The Babies were born out of a friendship between Cassie Ramone of The Vivian Girls and Kevin Morby of Woods. During a break in the schedules of the two much-loved Brooklyn noise pop bands in the winter of 2008, Ramone and Morby shared an apartment and decided to start a band. The idea was to recapture the early, stress-free days of playing music before they were both in groups that had gained some success and created accompanying pressures. Despite writing a few songs, nothing much came of the idea until the next winter when both bands again had a break. With the addition of Ramone’s former bandmate in Bossy, Justin Sullivan, on drums, the trio began writing songs in earnest that met somewhere between the sugary fuzz of The Vivian Girls and the ramshackle indie rock of Woods. After bassist Nathaneal Stark joined the band, the quartet — now named The Babies — began playing shows in the summer of 2010. Recording when they could find a chance, The Babies released singles for the small Wild World and Make a Mess labels before releasing their self-titled debut album for Shrimper in February of 2011. The band toured for much of the year, eventually replacing Stark with new bassist, Brian Schleyer. In early 2012, they left their Brooklyn home to record their second album in sunnier Los Angeles. The result was Our House on the Hill, released on Woodsist late in the year.