Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Sound Projector review
H D Richardson | London United Kingdom | 09/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Last time I dug these two genius freaks - John Gill and Yanna Trance - they were sporting childish skin tattoos and gothic masks with their big hair on the cover of a fine Blast First package that yoked Drag Racing with Crack Attack. Those were two excellent, extremely idiosyncratic records of the 1980s and should be used as the starting point for a musical argument about, eg, the potential uses of sampling and editing by any thinking person. Now listen to what they're up to! A candy coloured engine cover wraps the joyous din that is Pro Drag, where they still play like four year-olds with drum machines and guitars cranked up to unfeasible volumes and strummed in basic Link Wray style; the whole disc overlapping with all kinds of twisted ideas. Gone are the heart-stopping jump edits of the vocal lines, but in their place is a cast of grotesques delineated with uncanny talent by our ingenious duo of performance artists - like a viciously satirical radio play set to music. Among the individuals here is a Southern Gospel preacher on 'Racoon River', the epitome of the Robert Mitchum preacherman in Night of the Hunter reflected in a distorting mirror. On 'Panther' a warped Jane Fonda workout motivator breathlessly wallows in her power over men - 'You're lucky to have sex with me!' No less demented is the scenario of 'Girls on the Toilet', glossy soft porn images warped into a nightmarish setting. Having made a performance art comparison, I would now like to retract it - Karen Finley or Anne Magnusson are far too wordy and clever in comparison to the lyrical directness of Big Stick, their economy of means, their throwaway flippancy, their sheer sleaze...all attitude-rich qualities to be admired. For the booklet, put your sunglasses on and scope the tinted photograph of the pair, brilliantly posed / composed and juxtaposed with a Wheel of Fortune - it's a masterpiece of ironic kitschy trash, and almost sums up the key to this project. They've got style! - pouring off them like great gobs of maple syrup off a stack of hot pancakes. Dig in!ED PINSENT from Issue 2 of The Sound Projector magazine"
Big Stick , one of modern musics best kept secrets....
H D Richardson | 07/08/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I ventured to buy this CD. Big Stick is a duo who have received critical acclaim in the U.K. and Europe. I found out about Big Stick while visiting with friends in England. I got this "Pro Drag" CD and it's the darling of my music collection."