Big Eyes at the Hi-Tone 

Seattle, Washington's Big Eyes stop through Memphis on their winter tour this Monday at the Hi-Tone. Currently on the road in support of their new Local Celebrity EP released by Don Giovanni Records, Big Eyes are one of the few pop-punk bands over the past five years to be able to dabble in multiple facets of the larger underground scene, winning fans over from indie rock, punk, and garage rock contingencies. Their 2012 single "Back From the Moon" (released on Richmond's Grave Mistake Records) put the world on notice that guitarist Kait Eldridge knew her way around a hook, and the hype has been building around the band ever since.

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Taking cues from the Ramones, the Descendents, and even Cheap Trick, Eldridge writes pop-punk anthems for those in their early to mid-20s, though it's entirely possible that Big Eyes could mesh well with the Warped Tour crowd if Eldridge so desired. The band has released splits with like-minded rockers Audacity and Mean Jeans and toured the U.S. extensively over the last few years. As for Don Giovanni, the indie label seems to have a knack for finding bands similar to Big Eyes, releasing records for Screaming Females, Downtown Boys, and the Ergs!, while also serving as home to more delicate groups like Waxahatchee.

Rounding out the bill is Ryan Azada, the guitarist who is often accompanied live by 2015 breakout artist Julien Baker. Azada also played in the band Small Fires and has been a promoter behind shows at Crosstown Arts and the short-lived venue 1372 Overton Park.

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