Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes: Debut Album ‘Baby Caught The Bus’ out May 21 on Vanguard Records

By on April 3, 2013


Already breakout stars in their native Australia, CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES–who fuse a unique blend of soul, blues, doo-wop, jazz and R&B with Clairy’s powerful, soulful vocals at the forefront–have signed with the U.S. label Vanguard Records and will release their debut album Baby Caught The Bus on May 21. Their first single “Love Letter” is now #1 Most Added at Triple A Radio this week, while Baby Caught The Bus climbs to #15 Most Added. “Love Letter” also hit Amazon’s “Hot Singles: 20 Songs We’d Like to Date”: In addition, the band will have their Tuesday, April 9th Los Angeles, CA show at The Troubadour taped for future airing on an episode of NBC TV’s “Last Call With Carson Daly.” On Thursday, April 11 they’ll perform live on KCSN “Afternoon Music Mix with Sky Daniels.” Tune in at 3:00pm PT to 88.5FM in the Los Angeles area or around the world online at:

Baby Caught The Bus is gaining strong praise from the media. In his album review for No Depression, writer Grant Britt declared, “Melbourne’s Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes is the best stuff to come along in decades. This thing opens with a bang. ‘Love Letter’ leaps out at you like a Stax 45, blowing you back to the ‘60s through a funky time warp. Baby Caught The Bus is a treasure trove for R&B lovers, a ‘60s time capsule, a show and dance ensemble concept  that’s been away far too long. Import this one to your collection immediately for maximum satisfaction.” (March 20, 2013)

The group just launched their U.S. tour at SXSW in Austin and are already blowing away U.S. audiences. In his live review for Bust magazine at SXSW, writer Christian Detres described the group’s performance: “With a peal of trumpet and a trill on a snare, Clairy Browne and her girls ginned up a stompy 60s revival that had the crowd dancing and spilling their vodka lemonades all over the floor.” Elsewhere, the New York Music Daily hailed: “Watching this band was like discovering the great long-lost collaboration between David Lynch and John Waters. Baritone saxophonist Darcy McNulty set a smoldering, smoky tone right from the get-go that the band maintained through more than an hour of haunting, torchy ballads and blustery old-school grooves. Gabriel Strangio’s piano and Peter Bee’s guitar lingered with a lurid juiciness against Jules Pascoe’s suspenseful, nuanced bass pulse while Nick Martyn’s drums shifted in a split second from slow and misterioso to nimbly shuffling dancefloor vamps.” (April 1, 2013) The Patriot Ledger also lauded the young group’s “skillful blend of classic rhythm and blues, soulful jazz, blues and even some doo-wop vocal parts.” (March 28, 2013)

Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes first gained international attention with their song “Love Letter” which was featured in Heineken’s award-winning campaign The Switch and has surpassed 1 million views online: Watch the official video for “Love Letter” here:


Official video for “Love Letter:”

Following is the full tracklisting for BABY CAUGHT THE BUS:

  1. Love Letter
  2. Vicious Cycle
  3. Aeroplane
  4. Baby Caught The Bus
  5. I’ll Be Fine
  6. Far Too Late
  7. She Plays Up To You
  8. Frankie
  9. Yellow Bird
  10. You Don’t Owe Me Nothing


CBBR U.S. Spring Tour:



  Las Vegas, NV Cosmopolitan Chandelier Bar


  Las Vegas, NV Cosmopolitan Chandelier Bar


  Las Vegas, NV Cosmopolitan Chandelier Bar


 Phoenix, AZ  Crescent Ballroom


  West Hollywood, CA Troubadour  


  San Diego, CA The Casbah  


  San Francisco, CA Rickshaw  


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Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.