Wild Bird (EP)
Grand Sport, 2008
REVIEW BY: Benjamin Ray
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: 03/10/2008
Oh look, another Norwegian rock/punk band.
Actually, BigBang is quite well known to those who pay attention to the music scene overseas. The trio has released six albums in
Now living in
Talk about variety! The
A healthy love of classic rock is evident in this EP, especially on “Early December,” which strongly recalls Tom Petty and Jethro Tull, especially in how the harmony vocals are very slightly behind the main vocals. The band pounds the song home, though, making it their own instead of relying on classics.
“Something Special” sounds just like a Red Hot Chili Peppers outtake from Stadium Arcadium, though it’s a little too slow and repetitive. “Hurricane Boy” is an energetic slice of rock that would work as an opening track for a concert and a good opener for the full-length later this year.
Based on this EP, that disc will definitely be one worth hearing. There’s a slight feeling that BigBang has chosen these four songs because they will appeal to American audiences, but it’s rare that four songs can feel so different but be from the same band. If a derivative band like Wolfmother can make it in the States, then certainly a more original band like BigBang that is inspired by classic rock, but not a slave to it, can make it too.