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Band: BIG DICK
Genres: Post-Punk / Rock / Drum & Bass
Related artists: Van Johnson and Party Knives.
Country: Ottawa, CANADA
Years Active: 2010-present
Song: "Yard Fight"
For fans of: Death From Above 1979, Beastie Boys, Q And Not U, Tool and Die Princess Die.
Considering how rarely I see the band name Van Johnson pop up, it came as no surprise that when I saw a review that read, "member of Van Johnson", I was extremely intrigued. Van Johnson was a seminal Canadian screamo band much akin to Dispensing of False Halos, State Faults and Kodan Armada. BIG DICK, however, is no such thing.
BIG DICK are much more foreskin...err, akin to playing music along the lines of fellow Ontario natives Death From Above 1979 as these 2 dudes pump out a massive wall of bass, drums and singing/yelling. Besides the obvious DFA1979 comparisons, the band also incorporates styles that will appeal to fans of drunken screaming stalwarts Die Princess Die (the tracks are very bass heavy in structure and the chaos created from it) as well as the Beastie Boys' punkier songs. There is even some later-era Bright Calm Blue going on vocally during "Coming Home". "Anti Social" is a very grooving and laid back track, while "Too Hot To Trot" is the band's most expansive and romping number. Check it out here, especially at the 2:40-mark when shit gets real, son. The 7" songs "Aria" and "Yard Fight" and the 12" tracks "Mayday" and "Colours" tap into the band's aggressive and mathy side.
The band released the 7" teaser 'Jensen' in 2010 with 3 fantastic tracks and waited another 3 years before dropping their debut LP, appropriately titled 'Big Dick' which will probably make my top 10 list for 2013.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Dave, BIG DICK's drummer, formerly of Van Johnson. He gave some great answers and answered all 30 or so questions that OMSB asked. His best answer:
"I'd probably kill myself if I couldn't write or play music." Now that is dedication and love, baby.
Read the full interview here:
2010 - Jensen 7"EP
2013 - Big Dick 12"LP
(2010) BIG DICK - "Aria" (from 'Jensen' 7") AUDIO
(2013) BIG DICK - "Too Hot To Trot" (from 'Big Dick' LP) AUDIO
(2013) BIG DICK - "Witchcraft" (from 'Big Dick' LP) OFFICIAL VIDEO (link)
(2013) BIG DICK - "Colours" (from 'Big Dick' LP) OFFICIAL VIDEO (link)
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