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I’m back in the office after a bit of a sabbatical and Team Norm must be happy to see me back because I’ve got some real gems in my review pile this morning by the likes of Kosmonaut, Ghedalia Tazartes, Lubomyr Melnyk and Pitreleh, but before I dive into that nosebag of chin-strokey fun here’s something a bit more visceral by way of New York neo-grungers Big Ups’ debut album.
Kicking off opener ‘Body Parts’ with some Archers of Loaf twinkling which descends into a churning New York take on that late ‘80s Chicago clang accompanied by snotty Pissed Jeans snarl, but as the album progresses the band deftly demonstrate their skills at flitting between ‘90s indie rock tropes with ease - one moment it’s Unsane sludge; the next they’re channelling the rocket-fuelled Velvet Undergroundisms of Parquet Courts using Tad’s tone palette; TMI’s chorus is pure ‘Bleach’-era Cobain bile; ‘Little Kid’ is pop punk thinly veiled in violence, Dwarves-style. The varying pace and dynamics throughout the album give it an overall feel which brings to mind the likes of Rodan’s ‘Rusty’ or Archers of Loaf’s ‘All The Nation’s Airports’, but this is a much more caustic brew than either of those classics.
I think it’s fair to say that grunge is well and truly back at the moment, and this record really does encapsulate a lot of what I loved about the genre first time round - noisy indie rock with vigour and most importantly character. In terms of contemporaries think a midpoint between Pissed Jeans, Dope Body and Parquet Courts and you’re not a million miles away, but the quality of the songwriting and unhinged confidence of the delivery are enough to ensure that ‘Eighteen Hours of Static’ is much more than just an exercise in nostalgia.
8/10 Rob Gannon Customer review, 9th February 2014
"Eighteen Hours Of Static is anything but. It’s not a Kevin Drumm record for God’s sake. Instead, The Big Ups’ debut is just shy of 30 minutes of exhilarating punk that listens like a checklist of all that’s good in noise."
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