Tuesday, July 16, 2013

BIG EYES - ALMOST FAMOUS LP

BIG EYES - ALMOST FAMOUS LP (Grave Mistake)
It's a difficult task to record a punk record in 2013, that distances itself from the countless other groups with an simular approach. Big Eyes manage this feat and crank out a highly unique and fresh sounding record, that's powerful but not in-your-face, poppy but not conventional, straight but not brash, wild but not dull. The result sounds quite respectable: "Almost Famous" is a graceful punk record with a depth, that's also keeps it interesting after the first few spins. Seattle based trio Big Eyes defines it's sound with a brilliant guitar work combining crashing riffs with sugar-sweet melodies, a dynamic rhythm section and Kate Eldridge's heartful vocal harmonies in the forefront. Think of more powerful Muffs. Add a little UK powerpop, a ammount of Ramones' bop, some hints of 70s rock, Toys That Kills' and Scared of Chaka's punk pop and you've got a totally ripping collection of songs with a primitive but genuine approach. The album is filled with catchy as hell melodies, that will immediately get stuck on your head, but at the same it maintains a blasting no frills punkrock sound. This record will make you wish it's twice as long, because you really can't get enough of it. The artwork is packed with several band pictures that don't suck including a huge poster. Taken By Surpise has released the European version. A total banger! (Listen to it here)