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The Big Iron / Press

“Of course there's never anything flashy about The Big Iron though. The (ostensibly) punk band is made up of working class lifers, far removed from the bondage pants and leather jackets worn by the peacocking kids at the city's basement punk shows.”

“The veteran Kansas City band rearranged the mood in the Westport Saloon after She’s A Keeper’s set with 40 minutes of furious hard-core underground ’80s punk. Lead singer Jeff Pendergraft bellowed songs from the band’s stellar full-length “We Will Fall,” released in 2014, an incendiary mix of socio-political rants and commentaries.”

“The Big Iron, “We Will Fall”: Because they’re a Kansas City band whose rage and dissent remain steeped in underground 1980s punk.”

“The Big Iron – “We will fall” Badass punk rock n’ roll from KCMO. You can feel all the feelings with this one record and it feels good to get it out.”

“The Big Iron celebrated the release of their third record “We Will Fall” with a rocking show at the recordBar. I’d describe their sound as a very loud country-tinged hardcore. The kind of band that is awesome to see live in a small venue.”

“The five members of The Big Iron – Ricky Reyes and PK on guitar, drummer Jon Paul, vocalist Jeff Pendergraft, and Mike Farren on bass – bill themselves as “mean old bastards with a long history of living so fast that death will have to wait for us to slow down.” Their new record seems quite fitting of a band so self-described. Blending hard-edged punk with elements of blues and roots country, “We Will Fall” proves these Kansas City rock veterans aren’t slowing down anytime soon. If anything, they’re still picking up steam. - See more at: http://millsrecordcompany.com/big-iron-release-new-album-will-fall#sthash.Qzoe1Uoe.dpuf”

“The Big Iron tousled with the audience and brought a harsh energy that only intensified as their set went on. There was never a dull moment, and by the end fans were throwing their bodies across the floor and pounding their fists into the air. Everybody got down, and it was a scabrous sight to behold.”

“If you want to know what raw and dense energy looks like, look no further than The Big Iron. The Kansas City-based punk band, thick and soaking wet with a heavy dose of punk rock, blessed the Replay when they played their record release show there on Friday.”

“...the Big Iron unleashes the hellfire sound it has long been known for. Time hasn’t tempered its ferocity or its ability to conflagrate a room with volume and ferocity.”

“Listening to the Big Iron's newest album, We Will Fall, is kind of like a first kickboxing class: terrifying, violent and full of swift kicks to painful areas. If you can make it through the album, you'll crawl away bruised, beaten and a little more pathetic than when you started 40 minutes before, even as the masochist in you burns to experience it all over again.”

“Let's just say all other punk bands in KC squat to pee.”

“This record captures The Big Iron at their innovative and eclectic best, from pure punk to trashy garage rock to psychedelic moodiness. You think the kids are angry? They got nothing on these guys.”

“The Big Iron is a band that I'd not seen in years. I'd had it in my mind that they were a dark country band, not unlike Ghoultown or someone like that, so imagine my surprise when they started knocking out tunes that were more akin to the cautionary tales done by acts like the Murder City Devils. It's like Jeff Pendergraft is attempting to exorcise demons, the way he shouts out the lyrics. The look on his face is equal parts rock 'n' roller and fire and brimstone preacher. Both guitars destroy, and a band like the Big Iron, bringing the rock such as they did, is exactly the way you want to get a Friday night rock show going. You just blast the hell out of everyone's ears, and wake them the fuck up. This is a band that I've slept on for many years, and I've got some serious catching up to do. Damn. It's certainly conflicting to see band, love 'em, and feel totally pissed off at the same time because you'd never bothered to check them out.”

“Probably the most surprising thing about KC’s own punk/rock act Big Iron (other than the fact that their unsigned) is how easily they pump out some of the best classic ‘80s and ‘90s punk songs that this critic has heard since the heydays of the old Outhouse in Lawrence (spent a fair amount of time there, remember very little — you do the math). Thanks for the Therapy is their latest opus, with eleven tracks of crunchy, cracklin’ punk and alt/country rock. All the songs here are tasty, but tracks like “Gotta Love Me Too” make this boy want to find my old stompin’ boots and that crappy cheap pleather jacket that was mostly held together by patches and beer stains. “In My Head” is a foot-thumping punk/country anthem, and if you don’t like “Give it to Me,” you can go ahead and have your ears removed ‘cause you ain’t using them right.”

“Imagine four seasoned rockers throwing down a roaring batch of old-school, late-'70s-early-'80s hardcore punk songs just for the fun of it. Then imagine that they can pull it off better than just about anybody. Such is the case with the latest release from longtime KC ass-kicker the Big Iron. The band's second full-length, Thanks for the Therapy, unleashes flawlessly executed tracks that recall angst-fueled teenage days of rebellion and boiling mosh pits. Born-to-bellow vocalist Jeff Pendergraft, a man who makes howling lyrics look as effortless as taking a nap, gets personal sometimes — You left when I was 9, said you would come back another time ("Forgotten Father") — but lightens up elesewhere, as on "In My Head," a song that better represents the Big Iron's solid rep for amped-up, twangy rock-and-roll with attitude.”