Big Sir at The Old Blue Last, Old Street, London, 24/04/2012.
For a band whose legacy stretches over a decade, Big Sir is not the most well-known group. Comprising of avant-garde vocalist Lisa Panineau and virtuoso bassist Juan Alderete of The Mars Volta, the two-piece are a breath of fresh air in an industry saturated with repetition. Big Sir sounds like nothing you’ve ever heard; a mixture of hip-hop beats, fretless bass noodling and soaring vocals combine to create a unique experience, and seeing them perform live was nothing short of breath-taking.
The band created an aura of excitement which filled the small venue, and it was clear that the audience were enjoying themselves. A fellow next to me knew the words to every song and another dude wore a Zechs Marquise tee, such is the fandom that Sargent House bands inspire.
Juan played his old fretless bass while pumping out tunes from his iPad and wondrous box of musical tricks, while Lisa sang beautifully and even screamed during the finale of Ready on the Line, despite battling an obnoxious cold.
An excellent performance at an excellent venue, myself and others count ourselves privileged to have seen Big Sir perform at all, let alone in such an intimate venue.