BIG UPS EUROPEAN TOUR 2K14!
MAY03 Leeds, Live at Leeds03 Liverpool, Sound City04 Glasgow, Stag & Dagger Festival05 Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s06 Manchester, Kraak Gallery07 Sheffield, The Harley08 Brighton, Great Escape Festival09 Tilburg, 01310 Nijmegen, Merleyn11 Gronigen, Vera13 Freidburg, Slow Club14 Vienna, Arena15 Munich, Kafe Kult16 Dresden, Shakshuka Festival17 Prague, Final Club18 Berlin, West Germany19 Hamburg, Astra-Stube21 London, Sebright Arms22 Southampton, The Joiners 23 Hasselt, MOD
24 Utrecht, Le Guess Who Festival

BIG UPS EUROPEAN TOUR 2K14!

MAY
03 Leeds, Live at Leeds
03 Liverpool, Sound City
04 Glasgow, Stag & Dagger Festival
05 Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
06 Manchester, Kraak Gallery
07 Sheffield, The Harley
08 Brighton, Great Escape Festival
09 Tilburg, 013
10 Nijmegen, Merleyn
11 Gronigen, Vera
13 Freidburg, Slow Club
14 Vienna, Arena
15 Munich, Kafe Kult
16 Dresden, Shakshuka Festival
17 Prague, Final Club
18 Berlin, West Germany
19 Hamburg, Astra-Stube
21 London, Sebright Arms
22 Southampton, The Joiners 
23 Hasselt, MOD

24 Utrecht, Le Guess Who Festival

Listen to Big Ups’ Daytrotter Session! 

ICYMI - Anthony Fantano of The Needle Drop said a lot of nice things about Big Ups’ Eighteen Hours of Static.

Buy Eighteen Hours of Static HERE!

NEW YORK! Big Ups is opening for the one and only Fucked Up on June 6 at Bowery Ballroom! Tickets HERE!

NEW YORK! Big Ups is opening for the one and only Fucked Up on June 6 at Bowery Ballroom! Tickets HERE!

HEY LEEDS! BIG UPS is playing LIVE AT LEEDS on SATURDAY, MAY 3 with tons of other awesome bands! Get more info HERE!

HEY LEEDS! BIG UPS is playing LIVE AT LEEDS on SATURDAY, MAY 3 with tons of other awesome bands! Get more info HERE!

Hey UK! Big Ups are coming to YOU!

February:24 – Bristol, UK @ Start The Bus25 – Liverpool, UK @ Shipping Forecast26 – Leeds, UK @ Nation of Shopkeepers27 – London, UK @ The Old Blue Last28 – Brighton, UK @ Bermuda Triangle

Hey UK! Big Ups are coming to YOU!

February:
24 – Bristol, UK @ Start The Bus
25 – Liverpool, UK @ Shipping Forecast
26 – Leeds, UK @ Nation of Shopkeepers
27 – London, UK @ The Old Blue Last
28 – Brighton, UK @ Bermuda Triangle


Hometown: New York.
The lineup: Brendan Finn (drums), Joe Galarraga (vocals), Amar Lal (guitar), Carlos Salguero (bass).
The background: Big Ups represent a move out of our raptronic/glitch&b/chilldisco comfort zone. The acts cited as an influence on their sound are ones with whom we are largely unfamiliar. Apparently, what they do is part of a lineage connecting outfits that tended to feature at the helmIan Mackaye, and bands that emerged roughly between the hardcore and grunge eras yet were neitherBlack Flagnorthe Jesus Lizard. We can hear elements of Pixies in what they do, especially frontman Joe Galarraga’s edgy yowl, but that might just be because Pixies’ records we DO know. Don’t we as listeners, when we hear a new band, project onto them influences from past groups that we’ve paid a lot of attention to?

Big Ups is Guardian’s Band of the Week - read the rest of the article HERE.

Hometown: New York.

The lineup: Brendan Finn (drums), Joe Galarraga (vocals), Amar Lal (guitar), Carlos Salguero (bass).

The background: Big Ups represent a move out of our raptronic/glitch&b/chilldisco comfort zone. The acts cited as an influence on their sound are ones with whom we are largely unfamiliar. Apparently, what they do is part of a lineage connecting outfits that tended to feature at the helmIan Mackaye, and bands that emerged roughly between the hardcore and grunge eras yet were neitherBlack Flagnorthe Jesus Lizard. We can hear elements of Pixies in what they do, especially frontman Joe Galarraga’s edgy yowl, but that might just be because Pixies’ records we DO know. Don’t we as listeners, when we hear a new band, project onto them influences from past groups that we’ve paid a lot of attention to?

Big Ups is Guardian’s Band of the Week - read the rest of the article HERE.

BIG UPS ANNOUNCE TOUR + SXSW DATES

EIGHTEEN HOURS OF STATIC OUT NOW ON DEAD LABOUR 

Listen To The “Wool” Single HERE

Watch The “Goes Black” Video HERE

Big Ups are very pleased to announce their upcoming US and UK tours which include several stateside dates with Speedy Ortiz and Pile!  Their debut album Eighteen Hours Of Static was just released via Dead Labour (US)/Tough Love (UK) on January 14th but most of the country outside the East Coast has yet to see and hear their frantic live shows.  See below for current dates and stay tuned for additional SXSW appearances.  

Brendan Finn, Joe Galarraga, Amar Lal, and Carlos Salguero Jr. met whilst learning about specifications of Cat 5 cables in New York City. Shortly after, they formed a band. Big Ups – since 2010 – blend punk, post-punk, metal, and indie rock into a salty mash that gets stuck to the roof of your mouth. At their brightest, they have been likened to The Descendents, but at their sludgiest, they call to mind bands like Pissed Jeans and The Jesus Lizard.

