After six years and about 500 shows, Austin punk four-piece Big Bill conjure their powers of witty songwriting; fast, relentless energy; and admitted nonsense into their first full-length album, out last month. Brothers Eric and Cody Bradon, along with Alan Lauer and Alex Riegelman, have spent the last few years playing and selling out some of Austin’s most notable venues and garnering a fan base with love and loyalty in proportion to the band’s ecstatic, yet channeled energy, and continuing Austin’s unique legacy of punk rock. Where do you take that energy from there? According to these guys, you make a video for every song on the record.
“Trick Everybody” is the personified profile of “fake it til you make it,” but Eric Bradon takes it a bit further by calling out what’s going on beneath that facade of know-how and sense of direction: at some point, most of us stop and realize that between “figuring it out,” and painful self-awareness, we’ve lost our sense of self. Paired with tight, yet aggressive guitar squeals and bass momentum, you won’t be able to help yourself from picturing this music video as a crudely drawn stop motion vignette.
“Trick Everybody” appears on Stand By Your Bill, out now via First Humans Records. Catch Big Bill’s album release party this Friday at Hotel Vegas.
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