by Bill Pearis
Big Troubles' full-length debut, Worry, came out a couple weeks ago on Olde English Spelling Bee. You can download two tracks from it at the top of this post and listen to the whole album via their Bandcamp page.
The band play Thursday (9/23) at Glasslands with Alex Bleeker & the Freaks, Christmas Island, and The Babies (the latter two also just opened for Wavves at MHOW). Big Troubles also have some CMJ dates announced too, including a pretty sweet Saturday, October 23rd all day capeshok/inflated showcase at Bruar Falls with Woven Bones, Eternal Summers, Pregnant, Shrag, Sweet Bulbs, Mathemagic, Dead Gaze, Flight, Oberhofer, Rooftop Vigilantes, and Frankie Rose & the Outs.
For Frankie Rose, that makes at least two shows you can catch her and band at during CMJ, though it's unclear if either show is "official".
Woven Bones also play the Hardly Art show happening at Shea Stadium that week.
As a onetime '90s shoegaze obsessive, Worry really pushes all my buttons. It's got that gauzy mix of effects-laden guitars, distortion and melody down pat. And while I can hear specific touchstones -- The Boo Radleys, Medicine, Drop Nineteens as well as some of the more obvious ones -- the songs definitely stand on their own. You don't need to have remembered Revolver and Moose to appreciate the album --Worry is choc-ful of catchy songs. And with a live drummer replacing the sequenced beats on the record, they're good live too.
A couple music videos and all upcoming Big Troubles live dates are below.
Big Troubles - Modern Intimacy
Big Troubles - Bite Yr Tongue
Big Troubles - 2010 Dates
Sep 23 Glasslands w/ Christmas Island, The Babies, Alex Bleeker and the Freaks Brooklyn, NY
Sep 24 Haverford College w/ Times New Viking Haverford, PA
Oct 19 CMJ /// Bruar Falls w/ Gary War, Raw Thrills, Tonstartssbandht Brooklyn, NY
Oct 23 CMJ /// Bruar Falls w/ Woven Bones, Eternal Summers, Frankie & the Outs & more Brooklyn, NY