THANKS FOR COMING TO OUR FIRST SHOW IN 20 YEARS

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"ALMOST PRIMED" EP AVAILABLE NOW!

Acclaimed by PASTE, ALTERNATIVE PRESS, ALLTHINGSGO, IMPOSE, NEW NOISE, SUBSTREAM, THE REVUE, PURE GRAIN AUDIO, GOLDEN BOY PRESS and more!

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PASTE Posts "JUST FLY BY"

"...hits hard from the jump with an infectious harmonized guitar leads cutting through a wall of fuzz...into a wave of a chorus sure to find it's way into your head for the next couple of weeks."

AllThingsGo premieres "JUST FLY BY"

"These experts and purveyors of the genre, are stepping it up now and adjusting their sails in the face of progressive headwinds, ready to take on a new generation of poetic inspiration."

New Noise Premieres "Alvarado" Video

"Big Mother Gig take the established melodies and add to them with a cacophony of vocals that stick like an ear worm, it’s damned catchy."

Bio / Contact

Big Mother Gig 2017

“What if?” is a question that plagues everyone at one time or another. But for musicians on the verge, it can be a particularly painful proposition. What if we hadn’t broken up when we did? What if we blew our shot?

Those questions have been haunting the members of Big Mother Gig ever since the mid ‘90s. An indie rock band formed in 1992 on the Marquette University campus, they went on to play hundreds of shows around the Midwest, released 3 cassettes of hard-hitting, alternative rock and saw themselves playing festival gigs, getting airplay on the radio and opening for touring acts. They even started an honest-to-goodness bar-room brawl in a country western bar in Northern Wisconsin – the only thing missing was the chicken wire.

Musically, they pulled from a small set of influences: Midwestern indie acts Replacements and Husker Du with a splash of classic hard rock like AC/DC or The Who. They built up a reputation for explosive performances in which the band was known to break instruments, heckle the audience and storm off in a fit of emotional breakdowns. At their final show, a showcase for record labels, Dave Pirner from Soul Asylum proclaimed them “energetic” while A&R reps expressed interest. Within 6 months, Milwaukee bands got sucked up in a signing spree as the majors exhausted Chicago and drove about an hour north.

In the years since, singer Richard Jankovich went on to modest success with his indie electronica acts Burnside Project (Bar/None, Sony) and Pocket (remixes for Radiohead, Beck) and formed his own music promotion company. Guitarist Riz Rashid returned to his homeland of Malaysia where he built a career in marketing, launched a guitar import business and led some of Malaysia’s most exciting indie rock bands. Bassist Matt Deede and Drummer Brady Roehl largely left the music scene, focusing on their careers and having families. But a funny thing happens to the past. That question of “What If?” kept sneaking up on them.

In 2013, after nearly two decades of silence, the 4 band members reconnected for an upcoming book and offers came in to reunite. After resolving logistical issues, they decided to give it another shot. On August 30th, 2016, exactly 20 years since their final show, they re-released their discography, previously only available on cassette. What’s next? Wait and see!

CONTACT:

Management (Shoplifter)
Press (24 West)
Radio (Pirate Promotion)
Licensing (Ocean Park)

Releases

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Almost Primed EP (2017)

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Smiling Politely LP (1996)

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Transition EP (1995)

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My Social Commentary LP (1993)

Videos

Press

Live

3/18/17
Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI
Big Mother Gig’s first show in over 20 years. Along with some of our dearest friends from the MKE scene: SLURR, FS Camels, Pet Engine, The Probers and You’re Pretty! Most of these bands haven’t played in 10, 15 even 20 years!!
http://pabsttheater.org/show/bigmothergig2017