Rock band Big Something will be releasing their 5th studio album The Otherside this Friday, April 20th, and is thrilled to share an advance stream with fans now via Relix. The Otherside is a follow up to 2017’s Tumbleweed, the band’s most critically acclaimed release to date. Big Something will celebrate the release with a 2 night performance at Greenfield Lake Amphitheater in Wilmington, NC during their event The Big What? Wilmington on April 27 & 28. For more information or to pre-order the new album, please visit: www.bigsomething.net/pre-order
“This album is special for us in many ways. It felt like we were capturing an important moment together as a band and as brothers,” shares vocalist/guitarist Nick MacDaniels. “We also wanted to pay homage to the original concept of making “an album” where sitting down and listening to the whole thing is an experience – 20 minutes per side with a break between and each side complements the other. This is the first time we’ve setup a release to fit perfectly on a vinyl record like that.“
Bassist Doug Marshall adds: “The recording felt effortless. There was a certain vibe in the air. It felt like everything took a big jump. In the songwriting and the performance. Everyone went to the next level. I’m very proud to have been a part of this album.“
A 6 piece powerhouse with a sound that is both unique and timeless, Big Something fuses elements of rock, pop, funk, and improvisation to take listeners on a journey through a myriad of musical styles. It’s no secret why this group has quickly become one of the most exciting new bands to emerge from the Southeast. Soaring guitars, E.W.I. (electronic wind instrument), synths, horns and alluring vocal hooks rise to the top of their infectious collection of songs and represent a sound that has caught the ears of such revered stalwarts as Umphrey’s McGee, Moon Taxi, Galactic, moe., Robert Randolph, and even The B52s, who have all tapped Big Something as direct support.
The Otherside was recorded at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC with the help of Grammy-nominated producer and Carolina Music Awards Lifetime Achievement recipient – John Custer (Corrosion of Conformity) who has produced all 5 of the bands albums.
On The Otherside, Big Something continues to build upon the post-apocalyptic peyote trip imagery from Tumbleweed, concluding the story of a nomad who has made it to the other side of his journey wandering through the night towards a desert sunrise. The album also showcases a different musical side of the band with a heavier, more focused and soulful collection of 8 songs including “Smoke Signal” – a track that was written for the studio and has never been performed live.
The project is dedicated to the memory of the bands late lyricist and friend Paul Interdonato who tragically passed away on Dec 3, 2017 – the same day the band was setting up in the studio to record. Now each song carries a certain weight as the album features several of the last lyrical compositions that Paul ever wrote for Big Something. It is a thoughtful and poignant musical journey paying tribute to a lifelong friend with a brilliant imagination.
Big Something is Nick MacDaniels (vocals, guitar), Casey Cranford (sax, EWI), Jesse Hensley (lead guitar), Ben Vinograd(drums), Doug Marshall (bass), Josh Kagel (keys, trumpet), and Rhett Huffman (keys).
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The Otherside Tracklisting:
1. Sundown Nomad
3. The Cave
4. The Otherside
5. Smoke Signal
6. Cosmic Dust
Upcoming Tour Dates:
4/18 – Montgomery, AL @ Capri Theatre
4/19-21 – Live Oak, FL @ The Wanee Festival
4/27 – Wilmington, NC @ The Big What? Wilmington
4/28 – Wilmington, NC @ The Big What? Wilmington
5/5 – North Charleston, SC @ Trondossa Music & Arts Festival
5/25-27 – Chillicothe, IL @ Summer Camp Music Festival
5/31-6/2 – Minden, WV @ Mountain Music Festival
6/21-24 – Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest Festival
6/28-7/1 – Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest Festival
6/29 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues w/Umphrey’s McGee
7/14-15 – Telluride, CO @ The Ride Festival
7/19-22 – Scranton, PA @ The Peach Festival
8/16 – Pittsboro, NC @ The Big What?
8/17 – Pittsboro, NC @ The Big What?
8/18 – Pittsboro, NC @ The Big What?
8/25 – Arrington, VA @ Lockn’ Festival