Big Deal – 'June Gloom' album review

Plugging their guitars in takes the London duo to new (and noisy) heights

Big Deal – 'June Gloom'

  • Rated as: 4/5

London duo Big Deal’s Kacey Underwood and Alice Costelloe bonded over a love of Dinosaur Jr and Sonic Youth, and while their first album of acoustic songcraft was more dream pop than grunge, their sophomore effort, ‘June Gloom’, is an altogether louder affair, with strains of J Mascis emanating from the very first song. With a full rhythm section fleshing out their formerly two voice-two guitar set up, songs such as 'Swapping Spit' and 'Teradactol' steam forward on beds of crunchy riffs and rattling drums. When the amps are turned down on closer 'Close Your Eyes', the effect is a gut-punch of vulnerability and tender beauty. They may not be Dylan in ’66, but Big Deal going electric definitely seems a turn for the better.


See Big Deal live in London

Belushi's Bar Hammersmith

This Hammersmith Belushi's is one of six in London - there are more across the UK and Europe, too. It's clearly a successful enterprise, borne from accessible food, plenty of promotions on the drinks and a bit of a party vibe. Live music and the screening of big sporting events help too. A short wine list and recognisable beers on tap do good business but it's the cocktails that prove most popular when night falls. Expect classic concoctions served in jam jars, sharers served with straws and a number of shooters ranging from the well-known (tequila slammers and Jägermeisters) to the intriguing - honey pots and shots of peanut butter jelly, for example. Keenly priced breakfasts are served from 8am, and follow an American culinary theme that continues throughout the day. Expect pancakes, burgers, hot dogs, nachos, steaks, tacos, quesadillas, racks of ribs and wings.   

Check out our epic hour, daily from 5pm-8pm! 2-for-1 on bottled beers, £10 buckets of beer, bottles of wine and jumbo sharing cocktail jars!
  1. 28 Hammersmith Broadway, W6 7AB
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See Big Deal live in London

Belushi's Bar Hammersmith

This Hammersmith Belushi's is one of six in London - there are more across the UK and Europe, too. It's clearly a successful enterprise, borne from accessible food, plenty of promotions on the drinks and a bit of a party vibe. Live music and the screening of big sporting events help too. A short wine list and recognisable beers on tap do good business but it's the cocktails that prove most popular when night falls. Expect classic concoctions served in jam jars, sharers served with straws and a number of shooters ranging from the well-known (tequila slammers and Jägermeisters) to the intriguing - honey pots and shots of peanut butter jelly, for example. Keenly priced breakfasts are served from 8am, and follow an American culinary theme that continues throughout the day. Expect pancakes, burgers, hot dogs, nachos, steaks, tacos, quesadillas, racks of ribs and wings.   

Check out our epic hour, daily from 5pm-8pm! 2-for-1 on bottled beers, £10 buckets of beer, bottles of wine and jumbo sharing cocktail jars!
  1. 28 Hammersmith Broadway, W6 7AB
More info

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