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PlayTooMuch Premieres "Just Fly By" Video

"The video is a recreation of the classic Replacements video for “Bastards of Young” with a modern twist. Focusing on music coming from a laptop rather than a record player."

"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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THANKS FOR COMING TO OUR FIRST SHOW IN 20 YEARS

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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."

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 albums 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.

After a 21-year hiatus, Big Mother Gig returned by releasing “Almost Primed”, an EP of 6 hard-hitting alternative rock songs has been praised by Alternative Press, PASTE, New Noise, Impose, AllThingsGo, PlayTooMuch, Substream, PureGrainAudio and more.  “Almost Primed” features lead single “Alvarado”, a punchy, punk-tinged indie rock banger with flippant social commentary infused in the lyrics and a huge hook that makes the song accessible in spite of it’s outsider message. Second single “Just Fly By” features a video that pays homage to The Replacements.

The band played their first show since 1996 in their hometown on 3/18 and appeared on 4 local radio stations promoting it. 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