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“Cry It All Out is full of filthy melodic hooks. An
epic and deeply textured album… anyone who is anyone should have it”
“Quintessentially English. Electrifying stuff. The energy poured into Cry It All Out's 16 furiously paced tracks could power the national grid"
“I love it when I come across a band that appear to genuinely defy categorisation. The album starts off strong, continues strongly and ends even stronger"
Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
“A stripped down London indie blues... really good stuff"
Camden New Journal
“Funkyfied jazzy rock fusion and a great British Blues hope"
“Those searching for something a little different need look
no further. Though there aren't many new bands who can truly be credited
with establishing their own sound by the time they release their first
album, Big Strides may just be one.... an intriguing debut and a definite
"The Thrills, but happier... listen to this when sunning
yourself on a dirty British beach"
"Their music is infused with an unusual depth of
personality and feeling"
"Although it may be the pulsing funk, rhythms and complex fretwork
that initially snags you, what eventually overrides all else is Marcus
O’Neill’s idiosyncratic lyrical darts and droll self-reflections. They
certainly don’t fit into any pre-imposed industry pigeonhole, but it
is for this very reason that you’ll love them dearly, and instantly
clutch them close to your heart."
Jonathan Ross, BBC Radio 2
"I can't decide if I love it or if it upsets me!"
On Magazine, Japan
“John Lee Hooker meets Pavement!”
"This is quirky, lo-fi rock at its finest … Suicidal is
a loose blend of stripped down pop-rock, funk rhythms and jazz noodling
with occasional bursts of trumpet…. The sort of thing that brightens
my day considerably. 4.5 out of 5."
“This baby is serious party music, screw balled – yes, infectious
"Tirelessly inventive and utterly brilliant. Singer Marcus
O’Neill’s wonky way with words is reminiscent of Beck on a good day"
“Imagine you’re sitting in some café in an unnamed American
city, writing your beat masterpiece and shooting the breeze with fellow
drop-outs, and you could set your daydream to a soundtrack by Big Strides.”
"Big Strides have hit upon a sound that could only be
described as unique. There are big times ahead for these guys, mark
"A fusion of jazz, rock and blues with a funky layer
sprinkled liberally over it all... this is fantastic stuff and this
band deserves your attention."
"London’s Big Strides. Where do we begin with them? How about the fact
they use a big fuck-off double bass which doesn’t so much provide slaps
as punches straight to the guts? Or that mid-set, their singer walks
into the audience, sits on the floor and smokes a joint? Or that they
do a funeral-pyre cover of The Cheeky Girls ‘Cheeky Song' which somehow
manages to turn that last cheesy couplet, ‘Don’t be shy/This is life’,
into a monumental reflection of the soul. Or how about we just start, and finish, by saying their angular, edgy
funk – think Gang Of Four covering the Chilli’s – was awesome, and it
had the entire place dancing."