Bigbang originally hail from Norway, but these days call the LA neighborhood Echo Park – or Edendale as it was known in the silent film days – their home. Once Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin and the Keystone Kops romped and filmed in its streets; today Bigbang bring their stadium sound and rock n roll fervor to the scene. In March they’ll be bringing it to Austin and beyond:
The following SXSW shows are confirmed:
Wednesday, March 17
1 pm – SXSTACO @ Mariaâ€™s Taco Xpress (2529 South Lamar Blvd.)
Friday, March 19
3 pm – Invincible Czars Poptacular Party @ Carousel Lounge (1110 E. 52nd St.)
Saturday, March 20
9 pm – Crappy/Oglio Records Showcase @ Cedar Door (201 Brazos Street)
Sunday, March 21
9 pm – Leann Atherton’s Full Moon Barn Dance (3600 S. 2nd Street)
Additional tour dates this month:
3/10 @ The Slide Bar, Fullerton, CA
3/11 @ Sandrinis, Bakersfield, CA
3/13 @ NX35, Denton, TX â€“ Andyâ€™s Bar
3/23 @ Hi-Tone, Memphis, TN
3/24 @ Pianoâ€™s, New York, NY
Having gone platinum in Norway where it was released last year, the newly released U.S. version of Bigbang’s CD Edendale (Oglio Records/Gransport Records) has been garnering rave reviews and making waves at college radio stateside. Trade magazine Music Connection praised it as “instantly and relentlessly catchy blues-based, guitar driven rock & roll” and Metromix NY declared the band “just an accent apart from the American Top 40”.
Bigbang was formed when Ã˜ystein Greni, a young skateboarder on the verge of turning pro, shattered his knee – and thus his chances at making a career on his board. Greniâ€™s father, Thor, was a soul musician in The Undertakerâ€™s Circus, who toured with the New Yardbirds (a.k.a. Led Zeppelin) in the late â€™60s. This classic rock foundation was met head-on with the adolescent Greni’s love of punk & alternative rock, forging the band’s distinctive sound.
With several full-length albums released in Europe having sold over 500,000 units, Bigbang performs at up to twenty-five European festivals per year, rocking 20,000 seat capacity venues at a time. Their raucous live show is such a hot ticket that the band’s 2003 double CD release “Radio Radio TV Sleep” is best-selling live album in Norwegian history.