From Rick's Cafe, Vol. 1 No. 12, Page 13

Mr. Roberts may not be a likely venue for a Saturday night gig, but it was busier than usual the evening these bands came to play. That's what the regulars said anyway, and no doubt it had a lot to do with the loyal fans who emerged to hear the Tar Babies' latest incarnation: the Bar Tabbies....

The Bar Tabbies headlined this evening and were quite reminiscent of theTar Babies circa 1987. Not to say it's a dated sound; their brand of avant-fusion-funk-punk was progressive then and is still fresh now. The lineup has changed a bit but still has original members Bucky Pope on guitar and vocals, and Robin Davies on bass and vocals. Adam Powell joined them on keyboards, and his playing possesses a dynamic and slightly sinister vibe. Brian Howard is the new drummer and brings over 30 years' playing experience with him. Powell and Howard hooked up with Pope and Davies to open for Mike Watt in two cities earlier this year, and sometime during the second show the project became a band. All four are high-energy, seasoned musicians. Pope and Davies were significant influences in the original Madison alternative music scene and have been playing around town since the early 80's. One audience member at Mr. Roberts said, "This is the best band in town right now." And that was the general sentiment the music elicited in the audience that night. How to describe the funkified music they play? Their website takes a good crack at it: Teenage jazz for the mutant masses. Fetid diamond musings from ancient youngsters." People crowded around the front of the bar, the area where the bands played inlieu of a stage. It had kind of an O'Cayz feeling with the close quarters, but as mentioned earlier, the sound was surprisingly good. The instruments projected well into the room, although a larger PA setup would have done them more justice. The tight space had the advantage, however, of creating a more intimate show and the audience was completely engaged with this band. Particularly enjoyable was the new Bar Tabbies song "The Argument," but longtime fans appreciated material from the Tar Babies days as well. These guys need to play out more often. Story by Amandagaze