Wednesday 23 July 2014

Obligatory Record Of The Day! Big Deal - Always Boys

Single review by KevW

You know when it's a bit baffling that a band aren't much bigger than they deserve to be? It's actually a daily occurrence around these parts, and one such band who fit the bill are London duo Big Deal. They have a name that accurately describes what their position should currently be, and they do have a substantial following and usually pull in some rave reviews (if you want to check out a few tracks and words on last year's 'June Gloom' album then just search for their name, we featured a few), but still, if the world worked as it should then the pair should be even higher in the public consciousness.

Their new EP might just help this a little. 'Sakura' is fresh out of the blocks and its first single, 'Always Boys', is thrillingly robust and impeccably made. A deceivingly gentle intro gets it going, before everything gets cranked up to 11 and we suddenly have bursts of burning guitar interspersed between the rock-solid beat and inch-perfect, powerful vocals. It doesn't break the mould when it comes to alt-rock, but it does come out looking more perfectly-formed than so many others who tread a similar line. The guitars build until we reach a pared-down end section. Perhaps the line "now I walk out into the ocean just for calm" is more fitting than it was intended. Yes, the ocean isn't always calm, but when Big Deal do calm it's not exactly 'Panpipe Moods' either. Now we just need more of the world to take notice.

Big Deal's website

Buy the EP

Catch them live:

Jul 25 Secret Garden Party, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
Aug 01 Nozstock Festival, Hereford, United Kingdom
Aug 08 Boardmasters Festival, Newquay, United Kingdom

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