The Bulky Babes

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Two Satyrs, Peter Paul Rubens, 1619
By LIBBY ROHR

The Bulky Babes
Myths and Monsters

Busting into the indie rock scene with their first hit album Myths & Monsters, this up-and-coming trio heads draws on older ideas and stories while incorporating the steady roller coaster of emotional expression and the juxtaposition of light and dark content you find in some of our more contemporary music.  Petal, Pauline, and Ruby, the founding members of this group, say the band came into being one day in late June while these music major friends were in Germany for the summer. One day while wandering the winding streets of the small village of Siegen, the girls bonded over a mutual desire to see a shift in the music world from the more grandiose and poised nature of the previous era to one that recognizes the same dramatic elements in a more realistic way. From this craving, they began to make music that brings classic images to life in the human world. Now, three years later, they're poised to top the list of next year's "Artists to Look Out For."

These imaginative (and busy) ladies often address issues of body image in their deeply sensual music. Sometimes they take a more individual look at humanity, while other times they bring to life stories we all know by heart, centering around the noble sacrifice, love, and devotion. Their smooth rhythmic beats seem to rock you in circles while more striking moments pop out here and there. Lyrically, their words seem to capture a vibrant image of life without ignoring the darkness in the background of it. They have a way of making their audience feel the conflict they're expressing while maintaining a focus on the emotion of it all.

When interviewed about their process, the girls took a humble stance, best summed up by Ruby's comment, "We're just simple women standing alone with our instruments, asking God for inspiration." To which, Pauline added, "Every child has the spirit of creation. The rubbish of life often exterminates that spirit. We're just looking to get back to that." The girls expressed a fondness for their fans and supporters as well as their countless mentors and heroes from which they take such inspiration. By the end of our little chat, they'd convinced me that their popularity is best attributed to a recognition of their own passion for the work as well as their focused transformation of archetype stories into relatable yet lively tunes. Whether or not that's something you believe, there is no doubt that they're a talented trio.

This album has kicked off a long European tour that will end in Antwerp the last week of May. Check out their music on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Spotify. @TheBulkyBabes

Editor's Note: Students happened upon a cache of hidden records with cover art from the Baroque masters. They were charged to investigate the vinyls. The above are their findings. 

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