Posted in MP3 | music | tour dates on September 22, 2010

by Bill Pearis

DOWNLOAD: Big Troubles - Freudian Slips (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Big Troubles - Drastic and Difficult (MP3)

Big Troubles

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

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

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Comments (27)

i'm so tired of this look/sound/name/scene/bullshit

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2010 5:30 PM

this band is utter shite & they should be counting their blessings they get lumped in w the other ridgewood NJ bands

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2010 5:46 PM

so many of us are amazed BV talks about these assholes. COME ON!! there are so many better more interesting bands in Brooklyn now, THAT ARE FROM BROOKLYN.
these are just rich kids from new jersey who like to frequent Williamsburg = POSERS!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2010 6:01 PM

I think they're good. but whatevs.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2010 6:07 PM

6:01-

odds are you're not from Brooklyn either, so...?
if you like the band, cool.
if you don't like the band, also cool.
who gives a flying fuck what town they're from?

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2010 7:02 PM

YESSSSS

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2010 7:03 PM

come on guys big troubles is like towards the top of heap of lo-fi bands. it's so easy to dismiss this band because on paper and the way they brand themselves, yes, it's boring and has been done before ad nauseam, i know. but they really write good songs and yeah dude it's not gamechanging but it's really good

Posted by looking for gold | September 22, 2010 7:26 PM

I'm not familiar with the indie rock politics of suburban NJ vs Brooklyn, but I d/loaded "Freudian Slip" and that's a great pop song...

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2010 8:04 PM

i need to stop reading these comments. you are all so full of hate.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2010 8:11 PM

they're ok. not the creme of the UP/OESB crop though. Julian Lynch and Andrew Cedermark are by far the best acts to come out of that crew

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2010 9:07 PM

"you are all so full of hate."

Some of us are full of the delicious chickpea joy when experiencing hummus.

I'm with you though...
hate bad, hummus good

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2010 9:21 PM

ASK THEM ABOUT JOHN HINCKLEY
http://www.myspace.com/johnhinckley

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2010 10:08 PM

"Worry" is a really enjoyable album although I'll agree with the above comment that Julian Lynch is the class of the Ridgewood scene. I mean the guy is pretty much a road scholar slash experimental pop music genius. Not fair.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2010 10:57 PM

I heard the kid from Fluffy Lumbers has a diabolically evil hummus manufacturing operation out of the basement of his parents Ridgewood mansion.

Posted by Anonymous | September 22, 2010 11:21 PM

^ he illegally supplies hummus to the towns that have enacted hummus prohibition laws operating under the moniker of the "Hummus Baron"

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 12:02 AM

evil hummus manufacturing mansion rumor is true

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 12:07 AM

the worst part is he hates the humm

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 12:10 AM

Sam franklin is piece of shit, who still lives with his parents. i lovethis review because its true, they steal from so many great 90's bands.WHAT HAPPENED TO ORIGINAL THOUGHT?
WHAT HAPPENED TO ORIGINAL THOUGHT?
WHAT HAPPENED TO ORIGINAL THOUGHT?
WHAT HAPPENED TO ORIGINAL THOUGHT?
WHAT HAPPENED TO ORIGINAL THOUGHT?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 5:08 AM

who doesn't steal?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:00 AM

steal from better bands?

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 10:08 AM

Big troubles in little Brooklyn.

Posted by Kurt Russell | September 23, 2010 10:51 AM

Wow, the internet is mean today! I am not one to chime in on these type of things but these are good real deal bands with good attitudes and good songs. They are not taking the easy route in any way, do not have gross attitudes and are in fact a breath of fresh air from all the nastiness and pretension of actually living in Brooklyn. Living in New Jersey and "frequenting" Williamsburg is not a sin in any way, this band should be commended for enjoying boring acts like driving and taking the train.

I usually hate the "THESE GUYS ARE MY FRIENDS BACK OFF" shit but seriously, this is a pretty harmless band, everybody needs to slow their asses down and focus their angry comments on more deserving posts.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 12:20 PM

NEXT LEVEL

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 7:45 PM

SAM FRANKLIN STILL LIVES WITH HIS PARENTS IN BROOKLYN AND COMMUTES TO NJ EVERY DAY TO LIVE THIS FACADE! SOMEBODY KILL THIS GUY!!

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 8:32 PM

this band is too fuzzzzed out but freudian slips is a good song for sure

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2010 9:39 PM

I agree with September 23rd. This is a band to support, not rip down. They aren't trying to play to the media or be anyone they are not. Don't hate, appreciate.

Posted by Anonymous | September 24, 2010 12:25 PM

stop hating god dammit. they're quite talented and sound amazing live.

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2010 10:31 AM

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