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Bio / Contact

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Big Mother Gig is an alternative rock, power-pop band based in Los Angeles.

Originally formed in 1992 in Milwaukee, BMG played hundreds of shows around the Midwest and released 3 albums of melodic and emotive punk-influenced rock and roll. 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 and The Who. They built up a reputation for explosive performances in which the band was known to break instruments and heckle the audience. They even started an honest-to-goodness bar-room brawl in Northern Wisconsin – the only thing missing was the chicken wire.

At their final show in 1996, a showcase for record labels, Dave Pirner from Soul Asylum proclaimed them “energetic” while A&R reps expressed interest. But the band went on hiatus as singer and chief songwriter Richard Jankovich moved to NYC. Throughout the 2000s, Jankovich would achieve modest success with his indie electronica acts Burnside Project (who’s “Cue The Pulse To Begin” was the theme to Showtime’s “Queer As Folk” and went Top 30 in Japan) and Pocket (who’s Radiohead remix crashed servers when it was linked by Pitchfork).

In 2013, Jankovich sought to revive the long dormant BMG in an effort to get back to his roots so he began to connect with all former members and scene supporters. In 2017, after a 21-year hiatus, BMG returned with “Almost Primed”, an EP of 6 hard-hitting rock songs has been praised by Alternative Press, PASTE, New Noise, Impose, AllThingsGo, PlayTooMuch, Substream, PureGrainAudio and more. The EP features “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. BMG topped it off with a well-received hometown reunion show.

Now based in Los Angeles, where Jankovich has lived since 2008, BMG is playing shows around the West Coast and working on material for a new album. They have recently played alongside Alvarez Kings (Warner/Sire), The Yawpers (Bloodshot), Yacht Punk, Sleeper Hold, TV Dinner, FS Camels, Pet Engine, You’re Pretty, Slurr and more.

CONTACT:

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

Releases

Final Artwork File

Nametag Single (2017)

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Smiling Politely LP (1996)

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Almost Primed EP (2017)

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Transition EP (1995)

Quintessentially Average Artwork copy

Quintessentially Average (92-96) (2016)

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My Social Commentary LP (1993)

Videos

Press

Live

RECENT SHOWS:
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 – Final Show, Madison, WI (w/Framing Amy, Fuzzdolly, more)
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, Same As Me, more)
6/28/96 – Summerfest – Rock Stage, Milwaukee, WI (w/The Hunger, Chris Duarte, Shrine, more)
6/2/96 – Milwaukee Music Expo @ The Rave, Milwaukee, WI (w/Q, Swingset Police, more)
4/1/96 – SPOOFEST @ The Globe, Milwaukee, WI (as Metallica/Nirvana)
2/2/96 – The Globe, Milwaukee, WI (recorded for album)
8/12/95 – The Unicorn, Milwaukee, WI (w/The Magnolias)
8/5/95 – Harpos, Milwaukee, WI
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
12/29/94 – The Globe, Milwaukee, WI (w/Honey Child, Ulterior Motive)
11/3/94 – The Chamber, Madison, WI (w/Push On Junior, Mythos)
10/31/94 – Conways, Milwaukee, WI
9/30/94 – Bretts, Milwaukee, WI
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)
8/11/94 – The Globe, Milwaukee, WI
7/1/94 – Bretts, Milwaukee, WI
6/17/94 – Quarters, Milwaukee, WI (w/Jeff’s Cat Bob)
4/29/94 – The Avalanche, Milwaukee, WI (w/Blind Venetians)
4/2/94 – Somewhere in Kenosha, WI (w/Slurr, Defiant)
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

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