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Big D and the Kids Table

Big D and the Kids Table: The Gipsy Hill EP [2]The Gipsy Hill EP [2] (2002)
Ska and Reggae

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Big D and the Kids Table, a seven-piece ska band from the great Boston, Massachusetts scene, released The Gipsy Hill EP in 2002, a perfect followup to the deservedly hyped and third-wave classic Good Luck (1999). Although it only has nine songs, Gipsy Hill is a must-have for any Big D fan. This EP f.


Big D and the Kids Table, a seven-piece ska band from the great Boston, Massachusetts scene, released The Gipsy Hill EP in 2002, a perfect followup to the deservedly hyped and third-wave classic Good Luck (1999). Although it only has nine songs, Gipsy Hill is a must-have for any Big D fan. This EP features three covers and demonstrates why they're one of Boston's best ska bands.

Gipsy Hill starts off with fan-favorite "Checklist." This song displays what Big D and the Kids Table is all about: great horn lines, dissing the rich, and captivating and amusing lyrics. "I must've started life with a checklist," Dave McWane sings, "I took the rules and broke 'em in two. I must've started life with a checklist and the first was not giving in like you." The song is a staple in the band's set list and is worth checking out, if you haven't already. The next song, "Evil Girl Angry Girl," is my favorite Big D song on the EP. This song just increases the momentum, and draws the listener into not just the song but the entire EP. The song is obviously about a teenage psycho who's apparently using McWane's "stardom" to gain respect on the scene, but this song also praises Big D's crowds in Boston: "When the sun goes down with my Boston crowd … I'm staring at my friends hoping this will never end."

When bands cover songs, the songs are usually either half-fast, not interesting, or not unique. Big D's version of "Wailing Paddle," however, is one of the best covers I've heard in a long time, a true third-wave classic. Big D made this song their own and makes listeners not think of it as a cover even if they are familiar with the Rudiments' original version. The next track is entitled "Great Song," the only instrumental song on the EP. Although not as great as the title suggests, it cannot be skipped -- even Mcwane's famous "yeah"s.

"Those Kids Suck" stands at only 1:20 and introduces us to one of the EP's dominant themes: Dave's hate for posers. But "What the Hell Are You Going to Do" is only twelve seconds long, but with no horn lines and a non-existent chorus, this song still isn't the most pointless song on the album. "Find Out (Brighton, UK)" holds the title of the Most Pointless Song Ever. A cover of one of Good Luck's best songs, here it is Big D and others singing pretty much drunk. It doesn't hold my interest at all, and is the only song I'd recommend always skipping over. The next song, "Scenester," brings the EP right back to its high standard and one of its most common themes: posers. This, the most laid-back track on the album, is always a great listen on the subway to school and will give you a few laughs: "And now they listen to emotional music, when they used to like punk rock, or maybe now they like chump rock." The song is still very relatable to this day, even if this EP is now four years old. The following song, "The Difference," is probably the second best song on this EP. This is one of Big D's most underrated songs of all-time and sums up the overall sound of the EP. I would like to see them include "The Difference" on their set list, as they rarely perform it anymore. The EP concludes with "New England," a cover of a song by Massachusetts' very own Jonathon Richman. Before they play, they introduce the song: "See I come from Boston…it's about how great New England is…my favorite place." Although it's not that unique of a cover, it's still done very well and rounds off the EP.

Known for being poor, for touring constantly, and for being a great live act, Big D and the Kids Table established themselves as one of Boston's elite with Gipsy Hill. They can hold their own with other Boston greats: Dropkick Murphys, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, the Explosion, the Unseen, A Wilhelm Scream, and the Click Five (haha, just kidding). Big D has become a common influence among local bands like In the Face (Lowell, Massachusetts), Bomb the Music Industry! (Long Island, New York), Chase Long Beach (Long Beach, California) and the Flatliners (Canada). Big D are preparing for the Frostbite Tour and will headline the annual Ska Weekend 2006 in Knoxville, TN. Seeing them three times, I highly recommend catching them on tour.

 

 
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Anonymous (April 1, 2006)

Daly's Gone Wrong is terrible.

mcgregor107 (April 1, 2006)

oh it is dave.. i was two feet away from you watching it happen!

Anonymous (April 1, 2006)

The huge guy with the chops is not their sax player. He is the bass player.

i-type-poorly (April 1, 2006)

"The EP concludes with “New England,” a cover of a song by Massachusetts’ very own Jonathon Richman. Before they play, they introduce the song: “See I come from Boston…it’s about how great New England is…my favorite place.” Although it’s not that unique of a cover"

Yes it is. Not only is that introduction a variation on Richman's intro to the original track, but Big D adds an extra verse at the end. They did their homework on the song and even added to it. I think thats pretty unique, compared to the average punk cover.

GlassPipeMurder (April 1, 2006)

the review was not very well written, but big d and the kids table are great. probably one of the hardest working bands of today.

Anonymous (April 1, 2006)

love the album, hate the review
scenester is my least favourite song in the world, and they play the difference about every second time i see them, so it's definitely still in their set list.

