Big Mother Gig


Annjie Houston


Los Angeles-based/Milwaukee-bred power pop rockers BIG MOTHER GIG returned in 2017 after a 20-year hiatus with “Almost Primed”, an EP of 6 hard-hitting songs praised by ALTERNATIVE PRESS, PASTE, NEW NOISE, IMPOSE, ALLTHINGSGO, SUBSTREAM, PURE GRAIN AUDIO and more. Recorded by Jeff Hamilton (Violent Femmes) and Dan Long (Local Natives, Spiral Stairs), the EP’s singles “Alvarado” and “Nametag” were well-received with specialty and college radio airplay and impressive streaming numbers topping 350K.

In 2018, the band prepped a series of singles. “The Great Heist”, released in January, was premiered by NEW NOISE and received critical acclaim while racking up solid streaming numbers driven by playlisting success. “(Let’s Make) Compelling Content” debuted on SiriusXM by Rodney Bingenheimerand quickly charted at #7 on the FMQB Submodern Radio Chart. The Peaking Lights remix was premiered by UNDER THE RADAR.

BIG MOTHER GIG originally formed in 1992 in Milwaukee and the band played across the Midwest with The Magnolias, The Hunger, Chris Duarte, PunchDrunk (who later form The Hold Steady) and early acts featuring members of The Promise Ring and Braid. They combined raw punk (Dag Nasty) and Midwestern indie (Replacements) with hard rock (AC/DC). At their final show in 1996, a label showcase, Soul Asylum’s Dave Pirner praised the band but they broke up when singer Richard Jankovich moved to New York. Throughout the ‘00s, Jankovich achieved success with Burnside Project (who’s “Cue The Pulse To Begin” was the theme to “Queer As Folk” and went Top 30 in Japan) and Pocket (who’s remixes for Radiohead and Beck were praised by Pitchfork, Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan and others).

Since reforming, BIG MOTHER GIG has played with LUNA, Soccer Mommy, Peelander-Z , Alvarez Kings, The Yawpers, The Silver Palms, Gestures & Sounds, Pet Engine, Diana Meyer and more. New members include Mike Datz (Liz Phair), Albert Kurniawan (Graham Ulicny of The Faint) and Micah Lopez.

Press Releases

10.12.18//Big Mother Gig Releases New LP

Big Mother Gig Releases New LP

Rock ‘n’ Roll is Back With “No More Questions”

Los Angeles, CA – Big Mother Gig is back and ready to strike the music world with their new LP, No More Questions. In the midst of opening for the Gin Blossoms on the West Coast, Big Mother Gig has successfully revived their powerful, robust music style that reinvigorates the sound of rock ‘n’ roll. No More Questions is now available on digital music platforms everywhere, along with a limited quantity of CDs on Bandcamp.

Big Mother Gig’s, No More Questions is comprised of the old and new. Their last LP was released in 1996; returning to the industry, they are set on writing songs about the current state of the world. “We’ve been steadily writing and recording new songs ever since we hit the stage in 2017 after our twenty-year absence. We’ve been really inspired by world events, politics, social media and the current state of our minds today and these songs reflect that,” explains lead vocalist and guitarist, Richard Jankovich.

No More Questions was recorded and mixed by Dan Long and mastered by KRAMER. In reappearing from the 90s, Big Mother Gig wanted to have their music be true rock ‘n’ roll, just as it was back then. They composed vigorous tracks that are capable of reigniting the fundamental rock attitude. Big Mother Gig has not only kept their 90s rock roots, but expanded their musicianship. They brought in special guests, Dicky Barrett (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones) and Britta Phillips (Luna) to support their new LP. They also had the opportunity to co-write with acclaimed novelist, Rick Moody (The Ice Storm).

Coming together to reform Big Mother Gig are Richard Jankovich, Albert Kurniawan (drums), Micah Lopez (bass), and Mike Datz (guitar, vocals). The band have been lauded by success publications such as Alternative Press, PASTE, New Noise Magazine, for their 2017 EP, Almost Primed. Their follow up single, “(Let’s Make) Compelling Content” debuted at #7 on the FMQB SubModern Radio Chart. The band has also had the opportunity to perform with Soccer Mommy, LUNA, Gin Blossoms, Alvarez Kings, Yawpers and more.

No More Questions is now available for download and streaming on digital music platforms. To keep up with the upcoming works from Big Mother Gig visit their website at