Babelshack is a band formed by, and based around the songs of Barnaby Hazen. Babelshack has captured a considerable audience in Santa Fe through shows on and off the College of Santa Fe campus. They have toured the States of New Mexico, Colorado, Texas and Arizona. They perform in various formations as each member is an active professional in music.
“The Santa Fe band’s crisp, melodic rock is subtly complex but groovy enough to fill the dance floor.”
—Eric Schmidt, “Boulder Dirt,” Aug 5th, 2005
Barnaby Hazen, Guitar/Vocals; Westin McDowell, Guitar, keyboard; Dylan McDowell, drums; Dave Hixon, bass.
Alternates: AG Kirby, guitar and keys; Kevin Collins, bass; Mark Clark, alternate on drums.
Babelshack, 2005 EP -- college airplay in Texas and New Mexico."
Full length: "Return of the Bottom Feeder," college airplay in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico.
Babelshack, "Return of the Bottom Feeder," Self-release
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"Santa Fe rockers Babelshack have produced a quality album in "Bottomfeeder." While they stick to v..."Santa Fe rockers Babelshack have produced a quality album in "Bottomfeeder." While they stick to very well-worn grunge/punk paths, the occasional diversion onto the brush-covered side trails of new musical territory creates a diverse and enjoyable album..."
Band on the Bricks
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"On Saturday, New Mexico's Babelshack provides the soundtrack to a night of billiards at the Foundry..."On Saturday, New Mexico's Babelshack provides the soundtrack to a night of billiards at the Foundry... the Santa Fe band's crisp, melodic rock is subtly complex but groovy enought to fill the dance floor." --Eric Schmidt, Aug. 4, 2005
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Any band that would play someplace called Burt’s Tiki Lounge in Albuquerque is okay by me. Listening...Any band that would play someplace called Burt’s Tiki Lounge in Albuquerque is okay by me. Listening to Babelshack in my own small basement tiki shrine, I’m reminded of…well, actually, no one immediately. Point number one in their favor.
The band’s first full-length, Return of the Bottomfeeder, is a dense mix of crisp lead lines and twisted rhythm patterns propelled by a throbbing percussion session. “Divinity” perhaps the quietest song on the disc, is a neatly crafted atmospheric tune. The follow-up, “Believe You Me” moves quickly from a deft guitar into to a full-blown noise fest. Hazen’s vocals neatly complement the guitar squalor of “Never a Bride” with Hixon and the McDowell brothers making their own statements throughout. A 2005 EP including “Twisted” was a credible introduction to the band. Noisier than my usual spins, it is nonetheless tuneful. File under “moody.” –SR (Stewrat, online
We cover The Pixies, Ween, Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Johnny Cash. We have over thirty originals and can play 1-3 hours a night.