For decades, the upper Midwest of the United States has been a hotspot for hardcore bands that bend genres and refuse to stick to tired formulas, producing acts like HÜSKER DÜ and DIE KREUZEN. Milwaukee’s BIG LAUGH is here to continue that tradition,
with a sound that finds them as much at home playing DIY shows in dingy basements as playing large clubs alongside some of hardcore and punk’s luminaries. Self-described “punks who listen to JUDGE,” BIG LAUGH works in a wide array of influences—
from the blazing speed and harsh noises of Japanese rippers like GAUZE and BASTARD to the mosh-ready impact of NYHC bands like BURN and ALONE IN A CROWD—and even some melodic sensibilities akin to the aforementioned HÜSKER DÜ. The album’s lyrics hit close to home for the band, holding personal notions while still feeling outwardly relatable. Focused on building their own lane, BIG LAUGH is not afraid of the work it takes to make the masses take notice. Booking their own tours, they have played alongside bands like Revelation Records labelmates TØRSÖ and URBAN SPRAWL, as well as GEL, SPY, NO PRESSURE, and appeared at 2022’s massive Sound And Fury Fest in LA that drew more than 5,000 people. Manic Revision is the debut EP from BIG LAUGH, following up a highly-acclaimed demo and went through three pressings on the DIY label 11PM Records before going out of press. This new version has updated artwork and audio and is the first time it has been available in nearly two years.
2. Pillars Of Sand
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