Title: BigfootLabel: Frontiers Music Srl
people mention Wigan, being a huge music and footy fan, I
automatically think of the Northern Soul Mecca that was the
Casino, or the team that beat the 'mighty' Manchester City
in this years F.A. Cup (again!). Well folks, add to
that list Bigfoot, a big sounding Rock n' Roll band that kick-ass like there's no tomorrow, as this, their debut goes to
show the World of Rock that the Brits lead the way, always
have, always will!
the bull in a china shop, Pantera-esque thudding
mind-blower, 'Karma', to the placid intro'd / Spacehog-tinted
finale 'Yours', this gang rock with that capital 'R', with
plenty more in the tank to keep us all wanting more. I mean,
check out 'The Fear' for starters, it's scratchy riff is as
menacing as a bunch of Grannies waiting to be let in at the
bingo, building up to a powerhouse of a song that,
hopefully, will see the light of day live, and I mean up
here chaps, so get yer fingers oot, like! As it used
to be said on the kids programme 'Mr.Ben',.'and as if
by magic..' the band only go and get even better on the
barnstorming 'Tell Me A Lie', rocking your foundations with
some serious tub-thumping from Tom Aspinall and great vocals
via Anthony Ellis, who really excels on the following ballad
'Forever Alone', a real contender for tear-jerker of the
year, and if he doesn't mind me saying, sounding like a
younger version of one Danny Vaughn, but that ain't all,
those guitars ma-an, that's it right there, that's the song
nailed by Sam Millar and Mick McCullagh, hook, line and
sinker, Awesome, dudes!!
Your Words' kicks in like early 90's Extreme, a fist-pumper
of a track if there was one, once again led by some Mr.Angry
drumming, the soaring solos just managing to get past it to
up the groove, whilst the 'nicked' AC/DC styled 'ya y ya'd'
finishes business, then it's onto the bluesy rocker
'Prisoner Of War', and this is where the subtle, but intense
rumbling of Matt Avery's bass comes into it's own, grabbing
the track by the scrote and not letting go 'til the end,
which by then will have had your head and feet nodding and
tapping along like you've got a bad case of tourettes!
'Freak Show' explodes into life on barrage of riffage 'n
drumming, Ellis chewing and spitting out his vocals as they
hit the chorus, the racing tempo not giving an inch, Avery's
bass coming into the spotlight mid way through,
then...bedlam as the band let go and rip a new a-hole in the
Back to the Rib Eyed beefy end of Rockdom on the mid paced 'The Devil in Me', sinister to begin with as the eerie guitar work needles it's way in, then becoming the main source of the song as solos galore intensify the song, giving off a shadow of Deep Purple at their best, an unintentional homage more than likely, but just as good as said band, and ... whisper it ... possibly better too on evidence of recent footage seen on TV!!
'Uninvited' keeps the faith when
it comes to some fine Rock 'N Roll, the gang-styled 'so
what!!' and 'go get up' sure to be a hit with any audience
who'll have the pleasure of seeing this lot live (!!!!!),
and really, you just ain't gonna get better than this
soul-shaker as it's one of the best songs on this great
album, which, as mentioned earlier, ends on a 7+ minute
Wigan has surely been firmly put on the map for a third
reason in this household, as it is the home of Bigfoot, who
may just have come up with one of this years 'Album Of The
Year' contenders on many a list, especially when you get a
track like 'Yours' that brings it to a close. Stunning.
Review by: Robb Baldwin
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