Los Angeles-based/Milwaukee-bred BIG MOTHER GIG return with a memorably anthemic, and Most importantly Fun, new single in “(Let’s Make) Compelling Content”!
BIG MOTHER GIG returned in 2017 after a 20-year hiatus with “Almost Primed”, an EP of 6 hard-hitting songs recorded by Jeff Hamilton (Violent Femmes) and Dan Long (Local Natives). The EP’s singles “Alvarado ” and “Nametag” were well-received at specialty And college radio and racked up some impressive streaming numbers, topping 300K. The band’s newest single, “(Let’s Make) Compelling Content” follows up “The Great Heist” earlier this year.
Originally formed in 1992 in Milwaukee, BIG MOTHER GIG played across the Midwest with The Magnolias, The Hunger, Chris Duarte, PunchDrunk (who later form The Hold Steady) and early acts featuring members of The Promise Ring and Braid. They combined raw punk and Midwestern indie with hard rock. Their final show in 1996, a label showcase, came with praises from Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner, but the band broke up with singer Richard Jankovich’s move to New York.
Throughout the ‘00s, Jankovich achieved success with Burnside Project (who’s “Cue The Pulse To Begin” was the theme to “Queer As Folk” and went Top 30 in Japan) and Pocket (who’s remixes for Radiohead and Beck were praised by Pitchfork and others).
Since reforming, BIG MOTHER GIG has been on the road with LUNA, Soccer Mommy, Alvarez Kings, The Yawpers and more. New members include Mike Datz (Liz Phair), Albert Kurniawan (Graham Ulicny of The Faint) and Micah Lopez.
“sure to find its way into your head”—PASTE
“a blend of punk, indie and alternative”—Alternative Press
“we’re hooked…on our frequent playlist”—Impose