Blake Babies Reborn With 'Bless'-ed Album

Influential Boston trio reunites for 12 tracks; 'Brain Damage' features Lemonhead Evan Dando.

Fifteen years after their inception, the freshly reunited Blake Babies will release God Bless the Blake Babies, their first new album in over a decade, on March 6 via Zoë Records.

The influential Boston trio of frontwoman Juliana Hatfield, guitarist John P. Strohm and drummer Freda Love-Smith (née Boner) recorded the album's 12 tracks in an Indiana studio early last year. Chief Lemonhead Evan Dando, a frequent Blake Babies collaborator, duets with Hatfield on the track "Brain Damage," which he co-wrote with Ben Lee.

Formed in Boston in 1986, the Blake Babies released their debut album, Nicely Nicely, in 1987 and helped spearhead the burgeoning alternative/college-rock movement. Never quite achieving mainstream recognition, the group disbanded in 1991, though the members garnered moderate success with individual projects.

Hatfield fared best commercially, releasing six solo LPs and one with the Juliana Hatfield Three. The songs "My Sister" (RealAudio excerpt) and "Universal Heartbeat" — from JH3's 1993 album, Become What You Are, and the 1995 solo release Only Everything, respectively — were radio and video staples during the tail end of the alternative moment. Her last two albums were last year's Total System Failure and Beautiful Creature, both released on Zoë, an imprint of Rounder Records.

After the Blake Babies broke up, Strohm and Love-Smith continued along similar musical lines with Antenna until they disbanded in 1994. While sometimes playing with Dando's Lemonheads, Strohm also fronted Velo-Deluxe before going out on his own with 1996's Caledonia (with the Hello Strangers) and 1999's Vestavia, both receiving critical praise.

The track listing for God Bless the Blake Babies:


"Nothing Ever Happens"

"Baby Gets High"

"Waiting for Heaven"

"Until I Almost Died"

"Picture Perfect"

"When I See His Face"

"What Did I Do?"

"Brain Damage"

"Civil War"

"Invisible War"