Big Awesome push a tight melodic sound that’s smooth around the edges and finely polished. It’s a refreshing sound in today’s punk scene, harking back to the early days of one Minus the Bear. “Grey’s Birthday” cements this comparison, as the opening lyrics have obvious thematic similarities to the subjects broached in the Highly Refined Pirates opener “Thanks for the Killer Game of Crisco Twister” – at least Big Awesome have shorter titles. However, it’s only the EP’s first track which really echoes the Minus the Bear sound and once the subtle nuances of Big Awesome can be appreciated, Birdfeeder becomes its own expression.
The EP never fully blooms, but reaches its apex with the pulsing staccato bass of “Birdfeeder” and the uber-catchy chorus of “Living With Love”. At other times, Birdfeeder and Big Awesome seem unsure of what they do best – undulating between attempts at slick melody or grand punk bombast – and it weakens their overall sound. Yet, after just ten minutes of Big Awesome they solidly display a scythe-sharp ear for melody and a boisterous pop appetite, both of which lay a solid foundation for Big Awesome to perfect their sound in the near future.
01. Grey’s Birthday
03. Drawing a Line in the Sand
04. Living With Love
Run Time: 10:18
Release Date: April 27, 2012
Check out the album: ‘Birdfeeder’