Eighteen Hours of Static was recorded by Charles DeChants in the rock ‘n’ roll labyrinth known as Excello Recording in Brooklyn over three days. The album highlights Big Ups’ depressive mood swings. The band slows their usual frantic pace on the burner “Wool” – a song about dealing with suffering. They toy with dynamics on aggressive tracks like “TMI”, “Little Kid”, and “Fresh Meat”. But not to worry – the mania is still there; songs like “Goes Black” and “Atheist Self-Help” demand attention with their sneering guitars and colossal drums. Lyrically, the album is a meditation on subjects like truth, faith, and science (the record’s title is a reference to Carl Sagan’s Contact), but admittedly, Big Ups doesn’t necessarily have all of the answers.

Upcoming Shows:

02/24 – Bristol, UK @ Start The Bus

02/25 – Liverpool, UK @ Shipping Forecast

02/26 – Leeds, UK @ Nation of Shopkeepers

02/27 – London, UK @ The Old Blue Last

02/28 – Brighton, UK @ Bermuda Triangle

03/06 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat *

03/07 – Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover *

03/08 – New Orleans, LA @ Saturn Bar *

03/09 – Corpus Christi, TX @ The Nasa *

03/10 – McAllen, TX @ Galax-Z Fair *

03/12-15 – Austin, TX @ SXSW

03/16 – Fort Worth, TX @ Live Oak Music Hall *

03/17 – Kansas City, MO @ Vinos *

03/19 – Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge

03/20 – Harrisburg, PA @ Little Amps

* Speedy Ortiz + Pile

ericmarsh:

Big Ups are a punk/post-hardcore quartet that founded in 2010 at NYU campus. Now, in 2014, the guys are putting out their debut LP Eighteen Hours of Static on Dead Labour. Don’t let the 27 minute run-time fool you; this album is strong both musically and lyrically.

The musical half of the album features a variety of play-styles from the band, which successfully convey a number of emotions. “Little Kid" and "Fresh Meat,” feature some brilliant tension as the music alternates between grinding & screaming guitars and quiet, yet rigid drums & bass. “T.M.I." sticks out as the most sludge-metal inspired track with its heavy guitar riffs and slow, picking bass. In contrast, the longest track on the album, "Wool,” feels very casual and alt-rock at the beginning, but gradually becomes a beast unleashed with wild drums, screaming vocals, and rapid guitar. It’s a pretty great metamorphosis to experience.

The lyrical half of the album seems classically hardcore because the band actually has something relevant to say. Each song exposes or satirizes something in modern culture for the listener to ponder. Such as “Grin,” which speaks about the difficulties of life as a young person in this country and how we all grin & bear it to carry on a facade of self-composure. Or “Justice,” which demands justice in the horribly unfair dog-eat-dog world in which we live. Although, “Goes Black" is my favorite. Joe Galarraga’s rapid vocals match the energy of the music as he conveys the fear of realizing, on one’s deathbed, they’ve lived a life without accomplishments or happy memories; a fear he refuses to give into.

I thoroughly enjoyed this record and would recommend it to anyone with a taste for old-school hardcore music or modern punk. Eighteen Hours of Static features some great musicianship, passionate vocals and well-written lyrics.

I’d give it an 8 out of 10.

(Source: ahoybenji, via wearebigups)

This mixtape is one of the best we’ve had so far, and is the perfect accompaniment to your grizzly Friday afternoon. Especially if you like Weezer or spent your youth playing guitar in your garage with (or without) your friends. Listen to the entire Friday Mixtape created by Big Ups especially for you, HERE.
This mixtape is one of the best we’ve had so far, and is the perfect accompaniment to your grizzly Friday afternoon. Especially if you like Weezer or spent your youth playing guitar in your garage with (or without) your friends.
Listen to the entire Friday Mixtape created by Big Ups especially for you, HERE.
Brooklyn’s Big Ups, who recently released Eighteen Hours of Static, were more than game to share some of their favorite, hilarious, kind of weird, or useful internet treasures. Who knew you could order a 24-pack of Peanut Butter Twix online? Check out the entire list HERE.
Brooklyn’s Big Ups, who recently released Eighteen Hours of Static, were more than game to share some of their favorite, hilarious, kind of weird, or useful internet treasures. Who knew you could order a 24-pack of Peanut Butter Twix online?
Check out the entire list HERE.
Hey hey hey! Look who received Album Of The Week on Stereogum!

Hey hey hey! Look who received Album Of The Week on Stereogum!


As cranked-to-11, motherfuck-a-downstairs-neighbor music, Static works beautifully, and its lean, propulsive 28 minutes seem to fly by in double-time. Throughout Static, Big Ups come across as a band in complete command of their sound, fronted by a guy on the verge of losing it. 

Hey hey hey, looks like Pitchfork is loving Eighteen Hours of Static. Order yer own copy HERE!

As cranked-to-11, motherfuck-a-downstairs-neighbor music, Static works beautifully, and its lean, propulsive 28 minutes seem to fly by in double-time. Throughout Static, Big Ups come across as a band in complete command of their sound, fronted by a guy on the verge of losing it. 

Hey hey hey, looks like Pitchfork is loving Eighteen Hours of Static. Order yer own copy HERE!

Simply put, these guys sound like they are enjoying themselves way too much for that nonsense. The well-earned melodic turns, the spastic energy, and the youthful spunk in the music all works together to force its wrinkled, grumpy face into a wry grin. The result leaves the listener with no choice but to read between the lines. Turn it up loud, have fun with it, smash some shit, and let the whirlwind that is Eighteen Hours of Static bowl you over in all of its balls-out glory.