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Big Nothing (melodic punk) debut ‘Real Name’ from forthcoming album

Brooklyn Vegan is premiering a new song ‘Real Name’ from the debut album from Big Nothing. The band is made up of Spraynard singer/guitarist Pat Graham, Liz Parsons of Casual, Matt Quinn of Crybaby and Chris Jordan from Young Livers. They released their self-titled debut EP via Asian Man Records in 2017, and are now about to release their first full-length album ‘Chris’ which is out May 10 on Salinas Records.

If you were familiar with their more punk sounding EP, you will notice that this is in a slightly different direction. Check out the ‘Real Name’ below.

Album Review: Big Spin – “I Miss My Friends”

Big Spin is what you get when punk rock from California makes its way down into Mexico. The quintet from south of the border recently came off of a semi-lengthy hiatus and have celebrated their return with the two song 7-inch single, I Miss My Friends. In addition to the title track, the single also features the b-side “They Take Away”. Whether you’re a longtime fan who has been patiently waiting for new material to surface, or if this single is your introduction to the band, I Miss My Friends is a fun, albeit short, listen.

As far as sound goes, Big Spin is heavily influenced by the 90’s SoCal sound. A quick listen to some of the band’s older material might conjure up images of The Vandals, but these new songs come off as richer and more fully realized, not unlike other SoCal bands such as Bad Religion and Pennywise- the very two bands that many press releases surrounded the release of this single were quick to make comparisons. “I Miss My Friends” starts off slowly, almost giving off the impression of a rock band with very little punk ties left, before rushing in with choppy guitars and the slightly nasal tinged vocals that just make you want to grab your board and skate (or at least pull out that dusty copy of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2). “They Take Away” is the heavier tune of the two, with politically charged lyrics and a driving beat to match that anger. It’s almost like the dream of the skate-punk 90’s is alive in Mexico.

The biggest complaint about this single is that having only two songs really isn’t enough to give it a whole lot of replay value. While neither song is particularly bad (both are pretty good, actually), there still isn’t enough material present to really justify listening to it on repeat in a single sitting unless you’re writing something regarding the music (let’s say, for argument’s sake, a review for a website). Obviously this is just a teaser for what is hopefully a second album by the band, but getting another single-exclusive b-side (assuming that “They Take Away” is exclusive to this release) wouldn’t have hurt.

I Miss My Friends is probably the best release within Big Spin’s relatively tiny discography. The songs show a maturation in the band’s sound without any aesthetic compromising- no slow tempo, piano driven ballads here, just a punk band playing punk music. Just the way it ought to be.

3.5 / 5 Stars

RIYL: Bad Religion, Pennywise, The Bouncing Souls (I know they’re not from SoCal, just go with it please), The Vandals

Big Spin (Mexican Punk) stream new single “I Miss My Friends”, releasing on vinyl

Mexican punk rock band, Big Spin, will be releasing their newest song, “I Miss My Friends” with the additional B-side “They Take Away” on a vinyl 7” via Hooked On Records. This particular record will only be available throughout the United States and limited to 200 copies.  You can stream both songs right here.

If you’re unfamiliar with the band here’s a description of their sound from their official press release:

“Big Spin took the Mexican punk scene by storm back in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s when they brought the infectious music style south from its Californian origins. Their sound has been compared to punk rock greats such as Bad Religion and Pennywise, though the band’s style boasts its own distinct flavor. Big Spin’s specific blend of musical transfusion has led to songs that, while reminiscent of past stand-out acts, provide their own original and enthusiastic feel.

The release date for the 7” is yet to be announced, but currently set for late summer/early fall.

Album Review: Man the Change – “Defeated”

Man the Change shout their lyrics at the edge of hoarseness– never being too concerned whether they take on a melody or simply hang in the air. Defeated isn’t delivered as an anthemic collection of songs filled with this-towns and fuck-the-mans, it’s an album of quiet introspection delivered as loudly and cathartically as possible.

Man the Change is a fast, emotional band that plays gruff, heartfelt post-hardcore with a hint of catchiness. So, at this point we all know that means they sound like Hot Water Music and Leatherface. Defeated is appropriately filled with heavy guitars that thrash buzzsaw chords and alternately melodic leads that accent more than they lead. The drumming is versatile and powerful, equally convincing at mid-tempo as it is at blistering hardcore speed. Man the Change have a bit more of a pop punk influence than most of their peers, but it’s subtly incorporated and adds rather than subtracts from their sound. One of the best things to say about Man the Change is that they are able to so easily form a homogenous sound from so many disparate influences, with some bands there’s always a feeling of compartmentalizing, but Man the Change incorporate it all as a whole.

The first song on Defeated is “Val Killed Her,” which explores nostalgia soaked memories and longing. A melodically strong track, the song really hits its stride near the end with harmonies and blast beats abound. “Journeyman” features dual vocals that play off each other nicely, but it’s reverby bridge feels a little trite. That quiet sense of muted instrumentation combined with that slightest amount of echo is perhaps the cheapest way to synthesize intimacy in a song. It’s so obviously a stab at a let’s-get-real-here moment, even its relative briefness can’t save for its laughable inclusion. The title track is by far the best on Defeated, starting off slowly with an intertwining bass and guitar part before entering into a rousing staccato strumming pattern. “Defeated” features the strongest singing performance on the EP and its gang vocaled refrain is stunning in its blood pumping intensity.

Defeated is kind of what you’d expect to get from a band that named themselves after a Hot Water Music song. It’s aggressive, introspective, and musically interesting punk rock that is sure to please fans of the style. It doesn’t break boundaries and certainly doesn’t surpass its influences, but it’s a solid release with moments of terrific power and unquestionable musicality.