This house is too big, this house is too small
Reviewed by Matt Adcock (@cleric20)
What have we here??
Self-described as a four-piece pile of limbs and awkwardness – possibly the coolest Hertfordshire-based band named Brutalligators ever!?
They comprise of vocalist Luke Murphy, guitarist Paul Wade, bassist Simon Lee and drummer Rhys Kirkman and have released their wicked debut album: This house is too big, this house is too small.
I’ve really enjoyed the band’s singles including Coffee & Codeine (which they marketed with their own coffee, but not codeine alas). The album rocks with nods to ragers reminiscent of Funeral for a Friend, but also punky influences like Carter USM in their savagely witty wordplay, if far more guitar-based… There’s some Emo in there too and enough sheer energy to make This House is too big a great driving soundtrack!
With rants against the Tories, honesty about anxiety and depression, some soulful heartbreak ponderings and a lot of ‘modern life is rubbish’ observation, Luke once said “Most of the lyrics I write are a mixture of reality, washes of feeling or sentiment and complete fiction, all mixed up together.”
I saw Weezer at the Hella Mega Tour last month and if there was a UK equivalent then I'd vote Brutalligators to take that mantle!!
(5 - Get brutalligatored ASAP, you won't regret it...)
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I got to ask the band some Q’s and this is what they said:
Matt: If a mad scientist turned you into a giant mecha, who or what would be your nemesis?
Brutalligators: Priti Patel
Matt: What is the most disturbing thing you’ve ever read or watched in a book/film of any genre?
Brutalligators: I'd say the eye scene in Audition is probably up there.
Matt: If you were hired to throw a parade of any scale or theme through the centre of London what type of parade would it be?
Brutalligators: I guess since we are technically an emo band it would have to be a Black Parade
Matt:You are granted a supernatural power, what does that look like for you?
Brutalligators: The ability to reverse time by a minute. Would be good for not saying jokes that don't land and avoiding snapping strings on stage.
Matt: Who or what inspires you most (can be living or dead)?
Brutalligators: Dennis Bergkamps goal against Nerwcastle in 2002 continues to be a great source of inspiration
Matt: There’s a masked assailant with a gun to your head, who is most likely to be under the mask?
Brutalligators: James Corden
Matt: What is the meaning of life?
Brutalligators: Try to have fun and do the things you like as much as possible. I can't see much meaning beyond that. Oh and work less and get a cat.
Matt: What was the best gift you’ve ever been given?
Brutalligators: My sister once paid for me to get therapy at a time when I really needed it and couldn' afford it. Serious answer I know but it might just have been life saving. So yeah, therapy is awesome. Other than that probably a Mega Drive when I was about 10.
Matt: If you could create a robot bandmate – what would it be able to do for you?
Brutalligators: Carry gear
Matt: What would you like written on your tombstone?
Brutalligators: I like to think we will all get buried together, therefore it would say 'See ya later, Brutalligator'
Matt: Any final words you like to add...
Brutalligators: everything Brutalligators is here: https://linktr.ee/brutalligators
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