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FRESH: ‘She Likes To Get High’ – Cry Baby

Cry Baby release “She Likes To Get High”

US band Cry Baby open 2021 with their brand new, 90’s sounding single, “She Likes To Get High”. This is 90’s retro pop at its very coolest and finest. It could be 25 years old, but it’s not. A joyful pop bop with a ‘digging’ vibe and rhythm which tackles the complex relationship between love and insecurity. While the subject matter describes the battle of trying to hold together amidst waves of anxiety/insecurity, its paired with happy, groove heavy music to dance away your fears.

Jamie, Joey, Carter, Matt and Josh formed Cry Baby in 2018 and released their debut single, “Energy”, soon after. The boys had a busy 2019 and made a return last last eyar with the single “1991”. “She Likes To Get High” is its follow up and in a 1991 boy band style. The song was written and recorded in Joey’s bedroom studio. Starting with inspiration from touring, the music was pieced together over months from an original chorus. With help from friend/tour mate Avery Whitehall ripping an epic guitar solo, as well as Matt dusting off his old trumpet skills.

The band tells us that “She Likes To Get High” came to be on a tour stop in Raleigh, NC reflecting on a fresh long distance relationship. The insecurity that comes with wondering what your partner is doing while you yourself are bouncing around from show to show in crowded bars. Turns out they are usually just at home, smoking weed and hanging out, apparently! Cry Baby say they take boy bands and slow jams seriously, remembering groups like Destiny’s Child, NSYNC* and TLC, and they can all be heard in this stonking new track.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!