Big White’s top five synth rock bangers
In 2015, a Sydney indie-pop/rock band were signed to one of the biggest indie labels in the world in a pub. That label was BURGER RECORDS, and the band was BIG WHITE. From here, they began their journey of becoming one of the country’s tightest indie bands, and went onto release their debut album, Teenage Dreams, and consequently tour the world.
It was on this world tour that the band continued working on their sound. Not content with just taking it easy and working with the sounds on their debut, they bunkered down at any time they could to further hone their craft, refine their sound and delve into deeper territory in New Wave and post-punk influences. Fast forward two years, and they’re back with Street Talk, a 35-minute example of a band dispelling the common misconceptions of second-album blues with punchy hooks, exceptional lyricism and vastly matured songwriting. Building upon the natural skill they clearly possessed back in 2015, Street Talk is a portrait of a band that has pushed themselves to do more, and they’ve ultimately emerged victorious. Big White‘s second album is now being heralded as one of the best of the year, and despite it only being April, we agree.
Now about to hit the road for three special shows across the country, Big White will be bringing Street Talk to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne over the coming weeks and if there’s one show you get along to, it should be this. Here is a band that have just begun to scratch the surface of what they can be, and if their progression from their hugely impressive debut album to this matured and refine second record is anything at all to go by, they’re just going to get better and better.
To get to know them a little better, we asked Big White‘s Elmo all about her favourite synth-rock bangers. Check it all out below!
YMO – Rydeen
If you didn’t already know, YMO are some of the OG synth lords. Try not to dance to this song.
Grace Jones – Pull Up To The Bumper
A catchy track from the most empowered woman I’ve ever seen. She is the boss queen.
O-Zone – Dragostea Din Tei
This one stayed at number 1 in the Eurochart Hot 100 for 12 weeks. I needn’t say more.
Distractor – Devotion
These guys are a quirky and moving act to watch. One of my US favs of this year’s tour.
ESB – The Flashlight
One of my biggest influences and inspiration, Yann Tiersen, is part of this analogue synth trio.
Street Talk is out now on SPUNK RECORDS. Catch Big White at the below dates:
‘Street Talk’ Tour Dates
Friday 4th May – The Marrickville Bowlo, Sydney
(Official hometown album launch)
Monday 7th May – The Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Saturday 16th June – Bloodhound Bar, Brisbane
Saturday 30th June – The Phoenix, Canberra
Introduction by Emma Jones