From Vancouver, War Baby channels the spirit of ‘90s Pacific Northwest grunge while somehow keeping their attack modern enough to avoid tribute-act territory. Their recent single, “Master Blaster,” shows the band at its most aggressive, and it’s a fairly successful outing as the band’s lead singer throttles up to screamo mode while his mates exhibit a tight, prog-like precision. Then, with “Spell” and “No Generation,” the band’s sound enters what appears to be its true comfort zone—moody, rainy-day, depresso-grunge with a nod to Nirvana in the prominently sinewy basslines and smeary down-tuned guitar tone, but with a more group-oriented lead-vocal presentation. These recordings probably don’t quite do justice to what is probably a good live act.
Seeking: Label, Booking
Style: Noise Rock