Big Spring Produce One of the Best EP’s of the Year with ‘Cold Foot’
Cold Foot is the debut EP by London rockers, Big Spring. Coined as the ‘best new band in Britain’ by BBC Radio One’s Dan P. Carter, the 5 piece EP was a very exciting release back in July of this year.
The title track, ‘Cold Foot’, really sets the precedent for what’s to come. Frontman, Ollie’s vocals are perfect for such a huge riff- filled song. While the song serves Nirvana vibes, the vocal almost echoes the delivery of Tom Meighan in Club Foot, Kasabian.
Huge tracks characterise the feel of the EP in its entirety, a certain anthemic feel present in each track. It is really clear to see that the EP was written with potential live performances of each song in mind.
Again, ‘Cold Foot’, really is a track you’d be sure to see on every set list without fail, the chorus beginning ‘You’ve turned into a man I’d rather forget’, seeming to tempt you to sing along. These choruses are huge without being necessarily busy, having simple lines which pull you out of yourself to become one with the music.
Anthemic choruses are accompanied by great production across the EP to complement the live anthemic feel of the EP. While all the tracks are consumed by interesting instrumental, even the fourth track, ‘On a Bamboo Sleeping Mat’, with a rather short introduction create this infectious feel.
The electric guitar complemented perfectly by the intensity of the drum, begs to be sung along to, again envisioning a crowd coming out of itself before the eyes of the band on stage. The instrumental alone is enough for a sing along, a head bang and a contorted face to come about in response to such production perfection.
As well as this, the frontman skilfully explores his vocal delivery to command a certain level of rock and roll romance. An extent of sultriness is brought forward, especially in the case of ‘Coming Down’ and ‘5th of July’. Respectively, the higher range of Ollie’s vocals are reached while a drawn out lyric creates a mist of sexuality over the track.
All in all, as a first time listener to both Big Spring and their debut EP, I would ascertain that in the forthcoming years, I can see a great album from these guys. I think there is definitely more for the band to explore in terms of style, but they are authentic, rugged and seem to be a band who have no intention of gigging until they make it.
Words by Robyn Hartley