Review | Big Eyes – Stake My Claim


Out now via Don Giovanni Records

Rating: 7/10

By Kieran Webber

The 28 year old Kait Eldridge combines pop punk adolescence with her hard rock roots (she grew up on the riffs of Van Halen and Sabbath) to come up with something catchy, gritty, and energetic. Her third LP ‘Stake My Claim’ harnesses a relentless and youthful energy that appears to not have a stop button, it is fantastic. This wild energy mixed with some of the catchiest riffs I have heard this year has aided in crafting a strong album.

Opening track ‘Stake My Claim’ sets the tone for the rest of the album with its snarling attitude, intense vocals and hook laden riffs all wrapped up in under 3 minutes, in fact there isn’t a song that goes other the 3 minute mark the entire album.

The fast pace helps in making this album so digestible, each track although hard to define goes down just as well as the last. However, there are a couple of tracks that stood out such as ‘Giving It Up For Good’ for its simplicity yet anarchic power and the pop-punk ‘Leave This Town’ a track that nearly everyone can connect too due to its superb song writing, one such lyric that really stood out was “TV and cellphones are a modern curse”.

As a whole the album is a true delight and doesn’t outstay its welcome, it is just the right amount of audacious punk power. Kait truly does stake her claim with this album and has us hanging on for another.