Slamming straight right into it, Bakers Eddy don’t even give a millisecond of room to think before launching into their high energy, life-of-the-party new album ‘Love, Boredom Bicycles’. It sounds like the writing of these songs was plain sailing. A few mates, a bunch of instruments, a couple of beers and bam, an album! Or so it sounds.
Ciarann Babbington and his bandmates are more like best friends, and it turns out that two of them are twin brothers, so that makes sense! It’s easy to hear this in their easygoing lyrics and the general demeanour given off by the effortless feel of the music. Babbington has a love for serious topics hidden behind humour, and this makes the lyrical aspect of the Bakers Eddy songs feel ironic, yet also very relatable.
The overall mood of this album is exciting and all-around good fun. Imagine just finding out you won the lottery whilst being in the car with all your mates on the way to see your favourite artist play live, and put that feeling into an album.
Drummer Jamie Gordon is most definitely sweating in the studio as he pumps out fills left, right, and centre throughout songs such as Sober and Concertina. Alex Spagnolo balances the push and the pull of the tracks as they ease down a notch for 21 and crank right back up for Coffee Mate and No No No. Meanwhile, Ian Spagnolo holds down the groove throughout all 14 tracks, and all together, these guys create a thrashing backing track for Babbington to sing his heart out to.
There aren’t many songs out there about bicycles like Hi-Vis Baby, let alone this high energy and as easy to sing along to. Bicycle-themed songs don’t overtake the album and are well balanced by songs about the other two topics of the album, boredom and love. The countless catchy lyrics are infectious, and it’s hard not to want to buy a bike, pop on some headphones and scream along to this whole album as you zoom down a hill past all the traffic.