Robert Schneider of Apples In Stereo takes the mic for “Paralyzed” single at Brooklyn Vegan, Band launches week of tour dates on June 2nd.
Big Fresh (clockwise fr. upper left): Faith Diamond, Matthew Clarke, Brian Conners Manke, John Ferguson, Nick Coleman, Kim Smith, Ben Phelan, Dave Farris, Ben Fulton. Photo credit: Chad Stockfleth.
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Hear the Big Fresh single “Paralyzed” (feat. Robert Schneider) at Brooklyn Vegan or the links below!
Big Fresh – In The Press
“Tuneful, quirky pop.” — Brooklyn Vegan
“Big Fresh throws the listener one curveball after another.” — PopMatters
“Proud purveyors of exotically down-home art pop.” — Ace Weekly (Lexington)
“We got tired of hearing ourselves singing lead on every track,” explains John Ferguson of Lexington, Kentucky-based ensemble Big Fresh. “So we invited a few of our talented friends to join us.”
Big Fresh, one of Lexington’s most venerable pop music institutions, is proud to announce the upcoming release of “Fall Preview,” one of two EPs that the ten-member band has scheduled for 2017 on its own Desperate Spirits label. “Fall Preview” represents the first Big Fresh release in six years, following up the band’s third full-length, 2011’s Moneychasers, and will be available on collectible limited vinyl, and digitally, on June 2nd.
One of “talented friends” appearing on “Fall Preview” is Robert Schneider, co-founder of the Elephant 6 Recording Co., and Ferguson’s bandmate in The Apples In Stereo. Schneider sings lead on the first “Fall Preview” single “Paralyzed,” recently premiered via Brooklyn Vegan.
Drawing from musical touchstones near and far, “Fall Preview” synthesizes the breezy harmonies of The Free Design, the lush arrangements of David Axelrod, and the gleeful deconstructionism of XTC.
In addition to Schneider’s vocal contributions, “Fall Preview” features vocals in Mandarin by Bianbian, lead singer of the Beijing pop band Candy Monster, on its opening cut “Tongku,” “Rock ‘n’ Roll Beans” features the stylings of Hair Police founder, Trevor Tremaine, “Yes Yes Yes” is voiced by former Big Fresh singer, Kate Pope, and closing track “Like Swayze” (yes, that Swayze) features Lexington-based Hip-Hop and Soul singer, Michelle Hollis.
In June, Big Fresh will hit the road (all ten band members!) for dates in the Northeast and Midwest (see below for itinerary), and the second EP in this series, “Sweeps,” will follow closely behind in the fall. “Sweeps” will also feature guest vocalists, this time including Ken Stringfellow of The Posies, Per Sunding of Eggstone, and Karen Hover of Sound of Ceres.
The “Fall Preview” EP by Big Fresh arrives on collectible limited vinyl, and digitally, on June 2nd. John Ferguson of Big Fresh is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
Big Fresh – On Tour
6/02/17: Huntington, WV @ The Press Club (w/ ATTEMPT, Letters)
6/03/17: Washington D.C. @ Seventh Stanine Festival (w/ ATTEMPT)
6/04/17: Baltimore, MD @ EMP Collective (w/ Hanna Olivegren, ATTEMPT)
6/05/17: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (w/ Matt Duncan, ATTEMPT)
6/07/17: Pittsburgh, PA @ Howler’s (w/ Delicious Pastries, ATTEMPT)
6/08/17: Cleveland, OH @ Happy Dog (w/ ATTEMPT)
6/09/18: Columbus, OH @ SpaceBar (w/ Val Glenn, ATTEMPT)
“Fall Preview” EP
June 2nd, 2017
01. Tongku (feat. Bianbian)
03. Rock ‘n’ Roll Beans (feat. Trevor Tremaine)
04. Yes Yes Yes (feat. Kate Pope)
05. Like Swayze (feat. Michelle Hollis)
Big Fresh Links
Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion