Durham, United States
Big Hell is a musical collective out of Durham, North Carolina. Originally formed by the ever unsettled mind of Tommy Rau, it didn't come into it’s own until Tom met fellow multi-instrumentalist and mash-up artist Gabe Turner at a local hip hop show in 2009. The two have been at it ever since, weaving dystopian stories of love, loss, addiction, struggle, and eventually hope over a genre bending beat-driven backdrop of all things both digital and analog. If pressed to define, one might call it sci-fi garage rap, post-wave hip hop, or something else equally obtuse, but they usually just file under alternative. They have been compared to bands across a wide spectrum, from synth heavy rock acts like TV on the Radio and Gorillaz to indie rap mainstays El-P and Aesop Rock. Like life, the truth is probably somewhere in the in between.
In addition to a constant stream of free mixtapes, mash-ups, and b-sides, (some of which are amazing btw, AND FREE for download) they are currently in the process of releasing their second professionally mixed and mastered EP, Big Hell, and are also five years deep into a full length mixed media concept album titled The Day We Dropped The Bomb Again, a disjointed, post-apocalyptic tale depicting a young drug addicted soldier sent to the Middle East against his will during nuclear war. It looks to be some combination of Mad Max, Apocalypse Now, Requiem For A Dream, Robocop, and The Wall. Whatever it is, it appears to be a massively heavy. Look out for it sometime this century.
Live, they are often joined onstage by Animal-esque drummer and screamer Jack Sutherland, who at times is a show unto himself. They have collaborated and/or contributed to music and film projects with artists based in the UK, Philippines, Russia, and France and are always on the hunt for cool and unique artists to work with who, like them, have no desire to attach themselves to preconceived boundaries. And lastly...
Welcome to Hell. Turns out it's not such a bad place after all.
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