“You’re not getting any younger,” sings Penicillin Baby frontman Jon Conant in the band’s brand-new single. “You’re wasting your youth sitting on your ass just to take a number.” Penicillin Baby, long one of the most under-sung bands on the local rock ’n’ roll scene, has indeed gotten off its collective ass, issuing their first official piece of vinyl — their “Not Getting Any Younger” 7-inch, backed with the equally groovy “Thought It Couldn’t Be This Way” (buy it via Jeffery Drag Records here
). It’d be fairly easy to compare P-Baby to melodious, neo-psychedelic Zombies footstep-followers like Tame Impala, but that would do them a disservice. Fact is, Conant and his crew craft catchy, smart pop songs that just happen to be encased in spacy, swirling guitars. Call it psychedelic, or don’t. But definitely don’t sleep on it.
Opening Penicillin Baby’s release show tomorrow night at The Basement will be attitudinous power trio Moseley, Scene faves and masters of lo-fi power-pop Quichenight, and raucous garage rockers Faux Ferocious. And by the way, that’s Faux Ferocious’ excellent, fuzzy, urgent song “Striking Distance” that you keep hearing in that T-Mobile commercial. You know the one: “Let’s get together or get outta my way!”
Stream Penicillin Baby's "Not Getting Any Younger" and "Thought It Couldn't Be This Way" below, and follow me after the jump to watch Quichenight's new vid for "Tommy Tune" and see the T-Mobile commercial in question.