actually this new band’s own statement – that gives you an idea of how much fun they are! YES BABEZ! hail from west London and were brought together in the summer of 2014 after Mick Morrison posted an ad on Gumtree looking for a babe to form a pop duo; unfortunately Lily Powell saw the ad and the rest, as they say, followed shortly afterwards.
Their debut song is quirky, simple and fun! Much like the singers! Once you have listened – luckily for me, the pair agreed to answer a few of my questions and trust me it’s a hilarious outcome!
Over to them…
Who came up with the band name and why?
Lily: It came about after we engaged in a self congratulatory fist bump at a practice and said ‘yes babes we smashed it!’ and we knew instantly that it had to be our name! It also helps that I’m an absolute babe!
Mick: There were a few other names on the table at the time which deserve an honourable mention, The Dutch Ovens was one and I think another one was Afterbirth.
Cool! Not too sure about the Dutch Ovens – everyone seems to prefer their own blend, right…
What did you do before the band?
Mick: I mainly watched Star Trek in my underpants. These days I’m an engineer by day at Abbey Road Studios to pay the bills and by night I still watch Star Trek in my underpants.
Lily: I was a primary school teacher before hitting the big time in YES BABEZ but I quit teaching because it wasn’t for me at all!
Mick: Nor the students
Lily: I’m now working in marketing to fund the music 🙂
Sounds amazing! Yeah, the music marketing and Abbey Road part – the underpants thing well that would need to be seen first to agree on an amazement factor!
Madame Beaujolais is the first single you have released and I love it’s quirkiness – what’s it about?
Lily: Mick wrote it, I’m just the attraction to the band, you’ve got to have a babe of a front women right? Mick?
Mick: I thought that was my job… Madame Beaujolais is about the classic scenario of a young girl lusting over the housewife who lives next door and offering to pay her for gratification, spoiler alert, Madame B accepts. Probably why the BBC didn’t play it.
Yes, that’s defo the reason! Maybe you could write a song about one of my neighbours – she’s called Megatron!
From what I know already and from the photos on your website you guys look like you have so much fun – tell me a funny story from your time in the band?
Mick: You know what I always find hilarious? When Lily turns up half an hour late to rehearsal, what a hoot!
Lily: Bit awkward.
Mick: That reminds me though, Lily recently started doing kickboxing classes and she’s taken to doing these big roundhouse kicks while we’re practising. A few weeks back during a part of a song where I’m singing she did one of these kicks and accidentally smashed my mic stand away from me and it split in two when it hit the floor. Needless to say we fled the scene of the crime and haven’t returned to that rehearsal studio since.
Lily: What a fail that was.
As you may know I’m a huge fan of Eurovsion – would you ever enter a song?
Lily: Yes! Because we would win. Definitely. #voteyesbabez!
Mick: I think it is what we were born to do.
Agreed – I think it’s what everyone was born to do but most people just don’t realise it yet! So, what’s your favourite Eurovision song?
Lily: Rise Like A Phoenix..NATCH!..What a voice!
Mick: While I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Conchita my fave is Fairytale by Alexander Rybak
Two great choices – imagine if they came together and became a duo – you might have some stiff competition there…ooo errr!
Who are your musical influences?
Lily: Well… I love deep, painful, emotional music, like Lana Del Rey
Lily: She’s great! I want her on my speed dial! But yeah I wouldn’t say that she influences our music. We’ve got all sorts of sounds going on, some are beach boys-esque, some Beatles-ey, and as you’ll obviously be able to tell we’re most strongly influenced by my personal faves Tupac, Biggie and NWA. Quite literally.
Mick: For me it’s ABBA, Phillip Schofield and the broomstick from Beauty and the Beast.
I’d love to see that collaboration concert being performed in the broom cupboard!
What was the first song you sang in front of an audience?
Lily: Ooooooooh…. What was it? I think Madame Beaujolias! Mick?
Mick: Yea I think it was actually, it was at an acoustic evening in the basement of a Caribbean restaurant, there was a man in a tux standing behind a buffet at the back but no one bought any food off him all night, what a clown.
Awesome, well i think we need to hear that song again now and let’s just pretend you are performing it live for this interview…
What’s on your MP3 player right now?
Lily: Nelly ‘Just A Dream’, don’t ask why
Mick: ‘Midnight Rambler’ by the Stones
What’s your favourite song lyric of your songs?
Mick: ‘Let’s dance like we’re in ABBA then throw up in the street’ from ‘Shake Shake’ is mine, so many priceless memories.
Lily: Mick loves a cheeky vom
What’s your favourite song lyric ever?
Lily: Lana Del Rey – Gods and Monsters: ‘I was a real singer’
Mick: Right, you’ll notice that’s a crap choice, she’s only picking it because she sings it at every practice to annoy me
*Lily starts singing it*
I love that song but have to say I prefer this version…
Will you come and play a gig in Aberdeen?
Mick: Absolutely, our fee is two copies of the Beano and a packet of Monster Munch.
Lily: Pickled onion flavour
That’s fine – you can have all the pickled onion packs from my multipack because I save them up in a big cupboard as I can’t eat them as they give me the “monster munch sweats” – yup, that’s a thing!
What was the number one song in the charts when you were born?
Lily: Let’s Google it
Mick: It’s a good thing this isn’t my computer, I haven’t cleared my search history
Lily: ‘Desire’ by U2
Mick: Bad luck. Mine’s ‘You Win Again’ by the Bee Gees, I’ll take that.
I always feel old when I ask that question as I was almost a teenager when those songs were hits!
What next for Yes Babez!
Mick: Well we’ve got some gigs lined up around London over the next few months starting with 93 Feet East on the 21st April, we’ll also be putting out our second single ‘Hello’ at the start of May. The plan is to be signed by the summer, famous by the autumn and retired or dead by the winter. Ryan Gosling will play me in the movie.
Lily: Sounds good to me
Mick: And I’ll be squeezing in a bit of Star Trek when I can as well.
Thanks guys for answering my questions – your answers were awesome! Good luck for the future, I’ll be following closely and looking forward to new songs!
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I’m Steve and live in a village called Alford (home of Emeli Sande & birthplace of the Aberdeen Angus cow) in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
I currently work in the IT industry (yawn)
I just want to share my ideas, findings and general reflections with whoever wants to listen.