Haybaby have been a staple of the Brooklyn DIY scene for about a million years now (five, technically), but they have never sounded as focused and in-their-element as they do on the forthcoming Sleepy Kids. The record will be out in October on the North Carolina-based label Tiny Engines, who have put out a slew of stellar albums by up-and-coming artists and whose roster has graduated more than a few impressive names over the course of the past few years. We named Haybaby a Band To Watch back in August and premiered the record’s first single “Her,” a bass-driven slow-burner that’s grating in the most heartening way possible. It’s controlled but never meticulous, which is part of Haybaby’s charm. On the other hand, Sleepy Kids’ newest single “Doored,” which premiered on Noisey today, is a straight-up grunge song, one for the many among us who refuse to listen to anyone villainize Courtney Love because the way her voice snaps on songs like “Violet” is just too damn good. Leslie Hong has all of that fire and then some; listen below.
Sleepy Kids is out 10/23 via Tiny Engines.