In the past year, Vivianne Roy moved to Montreal to debut her solo project, Laura Sauvage ; Julie Aubé returned to the New-Brunswick countryside where she grew up; alongside Katrine Noël, they opened up a little vintage boutique in their own part of town.
In the past year, the Hay Babies almost took a break : some time for their own individual bliss and for their own projects ; some time to rebalance. And some time to find themselves - and start working on a second album.
For this new record, through a quick allusion to amateur filmmaker Rogers Normandin’ eponymous movie, they swapped banjo and ukulele for electric guitar and bass. Thus, Mico Roy (guitar), Marc-André Belliveau (drums) and Kevin McIntyre (bass and keys), their trusty New Brunswick native accomplices, alongside producer (and non-New-Brunswick native) Pierre-Guy Blanchard, took to the studio, no tricks, no fuss. The process resulted in 13 new tracks, each with its unique tone, and including eight written during an intensive week in Rawdon during the winter of 2016.
In La 4ième dimension (version longue), there isn’t a single country song. Not even one. There is of course the Joan Baez-folk song (which is the only acoustic track) and another bluesy one. Beyond that, it’s all 60s-70s rock and 80s ballads, with hints of instrumentals, grunge and psychedelic. Simply put, it’s a badass bilingual melting pot for the acadian ladies who are sick of the good girl label.
Because Julie, Katrine and Vivianne are not a country girl band.
They are the Hay Babies. Period.
After the release of their bilingual EP Folio, in 2012, the Hay Babies were touring extensively, a period during which the first notes of their debut record could be heard. Mon Homesick Heart (2014, Simone Records), is an indie-folk-country album full of sincerity that came to be with a little help from some great collaborators: François Lafontaine and Mathieu Parisien (Karkwa), Joe Grass and Mishka Stein (Patrick Watson) as well as José Major (Marie-Pierre Arthur) and Mico Roy (Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire).
After winnings at Accro de la chanson of the Fédération des jeunes francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick in 2009 and 2010, the musicians received the highest honours at the 2013 Francouvertes and took home tens of awards at Festival Vue sur la relève. Since then, they have been gathering up awards and nominations, including 3 at the Gala de l’ADISQ of 2014 as well as being honoured with the Prix Édith-Butler du Gala des mérites de la SPACQ (Société professionnelle des auteurs et compositeurs du Québec) in 2014, and being named the “French Songwriter of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. The following year, *My Homesick Heart * was crowned the “Francophone Recording of the Year” at the East Coast Music Awards.