| “Summons memories of Todd Rundgren’s marriages between booty shaking rhythms and embittered observations about the soul-draining nature of conformity and well-manicured laws and lawns…” – PopMatters on “The Voices” by Big Fresh
The collective known as Big Fresh, one of Lexington, Kentucky’s most venerable pop music institutions, is back this summer!
Following up last year’s “Fall Preview” EP with the five-track EP “Sweeps” on August 10th, the new collection of tunes is essentially the other side of the coin that we saw the face of last year. “Sweeps” arrives on the band’s Desperate Spirits label (Jeanne Vomit-Terror, ATTEMPT, Italian Beaches) – co-founded by John Ferguson of The Apples In Stereo – and will be available digitally, as well as in a limited vinyl edition.
Similar to the ebullient sonic tropes of “Fall Preview,” “Sweeps” draws from musical touchstones near and far, synthesizing the breezy harmonies of The Free Design, the lush arrangements of David Axelrod, and the gleeful deconstructionism of XTC.
Like its predecessor, “Sweeps” also features notable guest contributions from the band’s friends including Ken Stringfellow of The Posies (hear “The Voices” now via PopMatters), Per Sunding of Eggstone, Karen and Ryan Hover of Sound of Ceres and Candy Claws, along with vocalist Reva English of label mates Italian Beaches, and local Lexington heroes Tim Welch and Chris Dennison.
Its cover art, once again by the amazing Chad Stockfleth, is itself worthy of a biblical tome, too. Bookending the TV Guide-theme introduced with “Fall Preview,” it features nearly the same concept and composition, “Only this time the digest sits amid trailer trash, and underclass accoutrement,” says Ferguson.
The “Sweeps” EP by Big Fresh arrives August 10th, 2018 on Desperate Spirits. John Ferguson of Big Fresh is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
Big Fresh – Live
08/09/2018: Lexington, KY @ WRFL Studios (Trivial Thursdays)
08/20/2018: Lexington, KY @ The Burl (Record Release Show)
09/08/2018: Lexington, KY @ Tahlsound Music Festival
Aug. 10th, 2018
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