Big Ups
Eighteen Hours of Static



by magicuba USER (3 Reviews)
March 30th, 2016 | 10 replies

Release Date: 01/12/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fresh young fun punk energy, big ups!

Big Ups is a young punk band from New York City. Their first album, Eighteen hours of static, has been released in early 2014 and has been followed by the sophomore effort "Before a million universes" in March 2016.

Eighteen hours of static is rather short, clocking at 28 minutes. Overall, what impresses the most is the fresh raw energy of the record, that never bores the listener at any point. The kids are angry and are dying to play catchy riffs whilst screaming their anti-everything messages in your face. They let you know their bellicose intentions immediately with the intro " Fresh meat", which sets the mood for the rest of the LP. The lyrics of the albums are very direct and, while definitely not employing complex metaphores, each song expresses a different message. All considered, this simplicity is one of the strenghts of the album. If Big Ups think that we dispose of objects and people without any sort of care, they tell you that without finesseries, even making you dance to that. In "Justice", Big Ups tell "Everybody says it's getting better all the time. But it's bad, still bad", before saying they would be asking for justice, if they were granted only one wish. The effect they obtain with this approach is that listening to eighteen hours makes it very hard for you to manage to stand still, because you would like to be at a concert pushing people around.

The influences within the record are more than clear. The band worships the good post-hardcore following a Fugazi style, but the album goes full hardcore at times with relentless drumming. At the same time, on other songs the band leans convincingly on more intimate atmospheres that could be part of a Slint album, in songs such as "Wool". The positive energy of the music can remind of bands like At the drive in or noMeansno.

On a negative note, it is clear that the band has still not achieved full maturity, and the rage is dragged by adolescent emotions. Perhaps not everyone could relate to the tone of the album. Furthermore, many songs are quite similar, but since the LP is rather short this flaw gets away almost unnoticed. Overall, eighteen hours is a great lot of fun, and I would recommend it to any punk fan. Big Ups is a talented band, and has the potential to bring good things in the future of punk.

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March 30th 2016


Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I quickly wrote a review for this album since I saw it was missing. This is my second review, so be patient!

Digging: Glassjaw - Material Control

March 30th 2016


finally this got a review, my fav album of 2014, respect bro

March 30th 2016


Pretty good review that I fully agree with (althou try and include the first paragraph better by melting it into the following of the review, would help the flow and desire to read since it feels quite formal as is)

Cool cool record with awesome energy, they sound way less influenced here although I prefer their new record wich kinda exorcises the influences even more by openly taking them in.

Band has great potential and I bet their next record is gonna be something special

Digging: Wanderwelle - Lost in a Sea of Trees

March 30th 2016


Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks for the positive feedback, the review needs some adjustments, I'll make them tomorrow!

March 31st 2016


On a negative note, it is clear that the band has still not achieved full maturity in this album

they've managed it on their sophomore album

Digging: Sonny Sharrock - Black Woman

March 31st 2016


oh sweet this got a rev, i like the youthful immaturity of this record

March 31st 2016


Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Edited review for grammar and repetitions.

@Band yes, they want to have fun and they managed to convey this feeling in the album

@Owantjaaa I have actually liked 18 hours more than the new record

April 11th 2016


Album Rating: 4.0

Same, I liked 18 hours better

April 12th 2016


Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

it is just slightly funnier, but the records are comparable I think

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June 13th 2017


Album Rating: 3.5

haha well shit I guess my band's sound isn't original

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