Bebe and Paolo formed at the start of 2009 through a mutual love of 1930’s jazz, blues, British punk and Victorian vaudeville. They started performing immediately at open mic nights with covers of old jazz standards – throwing in some dirty lyrics and slick, modern arrangements to boot. Feeding off the excited response of their audience, the pair decided to record their first E.P entitled “Good Boys” – six self-penned tracks described as being “like story time at the library – if all the books were porno and the librarian was hot as toast that is...”
The aim was to put 1950’s rockabilly and with cabaret sentiments into a three-minute pop format which is also a bit punk. Singer and percussionist Bebe explains, “Our influence is vintage but we’re not a vintage band. People say our lyrics are risqué, but I think they’re just modern love songs. They’re easy to relate to - I find it difficult to write through rose-tinted glasses"
Since forming, the band have recorded two self-penned E.P's and won two Battle of the Bands competitions - one of which secured them a place at Rob da Bank's "Camp Bestival" opening The Big Top Stage where the running order went something along the lines of: “Spongebob SquarePants, Bebe and Paolo, PJ Harvey! They had reviews in the local media who describe them as “an intriguing couple... a flame-haired songstress and a moustachioed, be-suited gent” and “like Winehouse – without the wine.”
A recent interview in Amelia's Magazine spurred music bloggers to attend the couple's show at the Fashion and Textiles Museum: "...the tiny redhead, Bebe Black, had a sultry voice that jazzed the crowd, and her gutarist solidly worked his instrument. I'm adding her to my artists to watch list."
Bebe and Paolo are currently working to establish themselves within the music industry, bringing their wistful guitar, love-sick lyrics and sequined stage-show with them...