Through their thunderous music, Big Whoops emit a kind of carnal rage. While their name suggests something whimsical and comic, their music is an all-out assault of droning hard-rock mayhem. It’s a big ol’ punch in the head that’ll leave you feeling dazed, but we guarantee that once it’s all over, you’ll be asking for more.
With the release of their new EP Virtuous & Vile, the “Scumshine Coast” based band continue to establish themselves as one of the sonically wildest bands we’ve got. If you’re not already listening, we strongly recommend you change that now.
On their new EP Virtuous & Vile, Sunshine Coast-based outfit Big Whoops deliver a blistering slab of chaotic hard rock brilliance.
Throughout the new EP, Big Whoops stomp through a blistering concoction of punk, metal, post-punk, grunge, and drone-rock to deliver something uniquely their own. With crunching and chaotic guitars, bone-rattling percussion, and flailing vocal hooks, Virtuous & Vile is an unrelenting bombardment from start to finish.
While the EP maintains an unflinching energy, it still navigates myriad sonic territories. This is the EP’s most endearing quality. Haunt Me Out begins with eerie slabs of pure noise-rock; feedback-drenched guitars slowly evolve into heavy riffs. From here, across the EP’s five-track duration, Big Whoops fly into a frenzy of sound. A Brief Reprieve is no reprieve at all, as bluesy overdriven guitars weave into blood-curdling vocal melodies.
By the time EP closer Old & Faithful reaches its conclusion, you’ll be left completely battered by Big Whoops’ huge blend of sounds.
These are still relatively early days for this QLD band, but judging by the quality of everything we’ve heard so far, I think we can safely expect plenty more great tunes.
In the meantime, do yourself a favour and listen to the new EP above.