Big Mother Gig

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Big Mother Gig
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Background information
OriginLos Angeles, USA / Milwaukee, WI
GenresAlternative Rock, Indie Rock
Years active1992—1996, 2016—present
LabelsFraga Sweet Sweet
Associated actsBurnside Project, Pocket (musician), Mon Draggor
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersRichard Jankovich
Michael Datz
Micah Lopez
Albert Kurniawan
Past membersRiz Rashid
Jason Borkowicz
Brady Roehl
Charles Watson
Matt Deede
Joe Neumann
Brian Rutkowski
Rob Due

Big Mother Gig is an indie rock band originally founded in Milwaukee, WI and currently based in Los Angeles, CA, by Richard Jankovich.[1]

While attending Marquette University in Milwaukee in the 1990s, Richard Jankovich formed Big Mother Gig with Rob Due, Jason Borkowicz and Charles Watson.[2] In 1993, they released "My Social Commentary." In 1994, Rob Due was replaced by Riz Rashid and they released "Transition EP." Borkowicz and Watson left in 1995 and we're ultimately replaced by Brady Roehl (drums) and Matt Deede (bass.) In 1996, Big Mother Gig released "Smiling Politely" and broke up when Jankovich moved to New York City.[2] From 1992 to 1996, Big Mother Gig played over 150 concerts around the Midwest. Other prior members include Joe Neumann and Brian Rutkowski.[3]

In 2016, Big Mother Gig released their discography digitally for the first time and announced a new EP[4] as well as a reunion show in Milwaukee featuring 3/4s of the classic 1996 line-up.[5] Almost Primed, their first new music in over 20 years, was released in March 2017.[4] The band, now based in Los Angeles with Jankovich, Mike Datz (guitar), Micah Lopez (bass) and Albert Kurniawan (drums), continued to drop a series of singles through 2017 and 2018 including "Nametag",[6] "The Great Heist",[7] "(Let's Make) Compelling Content",[8] and "Obliterate".[9] On October 12, 2018, they released "No More Questions" which collected tracks from the EP, the singles they had released throughout 2018 and brand new songs including "Low Payout" featuring Dicky Barrett (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones) and "Our Cover's Blown" featuring Britta Phillips (Luna) and co-written with author Rick Moody.

Their post-reunion work has been praised by Alternative Press, Paste, Under The Radar, New Noise, Impose, AllThingsGo, Substream, and PureGrainAudio.[10] "(Let's Make) Compelling Content" was Song Of The Day on NPR/The Current and appeared twice on the Submodern Radio Chart.[10] The music video for "Obliterate" stars Michael Ornstein from Sons Of Anarchy.[11] Their recent recordings were recorded with Jeff Hamilton (Violent Femmes) and Dan Long (Spiral Stairs), and mastered by Kramer.[12] Now based in Los Angeles,[2] Big Mother Gig has played shows around the Midwest and California with Luna,[13] Soccer Mommy,[14] Gin Blossoms,[15] Peelander-Z,[16] and many more.

In February of 2021, the band announced[17] their new LP Gusto on Stereogum and released the first single, "The Underdog" featuring Leah Wellbaum of Slothrust. Second single, "The Doctor Will See You Now" was released on March 17th.[18]


  • 2021: Gusto (LP)
  • 2018: No More Questions (LP)
  • 2017: Almost Primed (EP)
  • 2016: Quintessentially Average: 92-96 (LP)
  • 1996: Smiling Politely (LP)
  • 1994: Transition (EP)
  • 1993: My Social Commentary (LP)


  1. ^ Agacki, Daniel (2017-11-06). "Reunited Indie Rockers Luna Led an Easygoing Night". Shepherd Express. Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  2. ^ a b c "Exclusive: Hear two unearthed Big Mother Gig songs". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  3. ^ "Big Mother Gig". Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  4. ^ a b Staff, Substream (2017-02-09). "PREMIERE: Big Mother Gig is back from '90s breakup with reunion EP, 'Almost Primed'". Substream Magazine. Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  5. ^ Rytlewski, Evan (2017-03-16). "Big Mother Gig Leads a Night of Milwaukee Alt-Rock Reunions Saturday at Turner Hall". Shepherd Express. Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  6. ^ "Video Premiere: Big Mother Gig - "Nametag"". New Noise Magazine. 2017-09-21. Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  7. ^ "Premiere: BIG MOTHER GIG - "The Great Heist"". New Noise Magazine. 2018-01-22. Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  8. ^ "Big Mother Gig - (Let's Make) Compelling Content". Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  9. ^ "Big Mother Gig Return with "Obliterate" -". Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  10. ^ a b "EPK for BIG MOTHER GIG – Big Mother Gig". Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  11. ^ "The Matinee '18 August 13th". The Revue. 2018-08-13. Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  12. ^ "Almost Primed EP, by Big Mother Gig". Big Mother Gig. Archived from the original on 2018-09-02. Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  13. ^ "LUNA + BIG MOTHER GIG @ THE MOROCCAN LOUNGE". Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  14. ^ "Luna / Soccer Mommy / Big Mother Gig @ Park West | Third Coast Review". Third Coast Review. Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  15. ^ "Gin Blossoms". The Coach House. Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  16. ^ "Peelander-Z, Big Mother Gig - 6PM Early Show!". Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  17. ^ "Big Mother Gig – "The Underdog" (Feat. Slothrust's Leah Wellbaum)". Retrieved 2021-02-05.
  18. ^ "Big Mother Gig Praise Self Care, Sobriety on "The Doctor Will See You Now"". Retrieved 2021-03-18.