Leeds based power-pop is just what we needed! Big Wow is a local super-group of sorts moulded out of West Yorkshire punx acts the Dauntless Elite and Get Human: their new project is more pop-orientated, focused on as few chords as many, choruses with excellent climaxes and bridges you can get down to. It's called 'Teamwork Makes The Dream Work' and isn't that the truth?
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Here's the debut mini-LP from Big Wow, a trio of characters who've been knocking around the West Yorkshire punk scene for years as practitioners of the "Wakey Sound" (a distinct form of late-'90s-styled pop punk which continues to compel audiences in nearby Wakefield, best encapsulated in the work of bands like Dugong and Pylon) with Georgiana Mannion's Get Human and Joseph Alderdice's Dauntless Elite (and Fig 4.0 if you've got a long memory) both making likeminded loud and fast guitar pop. It makes sense, then, that they'd join forces.
'Teamwork Makes the Dream Work' isn't just another Wakey-sounding pop punk by numbers affair though, thankfully. Joe's voice isn't too far away from Get Human's lead singer Jack, but there's an indie-pop element at play that means that Georgiana really gets to show what she's got in the lead vocalist department where previously she'd very much been "second vocalist". She's got quite a pure and clear voice which contrasts nicely with Alderdice's rougher vocal cords.
As well as the very charming collection of punky power-pop on here, there are a few experimental touches with some electronic bleeps and swooshes popping up in between tracks and 'These Rumours are a Disappointment' repeating a single riff like a skipping record with a deliriously rumbly bass tone and a bleepy synth before suddenly bursting into a Pixies-esque burst of punk, and then jumping to a Mates of State-ishly catchy chorus before closing on some doomy extended chords and twitchy computer beeps. It's a song so ambitiously, outlandishly weird that it makes the chirpy northern indie-punk of the other songs here seem formulaic by comparison, although perfectly serviceable in a Lock & Keys meets Rainer Maria sort of way. A little inconsistent, but well worth investigating, particularly if you're into the fashion-proof brand of post-grunge guitar pop that still flourishes here in the rhubarb triangle.
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