December sees now US-based trio Bigbang, a veteran outfit on the Norwegian circuit, leaving the warm shores of California for a pre-Christmas tour of Germany and Austria.
Bigbang have been earning a reputation as one of the most surprising and influential bands to hail from Scandinavia. Coming off the heals of Radio Radio TV Sleep (Warner Music, Norway), the best selling live album in Norway’s history, Bigbang returned to the scene again in 2005 with Poetic Terrorism, which quickly shot to Norway’s # 1 album slot. Bigbang’s lates outing, the aptly titled “Too Much Yang”, released domestically earlier this year performed equally as well – resulting in solid sales figures and several radio hits, including major anthem Idon’t Wanna. Venturing beyond borders, Bigbang began in 2006 to play local gigs and showcases in the U.S. Encouraged by radio support from Steve Jones of Jonesy's Jukebox on Indie103.1 and rave reviews from local media, the boys returned home, only to later play at the Spot ’06 music festival in Denmark, again to rave reviews. 2007 saw Bigbang playing a string of well received gigs at Austin’s South by Southwest festival.
With the domestic release of Bigbang’s latest album “Too much Yang” in March this year, Řystein Greni’s Bigbang announced that they leave for California after the summer. -In search of Yin, equilibrium, sunshine and musical belonging. After more than ten years at large, and established as a pillar of Norwegian rock, the band has decided to start afresh in the city that perhaps more than any has played host to the mindset that permeates Bigbangs’s music. We’ve been thinking about settling in America for a while since our debut said Greni to the Norwegian daily Aftenposten. We’ve been over many times and actually done a lot of work there. Now it feels right to get into the vibe of just playing all the time, and trying to build a name that way.
And the timing seemed perfect: Too much Yang is the band’s best record to date, most critics seem to agree, and the recurring emphasis has been on the mature quality of all aspects of the music; the easy sophistication of the song writing and the calm, subtle performance of an album that is highly energetic. “Greni now masters the diverse aspects of his music to such a degree that he can down-play to maximise the effect.” These traits of the band -and the music- are of course a matter of experience and years of commitment, but at the same time Bigbang has always been representative of something fresh and vibrant, and of a desire to keep moving. And that is what makes going to California a natural thing, one would concede. The sunburst hue of their songs; whether suave or energetic, and the free, open and arresting melodies seem to suggest that there is a place of greater belonging than the snows of Oslo.
A few press quotes:
The Sun (U.K) : “Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young with Balls.”
Rolling Stone’s David Fricke: “Led by singer-guitarist Oystein Greni, Bigbang lit the power-pop chime and songwriting of Big Star and late-Eighties R.E.M with the power blues dynamics of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Double Trouble.”
“They seem to have perfected melding Allman Brothers-like harmonies, the hum-along quality of a really good Tom Petty, and the guitar outbursts of a J. Mascis moment.” — Evan George, LA Alternative
Following a gig at Copenhagen’s Lille Vega on 3rd of December, Big Bang heads for Germany and Austria, kicking off their 10-date tour with a show at Norderstedt’s Music Star venue on December 5th.
Listen to Big Bang tracks on their MySpace sitesd
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