Guest vocalists include Robert Schneider of Apples In Stereo on “Paralyzed,” Michelle Hollis on tribute track “Like Swayze”.
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 “Paralyzed” (feat. Robert Schneider) at Brooklyn Vegan and see the video at Impose 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)
Big Fresh – On Tour
6/02/17: Huntington, WV @ The Press Club (w/ ATTEMPT, Letters)
6/03/17: Washington, DC @ 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)
Chattanooga’s Nooga.com says the latest Big Fresh single “Like Swayze” is “bathed in a cosmic AM rock luminescence.” Check it out!
“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 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 is available today digitally and on collectible limited vinyl.
One of the “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, with an accompanying music video now streaming via Impose. The latest single from the EP is “Like Swayze” (yes, that Swayze), which features lead vocals from Lexington-based Hip-Hop and Soul singer, Michelle Hollis.
Ferguson explains, “‘Like Swazye’ started out as an instrumental slow jam and morphed into an outlet for my obsession with Patrick Swayze’s films. From ‘Point Break’ to ‘The Outsiders,’ from ‘Dirty Dancing’ to ‘Road House,’ Patrick Swayze is, for me, the ultimate action star. He’s the thinking man’s action star. He’s not afraid to own the dance floor with the hottest women in the room, or to rip a motherfucker’s throat out. Our song, ‘Like Swayze’ is an homage to the vulnerability and strength presented in the collected works of Patrick Swayze.”
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 the contributions from Schneider and Hollis, “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, and “Yes Yes Yes” is voiced by former Big Fresh singer, Kate Pope.
Big Fresh hits the road (all ten band members!) today for dates in the Northeast and Midwest (see above 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 today digitally and on collectible limited vinyl. John Ferguson of Big Fresh is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
“Fall Preview” EP
01. Tongku (feat. Bianbian)
03. Rock ‘n’ Roll Beans (feat. Trevor Tremaine)
04. Yes Yes Yes (feat. Kate Pope)
Big Fresh Links
Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion