Big Ups are very pleased to announce their upcoming US and UK tours which include several stateside dates with Speedy Ortiz and Pile! Their debut album Eighteen Hours Of Static was just released via Dead Labour (US)/Tough Love (UK) on January 14th but most of the country outside the East Coast has yet to see and hear their frantic live shows. See below for current dates and stay tuned for additional SXSW appearances.
Brendan Finn, Joe Galarraga, Amar Lal, and Carlos Salguero Jr. met whilst learning about specifications of Cat 5 cables in New York City. Shortly after, they formed a band. Big Ups - since 2010 - blend punk, post-punk, metal, and indie rock into a salty mash that gets stuck to the roof of your mouth. At their brightest, they have been likened to The Descendents, but at their sludgiest, they call to mind bands like Pissed Jeans and The Jesus Lizard.
Eighteen Hours of Static was recorded by Charles DeChants in the rock 'n' roll labyrinth known as Excello Recording in Brooklyn over three days. The album highlights Big Ups' depressive mood swings. The band slows their usual frantic pace on the burner "Wool" - a song about dealing with suffering. They toy with dynamics on aggressive tracks like "TMI", "Little Kid", and "Fresh Meat". But not to worry - the mania is still there; songs like "Goes Black" and "Atheist Self-Help" demand attention with their sneering guitars and colossal drums. Lyrically, the album is a meditation on subjects like truth, faith, and science (the record's title is a reference to Carl Sagan's Contact), but admittedly, Big Ups doesn't necessarily have all of the answers.
02/24 - Bristol, UK @ Start The Bus
02/25 - Liverpool, UK @ Shipping Forecast
02/26 - Leeds, UK @ Nation of Shopkeepers
02/27 - London, UK @ The Old Blue Last
02/28 - Brighton, UK @ Bermuda Triangle
03/06 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat *
03/07 - Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover *
03/08 - New Orleans, LA @ Saturn Bar *
03/09 - Corpus Christi, TX @ The Nasa *
03/10 - McAllen, TX @ Galax-Z Fair *
03/13 - Austin, TX @ Hole In The Wall (Exploding In Sound)
03/14 - Austin, TX @ Longbranch (Impose)
03/16 - Fort Worth, TX @ Live Oak Music Hall *
03/17 - Kansas City, MO @ Vinos *
03/19 - Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
03/20 - Harrisburg, PA @ Little Amps
* Speedy Ortiz + Pile
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