SONG REVIEW: “Dead Wrestlers” by Baby Schillaci

First, I owe Baby Schillaci an apology. I’ve been pronouncing their name wrong. It’s not ‘shh-uh-laci” but “sk-uh-latch-ee” and I’m even more positive I’ve butchered the phonetics as well.

Second and most importantly, Baby Schillaci are releasing a new song and let me tell you, we are all in for a sweet sweet treat.

“Dead Wrestlers” will be out on June 2nd BUT if you catch the band’s gig on May 5th at The Bunkhouse (get tickets) with Monet and The Rusty Nutz, you can grab a physical copy of their debut EP Physical Only, which contain 2 tracks that will not be available on streaming platforms.

I was honoured with a sneak listen of “Dead Wrestlers” and Baby Schillaci only continues to impress me with their music.

The band says that “Dead Wrestlers” is a rebuttal to Baz Luhrmann‘s “Everybody’s Free” and challenges the notion that we can all be anything we want to be.

What I dig about “Dead Wrestlers” is that it is musically a combination of their debut single, “Radical” and follow up single, “So Bad”. I can’t even say “Dead Wrestlers” takes the best parts because that would indicate there are bad parts and that would be a misleading statement as there are no bad parts to either of their previously released tracks. “Dead Wrestlers” does however sonically take my favourite parts of both songs and fuses them together allowing the listener to see another side of Baby Schillaci’s musical smartness.

“Dead Wrestlers” kicks the sticky riffs and catchy beats up several dozen notches from “Radical” and I didn’t think the bass and drums could get better than “So Bad” and I was so, so wrong.

The bass and drums are f’n intense in “Dead Wrestlers” and I love every punch to the face they are throwing. 

Once the guitars and vocals are added into the mix, not only does “Dead Wrestlers” become an overwhelming (in a glorious way), high energy, assault on the senses, it pushes one into the mosh pit of life, forcing them to face the savagery of this thing called life we all live…be it a good life or a bad life.

Perhaps, the brilliance of the song is not within the music alone, but in the lyrics themselves. The band unapologetically explores adversity and death with cunning and smart lyrics that makes one think and question.

So, not only does “Dead Wrestlers” shove you into the mosh pit life, it also shoves you into an existential crisis you probably weren’t ready for either.

And that’s what makes Baby Schillaci so goddamn brilliant and that’s what makes “Dead Wrestlers” so great. Both the band and the song challenge the thoughts of the listener through their music and lyrics while producing infectious track after infectious track.

Until the June 2nd release of “Dead Wrestlers”, put their first two tracks on repeat below.

And if you’re in Swansea (UK not Australia), go see Baby Schallaci on May 5th at The Bunkhouse (get tickets) with Monet and The Rusty Nutz.