PREVIEW: Baby in the 90s – “Inertia” EP

Baby in the 90s. Photo by Raegan Labat

New Orleans-based indie rock outfit Baby in the 90s is gearing up to drop its debut EP, titled Inertia, at an intimate release show this Friday at Burger Mansion in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mixed Mantra got a sneak preview of the project, and we’re here to tell you it’s worth a listen (or several).

The three-piece is composed of vocalist/guitarist Mookie Darden, bassist Jeremiah Wilson and drummer Reed Dunaway. On Inertia, a three-song effort, each band member plays a crucial role in constructing the group’s full-bodied indie soundscape, but we were left particularly floored by Darden’s stellar vocal performance throughout the EP.

The tracks “Lazy Bones” and “Coin” showcase the band’s undeniable chemistry and clear alt-rock influences, but our standout track is the EP’s closer “Marriage,” a melancholic ode to a lost love: “Come back and haunt my dreams / Girl, I beg you please / So I can stop wondering what you left when / We went our separate ways.” Featuring wistful strings and a blissed-out trumpet break, the track’s instrumentation coupled with the woe of Darden’s lyrics packs a pronounced emotional punch.

Listen to Inertia here, and catch Baby in the 90s’ EP release performance at Burger Mansion at 9 p.m. on Friday, May 3.