Big Terror seems to take different 'Alternatives' (ex. Alt-Hip-Hop, Alt-Rock), mashing it together to create a funky, Soulful, grooving masterpiece that rocks in any setting while also offering a window into Big Terror's recent past in heart-on-the-sleeve fashion.
More often than not, great, stick-to-your-bones music is created not only in the studio, but within the lives of its creators. For example, Big Terror — comprised of REBEL aca, David Rogers and Pierre Duplan (along with a few other talented collaborators) — came together mostly out of heartbreak, two of the members having ended relationships just prior. What’s come from that is a new, soulful self-titled album that bleeds out the personal, the reflective and some 70’s movie soundtrack nostalgic (ex. ‘Slow Down’, ‘Good Question’). That raw emotion is accompanied by a fireball of genre-bending instrumentation that moves from Hip-Hop to Folk Rock to Blues and everything in between rather effortlessly. Various interludes within the effort also help to keep the listener in line with both the story and the storytellers.
Gears switch constantly amongst Big Terror as well: the first half (arguably the most Hip-Hop oriented piece to the puzzle — particularly the first track, ‘Great Balls Of Fire’) keeps things moving fairly quickly with booming production before the album enters into deep ballad territory (‘Clouds and Sheets’, ‘Drown In The Ocean’). Kicked off by ‘So I Said To Dave…’, Big Terror then looks ahead to a positive future for the group. You’re soulless (or 9) if you haven’t experienced relationship woes that match this record. Painful and beautiful.
Big Terror seems to take different ‘Alternatives’ (ex. Alt-Hip-Hop, Alt-Rock), mashing it together to create a funky, Soulful, grooving masterpiece that rocks in any setting — your player, at a party…hell, these guys would sound awesome on anyone’s festival stage — while also offering a window into Big Terror’s recent past in heart-on-the-sleeve fashion. It’s an amazing listen, one that also makes us hope for a few more chapters into Big Terror’s lives soon.