Release Date: Jun 17, 2016
Record label: Fat Cat
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Since their introduction, Big Deal have subtly yet consistently played with the way they write and progress as a group. The added grit displayed on 2013’s ‘June Gloom’ was a departure, a mix of layered clamour that perhaps overwhelmed their reserved introspection. The group have finally returned refreshed and with purpose, bringing with them third album ‘Say Yes’.
Big Deal's third album is a high-stakes affair. After a disasterous home robbery in 2014, the band lost a laptop containing the record's demos and were forced to re-write from scratch, losing their label in the process. It feels trite to spin a silver-lining story, but a fraught, focussed tension is stitched into every seam – Say Yes is an assertive, cathartic shout of independence.
Say Yes, the third album by Big Deal, follows their debut Lights Out from 2011 and the critically acclaimed June Gloom from 2013. The American (Kacey Underwood) and English (Alice Costelloe) duo are joined on this record by Dom Boyce from Peace, who guest spots on drums, and full-time members Jessica Batour (drums) and Jesse Wong (bass). Here, Big Deal join the likes of Minor Victories and Dilly Dally in the 90s grunge revival and for anyone old enough to remember grunge the first time around, it's a slightly curious concept to see dragged back.