“Brooklyn’s Baby Got Back Talk remains a jewel in the borough’s crown.”- Afropunk
“A catchy pop punk hook-fest that throws the middle finger to anyone claiming that being marginalized is “in” these days. “Model Minority” could become an anthem of importance for queer folks and POC in the punk scene today.”- Tuned Up
Photo: Kate Hoos
New school pop punkers Baby Got Back Talk are debuting their latest single/video “Season Premiere” off their upcoming Wiretap Records debut EP, ‘Existential Shred’, due out September 9.
Vocalist/bassist G’Ra Asim says, “I had just started a new job as an English professor, and the opening couplet of Season Premiere came to me during office hours: ‘I was searching for a guide/in the pages of poets/But I’m still not bonafide/as a sage or a stoic.’ I’d spent so much time studying literature in the hopes that the bards of old held the wisdom I could use to orient my own journey. Students were looking to me to share that wisdom, yet I was keenly aware that I had so much left to figure out myself. The eureka moment we sometimes think we’re pursuing doesn’t necessarily deliver. The closest you can actually get is accepting that there’s no grand design to uncover, which means you’re free to make your own. ‘Season Premiere’ is the sound of four weary but still wide-eyed weirdos doing exactly that, and inviting the listener to do so in their own right.”
Baby Got Back Talk is a D-I-why?-because-we-gotta punk party from New York City. The band teamed with producer John Naclerio (Just Surrender, The Audition) at Nada Recording Studios for their latest EP, ‘Existential Shred’ due out later this Summer 2022 on Wiretap Records.
Formed in 2017, Baby Got Back Talk initially consisted of vocalist/bassist G’Ra Asim, synth op/vocalist Rhiana Hernandez, and lead guitarist/vocalist Jake Lazaroff. After years of sharing bills with local compatriots like Choked Up, Universe Ignore Her and Gibbons– acts that were all anchored by the propulsive stick work of drummer Wes Ruiz– Baby Got Back Talk welcomed Ruiz into the fold.
“We’re what punk looks like in the 2020s: driven by a DIY ethic, conversant with social issues–especially as they pertain to gender and race, enabled by inter-web, bankrolled by day jobs, powered by a rad likeminded community, resonant with the most venerable iterations of rock ‘n’ roll but firmly committed to injecting some new flavor into the mold.”
The band has released a pair of EPs in 2017’s Take This The Wrong Way and 2018’s Up In Open Arms. Their full-length debut, 2020’s Genre Reveal Party, was mixed by Paul Leavitt (All Time Low, Senses Fail, Yellowcard).
Named one of Alternative Press’s 17 Black Alternative Bands leading the next generation
Named one of AfroPunk’s Top 8 Punkest Bands on the Planet
Named one of The Utah Daily Chronicle’s 5 Black Alternative Bands You Need to Know in 2021
Performed at AfroPunk Festival 2019
Performed at Punk Island 2018
Performed at #Say Her Name Campaign 5th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony