Are you hungry for some old school rock? Looking for something fun and crowd-pleasing that doesn’t suck? Sick of an endless queue of rockers cooking up fake angst in horribly failed attempts to recapture the nineties and want to go back to a time when rock was about drinking, fighting and sex? Then check out southern rockers Big Engine.
They’ve been around for a while, but their recent release, “Shot Like A Rocket”, is their first album to get wide distribution.
Though they have everything it takes to be ‘southern rock’ — heavy yet laid-back, bluesy, riff-driven songs with some nice fancy lead guitar work and a little bit of subliminal country influence… To be honest, the first two bands that popped in my head when I listened were KISS and The Cult.
So they’re interesting and different, but unlike most things “interesting and different,” they don’t take themselves too seriously.
Sometimes Big Engine can border on cheesy, and a few songs have almost J. Geils-like obsessive refrains, but it totally works for them. Actually, The J. Geils Band is another good comparison, now that I think about it.
The only song on the album I didn’t care for was “Nice Sass,” and that’s just because it was a bit too country for my taste — though I’m sure a country fan would love this one. And to be fair, even though it wasn’t my favorite song on the album musically, it DID make me laugh.
Bottom line: you’ll probably either love these guys or hate them, and you’ll probably know which it is real fast. Check them out, and if they fall in the love category grab some music and pass them some green love.
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