EP Review: Big Bad Echo ‘It Takes A Big Dog To Weigh A Tonne’
Brisbane rockers Big Bad Echo are celebrating their debut EP ‘It Takes A Big Dog To Weigh A Tonne’ by taking their high-energy live show to Brisbane and Sydney to showcase their new crop of tunes.
The EP starts off with Cannon Fire, but the song is less than sizzling. The tune begins with a whiney guitar riff, paired with melancholic and gloomy lyrics. It speeds up a bit with the addition of bass guitar and catchy drums, but as soon as you think it’s going to take a turn for the better it just becomes confusing with the incorporation of a series of weird screams. Cannon Fire is mesmerising in its uniqueness and I commend its dream-like quality, but as an opening song it fails to grasp the listener’s attention. Luckily for Big Bad Echo, the songs that follow are bangin’ AF.
Half Polyester Sheets, the first single off the EP, is definitely an easier track to bop along to as it carries a tuneful rhythm and it contains catchy lyrics. Although this song is more radio-friendly than Cannon Fire, its gloomy lyrics and psychedelic guitar solo allow for the track to uphold its grungy and rather underground sound.
The EP’s interlude When I Look Back Now, consists of a man’s voice recounting a story in a very poetic manner through what seems to be a megaphone with an electric guitar being plucked in the background alongside a piano. Using a break in the middle of the EP adds a unique and memorable quality to the batch of songs and, in this case, it works effectively to prepare listeners for the next two tracks, which are quite fast-paced compared to those that come before.
“There is an interlude on the EP called When I Look Back Now, and it consists of a man’s voice recounting a story in a very poetic manner through what seems to be a megaphone with an electric guitar being plucked in the background alongside a piano.”
With the song title Punchable Face you might expect to hear some loud, angry, ranting lyrics about a past altercation with the guy who tried to steal the lead singer’s girlfriend. But instead we get an extremely catchy, British rock, The Strokes-sounding tune, which is sure to be an instant fan favourite.
Ice Breaker is the latest single off the EP and it’s arguably the best song of the crop. It’s no wonder the track has been featured on triple j Unearthed and has already had several plays on triple j; its melodious and foot-tapping vocal delivery make it easy to sing along to and just like Punchable Face, it embodies all of the qualities of a hit British rock tune, such as the vocalist’s raspy and hurried delivery of the lyrics.
Be sure to check out these guys’ groovy, hypnotizing live show this summer!
Big Bad Echo Tour Dates
THURS 25 FEB
Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
FRI 4 MAR
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Get Tickets HERE