Title: BigfootLabel: Frontiers Music Srl
know you’re seeing something special when seeing bands
play live when the hairs on the back of your head stand up
and rock along to the tunes. This moment happened to me back
on the 20th July 2014, when a young band you had just been
together a few months blew me away with their energy and
professionalism and now just three years later, that band
Bigfoot are about to unleash their much anticipated debut
release simply entitled 'Bigfoot'.
five guys from Wigan have come a long way and this new
albums shows it. For a debut album from a still young
bunch of guys, this is one hell of a rock album.
album covers the many great facets this band has, from the
stunning vocals of Anthony Ellis, to the stunning twin
guitar work of Sam Millar and Mick McCullagh, bound together
by the powerhouse rhythm section of Matt Avery on bass and
Tom Aspinall on drums.
get underway with the stomping rocker ‘Karma’, which
instantly kicks the album into top gear. This is hard
rocking, straight shooting modern rock at its very best.
album continues its hard rocking path with the lick fuelled
‘The Fear’. Another great song that will have you
rocking along from the first to last chord, as will the next
one, the stunning ‘Tell Me A Lie’. Again the
Millar McCullagh partnership delivers the goods, with a
little 'Welcome to the Jungle' style riffing.
this band has more to give that heads down hard rock, as the
stunning melodic ballad 'Forever Alone' shows. Ellis
delivers a stunning moving vocal. As modern ballads
go, this is a wonderful example and from a young band this
is even more special. This is definitely a band with
song writing talents beyond there years.
back to the hard rocking once more with the rip snorting
‘Eat Your Words’, before the hard hitting
‘Prisoner Of War’ with its bluesy riff running
through it. All of which leads nicely into the all-out
rocker ‘Freak Show’, this is Bigfoot at their hard
hitting best. Big licks and a powerhouse rhythm
section, all iced by those powerful Ellis' vocals. A
real lesson in how to mix classic hard rock with a modern
vibe, this has to be one of my favourite tracks off the
guys keep their feet firmly on the hard rock pedal with the
excellent ‘I Dare You’ and the superb ‘The Devil In
Me’, before going for the jugular with twin guitars
flaying in ‘Uninvited’.
But if I had to pick one track where the really shows what Bigfoot have in their arsenal, then it would have to be album closer ‘Yours’. Who says hard rock bands can't do epic, as the boys show how it's done on this eight minute plus slice of pure rock. There is so much ear-candy in this one I can feel my diabetes number rising after each listen. This one starts off from humble beginnings with Ellis and a subtle bass line, before exploding into one hell of a track. This is the band's 'November Rain’ and what a great way to close out this great debut. if the rock gods are looking down on these guys, they are going to be huge. Bigfoot = Big Sound, Big Future. Enough said.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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