"October Babies exude an aura of peace, love, and coolness...The groove of their music transcends the fact that the lyrics are in Japanese...the band is about celebrating the positive, not the negative of life."
“October Babies are yet another fine example of Ypsilanti's knack for spitting out some of the coolest weird music on the planet. Part alt-rock, part dub band, part electronic, always entertaining, the October Babies seem on their way to good things, having just returned from a well-recieved Japanese tour and with plenty of regional dates to keep them busy. The trio's completely original compositions explore the cosmic side of the world music palette, maintaining an optimistic dreaminess that seems to always view the glass as half full ... even while you slam what's inside and start dancing. ”
"October Babies: Japanese female vocals over Detroit indie-pop. Like a hot bath on a cold night with somebody special. Honestly."
"When I wandered into Whiskey in the Jar on Friday I had no idea what to expect from October Babies. I'm usually a toe-tapper and/or a head-bobber, but that night I couldn't help but dance. The femme-fronted, Ypsilanti-based rock and soul band had a really cool groove, and it didn't seem to matter that I couldn't understand the lyrics sung in Japanese. It was the infectious enthusiasm of lead singer Toko Shiiki that turned my toe-tapping into dancing -- and I wasn't the only one. The entire place seemed to erupt into an all-out dance party. This kind of moment was what makes the Blowout so cool and unique."
"Ao-zora Radio has a visceral, dreamlike quality, but the band's current live sound [High Hai Hi!] is very different. The newer sound has many influences but is rooted in a jam band dynamic that Santos offhandedly dubs 'upbeat global soul' ... and the mix of their instrumentation with Shiiki's Japanese lyrics and infectious dancing makes for a distinctive concert experience.