Biography

Bio

Babelshack is a band that was formed by Barnaby Hazen in 2003. Their “2005 EP,” and full length release “Return of the Bottom Feeder” were both well reviewed, yet only hinted at what would become their mesmerizing live sound. With Babelshack's new rhythm section, drummer Troy Whitford and bassist Ari Newkirk, the band has developed a musical experience mixing inescapable grooves appealing to “jam band” oriented audiences, with Hazen's visceral songwriting which continues to capture the ears of indie and punk music fans as well.

They play regularly in Santa Fe and in their hometown, Taos. They opened twice for Billy Bob Thornton’s band, the Boxmasters. Recent shows include their cd release party at the Seco Pearl, and the music festival, Kannaroo. They will tour to support their deliberately raw live EP, "Alive in Jack's Basement," starting fall of 2009.

Press

“I made my way down the most dizzyingly steep staircase of all time into what felt like a music video from 1996. The basement was carpeted in orange shag and a band called Babelshack was cramped in a corner... Hazen sang passionately and, from time to time, broke out into gritty shouts that harkened back to early ’90s grunge.” – Alex De Vore, Santa Fe Reporter (April 14, 2009)

“Santa Fe rockers Babelshack have produced a quality album in 'Bottomfeeder.' While they stick to very well worn grunge/punk paths, the occasional diversion into the brush-covered side trails of new musical territory creates a diverse and enjoyable album...” --Amy Dalness - Weekly Alibi (May 17, 2007)

“On Saturday, New Mexico's Babelshack provides the soundtrack to a night of billiards at The Foundry...the Santa Fe band's crisp, melodic rock is subtly complex but groovy enough to fill the dance floor.” -- Eric Schmidt - Boulder Dirt (Aug 4, 2005)