Review and Photographs by Linda McDermott
Big Iron is a five-piece heavy rock band from Edinburgh who have only been together for five months. They have released two singles, their debut single ‘Denizens’ in June and ‘River Runs Dry’ released last month. Their EP comes out on the 13th of October and includes both tracks plus two more.
I first heard of Big Iron when they supported She Burns Red at their album launch party at Audio, Glasgow, where they definitely had the crowd’s attention and were cheered by everyone attending the sell-out show. It was hard to believe it was only their second gig because they sounded like they’d been together for years. I knew then that I would want to hear this band again.
Oliver Wardell- vocals
Kieran Johnston – lead guitar
Jack Sandilands – rhythm guitar
James Chapman – drums
Arran Gregory – bass
The EP sounds fantastic and all four songs merit being released as singles. If I had to pick a favourite, and no one is making me, I think ‘River Runs Dry’ would be it. I love how it starts with a gentle single guitar before crashing into a heavy rock rhythm. The tracks are all punchy and have a great feel, with an underlying sound running through them, but on the surface, they are all different. I think these guys have a great future if they are producing great tunes so early on.
- River Runs Dry
- The Mask
- Miles Away
Not only is this a great EP, but having seen them live their enjoyment of what they are doing comes across and is infectious. I have no hesitation about recommending that you to catch a gig and download their music, especially if you like Alter Bridge, The Darkness and Faith No More as these are the bands that inspire them.
Check out their videos on YouTube.
River Runs Dry