Big Black

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": noise rock post-punk punk noise hardcore Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Initially based in Evanstown, Illinois, USA, Big Black made its recording debut in 1983 with the six-track EP Lungs. Fronted by guitarist/vocalist Steve Albini (22 July 1962, Pasadena, Callifornia, USA), the band underwent several changes before completing Bulldozer the following year. A more settled line-up was formed around Albini, Santiago Durango (guitar) and Dave Riley aka David Lovering (bass) as Big Black began fusing an arresting, distinctive sound, and Atomizer (1986) established the trio as one of America’s leading independent acts. This powerful, compulsive set included ‘Kerosene’, a lyrically nihilistic piece equating pyromania with teenage sex as a means of escaping small-town boredom. The combined guitar assault of Albini and Durango was underpinned by Riley’s emphatic bass playing, which propelled this metallic composition to its violent conclusion. Melvin Belli (guitar) replaced Durango, who left to study law, for Songs About...

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