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React & Riot Fest Present Big Ups @ Chicago’s Cobra Lounge - March 19


React Presents and Riot Fest are thrilled to present the debut Chicago performance of rising NYC band BIG UPS at Cobra Lounge. Special guests Typesetter and Hot Broadcast open the show.

Tickets are on sale now at or at the Cobra Lounge Website

Their debut album Eighteen Hours Of Static was just released via Dead Labour (US)/Tough Love (UK) on January 14th but most of the country outside the East Coast has yet to see and hear their frantic live shows.  They’re currently touring the UK and the US, including stops at SXSW.

The album has received rave reviews from Pitchfork, was named “Album of the Week" byStereogum the Guardian called them the "Band of the Week," and many more.

Check out  full stream of the album at Noisey.

Watch the “Goes Black” Video HERE.

Brendan Finn, Joe Galarraga, Amar Lal, and Carlos Salguero Jr. met whilst learning about specifications of Cat 5 cables in New York City. Shortly after, they formed a band. Big Ups – since 2010 –blend punk, post-punk, metal, and indie rock into a salty mash that gets stuck to the roof of your mouth. At their brightest, they have been likened to The Descendents, but at their sludgiest, they call to mind bands like Pissed Jeans and The Jesus Lizard.
Eighteen Hours of Static was recorded by Charles DeChants in the rock ‘n’ roll labyrinth known asExcello Recording in Brooklyn over three days. The album highlights Big Ups’ depressive mood swings. The band slows their usual frantic pace on the burner “Wool” – a song about dealing with suffering. They toy with dynamics on aggressive tracks like “TMI”, “Little Kid”, and “Fresh Meat”. But not to worry – the mania is still there; songs like “Goes Black" and "Atheist Self-Help" demand attention with their sneering guitars and colossal drums. Lyrically, the album is a meditation on subjects like truth, faith, and science (the record’s title is a reference to Carl Sagan’s Contact), but admittedly, Big Ups doesn’t necessarily have all of the answers. 

Cobra Lounge
235 North Ashland
Chicago, IL 60607
21+ | 8 PM

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