Posted on May 3rd, 2018

[as seen on Paste]

Punk quartet Big Ups have been Brooklyn mainstays for the better part of a decade. Formed in 2010 while the members— Joe Galarraga, Amar Lal, Brendan Finn and Carlos Salguero, Jr— were students at NYU, they have matured and expanded their brand of searing, yet deeply thoughtful post-hardcore in the years since graduation. On May 18, the band will release their third full-length record, Two Parts Together, an uncertain assessment of present and future existence.

“Imaginary Dog Walker,” the record’s closing track, is a sprawling and dynamic coda, ending Two Parts Together with unsettling doubt. The song finds Galarraga staring into a lake (a recurring thematic element of the album), wondering what lies beneath. “We all want the same thing/ And that is to thrive,” he declares, “So why hold our breaths/ Kill the life inside?” Propelled by vivid, destructive imagery, tense repetition, and agitated guitars, “Imaginary Dog Walker” is an aggressive-yet-meaningful meditation on the human experience.

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