Los Angeles-based/Milwaukee-bred Big Mother Gig released Gusto on 4/30/21 featuring lead single “The Underdog” feat Leah Wellbaum (Slothrust). A celebration of sobriety, Gusto is first and foremost a recovery record. Addressing family, marriage, addiction, anger, serotonin, despair and, ultimately, hope, Gusto is a wide-ranging, emotional journey that focuses on second chances. Gusto was mixed by Dan Long (Local Natives, Spiral Stairs) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Spoon, The White Stripes). The artwork was created by esteemed German painter, Andre Butzer.
Gusto has seen press support from Spin, Stereogum, American Songwriter, NPR, Brooklyn Vegan, Flood, Under The Radar, Glide Magazine and more. The album peaked at #12 on the Submodern Specialty Radio chart with spins from over 65 NPR, AAA and College radio stations including SiriusXM. Singles from Gusto received editorial support from Spotify, Apple and Amazon as well as NPR’s New Music Friday playlist. The band recently signed with Madison House booking (Stone Foxes, String Cheese Incident, SSION, The Beths), and expect to announce tour dates soon.
While the focus is on Gusto, the band’s legacy has come into view with two of its Nineties songs trending. “Beckers Note” is featured in hundreds of TikTok videos with over 4M views while “This Picture” is featured in the critically acclaimed movie Pink Skies Ahead (Jessica Barden, Marcia Gay Harden, dir. Kelly Oxford) alongside songs by Dinosaur Jr, Smashing Pumpkins , Hole and more.
2018’s No More Questions was released during a West Coast tour opening for Gin Blossoms. That LP featured Dicky Barrett (Mighty Mighty Bosstones) and Britta Phillips (Luna) and was praised by Brooklyn Vegan, NPR, Paste, The Big Takeover, Alternative Press, Under The Radar and more. Singles charted on the Submodern chart with support from SiriusXM, The Current/NPR and more. The band hosted a 6 episode web-series and their music video for “Obliterate” starred Sons Of Anarchy/Mayans actor Michael Ornstein. Since reforming in 2016, Big Mother Gig has performed with Gin Blossoms, Soccer Mommy, The Posies, Luna, Peelander-Z , Alvarez Kings, The Yawpers and more.
BMG’S Richard Jankovich is also known for Burnside Project (Bar/None, Sony) who’s “Cue The Pulse To Begin” became the theme to “Queer As Folk” and Pocket, a persona Jankovich used to remix Radiohead, Beck and others to acclaim.