T H E B A B E S
The Babes were hatched and raised in London, initially formed as a 3 piece band in 2015: Mao Holiday, Matt Ren Ex & Marvin. They play Hardcore-Crust-Celtic-Punk-DIY and are currently based in Paris. The boys met at IMW sound engineering school: a bunch of misfits wanting to play the "Happy punk" kind of music who grew up in a garage in Twickenham (South West London), and before long The Babes were delivered. They play snotty, two fingers in the air Hardcore Punk Rock with bagpipes. Currently bringing together Colombian, USA, and UK backgrounds and featuring members of punk legends Total Chaos and Blitz.
They released the single "Tomorrow Seems So Far Away" and a month and 14 days later, The Babes went on their first tour called "The Babes invade Mainland Europe" playing in England, France, Germany, Belgium, and Holland. After the end of the tour, where they played with guitars, The Babes remained as a 3-piece band (Drums, Bass, and bagpipes) for more than 3 years.
The Babes self-released their debut album "Greetings from London" engineered, produced, mixed, and mastered at IMW Studios by Mao Holiday. The Babes did 6 more European tours and were invited to perform at Rebellion Festival in 2018 (later on got invited as well for Rebellion '19 & '20)
In February 2018, Marvin, (drums) left The Babes. Steve (Gurgle) joined the band on 2 European tours and sadly calling it off the day before the last gig of their tour "Only Life We Know". It didn't stop The Babes to go on stage and performed their 30 minutes set with a drummer for a day. Kike, aka "Kike-d ass" from the Mexican band Migraña Social.
On August 16th, 2018, The Babes decided to play with a guitarist again, and not too long after, this Babe's lineup toured Europe once again and Mexico "No Mames Wey tour 2019" , performing on drums with Oscar Herbas (Scandals TX, Blitz, Warcola, Kriminal Pogo) playing 10 gigs total.
The Babes have been sharing the stage with The Varukers, Icons of Filth, The Exploited, Disorder, Agathocles, Warwound, Anthrax, The Restarts, The Kids, Disturbance, Total Chaos, Omega Tribe, Blatoidea, Acidez, Human DogFood, Breakout, The Adicts, Mau Maus, Conflict, Hagar the Womb, Nausea Bomb, Lobotomia, Left for Dead, Jabul Gorba, Grand Collapse, Rabies Babies, The Nilz, Vomito Nuclear, Excluded, Anti-Clockwise and many other bands.
The Babes have been playing at Rebellion Festival, Bearded Theory's Spring Gathering Festival, Convoy Cabaret, No Dirty Rules Fest(BL), Morecambe Festival, Strive for Live Fest, Borderline Fest (FR), Punks n' Freaks, and many other festivals.
On August 17th 2020 Matt Ren Ex passed away. He was able to record Joint, a limited edition split 7" vinyl colour with Bristol Legends 'Disorder'. In his honour, we also pressed 70 cassettes.
In April 14th 2023 The Babes reformed and did FUCK WORK, LET'S TOUR 2023 with a new line up:
Mao Holiday: Bagpipes & Vocals
Drums: Adrien de Mieux - (Nausea Bomb/Skarface/The Toasters)
Bass: Oscar Sonic - (Scandals/Blitz/Kriminal Pogo)
Guitar: Jimmy - (Kriminal Pogo).
Their 3 weeks tour included France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, and Italy, and are preparing their new material and next tour in Mexico (2024) and South America .
See you in the pit!
Photo top to bottom:
*Matt Ren Ex: Bass, vocals
*Mao Holiday: Bagpipe, vocals