Big Buildings | Hang Together For All Time

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Hang Together For All Time

by Big Buildings

Pub-trash basement-bred rock n roll from Chicago.
Genre: Rock: Punk
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2. We Are Steamships
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3. PDR
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4. Trash Out
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5. I Will Own A Gunrack
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6. Skinny Women Shaking
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7. Streetlight
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8. Quiet Landmine
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9. Words Can Paint a Picture
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10. Big Dave
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11. Smash The Alarm Clock
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12. Where I Stand On That
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13. Block By Block
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14. Comet On The Rise
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15. Peaceful Man At Odds
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16. To Dunsinane
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17. Uh Oh (I Know You Said It)
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18. Young Man's World
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Big Buildings stick to their guns. They ignore the slick, polished sound ubiquitous on modern records, even those of so-called tough rock-is-back bands. We're not just talking about a fashionable embrace of retro tones here, either. One member of Big Buildings once summed up their sound as "crappy," and on the whole, their records are a jangly, off-kilter mess. But this sound has an undeniable folk art charm and intimacy. Like other junk peddlers before them (The Clean, Meat Puppets), Big Buildings invite you into their personal space - a place where DIY punks run you through the alley and 4-track troubadours dust off the welcome mat, just for you.

Check a couple of the acoustic tracks on Hang Together For All Time: "Big Dave" and "Peaceful Man at Odds" are homespun gems that alternately rollick and creak with the old wood of beaten guitars and jigsaw floors. The electrics on "Comet on the Rise" are big and bright, and the desperate vocals build up a sweat. At the same time, summertime elegies like the longing, Crazy Horse-styled "Words Can Paint a Picture" and the haunted, chiming "Skinny Women Shaking" strike a spare weight of can't-lift-a-finger regret. "Smash the Alarm Clock" and "Trash Out" neatly frame a day with the Buildings. The lo-fi wake-up squawks on "Alarm Clock" are all Westerberg bedhead. But on "Trash Out" the band rummages around to find their Sunday best, both production and performance-wise.

In struggling to find reference points, critics have frequently lumped Big Buildings into the alt-country or roots rock movements. As the new record quickly proclaims, the band doesn't sit politely in any one style. Big Buildings songs aren't so much genre pieces as they are the cold sweat you get shot-gunning a beer, or a blast of sunlight upon stumbling out of a dark bar in mid-afternoon. Of course, the band didn't invent this brand of rough-hewn jalopy rock. It's been flickering in and out of pop music for decades. However, nowadays visit the radio dial or even your local record store and you'd think it was snuffed. But all musical movements live on as long as there are great songwriters to carry the torch. True believers, rest easy: with Big Buildings on board, junk's not dead.


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Big Buildings' full-length debut, after last year's ragged-but-right This Is the Bricks EP, is a sprawling 18-song set that frequently sounds like the record Uncle Tupelo never made -- or maybe the album Wilco might've cut between A.M. and Being There. The band also takes stabs at modern southern rock a la the Drive-By Truckers ("Block by Block"), the dystopian country of Crazy Horse ("Words Can Paint a Picture"), and the power trash of the Replacements ("Uh Oh"). There's even a lo-fi pop snippet that'd make Bob Pollard proud ("Smash the Alarm Clock").

Vitas Zebraitis

reminds me why I fell in love with music in the first place.
There's a lot of stuff going on here that reminds me why I fell in love with music in the first place. At most times loud, sloppy, stupid, and scratchy, it always comes across as heart-felt and sincere. Once you give this band a shot I bet you'll find yourself pulling for them. You'll see, it's sort of like the kick you got from listening to early Replacements, Sebadoh, or GBV while driving around your shit home town in your beat-up piece of crap car as a teenager looking to run away from something, but not exactly knowing where you'll go. Big Buildings is asking us out for another joyride to nowhere in particular, but with lots of fun to be had. With Hang Together For All Time, sloppy sure does sound good to me.

john hauf

50's rewind.
i have been returned to the 50/60 punk rock good stuff!!