The story of Big Scary begins in Melbourne, Australia, where duo Tom Iansek and Jo Syme, armed with just acoustic guitars and egg shakers, started playing songs together in the living room of Syme’s parents’ house, gradually working up to a bolder, more expansive sound by incorporating electric guitars, drums, synths and piano. What began as a few rainy day acoustic ballads in their first incarnation soon grew, and before long, the newly named Big Scary were writing anything they pleased-fuzzed-out garage rock; piano-led pop; intricate, pastoral instrumentals-each imbued with an effortless pop sensibility and lightness of touch that would quickly see the duo attract a strong following in their home country.

Following a series of early self-released singles and EPs, Big Scary released the intimately crafted debut album Vacation in 2011 via the band’s own label Pieater (pronounced pie-eater). The album brought the pair widespread acclaim, and earned the duo a large Australian audience with nominations for ‘Album Of The Year’ from Triple J and ‘Breakthrough Artist Of The Year’ from AIR (Australian Independent Record Labels Association), plus a small but growing cult following overseas.

2012 saw Big Scary take its first small steps onto the world stage – earning further underground acclaim via a self-funded North American tour that saw Tom and Jo play SXSW, CMW, and CMJ, impressing whatever audiences happened upon the versatility, lovable magnetism, intelligent songwriting and dynamic live performances that make up the band’s riveting shows.

Big Scary Releases New Video for their single "Invest". Their album "Not Art" is available via Barsuk Records. Big Scary play April 11th in Vancouver, BC.

Big Scary Releases New Video, Announces Tour

Barsuk Records today revealed the new video from Melbourne-based duo Big Scary for “Invest,” off their new full-length Not Art. The clip features a dark, eerily rotating set upon which the members perform the tune. The video’s minimalism suits the sparseness of the track,

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Barsuk Records has released Big Scary's new video for "Twin Rivers," off their Twin Rivers EP, from their upcoming album Not Art, out January 28, 2014.

Big Scary Premieres “Twin Rivers” Video

Barsuk Records has released Big Scary’s new video for “Twin Rivers,” off their Twin Rivers EP, released today via digital retailers, and from their upcoming album Not Art, out January 28, 2014. According to director Shaun Garland,

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