Big Nothing Announce New Album Chris
Out May 10th on Salinas Records
Premiere “Real Name” via BrooklynVegan
Philadelphia’s Big Nothing
Pre-order Chris now via Salinas Records
Chris features vocals from three members of Big Nothing. The first single, “Real Name” is written and performed by Pat Graham, lead singer of Spraynard. The band also features Matt Quinn, formerly of Crybaby, Liz Parsons, formerly of Casual, and Chris Jordan, formerly of Young Livers.
Chris track list:
1. Waste My Time
2. Calm Me Down
3. Always Prepared
4. Carried Away
5. Quiet One
7. Real Name
11. Can’t Stop
w/ Radiator Hospital
May 6 – Richmond, VA – Space Litter
May 7 – Durham, NC – Pinhook
May 8 Athens, GA – Flicker
May 9 Atlanta, GA – Casa Nova
May 10 Chattanooga, TN – Sluggo’s
May 11 Nashville, TN – Hollywood Hideout
May 12 Bloomington, IN – Venue TBD
May 13 Columbus, OH – Dirty Dungarees Laundromat
May 14 Chicago, IL – Empty Bliss
May 15 Grand Rapids, MI – Corner Record Shop
May 16 Detroit, MI – Outer Limits
May 17 Toronto, Canada – Hard Luck Bar*
May 18 Montreal, Canada – Pouzza Fest
May 19 New York, NY – Trans-Pecos
May 21 Philadelphia, PA – PhilaMOCA
* = also w/ Samiam
Being in a band is often a cheap alternative to therapy. It allows an outlet for feelings its members can’t articulate. It provides a space for physical inhibitions to be let loose. For Big Nothing’s Liz Parsons, the need for that mental nourishment became evident when she moved to Philadelphia. She found herself fitting into the city nicely, yet felt isolated and empty. Her new home was one of America’s musical epicenters – a big reason she moved there – and she didn’t plan on wasting any time filling the indie rock shaped hole in her life. She shot a text to ex-Spraynard guitarist Pat Graham, who had recently had a conversation with Young Livers’ drummer Chris Jordan about starting a new project. Once Matt Quinn (of Crybaby fame) caught wind of the three playing music together – he begged to bring his Rickenbacker tone into the mix. After jamming out some Voice Memo riffs and Against Me! covers, Big Nothing was here to stay.
While the four members have found significant purpose from playing together, Big Nothing’s upcoming album Chris continues to explore those feelings of emptiness that Parsons faced before the band began. Existing is weird and terrifying. Humans don’t often know how to comprehend the void. Quinn exemplifies this existential confusion in the album’s opening trackWaste My Time, “If I don’t know why I’m looking, then what can I hope to find out?” It’s both beautiful and awful and Big Nothing embraces it all.
Sonically, Chris finds itself borrowing cues from indie mainstays like Superchunk and The Replacements. It’s clear that they are trying to unhinge themselves from patterns they’ve repeated in the past, but they’re also not afraid to blast the tried and true methods of rock and roll. The lyrics on the album range from cryptic and heady to unapologetically literal – the benefit of three songwriters. Their live show mimics the honesty of the album. Hell bent on ripping through their set as aggressively as they can, Big Nothing is a genuine rock band.
Chris is to be released on May 10th, 2019 on Salinas Records. It is the follow up to the band’s self-titled 7” EP that was released on Asian Man Records.
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