Bigfoot has been spotted. Nope, he's not been seen in the American Northwest, but in Manchester, England. And the large hairy fellow is playing some mean hard and heavy rock. Actually, the urban legend is nowhere to be found, but lead vocalist Antony Ellis does have a fuzzy beard, so he can fill in.
The five piece band arrives with their first EP, a self-titled short serving of four songs, which makes it easy to speak to each one. But first a general observation or two. It appears these youngsters have been stealing LPs from their parent's record collection. The roots and influences of their music could go as deep as mid-Seventies hard rock, but probably not past the early days of grunge.
As to the songs, the starter Tie Me Down can best be described as heavy, like a thundering herd heavy, with it's hammering sharp riffs. It's somewhere between straight heavy rock and American desert rock. Next, Bitch Killer is total groove monster. Bigfoot's powerful rhythm helps propel their twin guitar licks and sweet melodic vocal arrangement. It's the best song here. Come Down My Way is a ballad of sorts, at least it starts that way. It erupts with some large riffs and bottom end thunder at midpoint. It also has a small vibe of Southern hard rock akin to Black Stone Cherry. Finally, the single, The Other Side of Paradise returns to that earlier groove being lead equally by the twin guitars and Tom Aspinall's rather impressive drumming. It's my next favorite. Throughout Ellis shows the power of his voice, strong and singing clean. The guitar solos are roaring, real hard rock stuff.
This EP is a fine start for Bigfoot. They have a truckload of talent and superb sense of songwriting. The band is definitely on to something quite good. We just need more. Recommended.
This EP is a fine start for Bigfoot. They have a truckload of talent and superb sense of songwriting. The band is definitely on to something quite good. We just need more.
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