The Big East – ‘Hungry Ghosts’

The Big East, from North Toronto are the proud founders of “Cottage Rock” – named for the Lake and Cottage area where they’re based – a sound that’s a combination of mellow rock, and indie pop.

The group’s name is taken from the river that runs right through the area where James Jones and Kip Daynard, the main members of The Big East, live and work. ‘Hungry Ghosts’ is their second album, and is named for the Buddhist phrase referring to humans who are driven by their emotional needs in an animalistic way, and as Jones says, “We applied this concept to our intense need to create music.”

‘The Wild Life’ is the lead track from ‘Hungry Ghosts’ and is a rocking, feel good number, with more than a hint of 80s Britpop mixed in with a great big slice of The Eagles. It compels the listener to get up and dance, or at the very least tap their feet, with the strident backbeat, and enthusiastic guitars.

In addition to Jones and Daynard, ‘Hungry Ghosts’ also features the talents of many Canadian artists, and was produced by Andre Wahl, who took the 40 demos presented by the band and managed to cull them down to the eleven on the album, playing to their strengths, and mixing rich harmonies over flying rock hooks.

‘Hungry Ghosts’ is self-released and is available through Amazon. Find out more about The Big East online on their official website, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

About the author

Lisa has been writing for over 20 years, starting as the entertainment editor on her university newspaper. Since then she's written for Popwrapped, Maximum Pop, Celebmix, and ListenOnRepeat.

Lisa loves all good music, with particular fondness for Jedward and David Bowie. She's interviewed Edward Grimes (Jedward), Kevin Godley, Trevor Horn, Paul Young, Peter Cox (Go West), Brendan B Brown (Wheatus), Bruce Foxton (The Jam), among many many more. Lisa is also available for freelance writing - please email

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