Big Scary, ready to explode

By sinazo chiya

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/Vacation/ is the appropriately titled debut album from blooming indie
band [1]Big Scary, their music sounds exactly like a holiday.
Established in 2006 and then reestablished in 2008 after a brief
break, the duo originating from Melbourne in Australia released its
new album on the 7th of October 2011 to a large national following and
a budding international fan-base. The band has opened for big indie
and alternative rock acts such as The /Vasco Era, Florence and the
Machine, Midlake, Little Red /and /Editors/ [2]which reflects the
band?s diverse musical appeal. The duo?s song /Autumn[3]/ has been
featured on an advert for an American telecommunication?s company
and two of the band?s songs have been featured on /Grey?s
Anatomy/. Despite falling under the indie rock category, the band
displays influences from post-punk-revival, garage-rock and
indie-folk. Lovers of bands like /stars, the xx[4], the arcade fire
[5]/and /grizzly bear /would feel at home with this sound.

The first song, /Gladiator[6]/, is bursting with simple joy; mellow,
electric-guitar riffs are layered over a solid but explosive drum
beat; the combination of male and female vocals blend, overlap and
separate to form a cheeky androgynous dialogue, heavy with suggestion.
The track immediately after, /Leaving home /turns up the melancholy
with a piano-led, drum-heavy rhythm which constantly builds towards a
climatic chorus in which Tom barely stops short of howling. The
festivities pick up again with the 1970?s-themed,
tambourine-janglling, rebellious, punk-rock-adjacent /Purple, /the
zest of which is immediately quenched by the purely instrumental
soundscape of /Child in a tree/. The album takes a deliberate turn
towards the contemplative in /Got it, lost it/. The song, featured in
hospital drama /Grey?s Anatomy/, sounds pregnant with emotion. The
rhythm is slow with a heavy emphasis on percussion and distortions
which filters out onto a naked, hollow drum-beat. The vocals
are synthesized into an emotive murmur which hovers somewhere between
grief and sensuality. The band appears to work on emotive elements,
the album urges to the listener to feel and imagine with their ears.
The highs and lows of the album resonate with the unpredictability of
youth.

The band communicates with ease the plight of the 21st century
twenty-something human with lyrics like ?I?m so bored I don?t
know what to do with my time.? In this album the listener gets taken
for a roller-coaster across the vast music-scape that is the indie
genre. The band is reflexive and refreshing. With momentum slowly
building for this indie band, it?s sure to explode.

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