Big Boy Bloater & the LiMiTs - Biography
Surrey born Big Boy Bloater has drawn praise from his contemporaries for his powerful voice and instantly recognizable guitar style. Luminaries such as Imelda May confessed to being a "massive fan" and appeared on two of his songs, Jools Holland has declared him "one of the great bluesmen of our time" and Mark Lamarr personally funded a vinyl run of the single Whammy.
His career has taken him around the world and has seen him perform at the top of the World Trade Centre and was voted the ‘Best Band of the Weekend' at the Viva Las Vegas Festival. He has supported Carl Perkins, played with Wanda Jackson, Paloma Faith, Imelda May and appeared at festivals such as; Ramblin' Man Fair, Latitude, Secret Garden Party, Hop Farm, Jersey Live, ABC Roskilde, BluesFest, Cognac's Blues Passions and Holland's Ribs'n'Blues. He has lead and been musical director for the Kings of Rhythm house band at the Rhythm Riot Festival since its inception and was personally invited to record at Abbey Road by Sir Paul McCartney.
No stranger to TV and radio, he was the presenter for The Blues Magazine Radio Show on Team Rock Radio and has been a guest on BBC Radio on the Jools Holland, Paul Jones, Craig Charles, Mark Lamarr, Alex Lester and Jo Whiley shows. He has appeared on Vintage TV, Imelda May's RTE show and was immortalized in book form in Rock & Pop: The Complete History and The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music.
He previously self-released his solo and band records, Big Boy Bloater - That Ain't My Name (2008), the self-titled Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs (2011), Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs - The World Explained (2012), Big Boy Bloater's One Man Show - Loopy (2014) and then signed to Mascot Label Group at the end of 2015, home to Joe Bonamassa, Black Stone Cherry, Beth Hart, Monster Truck, Walter Trout and The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band.
With a fascination for textures and subtle narratives Luxury Hobo saw Bloater in a tougher, deeper and more expressive mode following a serious bout of depression in 2013 which led it to take a darker, personal tone, but still with Bloater's unique perspective. The response to the album was overwhelmingly positive from both critics and fans. Two years after its release new fans are still discovering them for the first time. Following its release, the band have toured the UK to packed shows including the legendary 100 Club London, they played a headline set at Wychwood Festival, pulled in new fans at Camden Rocks Festival, supported Joanne Shaw Taylor and played with The Quireboys at a standout show at the Shepherd Neame brewery.
Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs entered the studio to record their fourth album in December 2017 with producer Adam Whalley once again and began to lay down the songs for Pills, 30 song ideas were whittled down to 12. "I started writing songs randomly, which is quite unusual for me as I'd normally just write what would be needed. But I seem to have a lot to say about stuff." He talks about having a clearer head following the time over the last two years. "I guess a lot of stuff happened on the Luxury Hobo tour that I saw going on. Maybe after the depression, my mind's a bit more open and turned on to things, so I might have observed more, I like to tell stories from my point of view."
Pills marks an even more ambitious direction for The LiMiTs, combining a melting pot of ideas beyond its blues roots and entwines Bloater's dark humour and personal experiences. "I'm probably never quite serious enough, but I couldn't do it any other way really," he says.
The album also has some underlining conspiracy theories with Bloater elaborating more on the title track offering there is more to it than on the surface. "I think the sinister side to it is the pharmaceutical companies want you to take these drugs and they want you to keep on thinking you're ill so they can sell you tablets. It's gonna get to the point where you're taking anti-biotics for everything, eventually they won't work and we're all gonna die from a super flu."
More than ever, the band effortlessly flit through styles and pace creating an album full of depth, emotion, humour, anger and sheer fun, all the time keeping the thread that makes Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs such a unique proposition. "I always used to like the Portmanteau horror films where they have 3 or 4 different stories in the film. So you've always got this constant change and you never really got bored of one story and then there's this theme tying it all together."
It's this anthology style that makes this album such an engaging proposition, the twists and turns always find you revealing something new, hidden beneath the surface. Pills will be released on 15th June 2018 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.