Album Review

Big Ups – “Eighteen Hours of Static” – [Dead Labour]

Naysayer   1/22/2014   12-inch, A Library

What makes so many bands just a band and others the next BIG THING. Do the rock gods sprinkle their special rock god dust upon the band and … BOOM… they’ve got it? Is it timing? Kismet? Talent? A combination of it all? Probably all of it and none of it. Something just happens and it seems to have happened to Big Ups. Just check the press. Everyone’s got something to say about them.
The four members of Big Ups met at NYU and started the band in 2010. Their reputation was spilling over, what with several 45’s, their notorious live shows, and an intensity that felt just a bit different. “Eighteen Hours of Static” is their first full length release and it shows, from start to finish, that the group has maintained their reputation. This is loud post punk. It’s raucous. It’s in your face. It’s fast and slow. It’s polished yet rough around the edges. Songs about a messed up self or the environment: they’ll play it. Joe Galarraga (remember the name), lead singer, crawls and paces around with an intensity that is a pleasure to watch and listen to. He recites and talks his lyrics then wails out the rest with the band following in stride. Harsh guitar. Threatening bass and drums. Just enough of everything but not so much as to wear thin. Now some folks are not going to like this because it’s not enough of….. something. Maybe because it is so tight? Whatever. The rest of us are going to kick back and enjoy and wait for them to play Saturday Night Live.

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