BABY STRANGE announced the news of their indefinite hiatus yesterday – citing rising costs and lack of industry support as some of the reasons behind their difficult decision.

The outpouring of love and adoration from fans and fellow musicians that soon followed was indicative of the profound and indelible impact the Glasgow trio have had in their 11 years together – within their local scene and beyond.

A band we’ve followed since their very formative years, Baby Strange’s legacy is undeniable. Fiercely DIY in their ethos, they wilfully and committedly forged a career entirely on their own terms, made music they believed in and swept us all along on the exhilarating ride. We’ve been with them for the whole journey – from those very early sweaty gigs in Glasgow’s sticky basement venues to supporting their musical heroes to some of the biggest festival stages in the country. They played the very first Tenement Trail in 2013 and returned on numerous occasions thereafter, memorably to The Garage in 2018 and then to our new home in the East End where they incited utter chaos at BAaD in 2019. These gigs will live long in the memory.

A formidable force in the live arena, their punk-fuelled anthems struck a chord with the local music scene, before catapulting them to audiences all over the UK and Europe. Their debut album ‘Want It Need It’ from 2016 stands as a snapshot of those early years – raw, relentless, and packed full of classic indie punk anthems like ‘Pleasure City’, ‘Pure Evil’ and ‘California Sun’. They followed this up with numerous EPs and last year’s ‘World Below’ – a record that marked a shift towards a more mature and dynamic sound, taking the raw, punchy indie for which they’d become known and adding more versatility.

Of course, their legacy will always be synonymous with those iconic Club Sabbath nights in The Priory – a Sunday night tradition that soon became a rite of passage for many bands in the city. A night that saw people jump from partygoers on the fringes to playing the stage in bands of their own, the band’s Club Sabbath paved the way and nurtured many of the city’s raucous guitar bands over the years – the likes of Lucia and the Best Boys, Gallus, Dead Pony, Declan Welsh and The Dunts to name a few.

So, with Baby Strange’s departure, it marks the end of a memorable era. Take a look back at some of the top moments below.