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 signed with Madison House booking (Stone Foxes, String Cheese Incident, The Beths) and embarked on a Fall Tour supporting Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears.
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.
** FALL 2021 – 15 DATES / TOUR DATES WITH BLACK JOE LEWIS & THE HONEYBEARS – INCLUDING BROOKLYN, CHICAGO, PHILADELPHIA, PITTSBURGH, CLEVELAND, MINNEAPOLIS, INDIANAPOLIS, KANSAS CITY, ST LOUIS, MADISON, ETC.
OTHER NOTABLE SHOWS:
1/30/20 – REDWOOD BAR, LOS ANGELES, CA
8/10/19 – HIGHLAND PARK BOWL, LOS ANGELES, CA
7/20/19 – BACK ROOM @ COLECTIVO, MILWAUKEE, WI (W/THE POSIES)
7/14/19 – ART IN, MADISON, WI
3/14/19 – THE MINT, LOS ANGELES
2/20/19 – THE VIPER ROOM, LOS ANGELES
6/27/18 – PALMERS, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
6/6/18 – SILVERLAKE LOUNGE, LOS ANGELES, CA
4/16/18 – THE VIPER ROOM, LOS ANGELES, CA (W/PEELANDER-Z)
4/15/18 – THE LOST KNIGHT, LOS ANGELES, CA
9/13/17 – RESIDENT, LOS ANGELES, CA (W/THE YAWPERS)
7/28/17 – HEMLOCK TAVERN, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
7/14/17 – THE HI HAT, LOS ANGELES, CA (W/ALVAREZ KINGS)
3/18/17 – TURNER HALL, MILWAUKEE, WI – 20-YEAR REUNION
“…matches huge pop hooks with equally massive guitar sounds.“
“the kind of classic American alt-rock you didn’t think anybody made anymore… there’s a loose recklessness to these melodies that both convey being stuck in that rut, but also the determination to get out of it.”
“This is Big Mother Gig’s greatest work by far.”
“Top 10 best songs of December, 2018”
THE BIG TAKEOVER