In lockdown with: Big Wednesday
To help us all through the monotony of lockdown, today we are shining the light on an warm record from 2019. This lockdown recommendation post features London-based indie band Big Wednesday and their self-titled debut EP, which released in June last year. With its themes of lonliness, change, loss and togetherness, this three-track delight feels so apt in the current climate. Furthermore, the band’s feel-good yet heartfelt brand of indie pop is enriching. So let’s dive in!
With its insular setting, the EP’s leading track ‘Stuck In The Kitchen’ has taken on a whole new meaning during the pandemic. At a time where we are all stuck at home, in this track the protagonist is feeling particularly stuck – unable to get through to someone. With its jiving guitar riffs and outbursts of fustration, the fluidity of the track’s pace certainly ensures a fun listen.
Following entry ‘Do Me No Good’ adopts a more heartfelt tone, with the acoustic guitar taking the lead here. The vocal harmonies – featuring both male and female voices in the chorus – are also divine as they take flight. Moreover, the build-up of the drums and cymbals before the climax really help to create a sense of yearning and evident passion, leading to the roaring and grit of the electric guitar at the end. It is really a sublime ballad for the modern age.
Then, in the EP’s final track ‘Losing Days’, Big Wednesday’s mastery of the melancholic rock ballad shines. At five-and-a-half-minutes-long, the track is an indulgent look into what could have been. All the missed opportunities, regrets and wrong turnings are woven into every strum of electric guitar and every ounce of percussion. It is definitely the most heart-wrenching track on the EP.
All in all, Big Wednesday’s debut EP is a wonderfully energetic yet melancholic record. It certainly packs a lot of heart and vigour, so I hope it will enrich your days at home. Check it out below!
Big Wednesday have lit up numerous venues across the capital, including energetic performances at Hope & Anchor, The Islington and The Victoria. Once gigs become safe again, I would definitely recommend checking them out!
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