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Album Review

Bigwig's sophomore release through punk label Fearless Records finds the New Jersey natives returning to familiar ground, poking fun at most everything while still incorporating enjoyable punk diatribes into the mix. An Invitation to Tragedy is an album that finds solace in humor, and these four young men are yet again looking for laughs. One of the better songs on the album is the track "Sore Losers," in which frontman Tom Peta makes the childhood statement, "My mom can beat up your mom/My dad can beat up your dad." While immature, the listener will have a hard time suppressing their chuckles at the slightly obnoxious taunt. Bigwig helps to prove punk can be fun; unfortunately, in doing so they come across as a second-rate Green Day. This is punk at its most enjoyable, albeit not the most adult. ~ Jason D. Taylor, Rovi

Customer Reviews


This album sounds nothing like Green Day. More like melodic hardcore a la Good Riddance, Propagandhi, etc... but better. Some thrash influence too. Super catchy and probably the best album released in the 2000's.

Such a tragedy

That no one has reviewed this album. Personally, this is my favorite of the 4 Bigwig albums, then stay asleep, rec, then um. The rifs are great, and the lyrics are what you would expect from a non-political (this album anyway) punk band. If you like NOFX, Propaghandi, Bad Religion, Good Riddance, early AFI (prior emo), etc... Do yourself a BIG favor and buy this album. All of it, and while your at it and you got some dimes to spare, download the other 3 albums as well. You won't regret it. Punk for life.


Formed: 1995 in New Jersey

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Since their start in 1995, Bigwig have delivered an aggressive dose of sarcasm to the East Coast shores of New Jersey. Under the influence of Rich Kids on LSD and Propagandhi -- minus the anarcho-politics -- members Tom Petta (vocals/guitar), John (bass), Josh (guitar), and Dan (drums) didn't waste any time with their initial releases. Coming to the attention of Fearless Records through Strung Out's Jim Cherry, the band appeared on a handful of compilations and two EPs before their first full-length,...
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