Posted by: Nick McCormack    |   Posted on: 17/09/2013

big scary band

I’m at the HiFi Bar in Melbourne’s  CBD late on a Friday and the crowd is humming. I heard Big Scary had sold out the show, but now that I’m standing here with 600 or 700 people in the packed audience I can’t believe how popular they’ve become in a short space of time. Only two months ago I heard the Not Art album played to a modest crowd the Triple R studios. Not Art has really helped the band crossover to another genre and help them appeal to another audience. I guess Cygnett should be thankful that we were able to use their previous hit, ‘This Weight’, for our very recent Utility Street Test before the band totally exploded.


Not Art from start to finish and the crowd bays for more and that is exactly what they get when Tom and Jo return to the stage without their new band members and belt out a few tunes from Vacation.

Before I knew it the gig was done and the crowd disperse and again I’m left reflecting upon how popular they’ve become in such a short space of time and then I reflect on the show I’ve just seen and realised that nothing is going to surprise me moving forward

Posted by: Nick McCormack    |   Posted on: 16/08/2013

Yewwwwwwww! Falls Festival!!!

When Falls Festival is held in Marion Bay, Hobart it is easily the liveliest week on the Tassie calendar. Leading up to Falls, a series of events kicks things off: first, some mad yachties set off from Sydney and then arrive in Hobart (aptly named ‘the Sydney to Hobart’); immediately after, gastronomes rejoice as The Taste of Tasmania kicks off and, by the end of the week, Salamanca is buzzing with tourists primed for Falls. The anticipation in Tassie is the same as Lorne or Byron and the conversations no doubt IDENTICAL in the lead-up. “Are you smuggling booze in?” “How early are you getting there?” “Oh, you wanna convoy with us?” “Where will we meet?”

My first Falls was back in ’04, with the Black Keys and De La Soul headlining the festival. I can still remember You Am I having a big dust up on stage and subsequently cancelling the show and also I vividly remember slow jamming to Donovan Frankenreiter.

2013 looks like another doozy with a international headliners MGMT and Vampire Weekend and solid live acts like The Wombats and The Cat Empire (ridiculously good to boogie to) on the line up. The clock is also being wound back with 90s favourites The Violent Femmes and Neil Finn making an appearance. Plenty of talent on the cards, but I’ll be hanging out to see Big Scary drop their new Album Not Art and also see some of the artists from Tame Impala form as Pond.

Regardless of which Falls you’re at Tassie, Byron or Lorne it will deliver seriously good times :)

Posted by: Nick McCormack    |   Posted on: 19/07/2013

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. :)

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