PARTYBABY: The Ultimate Records No House Party Can Be Without

After dropping one of the most raucous and enthralling EPs of the year, Cali-punks Partybaby are back in the UK to play a couple of shows this week. As they get ready to melt faces on the road, we asked the group how PARTYBABY party – guitarist Noah Gersh tells us

I think it’s important to establish a couple ground rules about the music and story of this (read: my) best house party of all time. First of all, some of the people are fictional characters here, some are not and it’s set in Los Angeles. Second, nobody likes to go to a party where the DJ is more concerned with showing you how cool his music taste is than he is with everyone having a good time. Ideally, every time a song comes on, it is perfect for the most amount of people in the room and for that exact moment. This is all arranged with approximate times to get a fuller understanding of our journey. Alright…

Jai Paul – Track 2 / ‘Str8 Outta Mumbai’ (22:30)

This has always seemed like the perfect song to start anything. Tonight’s no exception. People don’t need to know it, the song grooves so well, that it’s impossible to imagine people not moving around a bit. You’re grabbing your first drink, wondering if you’re going to fall in love tonight…

 

Stevie Wonder – ‘Signed Sealed Delivered’ (23:00)

This song is a great test of the people you have at your party. If they can’t have fun, at this point in the night, to this song, well they should probably leave. It’s just one of those songs. People would pour out of the corners and bathrooms they’re in and come dance. Things are getting a little looser…

Beastie Boys – ‘Sure Shot’ (23:30)

Everyone’s gone to refill their drinks, some left to get more. We’ve ran through the all the beer that isn’t hidden in places only we know about. People are texting their friends who are on their way to buy double what they thought to bring. Party is on. This song carries the vibe through that crucial moment before the whole party levels up. Then…

Kanye West – ‘Waves’ (00:00)

Jerome and Sam, who together are DJ Dodger Stadium, have gotten to the party at this point. In all honesty Jerome is probably DJ’ing. They got called in to work on ‘The Life of Pablo’ this year and everyone in the room who knows that (read: everyone) would all go give them hugs because celebrating your friends is the best part of all of this anyways. This song at the right time, which it currently is, has the ability to make everyone feel like they’re levitating. Everyone’s dancing… 

Tweet (feat. Missy Elliot) – ‘Oops (Oh My)’ (00:30)

Not long since “Waves” now. Everyone is still moving. Maybe somebody said they knew the perfect next song and totally struck out. Some people left the dance-floor to go smoke cigarettes or make other various naughty decisions. This song has that ‘I haven’t heard this in forever’ thing which get’s people feeling nostalgic for being younger. The party is back on track. You just noticed your friend passed out in the corner wrapped up in a pile of blankets and other people’s coats…

Baauer (feat. MIA & G-Dragon) – ‘Temple’ (01:00)

Aside from being a perfect song for any party, Harry would most likely be in the corner of this room where everyone is dancing, and the amount of ‘Don’t do this!’ on his face would be too good to resist. Again, this is all about friends, always. Cops showed up and we pretended to kick everyone out. More people showed up since bars are starting to close.  

The Avalanches – ‘Sunshine’ (01:30 – 2:00)

This song perfectly captures how hazy it all is at this point. You’ve stayed inside dancing, drinking, maybe took something you weren’t supposed to, and you take a wander. Mike is standing on a table outside talking to about five people, who are all listening like he’s preaching. You go upstairs to your room to make sure it’s still there, and somebody closes the door to your own room in your face. Weird, but whatever. You’re maybe about to call it then…

Harvey Danger – ‘Flagpole Sitta’ (02:30)

You run downstairs, find your best friend, and shout the entirety of this song into their face. Jumping around like nobody is watching. Some people are doing the same, some people are wishing Drake was on. But this is the kind of song that defies party rules. Rules are easy to forget when it feels this good…

Jim-E Stack – ‘Deadstream’ (03:00)

The crowd is starting to thin out, down to your real A-team. It’s unclear whether Jim-E has left at this point or not. You can’t find him, but everyone who’s inside who loves him as much as you do is reminded that he made this masterpiece this year. If you find him, you try and tell him this, if you don’t you just tell the person closest to you. The person you grab is your ex-girlfriend’s current boyfriend, who sucks, but it doesn’t matter at this point. You pretend it’s all good in the name of your night…

The Rolling Stones – ‘Beast of Burden’

Whatever is left to drink at this point isn’t really working anymore. You’ll pass it back and forth amongst you for a bit, laughing about everything that happened while this plays in the background. It’s the perfect song to bring you down and appreciate the stories, your friends, and the time you just had. You’ll have more than enough time to regret the things you wish you hadn’t said, hadn’t drank, or people hadn’t kissed tomorrow. But, again, that’s for tomorrow…

Tonight PARTYBABY will play a free show at The Seabright Arms in London (Dec 7)