II BIG has a name that is befitting their sound. Their sound is very big and so are a few of their members. Two of the original members Joel and Buck Jordon are both 6’5″, and the new lead singer Aubrey Hanson is 6’5″ as well. Having pillars like that on stage certainly puts their name “II BIG” into perspective. The music on II BIG‘s first 2 CDs has a hard rocking edge to it. Anyway you look at it, this band of seasoned veterans have an across-the-board appeal that is hard to ignore.
II BIG‘s sound is quite diverse. That kind of flexibility enables them to play all kinds of styles of original music. It gives them a uniqueness that is rare in a world full of watered down radio friendly hits. With two brothers writing and playing together creating sibling chemistry, it allows for a nice variety of musical flavor to develop. Their listeners are the classic rock crowds that typically attend country fairs, biker runs and casinos. They feel confident that they can play any group of people their music with a positive outcome. That kind of confidence and exuberance comes straight at you, loud and clear in their music, leaving no doubt of their abilities and prowess as musicians.
On releases “Like It II Much” and “II Big for the Radio,” the boys knock some heads around with crunching guitars and forceful vocals to kick it all up another notch. I have no doubt, as a satisfied listener myself, that this band will continue to stay on a creative roll and make music that will remind of my teen years growing up in the ’70s and I look forward to enjoying this great music for many years to come. This is a group that you will not ever see getting II Big for their britches; they are too down to earth for that kind of attitude. If they changed their chemistry and makeup, their sound would never be the same. I do not see anything like that happening with this band; they are a bunch of guys having fun playing music and appreciate the originality of their audiences.
a review of II Big from the Eureka Reporter 6/14/07: