This band are going to be BIG!
Last Thursday saw the guys and gals from BIG, take to the stage of The Hairy Dog.
This was only the second time I had been to this venue to watch a band since they expanded into the building next door, and it was the first time I was seeing this band, despite it being an album launch. I must admit I was apprehensive, the billing for this show was unusual; a mixture of performance styles were appearing during the evening, not just the typical musical offering; but a showcase of talent.
Support acts varied; there was a wealth of spoken word performances on offer from; Dan Webber, Simon Praxis Jones and Johnny Swinhoe. Musical performances aside from the main act included the likes of We are the Giant, Motormouf and Beetone. Such a broad range of performances certainly made this a more unorthodox event, but that was all the more exciting. The evening even had a host in Fatih Goksu who created flow and cohesion between such a variety of acts.
The variety of acts should have proved an excellent clue to the bands variety in music. However just like the event, the music was a perfect cohesion of creative genius. Big provide a such a vast array that there was something for everyone as they worked their way through the set. Blasting through their songs, Hysterical, People, Opia, Atlantis, Kameleyum and Dignity, it was hard work to keep up with such energy. A rare feeling to come from a local event, it was fantastic to watch as they appeared so professional and natural.
This was followed by a short interlude which added to the professional appearance of the performance, as the room cheered for them to return to the stage. My favourite song of the evening followed; Fridge, was an excellent song to showcase the band, beginning and ending in such contrast, yet still being completely amazing.
The band played a total of four more songs, making the set last around an hour. Extra, Quarry were again very upbeat but nothing got the crowd going as much as the final two. A medley of songs including, Wonder Woman, Vicarious by Tool, Chicken Run, Antz, and Car Wash (Yes all in one song!) was beautifully impressive, crazy yet somehow they pulled it off.
Finishing the night with a classic School of Rock cover the room was a buzz and it felt as though nobody really wanted it to end.
An impressive feat for a local band. They are going to be BIG.
Watch this space.
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or check out the album on Bandcamp!