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Los Angeles, by way of Milwaukee, power pop rockers BIG MOTHER GIG returned in 2017 after a 20-year hiatus with “Almost Primed”, an EP of 6 hard-hitting songs praised by Alternative Press, PASTE, New Noise, Impose, AllThingsGo, PlayTooMuch, Substream, PureGrainAudio and more. Recorded by Jeff Hamilton (Violent Femmes) and Dan Long (Local Natives, Spiral Stairs), the EP’s singles “Alvarado” and “Nametag” have been well-received with specialty and college radio airplay and streaming numbers exceeding 120K.

BIG MOTHER GIG formed in Milwaukee in the ‘90s playing across the Midwest with acts like The Magnolias, The Hunger, Chris Duarte, PunchDrunk (who later form The Hold Steady) and early acts featuring members of The Promise Ring and Braid. They combined raw punk (Dag Nasty) and Midwestern indie (Replacements) with hard rock (AC/DC).

At their final show in ‘96, a label showcase, Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner praised the band but they broke up when singer Richard Jankovich moved to New York. Throughout the ‘00s, Jankovich achieved modest success with Burnside Project (who’s “Cue The Pulse To Begin” was the theme to “Queer As Folk” and went Top 30 in Japan) and Pocket (who’s remixes for Radiohead and Beck were praised by Pitchfork and others).

Since reforming, BIG MOTHER GIG has played with LUNA, Soccer Mommy, Alvarez Kings, The Yawpers and more. New members include Mike Datz (Liz Phair), Albert Kurniawan (Graham Ulicny of The Faint) and Micah Lopez.

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


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Final Artwork File

Nametag Single (2017)


Smiling Politely LP (1996)


Almost Primed EP (2017)


Transition EP (1995)

Quintessentially Average Artwork copy

Quintessentially Average (92-96) (2016)


My Social Commentary LP (1993)




1/11/18 – The Moroccan Lounge, Los Angeles, CA (w/LUNA)
11/3/17 – Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI (w/LUNA, Soccer Mommy)
11/2/17 – Park West, Chicago, IL (w/LUNA, Soccer Mommy)
9/13/17 – Resident, Los Angeles, CA (w/The Yawpers)
7/28/17 – Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco, CA (w/ Sleeper Hold, TV Dinner)
7/14/17 – The Hi Hat, Los Angeles, CA (w/ Alvarez Kings, Yacht Punk)
3/18/17 – Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI – 20-year Reunion (w/ FS Camels, Pet Engine, You’re Pretty, Slurr)

’90s SHOWS (Too many to list them all but here’s some highlights):
8/31/96 – TicketMaster Showcase, Madison, WI (w/Framing Amy, Fuzzdolly)
8/30/96 – Going Away Party @ The Globe, Milwaukee, WI (w/Slurr, Miss Trixie, Dorian Gray, True Heart Susie, Subside, Soma, Iklektic, Rustle Of Love)
7/20/96 – Heroes, Cudahy, WI (w/Captain Coconut, Iklektik, Sludgehead)
6/28/96 – Summerfest – Rock Stage, Milwaukee, WI (w/The Hunger, Chris Duarte)
6/2/96 – The Rave, Milwaukee, WI (w/Q, Swingset Police, Alligator Gun)
4/1/96 – SPOOFEST @ The Globe, Milwaukee, WI (as Metallica/Nirvana)
2/2/96 – The Globe, Milwaukee, WI
8/12/95 – The Unicorn, Milwaukee, WI (w/The Magnolias)
6/15/95 – RnR Station, Madison, WI (w/True Heart Susie)
4/15/95 – The Gasthaus/UWM, Milwaukee, WI
4/1/95 – SPOOFEST @ The Globe, Milwaukee, WI (as Cheap Trick)
1/25/95 – The Chamber, Madison, WI (w/Feedbag, Bump)
1/20/95 – The Unicorn, Milwaukee, WI (w/Punchdrunk, Venison)
12/31/94 – The Pit, LaCrosse, WI (NYE)
12/29/94 – The Globe, Milwaukee, WI (w/Honey Child, Ulterior Motive)
11/3/94 – The Chamber, Madison, WI (w/Push On Junior, Mythos)
9/23/94 – The Unicorn, Milwaukee, WI (w/Affy Bangster)
9/16/94 – Quarters, Milwaukee, WI (w/Bitter Jayne, Danger Prone Daphne)
9/15/94 – The Globe, Milwaukee, WI (w/RubberFist, Rustbelt)
9/10/94 – The Unicorn, Milwaukee, WI (w/Compound Red, Big’N)
9/8/94 – Thurstons, Chicago, IL (w/Sticky, Guests Who Never Leave)
8/26/94 – Sherman’s Celebrity Club, Milwaukee, WI (w/RubberFist)
6/17/94 – Quarters, Milwaukee, WI (w/Jeff’s Cat Bob)
4/29/94 – The Avalanche, Milwaukee, WI (w/Blind Venetians)
3/31/94 – The Unicorn, Milwaukee, WI (w/Blind Venetians)
3/17/94 – St. Patrick’s Day @ The Avalanche, Milwaukee, WI
2/12/94 – The Glocca Morra, Milwaukee, WI (w/FS Camels)
2/5/94 – The Glocca Morra, Milwaukee, WI (w/Happytown)
1/21/94 – Marquette Pub, Milwaukee WI (w/West Of Everywhere, The Predictors)
1/13/94 – Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI (w/Ivory Library, Scribble)
12/3/93 – The Unicorn, Milwaukee, WI (w/Truck Stop Love, Juggernaut)
11/13/93 – Tinker and Al’s Birthday Party, Milwakee, WI (w/Blarney Castle, Bus Driver Green, 3 Penny Opera)
10/30/93 – Album Release Party @ The Glocca Morra, Milwaukee, WI (w/Sniper Q, Blarney Castle)
7/6/93 – Sherman’s Celebrity Club, Milwaukee, WI
1/13/93 – Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI