[16 April 2008]
The Norwegian rock band Big Bang got a big break when they were chosen to open for Jack White’s Raconteurs on the UK leg of their 2006 European tour. The band’s rockabilly country-pop is perfect for lubing up the crowd before White and Benson ram some signature blues rock down their throats. The Wild Bird EP is Big Bang’s initial attempt to hit the North American market before their full-length comes out later this year. Although the EP does showcase some exceptional guitar work and inspirational choruses, the effort lack on originality. Outside of the title track, Wild Bird is just too bland and uninspiring to compete with the multitude of acts coming out of L.A. these days—not to mention that a blues rock revival hasn’t exactly been in the works of late.
Published at: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/big-bang-wild-bird/