Members: Darrin, Emma, Eric, Tyler, Alex, Dan
Hat tip to Nikki Sue and the Bad News for bringing this to my attention yesterday, Big Wilson River is a North Jersey blustering Indie Rock/Folk/Thrash band, with all the elements that I like, big rockin beats, vaudeville themes and a mix of folk with a punk attitude, Songs with titles, 'Eighty Dead Armadillos', 'Backyard Passout Fest', 'Hemingway Had a Cat' on their debut EP 2011 I was hitting purchase before the first song was over. "This band is a bunch of fucking misfits and a Tyler Peckio" -from the demented mind of Don Ryan.
Had I known about this album in 2011 it would have definitely made my best of list. Any hoo, Listen to some new songs from their upcoming release due in June? Read more below while you're listening and do your self a solid buy their 2011 debut album 'Octopus' below...It'll be the best dollar you ever spent, so spend more.
Note: From their Facebook page:
REAL TALK: we wanted to share these tracks, and while we loved mixing them, we didn't give ourselves enough time with them. several existential crises later, we are gonna to give you some earlier mixes. rough, like us and we're tired of pretending we ain't
What I've grabbed from the nets:
Big Wilson River, a longstanding band of the Northern New Jersey music scene, takes the raucous energy and adventurousness of contemporary indie rock and melds it with the sweeping American narratives of more than a century of folk music to create a musical force influenced by voices as disparate as Pavement and John Prine.
Signed to up-and-coming Bergen County, New Jersey record label Trunk Rock Records, the band released its first full-length album, Octopus, last year, garnering widespread Internet buzz and critical acclaim. After years in the local coffeehouse and state college circuit, and several lineup changes, the band has tempered and solidified their electric live show. Today, Big Wilson River is Darrin Bradbury (vocals, rhythm guitar), Emma McLaughlin (vocals), Tyler Peckio (lead guitar), Dan Scarpa (bass), and Alex Drivanos (drums). The group is all-electric, belying its acoustic folk roots, and inspires more mosh pits than many so-called punk rock groups today.
Darrin Bradbury's shared vocal duties with Emma McLaughlin add dynamic tension and a healthy dose of drama to the material. Lyrically, the songs are full of sordid tales from the road, twisted meditations on death within life and life within death, and a takes a wry sense of humor toward its subjects. Frenetic rock and roll drumming from Drivanos drives the narrative forward while Peckio's blistering licks recall the sunburn you get after a really great day at the beach.
Now really get this album, you will play it over and over again!