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“Imaginary Dog Walker” is a sprawling and dynamic coda, ending Two Parts Together with unsettling doubt. The song finds Joe Galarraga staring into a lake (a recurring thematic element of the album), wondering what lies beneath. “We all want the same thing/ And that is to thrive,” he declares, “So why hold our breaths/ Kill the life inside?” Propelled by vivid, destructive imagery, tense repetition, and agitated guitars, “Imaginary Dog Walker” is an aggressive-yet-meaningful meditation on the human experience.


An absolute masterpiece of a noise rock album. Big Ups is the only band that has been able to channel the spirit of the legend, Slint, and still be able to develop their own aesthetic and not just rehash “angularity”. I cannot recommend this enough.

This album sounds a little more “grown-up” than their debut LP, “Eighteen Hours Of Static”. I don’t mean that in a negative light in either direction. Their debut was ferocious and heartfelt and those qualities ring true in this release. Before A Million Universes is a bit more reserved sometimes, but in those reservations it also comes off as somewhat dark. Their evolution as musicians definitely shines as well, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Big Ups!


Big Ups Before a Million Universes

Beginnings matter and, in many cases, serve to affirm an energy or ethos that ties together an artist’s career. For punk bands, whose ethos and worldview are often stronger currency than artistic talent or output, these initial moments are used to trace back to a band’s authenticity.  This question can be reversed as well, with listeners, writers and people who generally think about music too often sizing up artists to see if their output still stands up to their original goals and points of view. And while we get the occasional Ian MacKayes, Kathleen Hannas and Steve Albinis—visionary artists who’ve stuck pretty close to the goals they set up as rather young people.

New York City post-hardcore quartet Big Ups’ journey began in a pretty mundane way: The band’s members met five years ago as music technology students at NYU. And while, somewhere along the line, they began crafting music that has a tendency to get pretty intense, they never completely let go of that mundanity—that everyday-ness. That’s not to say any of the music they create—on debut Eighteen Hours of Static or follow-up Before a Million Universes—is boring or uninspired. In fact, the band’s technical training allows them to do interesting things within a genre that’s getting up there in years. But the way vocalist Joe Galarraga attacks his subject matter, which puts capitalism and social injustice in its crosshairs, is often lyrically nonchalant.


It’s that calloused, understated sort of reaction in lines like “Tell me what you’re worth/ salary, two weeks of work” that serves as a gateway into Big Ups’ ethos. These are four millennials, recent college students, who’ve begun to see cycles repeat themselves already in their relatively short lives. But on Before a Million Universes, their reaction seems less anger-fueled than their work on Eighteen Hours of Static; the scales of injustice serve less as infuriating surprises and more like calls to arms. Big Ups know the score; they’re just hoping to change it.

Big Ups have allowed their musicianship to evolve with them. The overall arch of louds and softs, of interchanges between mumbled, subdued sections and furious peaks of noise—that all is still intact. But the quartet clearly pumped even more work into their songwriting this time around, and the effort has really paid off. Galarraga’s words aren’t just given a vehicle to travel upon; his voice becomes one with its surroundings, allowing for a more effective attack than if the individual elements remained isolated. And perhaps that’s the point the band is trying to make: The only way we get through this is together.



Big Ups just landed the weekend square between your eyes. ‘Capitalized’ is a steel fist of fury slamming in to the brain of everyone brave enough to listen. Grounded with a heavy, fuzzy bass line only tilted by the throat stretching vocal.  After letting rip early last year with ‘Eighteen Hours Of Static‘, their rough-hewn debut full-length, ‘Capitalized’ seems like an indication that a follow-up is on the cards for next year; at least judging by an accompanying video teaser they have posted which would seem to indicate it is to be called ‘Before A Million Universes’ and is set for release on Brace Yourself Records, Tough Love Records and Exploding In Sound Records next spring

Unassumingly announced the band have unleashed a hellish ball of frenetic energy culminating in the punk that spews from your speakers. I could go on saying words like eruption, explosion and other natural disaster related terms but that’s boring and Big Ups aren’t.


The wonderful, and wonderfully prolific, Parquet Courts are back with a new split single with Joey Pizza Slice, where each band covers a track by the other. It will be followed by a second split single with Brooklyn’s Big Ups, which will be in support of the legendary VERA venue in Groningen.

Limited to a vinyl run of 500, this release sees Parquet Courts covering “Pretty Girls” whilst the flip side has Vermont solo musician Joey Pizza Slice, aka Son of Salami, taking on Picture Of Health from their 2012 album  ” Light Up Gold” .

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Big Ups recorded this session a few days ago for the Savannah Stopover Session in Georgia


New York Brooklyn based band BIG UPS are going to be one of the bands to see this year ……..catch them at LIVE AT LEEDS in May and Im sure there are going to be at many more festivals this year.

This band have got be from Brooklyn New York City where else can a band like this be spawned the new album EIGHTEEN HOURS OF STATIC features a go straight for the juggular sound and they will be at LIVE AT LEEDS.
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