New Jersey band Bad Case of Big Mouth creates their sound by bringing the contrasting qualities of pop driven punk and hardcore together and as their new release shows, it makes for one highly enjoyable proposition. The Break It to Build It EP is an infectious and often intrusively commanding fusion of hook-heavy punk rock and metalcore scented voracity, five tracks which tempt and assault with equal measure and craft. It is not maybe the most unique proposal but even by the end of track one it is certainly one of the most rousing.
Formed in late 2010, the East Coast quintet has continued to hone their sound and earn rich support and plaudits around their local scene and beyond. Their acclaimed live presence has seen Bad Case of Big Mouth share stags with the likes of State Champs, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, and Hit The Lights as well as making attention grabbing performances at festivals like Skate and Surf, two Bamboozle Fests, and on The Vans’ Warped Tour on four separate occasions. Now with a tour along the East coast with Crunkasaurus Rex coinciding with its release, the Break It to Build It EP is ready to nudge bigger spotlights.
The EP forcibly launches itself with opener We Wasted the Good Surprise on You; riffs and melody thick hooks instantly encouraging attention as rhythms are swung with firm intent. The clean tones of John Price swiftly impress, matching the lively hooks on offer and uniting nicely with band roars and the fiercer vocal scowls that join the affair. It is infectious stuff with an imagination which constantly keeps the listener on its toes to counter a somewhat familiar character in sound.
The great start is continued by What a Save; aggression and raw vocal confrontation leading its initial assault on ears. Even with its hardcore ire and antagonism, there is a certain catchiness to the nature and enterprise building one tempestuous proposal, one which blossoms further as the guitar of James Benedetto helps spin a melodic web around the mellower but equally captivating clean vocal persuasion. Continuing to twist between its primal and seductive extremes with a gorgeous breakdown within, the song hits the spot easily before making way for the robustly raucous roar of Take Off. As virulently poppy as you could wish and as physically angry, the anthemic proposal is another treat on the ear and example of the Bad Case of Big Mouth ability to combine contrasts with skill and imagination.
Growing Distance keeps enjoyment high even if it lacks the punch and inventive spark of its predecessors, though it does show the band’s wish to stretch their songwriting and melodic invention in fresh ways whilst still intruding enjoyable on the senses. There is nothing not to like about the song or the EP’s closing offering, No Guarantee. A foot to the floor slice of pop punk initially, it goes through the gears of energy and ire with charm and invention to bring the release to a rousing close.
It is so easy to like and enjoy the Break It to Build It EP and understand why Bad Case of Big Mouth is beginning to stir greater attention. As they evolve a more unique sound, here is a band looking at much bigger things.
The Break It to Build It EP is out now via Manic Kat Records @ http://www.manickatrecords.com/releases/bad-case-of-big-mouth-break-it-to-build-it/
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Pete RingMaster 21/08/2016
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