Big Eyes, the brainchild of Kait Eldridge, is a band that has spent its career successfully defying classification. They’re a punk band with pop sensibilities; they’re a power pop group with a hard rock edge. Big Eyes are different things to different people, and yet have always felt ultimately content cemented "in-between" the scenes.
In late 2009, after the split of the collaborative pop punk and rock & roll bands of her late teens (Cheeky and Used Kids), 21 year old New Yorker Kait Eldridge began to channel her post-adolescent frustrations into a handful of solo demos that would become the first Big Eyes 7”. Now at age 28, Eldridge shows growth and maturity while harnessing the attitude and energy of her youth. Stake My Claim (to be released on August 19th on Don Giovanni Records) exhibits the songwriting evolution from a discontent kid to an introspective adult, showcasing a newfound confidence and tenacity in Kait’s guitar playing, vocals, and lyrics.
Kait’s passion for Rock & Roll began at the young age of 12 when her very first guitar teacher, who was obsessed with hard rock and heavy metal, taught her the riffs of Van Halen and Ozzy Osbourne. With Big Eyes, Kait's pop punk adolescence, alongside her hard rock roots, shines through in her songwriting. This combination creates records full of broken hearted and pissed off rock songs that are catchy, gritty and energetic.
In 2011, immediately following the release of Big Eyes' debut album Hard Life, Kait relocated to Seattle to make Big Eyes a full time band. With a rotating crew of talented friends, she hit the ground running. Between 2011 and 2014, Big Eyes cranked out multiple 7 inches and a second full length, Almost Famous, while touring the US and Europe extensively (including a 4 week US tour opening for Against Me!). In late 2014, Kait returned back home to NYC, and with a batch of new songs and newly assembled lineup, made the decision to slow things down a bit and figure out exactly what she wanted for the next Big Eyes release.