Southern indie rock band Brave Baby have shared their new single “Standard Deviation,” a follow up to the band’s reintroduction to the scene with 2021’s release “Blue Year.” Themes of imploding friendships and self-realization over a forgotten situation are carried throughout, giving the synth-fueled song a deeper meaning despite its seemingly upbeat nature.
On the new single the band shares, “’Standard Deviation’ came to be when there were tensions among friends, when it seemed like our little microcosm of a world was unraveling. It’s about how small infractions can leave permanent marks, even though no one can really remember what the disagreement was about in the first place.”
Charleston, SC based indie quintet Brave Baby have been doing the thing since 2012. Their debut album Forty Bells and its successor Electric Friends catapulted them into the hearts of many up and down the east coast and across the Midwest. They toured heavily and found themselves playing sets at major festivals and premiere clubs across southeast, Midwest, and northeast regions. Their songs have been licensed for use in film and television including an international UGGs ad campaign and the Showtime series “The Affair.”
A hiatus beginning in 2018 found members embarking in different musical endeavors. Frontman Keon Masters ventured into a solo career with his own debut, Many Thanks, in 2019. Drummer/Producer Wolfgang Zimmerman has produced many albums with artists from across the country at his Charleston based studio, The Space, including heading production for the new Band of Horses album, Things Are Great. Guitarist/Arranger Christian Chidester works as a session player and arranger for many SC based artists and is preparing to release a solo album under the moniker, Harvest Temple Band. Steven Walker (keys) and Jordan Hicks (bass) have both been on the road as members of Charleston contemporaries Susto.
The band reconvened in various sessions over 2020 and 2021 to create new material and resurrect songs that never saw the light of day. The creative approach this time around though is to keep it light and to remember that nothing is sacred. If the songs are true, they’ll come naturally and no song is more important than the next. It has been cathartic for the team to walk away and come back with different lives and different perspectives. They are eager – but not impatient- to get back in the saddle and plan to release new material over the course of 2022 and beyond in the form of singles with a full album in their sights and live performances in the works.