TV Baby, Matt McAulley and Brain McPeck’s spin off of their earlier band, A.R.E. Weapons, has released two new songs on a new label DeusRecords.
You think you know NY rock? Then you should know these guys already. And if you don’t, then here’s a brief run down:
In the early aughts McAulley and Peck along with the help of DJ / Producer Thomas Bullock (Rub N’ Tug) and close friend Paul Sevingy started A.R.E Weapons and became known by performing in galleries, at fashion shows, and collaborating with visual artists. It was all very downtown Manhattan, very authentic and undeniably very cool. Although it’s mostly a social misfire to discuss, we’ll just say it anyway, Paul Sevingy has a “well known” sister, and at that point McAulley was her long term boyfriend.
Fast forward a few years, as Paul focused more on his DJing career, which ultimately translated into opening the “fuck you” to NY nightlife, Beatrice Inn, and Matt and Brain started a new band.
Launched in 2011, TV Baby is the synthesis of those years caught at the intersection of music and art: a multidisciplinary project with deep roots in the city’s historic punk scene. The band has released an art-book/album hybrid including specially commissioned work by 40 downtown artists, staged a rock opera at Gavin Browne’s Enterprise, a gallery space on the Lower East Side, and found a place as the house band for the relaunch of Glenn O’Briens infamous punk public access show TV Party. Yet with only one full-length under their belt, and considered in relation to the rest of Matt and Brain’s career, you could still consider TV Baby, well, a baby.
Released in a limited 7” vinyl run of 500, Half a Chance / Come Back is a high-benchmark first entry to the Deus catalogue. It’s as a quick, smack-in-the-face update on how Matt and Brain’s studio craft has advanced, as well as a concise, exceptional demonstration of the songwriting and productions skills that they’ve built upon and expanded.
We love these guys and you should too. See them perform live at their November 24th release party, where else but Max Fish, of course. Check out the track “Half A Chance”: