Entering the Triple R studio’s in East Brunswick late last Friday night, I was buzzing. It coulda been that I was going to seeing a gig inside the hallowed halls of 3RRR, Australia's oldest independent broadcaster; maybe it was the best behavior I had to be on because the set was LIVE to air; or perhaps it was the couple of vinos I imbibed prior to arriving (probably).
Regardless of why, once I was in the band room, the energy in was electric, the crowd as diverse as the listenership of Triple R and everyone was just as buzzed about hearing the first live set from Big Scary’s new Album, Not Art.
It’s been a big couple of years for the Melbourne duo comprising Tom Iansek (on evocative falsetto vocals and guitar) and Jo Syme (on economical drums and vocals). They’ve played the tops of the Australian festival scene Falls Festival, Splendor In the Grass and overseas adventures to Austin’s world-famous music and film festival SXSW. The past couple of weeks have been no exception.
Big Scary’s new album, Not Art, was the Feature Album on nationally-broadcast Triple J in the week prior to the gig and the critics have been showering the album with rave reviews. No Art is a shift from the heavy-rock sound of their previous album Vacation to a much moodier, melodic feel. The album has some big rocks sounds, emotive ballads and even trip-hop influences. All these influences flow through into an album that is best listened to as a whole to get its full impact. The vocals on the album are really stirring and the sounds sampled on Luck Now are epic.
I hadn’t listened to the album prior to the live set and immediately purchased myself some heavy vinyl that has been spinning most days since the gig. You can hear more of Big Scary on Spotify and iTunes or check out their website to get buzzed about the band yourself. :)
Posted by: Nick McCormack | Posted on: 19/07/2013