Straight off a stint at the Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, South Dakota, southern rockers Big Engine have just released their fourth studio album, Shot Like a Rocket via Pavement Entertainment.
Bandmates Tony Mikus and Hans Oellerich have put together 14 tracks of good-time party rock with a Southern twinge. When you read a track listing with titles such as Call Me For a Good Time, Party Like a Rock Star, Shake That Thing, and That Girl’s a Freak, it’s clear that the band doesn’t take themselves too seriously. These songs surely do well with a drinking crowd out to have a good time at a biker rally.
In addition to the fast-paced tunes, Big Engine also shows their soft side on some sweet ballads like Sister Mary, Not Your Fool, and No More Time. The latter is a highly sentimental song reminiscing after the good times after the loss of a friend. Throughout, Mikus’ clean, powerful vocals are center-stage. This band is high energy, and it surprising that they are not yet better known names in the industry.
While the album is a great one to pop in the CD player and listen to with your windows down, the high energy rock seems best suited for a live performance with a crowd ready to party. If you have the opportunity to make it to a Big Engine show, be prepared to raise your glass, raise some hell, and sing along on their catchy choruses. Because as they say in the song Burn It Down, “rockin’ is our policy.”