Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Transition, Baby!

transition, baby!Transition, Baby! are speedy, rhythmic and addictive. This Manchester quartet has given AMBY one of our cheekiest interviews to date. We’re big fans of the band’s music, so wanting to know more about them AMBY spoke with Transition, Baby! about James Bond, swapping the way we use our limbs, and how AMBY deserves the cold hard facts about the band!

AMBY: How would you describe Transition, Baby!’s sound to those unfamiliar with your music?

Transition, Baby!: We’re a very boozy cocktail of British indie and American punk rock. We contain a generous measure of nut-busting guitar riffs, well shaken with soaring vocals, garnished with tight, pounding drums and popping bass guitar. Like all alcoholic beverages, the only way to combat your hangover is to indulge in more.

AMBY: Transition, Baby! is a neat band name. Where did it come from?

Transition, Baby!: We always try to approach this question tentatively but there’s no two ways about it and we think the readers of AMBY deserve the cold hard facts. The truthful answer is that ‘Transition, Baby!’ was a vocalized expression, uttered by a good friend of the band, describing the first few hits of ‘Mary Jane’. We decided to run with it; it sounded pretty peculiar but it became more and more natural the longer we kept it.

AMBY: Who are your greatest influences as a band?

Transition, Baby!: Tough question. We’ve received so many responses from people citing other bands, trying to discern whom we resemble sonically. We could ramble through a very long list of noteworthy bands we think we are influenced by, but I guess our music is fairly interpretative. Anyway, here’s that ‘rambly’ list: The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, We Are Scientists, The Libertines, The Smiths, Modest Mouse, The Sunshine Underground, Buzzcocks, The Cribs, Editors…

AMBY: What would a movie based on the band be called?

Transition, Baby!: We reckon we’d called it ‘Grit’, after one of our most danceable and popular songs off our debut EP. It probably best sums up the band’s spirit and determination to succeed within the music industry. ‘Grit’ is all about fighting it out to reach the top, not only as a band but as individuals.

AMBY: Which three albums changed your life?

Transition, Baby!: The Strokes – Is This It?, We Are Scientists – With Love and Squalor, Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I am, That’s What I’m Not.

AMBY: What is the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?

Transition, Baby!: We had a terrible gig experience early last year. Joe, the lead guitarist failed to, lets say, ‘monitor’ his drinking and was a swaying wreck on stage. Sure enough, he couldn’t hit a note with a wheelbarrow and we had to pull out early into the set. Alright, it wasn’t so funny at the time, but we always laugh about it now. Joe can barely order a pint before a show these days without strict supervision.

AMBY: Which track of yours is your favourite and why?

Transition, Baby!: From our debut EP it’s a real toss-up, a 50/50 split right down the middle. ‘Manners Are Wasted On You’ vs. ‘Grit’. Both tunes are great fun to play and are really well received at gigs. We feel they showcase the best side of ‘Transition, Baby!’. Ok, we won’t sit on the fence, if someone held a gun to us, we’d say go with the opening track, Manners.

AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?

Transition, Baby!: 2013 has us very excited. We are releasing our debut EP onto iTunes and Amazon this summer, (available to listen to here:, which is scheduled for a June release.  EP number two is virtually finished in terms of writing, which you can expect around Christmas. We’re so excited to get playing these new tunes around the UK; we have definitely grown as a band and moved our sound forward. In between our EPs, we’re looking at releasing a few live recordings and getting on as many summer festivals as possible.

AMBY: If you could create a law that everyone would have to follow, what would it be?

Transition, Baby!: On the third Sunday of every month, everybody would have to swap the way they use their limbs- i.e. use your feet for hands and hands for feet. This would dramatically improve co-ordination and, as everybody would look so stupid, have a humbling effect on society. Imagine walking through town on your hands, checking your wristwatch on your ankle, eating pizza from your curled toes. A new perspective never hurt anyone.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Transition, Baby! that nobody knows yet?

Transition, Baby!: Dan Arrowsmith, (bassist) once completed a mission for British Intelligence in Eastern Europe. Naturally, we cannot reveal too much of this sensitive, confidential information. We are however, at liberty to state that Dan met the James Bond on the job. Fucking serious. Dan was quoted stating, “It’s really quite ironic because he didn’t actually look anything at all like Daniel Craig. For starters, he had a beard made of tentacles like Davy Jones and anything he ate passed right through him like some hitman Casper the Ghost. Straight up gospel truth.


Thank you Transition, Baby! for giving us your answers!

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Alicia Atout

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