Local Indianapolis indie rock duo Giant Not Giant is playing at the last round of semifinals tomorrow for the Battle of the Bands. If you haven’t heard of them, listening to our song of the day, “Stuck In Your Throat” should serve as a good introduction.
For the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at some of the bands competing in this year’s Battle of the Bands. The semifinals have been going on all this month at The Hi-Fi every Wednesday, and tomorrow is the last round. By Thursday morning we’ll have all of our finalists ready to battle it out for the finals held at The Vogue on February 15th, where the winning band will take home a grand prize of $10,000 a touring van, and bragging rights.
The bands competing at tomorrow’s semifinals include Giant Not Giant, Bunkbeds, Devil to Pay, War on TV, Bullet Points, and Huckleberry Funk. Only two of them will advance, and the competition is pretty fierce.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take a step back and look at Giant Not Giant, and our song of the day, “Stuck In Your Throat”.
Giant Not Giant
Giant Not Giant is a heavy rock duo based out of Indianapolis that gives Brother O’ Brother a run for their money. The duo consists of Henry French on bass, and Matt Price on drums, and that’s pretty much it. If you never thought a bass could lead a heavy rock band and still sound just as good, let Giant Not Giant prove you wrong.
According to Giant Not Giant, the band was formed as some kind of musical challenge.
“For Henry, lead writer and bassist, the challenge was to play and write without guitar (his primary instrument for more than 20 years), and skewing to bass, which meant simplifying the songwriting, and focusing on single-note riffs, as well as a host of effect pedals. For Matt, the challenge was taking on a larger voice in the orchestration, and applying his skills towards new areas of musical collaboration.”
Giant Not Giant released their self-titled, debut EP in 2018, and their follow-up EP, “2” just last year. While they haven’t released a lot of music, it’s still enough to see that they’ll be a loud voice in the Indy community as long as they’re around.
Stuck In Your Throat
“Stuck In Your Throat” is the third track from Giant Not Giant’s four-track sophomore EP, “2”. Like the rest of the EP, “Stuck In Your Throat” relies heavily on driving riffs and a heavy, in your face rock sound.
Henry French’s bass playing is incredibly impressive, to the point that the first time I heard “Stuck In Your Throat”, I was sure that he was playing a guitar instead. His creative use of effects pedals helps to give his bass a wide versatility of sounds and tones that gives “Stuck In Your Throat” a solid edge.
Additionally, Matt Price’s drums are nothing to sneeze at. He keeps the beat steady for the most part, but can expertly throw in fills, and bring the energy right up to your eyeballs faster than you can sneeze. It’s hard to believe while listening to “Stuck In Your Throat” that only two guys are playing everything you’re hearing.
While “Stuck In Your Throat” is an impressive song with amazing musicianship, there is one thing I don’t like about it. Unfortunately, that one thing is French’s vocals. They just don’t elevate the song as much as they could.They’re not terrible, but I’d almost rather just listen to an instrumental version. And it’s not that French isn’t a good vocalist. I think he knows how to sing, and can do it well. It’s one of those aesthetic preferences that I have that can’t be reconciled.
All that being said, I still think Giant Not Giant is a solid band that knows how to rock. They’ll definitely bring some competition to tomorrow’s semifinals. Be sure to get out to The Hi-Fi tomorrow night and check them out. I have a feeling they’ll be a more entertaining band to see live.
Finally, for more coverage on the local Indy music scene, be sure to check out the LemonWire Music Corner, where we’re showcasing local artists from the Indianapolis community.