Baby in Vain – Commanding, gritty and powerful garage rock

Baby in Vain made the audience’s knees wobble at the very site of their commanding presence on stage — our contributor Killian Gallagher included. 

By Killian Gallagher

SPOT scale:

Six spots

 

Photo: Daphne Henning

Baby in Vain takes the stage during the SPOT festival. Photo: Daphne Henning

 

After their Saturday night SPOT performance, it’s clear that the girls from Baby In Vain are not to be taken lightly. They have a bit of everything in their cannon — from murky bluesy riffs with a White Stripes sound to a Wytches delivery of vocals.

The trio had a tough job as they played to a packed VOXHALL to an audience that knows rock and roll. With a crowd like that, they had to get heads banging right from the start. And that’s what Baby in Vain did after storming onto stage launching into their first number with a fierce distorted cannon of notes.

Photo: Christian Roselund

Head banging and great rock and roll. Photo: Christian Roselund

Their songs were littered with Nirvana punchy chords usually shared between the two lead guitarists Lola Hammerich and Andrea Thuesen. The two girls unintentionally created something of a division, almost like an angel and a demon. At times, Hammerich was positioned in front of the back stage lights, that made her seem like the angel, while Thuesen was thrashing away to the darkness of the music — there was certain juxtaposition in their two personas.

The two front girls were thrusting their guitars around the stage, commanding their weapons with such precision that no one would want to meet them on the battleground. And that’s what you feel walking away from seeing them. These girls possess riffs that could lead an army into battle: commanding, fierce, life sucking but, most of all, invigorating.

Completing the Baby in Vain army is drummer Benedict Pierleoni. Throughout the performance, she maintained the fierceness to the set with her thumping drum fills that had you reminiscent of a certain critically acclaimed Ben Thatcher from Royal Blood. No energy was left behind with Pierleoni’s drum work, beautifully using the crash and symbols to their full potential, as she matched every power thrash of the guitars.

Photo: Daphne Henning

The three girls from Copenhagen during the performance. Photo: Daphne Henning

Their set was plagued by a dark stage, and a purple landscape that worked well with their cannon of raw, dirty, evil blues and power. You can see the influences seeping through: The Wytches, The Kills, Black Rebel Motorcycle club. The distorted, powerful swirly leads laced with screaming vocals of ‘Corny #1’ closed off the set; even a Black Sabbath type riff made its way into the number

If Baby in Vain needed improvements, which will come naturally, a couple of songs could do with some tempo change, since at times you feel a little lost in the sound. In a tight performance crafted with a paradoxical looseness from a trio who haven’t been together very long,  Baby in Vain made the audience’s knees wobble at the very site of their commanding presence on stage, absolutely stunning. Watch out for them.

Killian is a contributor for Jutlandstation from England. He is currently enrolled in the “Europe in the World” Journalism program at the Danish School of Media and Journalism.