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Saturday, May 01, 2010

Introducing: Bigbang

Oh, indie music is all well and good for the most part, but it can sometimes be lacking in that old-school rock and roll sound that preceded it.  That's not necessarily a terrible thing, but sometimes it doesn't hurt to hear a little bit of the old stuff to understand where the new stuff came from.  Los Angeles via Norway's Bigbang (not to be confused with the similarly-named Korean boy band, "Big Bang") is looking to fill that void in your music life with a style that pays tribute to bands like The Rolling Stones and REM yet still remains distinctively modern. 

Over the last few weeks, I've been listening to their latest album Edendale, and I'm amazed by how the band is able to draw from such a diverse pool of influences and yet keep the album from sounding like a patchwork tribute album.  The band has a talent that's hard to deny, even if their music can sound slightly uninspired from time to time.  But it's this talent that keeps the album from getting stale, even when their sound is pulled largely from other tried and true genres.

If that sounds like something that may interest you, Bigbang may be a band to keep on your radar (Check out the song "Bag of Leaves" - It's my personal favorite). The band is currently touring Europe in support of Edendale which is out right now in the U.S. 

More info at the band's MySpace page.

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