July 9, 2011

Big Troubles


After years of delicate, soft-skinned indie rock being shuffled down the audio pipeline, it looks as though the indie rock landscape is now gravitating toward rougher and tougher terrain due to a new found interest in heavier sounds. One thing that will never change, however, is the world's infinitely ongoing love affair with big pop hooks and Big Troubles plan on capitalizing on that. Much like recent nostalgia success stories such as The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Yuck, the Ridgewood, New Jersey quartet (which includes Ian Drennan, Alex Craig, Luka Usmiani and Sam Franklin -- who is also counted as a member of Ducktails) have a penchant for writing fun, fuzzy alt-rockers that continues to making 2011 sound more like 1994 (and the similarities they share with the style of that era doesn't just stop there -- Upon being directed to the band's official website, you'll find yourself in the midst of a throwback Angelfire page.) Last summer, Big Troubles released a solid debut in Worry on Olde English Spelling Bee, but as the newest signees to the dreamy, shoegaze pop stable, Slumberland Records, their exposure should increase by the tenfold when they release their sophomore follow-up, Romantic Comedy. Based on early previews such as album cut, "Misery," and "Phantom," the B-side to the upcoming "Sad Girls" 7", Big Troubles are also following others in suit of shedding the lo-fi weight off their instruments in exchange for something glossier and ultimately bigger. That tweak should pay off considerably in their live show when Big Troubles embarks on a tour this autumn alongside labelmates and the aforementioned The Pains of Being Pure at Heart.

Big Troubles - "Misery"

Big Troubles - "Phantom"

"Bite Yr Tongue"
Director: Spencer Dennis

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