Live Review: Big Bad Echo w/ Future Haunts & Doom Mountain @ Black Bear Lodge
Big Bad Echo showcased their experimental indie psych-rock at the Black Bear Lodge in Brisbane last week for their ‘It Takes a Big Dog To Weigh a Tonne’ debut EP tour. The local 5-piece were stuffed onto the small stage and delivered an adventurous and dynamic live set. Best described as a mix between Interpol, The National, The Smiths, and a sprinkle of Cure, Big Bad Echo mix dark post-punk vibes with slick garage rock to create a unique and urgent sound.
“Mick Reddy belted his dramatic vocals through the the packed venue with a passionate drive enticing the crowd in the process.”
Solid support sets from Future Haunts and Doom Mountain got the crowd on their feat with their light hearted surf rock. You wouldn’t have known it was Doom Mountain’s first show without lead singer Jack, with fill in singer Lee (formally just guitar) standing in impressively.
After a happy, fast paced start to the night, it was time for things to get darker as Big Bad Echo came onto the stage. Starting gradually with History Repeating, Big Bad Echo slowly introduced the crowd to each instrument which built to a raging climax. Mick Reddy belted his dramatic vocals through the the packed venue with a passionate drive enticing the crowd in the process.
Big Bad Echo made their way through their debut EP starting with the relatively upbeat Punchable Face which was head bops all round from the crowd. Lead single Polyester Sheets kept the dark but upbeat vibes going and the crowd moving with some impressive guitar work from all three guitarists.
“Ice Breaker was the highlight of the set with its unrelentingly thrashy guitars and intense drum beat hammering away to create an invigorating sonic experience.”
Even with ‘It Takes a Big Dog To Weigh A Tonne’ only being released last month, Big Bad Echo were already enticing the crowd with new tunes. Little Warrior and The Trouble With Fun were solid tracks that consolidate Big Bad Echo as an impressive live unit and a unique musical package. Latest single Ice Breaker was the highlight of the set with its unrelentingly thrashy guitars and intense drum beat hammering away to create an invigorating sonic experience.
Big Bad Echo show great potential to be an amazing live band. With their latest EP receiving airplay around the nation it won’t be long until they grace bigger stages to display their raucous energy and passionate live set.
Read our review of Big Bad Echoes’ EP HERE