Big Time Quell release live EP

A LOCAL music act whose sound spans genres such as comedy, rock, reggae and jazz have released a live EP as their first recording.

Big Time Quell, who feature Jamie Hatch, Thomas Jones, Chris Cope and Robert Balfour, have uploaded the six-track effort First Time Live As A Band online.


As the title suggests, the recording was taken from the group’s first ever gig as a full four-piece band, which was a support slot at The Blockheads’ show at Lerwick’s Mareel in November.

The gig was also filmed, with the footage due to be released shortly.

The EP features three original songs and as well as covers of acts like Flight of the Conchords and Django Reinhardt.

Guitarists and vocalists Jones and Hatch started Big Time Quell earlier this year before deciding to add bassist Cope and drummer Balfour in the autumn.

“I finally fulfilled my childhood dream of partying with the Blockheads,” Jones said about the show and recording.


“I’m really appreciative of the JAWS guys for booking us for such a high-profile gig as our band’s full debut. I’m pretty happy with how the recording worked out – because the gig was filmed there wasn’t really any possibility to edit out mistakes, so what you hear is how we played it on the night.

“I’m looking forward to writing some more stuff and getting a studio recording underway in the near future.”

Hatch said that most of Big Time Quell’s original tunes – such as Bad Times At Suzy Wong’s – are anecdotal efforts written about true stories.

“Big Time Quell is one of the funnest projects I’ve been in,” he added.

“Once we added bass and drums, the band has gone from strength to strength.”