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Concert Review: Big Something Give Big Life To Arlene’s Grocery

I start my review with a strange compliment; Big Something feels young. This six piece powerhouse/ genre-bending music system brings out the inventiveness and dare you should expect from a band about to debut their new album, Tumbleweed, in a week. Maybe it was the excitement of the premiere, but these guys approached the stage with a jittered joy of a kid opening his first, toy race-car; they are ready to zoom.

Every artist can approach the stage with adrenaline, but even high-octane approached have their own distinct layers and vibes. Big Something serves quick adrenaline. Their songs are more decorative than Christmas tree with chord and mood changes that grab your sentiments at its own will. Big Something is know for their myriad arrangements that can come off like vibrant labyrinths of sound. It is for this reason that no matter what genre they touch from a splash of jazzy blues to hit of eom-punk, they always keep a heart of psychedelia and rightfully so. Vast sounds can spark vast visions and there will be certain moments in their concert where you drift somewhere else.  There are instances where you will close your eyes or look into their precisely patterned lasers to capture the B-52’s, galactic aura they certainly can capture. Big Something has long been compared to this band because play their songs like they are bursts of creativity that have, suddenly, struck them.

Big Something enter their highly ornate arrangements with a home-feeling  ease that places you in awe and alarm. You are in awe because while us, mere mortals, need a breather or a thought before we lapse into anything complicated, Big Something glides into their songs like the mental/musical equivalent of rollerblading. Yet, such transitions are both necessary and admirable because, when you want to show a crowd your music like it is a slideshow of facts and commentary, you have to have a sense of cool. For Big Something, they display their music like said “slideshow” with a mutual confidence in and fascination for their work because they know it is a crowd-pleaser/ Easy A. After all, seeing in concert a bunch of seasoned musicians range their talent as if it were spreadable, like butter, leaves people inspired and wishing they had actually gone to their guitar lessons. Moreover, it explains why Big Something appears so young on the stage. They have a natural freshness to them because their rhythms dance and emote for them, in ways, that mosts artist need to rely on a sophisticated, highly choreographed production. To Big Something, music is production enough, of which lead vocals by Nick MacDaniels feel like an occasional guide.

MacDaniels voice is a perfect meld for any genre because it is inherently malleable. He can grab a rasp in his throat or wisp a softer note just to match a chord. Yet, because Big Something’s music is so vast, he appears moreso like a cool phantasm that graces his vocals like wisdom from beyond, which makes their beats the earth every listener wishes to live upon. For More Information On Big Something Click Here.