On June 28th, Stephen Babcock released "The Fight I Need," his most dynamic and energetic song yet.
Among the indie musicians in New York City, Stephen Babcock is among the best. He solidified his place as a real staple in the local scene with an April residency at the renowned Rockwood Music Hall. Babcock is not just another guy strumming an acoustic guitar, singing about his feelings. He brings a unique energy to his live shows, an impressive sense of familiarity to his lyrics (better labelled as stories), and soul to his music. I mean the guy titled one of his songs "The Guy Who Said Goodbye to You Is Out of His Mind." Who gives a single a title that long? Stephen Babcock does because he is different than the other singer/songwriters around.
"The Fight I Need" is Babcock's most recent track and it's really the first song he's released that leans further toward rock than his acoustic Americana roots. The results are captivating. The energy cuts right through this recoding -- all you need to do is hear the "Pick me up" lyric that launches the chorus and you're hooked. He employs electric guitar and Hammond organ, giving the song a Tom Petty/Fleetwood Mac sound.
Babcock explains the lyrical theme by explaining, "I wanted to write a song that wasn't just the same old cliche of 'I can't live without you' etc., so I took the viewpoint in a different direction. The song is basically saying that even when you argue with the person you love, or they drive you crazy, even the fight is something you need in your life."
Do yourself a favor. Keep tabs on Stephen Babcock. He's touring the east coast this summer and you won't want to miss his shows. This guy is DIFFERENT. Two years from now, when he is all over the radio (or whatever medium the kids are using to listen to music then), you won't want to be that person who stayed home and watched Friends instead of seeing Stephen Babcock.
Check out Stephen's music on Spotify and keep up with his upcoming shows and new releases. You'll thank me later - CB