Wiccan Babysitter / Benjamin Galaxy



Ben Gallaty has spent most of his life playing in bands. For more than a decade, most of it has been with his band AJJ. That band was formed with friend, Sean Bonnette, in 2004. They’ve kept busy since, touring and putting out records on a consistent basis. During that time, Ben has also found the time to write a few of his own songs.

About four years ago he recorded a batch of those songs under the name Wiccan Babysitter. Earlier this year he recorded another batch of songs under the name Benjamin Galaxy, since different people were involved and the songs were record so far apart. The result of both recording sessions is this new (and likely confusing) joint LP. The first side is the Wiccan Babysitter EP. The second side is the Benjamin Galaxy EP.

Ben’s AJJ family was heavily involved in these recordings. Both EPs were recorded at audioconfusion in Mesa, AZ, by jalipaz. The same formula was used for the first four AJJ albums as well as releases from Phoenix friends, Dogbreth and Diners. AJJ’s Sean Bonnette and former AJJ drummer, Deacon Batchelor were the rhythm section on the Wiccan Babysitter EP. Deacon also played drums on the Benjamin Galaxy EP.

“I intentionally resisted the urge to over think things when we recorded these songs”, says Ben. Even though the project took years to complete, the tracks came together with very little studio time. The looseness of these recordings fits the relaxed, yet energetic mood of the songs. The final song on this collection, “Birthday Song”, was recorded live in one take.

There are references to friends, family and Ben’s personal history throughout this release. The name Wiccan Babysitter is a reference to Ben’s wife’s experience with a childhood caretaker. The pseudonym, Benjamin Galaxy, was a nickname given to Ben by his elementary school art teacher. The cover of the Wiccan Babysitter side is of Bonnette standing in charred aftermath of a birthday party in the summer of 2012. The Benjamin Galaxy cover features a photo of the rural, Northern Arizona road that Ben grew up on. The song “Freebird” isn’t a Skynard cover, but a nod to friend, Kepi Ghoulie. Kepi thinks everyone should have a song called “Freebird” so that when someone facetiously yells it out at a show, you can play your own song.