For us, all the best bands have an essence of off-kilter, bordering on loco imagination to their sound and creativity; an unconventional take on conjuring ideas and distinctive noise which certainly seems to be present in the invention and adventure of British alternative rock band BIGG. The suggestion of they having that potent essence comes through debut EP Lock Up Your Daughters. It is three tracks of devilish rock ‘n’ roll as infectiously catchy and hungrily punk as you could wish for that is unafraid to weave in many more highly flavoursome and individual spices. It is a success in our experience which sees the EP capture ears and imagination by song one, has them seduced by its second offering, and by the third sets them drooling hungrily for more.
Rising from the ashes of successful indie band Beat Magnets, when its vocalist left, Reading based BIGG soon revelled in the chance to explore new directions and sounds. Consisting of brothers James and Thomas Wade alongside Pearce O’Keeffe and James Smith, the quartet have drawn on inspirations ranging from “Grime and Pop Punk to Frank Zappa and Electro” as they developed and honed the next evolution in their creativity. Swiftly they have become a potent live draw which Lock Up Your Daughters should push to national awareness given the opportunity.
The EP opens with How Do You Sleep and needs little time to excite ears with its opening rhythmic shuffle soon joined by sand textured vocals. Across their songs BIGG use a great blend of alternating lead singers in the band, the first here easily adding to the inspiring of swinging hips on a bouncing body as dirty riffs collude with funky grooves and hooks. The grouchy prowl of bass also potently adds to the irresistible persuasion worming under the skin, though the song’s efficiency is soon shown to be less pacey than that of Man Overboard if just as successful.
Whereas the first is a sawdust and rock ‘n’ roll like stomp, the second track is a more devious blend of indie and punk rock mischief merged with a Queens Of The Stone Age like seducing. Bass again is a great growling proposal courted by the firm swing of beats as vocals come at ears with a catchy swagger. Hooks and slim but spicy groves align to increase the magnetism, a draw which blossoms even further with that fuzzy stoner laced roar reminding of Josh Homme and Co. Taking best track honours, the song alone makes BIGG a invitation not to be ignored, even more so when forcibly backed by the opener and closing song Nobody.
The perpetual distorted surface of guitar invention and grooves seems to be even more scorched in the final song whilst harmonies and melodies have richer seduction to their intent and sultry lures. Vocally too, there is a fresh sense of revelry in their delivery as the song shows another twist in the BIGG sound. Muscular and incendiary heavy rock with gentle sonic flirtations and unpredictable twists best describes the track, and an instinctive tempting providing a gripping end to one outstanding debut.
We cannot say that the band name has us particularly enthused but the band’s sound, well that just lights the fires.
The Lock Up Your Daughters EP is out April 15th via TakeControlCo Records @ http://bigg.bandcamp.com/
Pete Ringmaster 15/04/2016
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