LifeoftheParty (April 1, 2006)

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LifeoftheParty (April 1, 2006)

when the sun goes down in this Allston town
my head in my hand, a beginning and an end
i'll sit and wonder, wonder if i ever really wanted it

when the sun goes down with my Boston crowd
while i'm staring at my friends hoping this will never end
i sit and wonder, wonder why she never really wanted it

those are the lyrics.

Anonymous (April 1, 2006)

I definately love this album, but does anyone else find it funny that the whole band looks like a bunch of band geeks except the huge frickin sax player with the chops?

Anonymous (April 1, 2006)

David McWane:
Thoughs comments about 'stealing' from my band and a '15 girl' are not just not true.
Dave

Yay, now I know who typed up the liner notes for How It Goes!

-Chinatown

Anonymous (April 1, 2006)

Yetch. I like the first and last tracks on this recording. Everything else is just filler. The Mad Caddies are just so much more talented and original. And, no, I'm not kidding. For some reason CrookedDick thinks I'm being sarcastic when I say how much I love the Caddies.

-Chinatown

Anonymous (April 1, 2006)

David McWane:

Thoughs comments about 'stealing' from my band and a '15 girl' are not just not true.

Dave

Anonymous (April 1, 2006)

“When the sun goes down with my Boston crowd … I’m staring at my friends hoping this will never end.”

NO YOU DORK

its

When the sun goes down in this ALSTON TOWN

mcgregor107 (March 31, 2006)

i was at the frostbite tour in toronto, and the lead singer was hitting on this chick who looked like she was 15. but the best part was when he went to buy her a drink, didn't have any money, so he walks over to the merch. booth and steals ten bucks!

skaboom (March 31, 2006)

Well this is why I like ska:

It's fun. It can be either high energy(Big D), or really mellow and laid back (Hepcat). It can be either silly and lighthearted (Reel Big Fish) or progressive (RX Bandits). Some ska bands have strong reggae influences (Pietasters) and some are pretty much pop-punk bands with horns (Less Than Jake).

People tend to pigeonhole the genre, but it has a lot of diversity. So what if it's not hip anymore. I don't mind, it keeps the trendy idiots away, and you know the bands that still play it do so because they love the music.

Anonymous (March 31, 2006)

Yeah, fuck ska.

Yay crappy grind/crust/whatever instead, cause that sounds sooo good.

Crass....hahaha.

Anonymous (March 31, 2006)

Congratulations Feeding5000, you have out-grown Ska. Ska music is sad for this happening, it valued your listenership, however it recognizes that you will be much happier listening to Yellowcard and Mae then you ever would have with it.

At least those preppy kids at your school have good taste in music. Cockfagdickass.

feeeding5000 (March 31, 2006)

Why, why, why doe people still listen to Ska-Punk? I used to love ska, but now I just find it stupid. All the preppy kids at my school listen to ska, and there are like 5 ska bands in the area. It's completly pointless. You might as well start a fake SXE band...Also, the vocalist pisses me off.

Anonymous (March 31, 2006)

Not interested in the album, but how much do you charge?

$10. $15 if you want me to swallow.

Anonymous (March 31, 2006)

Wait...so Thirtyseconds is blowing dudes for quick cash? What's the wait like?

kingofpain (March 31, 2006)

"Probably their worst release."

I think most would give that honor to the Salem Girls EP.

Anonymous (March 31, 2006)

Probably their worst release. Three or four good songs, then some totally disposable rubbish.

Anonymous (March 31, 2006)

good review. much better than the last review on this album

Anonymous (March 31, 2006)

I like this release but just can't get into anything else they've put out.

thirtyseconds (March 31, 2006)

Anyone interested in buying a signed copy of this album? I need money and I'm tired of sucking dick.

Not interested in the album, but how much do you charge?

almostpunkenough (March 31, 2006)

probably Big D's best.

Anonymous (March 31, 2006)

I don't know about them making the cover of Wailing Paddle their own. It sounds VERY similar to the Rudiments version. (still good though)

Anonymous (March 31, 2006)

Anyone interested in buying a signed copy of this album? I need money and I'm tired of sucking dick.

ElVaquero (March 31, 2006)

"Checklist" is a skacore classic and the best song this band will ever do.

darkstarm (March 31, 2006)

It really does have their best songs. "Checklist" and "Those Kids Suck" are both fucking amazing Skacore songs, hands down. This is their best release, in my opinion.

the_other_scott (March 31, 2006)

i guess i'm in the minority with this band. never really was a big ska fan.

kingofpain (March 31, 2006)

Great EP. This along with Shot By Lammi are what got me into the band.

allison_le_gnome (March 31, 2006)

The next song, “Evil Girl Angry Girl,” is my favorite Big D song on the EP.

That song is fucking awesome.

Anonymous (March 31, 2006)

Nice review, dude.

This is my favorite Big D disc, even though it's so short.

somegirl (March 31, 2006)

These guys are great live. I really hope they tour in Florida soon.

Godfather (March 31, 2006)

i fucking love this album!

stevejonestherealbones (March 31, 2006)

this is really a great ep. everyone should own it if they like skapunk at all

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

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