6 years, 3 albums, a TV appearance, a ban, and countless headline tours in the UK and abroad are earning The BiG a reputation as the most innovative and energetic Ska band around. Their live performance is one not to be missed.
Their last album, the self released "Tears At The Dover" was a huge triumph of performance and writing. This homage to Jamaican music has been received enthusiastically all over, attaining rave reviews. This important album delved further down lyrically and farther back musically than other comparable bands have dared to. The heme was continued on their new album "Wharever Makes You Happy" drawing as much influences from original Trad Ska and Skinhead Reggae (or should that now be Dirty Reggae) through 2-Tone to Reggae and even Funk. To prove they are as eccentric as they look the band even recorded a second disc, dubbed by their label Moon Ska "Whatever Makes Them Happy" an eclectic mix of styles from Blues, Folk and Punk bulit up and based on the backing tracks on disc one... Never mind the X Factor bollocks... Here's the real musicians!
The change in direction from the early releases is complete, with the double album intended to show of even more sides of The BiG...
including more use of lead singer Ed's raucous Blues guitar work, more freedom in Bella’s unique laid back take on the tenor sax, more bottom for Dave's Reggae bass, more Keith Moon from Jim and the bubbling Jonny keys, should prove to make this debut Moon Ska World release an absolute stormer. 2-Tone influenced live classics such as "Think Bigger" are contrasted with old skool Reggae, Dub, all supplied with lead singer ED’s trademark poetic punk vocal delivery... which will remind the older among you fondly of Ian Dury... And why not?
As accomplished musicians members of The BiG have played with Bad Manners, Neville Staples and Roddy (formally of The Specials) and the whole band have guested live on stage with The Beat. As well as supporting these bands many times, The BiG have also performed with The Skatalites, The Buzzcocks, The Blockheads, The Stranglers, Desmond Dekker, The Selecter, Electric 6, Alabama 3 and Dreadzone!!!
Go an see The BiG live... whether you skank al nightin', listening or just watch you will leave the show knowing you have seen one the best Ska bands the likes of which we have not seen in ages!
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