January 19 2013 – Very few things are as exciting as finding something new you love. Much like archaeologists that dig to find hidden treasures, we here at T-Mak World really enjoy trying to find new bands that we love. Once we find such bands, we approach our favourites to request interviews for our Emerging Artist Spotlight series. Today we set our focus on a band from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky named Big Rock Club. All bands we talked to are asked similar questions to each other so we can get to know them better. The description on Big Rock Club’s website simply states:
BIG ROCK CLUB is a three-piece rock’n’roll band from Kentucky.
Sounds like a perfect opportunity to find out more about these guys.Here is what they had to say to us:
1. Hey Big Rock Club, thanks for taking the time out to talk to us. Let’s start off with the obligatory introductions. Who’s in the band and what instrument does everyone rock?
Big Rock Club: My name is Curtis, I sing and play guitar and keys. My dad Tom plays bass, and our friend Glenn plays drums.
2. How about the history of the band, when did you get started and how did it happen?
Big Rock Club: We started playing years ago as a cover band at local bars and events. I wrote a few songs and we started playing them live. They got a good response so we decided to evolve into an original act. We put out a full length album, Extinction in October 2012 and have played some great shows ever since.
3. Who are some of your musical influences?
Big Rock Club: Hendrix, Bowie, The Who, Curtis Mayfield, Black Sabbath, The Flaming Lips, Deep Purple, The Stooges, The Ramones, Beach Boys, Outkast, everything.
4. So based on the above how would you describe your music to someone that has never heard it?
Big Rock Club: I’ve heard people say we sound like Dinosaur Jr. meets The Cars, or Foo Fighters or Afghan Whigs. I just call it future rock from the past.
5. Why should a music fan come and see your show instead of all the other choices available to them on any given night?
Big Rock Club: I can stack Oreos very high. I won a local contest once. I’m not sure other bands can say the same.
Extinction CD by Big Rock Club
6. What is your favorite single line of lyrics the band has written and why?
Big Rock Club -There’s a line in “Bad Man” that goes “He’s fighting off dragons on a unicorn, saving small business from the WalMart superstore”. Our producer Adam Pleiman liked that one. I do too.
7. What does 2013 hold for you?
Big Rock Club: This year we’re looking to play new places, meet new people, and record new music.
8. Imagine that you were asked to be the opener for any band’s world tour (both current and historical). Which band and tour would be your dream opening gig.
Big Rock Club: Hmm, probably some sort of European brewery tour with Motorhead. Mostly so I can drink good beer with Lemmy.
Big Rock Club
9. What is the future of the music industry? With the concept of the album and physical CD’s facing extinction, how will we be consuming music in 10 years? Are the economics feasible for emerging artists?
Big Rock Club: I don’t think the concept of albums will die out any time soon. There’s history behind it. There are so many classic albums, and that becomes the goal. I want to make an album that people remember like Nevermind or Dark Side of the Moon, you know? As far as formats; musicians don’t have a lot of influence on how people listen to music. We can only make it available on the formats that people will buy. I really love that vinyl is making a comeback. Who knows, we might be selling cassettes in a few years. I know some bands are doing that now.
10. Where can people get your music/CD, is it being sold anywhere?
Big Rock Club: You can buy our album digitally through iTunes, Amazon, & Bandcamp, and it’s streaming on Spotify. It’s also available at a few local Cincinnati record shops: Shake-It Records, Everybody’s Records, Mole’s Records and Phil’s Records. And we always have copies at our live shows.
11. At the end of 2012 we published our picks for top 10 albums of 2012. Lists like those are always a reflection of personal tastes so if you were making the list what are some albums you would you have had on it?
Big Rock Club: Of the ones I have listened to, I really loved Good Kid, M.A.A.d City by Kendrick Lamar and Sorrow and Extinction by Pallbearer. Channel Orange by Frank Ocean is really great too. I’m a big Dan Deacon fan too.
Big Rock Club
12. Any closing remarks for our readers?
Big Rock Club: See us live! Buy the album! Bababooie!
Thanks so much to Big Rock Club. We hope that you can see them live. They are playing Northside Tavern (Cincinnati, Ohio) January 19, 2013, Southgate House Revival, Newport KY, February 2013, Third Street Dive Bar (Louisville, KY) February 16, 2013, Mainstary Rock Bar (Cincinnati, Ohio) April 2, 2013